Fourhand: Serena, Sweeting, and Celebrations
This edition of the Spin's Fourhand series is brought to you by the letter "S." We're deep in the second week of the season's first Grand Slam, with everything coming to a head Down Under. In this roundup: Serena Williams, Ryan Sweeting, post-match celebrations, and Samantha Smith.
HOW SWEET IT IS Ryan Sweeting and his new wife, TV-sitcom star Kaley Cuoco, are deeply in love. So in love, as it turns out, that he is adding to his already considerable ink with a new tattoo. Per his Instagram account, go ahead. Be amazed. Here's hoping this love lasts, as that would be a lot to try to undo.
CELEBRATE Australia's Yahoo Sports has a great montage of player celebrations upon winning their pivotal matches in Melbourne this week, with a few peppered in from Week 1. Check it out here, and be inspired. Long live sport, no?
BYGONES? Leave it to Serena Williams to make headlines in the press days after her Australian Open ouster. The entry list for the WTA tour's Indian Wells event, which both Serena and sister Venus Williams have skipped since the racially tinged controversy of the 2001 event, includes the women's game's No. 1 star. (Venus, however, is not on that roster.) Serena mentioned recently that she might consider a return to the Indian Wells desert, that in light of her viewing of the latest Nelson Mandela film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It seems now that, at the time, she truly wasn't just brushing off the matter.
FOOT IN MOUTH Typically known for his irreverent late-night show on the Bravo channel, Andy Cohen revealed some insensitive morning-TV chops on NBC's Today show pertaining to a retired WTA player, as Buzzfeed has it. Discussing the non-brouhaha of Genie Bouchard being asked an innocuous dating question (the unfortunate answer: Justin Bieber) after her quarterfinal victory over Ivanovic, Cohen mentioned off the cuff to co-host Natalie Morales, "That poor lesbian reporter." He was speaking in reference to Aussie Channel 7's Samantha Smith, a Brit, who queried Bouchard on the court. Poor form, says the Spin, and in light of how Cohen, himself openly gay, should be more cognizant of others' situations. That should go without saying, even if, as he admitted, he doesn't know the person at all. Not everything can be couched in a grin, sir.
What do you say about Cohen's on-air gaffe: Easy to forgive or requiring a more believable apology?
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