SHE SAID IT Among other remarks about her 2015 campaign, Victoria Azarenka notes in a new piece for Sports Illustrated that she didn't swipe her hitting partner from the Serena Williams camp.
"To clarify once and for all, Sascha Bajin and I started working together after he decided to stop working with Serena. Prior to approaching Sascha, I contacted Serena to make sure that she was OK with us working together. Being honest is the only way to do business in my opinion."
THIS IS A TEST Roger Federer, who seems to operate 90 days out like a monthly magazine, announced recentlythat he will entertain Australian Open ball kids who might like his autograph or a selfie with him in between matches. Ball kids are normally forbidden from making such requests of players. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has issued the most subtle edict ever to the first 2016 major's 380 ball kids, stating, "We will rely on their outstanding professionalism to not break any rules."