she was last seen on a tennis court barely able to hit a tennis ball during her ill-fated doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon.
Serena has been spending time in Croatia with her hitting partner Sasha and doing some training as well as enjoying herself on vacation.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Serena has not stopped working with her coach Patrick Moutaoglou and even though she pulled out of the Swedish Open (on clay) she is fulfilling her commitment to the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, which the World #1 won in 2012 over fellow American Coco Vandeweghe the reigning champion.
Sister Venus, Angelique Kerber, Agnieska Radwanska and former World #1 Vika Azarenka are also in the draw.
Tiafoe is just 16 years old, but it one of the top
juniors in the world, having won the two most important junior tournaments in the world (the prestigious Orange Bowl and the Easter Bowl) in the same season. The last American to do that was named John McEnroe, and he turned out pretty well as a pro.
Tiafoe is under extreme scrutiny as America hungers for a male player with the ability to win majors and dominate the game as the Williams sisters have on the women's side. So far that pressure has not helped Tiafoe's results but realistically he is at least 4 to 5 years before he will be making any kind of significant impact on the men's tour.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
posted this map of the current state of marriage equality nationwide from Wikipedia. Blue states indicate where same-sex marriage is currently legal, red where it is banned and yellow where laws banning marriage equality have been struck down by judges but the ruling are on hold by a court.
Just a few weeks ago the Tenth Circuit issued rulings affirming that Utah's and Oklahoma's bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional but this did not stop the Attorney General of Colorado (the Tenth Circuit is physically housed in Denver!) from asserting that Colorado's ban on marriage equality is still intact (even though a state judge and a federal judge has struck it down).
In today's 2-1 decision from the 4th Circuit, the majority says:
We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws. Civil marriage is one of the cornerstones of our way of life. It allows individuals to celebrate and publicly declare their intentions to form lifelong partnerships, which provide unparalleled intimacy, companionship, emotional support, and security. The choice of whether and whom to marry is an intensely personal decision that alters the course of an individual’s life. Denying same-sex couples this choice prohibits them from participating fully in our society, which is precisely the type of segregation that the Fourteenth Amendment cannot countenance.Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest LGBT advocacy group helpfully noes that there have been nineteen consecutive ruling from federal courts affirming marriage equality since June 27, 2013 and lists the state of play in the pending federal lawsuits on marriage equality at the appellate level or higher:
Basically it's a race now to see if the Supreme Court will get the marriage cases in the 2014-15 term or in the 2015-16 term. Sooner is looking more likely, but maybe we'll need to get a circuit split (an actual federal appellate ruling where marriage equality loses) for that to happen.Cases pending before federal appeals courts:
- DeLeon v. Perry, Texas [Argument date at the Fifth Circuit not set]
- Tanco v. Haslam, Tennessee [Arguments at the Sixth Circuit set for August 6]
- Bourke vs. Beshear, Kentucky [Arguments at the Sixth Circuit set for August 6]
- Obergefell v. Kasich, Ohio [Arguments at the Sixth Circuit set for August 6]
- Henry v. Himes, Ohio [Arguments at the Sixth Circuit set for August 6]
- DeBoer v. Snyder, Michigan [Arguments at the Sixth Circuit set for August 6]
- Wolf v. Walker, Wisconsin [Arguments at the Seventh Circuit set for August 26]
- Baskin v. Bogan, Indiana [Arguments at the Seventh Circuit set for August 26]
- Sevcik v. Sandoval, Nevada [Argument at the Ninth Circuit set for September 8]
- Latta v. Otter, Idaho [Argument at the Ninth Circuit set for September]
- Jackson v. Abercrombie, Hawaii [Argument at the Ninth Circuit set for September 8]
- Burns v. Hickenlooper, Colorado [Argument date at the Tenth Circuit not set]
Cases petitioned or likely to be petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court:
- Kitchen v. Herbert, Utah [Tenth Circuit struck down marriage ban June 25]
- Bishop v. United States, Oklahoma [Tenth Circuit struck down marriage ban July 18]
- Bostic v. Schaefer, Virginia [Fourth Circuit struck down marriage ban July 28]
Hat/tip to Chris Geidner
I'm not sure what his ethnicity is but from his last name I suspect he is Italian. As I have said before. "Hawt is hawt"!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Now comes word that a 3-judge panel of the 7th Circuit will hear oral arguments before the end of the summer:
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced Friday on its online docket that it has rescheduled oral arguments for both states' appeals of federal court decisions for Aug. 26.
Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit Court combined the cases and set aside the previous hearing date.
The 7th Circuit also denied requests that the states' appeals be heard before the full 10-member court instead of a three-judge panel, as is customary.hat/tip to Joe Jervis
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Equality on Trial quotes the judge on the question of whether there should be a stay issued pending a final resolution of the Kitchen v. Herbert case which the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals already decided. The judge issued a stay on his decision through 8:00am August 25, 2014.
Based on the most recent stay, it appears to the Court that it may well be that a message is being sent by the Supreme Court. But this Court is not some modern day haruspex skilled in the art of divination. This Court cannot – and, more importantly, it will not – tell the people of Colorado that the access to this or any other fundamental right will be delayed because it “thinks” or “perceives” the subtle – or not so subtle – content of a message not directed to this case. The rule of law demands more.Much props from this fellow sesquipedalian for the use of the word "haruspex"!
Holy Flying Spaghetti Monster!