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Maria Sharapova


Women’s Tennis Association Tries to Tackle On-Court Grunting By Dan Rattiner


know this is going to sound hard to believe, but last week, the Women’s Tennis Association in Key Biscayne announced they are very likely going to pass a law which will ban “excessive grunting” on the women’s professional tennis circuit. They have had many complaints from fans who say the grunting by the women as they hit the ball bothers them. (It doesn’t bother me. I think it’s kind of nifty.) The number one woman in the world does it. So does the woman in slot number two. When

Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova meet in a final, as they did at this year’s Australian Open, it became the battle of the grunts. Azarenka won that battle last year. The fans who are spurring the WTA on are not objecting to occasional or modest grunting. They are also not objecting to when the players reach for a ball in the corner and make a sort of “aaiiieee” sound when they whiff. And they are not objecting when a player grunts upon winning match point. That usually consists of just one grunt. As you might imagine, this distinction, for

the WTA, means that they have to get lawyers involved to define what “excessive grunting” is, and when specifically it is not allowed. Would grunting be allowed as the women change ends for example? All this will take time. It will take even more time because the WTA also has to consider where the existing grunters would fit into this rule. Asking a current day grunter to not grunt could throw the grunter off her game. That wouldn’t be fair. And so, the WTA has let it be known, reassuring those players, particularly #1 and #2, they would like to start curtailing the grunt at the junior level (Continued on next page)

Taste of Two Forks, Brought to You By... By katey mccutcheon


uly 14 heralds the return of Dan’s Taste of Two Forks (TOTF) event, which gives you ample time to prepare your palate and your waistline. Taste of Two Forks will showcase some of the biggest names in cuisine and wine. Restaurants participating in the event are among the finest on Long Island and include Georgica, 1770 House, Luce + Hawkins, Race Lane, Nick & Toni’s, Southampton Social Club, Cittanuova, Southfork Kitchen, 75 Main, Amarelle, Beaumarchais East Hampton, Navy Beach, Rumba Rum Bar, and Smokin’ Wolf BBQ & More. The Two Forks Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Chef Gerry Hayden of North Fork Table & Inn. Hayden will be honored for his dedication to using local Long Island produce and ingredients, and his commitment to the community. Acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and apparel designer, Nicole Miller will be hosting the night. Jean-Georges has become a world-renowned

chef, author and restaurateur. In addition to frequently visiting the Hamptons, he spends his time operating his many restaurants in the United States including Jean Georges, The Mark Restaurant, Spice Market, Mercer Kitchen, Perry St., and JoJo. All of his restaurants are three or four star. Abroad he owns Market Restaurant in France, Cafe Martinique and Dune in the Bahamas, Lagoon located in Bora Bora and Jean Georges Shanghai. TOTF falls on Bastille Day and what better way to celebrate than to have French native Jean-Georges host with his own French style. Hosting with Jean-Georges will be Nicole Miller, the new Food Critic of Dan’s Papers sister publication The Daily Dan. Our TOTF charity partner, for the second year in a row, will be Have a Heart Community Trust, which provides relief in times of individual or family crisis to residents from Riverhead and east on both the North and South Forks. Dan’s Papers would like to thank TOTF’s sponsors for their support. The Presenting Sponsor for the evening is Farrell Building

Company. After leaving his job at the New York Mercantile Exchange in 1995, Joe Farrell began building homes, with a goal to build in the Hamptons. After building his first home in Brookville, he expanded eastward and established the area’s fastest growing building company. Farrell Building Company prides itself on innovative design and superior construction, with a customer first philosophy. They will also build an outdoor kitchen at Taste of Two Forks. Citarella, Amstel Light, Town Residential, Loire Valley Wines, and Lincoln are all Platinum Sponsors. Established in New York in 1912 by Mike Citarella, Citarella has been catering to your every Italian need for 100 years. Citarella is ubiquitous in the city, but it wasn’t until the late 90’s that Citarella extended to the East End. For over 140 years, Amstel has been brewing beer at its finest. Brewed in Amsterdam, the varieties include Amstel Light, Amstel Wheat and Amstel Abroad. Founded in 2010 Town Residential provides unequaled customer (Continued on page 44)

Dan's Papers June 22, 2012  

Dan's Papers June 22, 2012 Issue

Dan's Papers June 22, 2012  

Dan's Papers June 22, 2012 Issue