Twitter and tennis

We look at the latest happenings from Twitter obsessions to the tennis in Dubai this week…

The brief, The Knowledge
What’s that about?

It’s not surprising your friends are talking about Twitter, but, no, it’s not worth cancelling other social networking sites for. You should sign up because this micro-blogging site is a great way to keep friends and colleagues updated of your activities and whereabouts. The idea is simple – use your mobile or PC to send short SMS alerts about what you’re up to and what you’re thinking and any of your followers can keep track using your twitter feed. The real pleasure comes when you start following an interesting feed and get an insight into fascinating lives. Ashton Kutcher, Stephen Fry and Jonathon Ross in particular have regular postings – with Fry causing a stir in Twitterland when he kept a running commentary going while stuck in a lift. In Dubai the network of users is growing fast. And with Time Out on the pulse as always, you can even follow the day-to-day workings of our magazine at http://twitter.com/timeoutdubai.

Women’s Tennis Championships

Despite all the controversy the Dubai Tennis Championships got underway with the women’s competition turning out to be as surprising as some of the off-court shenanigans that have grabbed the headlines. Serena Williams defeated poster girl du jour Ana Ivanovic on her way to a showdown with her sister Venus in the semi-final. Venus upset the formbook to prevail in a nail- bitingly tense three-set thriller, and then beat Virginie Razzano in the final. Here’s hoping the men keep up the standard set by the women.

Tennis talk

Speaking of punishing schedules, winner of the Dubai Tennis Championships, Venus Williams, seems to be more capable of taking things in her stride – even her warm down. Williams was spotted after one of her tennis victories at the Aviation Club gym. The tennis star moved from the cycling machine to a post-match rubdown, all while talking – without pause – on her mobile phone. Now that’s impressive.

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