THE SHAD TRADES KEYBOARD AND POLITICS FOR THE MICROPHONE AND WORLD-CLASS TENNIS NEXT WEEK

Despite what his friends (and political detractors for that matter) think, The Shad has interests other than politics. Next week, as I have done for the past 11 years, I’ll be returning to the spot behind the microphone as the stadium announcer for the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven. It all sort of dates back to my days in radio. Ever since Colin McEnroe, for whom I regularly subbed, was taken off WTIC-AM radio (and apparently he takes no time off from WNPR where he now has a show), I’ve had no outlet other than as an occasional guest.

The Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament is a fantastically run show that starts today (qualifying) and goes right through next Saturday (the championships). In The Shad’s humble opinion—and with apologies to golf fans—it is the premiere sports even in the state. This year’s tournament has a fantastic field featuring two-time defending women’s champion “Sweet” Caroline Wozniacki and home-grown, fan-favorite James Blake of Fairfield and Harvard. There are also events other than tennis that the casual fan will enjoy.

So posts on The Hanging Shad will be spotty next week and will likely include some tennis updates.