The 2008 ASB Classic is in progress, and we have three excellent things to help us follow this Tier IV tournament in Auckland, New Zealand – those are the ability to watch the tournament live on the internet (for free!), great reports of R.C. French who goes to the tournament every day, and daily ASB Classic’s podcasts.
You can watch a free 150kbps stream of the ASB Classic via PlanetStream; of course, the video quality may vary depending on your connection and computer hardware. A premium, high quality bandwidth stream is also available, at the cost of $14.95 for the entire tournament.
The other thing I want to mention is the blog called Yellowballin’. Its editor, tennis enthusiast R.C. French, lives in Auckland and visits the 2008 ASB Classic regularly. His reports are thorough, interesting, and I really recommend them.
And finally, there is the ASB Classic’s podcast. Kevin Sinnott and James McOnie, the ASB Wildcards, chat on various topics with the women participating in the tournament. So far, they’ve interviewed Camille Pin and Tamira Paszek. We’ve discovered Camille’s love of scuba diving, while Tamira tells us about her rusty hairclips, New Zealand’s coffee and Austrian cuisine. (sources: On the Baseline, Tennis Served Fresh)