August 14, 2007
Tennis stars in lap of luxury
By JODY VANCE -- Sun Media
Time to talk pampered and privileged stars, not the likes of Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears (this is not an article about rehab); instead, we discuss starlets who earn their spa treatments daily by way of sports.
If you'd like to see young ladies who don't spend their nights dancing, but rather sweating it out on the hard court, look no further than the Rogers Cup at Rexall Centre.
Tennis is hard work and these elite individuals have spent the better part of their young lives training 24/7 to be at this level. With that in mind, it is no surprise that they are a little spoiled when finished with their on-court opponents or press conferences.
For those of you who have never had access behind the velvet ropes of the Players Lounge at a WTA event, allow me to share the experience.
Like their movie star counterparts, the ladies of tennis are treated like royalty from the moment they arrive at the facility.
Think rock star, think movie star, think free stuff and spa treatments.
The ladies of tennis arrived at York University to a mountain of gifts in the form of their exclusive pass to the Tastemakers Lounge.
The folks behind the lounge are the same people who spoil stars with overflowing gift bags at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Junos and Geminis.
Sometimes a gift bag is just what a tennis superstar needs -- take Rogers Cup No. 1 seed Justine Henin for example. The petite Belgian needed a bag of any kind after her luggage was lost in transit to Pearson earlier in the week.
Everywhere you look inside those white tents that dot the landscape between courts at Rexall Centre, you will find gourmet food to die for, fancy stations for new hairdos or a spot to chill while getting a fresh coat of polish where one may have suffered a chip during an overhead smash.
So get out your best tennis whites and sunscreen and head to York U between now and Sunday's final. You'll be guaranteed great action even though you won't see Lindsay or Brit; the only rehab at Rexall is for sore muscles.
Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.