The tennis career of Anna Kournikova, which has never been as aesthetically pleasing as certain other aspects of the 22-year-old Russian player, could soon be put out of its misery. Kournikova told London's Evening Standard she may retire early next year to pursue a career as an actress. "I'd love to appear in something like Sex and the City or Friends," the winless wonder told the paper, apparently unconcerned that each show is in its final season. "I get offered lots of those sorts of jobs, but I've never had time to pursue them because of my tennis." So far she has faced down the camera with mixed results: She pouted adequately as the spurned girlfriend in the video for her boyfriend Enrique Iglesias's Escape, and she recently hosted the World Music Awards in Monaco, but in her stint as a roving reporter for the USA Network at the U.S. Open, which ended early, she looked extremely awkward. Still, Kournikova, who has played in only six matches this year, will probably not miss the court, where she has been plagued by back problems. "The doctors say it's chronic because it keeps coming back," she explained.
?Playwright Chuck Evered, a lifelong Red Sox fan whose current play, Wilderness of Mirrors, has received favorable reviews, just finished Ted's Head, a two-man play about a mismatched pair of brothers who scheme to abscond with Ted Williams's frozen head and bury it in Fenway Park. "As these stories about his body came out, I just got more and more upset, and so I wanted to write a story to vent that frustration," Evered says. "The tone of the play, even though it's about Ted's head, is extremely respectful. It takes the point of view of any Bosox fan, which is that we've got to do something about this." Evered's reps at the William Morris Agency are shopping the project with an eye toward getting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to star.
?Bostonians may have experienced depression and anger last week, but they also had...haiku. Hours after the Yankees won Game 7 of the ALCS a website dedicated to expressing the agony of being a Red Sox fan in the traditional Japanese 17-syllable verse form had sprung up on the Internet. Among the more poignant submissions on www.redsoxhaiku.com is:
Going, going, gone
In the eleventh inning
Winter has begun
And our favorite, which, amazingly, doesn't single out Grady Little:
Stick a fork in it
Pedro? Trot? Doesn't matter
Who. The Sox are done.
?The Songbird who sang Snowbird did better than a birdie last week. Country crooner Anne Murray, 58, aced the 108-yard 17th hole at Kaluhyat Golf Club at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y., with a nine-iron, becoming the first woman amateur to score a hole in one on the hole. "It was a thrill," said Murray, who plays up to four times a week and is a 15 handicap. "I still can't believe it."... Mike Tyson is shopping a tell-all memoir, but he's having trouble even getting some New York publishers to meet with him.