Support Local Journalism. Donate to Cleveland Scene.

You've Been Served 

Serena and Venus bring their game to the Q.

Love to love you, baby. Serena Williams causes a racket at the Q.
  • Love to love you, baby. Serena Williams causes a racket at the Q.
THU 12/1

Reigning Wimbledon champ Venus Williams views the Williams Sisters Tour as more of a tune-up for the Australian Open in January than a grudge match against her equally successful sister, Serena. And she admits to needing the practice, since she dropped out of a tournament in Switzerland earlier this year because of leg and ankle pains. "I'm just getting back into the groove," says Venus, 25, who's ranked 10th in the world. "I'll definitely get some match play in against my sister and get ready for Melbourne."

Before the 2006 tennis season starts, the sisters square off against each other on a three-city mini-tour that brings them to Cleveland on Thursday. Says the 24-year-old Serena, who's ranked 11th: "It's our opportunity to interact with people who've never had the chance to see us play live."

It could be our last chance to see them on the same court, since Serena hints that she may retire to become an actress or fashion designer. "I can't play tennis the way a doctor can be a doctor for 50 years. I can only be a tennis player for a decade, 15 years at best. It's smart to have something different in mind." The sibling rivalry comes to Quicken Loans Arena (100 Gateway Plaza) at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $20; call 216-420-2200. -- Cris Glaser

Chutes to Thrill
The season's one bright spot is now open.

12/1-3/5

There isn't much that we like about winter, but one thing that makes those five long months bearable is Cleveland Metroparks' Chalet Toboggan Chutes. Those two refrigerated slabs of ice -- which begin with a vertical drop of 70 feet and extend more than 700 feet -- make us feel like a member of an Olympic bobsled team. The toboggan chutes are open through March 5 at the Chalet Recreation Area (on Valley Parkway, between routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville). Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8, $6 for kids (one-time ride tickets are also available for $3). Call 440-572-9990 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, Scene Magazine has been keeping Cleveland informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources, especially as we all deal with the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost everything Scene is about -- our stories, our events, our advertisers -- comes down to getting together. With events on hold, and no print distribution for the foreseeable future, every little bit helps.

A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to Scene. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.

Latest in Sports/Outdoors

More by Michael Gallucci

More by Cris Glaser

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation