((Photo courtesy of Fogleman…)
City liquor board Chairman Steve Fogleman has a new sideline, as a tennis reporter.
Fogleman, who avidly tweets about liquor board business under the handle BaltoBeerBaron, started a new Twitter feed this month under the name Tennis Maryland.
Fogleman played tennis as a kid, though never competitively, and has followed professional tennis closely as an adult. On BaltoBeerBaron, he's been mixing tweets about liquor-license transfers with the likes of news on the Williams sisters.
"I was worried that some people were bored with some things I tweet around tennis season -- Wimbledon and the U.S. Open," he said.
So he launched the Tennis Maryland feed, and then a blog, TennisMaryland.com, which promotes tennis in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, particularly tennis events for kids. The blog entitled him to media credentials for the Citi Open Women's Tennis Championship, which starts Saturday in College Park.
I spoke to Fogleman Friday morning, as he was on his way to Washington for the draw ceremony. The cub reporter expected to have a Twitter exclusive.
"I'm the only person in tennis Twitterverse who would agree to tweet the names of people who are playing each other so we don’t need to wait an hour until it’s posted on a website," Fogleman said.
"Shahar is superstitious, so she won't watch the draw," he Tweeted about 12:15 p.m. "She will return for interviews after it is over."
And then, four minutes later: "Shahar will face Qualifier in 1st round."
He'll cover the tournament all week, without neglecting his law practice or liquor board duties, of course."You have your fantasy camp for old guys to play baseball," said Fogleman, 42. "My fantasy camp is to be a sports reporter for a week."