For sale: U.S. tennis legend Arthur Ashe’s old house in Doral — at four times what Ashe sold it for in 1992. These days, the property at 9473 NW 49th Doral Lane at Doral Estates looks like your average suburban number — even with a price tag of $1.2 million.
But area old timers know it was owned by Ashe, the first black American tennis champ, and his wife Jeanne for nearly 10 years.
According to newspaper accounts of the era, Ashe moved in a year after he retired from the sport with three Grand Slam titles and became a featured speaker for conventioneers at Doral Country Club.
He played charity and exhibition matches in the community.
Ashe had become an icon when he died in 1993. He was just 49 and announced months earlier he had AIDS.
Realtors in the Doral area were reluctant to talk about the home, which is not advertised as Ashe’s old place.
It has been on the market for nearly a year, and MLS listings describes it as a three-bedroom, three-bathroom beauty that’s “perfect for entertaining.”
Remember Spero Canton?
Back in Ron Burgundy’s mid-1970s, the guy was one of Miami’s high-profile anchormen. He worked both for WTVJ-Channel 6 and WPLG-Channel 10.
He left town for a few years then returned as cable TV provider Comcast’s head of public relations and host of Comcast Newsmakers.
Then, during the holidays, Canton was canned.
“They just did away with my position,” Canton said, adding the job would be shifted further north.
What’s next for Canton, 62?
“I started a public relations agency with two friends,” Canton said. “We’re specializing in establishing PR strategies and implementing them.”
The name? Three Guys Communications.
Who did Miami Heat star Chris Birdman Andersen call on to help him promote his new Freebird boxer shorts at Aventura Mall?
Why, the area’s other tatted out wonder, rapper-turned-TV-home-improvement-guru Vanilla Ice.
Makes sense: Andersen’s undies are designed to look like his neck tats.
LeBron James’ daddy issue could be taken care of later this month.
A Washington lawyer named Leicester Bryce Stovell has claimed in two court cases that he and the Miami Heat frontman’s mom were on-and-off lovers about 30 years ago, and their flings eventually produced the NBA star.
Thing is, filing his cases properly have proved to be a problem for Stovell, according to records.
The latest: Stovell claims he can’t pay the $500 filing fee for an appeal after a lower court threw out his claims.
Now, he has been given until Feb. 28 to either file a request for taxpayers’ assistance or come up with the cash — or the appeal will be thrown out, according to court records.
Stovell can’t be contacted at his several office phone numbers.
Serena on the move
Six-time Sony Open winner Serena Williams is moving on up.
Williams, 32, has just bought a $4.1 million vacant property in Jupiter’s Bears Club, Jack Nicklaus’ fancy golf community.
Is she changing sports?
Unlikely, but she’ll find some famous faces nearby: Michael Jordan lives seven doors away.