Gossip extra

Late tennis great Arthur Ashe’s Doral home is for sale

 

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.”

pr carousel

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.

tattoo twins

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.

daddy fantasy?

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.

Read more Jose Lambiet stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category