Archive for April 16th, 2007

the graf-agassi machine

April 16, 2007

graf and agassi at the Ivy

The publicists for Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are working double-time, and their work is clearly paying off.

Save for yesterday’s on-court goof — and even that had a silver lining (Agassi and Graf were in town filming a segment for The Big Give) — press coverage of the couple has generally been favorable.

First there was news of the $5 million memoir and sold-out Idaho resort development.

Then they followed that up with a sweet but totally fluffy piece on Good Morning America. (Video here, transcipt here.)

As the Q rating goes back up, the paparazzi go in for the kill. People published a photo of the whole family in their April 9 issue. (via Celebrity Baby Blog)

And Just Jared posted photos from a dinner the two had at the Ivy in London. Look at Steffi’s outfit! yowza.

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sharapova update: new tv ads, clothes from nike, etc.

April 16, 2007

Lots of Maria Sharapova bits on the interwebs from the last few weeks…

maria-sharapova-gatorade1.jpg– Adding insult to right shoulder and left hamstring injury: the Body Mass Index (BMI) categorizes Maria as obese.

– Her April 11 doodle refers to a new commercial for the “Make Every Shot a Powershot” campaign. The ad will make its debut at the French Open. (Photos from the shoot available here.)

– And speaking of ads, her first ad with Gatorade (an endorsement deal announced at the beginning of this year) started rotation. Element 79 Partners shot the ad in Costa Rica. It uses melodies from the song “Maria” in the West Side Story. (Click here to watch the ad.)

– On her recent design meeting with Nike: “We basically sit around on couches, with magazines and architectural books piled up on the floor and brainstorm ideas…There is always a story behind everything they do or create… Our goal for that meeting was this year’s US Open…..after last year’s dress there’s a lot of pressure on creating something even more amazing…”


As a refresher, here are the dresses from the U.S. Open 2006; from left to right: her day dress, the bolero, the bolero from the back, her little black dress, and from the lbd from the back.

(Photos from the Masha Picture Thread at WTAworld.com)

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valencia: the trophy + fashion show photos

April 16, 2007

Nicolas Almagro took this trophy home after defending his title in Valencia. Wesley Moodie and Todd Perry, the doubles winners, received the same. (via Yahoo! Sports)

And here are photos from the fashion/style show (sponsored by American Crew) at the tournament:

Creepy.

(via Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana)

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