Archive for May 8th, 2007

short balls “c” edition: carson, canas, cbs, college tennis, etc.

May 8, 2007

It’s on for Carson: The city adds a few more notches to its tennis belt. The Home Depot Center will host both a men’s and women’s Challenger tournaments in the early summer.

Not so fast, TTC: CBS announced that they have cut a more profitable deal with the USTA in renewing their coverage of the U.S. Open and U.S. Open series tournaments. CBS has rights through 2011. And the TTC is chugging along with its own plans of domination, offering free previews of the channel in different media markets. (via Variety and Tennis News)

Roger & Me: The only thing I love more than stories about meeting players are references to I Love Lucy. [via Kenneth in the (212)]

canas roma 07Canas has finally arrived: The TimesNeil Harman sums up Guillermo Canasreturn to tennis elite after a 15-month doping-related suspension. Sad moment: soon after the doping scandal broke, Canas was turned away from the U.S. Open as a spectator.

After this week’s TMS Rome, the Argentinian will no longer need to play qualies. And he has no points to defend between now and September. Will he join the rest of the top 20, picking up Federer’s sloppy seconds, or will he be feasting from the Swiss rankings pie? Something tells me it’s the latter. He’s currently 3-1 against the world number one.

Local NCAA players return to Athens: Pepperdine looks to repeat as the men’s team champions, Trojan Lindsey Nelson looks to avenge her loss in last year’s final against Cardinal Suzi Babos (who Nelson beat in last month’s Pac-10 championship), and UCLA’s Benjamin Kohlloeffel will defend his men’s singles crown.

Borg’s back: After a seven-year absence, Wimbledon legend Bjorn Borg will make an appearance at this year’s tournament. He seems to have made peace with the sport after all these years. The Swede will also play the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament (an exhibition, of course) in mid-June. (via the Evening Standard)

“oops” — Ralph Lauren got into trouble with their Wimbledon blazers

May 8, 2007

David and Victoria Beckham got PISSED when Ralph Lauren ran away with photos of Romeo (left) and Brooklyn Beckham (right).

The press release read: “Polo Ralph Lauren is pleased to announce that Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham wore the children’s Wimbledon blazer by Ralph Lauren to the christening of Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell, 22nd April 07.”

It added, “Please note that these photos are not the property of Polo Ralph Lauren, for reference only”, and told of where to buy pictures.

Yikes. The Beckhams protect their children from the paparazzi, and they didn’t appreciate their kids being exploited, and at a private event at that.

After some backpedaling on the part of Ralph Lauren, a spokesperson for the company says the issue has been resolved (likely by showering the Beckhams with plenty of free clothes).

Hmmm. You folks behind all this are pretty smart. Way to keep the Wimbledon brand buzzing. First you announce equal pay for men’s and women’s winners (this, after decades of standing your ground to pay the men more). Then you make your 2007 total prize money the largest payout for a single sporting event. Then you ruffle the feathers of the UK power couple, who has been outed as having Wimbledon Ralph Lauren in their closet. Now those blazers are going to be the next Crocs.

(Oh yeah, Damian Hurley, Elizabeth‘s son, has been spotted with the blazer, too.)

via UKFashionhouse.com, photo via Just Jared

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davydenko visits lisbon aquarium

May 8, 2007

Along with being the highest ranked ATP player without a Grand Slam title, our favorite under-the-radar Russian, Nikolay Davydenko, can add another distinction to his name: the man’s a ham.

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I’ll forgive the cheesy poses because he went out of his way to visit the Oceanario de Lisboa while in town for the Estoril Open.

tim hawkinson - zoopsia(By the way, if you’re into fish — or just creatures in general, really — and happen to be in Los Angeles, check out the Tim Hawkinson Zoopsia exhibit at the Getty. I highly recommend the octopus photocollage. And the found object sculptures at the Skirball’s new Noah’s Ark installation are just up the street. But I digress…)

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This beautiful aquarium sits on the Targus river. Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates for the Expo 1998, the structure is comprised of stone piers, steel masts, and cables supporting a roof of glass sheets.

from the Estoril Open website.

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