trophy watch: gibson guitar gets it right + u.s. open

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You don’t know how happy I am that Todd Martin, who beat John McEnroe to win the inaugural Gibson Guitar Championships, received 50 Gs and and an electric guitar. Because really, who needs to take home yet another crystal vase? Good job, Outback!

And oh yeah: a little tournament called the U.S. Open happened this past fortnight, so they gave away some pretty nice prizes to some contestants, including trophies, a couple of checks on the north side of $1 million, and a Lexus.

Let’s take a look at the trophies.

Men’s singles: Roger Federer captured his 12th Grand Slam title after brushing off more than a few set points (Ten! on Djokovic‘s serve!). After three sets — 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4 — Federer ends up with $1.4 million and a Lexus.

As the U.S. Open champ, he also picks up an extra mil for winning the U.S. Open series. (A joke, really, since he only entered two tourneys for the summer.) Maria Sharapova was the series’ female winner.

Women’s singles: We all saw World No. 1 Justine Henin destroy Russian (and ’04 U.S. Open champ) Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 — ending her impressive two-week run without dropping a set. She took home a miniature version of that trophy along with $1.4 million.

Men’s doubles: Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle nabbed the men’s doubles title after beating Pavel Vizner and Lukas Dlouhy 7-5, 6-4. Aspelin and Knowle will split the $400,000 prize money (the runner-ups get $200,000).

Women’s doubles: JNP chimes in on this one. “Nathalie Dechy retains her tennis relevancy by defending her women’s doubles title, this time with Dinara Safina. They beat the the Taiwanese team of Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung 6-4 6-2. Good for them.”

Mixed doubles: the Belarusian pair Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka beat Leander Paes and Meghan Shaughnessy 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Juniors singles: Again, JNP. “Kristina Kucova won the junior girls title; she got really hot mid-way through the tourney and took advantage of that by winning the finals 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(4).” She took out the other Polish sensation, Urszula Radwanska.

And for the boys: “props to Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis; he easily won his match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland for the boy’s title. The scoreline: 6-3 6-4.”

For doubles: Eysseric and Inzerillo take the boys’ title, and Milevskaya and Radwanska (Urszula) take their second girls’ doubles title this year (they also won Roland Garros). (via ZooTennis)

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