Archive for September 17th, 2007

whatever happened to… monica seles?

September 17, 2007

Monica Seles played an exhibition match against Martina Navratilova in the final weekend of the ATP BCR Open Romania in Bucharest.

Did anyone else think that 33-year-old Seles looked significantly older than the 51-year-old Navratilova?

Anyone?

UPDATE: According to monica-seles.com, Seles beat Navratilova 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.

The duo had also played an exo in New Orleans three days earlier.

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hantuchova’s fall look: stick with black

September 17, 2007

Daniela Hantuchova made it all the way to the finals of last week’s Commonwealth Bank Classic before falling to new mom Lindsay Davenport in three sets.

The Slovakian gives Russian Maria Kirilenko a run for best-dressed female tennis player as she continues her great run of black Nike separates for the fall.

Hantuchova competed in Bali wearing two version of the Fall Control Seamless Tank and a skort. She paired it with the wide-collared Maria Flirt jacket for warm-ups.

All this after participating in the U.S. Open wearing the Flirt Racer Tennis Tank, which has twisted straps, a racer back, and a very feminine cable design on the center back. Daniela also wore a ruffled skort.

masha might have gotten the cold shoulder…

September 17, 2007

…but she looked good while it was happening.

As was reported in the Guardian and other papers, the 2004 Wimbledon champ’s Fed Cup teammates saw right through her cameo at the final tie, chalking it up as a self-serving publicity stunt and part of the Siberian’s master plan to make a go for next year’s Beijing Olympics.

Maria dutifully hung out courtside in her Bosco Sport outfit, cheering on teammates Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Nadia Petrova, and Elena Vesnina in their victory over Italy in the finals. But she also made sure to get in some autograph sessions. (And of course she did it in style, accesorizing the white mandarin collar blazer with pearl drop earrings).

She seemed genuinely engaged in what was going on this past weekend, but you know she got some “A-frame” hugs from Sveta and Chakvetadze, neither of whom wanted Masha around.

“To be honest, I don’t know why she came,” [Kuznetsova], who has never been the best of friends with Sharapova, told Russian media on the eve of the tie.

“What’s the point of coming here all the way from America if you can’t play? She said she wanted to help our preparation and be our practice partner but, to me, if you can’t play how then can you practise? It just doesn’t make sense.”

After clinching victory for Russia on Sunday, Kuznetsova again was asked about Sharapova’s presence. “Oh please, don’t ask me that question again,” she snapped back. “I had enough already.”

oh snap. And Chakvetadze adds her two cents:

“If you haven’t played Fed Cup all year, it wouldn’t be fair just to show up for the final,” she said. “It’s not fair to all the other girls who committed themselves to the team’s cause.”

Aww, they look like such a happy family.

(photos by Getty Images)

fed up with fed cup

September 17, 2007

It really pisses me off when conflicting clothing sponsorships reduce tennis players to slapping on these white “country name” patches and expect them to pass as “uniforms”.

Meanwhile, Bosco Sport continues to churn out awesome team uniforms for the Russians. (Here’s how they dressed the Russian men.) They were also involved with outfitting the Russian Olympic contingents who participated in the Winter Games in Torino and the Summer Games in Athens.

Browse: See some Bosco Sport goods here.

Can’t Fed Cup do better? (Davis Cup suffers from similar problems.) Or are the clothing sponsors to blame? I don’t care who’s at fault — someone just needs to fix this ASAP. The white patch looked awful with the rest of Chakvetadze‘s adidas outfit!

P.S. Sveta looked good in this all-white version of her Fila Collezione outfit. (She wore the red tank for the U.S. Open.)

/rant

photos: tommy robredo practices in beijing

September 17, 2007

What would this blog be without gratuitous shirtless shots of our favorite ATPers?

Here’s 2007 China Open finalist Tommy Robredo practicing before some of his matches in Beijing last week.

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trophy watch, b-list ed.: beijing, bali, bucharest

September 17, 2007

Don’t kiss the trophy — it might have lead!: Chilean Fernando Gonzalez defeated Tommy Robredo at the China Men’s Open Tennis Tournament in Beijing. Gonzalez needed three sets — 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 — to clinch his first title of 2007 (after a title-less 2006).

And the BCR Open Romania also produced a three-set final. Frenchman Gilles Simon (right) down local fave Victor Hanescu 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to earn his second career singles title.

Golden doorstop: New mom Lindsay Davenport won in her first singles tournament back from maternity leave by beating Dani Hantuchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. But what’s $32,000 when you have a cute baby like Jagger?

And in Bali Open doubles, Shengnan Sun, left, and Chunmei Ji took the crown.

We’ll save Fed Cup (congrats, Russia!) for another post.

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guga videos + he mulls retirement

September 17, 2007

Here are some promotional videos created by Marcelo Bala (1, 2, 3) for Guga Kuerten‘s eponymous clothing line.

The Jack Johnson(esque?) soundtrack that accompanies the motion graphics are totally what I would expect: laid back, unharshed mellow, surfer.

FYI: in a press conference last week, Kuerten shared that he’ll consider retiring from pro tennis if he can’t compete at a high level within this next year. (It’s not like he won’t have enough to do: there’s his children’s foundation, his clothing line, and appearing at exhibitions, etc.)

Kuerten has been chosen as a reserve when Brazil plays Austria in Davis Cup Word Group playoffs Sept. 21-23.

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