Archive for November 20th, 2007

louis cayer = andy murray’s new coach?

November 20, 2007

andy murray brad gilbert split

Thanks to this reader who gave us a tip on what Andy Murray might do about his coaching now that he’s broken up with Brad Gilbert (both links in French):

“Murray is working with Louis Cayer, a well-known coach in Canada. Anybody who has done anything involving tennis in Quebec has met with Louis Cayer at one time or another. Cayer was captain of the Davis Cup team [1994-2000] and of the Olympic team [2000], but he also had an impact on all kinds of players and coaches at all levels. The public will have seen him commenting matches on TV.

“Cayer is now working for the LTA and coaching [Andy's brother, Jamie,] in doubles. Everybody in the Murray family was impressed by Cayer’s work. Shortly after the US Open, Andy requested the services of Cayer for himself. Apparently, the two of them were working together when Gilbert was out of town [i.e., back in Florida].

“Since the breakup with Gilbert, the temporary arrangment is that Murray will work with Cayer for the next three weeks (from Monday Nov 19), and he will accompany Murray at his first tournament in Qatar. Cayer told the press that he already has a full-time job with the LTA, and that he already promised to accompany [Jamie] at 14 doubles tournaments. So, it doesn’t appear that Cayer will be able to coach Murray full time. But he will help him periodically to work on specific strokes.”

Bio: There’s also a brief bio of Cayer on this ITF page.

Edit: Fellow Scot Leon Smith might also be in the running. (Times) And photos of Andy practicing with Cayer are on Andy’s Flickr.

(photo by Getty Images)

maria promotes Tag Heuer in Hong Kong

November 20, 2007

maria sharapova - tag heuer - hong kong

Here’s a photo of Maria Sharapova doing some promo work in Hong Kong for Tag Heuer last week. She’s an ambassador for the company (along with Tiger Woods and Jeff Gordon, among others), and was likely promoting the pink Tag watch designed in her honor.

One more photo of Masha after the cut…

short balls: good doubles news, bad doubles news, what brad gilbert will do after a second andy dumping

November 20, 2007

Williams sisters to play doubles: The pair will participate in the Australian Open draw. Does this mean they’ll be able to play Beijing?

The Gilbert/LTA saga: Esteemed tennis coach Brad Gilbert will stay with the LTA even after his split with Andy Murray (that’s his second “Andy”… the first being Andy Roddick… and his third “And”… the other being Andre Agassi). The Scot will replace Gilbert with a team of experts. Meanwhile, LTA chief exec Roger Draper announced that Gilbert, whose contract has been renegotiated (just its duration — NOT his £750,000 in guaranteed earnings), will focus on getting British No. 2 Alex Bogdanovich to move up in the rankings (he’s currently at No. 161) and training other coaches. Of this move by Draper, critics are speaking out.

Wow: So. Many. Air Quotes.

Chasing a Canuck: Junior Jesse Levine has a suitor in Tennis Canada. (ZooTennis)

Checking in at Chennai: Rafa Nadal gives a Q&A for the Chennai Open. (Indiatimes)

Sometimes, it’s better after a break-up: A falling-out between Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor in May didn’t stop the duo from success. In fact, after losing their first 13 tourneys in 2007, they went on to win three — Roland Garros, Queen’s Club, and Tennis Masters Cup — of their last seven. (Nestor, who broke off the partnership, will play with Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic; Knowles will play with Mahesh Bhupathi. (The Globe and Mail)

(OT) Live from New York: Just because TV writers have struck doesn’t mean their creative juices have stopped flowing. SNLers performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade on Saturday night (with Michael Cera hosting), while a live version of 30 Rock played on Monday night. (NYT)

(OT) Child Matadors: Good read. (NYT)

(OT) Choking on growth: For those who want to get depressed, follow NYT‘s series on China’s growing pains.

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grass is always greener

November 20, 2007

rafael nadal - big biceps

Andy Roddick, not necessarily known for his guns, needed some work done to make his biceps worthy of Men’s Health back in May (much to Andy’s surprise). But even the giant arms of Rafael Nadal aren’t good enough for some. Or at least for this guy.

mishit: sampras and federer doll up for their exos

November 20, 2007

federer - sampras - exhibition

Here’s Pistol Pete and Darth Federer before squaring off at the Super Match VI in Seoul. I love it when a man isn’t afraid to wear fuschia!

Roger, having survived a scare at the TMC Shanghai, is now relaxed and looking forward to breaking more records (and perhaps nabbing gold at the Beijing Olympics) in 2008.

Scoreline: Federer was understandably nervous going up against his idol — and Pete put up a fight — but Roger got over it and won 6-4, 6-3. (A write-up of the match appears here.)

On the boob tube: Tennis Channel (I miss you, “The“!!) will air the Seoul exo on time delay at 7pm ET tonight. The broadcast will also appear on Tennis Channel’s website on Dec. 5.

The parade continues: The two will also play in Kuala Lumpur and at The Venetian in Macao.
federer - sampras - exhibition

For as much as these two were getting paid, couldn’t they have worn more appropriate shoes? Perhaps, like Venus Williams and Maria Kirilenko, all they needed to help the ensemble are elaborate headdresses.

(photo by Getty Images)

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