Archive for January 1st, 2008

short balls: jelena’s new website, santoro to break a record, what happened in singapore, etc.

January 1, 2008

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Jelena’s website: Jelena Jankovic finally rejoins the 21st century with the launch of her official website. (via WTB)

So, what happened in Singapore? The Maria Sharapova Live! event has come and gone (see Regentville’s review of the event here), and now Singapore is dealing with its effects. To capitalize on tennis-mania, some folks are planning to bring a tourney to the country by 2009. (via WTB)

Lindsay’s GS sched: Lindsay Davenport, this week competing at the ASB Classic, has committed to play only through the U.S. Open, and has announced that she won’t participate in this year’s French Open. (TNZH)

Santoro to break a record: Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, this week playing at the Qatar Open, will break a record he currently holds with Andre Agassi — that of appearing in 61 Grand Slam tournaments. Santoro will participate in his 62nd at the 2008 Australian Open. FYI, his first Grand Slam appearance was at the 1989 French Open. (CNN.com)

Ladies, take notice: Serena Williams came back from the off-season looking fit and trim. This could spell trouble for anyone else trying to win the Australian Open women’s titles (in both singles AND doubles) this year.

Maria’s Mama: We see father Yuri all the time, but never Momma Yelena. She made a rare appearance next to Maria‘s Christmas tree (at her Manhattan Beach pad?). DTL dug up this photo from Masha’s official website.

Plexicushion gets a thumbs down: Players are speaking out against the newly-installed Plexicushion surface at Melbourne Park. But really, Tennis Australia had no choice but to dump Rebound Ace after 20 years of not-so-good results for that country’s tennis future.

In case you’re keeping track: Spaniard Carlos Moya endorses Rolex. (newindpress.com)

…and Andy Murray makes some more additions to his training camp by signing Miles MacIagan (The Guardian)

…and Xavier Malisse does some charity work in between competing at this week’s Chennai Open. (The Hindu)

Enrique’s gift to Anna? Enrique Iglesias, longtime boyfriend of Anna Kournikova spent Christmas Day in a red thong. (Now)

An Australian Open Court: Open Court will leave her Canadian outpost later this month to cover the Australian Open. We can’t wait!

(photo via www.jj-jelenajankovic.com)

venus in vogue

January 1, 2008

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Venus Williams gets more buzz for her EleVen fashion line by getting into Vogue‘s list of the 10 Best-Dressed in 2007.

The other nine ladies inlcuded by the tennis-friendly fashion bible are actress Kate Bosworth, stylist Kathryn Neale, model Astrid Munoz, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, interior designer Kelly Wearstler, art dealer Amy Greenspon, stylist Caroline Sieber, Hillary Clinton staffer Huma Abedin, and model Agyness Deyn. The list appears in the January issue (with cover girl Kate Hudson).

(Maria Sharapova has also been featured in a Best-Dressed list, but only in the weekly version that appears on the magazine’s website. Not good enough for print, I guess?)

Read more about Vogue‘s Venus profile at Richard’s Court.

(scan via tennisweek.com)

asb classic’s podcasting

January 1, 2008

If you want to mix up your ingestion of tennis media, consider the podcasts coming out of the ASB Classic. Kevin Sinnott and James McOnie — the ASB Wildcards — chat with the women participating in the tourney about everything under the sun.

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They interviewed Camille Pin on Day 1, and we find out about her love of scuba diving. (SEWTA did a photo shoot with her during last year’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, above.)

And on Day 2 they talked to a very engaging Tamira Paszek about New Zealand’s coffee, Austrian cuisine (apparently, Kässpätzle is delicious), and her rusty hairclips.

Listen: You can keep up with the podcasts here or subscribe via RSS.

fashion: sharapova’s pleated aussie open dress

January 1, 2008

I was hoping that Richard’s Court would give us a preview of Maria Sharapova‘s Aussie Open gear (since he did it for Serena and Roger), but he’s leaving this task to retailers. Shipments of Nike‘s Spring 2008 line are available for general consumption…

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This classy and classic Flora dress has mesh pleating down the front and back and pleated ruffles on the skirt hem. We are totally in love with this thing. Are you? Tell us!

Buy: Nike Sharapova Australian Open Flora Dress (color: tweed) available for $110 at Midwest Sports.

See a European ad with Maria wearing the dress after the cut…

on foreskin and forehands

January 1, 2008

Must Watch Tennis All The Time wonders if foreskin, or the lack thereof, might be a reason why the Americans are failing miserably on the ATP Tour:

People say that not being circumsized makes you have a lot more feeling in your penis. Maybe, somehow, this extra feeling in the penis makes them have extra powers on the court.

…And so I wanted to try and make a list if all the top one hundred players who are not circumsized. I don’t know if the Russian do it, but my guess is not. So Safin might go on this list. And definitely Feliciano Lopez, Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer and possibly Juan Monaco, although I’m not entirely certain about the Argentines.

…Perhaps the ATP or the ITF would like to do a study on this. I would be more than willing to help.

I know a few other people who’d be willing to help with the research. And maybe she can use this picture to figure out Juan Monaco’s, uhm, situation.

Speaking of blogging, check out Colette Lewis (Zoo Tennis) and Peter Bodo (TennisWorld) talking about blogging’s effects on the sport. And if you haven’t done so yet, take a look at Nick’s blog, Tennis Chatter (his latest post is a 2008 preview of the women’s tour). He’s also been writing for Sportingo; see those articles here.

I wish everyone a happy and successful 2008. And I hope making this my first post of the year doesn’t come back to haunt me.


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