Archive for January 24th, 2008

short balls: safin’s sex face, virtual fashion mess, night tennis hangs on, etc.

January 24, 2008

Sex face: Apparently, Marat Safin‘s sex face is satisfying, and Roddick‘s is intense. (Jezebel)

Player blogs: Nothing worthwhile in Marcos BaghdatisATP blog from this week. We were hoping for insight, perhaps, into that whole mess with Turkey?

Russian ritual: The Age hosted a column for Ana Ivanovic. On Svetlana Kuznetsova — “you always know she’s in [the locker room] when you hear loud dance music.” On her current life — it’s not that glam. On court coaching — do it all the time or don’t do it at all.

Props: ESPN’s Bonnie D. Ford sums up the off-court scandals clouding the game of Sania Mirza. And of the folks who took the Dostoevsky angle when writing up that epic Federer-Tipsarevic match, she wrote it up best.

Second-life DOA: IBM decided to promote its sponsorship of the Australian Open with a quickie virtual fashion contest. The winner of “Couture on the Court” wins the SL equivalent of $927. I can only hope many of the entries were better than this Bethanie Mattek knock-off.

Consider our hearts broken: One of the better folks to rock the Nike standard issue, Feliciano Lopez, has jumped ship to Spanish sportswear company Joma Sport. See their website here. (DTL)

Night tennis of the living dead: This event just. won’t. die. (HS)

rafa = this week’s best dressed?

January 24, 2008

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Rafa’s consolation: Oh, Rafa. I know you’re sad about failing on the hardcourts yet again — this time losing to an on-fire Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the men’s semifinals at the Australian Open.

Hey, at least you can take solace in the Herald Sun thinking you were this fortnight’s best dressed.

Buy: The Nike Spring Global Power Sleeveless Top, $55; Global Power 3/4 pants, $55.

Nadal joins fellow Tsonga scalps Richard Gasquet, shotmaker Andy Murray and the slice-happy Mikhail Youzhny in the sidelines while Tsonga awaits the winner of the Federer-Nole semi.

I guess the new court surface didn’t buckle the trend of unpredictability Down Under.

(photo by Getty Images)

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sightings from the stands: djokovic downs hewitt

January 24, 2008

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Enjoy it while it lasts, folks. Our days of admiring the cute Bec Hewitt are numbered.

More photos: And Lleyton‘s bodybuilding sister, Jaslyn, was also on hand the Aussie’s fourth round match against Nole Djokovic. after the cut…

partners, in repels, closer to a title

January 24, 2008

At the risk of becoming hyper-homoerotic

Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement, the reigning Wimbledon champs, can beef up their trophy case with an Australian Open title this year. They’ll face the Israeli team of Andy Ram and Jonathan Ehrlich in the finals after beating Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie 6-3, 7-6 (9).

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Aww, look at them celebrating their semifinal win. FYI, they’re both wearing Lacoste Repels. I was weary of the honeycombs at first… but it’s a cool design pattern. (By the way, I know I said the shoes would drop in the Spring, but I haven’t seen them for sale stateside yet.)


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