Archive for March 14th, 2009

asians represent!

March 14, 2009

Gilles Simon just got a standing ovation after successfulluy fending off Taiwanese player Yen-Hsun Lu in three sets. The second round men’s singles the BNP Paribas Open was pretty high-quality… 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 or something like that.

Congrats to him and a pat on the back to Lu for showing the world that the Chinese men can play ball like the rest of ‘em!

Event minutiae: Meanwhile, we’re all waiting for Blake and Nieminen to go into a third set at Stadium 1, because if Blake wins in 2, we’ll have to schlep all the way there to watch Hewitt/Gonzo. Otherwise, Hewitt/Gonzo stays here, as planned.

(Yep, folks, these are the things tourney organizers have to think about!)

…Poor Blake, but yay for us, because he’s mired in a third set against the Finn. Hewitt/Gonzo starts soon.

the king(ston) has entered the building

March 14, 2009

Gavin and Gwen are going to be watching this afternoon’s 2nd round singles match between Roger Federer and Marc Gicquel.

flavio cipolla’s new fans

March 14, 2009

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Perhaps just in shock after experiencing a Federer practice session, but an unusual number of folks were on hand to watch the relatively unknown Italian Flavio Cipolla finish out his drills. No need to twist my arm, though — we’re all about Flavio’s looks (buzzed hair) and signature bright blue Diadora shoes.

Speaking of, can we have a commissioner moment? The tours should give each player name plates to hang near the courts during their practices. This would make it easier for fans to familiarize themselves with the non-“names” of the tour, no?

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dulko vs. mattek-sands

March 14, 2009

Marriage has tamed the wild beast that is Bethanie Mattek. She went from skimpy bebe sport pieces to last night’s brooched vest –very Chico’s — and today’s neon pink tank and grey/white pleated skort.

Meanwhile, the svelte Gisela Dulko looks cute in last season’s orange and white ensemble from Lacoste (from her headband down to her Repels!). Alize Cornet is out here somewhere… I wonder what they’ve given her to wear?

janko @ the fashion show?

March 14, 2009

There’s talk of Janko or Dmitry gettin’ some runway time at tonight’s Fila/Trina Turk fashion show (hosted by Carlos Diaz of Extra).

Isn’t there some dance I can do to the tennis gods to have it tip Tipsy’s way?

double feature

March 14, 2009

Mattek-Sands is playing singles (vs. Dulko) AND doubles (with Washington, vs. Kuzie and Mauresmo) today.

gasquet/llodra

March 14, 2009

Gasquet vs. Llodra in Stadium 2 is PACKED. Whodathunk?


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