Will a Brit fit? Pink and black will dominate the 17-piece line to be released this fall from Fred Perry in collaboration with Amy Winehouse. From the press release: “a girly twinset has Fifties sex siren written all over it, gingham goes from homely to hot, pencil skirts become dangerously short, Capri pants find a punk-inspired edge, a mini bowling shirtdress flaunts in equal measure.” While we know this isn’t performancewear, wouldn’t it be fun to see one of the ladies wear this on the court? (Robson? Baltacha?)
Archive for October 13th, 2010
In case you’re having a slow afternoon, here are three tennis-related drawings you can enter…
Fun in the sun: Tennis Now’s running a Sony Ericsson Open drawing. The winner will receive a trip for 2 to Miami tournament next year. Prize includes airfare from a major US city to Miami, 3 nights of hotel stay, and tickets to 2 days of the tournament. Entry closes at 12am ET on December 31, 2010. Tournament dates: March 21-April 3, 2011.
A sport for all…. women: Make sure to put your name in for the Wailea Tennis Camp Sweepstakes at 4all (the company formerly known as jofit); they’re giving away four spots at the Wailea Fantasy Camp, held Nov. 17-21 in Maui, and with pros such as Tom Guillikson, Michael Russell, Lindsay Davenport, and Corina Morariu helping with instruction. Winners will also get roundtrip airfare and three nights at the Four Seasons Maui. We’re irked that this raffle’s for ladies only, but still, we’re excited someone gets to do drills with Linds! (Enter; deadline is Oct. 17)
You had us at “blue balls”: At Bjorn Borg, count the number of blue balls you find as you scour their site. Contest ends October 18.
The current landing page over at Bjorn Borg‘s site.
(screengrab via bjornborg.com)
Justine Henin made her return to Belgian television earlier this week by singing and dancing on a variety TV show. Singing the song “Now It’s Time” on the show Cap 48. Was that lip synching we saw there, JuJu? Might have to refer to this video to figure it out. Hopefully Lady Henin didn’t re-injure her elbow in said dance routine, in which she wore a bright white pant suit, black dance shoes and had her hair put up. Now we get why she wants her phone on a desert island: she has the Autotune app.
Justine is scheduled to take on Kim Clijsters in an exhibition in December, though she hasn’t made her 2011 schedule public yet. Guga Kuerten is due to play an exhibition in his home country of Brazil in December as well, flying down former rival Andre Agassi for a little hit and giggle. Fame bound? Meanwhile, Andre headlines the 2011 ballot for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The last time Andre was in Newport? To help honor his wife Steffi during her own induction in 2007.
With the tennis season winding down, the exo season is picking up. The Belgians will do battle in their home country and Guga has Andre going south. Roger has invited Rafa up to Switzerland for a duel of their own, which, if the trailer runs true, will be mostly giggling and not much hitting. Stateside, no less than four exo’s will take place in November and December, with players like Anna Kournikova, Martina Navratilova, Mark Philippoussis, Mardy Fish and the Bryan Brothers participating in one event or another. (Line up: Surprise, Ariz. | Delray Beach | DC | Vero Beach, Fla.) (Exhibition info from tenniswire.org)
The season is prematurely over for a myriad of WTA ladies, including Venus, Serena and Maria Sharapova. The Williams sisters will not only miss the Season Ending Championships but also the Fed Cup finals, which they had expressed interest in playing after controversy swirled in their lack of participation in the team’s ties earlier in the year.
More of short balls – featuring short(er) balls – after the cut. (more…)