Archive for April 4th, 2011

tsf podcast: miami wraps, the andys falter and players kick from their heart

April 4, 2011

TSF Podcast April 2011 | Nick McCarvel with David Thorpe | For a quick, easly download in iTunes, just click link

He said, He said: David and Nick’s take on Miami: TSF Podcast April 2011

With the quick passing of Indian Wells and Miami there will be no big-time hardcourt tennis in the U.S. until July. David and I discuss what went right (and wrong) in Key Biscayne this past week, as we predict what the downswing means for a pair of Andys and look to a clay season dusted in question marks for Novak Djokovic. Was soccer the right choice for the men’s Japan fundraiser? And will the women’s tour have a flourish of its top talent rising from the doldrums to compete in a Willliams-sister-less tour? Click on the link above to find out.

(Image by AFP)

tennis warehouse renews partnership with wta’s website

April 4, 2011

Tennis Warehouse continues its dominance of the market, announcing today that they’ve renewed their lonstanding partnership with the WTA. This makes 2011-2012 the 10th year that TW has been the official retailer of the tour’s website.

Release: See the complete media release after the cut…

reebok’s fruit: purple peer is in season

April 4, 2011

It’s no Sharapova Swan Dress, but we smiled just the same upon seeing the pleats on this purple Reebok dress, currently worn by WTAer Shahar Peer. TSF ran into her — in uniform — at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, giving us a chance to see the detail on the tank’s straps and the skirt’s hem. The dress from this Vibrance Statement collection has pleating all around the bust.

Buy: Reebok Vibrance Statement Dress, $53.95; Tank, $41.95; Skirt, $37.95 in Malibu Blue (teal), Black, or Purple, midwestsports.com

Hitting the dirt: Peer is seeded fifth at this week’s Family Circle Cup in Charleston. The rest of the top eight: Wozniacki, Stosur, Jankovic, Bartoli, Wickmayer, Petrova, and Kleybanova. Get all the tourney info on their website.

(images via Getty Images)

street fashion photography at its finest

April 4, 2011

Make sure to check out the documentary on photographer Bill Cunningham, whose images have been gracing the pages of The New York Times since the late 1970s. He has two photo-heavy columns — one on street fashion, “On the Street“; another on society, “Evening Hours” — that appear in the newspaper’s Sunday Styles section.

Because he celebrates those who make a statement, we wonder: which players’ styles would make a tennis edition of “On The Street”? Venus? Nadia? Bethanie?

More info: Including trailers, bios, reviews, and other bits — Bill Cunningham New York.

trophy watch: two-time charmers in nole & vika

April 4, 2011

Miami rising: Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic are four-of-five on the Miami front, winning their respective title matches over the weekend and capturing their second title, each. Nole took down Rafael Nadal in what many were calling the best match of the year so far, the Serb winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Vika had an easier time in the final, winning a shriek-fest against a resurgent Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4.

TSF Vault: Nole kissing the cup in 2007

Four and one: Novak won this title way back in 2007, beating (remember this guy?!) Guillermo Canas. Djoko would lose in the ’08 final to Andy Murray. Oh, and BTW: Nole is now 24-0 on the year. As for Azarenka, the Belarussian scrapped together a title just in time, so it seems. After starting the year a precocious 9-5 she won six straight matches in Key Biscayne, including victories over Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva in the run up to the title. Azarenka won this tournament in 2009, beating Serena Williams in an odd final. Comebined, Djokovic and she are 4-1 in Miami title matches.

(Images via Getty Images)


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