Archive for April 26th, 2011

25 years later, maria keeps chernobyl on the radar

April 26, 2011

Today marked the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine, and Maria Sharapova continues to try and bring awareness to the lives of those forced to flee the contaminated region and the heroism of the emergency workers who responded to the situation. (Read: Maria’s message.)

Meanwhile, she’s done lots leading up to today, teaming up with Nike earlier this year to create a tee (pictured above), and she’s beefed up a special section on her website to highlight the cause and her work as a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador.

More:In Ukraine, Scars Of Chernobyl Disaster Remain Raw,” Morning Edition. Listen: Audio version

(photo by TSF from Indian Wells)

want: novak shirt from the serbia open store

April 26, 2011

Window shopping: TSF’s had its moments of “hunh?” with the hairstyles of Novak Djokovic — especially when he lets a buzzed head overgrow into Chia Pet territory — so we smiled upon seeing this shirt that is all about that. These are the goods being sold on-site at this week’s Serbia Open. (Flashback: An old shirt with a Nole-specific ‘do.)

Fingers crossed: We can only hope they dove off the deep end and actually printed this one.

Brackets: Nole headlines the night match tomorrow. He’ll go up against qualifier Adrian Ungur. OOP is below.

SERBIA OPEN – ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, 27 APRIL, 2011

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
B Kavcic (SLO) vs R Mello (BRA)

Not Before 2:00 PM
M Berrer (GER) vs [4] A Montanes (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 PM
F Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] F Gonzalez (CHI)

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] A Ungur (ROU)
C Fleming (GBR) / D Martin (USA) vs S Gonzalez (MEX) / I Zelenay (SVK)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
S Devvarman (IND) / T Huey (PHI) vs [2] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR)
Y Lu (TPE) / M Zverev (GER) vs F Ferreiro (BRA) / A Sa (BRA)
[4] O Marach (AUT) / A Peya (AUT) vs M Elgin (RUS) / M Kukushkin (KAZ)

Not Before 5:00 PM
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs K Nishikori (JPN) / L Zovko (CRO)

(image by Pedja Milosavljevic at serbiaopen.rs)

more on raptor nation

April 26, 2011

More info on the dino-themed shirts worn by the boys who vied for this year’s Easter Bowl. Raptor Nation‘s founded by the dad of junior Marcus Nalley. Their website’s still under construction, but accessible here.

(tip via ZooTennis)

one giant through, the other falls

April 26, 2011

Varying versions of that honeycomb pattern were on the Nike dudes as they showed up for clay events this week. JMdP wore the Green Apple version of the Showdown Movement tee during his first-round win at the Estoril Open, where he needed to beat Portuguese qualifier Pedro Sousa 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to advance. Delpo has a potential quarterfinal match against top seed Robin Soderling. Draw: Estoril Open.

Buy: Nike Showdown Movement Tennis Top, Green Apple and Tour Yellow, $55, tennisexpress.com.

And in Belgrade, John Isner‘s run at the Serbia Open ended abrubtly with his 6-4, 7-6 (4) loss to Ricardo Mello, who’ll next face Blaz Kavcic. He shares the same quarter as top seed Djokovic. Live scores: Get caught up on the happenings here.

(Isner image via serbiaopen.rs; Delpo image via Getty Images)

shirtless: tim smyczek

April 26, 2011

Anyone else ready to make this Donald Young vs. P-Mac story about Tim Smyczek instead? (Aside from Forty Deuce, we mean.) After all, Tim’s the guy who beat Young 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in that USTA six-man playoff in Boca West to nab a wildcard spot into Roland Garros this year. FYI: Smyczek’s never played the French. On the women’s side, top seed Irina Falconi beat third seed Julia Boserup 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

More news: Dunlop announced today that they’re making Tim a part of their roster (though he’s been playing with their racquets even before the signing). His apparel and shoes are via adidas.

Shirtless: Here’s Smyczek getting sun and practice at this year’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. On the other side of the net: Ryan Sweeting. Enjoy!

(images by TSF)

spotted in the city: caro’s all in and mlb fan cave

April 26, 2011

Window treatment: The window spot has been up and down for Caroline Wozniacki — the face (and bod) for the Stella McCartney line — at the adidas store in SoHo. But she’s “all in” currently, sporting a big smile as spring brings about the French Open. 

It’s not for hibernating: We’re digging Major League Baseball‘s MLB Fan Cave, just a few blocks up from Caro’s corner spot on Broadway in Greenwich Village. The spot just opened below the new Blink Fitness and offers a “a first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience,” says MLB.com. Of course they’re watching games all day, but big-time players are dropping in on occasion and there is plenty of up-close-and-personal interactive activities for fans to experience. Two, no three, snaps to whoever thought of this gem.

City spottings don’t just happen in NYC. Have one? Send it to us. We love “fan” mail.

(images by tsf)

trophy watch: trophy-less shots of trophy winners

April 26, 2011

Their prizes come in faces: Don’t worry, we have shots of last week’s winners — Rafael Nadal and Julia Goerges — with their trophies after the cut, but how about those celebratory faces? I know, I’ve said this before with Rafa, but these two really look like they enjoy winning. Two very different storylines accompanied their respective wins: for Nadal, he is the man who no one can beat (or touch) and for Julia, she was the hometown hero who took out the world no. 1. Congrats, folks.

Oh right, and their trophies after the cut. (more…)


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