Archive for June 3rd, 2011

short balls: finals weekend awaits

June 3, 2011

Two to go.
Before we turn the corner to the weekend, there’s plenty happening outside of Paris that has caught our eye the last few days. The June/July issue of Tennis View has Andre Agassi on its cover (full disclosure: I wrote one of the articles in the mag), talking about the American’s upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame. Agassi made his own headlines just yesterday, announcing that he  has teamed up with investors to form a fund for independent schools to use for building new or improving old facilities. Agassi is famous for his charter school in Las Vegas, and will join forces to form the Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, which has some $750 million in the bank to fund projects it pre-approves.

Summer cinema.
To our readers who are in the Northeast, perhaps you might like this social activity from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Newport-based org is hosting a preview screen of the HBO Sports documentary McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice. The screening is happening this coming Thursday, the 9th, at the Casino Theatre on the ground of the HOF. More about the movie: “Thirty-one years after the stirring Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final that earned Hall of Famers John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg a place among history’s great sports battles, HBO Sports looks back at their unforgettable rivalry of the ’70s and ’80s.” How do you get in? The 7 PM screening is free for ITHF Members, and included with Museum admission of $11 for Non-Members. Seating is limited and reservations may be made by emailing programs@tennisfame.com. The documentary will premiere on HBO on Saturday, June 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Boxing on Broadway.
Love the Rocky theme music? How about Rocky the musical? It’s actually in the works. The production, which went through a New York reading this spring and is in the beginning stages of production, hopes to land on Broadway by spring of 2013. Sylvester Stallone is no doubt involved in the project, which will first debut in Germany before coming to Manhattan.

Not enough Nike.
Think the Swoosh dominates the world? They don’t. Nike looks to move into sports it hasn’t penetrated much yet, like skate boarding and surfing. | TSF Vault: Nike

Inspire us.
Sometimes sports stories can just change the way you think about life, period. Strong stuff on Yahoo’s high school site, RivalsHigh.

Want.
Nothing better than a little Friday retail therapy. We’re loving these locally-made mini wallets from Seattle. These Laura Bee Designs ditties are made by hand with lace and leather (no, really) and just $14 + shipping.
(Agassi image via robtee7 on Flickr; Laura Bee Designs screen grabs)

bjorn again

June 3, 2011

Bjorn this way. There is a little bit of American hope left at the French Open. While Scott Lipsky teamed up with Australian Casey Dellacqua to win the mixed doubles crown, 17-year-old American Bjorn Fratangelo has made a stunning run to the boys’ singles final. Fratangelo, who holds an ATP ranking of no. 1,404 (he’s no. 21 in the ITF juniors rankings) has come through the boys’ draw by beating two seeds en route. In the semifinals, he took out local hope Tristan Lamasine 6-4 4-6 6-3.

Fratangelo, a Pittsburgh native, now faces the no. 14 seed in the final, Dominic Thiem of Austria. Fratangelo is 23-5 on the year and has had runs at the Coffee Bowl (finals), USTA Spring Championships (finals) and the Easter Bowl (SF). Fratangelo and Thiem have never met.

More: Read up on Fratangelo on the Zoo Tennis blog

Ladies in red. Meanwhile, in the girl’s final, Puerto Rican Monica Puig, the no. 5 seed, outlasted no. 2 Irina Khromacheva of Russia in the semifinal 7-5 in the third. She’ll face no. 9 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the final.

(Image via the FFT/RG.com)

andy roddick gets his own lacoste logo

June 3, 2011

Andy Roddick and Lacoste take their partnership to the next level by creating a signature collection specifically for their star mascot. (Note the logo/autograph on the lower-right corner of the tops pictured). The sportswear line will include polos, shorts, track pants and jackets, which Andy’ll wear exclusively while competing. The goods will be available for sale on July 1.

FYI, Andy did not play in this year’s French Open because of a shoulder injury.

More info: Full release after the cut…


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