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trophy watch: kuznetsova clears her head (and her mantle) for a second slam title

June 8, 2009

Pretty in pink: Svetlana Kuznetsova remained subdued on Court Philippe Chatrier after Dinara Safina double-faulted and handed her the 2009 French Open singles title. It wasn’t worth it for Sveta to rub the lopsided 6-4, 6-2 match in the face of her friend, who currently holds the world No. 1 ranking.

Apart from playing a worthy opponent — Kuznetsova gave her her only loss in 21 matches from Stuttgart through the French — Safina was also battling the pressure of the top spot and her nerves. “I was a little bit desperate on the court,” said Safina, who appeared to be fighting tears late in the 74-minute match and during the on-court trophy presentation.

During Sveta’s speech, she made sure to thank her former posse in Barcelona, who’ve since been replaced by a Moscow-based team headed by coach Larisa Savchenko. And in her post-match interview with Mary Carillo, she talked (like a seasoned veteran) about how a newfound outlook on her life has made her a better player. It has pretty much taken her five years to turn this around, and it has carried her to this, her second slam title. The biggest test of this new Kuznetsova is whether she can take this momentum into New York and win a second U.S. Open title.

Bonus round: Six-time French Open singles title winner Steffi Graf was on hand to present Sveta and Safina with their wares.

(images via Getty Images)

don’t count out the flyover states

June 8, 2009


Props to Midwest Sports for picking up our need for practice tees. Many of you write TSF asking about retail info for what our favorite players wear as they train for a tourney. Usually, we have to scour specialty stores for the goods. But now this Ohio-based outfit is cutting out the middleman and bringing the shirts straight to the masses.

Buy: Nike Love PRS Tee, black/yellow, $28; Icons Sunburst, anthracite and heather grey, $35; NSW Summer Sportswear Tee, in anthracite, electrolime, and white, $35; Let’s Play, $20.

rg2009: no trophies were bitten in the making of this record-tying feat

June 7, 2009

Congrats to Roger Federer for getting that clay monkey off his back; up until this morning, he lacked a mini Coupe des Mousquetaires* in his overflowing trophy case, which put his place among the tennis greats into question. But now that he’s filled that French Open void in his record — with a 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 performance over an overwhelmed (and likely exhausted) Robin Soderling — Federer can play out the rest of his years with a clear mind. He’s achieved pretty much everything: a prolonged stay at the top of the rankings, an Olympic gold (albeit in doubles), and singles trophy from all four majors. (Has he won all of the Masters Series events?). Nothing is stopping him from surpassing Pete Sampras‘s record in bagged Slam titles and becoming the GOAT of his generation. Unfortunately, Roger could also get a boost from his greatest rival, Rafa Nadal, if the Spaniard starts to sputter because of bad equipment; Nadal’s deteriorating knees have forced him out of this year’s Queen’s Club draw and makes a Wimbledon title defense uncertain.

Props to Soderling for his week, btw. Too bad he couldn’t push Federer to four or five sets. But after bulldozing Nadal, Nikolay Davydenko, and Fernando Gonzalez on the way to the final, something had to give. Also, the Swede gave one of the most sincere and gracious speeches I have heard in recent years. For as much as we hear that he’s disliked by other players for gamesmanship and such, he had a very cheery attitude as he received his runner-up platter.

*funny observation by Pierre, who commented on Bodo‘s blog that mentions of the CdM had overtaken terre battue as le mot de l’année

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netjets toasts federer with a tv ad

June 7, 2009

While we’re not entirely endorsing the use of private planes (hey, if Rafa Nadal can fly commercial, then so can all the other top pros…), TSF wants to give a shoutout to the cute commercial NetJets used to congratulate one of its clients, Roger Federer, after his record-tying 14th major title — the 2009 French Open.

Sit back: Click on the image above (or this link) to view.

finally, as no. 2, federer gets some love at the majors

June 5, 2009

Tweets/texts/emails/pings fluttered our way right after Roger Federer climbed out of that five-set mess that was his semifinal against Juan Martin Del Potro. The score: 3-6, 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

We don’t remember the last time we felt so compelled to gun for Roger at a final (there were goosebumps as we got on the ‘net for the match synopsis…). But why the sudden change? Why are we all so excited?…

sighting in the stands: eva longoria-parker

June 5, 2009

Eva Longoria-Parker watched the semifinal showdown between Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro. Beside her sat her husband, Tony Parker (pic).

(image via Getty Images)

damned if you do…

June 5, 2009

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After the cut is a convo with our friend (and resident bracketologist) Chris about NBC‘s choice for men’s semi-final French Open coverage. I’m gonna side with the programmers on this one; they went with a the “no-name” match — showing Soderling/Gonzalez instead of Federer/Del Potro — and they shouldn’t get skewered for it.

i am not a plastic bag

June 5, 2009

Caroline Wozniacki‘s grey cotton bag looks really warm and comfy.

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sa watch, roland garros edition

June 5, 2009

The Brazilian doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa — seeded 10th at this year’s French Open — lost in the first round to an unseeded pair, Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov. The Russian team fell in the quarters to top seeds Zimonjic and Nestor. And in the finals, Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes will face Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.

mishit: ivo minar

June 4, 2009

For posterity’s sake: Ivo Minar wore this tart, tartan combo from TTK at this year’s French Open. He was Kudryavtseva‘d by sixth seed Andy Roddick in the second round.

Perhaps Andy was doing Minar a favor; the American knows a thing or two about crazy outfits on the court.

Full monty: See a wider shot of Ivo’s clothes after the cut…

oh, mirka!

June 4, 2009

All smiles: Lovely shades, dear. If I had a rock like yours, I’d shield my eyes just like how you’re doing.

Phew: Now that Rafa Nadal has fallen to Robin Soderling, Mirka can get a proper manicure — she won’t be bitin’ on those fingernails for the rest of the week! Another pic of Mirka Vavrinec, aka Mrs. Roger Federer, taking in her hubby’s run for a title at the French Open, after the cut…

larosa’s at it again

June 4, 2009

I spent a few minutes last night as that guy, LOLing — literally — while fiddling with my pink ‘Berry on the street. The reason for my giggles? James LaRosa is back at it, blogging about Roland Garros for Tennis Channel. All the posts are archived here.

Edit: the Day 12 post has a fashion conversation between LaRosa and yours truly. Check it out!

gilles simon has us thinking…

June 3, 2009

At this year’s French, Gilles Simon was the top-10 player wearing a polo from adidas‘ spring line, and we were surprised at how nice it looked on him. It got us thinking about Simon’s chance to branch out with his own look — to be the Federer of adidas, if you will.

Think about it: Nole‘s off on his own world with that Falcon line (it has his name on it, so it’s pretty much just him); and in the jock department Monaco and Verdasco rule the crew roost; and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Safin (not for long) are taking care of the zipped v-necks. So what about Gilles? We thought spotlighting Paul-Henri Mathieu for a sec, but his Steve McQueen look is too rebellious to be be classy.

While Gilles’ look can take on a primal flare with those Wolverine-esque mutton chops of his — he can start with these shoes — he has the frame (rawr), the face, and the hair that can transcend the court and take him straight to the catwalk.

adidas: take us up on this challenge!

(match image via Getty Images; practice image by Corinne Dubreuil)

the french open is scot-free

June 2, 2009

fullerton: I have decided that Murray is going to win the French Open.
fullerton:and take his shirt off
fullerton:and it is going to be lovely

The newly minted World No. 3 Andy Murray didn’t get to this upper crust of tennis society by playing on clay, and it showed during his fourth round match against Fernando Gonzalez. Feña blew the Scot out of the water with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 upset.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to him,” said Murray after the match. “I’d played against him before and he hits the ball hard, but today he was hitting it huge. If that happens, sometimes you’ve got to say ‘Too good’. It’s quite easy sitting on the side to look and think ‘you could’ve have done this, you could have done that’ but the guy is hitting ball so hard — no one hits the ball that big.”

Looking ahead: Gonzo is set to play Robin Soderling, who solidified his victory over Nadal with a straight-set drubbing of Kolya Davydenko.

Kudos to Andy and his Fred Perry kit, btw. He mixed things up by alternating his v-neck crew between an all-black colorway (with a green laurel) and a navy/blue version. Buy: Fred Perry French Open Tennis Shirt, navy/scottish blue, £35.00.

More pictures: Shots of Andy during his 2009 French Open run after the cut…

there’s always a silver lining

June 2, 2009

My friend Chris, on Andy Roddick: “I think [Andy] takes losses harder than any other player, it seems. He always looks more defeated than any other player, like he cant even bear to look up. He just looks at the ground, at his feet, as he rushes off court.”

Chin up, kiddo: None of us expected Andy to go as far as he did at this 2009 French Open. He lost lost in the fourth round to Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 and had never gotten past the third round in all his other attempts.

Don’t worry, Andy, no one’s expecting you to do wonders on clay (and others aren’t even banking on you winning another major!), so that last round was just icing on the cake. Besides, did you see your ass in those Lacoste shorts? To us, you’re still a winner!

Buy: Lacoste Super Dry Polo, Eclipse Blue/White, $95.

More: A few more pics of Andy during his match against Monfils after the cut…

off the rack: serena williams

June 1, 2009

Such an unassuming Nike kit from Serena Williams, no? It’s almost funny to think that she who is wearing off-the-rack is the one still left standing. It’s good to let her game — and what we can only assume are thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry — do the talking.

Buy: The Nike Women’s Summer Athlete Dress, Classic Charcoal w/Bright Coral Orange & Vivid Pink (swoosh), $95.

Close inspection: Let’s take a look at the blinding accessories — a ring, a few bracelets, giant earrings — shall we?

wozniak outmatched by serena, in play and style

June 1, 2009

Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak was no match for Serena Williams — both in game and in style — during a fourth-round encounter at the 2009 French Open.

Serena easily won 6-1, 6-2. And in the accessories department, Wozniak’s Chanel logo studs were no match for the jewelry worn by the No. 2 seed.

This was less controversial match for Serena, who called out her previous opponent, Maria Martinez Sanchez, as a cheat. Serena alleges that Martinez Sanchez got hit by a ball before it sailed out, which should’ve given the point to Serena. Instead, the ump awarded the point to Martinez Sanchez. Serena, who won anyway, made a stink about it in her presser. We hope Serena was right, otherwise all the fracas was just a big whiny waste of time.

Up next for Serena is Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska.

(image via Getty Images)

jelena’s french open racquet bag

June 1, 2009

You can never have enough tassels. Case in point: Jelena Jankovic‘s racquet bag, seen here as she gets a left toe blister tended to during her 3-6, 6-0, 9-7 loss to Romanian Sorana Cristea in the fourth round of the French Open. Jelena had reached the semis of Roland Garros in the past two years.

We figured that this would be a Prince bag, but is probably supplied by ANTA now that Jelena’s contract with the racquet company has expired (we have yet to hear about a renewal). Do you know who produced this bag? Tell us!

Looking forward: In the quarters, Sorana will face the winner of the Stosur/Razzano match. TSF didn’t even know that Sam or Virginie were still in the draw.

(image via Getty Images)

trophy watch: a proper send-off

June 1, 2009

French Open tourney organizers gave one of their own, Fabrice Santoro, a proper sendoff after his first-round loss in this year’s event to Christophe Rochus. Santoro, who was appearing in his record-tying 20th French Open, lost to the Belgian 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

“Twenty years. That counts for something in a lifetime,” Santoro said after receiving this cross section of Roland Garros’ clay courts, presented after the Federer/Haas fourth-round match. “It has been a long road, a fantastic career. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot.” Gustavo Kuerten received a similar trophy last year.

Fabrice, known for playing two-handed groundstrokes off both wings and his crazy slices (enough to garner some attention at the 2007 U.S. Open), is playing 10 more events before hanging up his racquet.

At his presser, he left us another nugget about what’ll be different in his life next May: “So when you’ve played this tournament 20 years in a row, in May you start wearing your clay shoes, you start preparing to be able to play for three, four, five hours, even 6 hours 33 minutes for my longest match, so you feel next year in May I will no longer be a tennis player.”

(image via Getty Images)

nole’s sex face

June 1, 2009

If we don’t think about these things, then who will?

Scoreline: Nole lost his third round match on Saturday to Lips Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. This, after he won a clay title in Belgrade and made the finals of Monte Carlo and Rome. Too bad, too: he just lost the No. 3 ranking to Andy Murray. Back to the drawing board!

(Thanks, Fullerton)


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