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La Monf switches to Prince in 2009

November 4, 2008

Gael Monfils

Breakdancer Gael Monfils might not be making as much noise as compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga these days, but he’s still being pegged as one of the sport’s future stars. Racquetmaker Prince recently signed the Frenchman to play with the company’s new line of racquets, slated for release in spring 2009.

He first picked up the new sticks prior to the ATP event stop in Vienna and has notched two top 15 scalps and a finals appearance since.

Prince has been mum about what’s behind this new technology, only saying that it “breaks the laws of physics.” Even Monfils didn’t give us much to work with. “I knew as soon as I hit the first ball with it, there was something different, something better,” he said via a press release. “It is hard to explain, but the holes and the technology made a difference. It just felt right.”

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more about the new racquets.

(photo courtesy of Prince)

trophy watch: giant balls, david’s peak, jelena’s hat trick, and changing the russian guard

October 13, 2008

Another Philipp to watch: Sorry, Herr Kohlschreiber — you’ll have to save some space at the table for qualifier Philipp Petzschner, who nabbed his second career ATP title at the Bank Austria-TennisTrophy when he beat beat Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 after taking out Wawrinka, Moya, and Lopez in earlier rounds.

In Stockholm, David Nalbandian performed as expected, winning his second title of the year with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Robin Soderling. He’ll head into this week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters as the defending champion.

Marat Safin failed to convert his finals appearance in the 2008 Kremlin Cup into a title (this would have been his first since the ’05 Australian). Meanwhile, props to Igor Kunitsyn and his 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory over his veteran countryman for his maiden title. He even prepared a speech that congratulated Marat!

Hot potato: The top players of the SEWTA continue to keep us fans on our toes, making sure that whoever holds the No. 1 ranking isn’t the last woman standing at a tournament. In this week’s episode of “The Consistency Caper”, second-ranked Jelena Jankovic downs Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4 for her fourth title of 2008. Meanwhile, top-ranked Serena is MIA. BTW, this is the third meeting in as many weeks between Jelena and Vera.

(Note: Apparently — see first comment below — this is no longer the case. TSF apologizes for the error. Congrats to victor Jelena, who now has all the spoils.)

It’s in the bag: The flip-flops of Roger Federer (first, he’s out “indefinintely”, next, he’s back on the schedule a week later…) played second fiddle to Rafa Nadal, who received a trophy from the ATP this week in recognition of his No.1 ranking. He’ll pretty much end the year in the top spot barring any missteps.

olympics: adidas standard issue + country kits

August 11, 2008

Here’s a look at the black and white Olympics standard issue by adidas that we wrote about last week. Thankfully, the kits they’ve provided individual federations are much more colorful. Here are three below:

Andy Murray put aside his Fred Perry to wear the uniform provided by the LTA.

And the French team showed off a variety of pieces, including this polo on Michael Llodra

…this tank on Gael Monfils

…and the women’s separates on Pauline Parmentier.

And Chris Guccione and the rest of the Australians get a version in their national sports colors: green and yellow.

(images by Getty Images)

tattoo watch: luis horna

May 29, 2008

Tattoo Watch: the furrylicious Luis Horna lost to Gael Monfils 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 in the second round of the 2008 French Open.

A picture of Luis with a shirt on here.

(photos by Getty Images)

Photos: Monfils, Gonzalez, Marat, and Tommy all soak up the local flavor

May 1, 2008

jugglers - BMW Open 2008 Players Party

The organizers of the BMW Open hosted a players’ party on Monday night at P1 in Munich. Since you weren’t there, I will summarize the party in five words: mustachioed racquet-jugglers in short shorts.

More: Click here to see pictures of Gael Monfils and Gonzo in lederhosen, Tommy Haas playing Wii, and Marat Safin flanked by the ladies.

(photo by ATP/ATPtennis.com)

we’re feeling torn about the atp’s newest campaign

November 13, 2007

(A tad late, but there’s too much other stuff to cover. So if you’ve seen your share of the ATP’s new blitz, my apologies…)

The ATP’s latest marketing campaign, the multi-million dollar — “Feel It” — was launched at the BNP Paribas Masters Series (Paris) a few weeks ago. With it, the tour will “showcase the sport’s core values as a one-on-one gladiatorial battle, full of intensity and passion” by bringing in themes of wild animals and natural phenomena such as fire and water.

The beauty of ‘Feel It’, created by Canadian ad shop Taxi 2, lies in its flexibility: the wide array of TV spots, billboards, online banners, virals, merchandise, fan giveaways, and PR stunts can be adapted for any ATP tournament and can feature any ATP player. (If you remember, they issued one for Tomas Berdych to help raise the Czech’s profile at the U.S. Open.) The Rogers Cup aka Masters Series Toronto has already expressed interest in using this to promote their event. This template can make it easier for tournaments to focus on other ways to beef up their event (perhaps better TROPHIES?) while keeping true to their participation in the tour.

Let’s hope that they can use this to deflect some attention away from all the scandals (Match-fixing! Gambling! Poisoning! Doping!) plaguing the game.

Now, onto the images, moving and not…

This is one of two video spots making the rounds. I get the idea behind the ad, but putting that girl in the line of danger is a little scary. Looked like a terrorist attack before I knew what was going on.

And there’s another video (here) of a guy walking away from a park bench right before it gets crushed by a gigantic tennis racquet. The stick, of course, came from a nearby billboard of David Nalbandian in racquet-thrashing pose. I’m not feeling intensity and passion (caused by competition); I’m feeling collateral damage. Sorry guys. (What do you think of this new campaign? Tell us!)

Why not ressurect “New Balls, Please”? (Was that not a hit?) That was more gladiator-like in feel.

The photos are pretty good, though…

atp feel it - rafael nadal

Paying homage to Nadal‘s Spanish roots.

See more of the cards after the cut…

fashion: monfils in Sport & Style

September 28, 2007

French ATPer and Hottie McHotterson Gael Monfils appears in the most recent issue of Sport & Style, the Bruno Danto-helmed insert in L’Equipe.

Gael poses in clothes from Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, as well as his own sponsors, Nike and Head. And in the article, he talks about his non-tennis passions: music and breakdancing. “I often organize freestyle ‘battles’ with my group of friends. I’ve been brought up under the MTV culture. Music and dance are my life.”

Accessories: The house of Chanel, under Karl Lagerfeld, continues to top itself with the ball-as-necklace on the left. They’ve dabbled in tennis-themed accessories before, including racquets and the stiletto pump.

S&S is slowly making its way stateside, and we can’t wait to see it on the newsstands!

(via ATP; photos via MTF’s Monfils forum and ATP)

this week’s trophies from around the globe

May 28, 2007

Here’s a round-up of the trophies from last week’s tournaments… Be warned — they’re all yawners:

Juan Monaco hoists the Hypo Group International crystal tennis racket after defeating Gael Monfils 7-6 (3), 6-0 to win his second career title.

(Look at that hair! Monaco gets added to my fantasy list of players on Fila‘s sponsorship roster.)

Argentina’s World Team Cup (left). Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Amelie Mauresmo in three sets at the Strasbourg Open (right).

Elena Dementieva won the Istanbul Cup after Aravane Rezai withdrew with a knee injury.

woe is carlos moya

May 15, 2007

carlos moya - roma

Poor Carlos Moya, throwing his racket down in frustration during last week’s Masters Series Rome. Is it because:

a) he lost his first round match against Marcos Baghadatis 2-6, 3-6

or

b) he came to the party dressed in the same Nike outfit as three other gals.

I’m going to say “b.”

I understand that Nike is trying to drive a point home with this line of clothing. But having four different guys photographed in it has crossed into oversaturation. If I was Carlos, I’d be annoyed. Actually, I’d be more annoyed if I was James Blake or Gael Monfils. They had to play each other in the first round while wearing the same outfit.

(And this is just the black/white version we’re talking about. Rafa Nadal has the monopoly on the teal/black version for now.)

amer delic - roma gael monfils - roma james blake - roma

(left to right: Amer Delic, Monfils, Blake)

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HEAD swimming in orange

April 6, 2007

HEAD got on the orange express when they rebranded earlier this year.

The company wants to move away from its “technology-driven” image and more towards an athletic one: “outrageous, spontaneous and adventurous”. The new logo is thicker and orange. Here are the tennis-related ads … Read the rest of this entry…

sunrise tennis – seppi in red shoes

March 19, 2007

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 at the BMW Tennis Championships on Sunday.

Andreas taught us a lesson on how to properly wear red shoes on the court. I love love love the whole outfit. Red wristband and red shoes!

seppi - sunrise tennis andreas seppi - sunrise tennis

BMW Tennis Championships

March 16, 2007

The BMW Tennis Championships is in Sunrise, FL this week…

gustavo kuerten - guga - sunrise tennis

Guga watch continues: Another early exit for Gustavo Kuerten. He got knocked out of the first round by Andreas Seppi. Guga will be in Miami next week. Here’s an interview with him posted on the tournament website.

x - no potito
“x” from kent h’s flickr

Potito famine: Starace‘s still in the draw, and won against Nicolas Massu today. There have been no photos of him ALL WEEK. I’ll post them as soon as they pop up on the gallery. In the meantime, here are some other photos…


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