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brotherly love

November 3, 2010

For just the second time in this year, Andy and Jamie Murray are joining forces this week in Valencia on the doubles court. The Murray clan took out Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco in the opening round of play 6-3, 7-6 (3). Doubles draw here.

The two were awarded a wild card into the event, marking the first time they’re playing double together outside of their home country since Madrid in October of 2008. The two paired up often early in their careers, even making a final together in Bangkok in 2006. But as Andy’s singles career exploded, he played less and less dubs, pairing every so often with big guns like Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, Lleyton Hewitt and Novak Djokovic.

Jamie Murray has also had a variety of partners, but mostly has settled on Jonathan Marray, a fellow Brit in 2010. The Murray-Marray duo floats their ranking around no. 90 in doubles these days. None of these three gents, Andy, Jamie or Marray have taken the court for the British team in Davis Cup doubles in the last two years, though Andy and Jamie teamed up for one win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Perhaps the brotherly love springs from the recent Murray wedding? Are these bros past their water-in-the-face days? Wedding pic after the jump. (more…)

british bruises

July 2, 2009

Well, once again it’s been a brutally bad fortnight for the Brits, with only Andy Murray remaining in the main draw for a chance at The Championships. Perhaps if he’s victorious his coach, Miles Maclagan, will take his shirt off in celebration? We can dream, can’t we?

Picture 1Meanwhile, home-grown future champ Laura Robson went down – and hard – yesterday, losing 8-6 in the third set of her third-round girl’s singles match. Robson made a strong showing in the first round of the women’s draw, losing to Daniela Hantuchova in three sets. She officially announced her junior career is over. Let’s hope this gal is the real deal- there sure has been lots of hoopla about her, right?

Andy’s bro, Jamie, is also carrying the nation’s flag (and the Scottish flag) in Mixed Doubles, the title which he won two years ago in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic. This time he’s paired with doubles specialist Liezel Huber, a South African who now plays for the US. Meanwhile, the entire Britsh press corps was lamenting the failure of its nation’s tennis while I was in London last week, and even the Wall Street Journal has weighed in on how little success the LTA is cranking out.

(photo by getty images)

andy murray signs with caa

February 4, 2009

Lanky boy Andy Murray has brought in a top Hollywood talent agency to help manage his Q rating as he tries to establish his place in the top five of men’s tennis.

According to the AP, Andy and brother Jamie have signed on to be represented by CAA and also 19 Entertainment. The latter is the same outfit that manages David Beckham.

We can’t wait to see what these agents’ll do for Andy when they start working with him on March 1. Perhaps Jeff Gillooly some of his naysayers? Screen his Twittering? GET HIM BETTER-FITTING CLOTHES FROM FRED PERRY?

(AP)

The Court of (un)Appealing tennis fashion

April 9, 2008

The current issue of Ocean Drive follows up their Maria Sharapova cover story with a fashion spread featuring ATP young guns Robby Ginepri, Donald Young, Ross Hutchins, Benjamin Becker, and Jamie Murray.

(Click here to read the post.)

trophy watch: i call him “melo yellow”; a japanese phenom; mama murray must be happy, etc.

February 21, 2008

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This one’s for you, Mikey: Our Sa Watch 2008 begins with the duo of Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa — locals — winning the Brazil Open doubles trophy over Albert Montanez and Santiago Ventura. Leave it to Andre to wear yellow socks on the court. Cute.

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Meanwhile, it was a battle of the lankies as British fourth seed Andy Murray took out Croatian Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-4, at the ATP Open 13 in Marseille, France.

In Delray Beach, Kei Nishikori surprised everyone (including finalist James Blake) with this impressive 6-3, 1-6 and 4-6 upset. Our buddy Ichizo took this video of Kei while playing against Zack Fleishman in Japan last October.

By the way, look out for Ichizo to launch his japanese language tennis blog sometime soon. This is one of the few times I’m sad that I don’t know Japanese. That, and everytime I can’t read anything in Men’s Non-No aka the best magazine in the world.

And we are sure that Mama Murray is proud of her other son, Jamie, who teamed with Max Mirnyi to upset the top seeded Bryan Brothers. (Watch: See Jamie use finger code to communicate with Max.)

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A beaut! The Proximus Diamond Games tops itself with a racquet encrusted with 2008 diamonds (get it?) totalling more than $1.5 million. 1,611 of those diamonds are on the ball itself. Unfortunately for Justine Henin, who beat Italy’s Karin Knapp, 6-3, 6-3 in the final match, she has to win the tournament three times in five years before she takes home that puppy. It’s not an impossible feat, though; Amelie Mauresmo did the same last year and took home the first diamond trophy.

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Singles: Sorry, guys. I was too crushed by the early loss of Guga Kuerten in singles (and doubles, actually) at the Brasil Open to care about who won. Props to Nicolas Almagro for besting mainstay Carlos Moya 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5.

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Lastly, Flavia Pennetta wore her multi-collared Sergio Tacchini all the way to a title at the Vina del Mar tourney in Vina del Mar, Chile. Her opponent: Klara Zakopalova.

(Mirnyi/Murray video via ATP; photos by Getty Images)

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in the murray family feud, argentina emerges the winner

February 6, 2008

Great Britain’s chances at this year’s Davis Cup took a big hit when their strongest singles player, Andy Murray, decided to skip the tie lest he aggravate a knee injury that crept in during off-season training. This has left relations with his brother, doubles specialist Jamie Murray, on hold. “I haven’t spoken to him at all, or sent him a text message,” Jamie told the press. “There isn’t really much to say. [...] I think it’s kind of up to him to clear the air.”

Meanwhile, what could have been a potentially competitive tie will now be a 5-0 blowout. You know Argentines are happy about that.

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That’s Jose Acasuso, David Nalbandian, Agustin Calleri, Sebastian Prieto (subbing for the injured Juan Monaco, and captain Alberto Mancini.

We’ve always liked the warmups from these guys, and this year is no different. A varsity font brings a youthful energy to their jacket, while the oh-so-trendy vertical stripes keep things retro. BTW, the new design is courtesy of Fila, a recent mover and shaker in the Latin American sports apparel industry.

Help! My Spanish is pathetic (that, and I am boozy right now), so I am having a hard time tracking down a site that sells official Argentina Davis Cup gear. Does anyone have info on this?

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In the meantime, enjoy these DC ads from Ole.

‘stretch’ and mirnyi play doubles + more coaching news: monfils, mathieu, peer, murray

November 29, 2007

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French No. 2 (and world No. 25) Paul-Henri Mathieu is suddenly coachless one month before the Australian Open — and he’s not happy about it. Mathieu told l’Equipe that he feels like the “turkey being joked upon” (“dindon de la farce“) by being forced to share his coach, Thierry Champion, with the lower-ranked Gael Monfils, who recently returned to Team Lagardère after a 14-month absence. According to l’Equipe Monfils got hooked up with Champion to recreate the partnership that saw Monfils reach No. 23 back in June 2006.

Since Mathieu didn’t want to share (and rightfully so), Lagardère head Rémi Barbarin is actively searching a solution for “Paulo”, who in the meantime’s training with Patrice Hagelauer.

Speaking of: The striped Fabrice Santoro is also joining Lagardère with coach Lionel Zimbler in tow. Santoro turns 35 on Dec 9. His goal for next year is to set a new record for most Grand Slam tourneys played (he’s currently tied with Agassi at 61), and to compete at the Olympics for the fourth time.

Coach Conchita: Now free from military obligation, Shahar Peer can look forward to instruction from Gabriel Urpi and Conchita Martinez in 2008.

Murray’s next move: The currently-coachless Andy Murray will be doing off-season training with Miles Maclagan for the next three weeks, reports the Times. Murray is currently without a full-time coach since partly ways with Brad Gilbert earlier this month.

Stretch and… more strech: There’s gonna be a whole lot of lankiness in the 2008 doubles pairing of Jamie Murray and Max Mirnyi.

(Thanks to Chris and Patricia for their help on this post.)

dc: great britain vs. croatia

September 23, 2007

Tim Henman put icing on his retirement cake this weekend by helping lead Great Britain to a 4-1 win over Croatia in Davis Cup. This victory puts them in the World Group for 2008. (Results.)

Hey, at least Henman got a chance to have a glorious moment on the surface (and the venue — the All-England Club) that haunted his career the most; Tim was burdened with the pressure of being a hometown Wimbledon winner. Unfortunately, even his great serve-and-volley game crumbled under this expectation.

The threads: Henman’s never wacky with his clothes anyway, so the adidas kit (with the country name on the shirt’s back) was as expected. And Andy Murray continued the color theme with his muted black and white Fred Perry kit. (Mourning the loss of his 2007, I imagine?) The Scot won both his singles rubbers, and his brother Jamie teamed with Tim to win the doubles rubber — and clinch the tie.

The perfect accessory: Little Rosie Henman was also on hand to help celebrate her dad’s win.

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short balls: karlovic’s shorts, stretch without booty, tennis on the big screen

August 3, 2007

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Talk to my shorts: Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic, tired of answering questions about his height, got it emblazoned on his clothes. And yes, he’s 6’10”. (The Examiner; photo by Allen Clark for offwing.com)

Other giants: American John Isner (6’9″) tears through the draw at the Legg Mason Classic, beating Henman and Ben Becker to get to the quarters.

Yikes, I’m old: I remember talking about Hingis beating Venus at the San Diego tourney back in 1997 (it was their second WTA meeting). THAT WAS TEN YEARS AGO. Matthew Cronin catches up with both players as they return to the final Acura Classic. This time around, it’s a given — Venus will kick some Hingis butt.

Speaking of cocky players: Here’s an article by Joel Drucker about the role confidence plays in tennis matches.

Not another tennis movie: A film about country club pros is in the works (THR)

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Stretch and Booty no longer: Did winning a Wimbledon mixed doubles title get to Jamie Murray? He’s parting ways with men’s doubles partner Eric Butorac aka Booty because of lackluster results (but jftr they won three titles together). Too bad; I was just starting to like those personalized shirts of theirs…

champions dinner + venus rosewater dish

July 10, 2007

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With their Tbags (that’s “tennis boyfriends and girlfriends”) in tow, Roger Federer and Venus Williams were among those toasted at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner held in London’s Savoy Hotel. Also in attendance were runner-up Marion Bartoli and lovebirds mixed doubles champions Jelena Jankovic and Jamie Murray.

About the Savoy: See pictures of this Art Deco hotel (which opened in 1889) here.

Trophy watch: From Off the Baseline’s Wimbledon Fact File — “The Ladies’ Singles Trophy is a silver salver, 18 ¾-inches (sic) in diameter, referred to as the ‘Rosewater Dish’ or ‘Venus Rosewater Dish’. It was first won by the Champion when the challenge round was introduced in 1886.” The dish is a replica of an electrotype by German artist Caspar Enderlein of a pewter piece called The Temperantia by Frenchman Fracois Briot (did you catch all that?).

Photos from the party: Bartoli, Jankovic, Jankovic with Murray, Roger with girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec, Venus with boyfriend Hank Kuehne, Roger and Venus with their trophies.

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from the sidelines: andy murray

July 1, 2007

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A still-injured Andy Murray sits beside girlfriend Kim Sears while watching his brother Jamie‘s doubles match at Wimbledon.

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wimbledon: the ‘iron chef’ of tennis fashion

June 25, 2007

As I mentioned to Rick Stiles last week, I like calling Wimbledon the Iron Chef of tennis fashion. The theme ingredient is white, and players step up to the challenge with well-designed ensembles: some choose accent colors (gold, blue, red), others accessories (blazers, bandanas, wristbands), while others lean towards varying their hemlines, dress patterns, and fabrics.

I’ve been previewing the outfits for the last two weeks, and there’s so much more to cover. (I’m so excited!) I’ll post pics as they come in, and you can always catch up through the archives. In the meantime, here are some fashion bits.

The Italians band together: Fashion house Dolce & Gabanna will outfit ATP player Filippo Volandri for the tournament, giving him a respite from being overshadowed by fellow Sergio Tacchini-sponsored Tommy Robredo. (via wtopnews.com)

Sharapova’s dress is “‘Swan Lake’-inspired”: Masha says that when her coach saw the Nike dress she’ll be wearing this year, he started feeding it bread. It should look closer to this than what Bjork wore to the Oscars, I’m sure. (Wimbledon website)

With Twags in tow: That’s “tennis wives and girlfriends” to those “NITK” (that’s “not in the know”). A brilliant style-focused piece by The Independent that gets us up-to-date on who’s dating or married to whom in the tennis world.

Don’t add insult to injury: Telegraph‘s Bee Shaffer knocks Andy Murray‘s look, saying that “Scottish flag wristbands don’t count as personal style”. While he hasn’t quite harnessed the full potential of being backed by Fred Perry, he was at least smart enough to start the alliance. Give him some time to blossom.

How will we know who’s who?: Stretch and Booty, aka Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac, per ITF rules, will be without their usual uniforms for the Wimbledon doubles tournament. Jamie blogged about it for the Guardian.

On ruffled, lace-trimmed knickers: Here’s a profile in The Herald of Gertrude “Gorgeous Gussie” Moran, the woman whose underwear launched a thousand shutter clicks (and a BBC ban to keep cameras from sighting below a player’s waist).

On short shorts: Profile number two is on Jack Kramer, the first man to win Wimbledon not in pants. (Telegraph)

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trophy watch: croatians and little men

June 24, 2007

Croatian wins title, gets little man: The ATP Ordina Open (Rosmalen, the Netherlands) pitted Ivan Ljubicic against Dutchman Peter Wessels. Ljubicic won 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze beat Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 in the women’s tourney.

Croatian beats little man, gets trophy: Croatian Ivo Karlovic downed the diminutive Arnaud Clement 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Nottingham Open. The Frenchman, up a set, caved due to exhaustion; he played two matches the day prior (on an indoor court, due to rain), defeating Richard Gasquet and Jonas Bjorkman to get to the final. Rest up, Arnie! Wimbledon awaits. (Eric Butorac and Jamie Murray won the doubles title, and received vases similar to Clement’s.)

Grass rematch: At the Eastbourne International, the usual grass suspects duked it out in the final, with Justine Henin emerging the winner over Amelie Mauresmo after a tight 3-set match. The scoreline: 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2).

stretch and booty #1

June 12, 2007

Stretch and Booty: the nicknames given to 6′ 3″ Jamie Murray and his doubles partner Eric Butorac (can you figure out who’s who?) by Brad Gilbert, who coaches Jamie’s brother, Andy.

The duo looks to repeat the success they had earlier this year (winning back-to-back titles in San Jose and Memphis) on the European grass. They are entered in this week’s Artois Championships at Queen’s Club.

(READ UP: Here’s a profile from The Independent.)

Props to adidas for experimenting with their uniforms. More players should have nicknames emblazoned on their shirts, don’t you think?

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davis cup: Great Britain vs. the Netherlands

April 9, 2007

This tie produced some high-quality tennis and some great storylines (including Greg Rusedski‘s retirement and the continued success of the Murray brothers in doubles), but the uniforms left something to be desired.

I wonder why the Brits decided to go with a muted black and white for their outfits, especially since their warm-ups had so much potential. At least they coordinated?

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(from left to right: Jamie Murray, Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, Andy Murray)

The Dutch didn’t dress any better, though I see potential with the blue and orange/gold. (See Robin Haase‘s shirt, middle photo.) Their homework for next year: take inspiration from the Netherlands’ coat of arms.

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(from left to right: Igor Sisjling, Robin Haase, Raemon Sluiter)

Dutch MVP: Robin Haase
British MVP: no MVP
Winner: The Brits wore the same colors — a de facto uniform — but the Dutch showed some color. It’s a draw.

short balls: serena 2.0, mother murray, henin

March 21, 2007

Serena’s leveraging her Aussie Open win: Having only earned $10 million in endorsement money last year (vs. Maria Sharapova‘s $19 million), Serena Williams is eager to add to her coffers. Her team will be announcing a deal for skin-care products in the coming weeks. While we’re talking about her endorsements, here’s my two cents: drop McDonald’s. A woman of her influence should not be promoting the Supersize Me lifestyle. (via Oxford Press)

The Murray series continues: Now that we know about both Andy and Jamie Murray, we should bone up on the mother hen, Judy Murray. She has harnessed her passion for tennis and her children into a service website, britishtennisparents.com (sage advice: “Tennis does not define who your child is, or your relationship with them.”); lobbying for funding of national tennis, and endorsing Head’s AirFlow rackets (alongside Steffi Graf). (via The Sunday Herald)

Not that we didn’t know about it already…: We get more insight on the total emasculation of Justin Henin‘s ex-husband, Pierre-Yves Hardenne, in this article from The Independent. Poor guy.

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Jamie Murray is no Haylie Duff, and other stories

March 20, 2007

I didn’t mean for today’s short balls to be such a downer post, but here it is. Ya gotta take the good with the bad. Enjoy.

Jamie Murray - The GuardianJamie Murray is no Haylie Duff: Scottish tennis player Jamie Murray — the older brother of phenom Andy Murray — is making a name for himself in doubles. The Guardian published a good profile today, in conjunction with the news that Jamie’s been tapped to play Davis Cup next month, when Great Britain plays the Netherlands.

Junior tennis in the UK, pt. 2: Here’s another story from The Guardian about another player getting lost in the fray. Good luck to her, and good luck to the LTA as they try to get their operations in order.

Tennis down under, going under?: A little dated, but still relevant. The Times reports on the state of Australian Tennis: how it’s getting overshadowed by more “exciting” sports such as rugby, cricket, and swimming; how only now is Tennis Australia beefing up its player development fund; and how a whole generation of great coaches aren’t getting the support they need. Hopefully, they’ll fix this and fix it soon.

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