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janko 2.0

February 4, 2010

That’s right, folks. Sury Serbian Janko Tipsarevic now has his very own website. It loads a little slow (which, in this age of seemingly unlimited bandwith, is “unacceptable”, as they say), but we’re definitely looking forward to keeping in touch with the munchkin.

Tattoo watch? In the fan question section (“Ask Him“, someone asked about the meaning of Janko’s new tattoo. His response? “Black”. Is there really a new tat? If you have info (or images), please send our way!

(screengrab via jtipsarevic.com)

public service announcement: anna kournikova

June 1, 2009

Thanks to reader Richie Rich (of Heatherette?! Probably not, but we can dream…) for this tip:

“Former Russian tennis World Doubles No. 1 Anna Kournikova will be hosting a live chat with her fans tomorrow on her official website. Anna will be available to answer your questions on tennis, the WTA Tour, the French Open, her life, her recent travels overseas, her charity work, and any other questions you might have.

To participate, log on to www.kournikova.com from 3pm EST on Tuesday afternoon. A link will be posted on the homepage of the Kournikova.com website an hour before the event commences. Alternatively, you can click the “Chat Live” link as a registered member of Anna’s Official Community on SportsMates.com.”

If any of you fabulous TSF readers decide to participate, drop us a line and tell us how it went!

short balls: santoro wants to shine, the fall of cruella de villiers, and centre court’s ready to go!

June 18, 2008

Ask and hope you receive? Since the clock’s a-tickin’ for Fabrice Santoro, he has asked Wimbledon organizers to schedule him a match on Centre Court — an honor that’s never been bestowed on this veteran in the 13 times he’s played this grass Grand Slam (espn.com)

Cruella de Villiers: It’s awesome to see the ATP’s top three — Roger, Rafa, and Nole — take charge and hope for spots in the Players’ Council. If they succeed in getting their hands in these dealings, it looks like CEO Etienne de Villiers will get the boot. (NYT)

Centre Court is ready to go: The fixed roof is back, along with the two main trusses for the retractable roof (which’ll debut in 2009). And a continued thumbs up for their increase in equal prize money for the men and the women.

Maria’s meek side: The Telegraph recently published an interview with the world No. 2. A few bits:

– She turned down a cameo role on Desperate Housewives.

– On her celebrity: “I still find my celebrity weird – it’s always weird, you know, when I see my image on the cover of a magazine. That’s very, very strange. I remember for a while I had been getting a lot of praise from people, but I never felt as though I deserved it until I had won grand slams and held the world No 1 ranking. And then I thought, ‘OK, all that talk, I understand it now’. But before then it was just random.” I hope she’s ready to possibly accept a Teen Choice Award for Female Athlete of the Year in early August.

– On the rigorous WTA travel schedule: “The worst thing about my life is not being able to see my friends and family for a long period. Living from hotel to hotel, it’s sometimes a nightmare. There have been numerous times when I’ve woken up in a hotel room and I’ve forgotten which city I’m in. So I’ll be phoning people at 2am to ask which city I’m in.”

Nole’s blogs: The Times‘s interview with Nole touches on his blog. “Well I like to have fun with it,” he says. “Most of my fans are younger people and I don’t think they want to read stuff like ‘I played a good match today. My forehand was going well. My backhand was not so good’. These things are not interesting. What is interesting is what the players are doing in the locker rooms. Are they good guys? Bad guys? How are they off court? Of course, I never go too far with these things but always to the limit, just to make them laugh. I get a lot of positive feedback.” Awesome.

Why America is fat: Read about EaterLA’s post on the birth of the Starbucks Frappucino.

Beautiful acne: The oft-bowtied Alber Elbaz has jumped into bed with Acne, the Swedish denim brand who is also behind the reissue of Bjorn Borg‘s iconic Tretorn shoes. This collaboration will drop at Barney’s and Bergdorf in November with jeans, dresses, tuxedo jackets, belted trenches, and a few accessories.

rafa’s dispatches from key biscayne

March 26, 2008

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It has been brought to our attention that Rafa Nadal will be blogging for TENNIS.com during this week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

He’ll talk about his matches and share personal photos that he takes and poses for during the next week-and-a-half.

“We’re thrilled to have Rafael Nadal, one of the most exciting players in the game, blogging for TENNIS.com during the Sony Ericsson Open,” said TENNIS.com and TENNIS Magazine editor-in-chief James Martin. “Rafa will take our fans behind the scenes for exclusive content that they can’t get anywhere else.”

Archives: This isn’t Rafa’s first stab at blogging. He’s done it twice for the ATP, even getting an “Editor’s Choice” distinction for his posts in June 2006. He also wrote from Roland Garros last year.

serena the showman

November 14, 2007

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Serena Williams might have looked like all fun and smiles at the SEWTA Year-End Championships Players’ Party, but let’s just say there was something grumbling right under the surface.

Her beef: the WTA forced her to stay in Madrid even after she’d pulled out of the YEC after her first round-robin match (because of her ailing knee) — in order to make a mandatory appearance at the party. This, Serena was none too happy about.

From her blog:

“Now I am in a severe depression. I need to go to my doctor in the U.S.A to make sure I am ok but what u [sic] guys don’t know is that I have to go to a mandatory player party on Saturday night. It’s kinda ironic and unfair that I can’t go get healthy because of a party. I mean who in their right mind made up these rules.

So not only do I have to hang in Madrid I have to be here knowing I had a chance to play in the most prestigious tournament of the year but I was forced out due to injury, and I have to watch someone else go on to glory. Do u know how that feels? I am always happy for the next person, and I always love when people better themselves, but I need to go home and get well, and start my healing process.”

Yikes! I guess a rule is a rule, eh? We wish you the best in your recovery, Serena.

(photo by Action Images via WTA)

short balls: thursday edition

July 26, 2007

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Guga lives on: Columnist Charles Bricker lets us know that Guga is still months away from recovery, and likely can’t take advantage of a U.S. Open wildcard. In the meantime, you can enjoy this fan art.

Monte Carlos Masters stays put: The organizers of this Masters Series tourney get to keep their mid-April date, their ranking points, and prize money levels. Unfortunately, the ATP won’t enforce player commitments for the event, which could mean a lackluster field. But with plenty of players calling the Principality of Monaco home, perhaps recruiting players won’t be so hard to do… (IHT, DT)

Someone loves you, Andy: Andy Roddick‘s still smarting about his quarterfinal loss to Richard Gasquet at this year’s Wimbledon, but he can take consolation in ranking 59th in AfterElton’s Hot 100 list.

It’s not just ‘tennis elbow’ anymore: Spine injury can rear its ugly head early on, so teens: be careful!

A sports lover’s haven: After the sixth hour on the couch watching Wimbledon coverage, I dream about a house like this, too. (LAT)

(OT) Chanel’s mobile pavilion: Designer Karl Lagerfeld has commissioned architect Zaha Hadid to create a pavilion for Chanel‘s Mobile Art exhibition. (On the Runway)

The U.S. Open Series coverage begins: When something gets a New York Times mention, you know it’s got it made. (Talking Tennis)

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Sharapova expands her empire: The Manhattan Beach resident played a WTT match for the Newport Beach Breakers last night. She wore the Summer Sphere Tank from her clothing sponsor, Nike. (via AVP)

Hyuk of the day: Yes, we chuckled when we saw this headline. Did she tie her shoes too tight? Do you hear that frog? (via OTB)

Nike and adidas should watch out: As sneaker companies sense that China will soon become a big-time market, the sponsorship agreements doled out get more and more creative. (Slate)

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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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short balls NADAL edition: vid of him in bed with moya, his wimbledon wear, etc.

June 14, 2007

Here are some juicy bits and pieces on Rafael Nadal:

His grass garb: Last week we showed you Federer‘s grass season outfit by Nike, so now we’re showing you Rafa’s — that’s it, above. What do you think? Tell us! (via tennisnuts.com)

He holds yet another record: Along with his “longest winning streak on any surface” (81 matches on clay) add this: Nadal been ranked No. 2 for 98 consecutive weeks, the longest in the open era that any player’s been No. 2 without reaching No. 1. (via Orgs & Markets)

A shirtless showdown with Moya: Just watch the video below. ‘Nuf said.

(Note: this is a glimpse into his friendship with Carlos Moya, as described in Rafa’s French Open ATP Blog.)

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tattoo watch: Kristof Vliegen

April 18, 2007

In case you missed the ATP blog Kristof Vliegen wrote while playing the Heineken Open this past January, I should point out that he mentions a newly acquired tattoo:

I got (it) in Brussels when I got back from holidays. I had been looking to get one for six years… Everyone seems to have a small tattoo in Belgium, so I’m now part of a club.

He got the nickname “Fly” from Carl Maes (Kim Clijsters‘ former coach) 12 or so years ago.

p.s. To the Americans out there: Happy Tax Day!

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