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audi+usb party: djokovic, isner, haas

August 25, 2007

The players are playing hard before they have to start working hard at the 2007 U.S. Open (which starts this Monday.)

Audi and USB threw a party to announce their partnership with the Best Buddies program on Thursday, Aug. 23.

(From left to right:) Novak Djokovic put on his party shirt and hung out with polo player (and Ralph Lauren model) Nacho Figueras, tennis darling John Isner smiled for the camera, and Tommy Haas wore black (he’s German, after all) and came with girlfriend Sarah Foster.

(photos via Getty Images)

le sigh: tommy’s out

July 1, 2007

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Man, Tommy Haas just can’t get a break. His shoulder acted up earlier this year, forcing him to miss the grasscourt warmups. Now he gets to the fourth round at Wimbledon and pulls out of his match against Roger Federer because of a torn stomach muscle. Ouch.

It could have been a good, too — even though Haas has a losing record to Federer (2-8 lifetime), Tommy has the game to beat Roger, and took him to 5 sets in the 4th round of the 2006 Australian Open.

God save the Queen’s Club!

June 7, 2007

The grass season hasn’t even started yet it’s already falling apart. American hope Andy Roddick crashed out of the first round of doubles at the Surbiton Trophy (a Challenger event). The top-ranked American, frustrated with his play as of late, skipped out on the post-match press conference after the loss. Glad to see hotlantan Robby Ginepri is back in action, though.

Meanwhile, the British will have to wait at least until 2008 for a countryman to win Wimbledon. Andy Murray, still recovering from a wrist injury, pulled out of the Artois Championships at Queen’s Club. He likely won’t recover in time to play the grass season at all.

Also, a German daily reports that Tommy Haas won’t recover from shoulder injury in time to play Halle or Wimbledon. Le sigh. (via OTB)

But we should still give props to the folks at the Artois, who have done all they can to create hype and grow the tournament’s brand. They dropped “Stella” from the name to widen their scope, and they started a well-produced podcast, now eight episodes old, which is much easier to digest than all the video that’s been floating around online in the last few months.

Still, if they’re feeling down about all this bad news, they can go drown their sorrows at The Queens Arms, this chic new restaurant that’s opened nearby.

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fashion: safin and haas in old-school white, nike’s mcenroe shirt, and dressing like a dandy

May 21, 2007

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You can even sew your own underwear: Patterns From the Past, a blog specializing in historical dress pattern research, devotes a whole post to tennis wear of yore. Some kits even have instructions for making visors and skivvies.

safin-haas-hamburg.jpgHamburg, revisited: Have you seen these vid clips of Tommy Haas and Marat Safin in old-school tennis whites, playing in an exhibition for the Hamburg Masters? (It commemorated the tourney turning 100 last year.) Photos here, and video here and here.

Dressing like a dandy: Feeling blah about your wardrobe? Take inspiration from these three members of London’s fashion avant-garde, as interviewed by the Times. It’s a good read.

spring2007-nike-mcenroe.jpgNike does McEnroe: Nike releases this psychedelic John McEnroe Icon T-Shirt (left) for Summer 2007. It’s on cotton with a glossy ink screen print. ($30; Midwest Sports. BUY IT HERE.)

happy monday: he’s a bad-haas

April 30, 2007

Save for my mention of Lindsey Nelson‘s win yesterday, I kept to my promise of staying away from the blog this weekend. (But that doesn’t mean I didn’t spend my time away from the computer. I spent all of Saturday watching 30 Rock on nbc.com. The more serious moments of the show reminded me of Sports Night…)

So while I gather my thoughts for the coming week, I leave you with these bits:

– See this number-crunching (hot!) article by Gavin Versi in Tennis magazine. He analyzed data on injured players who retire during matches (especially when they’re close to losing a match). Not earth-shattering behavorial conclusions, but still worth reading to know who the top “offenders” are in each tour. (Hint: It’s a German ATP-er and a Serbian SEWTA member.)
(via fellow WordPresser womenstennis)

battle of the stars

– Here’s a photo of the court they’re building for the NadalFederer exhibition. While the court looks crazy — it’s half clay, half grass! — I have to agree with Jon Wertheim about the buzz surrounding this event (see the second to last paragraph). I guarantee you that this marketing ploy will have longer staying power than Night Tennis.

– I updated the trophies page with the goodies from this week. Some nice cups, but no striking party favors for the winners (Rafael Nadal, Gisela Dulko, and Paul-Henri Mathieu).

– Kenneth in the 212 points out a few tennis print ads, including Robby Ginepri for Under Armour and one for the K-Swiss SI-18 Rannels (aka the shoe Kournikova‘s been hawking).

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davis cup: learn from the germans

April 9, 2007

Belgium and Germany went about their Davis Cup tie without much fashion oomph. The Rochus brothers, along with the rest of the Belgian team, chose to wear red (both on and off the court). The Germans chose a simple, utilitarian jacket, and Tommy Haas wore nothing special from his sponsor, Limited Sports.

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But, alas, there’s a diamond in the rough. Look at this wristband worn by German Alexander Waske:

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While not visible to people watching on TV — but Davis Cup ties aren’t televised anyway, so who cares? — the wristbands can easily be seen in photos. They’re customizable to each country’s flag, low cost, and can be worn off the court. What a great investment for raising the Davis Cup’s profile. All countries should make this a standard issue by the next round.

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Winner: Alas, a wristband cannot carry the weight of a country. The edge goes to the Belgians.

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tattoo watch continues…

March 15, 2007

aka practice courts are brilliant aka why I love tennis

Safin and Haas - Indian Wells

Tommy Haas and Marat Safin, in the practice courts at the Pacific Life Open, Indian Wells, March 9, 2007.

via MTF

haas in the desert

March 8, 2007

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Tommy Haas practicing at the Pacific Life Open.

via Yahoo! Sports


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