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seriously?

October 9, 2010

The description from the Big Fish Games website for the game “Venus: The Case of the Grand Slam Queen” –

“Step into Venus’s world and help her win another Grand Slam championship while she’s being hounded by an unknown stalker. Solve the mystery by unlocking clues and playing exciting Hidden Object games. Get an insider’s view on Venus’s life and passions, which include tennis, interior and fashion design, and dogs in Venus: The Case of the Grand Slam Queen. Help Venus win her championship, and put on a fantastic fashion show!”

Just when you think that Venus Williams‘ Oreos endorsement is odd, how about her starring in a video game where she gets stalked? Creeeeeeeeepy.

Buy: Venus: Case of the Grand Slam Queen; sample version free, full version is $6.99. (Bonus: if you’re thinking of sating your inner dork, pick up this $10 Tippr coupon that’ll get you $20 in computer games. At the time of posting, the coupon’s good for another 34 hours.

(image via Big Fish Games)

The Wiimbledon Wiinebago stays in Brooklyn

May 15, 2008

first-wiimbledon.jpg

Much to our disappointment, the Wiimbledon Wiinebago has decided to stay in Brooklyn (instead of making a cross-country trip, as they had originally planned). No more San Francisco event. Le sigh.

Good news to Brooklynites, though, because the event set at Barcade for Saturday, June 7, is still on.

What you really want to know about: Brooklyn Brewery will provide a three-hour open bar at Barcade. Prince is providing apparel, racquets (Wii ones, perhaps?), and shoes for winners. Brunswick will shell out Wii Bowling bags. More prizes to come.

Registration: Sign-ups for the 128-player bracket begins Monday, June 2; everything will be done online.

gaming: prince takes on the wii

October 2, 2007

Prince has announced that it will release miniature tennis racquets made specifically for play with Nintendo‘s Wii Sports pack — one of the more popular games on what’s currently the most popular video game console in the world.

While the New Jersey-based sports equipment manufacturer isn’t the first in the market to feed into the Wii Tennis frenzy, this move is a great way for Prince to reach a new audience. At least that’s the hope, says Linda Glassel, their Vice President of Marketing and Brand Image. Seeing the company’s “P” stencil might compel some gamers “head to the sporting goods section… either for the first time or to get back in the game.”

I like that the racquet comes with a built-in grip, which should lessen the chances of the Wii-mote flying out of your hand and breaking something.

But the molded plastic make of the racquet wasn’t exactly jiving with me. To this, Prince’s Zach Perles responds, “It is not like these are a scaled down O3 Speedport; these are safe, fun accessories. We are excited to provide the best racquets to players whether they are top juniors, elite touring pros, or Wii gamers.”

Fair enough. This is only a minor gripe, though. In the end, swinging a stick (of whatever material) does add to the Wii tennis experience. Still, the hardcore tennis fanatic in me wanted a weighted (even life-sized) racquet that would mimic real play. A man can dream, right?

Buy: The Prince Wii Tennis racquets ($14.99) will be available beginning November 15, 2007 at all Circuit City locations as well as online.

(photos by Prince)

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lexus holds wii tourney at the rock

September 5, 2007

From September 4-6, Lexus will be staging the Lexus Virtual Open at Rockefeller Plaza, an event which will let Wii tennis fans compete for the chance to win a one-year lease on the Lexus IS-F (a sexy new sedan scheduled for a Spring 2008 release).

ESPN commentator Luke Jensen (above) will be on-site to emcee. And to make sure everyone is wearing their wrist straps.

They’ve erected a scaled-down version of a true tennis stadium (complete with bleachers!) for the competition. Absolutely no living room furniture in sight.

The two highest scorers will vie for the car, and additional prizes will be given out to others, including tickets to watch the US Open semifinals and finals in Lexus’ luxury suite. Also, Lexus will donate $1 to the Andy Roddick Foundation for every ace hit (up to $30,000).

Details: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; the event is free and open to the public. Participants can sign up on-site to play. For more information, visit www.myownpursuit.com. And TSF’ers: if you participate, make sure to tell us!

(photos via BB Public Relations)

short balls: connors, berdych, tracy austin is a smurf, etc.

August 31, 2007

Jimmy does Vogue: As if to remind the tennis public of the generation who first made tennis glam, this month’s Men’s Vogue does a piece on Jimmy Connors (now back in the fray as Andy Roddick‘s coach). Check it out. (more at MV‘s tennis hub)

If we lived in New York, we’d do the same: The NYT profiles some folks who play hookey to see matches at the Open.

Reality check: Tennis superstars Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have been mainstays in Forbes‘s lists this year (of richest female athletes, and richest celebrities). In Forbes‘ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, though, these ladies don’t make the cut.

Andy and Pong, Lacoste style: TSF loves the Andy Roddick-inspired Pong over at the Lacoste website better than the Amex version from a few years ago.

Berdych gets ATP love: To help raise the Top 10er’s Q rating, the ATP made him his own card. Putting a face to a name is a great idea. (Newsday)

Tracy Austin is a smurf?: AIPT thinks that Tracy Austin needs a new stylist.

Graf sells her Miami house: Retired tennis great Steffi Graf is no stranger to real estate dealings — her investments in Idaho with hubby Andre Agassi are a hit — and she makes another move by putting her Miami digs up for sale for $3.5 million. (WSJ via Big Time Listings)

Wiimbledon iin Wiilliiamsburg

June 25, 2007

first-wiimbledon.jpg

The hipsters came out in droves (and in costume) to participate in the inaugural Wiimbledon this past weekend.

They laid down the Astroturf at Barcade in Brooklyn. For each match, a game of rock, paper, scissors determined who got to serve first.

The champion: a guy named Russ Yagoda (“Luigi from the Wii-Tang Clan”).

Speaking of Wii, I’m so not into RPG’s (and I’m not into fantasy, either) but will likely spend hours playing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

(Gothamist via Austy)

short balls thursday

June 14, 2007

Nadal’s made it: A four-page spread in this month’s GQ followed by his very own article in The Onion. To Americans, Rafa Nadal is no longer just that “tennis player with the massive biceps”.

Guillermo Coria sues over suspension: Another esteemed member of the Argentina Drug Suspension Corral is back in the news. Guillermo Coria is accusing Universal Nutrition of contaminating its multivitamin, which Coria was taking, with steroids. Coria is suing for $10 million in lost prize and endorsement money. (via Sporting News)

She’s a tall drink of Russian…water?: Smirnoff’s new Smirnoff Source comes in what looks like a water bottle, but it’s still 3.5 percent alcohol by volume — a godsend to those underage celebrities, I’m sure. Anyway, Anna Kournikova heads to NYC tonight to host a fundraiser sponsored by this new drink to benefit the Nature Conservancy. (via Business Wire)

Dubai, still: Along with acquiring the season-ending Outback Champions Series event, Dubai might also add Barneys New York to its asset portfolio. (via Tennis Served Fresh and NYT)

NYC tennis, good idea: This event will coincide with Wimbledon. (There are two i’s — get it?)

NYC tennis, bad idea: Can someone explain to me how this relates to the sport at all?

If it ain’t broke, then make it better: Line-calling technology Hawkeye makes its ATP debut in the UK. This time, each player gets three line challenges, plus the extra one if the set goes to a tiebreak. (via BBC)

If the British want champions, the LTA should stop sponsoring them: Uhh, what? (via the Guardian)

Puma French 77 was inspired by the ’70s. keep it there.

April 30, 2007

french 77 puma

Puma has finally released the much anticipated Guillermo Vilas-inspired French 77 line this month, and I’m sad to say that except for a cute few items, it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Why give us something that Stella McCartney‘s pretty much done for adidas? (Read the rest of the entry…)

HEAD’s browser-based tennis game

March 21, 2007

Pong the Pros - HEAD

As if there weren’t enough browser-based Pong-like tennis games out there, the guys over at HEAD have their own version called Pong the Pro. I can’t quite get it to work on my computer here, so leave a comment and tell me if it’s good. I’ll play around with when I get a chance.

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short balls: whoriskey, top spin 2

March 8, 2007

It’s okay, some of my best friends are whores: Here’s an unfortunately named — but I’m sure lovely — woman starting out her freshman year (and playing tennis) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (via the Knoxville News Sentinel)

Will it simulate real injuries, too?: Aspyr Media will release a PC version of Top Spin 2 (previously only available on Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Gameboy Advance) on March 12: “…Top Spin 2 serves up 24 top-ranked athletes (Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, and more), a wide variety of events including all four Grand Slam tournaments, a multi-season career, and a set of new risk and advanced shots.” (via GameZone)

tardis tennis

March 7, 2007

Tardis Tennis - BBC Sport

If night tennis is just plain boring, neither the wii nor Smash Court are cutting it, and you’re done orchestrating the game between Roddick and Pong, perhaps you’d like your balls served with a side of time travel. The BBC Sport website provides an online tennis game called Tardis Tennis, based on the time machine/spacecraft from the Dr. Who series.

You can play as Queen Victoria (“slow, big hitter”), John Lennon (good all round), or Shakespeare (“fast but weak”).

I couldn’t quite figure it out during a work break, but I’ll come back to it later. If you’ve played it, tell me what you think.

video games + strengthen the tennis brand

March 5, 2007

Smash Court Tennis 3

I recently lost a few friends to the role playing behemoth Warcraft. I never really got into videogames, except for the endless hours I spent playing Tetris Attack, and of course Super Tennis. With my newfound free time, I figured I’d poke around and see what’s up with videogame tennis these days. It’s nothing you don’t already know, but it’s new(s) to me. (more…)

between now and march…

February 23, 2007

… while you’re waiting to see what wonders Ms. Kournikova will bring to the K-Swiss line, I leave you with some ways to pass the time, in case Wii Tennis has already loosened its grip on your life:

Play the K-Swiss Classic Tennis Challenge!

Andy Roddick vs. Pong

or if you think that’s too girly, you can help Andy beat Pong.


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