Posts Tagged ‘acapulco’

tattoo watch: daniel koellerer

March 6, 2009

Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer upset top seed David Nalbandian 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the first round of the Acapulco tournament.

BTW, the Mexican version of ESPN The Magazine put Venus Williams on its February cover (in anticipation of the tournament, which she won). The mag also included an article on Nalbandian, plus a decent layman’s write-up about the event’s “ATP 500″ designation, and how that fits into the rest of the ATP scheme.

(photo by Getty Images)

trophy watch: surf, sand, and sun

March 3, 2009

In Acapulco, both Nicolas Almagro and Flavia Pennetta made it to the finals — like they did last year, but only one of them defended their title.

Almagro upset Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 — revenge from their heated third-round Australian Open match, perhaps? And Pennetta bowed out to Venus Williams in just over an hour. The 6-1, 6-2 win gives Venus her second title in as many weeks.

Fish schools Korolev: The tennis pedigree (he’s Anna Kournikova‘s cousin) didn’t quite help Evgeny Korolev maintain trend at the Delray Beach ITC: up until Mardy Fish‘s 7-5, 6-3 win on Sunday, the tournament’s top seeds had never taken the title.

Last man standing? If Nole didn’t end up bringing home this boat from Dubai, it would’ve been pretty sad. The other top guys — Roger, Rafa, Andys Murray and Roddick — all dropped out for various reasons. Thankfully, he lived up to the challenge and beat David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3.

robredo’s hair: now you see it, now you don’t

March 1, 2009

Tommy Robredo went through some spring cleaning on Friday morning, making good on a bet back in Argentina to shave his head if he won the Copa Telmex title.

It all started back in Buenos Aires, when Tommy saw his friends Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Marcel Gronellers, and Alberto Montanes — all with buzz cuts. The world No. 15 said he would do the same if he won his finals match against Juan Monaco (and he did.

Robredo traveled to Acapulco this week for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel hoping that his friends would have forgotten about this bet, but of course they didn’t let him off the hook; at the Fairmont Princess Hotel, Montanes’ coach Narcis Pelach styled Robredo’s hair as Santiago Ventura, Granollers, and Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo looked on.

After the hair cut, the now-aerodynamic Spaniard sailed past American Kevin Kim and said: “I feel much faster on the court without any hair in my head.”

In the quarters, Jose Acasuso snapped Robredo’s 12-match winning streak 7-5, 6-2. This was the fourth time in as many weeks that they’ve played each other (and are tied at 2-2).

More: A few more pics after the cut…


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