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flashback: loup & the volley girls at the delray itc

March 20, 2011

Loup’s lady, Danielle Ribner, chic in the middle of a VolleyGirl sandwich. VolleyGirls wearing the classy 2 Layer black dress.

Tee-time: Loup-sponsored player Sydni Katz looking (and throwing) good in a pale Army green gathered skirt dress. Buy: $95 online

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delray does art, once again

February 16, 2011

Once again the brilliant folks at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (aka the ITC) are at it again, paying homage to good art on the tennis court. This year, the painting is the work of local artist Douglas Hoekzema. Need we say more? Images of the artwork are by Peter Vahan, who offers a full selection here. Find them below and after the cut. TSF Vault: ITC art 2009 | 2008

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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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do racquets make for good firewood?

February 21, 2008

After watching this video of Mike and Bob Bryan practicing the “Romanian Davis Cup Team” volley drill at Delray Beach, I’m ready to hang up my racquet forever.

Do the Romanians really drill like that?

(video courtesy of the ATP)

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a closer look at the delray beach tennis court

February 19, 2008

The organizers of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships love to push the marketing envelope. Sometimes, us fans end up with fashion anthrax; other times, we end up with a love letter, S.W.A.K.

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We swooned after seeing photos of the tourney’s show court backdrop; the blue waves were the brainchild of ITC director John Butler. He partnered with Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hall, who underwrote the fee of trio of artists involved with the project: Doug Hoekzema of Pompano Beach and Angel Mir and Brandon Opalka of Miami.

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The waves were digitally designed and printed on vinyl. They then beefed up the mural with airbrushing and painting by hand.

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On the court, extending out from the end zone walls from six to ten feet, the artists painted waves directly on the surface. (Take that, Zurich!) The court took three days to prep another three days to paint.

More: See more close-ups of the mural after the cut…

k-swiss in the spring: tommy haas on the court and in print, plus some great looks

February 18, 2008

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The March issue of Tennis has this two-page ad of German dreamboat Tommy Haas modeling for his new sponsor, K-Swiss. I want that headband!

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Tennis goods: There’s not much to look at in their tennis line — the graphics on these tees aren’t anything special. From left to right: Tnns Ball Prntd Crew, $45; IN Motion Slvlss Crw, $42; Ultracel Polo, $52.

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But this jacket from their casual line gets our thumbs up. Skur Track Jacket, $70.

Shoes: Yep, if there’s one thing K-Swiss is known for, it’s delicious shoes. Check out the latest offerings.

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Debut: K-Swiss Tommy made a quick debut at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships last week. Still rusty from a shoulder injury layoff, he bowed out in the first round to Diego Hartfield 6-2 3-6 6-2.

(ad from Tennis, Haas photo by Palm Beach Post)

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delray beach’s volley girls

February 13, 2008

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The organizers of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, being held this week in Delray Beach, Fla, decided to up the “cool” factor of their already cool tournament by looking for Volley Girls:

They’re: athletic ‘lookers’, sports-lovers (preferably tennis), enthusiastic go-getters, with a whole lot of spunk, wit, charm, and ABOVE ALL…MUST be educated in the field of “How to have an AWESOME time, ALL the time 101″

Can you break dance? Sing a capella? Run a 4-minute mile? Lick your elbow? If so, we want to know about it. No, we’re not looking for “America’s Next” anything, nor are we looking for the average pom-poming cheerleader…heck, we’re above that. We’re looking for VolleyGirls™.

Wow, this reads as if penned by Vince Spadea. But grammar aside (and I’ve been known to commit copy faux pas myself), these are the ladies who fit the bill.

Love the dress, but the shoes aren’t doing it for me…

Some props: I have to hand it to the ITC for having a URL for their tourney unrelated to the event’s name — yellowtennisball.com. This is a robust branding strategy that can survive changes in ownership, sponsorship, host venue, etc.

Scoreline: Rain has suspended some first round matches and delayed a few second round matches. Of the ones completed, second seed Tommy Haas (in his K-Swiss debut) lost to Diego Hartfield, and wild card Robby Ginepri, much to the delight of Lady Hooligan Kat, beat Mathieu Montcourt. Gineps will face fellow American (and Under Armour endorser) Michael Russell in the second round.

More: See another close-up of the ladies (plus their shoes) after the cut…


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