Posts Tagged ‘new haven open at yale’

trophy watch: and the glass has it

August 30, 2011

Glass happy: Before we get too deep into the US Open, let us not forget about the winners from last week: Caroline Wozniacki, John Isner and Sabine Lisicki. The trio all got awarded with glass trophies, clearly a good sign for the glass industry, no? Isner followed up his semifinal win over Andy Roddick by downing Julien Benneteau in the final, 4-6 6-3 6-4. Wozniacki beat a one-Slam wonder in the semis, as well, eliminating Francesca Schiavone before beating unheralded Petra Cetkovska 6-4 6-1 in a rain-interrupted final. It was Caro’s fourth straight title in New Haven.

At the inaugural Texas Tennis Open in Dallas, it was Sabine Lisicki winning in fine form, beating Aravane Rezai 6-2 6-1 in the final. Has anyone else enjoyed the steady rise that Lisicki has?

More: Lisicki has Alona Bondarenko in the 1st round of the USO

(Isner and Wozy via Getty; Lisicki AP)

in new haven, an earthquake-inspired tee

August 27, 2011

Rumbling creativity: On Tuesday, when an earthquake rocked much of the East Coast, the New Haven Open at Yale wasn’t spared. The shaking was so bad, actually, that the tournament issued an official evacuation of the site, halting a match between Elena Vesnina and Jelena Jankovic.

And what better to do than to create some fashion after a natural disaster? The quake, it should be noted, didn’t record any major injuries or deaths at the site, so Joel Cobden of Campus Creations, the retailer at NHO’s on-site shop came up with the shirt above. It was being printed by late Tuesday night and on the grounds by Wednesday. Click to enlarge.

And Irene? The tourney is doing its best to “survive hurricane,” too. Today’s final between Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Cetkovska was moved up to a 1 p.m. start from 5. Can they get ‘er done?! We hope so.

More: Nick’s NYT write-up on the NHO

(TSF photo)

summer blockparty: christina mchale in new haven

July 20, 2011

The future Christina? How cute is this little aspiring tennis-playing gal? She joined some 200 kids from the New Haven area for a USTA 10 & Under tennis clinic, where American Christina McHale helped the youngsters with their form. Swinging Head racquets donated by First Niagra, the kids were treated to an afternoon of tennis and face painting (see below) at the “First Niagra Block Party.” The block party was held to help, in part, promote the New Haven Open at Yale, formerly the Pilot Pen. Set for the week before the U.S. Open, this final lead-up tournament will go from a men’s and women’s event to solely a WTA event as the men’s event has headed south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The 19-year-old McHale, ranked no. 67, received a wild card into New Haven. The tournament already has commitments from world no. 1 and defending champ Caroline Wozniacki, along with former French Open champs Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Check out the full player list here.

More great images from the New Haven Open’s Block Party after the cut.

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