Archive for March 5th, 2007

calleri on clay

March 5, 2007

calleri at the mexican open

On March 2, 2007, Augustin Calleri had to retire in his semifinal match at the Mexican Open against Juan Ignacio Chela because of a leg injury. Poor guy.


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…)

fleishman’s hair: digging deeper

March 5, 2007

I did a little more research on Zack (and by “research” I mean
“really quick googling”) and I ran across this. I swear, I looked through Yahoo’s photo feeds pretty closely throughout the Australian, and didn’t see this at all. Fleishman sported frosted tips at UCLA, and clearly he’s still fussin with his hair.

fleishman at the australian open 2007

He got heckled (partly for the hair, partly for playing Australian Wayne Arthurs) in the second round of the Australian Open. He sees it as doing his part to liven up the game:

“I have a history of doing it,” he said. “I did it a lot in the juniors playing in big tournaments for the Sunshine Cup, which is like the junior Davis Cup. I feel like it spices it up a little bit. I like to have fun on the court as much as possible. I feel like tennis is too much all-white clothing. The crowd get to put on the wigs and yell, do that kind of stuff. So I figure the players can have fun every once in a while as well.”

via Towleroad

One more after the cut. (more…)

Zack Fleishman

March 5, 2007

zack fleishman
from the UCLA Men’s Tennis website

Zack Fleishman and I attended UCLA at the same time (we didn’t know each other). I remember stopping at the Tennis Center to watch a match or two on my way home from classes.

It’s good to know he’s doing well, even knocking out Augustin Calleri in the first round of this year’s Australian Open.

from Underground Tennis via ZooTennis

tennis tunic

March 5, 2007

ebay tennis tunic

Ran across this eBay auction today. That needs to be someone’s outfit for Wimbledon.

Wait. It’s already been done?

Mattek at Wimbledon 2006

hingis conquers fear + how she views the competition

March 5, 2007

Martina, on fear, in an interview with Sue Mott in the Telegraph:

“What stopped me was one thing. Fear. A fear of coming back and losing. Disappointment. Everything was being put on the spot. My name, my reputation. Plus I had been very frustrated with injuries. I had two operations on my heels. For the first few months of retirement, it was wonderful. No stress, no hassle, no travel. I just picked things I wanted to do.

I’m glad she got over all that. She made a good decision to fill the void left by the injured Big Babes. Don’t be too courageous, though, Ms. Hingis. There are some things in life that we still need to fear. Like the outfit they made you wear to promote Dubai.

hingis playing polo in dubai

Not even the appearance fee check you cashed should have let you wear that.

And here’s her take on the lifeblood of women’s tennis:

(C)ompetition, rivalry, is the lifeblood of women’s tennis. “Oh yes, I always want to have revenge when I lose. I don’t like losing to players twice in a row. I don’t see the players as enemies. I never really hated anybody, but I just hate the idea of losing. You can’t think about how you hate the other person, because you have to concentrate on yourself, the right thing to do to win the right point. You think: ‘What do I have to do to make the other person break down’.” It is a ruthless business. Friendships are rare. “Maybe you have to be a little bit aloof. But I think there’s more to life than being bitchy.”

Is this how most of the Tour thinks? Is Miss Congeniality Kim Clijsters really the anomaly?

wilson’s new ad campaign

March 5, 2007

Wilson launches new ad campaign for [K Factor] racket

Wilson launched a new print and TV ad campaign last week involving Roger Federer and Wilson’s new [K Factor] racket. The TV ad will start rotation during the 2007 U.S. Open Series (starting in July).

from Sports Business Journal (registration req’d)


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