Archive for April 11th, 2007

new banner – maria matryoshka dolls

April 11, 2007

I put up a new banner on the main page. Make sure to check it out.

I grabbed it from tammyloh’s flickr.

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best of davis cup fashion, quarterfinal ties

April 11, 2007

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Best dressed: Against the U.S. in Winston-Salem, Feliciano Lopez wore a Nadal-esque red and yellow Nike ensemble that put Spanish colors to good use. Extra points for leaving the pirate pants at home.

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Best team uniform: The blues and yellows of Team Argentina (against Sweden). Juan Martin del Potro and Guillermo Canas show hints of blue, while David Nalbandian goes all out, adding the yellow. Clockwise, from top left: Martin del Potro, Nalbandian, Nalbandian and Canas.

Honorable mention: The tried but true warm-ups of the Russian Team. A carryover from last year. From left to right: Andreev, Youzhny, Safin, Davydenko, and team captain Shamil Tarpishchev.

Total boo: the utter chaos that was the Russian on-court garb: Safin in green, Youzhny in blue, Andreev and Davydenko in black and white. ALL OVER THE PLACE.

>> davis cup fashion: brazil and canada played by the rules
>> davis cup fashion: learn from the germans
>> davis cup fashion: the tie between the u.k. and the netherlands

short balls: an american young’un, some french politics, and a belgian study

April 11, 2007

America’s future: With all this recent buzz surrounding Sam Querrey and Vania King, let’s not forget that not too long ago, we couldn’t stop talking about Donald Young. ESPN’s Bonnie DeSimone tells us what he’s been up to.

Political endorsements de rigueur: First Martina Navratilova, then Billie Jean King. Now, it’s Yannick Noah’s turn. Fresh from celebrating his son’s team’s victory over Ohio State, Yannick Noah jumps on the endorsement bandwagon for an upcoming presidential election in France. (via BBC News)

Some French trivia: In case you were wondering, Nicolas Escude‘s brother plays professional soccer. (via

For those who don’t fear statistical data: A reassuring study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Sports Economics concludes that female tennis players don’t play any worse when the odds are against them to win (e.g., because of a lower ranking, or a bad head-to-head record). Makes sense. In fact, the women are likely playing better than usual, since they have nothing to lose.

And if you want even more reading: Consider today’s issue of Court Coverage, and an all-video post from Off the Baseline.

>> davis cup fashion: brazil and canada played by the rules
>> davis cup: learn from the germans
>> amelia island: pretty in pink (and purple)
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