Archive for August 12th, 2007

trophy watch: carson and montreal

August 12, 2007

Too bad that such a boo trophy followed a memorable and exciting three-set match between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the Rogers Cup. The Serb won 7-6 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (2). And in a classy move that disappointed half the free world, the adidas kit stayed on after his win. Is shirtless Novak not a winning tradition?

Meanwhile, the East West Bank Classic handed out a crystal vase to Ana Ivanovic for beating Russian Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4. Congrats to Nadia for recovering strongly from the shoulder injury that kept her out of Wimbledon.

If this is what the U.S. Open Series will do until the Open, I will claw my eyes out. Give us some fun trophies!


lazy sunday

August 12, 2007

Quick pat on the back to Nole. He beat Roger Federer in a beautiful three-set match to nab his first Rogers Cup and second Masters Series title this year.

There’s a lot left to do before he gets the No. 1 ranking (or the No. 2 ranking, even). But we all know that when he gets there, it’s because he has the goods: no weaknesses, solid player, works well even under pressure.

Okay I’m off to a birthday party. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

rafter: hewitt will be a force, but won’t be no. 1

August 12, 2007

Australian Patrick Rafter, looking good at the Sydney premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum with wife Lara Feltham, has told the wires that Lleyton Hewitt‘s goal to reach the no. 1 ranking is far-fetched, but that the new partnership with coach Tony Roche could see him nesting in the Top Five.

Rafter reasons that Hewitt’s flat strokes don’t match well with the current trend of high, heavy balls (spurned by new racquet technology). Rafter’s solution is incorporating more net play.

[photos via Kenneth in the (212)]

the scud’s not a playboy, lleyton fails to prove he can beat roger, roger still doesn’t like hawk-eye

August 12, 2007

Isner-mania continues: The Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati awarded giant(-killer) John Isner a wildcard for this year’s tourney. (The Cincy Post)

The Scud’s not a playboy?: Age of Love runner-up Jennifer Braff, a 48-year-old executive assistant to Lakers owner Jerry Buss, talks about Mark:

“(The producers) kept saying he was a little dense and kept trying to get me to say it. I think in a lot of ways he’s not as socially conditioned to be out there dating. He’s been playing tennis since he was 8 years old, and was trained by his father.

“It seemed as though he’d been more sheltered. NBA players seem to kind of get thrown out there when they’re young. The girls approach them and are always around. That’s a big difference, socially.” (LAT)

Lleyton got his chance: The new and improved Lleyton Hewitt has been dying to prove his worth by playing Roger Federer. He got his chance at this week’s Rogers Cup. Yep, he has a lot more work left before the U.S. Open. (Tennis News)

R-Fed and Hawk-Eye not a match: The World No. 1 continues to speak about not trusting the line-calling system. And he copes with close calls like a true champion. “Well, what other choice do you have? Can’t go drink coffee with the guy and say, ‘Let’s discuss this line call.'” (transcript via Tennis News)

Shaking it off: Czech Radek Stepanek leaves behind injury and wedding engagement to play his best tennis in a long time. The results: he makes the semis at Gstaad, wins L.A., and loses to Federer in the Montreal semis.

short balls: another sharapova edition

August 12, 2007

(Note: Maria has withdrawn due to a shin injury from her semifinal match against Nadia Petrova at the East West Bank Classic. As expected by tourney organizers, Masha has also withdrawn from next week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto.)

Maria on top: The Russian edition of Forbes puts Maria Sharapova atop its list of Top 50 Russian celebrities. This video discusses how the celebrities get ranked. (via Real Russia Project)

Tennis feuds: Ralph Lauren (the company) gives us a list of famous feuds in tennis history and two top women monopolize: one entry encompasses Masha and her spats with all other Russian players, while Chucky is listed twice: first for butting heads with Venus, Serena, and Richard Williams (wait — does that count as three feuds?), and second for her heated arguments with Anna Kournikova.

All tall leggy blondes look the same: Oops. “Embedded NBA Correspondent” Elie Seckbach confuses Masha for Dani Hantuchova and inadvertently includes b-roll of the Slovakian in this interview from the East West Bank Classic. (vid source)

Attack of the clones: The folks at Canon plan to promote a new line of PowerShot cameras with TV, print, and NYC-area ads (on buses and billboards) during the 2007 U.S. Open. Mary Joe Fernandez and Patrick McEnroe will chip in by hosting the launch event on Aug. 27. And yes, the clones are back. (via Adweek)

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