Archive for September 19th, 2007

a quick look at robby ginepri’s summer

September 19, 2007

Thanks to Lady Hooligan Kat for pointing out that Robby Ginepri hosted a Ladies’ Day last week at his Olde Town Athletic Club. Was anyone in Atlanta for this $100-per-person fundraiser?

A quick recap of Gineps’ summer hardcourt season: He lost to a recovering (from wrist injury) Andy Murray in Montreal…

…and followed it up with second-round loss to Augustin Calleri 4-6, 6-3, 5-7 at Pilot Pen…

…and then fell in the third round of the U.S. Open to Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6. (He also played doubles with Guga Kuerten.)

Bonus round: Robby on the practice courts in New York, barely in Under Armour. Enjoy!

(photos via Robby’s MTF page)


(ot) satc movie shoot started today!

September 19, 2007

I can’t wait to see the Sex and the City movie. They started shooting this morning.

I’m so excited.

(photo by New Line Cinema via E! Online)

short balls: hating hewitt, loving nole, hating nole, hating tiger, maybe roger, etc.

September 19, 2007

Did some autumn cleaning today, and this is what I cobbled together. Enjoy!

TNR on tennis’ resurgence: The sport’s made a revival in the U.S., and we have Roger — his white blazer, his black tuxedo shorts, and his No. 1 groupie/social chair Anna Wintour — to thank. Maybe Rafa, too. (ZooTennis)

Federer pulls his weight, or is he pulling a ‘Sharapova’?: The top Swiss player decides to help put his country’s Davis Cup team back in the World Group (he’s done so for the last two years). The problem is, he doesn’t play the rest of the year, rendering his rescue scheme useless. But the Swiss team will have to take what they can get (and like it): R-Fed will probably pass on 2008 rubbers to focus on winning that elusive French Open title and a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. (IHT)

Lleyton’s legacy: Australian Lleyton Hewitt might be cooling down as of late, but he’s the only tennis player to make Page 2’s “100 Players You Love To Hate“.

More Hewitt troubles: Lleyton drops out of the Top 20. So even with the change in surfaces at the 2008 Australian Open, this bump will likely not help his chances. Meanwhile, Australian TV show Today Tonight scrutinizes a $65,000 donation made by him and wife Bec to a Cambodian children’s organization.

Speaking of hate: In debating the greatest athlete of all time, Simon Barnes takes Federer besty Tiger Woods out of the running for not running at all. Who’s on top? Roger, of course.

Friendly like Federer: In this funny spoof by The Onion, Andy Roddick tries to emulate Federer by getting his own golf buddy: Phil Mickelson.

It’s not Hewitt anymore…: If Savannah ruled the roost, Novak Djokovic would have made it to that Page 2 “hate” list. The gripe? For one, his parents, Srdjan and Dijana, are overdoing the “a game only a mother could love” sentiment. (After the U.S. Open final, Diana “said that her son is ‘better’ than Federer and chalked up the defeat to a long season and inexperience.”) Why not make nice like Oracene and Snezana — just be respectful of your kid’s opponents?

Second, the impersonations. I personally thought they were entertaining, but a case can be made otherwise. Third, his injury “timeouts”. Fourth, his manipulation of the media and the tennis world, which has allowed him to throw racquets and squash water bottles with abandon (and without incurring warnings).

But we still love Nole: The latest issue of VMAN deems him a “most wanted”, along with bullfigher Miguel Abellan, and actors Jamie Dornan and Hugh Dancy (via Kenneth)

Moving at a faster Klip: Distributor Klip America — who handles U.S. accounts for Klipspringer, Sergio Tacchni, and VolklBoris Becker has arranged a $24 million financing deal to help boost its operations. (source: pdf)

Last U.S. Open round-up: I promise. This one’s from Pleats and Cleats. Check it out.

The gays and their tennis: In case we were confused about which rags to pick up at the newsstand… they made it easier last week. BTW, happy 40th anniversary to The Advocate! (Queerty via OTB)

A Stop in Sao Polo: The BlackRock Tour of Champions makes its way to South America (Sao Paolo) for the first time. The event will take place in late September, and hopes to nab Brazilian Guga Kuerten in future years. (Let him finish out his ATP career first — he’s not quite done!)

Dealing with the crazies: “In handwritten papers filed last week in U.S. District Court in Virginia, Jonathan Lee Riches claims that the tennis balls used at the recent U.S. Open in New York were comprised of ‘electrons and neutrons stolen from my head’ and that Venus and Serena Williams ‘told me they want to eat my head for supper.’ Riches also says he taught Venus to play table tennis in county jail.” (source)

(OT) Breaking down Brian Williams: My first anchorman love (sorry, Ryan Owens) bares all (some?) in this interview with

(OT) Sevigny at Opening Ceremony: the fashion icon recently released a women’s line. TSF’s sad that the men are shut out. But Eunice isnt. (via Refinery 29)

(OT) About typeface: A fun article in the New York Times about the typography landscape. And if you want to geek out, Helvetica, a typography documentary, is out on limited release.

nature edition: sania up the river + safin up (and down) a mountain

September 19, 2007

A promotional event for the Sunfeast Open had Sania Mirza playing a quick three-game match against Mahesh Bhupathi in a barge set up in the Hooghly River (she won 2-1).

The floating structure was framed between the Howrah Bridge and the Vidyasagar Setu, near Calcutta.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen tennis played on boats. Monica Seles and John McEnroe hit a few on the Thames in June, 2004. And Volandri had an even crazier arrangement in Valencia.

(via rediff)

Caution: the thin air in high altitudes might induce you to wear red plaid shorts.

Safin’s Spirit Quest: a messed-up Marat Safin decided to sit out the rest of the year — withdrawing from Mumbai, Tokyo and Moscow — to nurse his left wrist and shake off a lackluster 2007. He planned to be back in time for TMS Madrid.

But of course, in true Safin fashion, the regrouping involved a month-long trek up Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest peak in the world.

An expert commented on the relative ease of hiking up this mountain: “We recommend ascent to Cho-Oyu for alpinists who have not any experience on eight-thousanders. Cho-Oyu is an ideal choice for mountaineers ready to test themselves on Tibetan giants, because climbing Cho-Oyu is not technical.” ( via MTF)

But another post on his website today (via MTF) had him reassessing the rigors of the hike. Safin has decided to turn around and make the five-day descent. “In Moscow he will meet next week with Hernan Gumy and after a week recovering from the altitude, he is meant to start practising again in about 2 weeks time. The wrist is well rested and all being well he will hopefully play again in Madrid.”

(photo via

serena won’t be outdone…

September 19, 2007

serena - the kingdom - malandrino

Not to be outdone by the babes in Beijing and the cuties in Calcutta, Serena Williams put on a Catherine Malandrino for the red carpet premiere of The KingdomJamie Foxx‘s latest war movie — on Monday night in Westwood (gotta love it when the glass bricks of Diddy Riese become the backdrop).

Serena’s a big fan of the designer (she’s worn Malandrino’s bright, geometric-print dresses before); this time, she chose a silver empire waist halter and paired with it some strappy Christian Louboutins.

(via AllUrbanGossip)

>> catherine malandrino website
>> serena wears malandrino to vicks presscon
>> serena at the espys

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