Archive for January 9th, 2008

a classy blog banner from whoa alex!

January 9, 2008


TSF wants to welcome another tennis blogger into the fray. Whoa Alex! does fan posts, fashion updates (on everything! tennis or not!), pro sightings, update on tourneys, celebrity fashion, and other random things that needs attention.

And you have to check out the blog’s very classy banner, which uses that Lacoste ad above featuring Richard Gasquet. We only wish we’d thought of it sooner (than Alex).


short balls: aussie open edition

January 9, 2008

ATP’s AO blogger: For the two weeks in Melbourne, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis will blog for the ATP website.

A tennis roundtable: IHT‘s Christopher Clarey leads a discussion with journalists Lisa Dillman (Los Angeles Times, Philippe Bouin (L’Equipe), Linda Pearce (The Age), and Tom Tebutt (The Globe and Mail). And ESPN’s Bonnie D. Ford, in a separate piece, offers her Aussie Open talking points.

Star watching has begun: Kylie Minogue, Masha, and Roger were all seen dining at Nobu at Crown. (Herald Sun)

On courts and heat: Let’s hope the new courts don’t screw up too many ankles. This new court apparently gets sticky in heat (but Ana Ivanovic thinks it’s fine), so players should take extra care in this hot summer. Fortunately, Andy Murray is ready to face the heat since he’s been doing Bikram yoga in the offseason. (The Age, Guardian, IHT)

Navratilova + TC: Navratilova did such great work for Tennis Channel at last year’s French — “I’m really proud of what we accomplished,” she says — TC has signed her as a primary commentator for all the 2008 Grand Slam tournaments,.

Along with Martina, the network’s on-air team for the Australian will include Bill Macatee (with support from Leif Shiras, the recently retired Justin Gimelstob, and Renee Stubbs).

Mining the archives: Get your juices flowing with this photo blog of last year’s tourney. And TSF’s flashback is here.

fashion focus: vintage bollettieri

January 9, 2008


Staring into the shades of the leathery Nick Bollettieri, I never would’ve thought he and Nike could come up with such awesome 80s fashion. Just look at that sweatshirt.

Bid on it: It’s up for auction on eBay (starting bid: $15), along with a version that’s neon green instead of orange.

>> vintage: nike’s agassi tees and windbreaker

short balls: the hewitts’ marriage on the rocks?, venus and hank engaged! shorts too short? guga to retire!

January 9, 2008

If they can’t join you, beat them: Woman’s Day continues to feed Hewitt-mania even after Bec Cartwright declined to renew her column for the Australian magazine. This week’s cover story: Bec’s marriage meltdown — “Stress, boredom and the loss of a successful, glamorous career have many wondering how long the pair will last…”

Le sad: The Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reports that Guga Kuerten will play his last season in 2008. Tourneys in his schedule include the French Open, the Brasil Open, and the Masters Series Miami. After retirement, perhaps he can devote more time to his clothing line. I want to see them do both the spring/summer and fall/winter shows! (src)

(Too) short shorts?: We bitch when the shorts are too long, and we bitch when the shorts are too short. Let’s make up our minds, shall we?

Planets are aligning: Venus Williams and golfer boyfriend Hank Kuehne are engaged. Mazel tov!

askjdflakjsdf: I’m over it.

For aspiring tennis journos: Blogging has given us a foot in the door, perhaps, but it still doesn’t compare to getting published online or in print. If you’re ready to take that next step, mediabistro’s How To Pitch section recently profiled Tennis magazine’s freelancing opportunities (reg. req’d.). On the fence? The sport doesn’t exactly have the highest Q rating, but sports journalists, as a whole, are very much in demand.

Cayman, the next frontier: The Outback Champions Series continues its expansion outside the U.S. by holding The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Championships (April 16-20, 2008). Courier, Arias, and Ferreira have committed to play.

>> TSF’s short balls archive

djokovic: paradorn has best body on tour

January 9, 2008


The Guardian interviewed Novak Djokovic in the days leading to the NAJJ Srbije tennis exhibition in early December.

Among other things, he talked about who he thinks has the best body on the ATP tour:

[Nole] pauses to consider this quite seriously. “Oh. Whooh. I would say, for sure, Paradorn Srichaphan. He has not been playing and I haven’t seen him for a while. But he still has the best body in men’s tennis.” Better than Rafa? “Rafa? No, no… I don’t like bodies like Rafa’s.”

At least as far as ho-humming Nadal, Nole and I share the same taste…

Read up: Ana Ivanovic also got some ink. Catch the full story here.

(Guardian; photo by Matichon via CoolBALL)

i still need to be a productive member of society…

January 9, 2008

…so I will refrain from browsing this trove of delicious ATP player photos by Corinne Dubreuil until after I reach retirement. (Dubreuil is the same eye behind Kolya‘s layout in l’Equipe.)


You, though, should enjoy this photo of Arnaud Clement.

And this one of the Frenchman playing peepeekaboo with the camera, after the cut…

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