Archive for January 13th, 2008

trophies: heineken, hobart, kooyong, sydney

January 13, 2008

The girls and boys warmed up for the start of the Australian Open with another week at various tournaments Down Under. The usual fare of crystal and silver were doled out, save for minikegs in Auckland…

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Philipp Kohlschreiber ends up with a silver trophy and a keg (yes!!!!) for winning the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand. He beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the finals.

More photos: Kooyong, Sydney, and Hobard (plus Auckland doubles) after the cut…

shirtless: verdasco in australia

January 13, 2008

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More for the shirtless files: (Nick and Chris — this one was for you!)

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco practices on the eve of the Australian Open.

Last week, he lost in the second round of the Medibank Sydney International to Sebastien Grosjean.

(photo by Getty Images)

trophy watch, exo edition: jb group classic and hopman cup

January 13, 2008

Forgive us for being a week behind with the trophies from last week’s exhibitions (Hopman Cup and the ladies’ JB Group Classic). But the Hopman trophy is cool, so here we go…

First, the Hopman Cup, won by the American team of Serena and Mardy over injured Serbians Jelena and Nole.

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Team USA also went home (or to Melbourne, I guess) with these diamond-encrusted tennis balls. According to ABC, a new design by Doris Brinkhaus is conjured up each year, always with an Australian map and a diamond marking Perth’s location. It takes 8 months to construct.

The balls cost $35,000 each. The last one Serena won (back in 2003) ended up a gift to her mother, Oracene.

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Venus Williams started off strong in 2008 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova in the finals of the JB Group Classic on January 5.

More photos: Hopman Cup trophies plus JB Group players’ party and press conference photos after the cut…

tattoo watch: a public service announcement

January 13, 2008

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From Tattoo Watch, a word to the inked: the Melbourne climate has brought about unrelenting summer heat, so make sure to keep your tattoos under plenty of sunblock as you compete at the Australian Open.

Model citizen Arnaud Clement sets an example while practicing at last week’s Medibank Sydney International, where he played the qualies. (Nono faces German Rainer Schuettler in the first round of the Australian.)

(photo by Via. Her photo gallery is bookmark material, folks. so do it.)


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