Archive for March 19th, 2008

serena and venus celebrate espn the magazine

March 19, 2008

Venus and Serena - Area - ESPN the magazine

Venus and Serena, free from SEWTA obligations this week since they’re continuing to boycott the Indian Wells tournament, attended last night’s 10th anniversary party for ESPN the Magazine at Area in West Hollywood.

Venus and Serena - Area - ESPN the magazine - shoes

Venus continues with the gold accessories.

Venus and Serena - Area - ESPN the magazine - cover

Here’s the cover for that issue. The copy reads: “For the power of their style and the style of their game… Venus and Serena are perfect 10s.” As you may remember, this photo shoot happened back in October.

More photos: See the rest of the party photos here.

(party photos via MediaOutrage)


short balls: bausch & lomb’s blurry future, the pain of college sports, wanna be on wife swap?

March 19, 2008

Potito Starace - Maradona

Kiss and make up: Italian player Potito Starace holds up a jersey signed by former Napoli forward Diego Maradona, who heckled Potito at his quarterfinal loss against David Nalbandian at the Buenos Aires tournament last month. Apparently, it got heated enough that Starace, a fan of Napoli, threatened to bash a racquet in Maradona’s teeth. With the autograph, Potito will make this water under the bridge. (Reuters)

By the way, I saw Potito at Indian Wells (playing doubles with partner Juan Monaco) and the guy is bigger than I thought!

Bausch & Lomb has a blurry future: Due to recent legislation preventing Bausch & Lomb from using their Amelia Island event to entertain physicians, the medical company will step down as the title sponsor after this year. If you have $450,000 lying around, buy yourself a tournament! (TW)

What Andy wants: Besides a new coach (likely), Andy Roddick also wants some changes made to Davis Cup. Team USA will face France in North Carolina April 11-13, 2008.

Richard Williams hates “the white man”: Were we really surprised?

College isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: For athletes in non-revenue sports (e.g., tennis), college life can be a beeyotch, as documented in the New York Times‘s three-parter, The Scholarship Divide”. ZooTennis‘ reaction: “I’ve probably been guilty myself of romanticizing the college experience; for a student-athlete, it is a very demanding four years, especially when your ‘play’ has become your ‘work.'”

Next move: Monica Seles capitalizes on her current celebrity upswing by selling her untitled memoir to Avery, an imprint of Penguin. Expect the tome on shelves by March 2009. (TW)

Did you know? Swede Jonas Bjorkman has two children, Max and Bianca. The only other tennis father I know of his Lleyton Hewitt. Who am I missing? Further reading: Check out Jonas’ official website.

(OT) Did you know? Before this week, Versace had not had any floor space at Barney’s for 15 years. Donatella Versace was on hand at a party to commemorate this occasion. The current collection, advertised with a Patrick Dempsey-centric campaign, can be seen here. (FWD)

FYI: For the Beijing Olympics, Rodney Harmon — not Patrick McEnroe — will coach the U.S. men. (src)

Flippin’ through: March issue of GQ, “Guide to Betting on Sports”: Rule #15: Russian tennis players can be bought. Ouch.

Are you a tennis family? If you and your family are hardcore into tennis and would like to be featured on Wife Swap, send me an e-mail.

(photo via Gazzetta dello Sport)

goin’ retro: mcenroe and borg channeled for marc jacobs spoof

March 19, 2008

Mr. Teller’s Borg + McEnroe - New Enthusiasm

The internet was abuzz after spoofs of Juergen Teller for Marc Jacobs appeared on this website. Entltled “Mr. Teller’s Borg + McEnroe”, the photos feature two guys dressed up as Johnny Mac and Bjorn Borg in the two icons’ distinct styles.

However brilliant, a Marc Jacobs spokesperson has washed their hands of this campaign. wasted no time to uncover the folks behind it, correctly crediting the work to Thomas Larsson and Greg Hart of creative firm Hart+Larsson. Apparently, save for the publicity, they have no plans for these photos.

And here’s their idea behind the shoot:

Borg+McEnroe is something we’d been wanting to do for a little while now. We thought it’d be interesting to adopt two generally well-known personas, style them, identify them as Borg and McEnroe, place them within a popular commercial context (the Marc Jacobs display ad), and then turn them loose. In a world dominated by replication and automation, we wondered whether or not we could create an ‘authentic’ Marc Jacobs ad. And we think we succeeded, for the most part.

More photos: See more of the piictures at and after the cut…

goin’ retro: aaron krickstein’s racquet in naples

March 19, 2008

Aaron Krickstein - Naples 2008

In case ya missed it: Aaron Krickstein brought out his Wilson gear (circa 1984, I’d say) at last week’s Outback tournament in Naples, Fla. Like they say, old dogs can’t learn new sticks.

Aaron Krickstein - Naples 2008

And he’s wearing a kit similar to what Pete Sampras wore at the NetJets Showdown two weeks ago.

trophy watch: martin wins first outback tourney of the year in naples

March 19, 2008

Todd Martin - The Oliver Group Champions Cup 2008

McEnroe Still In Search Of First Outback Champions Series Title in Final Year Of Competitive Tournament Tennis

NAPLES, Fla., March 16, 2008 – Todd Martin defeated John McEnroe 6-3, 6-1 last Sunday to win the singles title at the $150,000 The Oliver Group Champions Cup — the opening event on the 2008 Outback Champions Series tennis circuit. Martin, who finished 2007 as the No. 1 ranked player on the Outback Champions Series, earned $50,000 for the victory and also gained 700 ranking points to make him the early leader in the 2008 Stanford Champions Rankings. McEnroe earned $32,000 and 600 ranking points with the runner-up showing.

Trophy watch: Dear Outback organizers, instead of your ho-hum crystal trophy (made with some precious material, I’m sure) might I suggest a crystal cow, cowboy, or a t-bone steak instead? Let’s mix it up a little!

Read: the rest of the tournament write-up after the cut…

monica seles bottoms out on dancing‘s first day

March 19, 2008

Monica Seles - Dancing wIth the Stars

Monica Seles made her TV dancing debut on last night’s Dancing with the Stars. She performed a foxtrot in a pink bejeweled gown with partner Jonathan Roberts. As expected (she “can’t tell a mango from a tango,” she says), she ended the night with fives out of tens — the lowest score of all the contestants — from judges Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Anne Inaba, and Len Goodman. Go nuzzle in the bosoms of your nine Grand Slam titles, Monica, and come back better next week!

Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi — as expected — earned the night’s top score of 27 (nines from all three judges).

Watch: See Monica’s foxtrot here. And the Gooch with partner Mark Ballas here.

Uhh, what’s a foxtrot? Aside from being a fun comic strip, it also refers to a dance step created by Harry Fox and popularized by Arthur Murray. “Slow, slow, quick, quick.”

Starstruck by Seles: Tennis Channel dispatched Jamie LaRosa to the DWTS taping (he’s blogging about it) and he got a chance to interview the tennis champ. Read the exchange after the cut…

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