trophy watch: one of the year’s best trophies gets doled out yet again


Ana Ivanovic - Indian Wells 2008Ana Ivanovic - Indian Wells 2008

Ana Ivanovic made quick work of Svetlana Kuznetsova in their final match at Indian Wells. (The scoreline: 6-4, 6-3.) Ana took home the $332,000 purse, a bracelet from Jeffrey Scott Fine Magnetics, and that cute humpback whale trophy. Kuznetsova, meanwhile, took home $163,000.

Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008

Novak Djokovic proved that he’s currently the best men’s tennis player in the world by taking his first Indian Wells title. He beat the en fuego Mardy Fish who, before Sunday, had beaten Roger Federer, David Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt, and Nikolay Davydenko in this tournament.

There were a few close calls (and Nole started to self-destruct), but the Serb pulled it together in the end for a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win. Props to Mardy for a good two weeks. I can live without his basketball shorts, though. Also: cover your ankles, and stop shaving your legs!

Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008

Nole took home a $555,000 paycheck while Mardy raked in $277,500.

Their humps: “The Pacific Promise” Perpetual Trophy is 30 inches tall. It’s a replica of an 18-foot sculpture of a mother humpback whale and her calf. The original resides in Pacific Life’s main office in Newport Beach, Calif. The sculpture was created by artist Randy Puckett, who’s known for his whale work.

More: See more pictures from the men’s and women’s finals, plus photos from the doubles finals, after the cut…

Novak Djokovic - Mardy Fish - Indian Wells 2008

Lovely moment at the net after the match.

Mardy Fish - Indian Wells 2008

K-Swiss got to Mardy just in time!

Ana Ivanovic - Svetlana Kuznetsova - Indian Wells 2008

Ana and her bracelet.

Andy Ram - Jonathan Ehrlich - Indian Wells 2008

Andy Ram (left) and the adorable (yes, I said it) Jonathan Erlich followed their 2008 Australian Open title with a win in the doubles final against Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Daniel
of Canada on Friday.

Dinara Safina - Elena Vesnina - Indian Wells 2008

Russians rule: Elena Vesnina and Dinara Safina beat the Chinese team of Yan Zi and Zheng Jie 6-1, 1-6, 10-8 on Saturday.

Rod Laver - Bud Collins - Indian Wells 2008

The Rocket: Palm Springs resident (and tennis legend) Rod Laver was presented with the Alan King Tennis Passion Award by Bud Collins. Rod’s shirt and Bud’s pants… what a lethal fashion ambush.

(photos by Getty Images; facts from OTB and Daily Tennis)


6 Responses to “trophy watch: one of the year’s best trophies gets doled out yet again”

  1. butter Says:

    Novak and Ana would make a really nice couple!!!!!

  2. rw Says:

    i adore mardy’s ankles. long live the no shows. 🙂

  3. sharon Says:

    como me gusta como juega
    a demas k esta hermoso!!!

  4. sharon Says:

    as I like to play as other k this beautiful

  5. sharon Says:

    As I’d like to meet you BABY

  6. jelena Says:


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