Archive for May 14th, 2008

Poor Andy’s back

May 14, 2008

A clay curse continues to plague American Andy Roddick as he was forced to pull out of his semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka at last week’s Masters Series Rome tournament. The culprit? Back spasms.

We would never wish an injury on anyone (ever) and especially not against Andy, but if an injury can lead to photos like this…?

(Photo by Getty Images)

I’ll let you in on a secret

May 14, 2008

I have a thing for people who can breakdance.

But I think I will draw the line at the Worm. Put it back in the hole, Radek!

Here’s the Czech celebrates after defeating top seed Roger Federer in the quarters of last week’s Masters Series Rome. (Stepanek’s fiancee, Nicole Vaidisova, was there to cheer him on.)

In his press conference, Roger cut short any questions about the loss, making sure to point out that the straight-set match was close — two tiebreaks — and that he had led in both before losing 7-4 and 9-7.

The extra days of rest will hopefully get him revved and ready to defend his title this week in Hamburg.

LCS will retreat… and set up shop out east?

May 14, 2008

As P&P had reported on Monday, Le Coq Sportif North American CEO Tim McCool will announce a reworked marketing strategy for the brand’s launch in the U.S.

Moving out: It’s highly likely that they’ll leave the apparel enclave of the Pacific Northwest (where adidas and Nike are based) and shift their management and operations to the East Coast.

Reaching out: LCS will focus on consumers of the “lifestyle” product focusing around fashion collections. Once that’s in place, they’ll move on to the “performers” aka tennis players.

adidas weighs in on Justine’s retirement

May 14, 2008

adidas will continue to keep Justine Henin on their sponsorship roster even after retirement. (Yes, folks — it pays not to do blow.) Here’s an e-mail to TSF from the Sport Performance division:

adidas would like to wish the WTA World Number One all the best in her future endeavors.

adidas has been side-by-side with Justine Henin since 2003 during which time she won seven Grand Slams, including a record-equalling four French Open titles at Roland Garros, and Olympic Gold in Athens.

Justine Henin has been an outstanding player for adidas Tennis and will remain an ambassador of the adidas brand, continuing to inspire and enable young athletes worldwide.

Buhskyooze: Justine Henin retires from tennis

May 14, 2008

Justine Henin, speaking from the Justine N-1 Club in Belgium, announces her immediate retirement from tennis. This is the first time someone has retired from the sport while holding the No. 1 ranking.

Share your thoughts: What do you think about Justine’s retirement? Tell us!

More: Read the AP report here


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