Archive for July 7th, 2009

courting partners

July 7, 2009

Picture 1 20-48-12, the site of TENNIS Magazine, show-pieced a feature article written by Donal Lynch on the ins and outs of tennis partner (read: ‘dating’) web sites.

While at first glance we scoffed at the article, Lynch’s sarcasm and humor comes out well in his writing, and it’s a funny tale of trying to both date and find quality hitting partners through a variety of sites. At the end of the article, Lynch gives his rating of each of the site’s services – from Craigslist to

We wonder if that’s how Ana Ivanovic and Fernando Verdasco started dating in the first place, anyway? “Sexy, male in search of hitting partner who wears as little clothing as he does.” Too bad it didn’t last.

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a wardrobe evolution

July 7, 2009

After a slight hiccup, the folks at Athletic DNA are back on track by hiring NCAA coach Peter Smith as they’ve begun to finalize junior sponsorship contracts. Also, ADNA (not to be confused with ANTA) is now peddling goods online.

The highlight of their current offerings is this Ignite T, which mascot Robert Kendrick wore during his stint at Roland Garros earlier this year.

The tee — made with moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial material — fit a little too baggy on our skinny frame (but just right if you’ve got guns like Nadal). I guess we’ll have to let the loose fabric billow in the wind. At least we’ll stay dry doing it.

Buy: athletic DNA Ignite T, $49.95.

wimbledon flashback: the imminent death of vulnerability

July 7, 2009

TSF op-er Michael Shaw graciously gave us his thoughts going into this historic Wimbledon’s second week. Unfortunately for him (and maybe for us, since we probably pissed him off for slacking), it took until today for this post to go up.

Read on about serve-and-volleying as a kiss of death, the grass court major’s coverage on TV, and his pick for this year’s men’s titleist (he picked right!). (more…)

art in line

July 7, 2009

It’s no secret: the queue at Wimbledon is not for the faint-hearted. But I must give kudos to the tournament organizers (or the queue organizers? Are there such people?!) for putting together such an organized, cohesive operation known as The Queue. It was 1,000 yards of unruffled movement, and any major event would feel good about that.

For about 40 of those yards, the famed Australian painter Rolf Harris was a grand distraction from the ‘How far away are we’s?’ and the ‘How much longer’s?’

The Championships, along with sponsor HSBC Bank, commissioned Harris to do ten paintings of former Wimbledon champs. The paintings were displayed gallery-style along the line, allowing queuers to take in the works of art while they inched closer to the front gate.

(photo by Nick McCarvel)

shimmering serena

July 7, 2009

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Fresh off her Wimbledon victories, Serena Williams took to the late-night stage as a guest on the David Letterman show last night in New York.

Williams shimmered in a golden, flowing dress and a gold-tinted pearl necklace. She made sure that Letterman handed her the right racquet (“The Wilson one, it’s cuter”) and the two laughed about grunting on the women’s tour and her double victory (singles and doubles) at this year’s Championships.

Full video is here.

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death and dancing

July 7, 2009

Horrifically sad news today about Mathieu Montcourt, the French tennis player who has died at the age of 24.

Meanwhile, the City of Los Angeles and much of the world will have its eyes on the Staples Center, where a memorial will be held for the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Tennis players mourned the loss of Jackson while at Wimbledon, including Serena Williams and Roger Federer. However, just over two months ago, Novak Djokovic payed his own tribute to Jackson while at the ATP stop in Monte Carlo.

In true Djoko fashion, Novak danced “Thriller” to add to his cadre of impersonations. It may have been a little premature, but you can see he worked hard on his moves (‘boy can dance!’), which is a testament to MJ himself.

We’ll miss you, Michael.

a true le sigh: montcourt dead at 24

July 7, 2009

Let’s hope this had nothing to do with him getting banned by the tour for betting on other matches…

French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt dies at 24

(Click on the link above, or read on after the cut…

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