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shirtless: gigi lopez

August 23, 2009

While there are plenty of great arguments for watching tennis in the comfort of your own home — not needing to wait until the changeover to get up from a seat; not having to deal with other people’s chatter; listening to Mary Carillo’s commentary; instant replay — there are also plenty of arguments for watching tennis at a tournament: d-list sightings, limited-edition merch, and of course the practice courts. Especially the practice courts. God bless ’em.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will play Yen-Hsu Lu in a first round match at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, the winner of which will play 16th-seed Andreas Seppi.

More: Click after the cut for more pictures.



d-listed goes to new haven

August 23, 2009

Thought D-Listed was just an international affair? Not so, our friends. Here’s the third installment of our D-Listed series, set on the quaint campus of Yale University. The first two, Wimbeldon-inspired installments are here and here.

Wayne Bryan was a sight all over the grounds of the Yale Tennis Center, sporting a bright yellow adidas tee and a black cap. Bryan was doing some work for the tournament – commentating after center court matches included – and was not in attendance to watch his sons blow eight (count ’em, eight!) championship points in Cincinnati. Bryan has been a fixture on the tour for years, and though he often travels with Mike and Bob, he’s made his own career out of emceeing events like the Pilot Pen and World Team Tennis. Atta boy, Wayne!

Prior to his on-court announcing after the Nadia PetrovaAnna Chakvetadze roller coaster, Bryan was spotted chatting up who we’re convinced was none other than Australian Alicia Molik. What do you think, folks? Is it she?!? We’re pretty sure that Molik is in New Haven practicing to keep her comeback on track, but who knows… we could be as off as Anna was in that dang first set against our girl Nadia.


Ok, so it’s not the most flattering picture of That-Might-Be-Alicia-Molik-Girl (let’s just call her Al for now), but c’mon people, she’s definitely someone! We’re just not sure who…

Meanwhile, just a few feet from Al, Marion Bartoli took in most of the first set of the Petty-ChakChak match. Later in the day, when the two Russians were still on court in the third set, Svetlana Kuznetsova hopped courtside (near Al, of course!) to take in her two compatriots doing battle. Sveta paid little attention to the match itself, mostly giggling with a gal pal and typing away on her Blackberry.

Our fave sighting of the day definitely came on the practice courts: there was a shirtless Fernando Verdasco (not as yummy up close… just saying!), Flavia Pennetta wearing peach, Ai Sugiyama, Tommy Robredo and our absolute fave, Uncle Toni 2.0. To get a glimpse of Toni and who he might be coaching, read on.



a tourney tee that takes the cake

August 23, 2009

Tourney merch almost always disappoints, so we smile when we see stuff on the rack that doesn’t scream “Let me show you my mad Word Art and MS Paint skillz.”

Lump into that “buy” category this vintage-inspired women’s tee available for sale at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament store.

Our only beef? They didn’t make it a unisex tee. Why do guys always get the short end of the stick?

Edit: It turns out that Verdasco was into this tee, too, and asked Pilot Pen tournament director Anne Worcester for an extra large. See? Even the players want in!

who’s that lady?

August 23, 2009

Alright, folks: guess which SEWTAer strolled over to the Pilot Pen tennis courts carrying her dog in a Louis Vuitton tote?

Think hard, then click on; the answer appears after the cut.


sunday survey: what do you think?

August 23, 2009

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We’re not sure if we really care what you think, but we might as well ask, right? TSF is headed up to New Haven, Connecticut, for a day at the Pilot Pen. So excited?!? Yes we are.

We’re taking the train from Grand Central in NYC and it’s got us thinking about the US Open next week. Here’s a question for our brand-new, we-want-to-hear-from-you, Sunday Survey.

Which players – men or women – would be most likely to take the train (regional or subway) to the US Open? Who can you imagine sitting (or standing!) next to on public trans, his or her bag at their feet? It would take a special one, so we want to know who you think could rough it with the best…. ooops, the rest of us.

(photo by DanielKHC via flickr.)

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