Archive for July 27th, 2010

los angeles: wednesday oop

July 27, 2010


STRAUS STADIUM start 12:00 noon
Rainer Schuettler (GER) vs Robby Ginepri (USA)
Not Before 2:00 PM
[6] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [Q] Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs [3] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)

Evening Session – Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Mardy Fish (USA) / Mark Knowles (BAH)
Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs [2] Sam Querrey (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
Andre Sa (BRA) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs [2] Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Horia Tecau (ROU)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) / Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Travis Rettenmaier (USA)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[WC] Carsten Ball (AUS) / Chris Guccione (AUS) vs Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO)
[4] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Aisam Qureshi (PAK) vs Colin Fleming (GBR) / Ken Skupski (GBR)


sa watch 2010: andre in los angeles

July 27, 2010

Andre Sa, in town for this week’s ATP tour stop on the courts of UCLA (aka the Farmers Classic), is in the doubles draw with teammate Horacio Zeballos.

He was on hand on Tuesday afternoon to help tourney top seed Andy Murray warm up. Lovin’ those gold Diadora shoes!

He even made a guest appearance at the Bryan Brothers concert last night at Molly Malone’s. (Thanks to Strawberries and Scream for the pic!)

a shirtless dmitry never gets old

July 27, 2010

Dima Tursunov, though knocked out in the qualies by Devvarman at this year’s singles at the Farmers Classic, is still entered in the doubles draw. He plays with Ernests Gulbis and will face the team of Santiago Gonzalez and Travis Rettenmaier (yes, THAT Travis Rettenmaier) in the first round.

Back to Dmitry: you’re welcome.

short balls: california girls (and boys)

July 27, 2010

TSF takes over the West Coast this week as I made the drive from Cottonwood, Idaho, (yeah, it exists) to San Francisco yesterday for a little R&R and a day at the Bank of the West Classic tomorrow in Palo Alto, at Stanford. Meanwhile, Erwin is holding court in LA for the Farmers Classic, making sure that the boys adhere to the warm weather shining on SoCal and going shirtless on the practice courts.

This week’s version of short balls comes on Tuesday, a little earlier than usual. Enjoy!

I’ll make the drive down to Palo Alto tomorrow for a day at the 40th annual Bank of the West Classic, now the longest-running women’s event on tour. Bank of the West has been the title sponsor since 1992 at this event, something that is unheard of in the days of fast-moving money. (Remember the Lipton Championships? Or the Kraft WTA Tour? Seems like centuries ago… ) The Bank of the West has been at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Pavilion since 1997, and just this year announced partnership with Rebounces, a green company that runs a tennis-ball recycling program nationwide. Balls brought in by members of the public (and those used in the tournament) will be collected and recycled by Rebounces, with the help of FedEx to get them shipped and donated to a local youth tennis program. Thumbs up to that!

There’s always plenty of tennis action on the pages of Twitter, and this week a few more tennis names added themselves to the never-ending world of Tweets. Janko Tipsarevic asked his followers to “bare” with his bad English (gladly, Janko, gladly). WTAers Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Alisa Kleybanova have also joined the Twitter ranks. Anastasia is playing in Istanbul this week, whiles Kleybs was already dismissed from Stanford by a studious Ana Ivanovic. Before she was bounced outta the Bay Area, Kleybs sat down with Chris Oddo for an interview featured on On The Baseline.

The USTA announced yesterday that it is partnering with longtime supporter American Express for a program called Fresh Courts. The program will invest money in 17 different tennis courts in three urban centers, including Los Angeles, DC and New York. In NYC, the benefactors will be our friends over at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. The USTA will head up the fixing up of the courts themselves, as it oversees around 700 refurbishing projects each year.

For a little bit of a fashion fix, I’m digging this Lacoste v-neck (and the model!) I ran across yesterday. $40 online. Meanwhile, Serena might be questionable for the US Open itself, but that’s not keeping Nike from prepping itself for her outfit at said tourney. The Control Court dress (seen here via TennisConnected) is $85 and might – just might – be made famous by ReRe if she’s able to show at Flushing Meadows come late August. This is the black version of her Wimbledon get up, which helped her to her 13th slam title.

short(er) balls are happening after the cut. (more…)

los angeles: tuesday oop

July 27, 2010

Good call on showcasing that doubles match. It’ll be packed!


STRAUS STADIUM start 12:00 noon
Kristof Vliegen (BEL) vs [WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA)
[Q] Ilija Bozoljac vs Robby Ginepri (USA)
Not Before 4:00 PM
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs [WC] James Blake (USA)

Evening Session – Not Before 7:30 PM
[WC] James Blake (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Benjamin Becker (GER) vs [LL] Lucky Loser (TBA)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
[SE] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Illya Marchenko (UKR)
[Q] Steve Johnson (USA) vs [Q] Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Karol Beck (SVK) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)
[Q] Tim Smyczek (USA) vs T Gabashvili (RUS)
Ross Hutchins (GBR) / Jordan Kerr (AUS) vs [3] Martin Damm (CZE) / Michael Kohlmann (GER)

at bank of the west, ivanovic wins + tsf to make an appearance

July 27, 2010

Props to Ana Ivanovic for getting through her first-round match against the hard-hitting Alisa Kleybanova at the Bank of the West Classic, happening this week in Stanford, Calif. (Vid: Ana’s presser)

The Serbian has had a rough couple of months, losing super-early on the clay of Madrid and Roland Garros (to Kleybanova), plus on grass at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon. Her next opponent at this hardcourt event will be the winner of Bartoli vs. Harkleroad (Draw: Singles).

And speaking of, Nick will covering the event on-site tomorrow, so look out for tweets and posts. (Welcome to California!)

Buy: adidas adilibria shoes, $110,

One more: Another look at her shoes after the cut…->

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