Archive for September 8th, 2010

amelie, the holy and glowing one

September 8, 2010

Yes, we know Amelie Mauresmo is glowing in this picture. And no, it’s not the lighting. Or make up. Or video editing. It’s her natural glow. Her new, natural glow.

I caught a glimpse – well, a thousand glimpses – of Amelie at the US Open this week, and the gal hasn’t looked this good since she exorcized her demons at the 2006 Wimbledon and bowed to the tennis gods in thanks.

Here’s what we think Amelie’s secret is, now that she’s working for Eurosport and living the life of the rich and famous, with no pressure on her goddess-like shoulders:

Amelie doesn’t sleep at night, instead, she does yoga for two hour periods, only taking breaks to smell sunflowers that she grows on her windowsill, that – oddly enough, don’t get any sun – and she waters with red wine, exclusively. Each morning she wakes up and reads Eat, Pray, Love and then goes out and has gelato for lunch – usually pineapple berry with chocolate sorbetto – before returning to her lodge (yes, she lives in a lodge) and watches Eat, Pray, Love the movie, which she got boot-legged by Julia Roberts herself. As a favor for Amelie. In the afternoons she usually does gymnastic routines in a leotard onesie, something that Reebok would never let her wear. She has 17 such leotards. She’s sworn off coffee so she only drinks grapefruit juice, straining the pulp first and drinking it from a hollowed out coconut. Before bed… er, we mean her 8 hours of yoga… Amelie high-fives the poster she has hung over her loft bed. It looks like this:

That, folks, has produced such glowing. It’s a simple recipe. Try it.

(screengrab via; getty images photo)


touching down in st. louis before heading to nyc

September 8, 2010

Book-writer, tennis enthusiast and USTA employee Richard Dedor has sent us this dispatch from St. Louis as a lead-up to the wheelchair competition at the US Open, which begins on Thursday. More info here. A great snippet of info from Richard. -NM

It may not have the glitz and glamour of Flushing Meadows, but St. Louis does know how to produce good and entertaining tennis. Durring week one of the US Open, The Gateway City hosted the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, an ITF Super Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tour.

The tourney brought the very best athletes in the world to the Midwest, including Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day  star and winner of 394 consecutive matches, Esther Vergeer. People have often asked Vergeer how she keeps winning, but I saw it first-hand. After participating in Monday night’s opening ceremony in New York, Vergeer flew to St. Louis mid-day, came to the courts for a short hit around and was in the hotel gym before dinner. Simply put: that’s how the 29-year-old from the Netherlands remains the best.

The same goes for men’s world no. 1, Singo Kunieda. After winning his 100th straight singles match, the 26-year-old Japanese player told me about his training regime, which includes seven days of on-court work, intensive cardio and short- and long-distance training.

They are athletes of the first order and if you have the chance this week in New York, get out and watch them play. You will not be disappointed.

More: Check out this video of Vergeer from a couple of years ago, working her magic. In wheelchair tennis, players are allowed two bounces of the ball instead of one.

(photo provided by richard dedor)

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