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trophy watch: and the glass has it

August 30, 2011

Glass happy: Before we get too deep into the US Open, let us not forget about the winners from last week: Caroline Wozniacki, John Isner and Sabine Lisicki. The trio all got awarded with glass trophies, clearly a good sign for the glass industry, no? Isner followed up his semifinal win over Andy Roddick by downing Julien Benneteau in the final, 4-6 6-3 6-4. Wozniacki beat a one-Slam wonder in the semis, as well, eliminating Francesca Schiavone before beating unheralded Petra Cetkovska 6-4 6-1 in a rain-interrupted final. It was Caro’s fourth straight title in New Haven.

At the inaugural Texas Tennis Open in Dallas, it was Sabine Lisicki winning in fine form, beating Aravane Rezai 6-2 6-1 in the final. Has anyone else enjoyed the steady rise that Lisicki has?

More: Lisicki has Alona Bondarenko in the 1st round of the USO

(Isner and Wozy via Getty; Lisicki AP)

the boys of summer

July 31, 2011

It’s summatime. You know, that part of the year that LFO loves when the girls stop by … and when they wear Abercrombie & Fitch. But what about the boys of summer? For the Americans, it’s so far been a rather decent one: John Isner won in Newport before Mardy Fish took him down in Atlanta. This week in Los Angeles three of the four semifinalists — Fish, Ryan Harrison and Alex Bogolomov Jr. — were Yanks themselves. Sure, there was that whole Davis Cup thing, but as Mardy himself says, we don’t like to even think about it.

But Fish, who is set to expand his lead in the US Open Series standings this week regardless of how he plays tomorrow, isn’t take much time off: he’ll play the Legg Mason Classic next week in D.C. (where, Fish noted, he has been guaranteed a Wednesday start) before going to both Masters events in Montreal and Cincinnati. If you include Davis Cup, that will mean Fish six weeks of solid tennis between Wimbledon and the US Open. A rather heavy sched, isn’t it, Mardy?

TSF Vault: Ryan Harrison | Mardy Fish

“It doesn’t feel like I’m on the road,” Fish said at the Farmers Classic, sighting sleeping in his own LA-area home with his wife Stacey and their dog, Charlie. “I’m hoping this week is going to feel like an off week … but I guess you can ask me about it again at the US Open.”

Fish isn’t the only one who has had success in his home country during the last few weeks. The aforementioned efforts of Isner haven’t gone unnoticed, though the North Carolina native did blow a match point in his final appearance at the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Harrison, too, has been loving the sun: his first two ATP semis have come in the last two weeks, both against Fish.

“I want to be in another semifinal,” Harrison said. “There are a lot of good players out there.”

Andy Roddick isn’t one of them — at least not in DC. The American has pulled out of the Legg Mason, siting an abdominal injury. After skipping the French, a lackluster performance in London and a devastating Davis Cup effort, Roddick is the one American that the question marks are really revolving around. Ah, how the stars have re-aligned themselves.

Bogolomov Jr. reached his first ATP semi with his effort in LA, and James Blake looked pretty good in his second-round loss to Juan Martin del Potro. Robby Ginepri‘s making a go at a return. Reason to celebrate? We’ll take it.

Fish (unsurprisingly) still tips his hat to Roddick as America’s top player, but might the other fellas be making their own cases this summer? You betchya.

(Getty Images photo)

trophy watch: he who stands taller

July 26, 2011

Two straight for Fishy: Mardy Fish denied John Isner from pulling a Mardy Fish yesterday in Atlanta. Last year, Fish had won Newport and Atlanta to kick off a hot summer, and with Isner taking the North American grass court tourney this year, he was trying to pull a Fish and double dip to start his own US Open campaign. But Fish, the no. 9-ranked player in the world, fended off Isner in Atlanta at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, beating his countryman 3-6 7-6 (6) 6-2. John doesn’t look too happy now, does he? The reason? It was the second straight year Fish had beaten Isner in the final here, saving match points this time around to take a cup over a platter (better to drink out of!). There’s still a few weeks before the big show in NYC! Cheer up, Johnny boy!

Vera, unplugged. It was the turnaround that Vera Zvonareva was in desperate need of. The Russian had struggled through Europe, whimpering out of Wimbledon where she so forcefully made the final last year, losing out to Tsvetana Pironkova in the third round, 6-3 6-2. But Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Vera’s countrywoman, made the biggest Baku headlines for the week for her 25-double fault match that she WON. More importantly? Vera was the week’s winner. Zvonareva took down the tough Anna Tatishvili, 7-5 6-7 (4) 6-2.

Gilles, too. Meanwhile, on clay, Gilles Simon took Nicolas Almagro to task, winning in Hamburg, 6-4 4-6 6-4.

(Isner and Fish via Getty; Vera via the Baku Cup/WTA; Simon via the AP)

trophy watch: those who bounce back

July 11, 2011

No Wimbledon hangovers here: For those players who choose to play the week after Wimbledon on the tours, they never know quite what they’re getting themselves into until they get onto the court and realize, Hey, this isn’t Wimbledon! For the men the surface transition might be a little easier (the only event offered is a grass court tune-down — is that what you call a surface-specific post-Slam small event?), though they go further geographically, crossing the Atlantic while the women stay in Europe (Sweden and Hungary, respectively). 

Newport: While John Isner was left off the losing US Davis Cup team, the 6-foot-9 big-serving American took a wild card into the Campbell’s International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships and won the tourney, the first top seed to do so in its 35-year history. And while he stood much taller than 5-foot-6 Olivier Rochus, the 26-year-old barely inched past the Belgian, 6-3 7-6 (6). The 15-inch difference between the two players was the greatest in ATP history.

Clay ladies: Polona Hercog and Roberta Vinci were happy to be back on the red stuff, winning titles in Bastad and Budapest, respectively. Hercog nabbed her first WTA win with help of an injured Caroline Wozniacki (who withdrew in the second round), beating local Johanna Larsson in the final, 6-4 7-5. Vinci, meanwhile, captured her third title of the year, defeating Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-4 1-6 6-4. See Vinci below.

(Isner and Vinci via the AP; Hercog image by the Swedish Open via the WTA)

one giant through, the other falls

April 26, 2011

Varying versions of that honeycomb pattern were on the Nike dudes as they showed up for clay events this week. JMdP wore the Green Apple version of the Showdown Movement tee during his first-round win at the Estoril Open, where he needed to beat Portuguese qualifier Pedro Sousa 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to advance. Delpo has a potential quarterfinal match against top seed Robin Soderling. Draw: Estoril Open.

Buy: Nike Showdown Movement Tennis Top, Green Apple and Tour Yellow, $55, tennisexpress.com.

And in Belgrade, John Isner‘s run at the Serbia Open ended abrubtly with his 6-4, 7-6 (4) loss to Ricardo Mello, who’ll next face Blaz Kavcic. He shares the same quarter as top seed Djokovic. Live scores: Get caught up on the happenings here.

(Isner image via serbiaopen.rs; Delpo image via Getty Images)

mah-aking it work

January 13, 2011

Sad that you haven’t seen more fashion coverage from us this year? Well here it is. In one post. For the entire year. Now we’re hanging up our measuring tape, magnifying glasses and red pen and watching The Devil Wears Prada in German over, and over, and over again. Click image to watch the video.

Nicolas Mahut, the famous Frenchman who was on the losing end of the epic Wimbledon battle with John Isner last summer, made quite the ruckus at the Hopman Cup in Perth recently, donning matching outfits with mixed doubles partner Kristin Mladenovic. Even Bethanie Mattek Sands, the queen of quacky outfits was giving some giggles. And dang, isn’t Mahut looking good? We think so. | 28-year-old journeyman Mahut into round 2 of Aussie qualies

(image via youtube)

trophy watch: golubev propelled, chakvetadze returns, goerges’s first, fish extends streak

July 26, 2010

Andrey Golubev has made history by being the first player from Kazakhstan to win a title. He upset the 15th-ranked (and 2010 Roland Garros semifinalist) Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the German Open in Hamburg.

The thirty pounds Mardy Fish lost in the last year certainly came in handy in winning the Atlanta Tennis Championships final against marathon man John Isner. The score: 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Props to him for upsetting top seed Andy Roddick in the semis and overcoming local fave Robby Ginepri in the second round. Fish also won last week’s HoF tourney in Newport — he’s looking good for the Open!

Chakky’s baaack! Former top-fiver Anna Chakvetadze bagged her first title since 2008 by taking out Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Slovenia Open.

Julia Goerges beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-4 to win her first career singles title at the Gastein Ladies in Austria. Goerges has had a good couple of weeks; she also made it to the semis of the Palermo tournament before losing to top seed Pennetta.

(ATP images via Getty; Chakvetadze photo by Ales Fevzer; Goerges photo by Matthias Hauer/GEPA Pictures)

durex goes loooooong with isner-mahut condom ad

July 23, 2010

SI tennis writer Bryan A. Graham brought to our attention this new condom ad from Durex, featuring highlights from the longest tennis match at history, played at Wimbledon this year between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. Not sure that you can last for 11 hours and 5 minutes? Go ahead and give it a try, Durex has you covered. (Literally.) Click the image to watch the ad.

More Isner: John is still alive at the Atlanta Tennis Championships as quarterfinals take place today. As is a Britney-inspired Andy Roddick.

More longevity: In Germany, Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinek took down Pablo Cuevas and Eduardo Shwank in the first round of doubles with a 6-3, 3-6, 22-20 (match tie-breaker) effort. 42 points is no 138 games, but you gotta give the guys props for going the distance.

(screen grab via youtube)

trans-atlantic flight shorter than his match, mahut delivers tee to the hof

July 6, 2010

Nicolas Mahut is in Newport, R.I., this week for the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships along with Americans Sam Querrey, Taylor Dent, Ryan Harrison and Mardy Fish and stopped by the Hall to deliver a piece of tennis history.

Mahut, who lost his record-setting five-set match with John Isner in the first round of Wimbledon, signed one of the many shirts he wore during the match and handed it off to HOF CEO Mark Stenning. Hopefully he washed it once or twice before the flight, no?

One more shot of Mahut and his historic polo after the cut. (more…)

for a tall man who had a tall task, a tall trophy

June 25, 2010

Trophy Watch: For winning his marathon first-round match against Nicolas Mahut, American John Isner was presented with the Virgin Trophy, an award created by Sir Richard Branson “to empower teams and individuals to challenge themselves and enjoy the spirit of adventure” and given to anyone who succeeds in “record-breaking challenges”.

Mazel, John!

(image via Getty Images)

thanks, john and nicolas!

June 24, 2010

Wimbledon 2010, 1st round. John Isner d. Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

Everything’s already been said about this match; every emotion, expressed; every statistic, calculated and printed.

So all I will say is: Thanks, Isner and Mahut, for showing the world that tennis is a noble sport where guys will fight to the finish. Much like what that marathon final between Nadal and Federer did for our sport, your epic fifth set has become water cooler talk even for folks who have no interest in tennis.

Draw: Up next for John is Thiemo De Bakker.

(image via Getty Images)

in pictures, the match that stretched a lifetime

June 23, 2010

The John Isner-Nicolas Mahut match might not still be going if the players didn’t make these grave mistakes during their nearly nine hours on court…

At one point, Mahut let the ball boy play a game for him while he crouched on his knees in the middle of the court. Not only did the ball boy suck at tennis, he tried to hold the racket head and hit with the handle. After much begging, the ball boy got Mahut to continue, but only after Isner had served four straight aces.

Isner took a bathroom break on court. This is extremely inappropriate, especially for Wimbledon. Mahut serves up two aces and the crowd did the wave several times to create some air flow on Court 18.

(more…)

let the (broken) racquet do the talking

January 23, 2010

John Isner wasn’t too happy about his loss to Andy Murray today in the fourth round of the Australian Open. His Prince racquet knows this all too well.

(photo via AO.com)

cool t-shirts on gilles simon make us smile

September 30, 2009

Photo taken at the PTT Bangkok Open Muay Thai event.

adidas “Cool Trainers Always Make Me Smile” tee, £14.99, JJB Sports.

Draw: These three guys are still in (second round), with Ginepri facing Korolev, Simon facing Kevin Kim, and Isner going up against Zverev. (pdf)

(image by Getty)

robby ginepri is the baby bear…

September 30, 2009

… to our Goldilocks — he’s just right!

One of the treats of the Thailand Open is the ATPers doing some Muay Thai. This year they had the suuuuuuuper pasty John Isner, Gilles Simon, and Robby Ginepri get into some silk shorts and spar for the photographers.

It’s funny to see the martial artists turn Lilliputian next to Isner (they’re up to his nipples!), but they can probably still kick his butt without breaking a sweat.

More: A few more pics of John, Gilles, and Robby after the cut…

short balls: friday edition

September 7, 2007

Nike jumps in: Phenom John Isner has tacked on Nike to his list of endorsements. CNBC’s Darren Rovell had previously reported that Prince signed Isner on to provide his gear.

In the city that never sleeps…: After upsetting Rafael Nadal in the quarters, David Ferrer downed a Big Mac. I highly doubt that it was the only place open at 4 a.m. but hey, we won’t judge. He bounced right back with a win over Chela. Meanwhile, Andy Roddick gets the runs after a fast food experience. Spaniards are built differently, I guess… (ESPN.com)

Matches that go into the night: Players, fans, tournament directors, TV honchos — everyone has a stake in whether matches at the Open should stretch far into the night (e.g., Nadal-Ferrer ended at 1:50 a.m.). Some people are for it, some against. What’s your take? (IHT)

The state of the union: The Sun-Sentinel‘s Charles Bricker does a quick update on American men’s tennis.

Sharapova nurses loss (and shoulder) at Fed Cup: Maria Sharapova will be practicing with (and cheering on) the Russian Fed Cup team when they play Italy in the Fed Cup finals in mid-September. The tie will take place in Moscow. (Reuters)

Geek out: IBM, who supports usopen.org, has put new infrastructure in place to reduce the site’s operating costs by 23%. (via Computerworld)

short balls: mardy’s fans, prince nabs isner, and other u.s. open bits

September 4, 2007

We all don’t have our J-Blocks: Here’s fun story of how a college student became part of Mardy Fish‘s cheering section (“Mardy’s Party”?) at the 2003 U.S. Open.

Center Court muzak: Nole Djokovic enjoyed yet another perk of playing the main stage at the U.S. Open. (TNYO)

Sightings: Celebrities might have sheets with threadcounts larger in number than your weekly paycheck, but they love tennis as much as you do. In the past week, Michael Musto interviewed folks about fashion, Gavin Rossdale sat next to Mirka during the Federer-Isner match, while Collin Farrell, Martha Stewart, Newt Gingrich, and the fashionistas from night one all took in some matches.

Prince holds court: Racquet maker Prince announced its addition of John Isner to their stable of players. While this move is a boost for the company (and sales numbers this year are their highest for the decade), Darren Rovell points out that “the very top players who don’t currently use the racket are scared to switch” and they can’t fake their endorsement (i.e., by stencilling Prince’s logo on another brand’s strings) because the O3‘s structure is unique.

Party like it’s fashion week: The annual Hall of Fame Legends Ball holds its own at Cipriani on September 7 (right in the middle of fashion week). Along with toasting this year’s inductees, they’ll also honor Andre Agassi with the Eugene L. Scott Award. (Tennis Week)

(photo via Hansen Report)

audi+usb party: djokovic, isner, haas

August 25, 2007

The players are playing hard before they have to start working hard at the 2007 U.S. Open (which starts this Monday.)

Audi and USB threw a party to announce their partnership with the Best Buddies program on Thursday, Aug. 23.

(From left to right:) Novak Djokovic put on his party shirt and hung out with polo player (and Ralph Lauren model) Nacho Figueras, tennis darling John Isner smiled for the camera, and Tommy Haas wore black (he’s German, after all) and came with girlfriend Sarah Foster.

(photos via Getty Images)

the scud’s not a playboy, lleyton fails to prove he can beat roger, roger still doesn’t like hawk-eye

August 12, 2007

Isner-mania continues: The Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati awarded giant(-killer) John Isner a wildcard for this year’s tourney. (The Cincy Post)

The Scud’s not a playboy?: Age of Love runner-up Jennifer Braff, a 48-year-old executive assistant to Lakers owner Jerry Buss, talks about Mark:

“(The producers) kept saying he was a little dense and kept trying to get me to say it. I think in a lot of ways he’s not as socially conditioned to be out there dating. He’s been playing tennis since he was 8 years old, and was trained by his father.

“It seemed as though he’d been more sheltered. NBA players seem to kind of get thrown out there when they’re young. The girls approach them and are always around. That’s a big difference, socially.” (LAT)

Lleyton got his chance: The new and improved Lleyton Hewitt has been dying to prove his worth by playing Roger Federer. He got his chance at this week’s Rogers Cup. Yep, he has a lot more work left before the U.S. Open. (Tennis News)

R-Fed and Hawk-Eye not a match: The World No. 1 continues to speak about not trusting the line-calling system. And he copes with close calls like a true champion. “Well, what other choice do you have? Can’t go drink coffee with the guy and say, ‘Let’s discuss this line call.’” (transcript via Tennis News)

Shaking it off: Czech Radek Stepanek leaves behind injury and wedding engagement to play his best tennis in a long time. The results: he makes the semis at Gstaad, wins L.A., and loses to Federer in the Montreal semis.

trophy watch: sopot, san diego, legg mason

August 5, 2007

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Andy Roddick ends the run of John Isner at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Click here to see Isner tower over Roddick.

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Maria Sharapova wins over scrappy lefty Patty Schnyder in the final Acura Classic at the La Costa Resort and Spa. Sharapova beat Schnyder 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, but couldn’t figure out how to fix her opponent’s flyaway hair.

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Tommy Robredo (still in Sergio Tacchini, le sigh) wins the Sopot title over Jose Acasuso.

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