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scand by me

May 7, 2009

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We never really thought of Scandinavia needing a profile boost. After all, we’ve embraced them as a part of us: H&M, Ikea, Nokia, salmon in a tube — what more could they ask for?

But then again, that’s why special events like last weekend’s K-Swss Global Tennis Showdown, a benefit for the Swedish School of Los Angeles, get put together. The org helps promote Swedish culture and language education in Los Angeles. Now we know.

The afternoon of exhibitions, held at the L.A. Tennis Center on the UCLA campus (a stone’s throw away from TSF headquarters), was hosted by Swede Will Ferrell and featured compatriot Mats Wilander along with Justin Gimelstob and Rainn Wilson (in his “Quiet Please” tee). Their afternoon of antics raised more than $50,000 for the school.

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Ferrell wielded his oversize Prince EXO3 racquet for part of his singles match against Wilander (Wilander won 15-14). After that, they doubled up to beat Wilson and Gimelstob. Both matches were umped by comedian Andy Richter.

After the matches, The Dan Band entertained the crowd as they milled about a silent auction and grubbed on barbecue. Personally, we would have preferred other guys-who-cover-girls-who-sing-about-guys artists, like David Cook (“Always Be My Baby” [vid]) and Gavin Castleton (“Nothing Compares 2 U” [vid]), but they don’t quite fit with the testosterone-filled afternoon…

Buy: K-Swiss Sublimated Polo in olympian blue/navy, white/lime, white/blue, or white/black for $55.00; Prince EXO3 racquets, $169-$279, list of dealers here and download a coupon for $20 off sticks until June 15.

More picks: Drool over some cute K-Swiss zip tops and hoodies along with tees from UK e-shop Mainline.

(top image by Getty courtesy of Prince; Gimelstob/Wilson and Richter photos by Brian To/Elevation Photos courtesy of K-Swiss)

the hewitts expand their reach to fashion, web

January 6, 2008

The Hewitts are smartly using all the eyeballs currently on Australia to spread word about their future off-court ventures.

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First, Lleyton and his camp have trademarked the Aussie’s “C’mon” celebration along with the accompanying cobra-like hand gesture. His manager, David Drysdale, explained the plan: “I think it’s good that he has his own brand and that (the c’mon) is the one thing that’s most synonymous with him.” (The Age) They hope to slap that logo on various kinds of apparel, joining wife Bec, who already has plans to launch a line of children’s clothing.

More on “the vicht”: So it turns out that this on-court gesture is called “the vicht“, invented by Swedish player Niclas Kroon in the late 1980s and popularized by countryman Mats Wilander. The duo owned the rights for almost twenty years until a few months ago, when the trademark lapsed. After being orphaned for a few months, it was snapped up by Hewitt. Now Kroon is crying foul, especially because Kroon himself had planned to launch his own boutique line of vicht clothing at a tennis club in Houston, Tex. Kroon is ultra-pissed — he’s out and Lleyton stands to gain millions — and it showed: the wire story about this feud included a few expletives from the Swede.

There were reports that Wilander was going to talk to Hewitt while they were both at this week’s Adelaide International (Wilander coaches participant Paul-Henri Mathieu, and Hewitt himself is the tourney’s top seed). So far, no one’s written up on it.

(Our buddy Joe’s Stick It Wear?! had a shirt with the vicht on his website, but had taken the style down because of low sales. He probably shouldn’t put it back on…)

An online venture: The two-time Grand Slam champ and his actress wife are also using this time to help launch eSwap.com.au, a swapping and auctioning website with a separate storefront component (basically, a site similar to eBay). He spoke about it here.

Scoreline: Lleyton made it as far as the quarters of the tourney, losing to Jo-Wilfired Tsonga 4-6, 2-6.

short balls: maria is bootylicious, mamiit wins medals, and wedding announcements galore!

December 16, 2007

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Nole has some homework: Now that Masha has a bootylicious serve (to accomodate a right shoulder injury), funnyman Novak Djokovic will have to adjust his impersonation of the Russian. Get to work, Nole. (WTB)

Dear Harold: In the latest column by Harold Solomon for ZooTennis, he answers a question about choking.

Chris Evert engaged: Golfer Greg Norman and Chris Evert are now engaged. If you haven’t been following the drama surrounding these two sports icons, read up. (DTL)

Keeping it in Czech: Almost a year after getting engaged to Martina Hingis (and four months after calling it off), Casanova Radek Stepanek has applied for a marriage license with 18-year old compatriot Nicole Vaidisova. May-December, much? We’re waiting to get the “April Fool’s!” follow-up in our inbox. (BH via WTB)

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Sorry, Yonex: While this dress from Yonex might be a welcome surprise to some, I think it’s safe to say that loud prints shouldn’t have a place on the court. Too distracting, no? (WATR)

Mammiit’s medals: Cecil Mammiit cleaned up in the tennis events at the SEA games. He won gold in singles (beating a well-dressed Danai Udomchoke) and came up 2nd in both men’s and mixed doubles. Congratulations! (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Sharapova on Ellen: Ellen Degeneres, who’s been taking some heat for crossing the WGA picket line, will have Masha on her show this Friday.

Year-end thoughts: Chris Clarey offers his own, with the most memorable event being the five-set Wimbledon final between Roger and Rafa. (IHT)

Mathieu made whole: Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, who had coach Thierry Champion taken away from him by the French Tennis Federation, is now working with Mats Wilander. Wilander’s most recent project was Tatiana Golovin.

golovin bids farewell to wilander

November 25, 2007

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Add to the recent round-robin in tennis coaching the partnership of hot pants queen Tatiana Golovin and Mats Wilander. The 19-year-old told l’Equipe on Thursday that she has replaced Mats with reputed no-nonsense Dutchman Glen Schaap, former coach of Dinara Safina and Airness-sponsored Nadia Petrova. Wilander was coaching the teenager since July 2007 and worked through a few tournaments including Los Angeles (Carson), Toronto, and the U.S. Open.

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Golovin on Schaap: “I know how he is. [...] He works a lot with the ball cart, I like that.” Her new coach has the reputation of being severe. “When I have [Schaap] on the phone, I take a small voice to appear the nicest possible! [...] I told him that he could be strict, but that if he was to yell at me all the time, that would not work.”

But why end the relationship with Wilander? “The problem with Mats is that he has no desire to work with me in Paris, or in Florida, or to follow me in tournaments,” she explains to l’Equipe. (Their summer hardcourt collaboration was arranged by Christian BĂ®mes, president of the FFT.) FYI, Golovin could still end up with Wilander after the 2008 Australian Open, which is when Golovin will reevaluate her coaching situation.

In an earlier interview with l’Equipe, Tatiana learned of Brad Gilbert‘s alleged availability (post-Andy Murray): “Really? Since when? Brad is almost too big of a personality to have him besides you. I love to go and see him work because he really knows tennis, but to have him every day, that’s a bit stressful.” Doesn’t matter, since Brad still has a commitment with the LTA.

On what she sees as an ideal coach: “He needs to have experience. I need a coach that knows all that goes around on tour and that knows the other players. Today, to beat players in the top 10, it’s not just a matter of playing well, but of making them play bad. We would need to get along well, and to be on the same wavelength about the manner in which I want to work. He would need to be… perfect.”

FYI: At the moment Tatiana is training in the French alps (Alpe-d’Huez) with the French Federation. She’ll then travel to Miami for a charity event. Afer that, she’ll go back to Roland Garros for more training.

More on Schaap: Here’s an interview with Schaap from 2005 when he was training Petrova. He shares strategy on how to beat Justine Henin. He obviously knows tennis.

Over the years, Schaap has trained Brenda Schultz, Jennifer Capriati, Mirjana Lucic, and Magdalena Maleeva. By 2005 he had been Petrova’s coach for seven years (and they split a year later). In 2006 he was with Dinara.

I can’t find a picture of Schaap anywhere. In other recent news about Schaap: in the last week it was announced that he’ll coach Dutch player Martin Verkerk (674th) for a year beginning in January.

(via l’Equipe and Golovin Attitude; photos via Getty Images)

Thanks to Patricia for her help on this post.

davis cup: lest you thought we forgot…

September 27, 2007

The Davis Cup finals are now set — Russia and the U.S. will square off in the December at some venue (Rose Garden?) in Portland. I’ll be making a trip up and meeting with Pacific Northwestern TSF’ers. If you’re gonna be around — we should meet up! The Russians are looking to defend, but the American team seems as hungry and ready as they’ll ever be.

Some of you mentioned (ahem, Craig) that I made no mention of the semifinal tie between the U.S. and Sweden. It got lost in the fray — there were eight other ties going on last weekend, and two of them involved Roger Federer and Serbian ham Nole Djokovic — but it didn’t help that there was so much bland attire on the court. Thomas Johansson, Andy Roddick, and James Blake gave us nothing to talk about.

But then there was Joachim Johansson, who teamed up with Yonex to properly represent his country in flag colors. Roddick might beat him 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3, but the Swede wins ‘best dressed’ in our book. Cheers.

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