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safin re-living youth in rio

February 10, 2010

Marat Safin, who bowed out of the ATP tour three months ago (losing his last singles match in Bercy), is set to make his debut next month on the senior Champions Series circuit — in Rio De Janeiro of all places. The playboy will join Jim Courier, Mats Wilander, Mark Philippoussis, Cedric Pioline, Wayne Ferreira, Mikael Pernfors, and Fernando Meligeni in a single-elimination event with a $60k top prize.

Ahh, to be young again! “It is going to be a lot of fun to play in Brazil for the first time at the Rio Champions Cup and join some of the great legends in tennis,” said Safin, who turned 30 on January 27. “It will be an interesting change to be one of the young guys on the tour again and I look forward to playing in front of the Brazilian tennis fans.” For someone who’s thrown around his wisdom in the last few years, we wonder how he’ll fit in with the old folk.

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trophy watch: martin wins first outback tourney of the year in naples

March 19, 2008

Todd Martin - The Oliver Group Champions Cup 2008

McEnroe Still In Search Of First Outback Champions Series Title in Final Year Of Competitive Tournament Tennis

NAPLES, Fla., March 16, 2008 – Todd Martin defeated John McEnroe 6-3, 6-1 last Sunday to win the singles title at the $150,000 The Oliver Group Champions Cup — the opening event on the 2008 Outback Champions Series tennis circuit. Martin, who finished 2007 as the No. 1 ranked player on the Outback Champions Series, earned $50,000 for the victory and also gained 700 ranking points to make him the early leader in the 2008 Stanford Champions Rankings. McEnroe earned $32,000 and 600 ranking points with the runner-up showing.

Trophy watch: Dear Outback organizers, instead of your ho-hum crystal trophy (made with some precious material, I’m sure) might I suggest a crystal cow, cowboy, or a t-bone steak instead? Let’s mix it up a little!

Read: the rest of the tournament write-up after the cut…

short balls: the hewitts’ marriage on the rocks?, venus and hank engaged! shorts too short? guga to retire!

January 9, 2008

If they can’t join you, beat them: Woman’s Day continues to feed Hewitt-mania even after Bec Cartwright declined to renew her column for the Australian magazine. This week’s cover story: Bec’s marriage meltdown — “Stress, boredom and the loss of a successful, glamorous career have many wondering how long the pair will last…”

Le sad: The Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reports that Guga Kuerten will play his last season in 2008. Tourneys in his schedule include the French Open, the Brasil Open, and the Masters Series Miami. After retirement, perhaps he can devote more time to his clothing line. I want to see them do both the spring/summer and fall/winter shows! (src)

(Too) short shorts?: We bitch when the shorts are too long, and we bitch when the shorts are too short. Let’s make up our minds, shall we?

Planets are aligning: Venus Williams and golfer boyfriend Hank Kuehne are engaged. Mazel tov!

askjdflakjsdf: I’m over it.

For aspiring tennis journos: Blogging has given us a foot in the door, perhaps, but it still doesn’t compare to getting published online or in print. If you’re ready to take that next step, mediabistro’s How To Pitch section recently profiled Tennis magazine’s freelancing opportunities (reg. req’d.). On the fence? The sport doesn’t exactly have the highest Q rating, but sports journalists, as a whole, are very much in demand.

Cayman, the next frontier: The Outback Champions Series continues its expansion outside the U.S. by holding The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Championships (April 16-20, 2008). Courier, Arias, and Ferreira have committed to play.

>> TSF’s short balls archive

trophy watch: sampras takes third outback champions title of 2007

October 3, 2007

Pistol Pete hoists yet another ho-hum trophy, but congrats to him for winning his third Outback Champions title this year.

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