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what do the ladies do in new york?

September 8, 2011

When in New York… The WTA asked some of its top ladies about their “musts” while in New York City. And it basically came down to shopping (Fifth Avenue!), eating, or in Vika‘s case, being weird.

The rundown: Caro loves the Meatpacking District; Maria recommends the Halumi sandwich at Aroma (in Soho); Bartoli ends up in Shoe Heaven at Sak’s; and Schiavone enjoys a burger, fries, and a jukebox — from a location that will remain nameless.

(video courtesy of WTA)

mama’s girls

May 6, 2011

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, TSF asked a few of the ladies on the WTA tour what their plans are for the special day. Monica Niculescu, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Johanna Larsson, and Casey Dellacqua chimed in — these gals are adorable! — so read their responses after the cut…

tennis warehouse renews partnership with wta’s website

April 4, 2011

Tennis Warehouse continues its dominance of the market, announcing today that they’ve renewed their lonstanding partnership with the WTA. This makes 2011-2012 the 10th year that TW has been the official retailer of the tour’s website.

Release: See the complete media release after the cut…

and then there were four (spots)

October 23, 2010

Sweden’s Robin Soderling booked the fifth spot in the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. After his run to the quarters at this week’s If Stockholm Open, Soderling’s guaranteed his second trip to the finals (he made the semis last year). Rafa, Roger, Nole, and Andy Murray have already qualified for the year-end tournament.

His title win in Rotterdam, defending an appearance in the finals of the French, plus reaching the quarters at Wimbledon and the US Open contributed to this achievement. And as part of his qualification, the ATP’s showcasing his self-portrait, to be displayed (and then auctioned off for charity) alongside the pieces made by the other seven players. Much like Robin, his art is nothing to write home about. (Browse: Portraits by Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, and Murray.)

Tall task: “There are only eight players and you play against the world’s best so every match you play could be like a Grand Slam final,” Soderling shared with the ATP. “I will have to be ready from the first match.”

Doubles: Meanwhile, the team of Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes have also qualified for the Tour Finals’ doubles event for the third time. The draw will also feature the Bryan Brothers, Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic, and Jurgen Melzer/Philipp Petzschner as contenders.

(images courtesy of ATP)

murray’s trademark… hair

October 20, 2010

It looks like we’re not the only one obsessing over Andy Murray‘s hair (let us count the ways): in celebration of the Scot gaining a spot in the last men’s event of the year — the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals — the tour created a stencil that Andy used for his artball self-portrait. Thankfully, they used a photo of him well-groomed. (See: Stencils for Roger, Rafa, and the one for Nole.)

Muzz on creating the art: “I can’t say I’ve ever created a self-portrait quite like this before — it was good fun but I don’t think I’ll be giving up my day job just quite yet! I’m looking forward to seeing it in the gallery, hopefully it can raise some money for charity!”

…on home court advantage: “If I play well I’ve got a chance of beating any of the guys. I’m excited to be playing in front of my home crowd; the atmosphere was great last year. I could be playing against Federer or Nadal in my first match in the Finals so I’m going to have to be on top of my game from the very start.” (The tourney’s held at the O2.)

For your consumption: The canvases from all eight singles finalists will be displayed at the La Galleria Pall Mall in London November 8-18, 2010. After that, they’ll be sold through an online charity auction that ends on November 28, 2010.

More: A few other pics of Andy making his art after the cut…

safarova’s winter wonderland

October 15, 2010

We love ourselves a good military trench and this one — worn by Lucie Safarova back in August at the 2010 Rogers Cup in Montreal — is no exception. It has leather sleeves, people!

Safarova’s currently ranked 35th in the WTA rankings. Her boo, Tomas Berdych, who’s put together a solid year (No. 7), ran into the resurgent Gigi Lopez at this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Buy: Silver Coat by Rudsak, $495 CAD, Chiccane.com.

(image grab via youtube; video courtesy of WTA)

only the nole

October 14, 2010

Yep, that’s a smiley face finger-painted onto the artball sportrait done by Novak Djokovic in celebration of his qualification into the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where he’ll join the other top seven guys on the tour vying for around $3.5 million in prize money.

Nole banked enough points over the weekend (his semifinal win over John Isner at the China Open in Beijing) to put him in company with qualifiers Roger and Rafa. (Flashback: See the top duo’s art pieces.) At this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters, Andy Murray also qualified after beating Jeremy Chardy in the round of 16. This leaves four more spots in contention.

Lip service: “I was really happy to hear the news. It’s four consecutive years for me to get to the Finals, so this achievement means a lot. Of course I will do my best to get even further than I did last year to try to pass the group stage, but there’s still a way to go. It was incredible how many people came out and watched us last year. I really look forward to playing in front of that crowd in The O2 again.”

Bonus round: Catch video from Nole’s artball session here.

(images and Djokovic quote courtesy of ATP)

the ATP’s newest art project

September 27, 2010

As if they haven’t hustled enough to get to London — aka the site of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held Nov. 21-28, 2010 — each of the eight players who qualify is being asked to create a self-portrait to celebrate their achievement.

The set-up: the guys, during the Masters Series stop in Cincinnati, hit paint-covered tennis balls against stenciled canvases showing one of the player’s signature moves. The pieces will be exhibited in Central London in early November; it’ll move to The O2 for the duration of the actual event. And after, it’ll be auctioned off for charity.

We can’t wait to see what signature moves they’ve stenciled for Muzz, Nole (tearing off his shirt?), and Andy Roddick (adjusting his crotch?). Six more spots are up for grabs.

Rafa Nadal, who owns a portrait of Marilyn Monroe, said this about creating his painting:

“Making the artwork was fun and something I’ve never done before. It’s a great way to celebrate the World Tour Finals coming back to London. It was a little bit of a challenge to put the balls on the silhouette! Of course this is the least we can do for charity and for those who need it the most. It’s very important that people in our position help those who really need help. I’d like to thank everyone for the support they give us.”

He qualified for the year-ending tournament back in May 23, 2010. Jesus.

And Roger Federer said this:

“It was great fun being invited to create my self portrait and I’m excited to see how the finished piece looks. Raising money for charity is always a great thing so already I would like to thank people who will buy these pictures and it’s going to be for a good cause. I’m happy I can help a bit.”

Federer qualified in August 7, 2010. This will be the ninth time he’s participated in the year-end event.

Flashback: Of course, this isn’t the first time the boys have been asked to help out with some year-end art. Remember those terracotta statues created by Laury Dizengremel for the Shanghai Masters? And this isn’t the first time the pros have dabbled in ball-art either. Martina Navratilova‘s churned out a few pieces herself.

More info: Check out the details (including tickets) for the Year-End finals here and specifically about the Art of Tennis here.

More pics: And more images of Nadal and Roger smackin’ the painted balls after the cut…

the strings and streaks of melanie oudin

March 27, 2010

While Melanie Oudin was busy making believers out of all of us, the one she really has to worry about is herself. (Photo via Getty Images)

It hasn’t been an easy year for Melanie Oudin. Since she rocketed to stardom at last year’s U.S. Open, the American teenager has struggled to marry her new-found life in the public eye with hard work off the tennis court. The result has been a topsy turvy tennis season that has left most of us wondering: What will happen to Melanie Oudin?

What most of us (including myself) have forgotten, is that before there was her run at Flushing Meadows or her stunning breakthrough at Wimbledon, she has spring success in North America last season with inspiring tennis at Charleston, Indian Harbour Beach (ITF) and Raleigh (ITF). It was a span of four weeks of tennis that saw Oudin lose just one out of 15 matches, sending her ranking from 177 in the world to number 125.

What we’ve learned about Oudin in the nine months that we’ve known her well (since she won six matches at Wimbledon last summer), is that she’s a streaky player. After her spring winning streak last year, she lost badly at the French Open the first round of qualifying, winning just one game in a match against Zuzana Ondraskova, ranked 192nd.

(more…)

atp, are you there? it’s me, erwin

September 24, 2009

Speaking of, we wonder if there’s a follow-up to last year’s ATP World Tour Calendar.

TSF would be happy to offer our services to help pick which guys (and which pictures) will end up being used. Oh, and if you’re looking to fill the space for month 13, may we suggest Travis Rettenmaier? You’re welcome.

li ning posterboy ljubicic is first to scalp a seed

May 12, 2009

Ivan Ljubicic was the first to scalp a seed at this year’s Mutua Madrilena Madrid Masters. The Croatian wild card broke Jo-Wilfried Tsonga three times, with two of those coming in the second set when Ljubicic rallied from 5-2 down. The final score: 6-4, 7-5.

Props to his clothing sponsor, Li Ning, for continually surprising us with novel designs for his on-court kit. This go-’round combines a bright yellow polo with a silver print overlay.

More where that came from: Above are some athletic and casual looks from the current Li Ning line. They were showcased as part of the ATP launch of its Chinese-language site.

atp’s players page

March 19, 2009

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Kudos to whomever dreamed up this graphic for the landing page of the players section on the ATP website.

From left to right, that’s Davydenko, Roddick, Djokovic, Federer, Nadal. Murray, Blake, and del Potro.

See it: Click on that link above to see it enlarged. Pretty cool stuff.

(image grab from the ATP site)

baby, it’s cold outside

March 2, 2009

From Los Angeles, with love: We can’t share our (relatively) mild weather with the rest of the country, so we’ll do our best to distract you from that nasty nor’easter, nor’easterners! Enjoy these outtakes from Dmitry Tursunov‘s December pin-up shoot with photographer Corinne Dubreuil for the 2009 ATP Calendar.

Clearly, all of Dmitry’s hard work pays off.

More: See all after the cut…

hewitt’s dirty laundry

February 25, 2009

Lleyton Hewitt‘s former management, Octagon, has taken him to court for breach of contracts, and he’s fighting back with a countersuit, citing incompetence and deception on the part of the agency.

And while we feel bad that Lleyton can’t catch a break (he received a wildcard to play at Delray Beach this week. and lost. on his birthday.), it’s always interesting to get a look at what happens to the $60 I fork over for nosebleed seats.

In 2005 and 2006, Hewitt earned $6.75 million net in endorsements and appearance guarantees — including $3.5 mil from Nike and $2.3 mil from Yonex. He also received $340,000 in appearance fees for Sydney, Adelaide, and Queen’s Club.

Octagon wants a piece of this pie in the sky, but whether the agency was still representing Hewitt for those two years is in question.

Meanwhile, Hewitt’s smarting because of a 2002 legal scuffle with the ATP that could’ve been smoothed over by Octagon. After declining a on-camera interview as part of promoting the 2002 U.S. Open, Lleyton got slapped with a $100k+ fine. The ATP considered the interview compulsory; Hewitt thought he’d already fulfilled all his obligations. He spent another $100,000 only to have the ATP decision upheld, albeit with a much smaller ($20,000) fine.

Let’s hope he doesn’t bleed too much more money settling all these matters — he doesn’t have a lot of tennis-playing years left!

it’s raining mail

February 17, 2009

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Our normally testy UPS delivery man must have been having a good day because we received a package on the first attempt! We are now the proud owners of a pair of Re-Up Lux sneakers, a collaboration between Orchard Street and Reebok.

This is one of two recently released “teaser” pairs for an expanded collab line, images of which can be seen here.

Buy: Re-Up Lux, $90, orchardstreet.com

And we also received packages from both the SEWTA and ATP World Tour that contained each group’s media guide, which includes pronunciation tips for players’ surnames. Hopefully, this’ll make us less of a tool at Indian Wells, where we spent most of the 2008 repeatedly sounding like a total gringo (“Gilles Simon“, “Camille Pin“, and “Alize Cornet” come to mind).

Dork out: The SEWTA has its own book, while the ATP provides an edition that combines the men’s and the ladies’ info. Get a copy of the latter here.

(shoe image via nytimes.com; media guide image via atp)

name that brand: peter luczak

September 19, 2008

Can anyone out there help me identify the brand behind this mobius strip logo on Peter Luczak?

The Aussie lost his first singles rubber against Chilean Fernando Gonzalez at this weekend’s Davis Cup tie. The score: 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. He’ll face Nicolas Massu in reverse singles on Sunday. (More scores.)

We’re all about the use of Australian national sports colors (green and yellow) as accents to Pete’s white shirt — instead of letting the bright shades dominate, ala Hewitt and Chris Guccione. The green wristbands are good, too.

(photos by Getty Images)

finally, they leave kolya alone!

September 12, 2008

Finally, Nikolay Davydenko is free! (Maybe the investigators heard my plea?)

Having exhausted their leads, the ATP gives up on trying to pin the Russian for match-fixing. I hope Kolya, whose momentum got effed up by all the bad press brought on by this scandal, recovers his spot as a legitimate top-fiver on the tour.

Read the AP report after the cut…

men dress down for the atp calendar

September 11, 2008

TSF was lucky enough to drop by the launch party for the ATP World Tour 2009 Calendar at the W Times Square. The tour enlisted the help of a few good men — Dmitry Tursunov, Juan Monaco, Ivan Ljubicic, Paradorn Srichaphan, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Mikhail Youzhny, Tommy Haas, Marcos Bagdhatis, Tomas Berdych, Mike and Bob Bryan, Fernando Gonzalez, and Tommy Robredo (who isn’t so green about disrobing for the camera) — to pose for the 13-month skin-baring pin-up. We were joined for champagne by Dima, Juan, and Juan’s doubles partner Maximo Gonzalez.

Too bad French photographer Corinne Dubreuil, who shot these guys in Paris last year, wasn’t around for the event; you bet we wanted to ask her about shooting these shower pics of Arnaud Clement and these of Kolya Davydenko.

ATP jokester Tursunov (above, right) felt confident in his decision to pose shirtless for the calendar, and is ready for any locker room pranks pulled by his fellow athletes. “Bring ‘em on,” he said. “We tennis players work hard for our bodies, and it’s definitely not in vain. So it’s nice to do something like this.” He added, “I’d rather people make fun of me for being fit than for being out of shape.”

And what did the scruffy Mr. Monaco, through a translator — sorry, my Spanish can’t cut it — think of his experience? “It was very important for me to develop my image outside the sport and have people outside the sport get to know me.” And showing skin didn’t faze him: “I just had fun with it.”

The ATP’s Chris O’Neill came up with the idea for the calendar while roaming the grounds of the Countrywide Classic. He watched Dima get mobbed by women (“who wanted to have his baby, who wanted to marry him” — all these crazy things) and realized that there was a side of the sport that wasn’t getting showcased. And we’re grateful for his idea.

Buy: Pick up the calendar for $13 at TW.

More pics: See some more pages from the calendar after the cut…

tennis’ journey to beijing

August 5, 2008

The ITF has published Journey to Beijing: Tennis celebrates the Olympics on the heels of the sport’s participation in its sixth Olympics (since returning to the roster in 1988). Over 40 of the world’s leading tennis players took part in the ITF project to help promote the 2008 Beijing Olympic Tennis Event.

The 140-page publication features a series of specially commissioned photographs of the game’s top names dressed as athletes from other summer or winter Olympic sports. The players also give an insight into the part the Olympics has played in their lives, with a series of exclusive interviews looking at their childhood memories, previous Olympic appearances and ambitions for this summer’s Games.

Among the 44 players represented in the book are Roger Federer as a fencer and Ana Ivanovic playing beach volleyball (both shot in Miami). Rafa posed as a soccer player in Shanghai, while Nole‘s indoor ski adventures in Dubai also got some print space.

Maria Sharapova (figure skater), Serena (rythmic gymnast), Massu/Gonzo (marathoners) also posed for the book.

Browse: The e-version of the book can be seen here.

More pics: And in case you just want to see some highlights, click here…

ATP lawsuit could remake non-team sports

July 29, 2008

Daniel Kaplan at SportsBusiness Journal is all over the lawsuit filed the organizers of the Hamburg tournament against the ATP. At the core of this debate is whether the ATP is seen as a professional league (which, under U.S. law, is allowed to collude and pool television rights, set schedules, and set terms for athlete participation) or if it’s just a loose group of businesses who all happen to run tennis tournaments. A loss for the ATP could spell trouble for the WTA and other individual sport orgs like the PGA and LPGA tours. Here’s what Kaplan wrote up two weeks ago (on July 7). Subsequent articles to follow.

In 14 days, the ATP World Tour will square off against one of its tournaments in a Delaware courtroom. At stake: Not just the future of men’s tennis, but perhaps the governance of all non-team sports.

Barring a settlement, the antitrust case could determine just how far a rules-making body can go in setting tournament schedules, compelling players to compete in certain events, establishing a ranking system and awarding sanctions. These functions are claimed not only by the ATP, which is being sued to undo a series of schedule changes, but also by other entities ranging from the PGA Tour to Olympic federations.

“An ATP loss would set a dangerous precedent for professional sports governing bodies … that make all sorts of decisions that primarily affect the players regarding format of play, where they are going to play their tournaments, the number of events in which they will participate [and] how the players are going to be ranked,” said Rick Karcher, director of the Center for Law and Sports at the Florida Coastal School of Law. He also has written about the case as a contributor to the Web site sportslawblog.com.

“If any third party can challenge these decisions on antitrust grounds,’ Karcher said, “it puts these organizations at risk.” (Read on…)


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