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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…

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)

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.

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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)

trophy watch: wta tour’s 2007 player awards

March 28, 2008

SEWTA Tour 2007 Players Awards

The SEWTA Tour gave out their 2007 Players Awards in Miami on Thursday.

Comeback player of the year: Lindsay Davenport

Newcomer: Agnes Szavay

Most improved: Ana Ivanovic (who jumped from No. 14 to No. 4 within the season)

Player of the year: Justine Henin, wearing a grey cropped tuxedo jacket and a rhinstoned Armani tee

Doubles team of the year: Cara Black (short) and Liezel Huber (tall)

(photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

short balls: seles is done, srichaphan is back, bricker is hopeful, the shirt is not for sale

March 26, 2008

Monica Seles - Dancing with the Stars elimination

Nick called it: Monica Seles and magician Penn Jillette were the first two to be eliminated on Dancing with the Stars this season.

Merger mania: The Sun-Sentinel‘s Charles Bricker keeps his fingers crossed for a merger between the ATP and the SEWTA.

Srichaphan’s last attempt? The powers that be have called on Paradorn Srichaphan to represent his country in the upcoming Davis Cup tie, and he’s said yes. The former world No. 9 is finally ready to play after a 14-month wrist injury layoff (and honeymoon). Srichaphan will make one more attempt at staying healthy. If he’s injured again, he’ll likely retire. (Xinhua)

The shirt is not for sale: Those of you jonesing for that grey adidas (“A. Dassler, State”) tee that the pros have been training in won’t be able to find it in stores (adidas made a very limited run for their VIPs).

Cry some more: Watch this animated and moving video about founder Adi Dassler.

And when you’re done… To lift your spirits, check out the latest adidas Originals pieces. Some of those windbreaker/track jackets are effin gorgeous!

trophy watch: even thirty years after the fact, it’s just as sweet

December 30, 2007

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Congrats to Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who has been officially recognized by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour as one of 16 women to hold the No. 1 ranking in the Open era. The distinction came over thirty years later because not all of Goolagong’s points were transferred onto computers when the rankings system debuted in 1975. Goolagong held the No. 1 spot from April 26 to May 9, 1976, after beating Chris Evert 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 at the prestigious Virginia Slims Championships in Los Angeles.

From her home in Australia, Goolagong told the SEWTA that she was delighted to receive the award. For those months in 1976, she felt she was playing the best tennis on tour. “I am happy and gratified that what I felt at the time has now been recognised officially. It’s personally very satisfying and this has been the best Christmas present.”

And Bud Collins chimes in:

“Hurrahs to the diggers who discovered that Evonne Goolagong should have been ranked No.1 during 1976, not No.2. It took a while, but never too late for justice. This fact will be noted in the next edition of my Tennis Encyclopedia in 2008.”

Nice plug, Bud! (And yes, for those factoid nuts out there, Bud will be releasing a new edition of his tennis tome in 2008.)

(SEWTA)

the girl who cried “retirement”?

May 7, 2007

If you haven’t already heard, Belgian Kim Clijsters announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis. She made the decision after losing to Ukranian qualifier Julia Vakulenko at this week’s J&S Cup in Warsaw.

People I’ve talked to are split in their reaction. Is Kim really done with tennis? Or does she just need a break?

clijsters in poland - last matchI don’t think she’s done with tennis quite yet. The sport’s grueling schedule painted her into a corner, with no other choice but to retire. The same way Martina Hingis was driven away. But Hingis ended up with a broken foot, while Kim ended up with a broken spirit. I expect Kim to join Sybille Bammer in the mother-and-active-player club in a few years.

As we reflect on her absence, we should talk about another benefit to SEWTA’s Roadmap 2010: the shortened tour schedule will decrease the rate of injuries and (hopefully) lessen mental exhaustion. The tour forces players to think about tennis 24/7, making it hard for those who want to pursue other interests (i.e., lead a balanced life). Perhaps Kim wouldn’t have retired as early if the seasons were shorter. Or maybe we wouldn’t give Serena so much flack for acting, since she’d do it when no one’s looking.

The SEWTA should go even further and allow players a “leave of absence” — for up to one season — to give players a chance to better plan their careers. (Their ranking should be protected with a formula tied to how long they’re out, and how many points they have t defend.) Let them stay fresh and participate in some “extra-curricular” activities. It’ll raise the profile of the player, and they will most likely bring a new crop of fans to the courts when they’re back on the tour.

Photo: Clijsters playing her last match, at the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland.

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federer in Time magazine, puma’s french77 sale, tursunov’s blog, etc.

May 3, 2007

Tennis bits from around the web:

Time‘s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World came out today, and it includes Roger Federer. (via Rachel Sklar for Eat The Press)

– Get 10% off Puma French 77 gear via the Puma website. (Here are my top picks.) Just make sure to enter the code FR77 when you check out.

– Here’s a little peek from The Independent into the life of the ATP’s most famous blogger, Dmitry Tursunov. His blog turns one this week.

– China finally gets to hang with the big boys. The Xinhua news agency reports on SEWTA CEO Larry Scott’s visit to Beijing. The tour will open a regional office there next year to help with marketing and promoting the sport.

– Equality Forum, a Philadelphia-based LGBT advocacy group, will honor Martina Navratilova at their International Equality Dinner this Saturday.

and p.s. Have you played Wario Ware yet? If not, get yourself to a Wii as soon as you can. You’ll thank me later.

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