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trophy watch: on grass, do as they always do

June 18, 2007

Tradition and history trump innovation and design for this week’s trophies (we’re playing on grass, after all).

Absent were the green trees, sailboats, and eagles. Instead, Halle, Birmingham (England), and Queen’s Club all doled out some mighty fine chalices. Simple. Classic.

At the DFS Classic, Jelena Jankovic defeated Maria Sharapova in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 7-5) and gets the gravy boat.

And Andy Roddick also needed to go three sets to beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2) at the Artois Championships. How many kegs can he dump into that?

In Halle, Tomas Berdych won against Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-4. Berdych one-ups his loss in last year’s final against Roger Federer. The youngster’s prize comes with a lid to prevent spills.

The Barcelona KIA tournament — backed by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and won by journeywoman Meghan Shaughnessy — followed what the grass tourneys did even though it was contested on red clay.


djokovic does sharapova

June 18, 2007

If Nole spent less time hamming it up on the court, perhaps he would’ve gone deeper into The Artois this past week.

But hey we only live once. Here he is doing a HILARIOUS impersonation of Rafa Nadal, and Masha after that.

(via Operation Doubles)

>> vid clip: french open locker room action
>> djokovic does roddick

gineps at the artois

June 16, 2007

This pic of hotlantan Robby Ginepri is just begging to be Photoshopped. Any takers?

christmas in june!

June 16, 2007

I LOVE the colors of the Artois Championships stadium. Feels like Christmas in June.

(That’s Dmitry Tursunov playing against Fernando Gonzalez.)

God save the Queen’s Club!

June 7, 2007

The grass season hasn’t even started yet it’s already falling apart. American hope Andy Roddick crashed out of the first round of doubles at the Surbiton Trophy (a Challenger event). The top-ranked American, frustrated with his play as of late, skipped out on the post-match press conference after the loss. Glad to see hotlantan Robby Ginepri is back in action, though.

Meanwhile, the British will have to wait at least until 2008 for a countryman to win Wimbledon. Andy Murray, still recovering from a wrist injury, pulled out of the Artois Championships at Queen’s Club. He likely won’t recover in time to play the grass season at all.

Also, a German daily reports that Tommy Haas won’t recover from shoulder injury in time to play Halle or Wimbledon. Le sigh. (via OTB)

But we should still give props to the folks at the Artois, who have done all they can to create hype and grow the tournament’s brand. They dropped “Stella” from the name to widen their scope, and they started a well-produced podcast, now eight episodes old, which is much easier to digest than all the video that’s been floating around online in the last few months.

Still, if they’re feeling down about all this bad news, they can go drown their sorrows at The Queens Arms, this chic new restaurant that’s opened nearby.

>> even without murray, fred perry soldiers on

podcasts from the Artois Championships

March 8, 2007

The Stella Artois Championships launched the “first official tennis podcast.” It’s hosted by BBC commentator David Law and will include a weekly feature called “Commissioner McEnroe” hosted by John McEnroe

Subscribe to the podcast here.

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