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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.

trophy watch: kissing crystal

October 22, 2007

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More boring trophies from this week’s tournaments: the Zurich Open and the Mutua Madrilena Masters in Madrid. David Nalbandian beat Roger Federer 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win his first title of the year. He equaled Novak Djokovic‘s feat of defeating the Worlds No. 1 and 2 back-to-back in the same tournament. (Nole did it at the Rogers Cup.)

And Justine Henin continues her dominance of the women’s tour with her ninth title of the year. (She racked up four of them in this latest 20-match winning streak.) Justine took on Tatiana Golovin in the Zurich Open and won in straight sets — 6-4, 6-4.

More photos — plus men’s doubles results — after the cut…

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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style short balls: tennis week magazine, sunfeast fashion, hingis’ gear, agassi’s sandals, etc.

September 18, 2007

Back in the fray: IMG-backed Tennis Week Magazine furthers its makeover plans by announcing an eight-issue publication schedule for 2008 and a relaunch of its website (tennisweek.com) in November. The publication will be headed by Randy Master. TSF can’t wait to see the goods! (via marketwire)

Speaking of IMG: LAT reports that ex-HBO Chief Executive Chris Albrecht has been brought in to IMG to beef up domestic distribution of programming surrounding the agency-owned events (such as fashion weeks, sporting events, etc.).

[Insert slicing pun here]: This cute chopping board via hopehope.

Hingis decides on racquet: TSF doesn’t usually talk racquets, but it piqued our interest that Martina Hingis did not have a racquet sponsor for most of the summer — she played with an all-black demo (with a white grip) — but that has now changed. Per Stephanie Myles, Hingis is now playing with the Yonex RQiS 2.

PETA, Can You Hear Me?: Hingis owns up to owning a fancy chinchilla shawl. It’s cold in Switzerland, she says. (via Tennis Week)

(OT) Patrolling London: The Times‘ London Fashion Week coverage has this great bit on the eccentric men darting around at the shows.

Agassi flips out: Andre Agassi slapped Target with a lawsuit for continuing to market flip-flops with the Agassi name even after his reps had told the retailer to stop. The sandals, once sold under “Mossimo Agassi”, are now just Mossimo. (Buy the sandals.) (via sportsonesource.com)

Rebound Ace RIP: It makes sense (timing-wise) that the Australian Open’s courts are already being torn up in time for 2008′s first Grand Slam.

Speaking of effed up courts: Unlike the entire Serbian team, the clay courts used for the Davis Cup tie between Australia and Serbia (hosted in Belgrade) aren’t so hot.

Calcutta serves up a fashion ‘Feast: The Sunfeast Open in Calcutta rode into town a week after the latest India Fashion Week. And so to open this week’s tournament, the ladies participated in the Miss Players Fashion show on Sunday night. Maria Kirilenko, wore an evening dress from Wills Lifestyle. Other players who walked down the runway: Marion Bartoli, also in a black dress; Yaroslova Shvedova and Hana Smorova, both in capris and t-shirts; Sunitha Rao, dressed in red and white; Tara Iyer; Alexandra Wosniak; and Vania King.

Kirilenko’s photo: See a photo of Kirilenko in her black dress after the cut…

hewitts: lleyton and bec just for a sec

September 1, 2007

Too bad Australian hope (and ’01 U.S. Open Champ + ’04 finalist) Lleyton Hewitt crashed out of the secound round last night — I scoffed as Chris called it — because that means we’d have less chances to catch Bec Hewitt in the stands.

(And we weren’t even looking at Lleyton. At least not because of those bowling shirts that Yonex has him wearing.)

Bec wore this jumper top for Lleyton’s first match against Amer Delic, and sealed the deal with some drop earrings from Dior. For round two, she wore a sleeveless bright red tank.

Not sure if his new not-so-tennis-obsessed routine will do Lleyton good at the Grand Slams. He should take the ladies shopping one more time, then go home and think about this straight-set loss to Agustin Calleri.

a gentler hewitt returns in a bowling shirt, plays with rafa

August 7, 2007

Doubles: It’s weird to see two baseliners — Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal — play on the same side of the net. The duo’s entered in this week’s doubles draw at the Rogers Cup.

Lleyton’s renaissance: This most recent chapter in the Aussie’s career — showing off his softer side — can be credited to his new manager, David Drysdale. (SMH)

Yonex’s Summer ’07 lookbook: Clearly someone was watching a little too much of The Big Lebowski during the idea meetings for this summer’s Yonex line. These gawdy U.S. Open Polos are available here.

(Racqonteur did better than me, managing to pry eyes away from the shirts long enough to rant about David Nalbandian‘s “samurai wrap”. While it might not look so hot on this Argentinian, his countryman Juan Monaco and the stylish Roger Federer look just fine in them.)

(photos via Getty Images)

djokovic’s ritual: winning = showing some skin

July 5, 2007

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More for the Novak Djokovic Shirtless File, these photos from his tight fourth round match against the Aussie Lleyton Hewitt. (Djokovic won three of the four sets in tiebreaks.)

Pics of Lleyton, wife Bec, Novak, and Novak’s parents…

bec hewitt watches her man

June 28, 2007

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Bec Hewitt watches her hubby Lleyton play his second round match at Wimbledon. She’s wearing a shirt by John Galliano. Like it? You can purchase it here.

See pictures of Lleyton wearing a simple white shirt with green trim (by his clothing sponsor, Yonex) after the cut.

the cyantists

April 12, 2007

Cyan, teal, aqua, aquamarine. Whatever name you wish to call it, that light shade of blue/green was out in force this week.

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From left to right: Davide Sanguinetti (Houston), Marion Bartoli in Nike (Family Circle Cup), Rafael Nadal in Nike (Mallorca), and David Nalbandian in Yonex (Mallorca).

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peter bodo on davis cup uniforms

March 27, 2007

The ITF today announced the official nominations for the World Group Quarterfinal ties next month.

After the last Davis Cup round in February, Tennis.com’s Peter Bodo chimed in — like all columnists did — about how to resuscitate interest in this event in the U.S. His ideas? (1) Install Hawk-Eye cameras in all courts used (which should be easy, since all 5 matches are played on the same court) and (2) create team uniforms:

National teams have uniforms, period. Yet there was Roddick in black-and-white, and Berdych in red-and-blue yesterday in Ostrava… Davis Cup is about tradition, pageantry and playing for your country. Why have the guys dressed like two hackers at the local park?”

Yesssssssss. Bodo’s on the right track. In case he didn’t know, I should point out that every team has warm-ups that already play on flag colors. But when the players are on the court, everyone wears their own gear, likely because they still have to adhere to sponsorship contracts (remember that Kim Clijsters Olympics disaster?).

So an on-court uniform will take some effort to figure out. And as Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin (and Yonex and adidas) showed us, you can still sport your country’s colors — or at least slap your country name on the back — while keeping allegiance to your sponsor.

Hewitt in two shirts silkscreened with ‘Australia’:

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hewitt, playing doubles, in white

and Safin’s team did a slapdash job putting ‘Russia’ on the back of this adidas shirt. You know someone got sent to the gulag after the match:

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Perhaps Bodo is onto something. If each country designed uniforms from scratch — uniforms in the palette of a country flag, and would jump off from there to include stripes, coats of arms, and any other element that would evoke national pride — the ITF could use this to keep the Davis Cup brand afloat throughout the year. After each tie, put the shirts up online and sell, sell, SELL.

I might offer you some suggestions for designs in the coming weeks.

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