adidas + porsche

From Kick-Fiend.com:

The first sports collection developed by the two companies unifies functionality and style, featuring products that reflect the high technological standards of Adidas and the exacting design requirements of Porsche Design – in every detail. And in every product category offering the high-quality textiles and equipment for four different sports: tennis, running, golf and driving.

p5310 reebok shoe

You can view the collection here.

via Kick-Fiend.com

in other news…

dubai helipad dubai tennis on a helipad
Tennis courts on a helipad in Dubai
taken from Josh’s Flickr

The Laureus Academy, made up of the greatest athletes in the world, announced the nominations for its annual Laureus Awards. Tennis, being an international sport, received a few nominations, including Federer vying for male athlete of the year with buddy Tiger Woods, and Henin, Mauresmo, and Sharapova taking three of the five spots for female athlete of the year. If you’re going to pick the top crop from tennis in 2006, that sounds about right.

And the media gives doubles its due this week. CNNSI still has Lisa Raymond’s first column up on the main tennis page, and ESPN published a nice profile on tennis player-cum-golfer Scott Draper. I’m including it after the cut.

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a mirage becomes a reality

map of dubayy
taken from GMT

The UAE (United Arab Emirates) Tennis Association today announced the launch of the UAE Tennis Ranking Circuit, the Khaleej Times reports. This is the Association’s first step in developing a generation of tennis players who can compete in the ATP and WTA tours (i.e., to continue playing past the age of 18) in both singles and doubles. The seven-tournament circuit goes from mid-April until May.

If you have a sec and you’re not already familiar with Dubai, you should read up (I’ll give you the Wikipedia link. I’d like to point you towards the Real Estate section. That shit’s crazy.)

mary carillo's swan song?

mary carillo

Sometime after the Shahar Peer/Serena Williams match at the Australian, the internet was abuzz with how Mary Carillo had reached Paula Abdul-like status; she made comments, one more ridiculous than the other, and at one point — presumably thinking that her mic wasn’t hot — could be heard saying “I’ll be fired for this.”

While I didn’t follow the end of the thread to see if her job was indeed threatened — and really we won’t know until Roland Garros rolls around in the summer — I will post about her receiving the Gracie Allen award for her coverage of the Olympics in Torino.

Here’s a great profile of Mary published in the St. Petersburg Times right before last year’s U.S. Open. Cool tidbits, including how she got started as a tennis commentator. (After she’d retired, a producer placed her on the air as they scrambled to fill airtime before a match at MSG.)

Edit: Sports Media Watch gives us a little more insight into what viewers (and players) dislike about Ms. Carillo. le sigh.

from Sports Features Communications

guga watch 2007: tennis channel open

guga watch 2007 continues with a trip to Sin City. The ATP has a stop this week at the Darling Memorial Tennis Center.

guga in vegas

Guga defeated Wesley Moodie to continue on in this round robin tournament. He will be playing both singles and doubles (with Ramon Delgado).

You can follow the rest of his week — and the rest of the tournament — here.

tennis trophies – what henin should have hoisted

I really thought the trophy for this week’s Dubai Duty Free Open would look something like this:

dubai hotel
taken from Burj Al Arab‘s website

Instead, it took a more traditional route. I’m showing it to you after the cut. Ok let’s get started: this week’s trophies came from tournaments in Memphis, Rotterdam, and Buenos Aires for the men, and in Memphis, Bogota, and Dubai for the women. Nothing notable to point out, save for the Dubai trophy. For all the craziness that pours out of that emirate, you’d think they could have made a cool looking trophy. Justine beat Amelie in two sets, putting their career head-to-head at 7-6. Here’s the trophy:

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a new ATP marketing plan

tennis masters cup 2006
taken from the Tennis Masters Cup website

Sounds like the ATP is off to a great start. Beginning in the spring, they will implement a marketing plan involving the 25 most popular players on the tour:

“The plan will be to allow worldwide sponsors to work specifically with a player of their choice for the first time, a practice that was forbidden by the organisation’s by-laws. The payout for a well-known identity…could be up to $US100,000 ($126,000) in extra annual income.

“There are players who are well known despite not having a top ranking,” says ATP chief marketing officer Phil Anderton, named to the post in 2006 after working in Scottish football and with a soft drink giant.

I’m all for this idea of milking the men as much as possible. This way, I assume they’ll get a cut of the deals made between their players and any advertisers.

So, who would be on your top 25?

guga watch 2007

Kuerten and Saretta at the Athens Olympics, 2006
from the ITF website

uhm, how cute are those uniforms?

Guga continues his comeback with a wildcard at Indian Wells, The Age reports:

“Guga” was a finalist at Indian Wells in 2003, when he beat Roger Federer in the second round.

That was Federer’s last defeat at Indian Wells, where he has claimed the title the past three years.

Maybe he’ll get a stab at that whale!