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:

Justine Henin

I don’t know what that is. I’m e-mailing the tournament organizers tomorrow, and hopefully they can shed more light on the trophy’s background. Here’s a better look of it with doubles winners Huber and Black:

Cara Black and Liezel Huber

and the runner-ups got this:

Mauresmo's runner-up trophy

Onto Memphis, where Venus Williams won her first title since Wimbledon 2005 (and time in a competitive court since last October because of a nagging left wrist injury), and is now trying to get to the top 16 by the time Roland Garros rolls around:

venus williams

And over in Rotterdam, a fresh Justin Timberlake Mikhail Youzhny won 2 and 4 against Ivan Ljubicic, who was worn down after his three-hour semifinal match against Davydenko: “I was so tired after the semi-final. Playing three hours against Davydenko is like six hours against any other player.” (from Yahoo! Tennis) Mikhail also had the advantage of sitting out the first round of the Davis Cup tie.

Youzhny and Krajicek

I’ve filed his salute along with Paradorn’s bow and Agassi’s four-corner bow as one of the more memorable acknowledgement-of-win gestures in the ATP tour.

More blah comes out of the clay courts in South America, where Monaco beat di Mauro at the Telmex Cup in Buenos Aires:

Juan Monaco

and Roberta Vinci won at Copa Colsanitas in Bogota:
Vinci defeats Golovin

Juan Monaco squeezed in a few photo opps with the Rio de Plata Cup. His trophy should have looked like a miniature version of it:

rio de plata cup

And finally, Tommy Haas beat Andy Roddick in Memphis to claim the 2007 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships Trophy, which very ornate but also very ho-hum:

Tommy Haas - Memphis win

and I haven’t forgiven him for speaking out against equal pay at Wimbledon.

Comments

  1. The Dubai trophies:

    Winner gets a coffee/tea pot, that’s what that weird thing really is, and the runner up gets the incense burner :)

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