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?

puma ready to pounce in 2007

Stay tuned, folks: Puma “plans to introduce goods in 2007, like a range inspired by tennis players of the 1970s, to compete with larger rivals Adidas and Nike in a year without high-profile sporting events like the soccer World Cup.”

I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

via the International Herald Tribune

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!