between now and march…



… while you’re waiting to see what wonders Ms. Kournikova will bring to the K-Swiss line, I leave you with some ways to pass the time, in case Wii Tennis has already loosened its grip on your life:

Play the K-Swiss Classic Tennis Challenge!

Andy Roddick vs. Pong

or if you think that’s too girly, you can help Andy beat Pong.

more anna



Anna Kournikova - from the Grand Haven Tribune

Ok, so I’ve just been living under a cave, perhaps, because who knew that Anna Kournikova still makes the news regularly! And not for stupid things like dying in the Bahamas or grabbing clippers from a hairdresser and then shaving her own head. She’s in the news for raising money and awareness for good causes, and for smart business decisions.

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wii tennis outfits



wii tennis from city magazine

City Magazine harnessed the popularity of Wii Tennis and has pushed it in a new fashion direction. The hypothetical puts a Mii into real life shopping hands, getting a makeover that includes a Ralph Lauren vest and a Lacoste tennis dress. That map dress is kinda crazy, but I can totally see some of the WTA gals wearing it to practice.

via geeksugar

davydenko’s endorsement with ‘aimess’



davydenko

Poor thing. Even with the backing of tennis journalist Jon Wertheim, russian Nikolay Davydenko can’t get a media break (not that he really wants one). Jon wanted to give Nikolay his due with a version of the Tennis Mailbag devoted solely to this underappreciated top fiver. It took an extra week to get the issue up on the site, and even then, Jon effed up; Nikolay’s endorsement is with a brand called Airness, not Aimess. Yeah, that’s AIRNESS (incorrect) vs. AIMESS (correct). Even the most advanced copy editor could’ve missed that. (I had to do a few double-takes myself).

I only did some light googling to fact-check, so please write me if I’m going crazy (i.e., aimess actually exists).

more information about Airness here.

short balls: lacoste in dubai, etc.



from ronnyg's flickr
From ronnyg’s flickr

Lacoste sponsors a children’s clinic at the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open this week. It’s just an article from a press release, but a few factoids: The crocodile logo came from a wager that Lacoste made with his team captain that if a certain match was won, the captain would buy him an alligator suitcase. Alligator turned into crocodile, and there you have it. His logo was the first ever used on the outside of a shirt. He also invented the ball machine and the first steel tennis racquet. (via Dubai City Guide)

And Orange County Register‘s Jeff Miller expounds on the ever-growing madness of clothing lines for athletes, including ping pong players and professional fishermen, and Anna Kournikova (she gets press, even in 2007!).