rios and agassi: bad boys no longer



As you may have already heard, Marcelo “Chinito” Rios beat Andre Agassi 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, at their exhibition match in Santiago yesterday.

The Chilean media did their part to get buzz going for this match. Newspapers Tercera and El Mercurio, among others, published stories and interviews of a fit Agassi and an ailing Rios, both far cries from the tennis rebels they once were.

(all the links lead to spanish-language pages, and i didn’t have time to translate. sorry.)

The U.S. Embassy in Chile held a reception in Agassi’s honor, and we’re told that Andre — content in his post-pro tour life complete with wife, kids, a charity, and an absence from the Masters tour — trained hard in anticipation of this match (marking the 9-year anniversary of Rios beating Agassi at the 1998 Key Biscayne final, giving him the #1 ranking — the first for a South American).

Rios, restless in the retirement forced upon him by a back injury, tried to enter the Vina del Mar tournament earlier this year in Santiago, but had to withdraw because of a flare-up. While not a 100%, he deemed himself fit enough to play this exhibition.

And he seemed really grateful for having the opportunity to play, saying, “Creo que ha sido una de las exhibiciones que más he disfrutado en mi carrera.”

How sweet; he’s turned over a new leaf. I’ll put my money down that he won’t be pissing away any more matches like he used to.

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Marcelo Rios and Andre Agassi played an exhibition in Santiago, Chile today (March 30).

See another photo of the tattoo — and a word on Rios’ Nike shirt — after the cut…

florida orange 2.0 aka more tennis fashion



The orange doesn’t stop. We caught more players wearing it at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami this week, including Serena Williams, Tommy Robredo, and Shahar Peer. More photos after the cut…

fashion: lacoste quickies



A few quick items on Lacoste:

1) The folks at SNKRFRKR shows us photos of the new Dot and Dash shoes. Hypebeast has tied the theme to squash (dot) and tennis (dash). Not clear on it myself. I’ll get back to you with more info…

2) Here’s a preview of the S/S/ 2007 Stealth collection, as seen at the Zzubo. My picks:

(via highsnobiety)

3) Andy Roddick will be on hand for the opening of the Lacoste store at Domain Austin on April 23. More details here.

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The guys in charge of the scoreboard LOVE her: ESPN’s Bonnie DeSimone profiles one of the players who made noise at this year’s Sony Ericsson Open. The 14-yr-old (and Portuguese) Michelle Larcher de Brito won a third set tiebreak against journeywoman Meghan Shaughnessy in the first round and lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the second.

He has Federer’s number: In case you’re new to the scene and/or know little about giant slayer Guillermo Canas — he’s beaten Federer twice in two weeks — you should read this short column by Justin Gimelstob.

Tennis in Tribeca: American filmmaker Rob Klug premieres his documentary Unstrung at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival. From the TFF website: “Much as Spellbound did for spelling bees, Unstrung exposes the surprising dramas of the amateur tennis world, hitting the road with a handful of high school competitors as they head for the national championship.” (via All These Wonderful Things)

What happens in Vegas…: From Robin Leach’s guest blog post on Luxe Life: Murphy Jensen‘s Tennis Channel show Open Access did a segment out of Las Vegas, coinciding with last month’s Tennis Channel Open. Jensen, along with player Jaroslav Levinsky, visited magician Lance Burton backstage “for an impromptu interview and some more magic tricks. Lance Burton made Murphy disappear upon a request from Levinsky.”

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