Puma French 77 was inspired by the '70s. keep it there.

french 77 puma

Puma has finally released the much anticipated Guillermo Vilas-inspired French 77 line this month, and I’m sad to say that except for a cute few items, it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Why give us something that Stella McCartney‘s pretty much done for adidas? (Read the rest of the entry…)

happy monday: he's a bad-haas

Save for my mention of Lindsey Nelson‘s win yesterday, I kept to my promise of staying away from the blog this weekend. (But that doesn’t mean I didn’t spend my time away from the computer. I spent all of Saturday watching 30 Rock on nbc.com. The more serious moments of the show reminded me of Sports Night…)

So while I gather my thoughts for the coming week, I leave you with these bits:

— See this number-crunching (hot!) article by Gavin Versi in Tennis magazine. He analyzed data on injured players who retire during matches (especially when they’re close to losing a match). Not earth-shattering behavorial conclusions, but still worth reading to know who the top “offenders” are in each tour. (Hint: It’s a German ATP-er and a Serbian SEWTA member.)
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battle of the stars

— Here’s a photo of the court they’re building for the NadalFederer exhibition. While the court looks crazy — it’s half clay, half grass! — I have to agree with Jon Wertheim about the buzz surrounding this event (see the second to last paragraph). I guarantee you that this marketing ploy will have longer staying power than Night Tennis.

— I updated the trophies page with the goodies from this week. Some nice cups, but no striking party favors for the winners (Rafael Nadal, Gisela Dulko, and Paul-Henri Mathieu).

— Kenneth in the 212 points out a few tennis print ads, including Robby Ginepri for Under Armour and one for the K-Swiss SI-18 Rannels (aka the shoe Kournikova‘s been hawking).

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vaidisova turns 18; shows off new clothes

I know Nicole Vaidisova eschews comparisons to Maria Sharapova, but the two are following similiar trajectories with their sponsorships and endorsements (in the form of parties and clothing lines).

vaidisova-dress.jpgFirst, Reebok threw a swank eighteenth birthday party for the Eastern European bombshell at Stereo in New York City (complete with live act Gym Class Heroes, but without a drop of alcohol in sight, I’m sure).

Second, they’ve designed Reebok clothes especially for her. At the 2007 US Open, Nicole will wear … (Read the rest of the entry…)

DirecTV a boon to The Tennis Channel, tennis

Editor’s note: CBHM is hosting former TennisJuicer JNP as a guest blogger. JNP will contribute five posts between now and the end of the 2007 French Open.

Thousands of DirecTV-using tennis fans got their wish on Monday: DirecTV announced that they have reached an agreement with The Tennis Channel and will finally be carrying TTC starting this summer. Part of DirecTV’s plans include an agreement with ESPN to share U.S. cable TV and multimedia rights for the French Open and Australian Open through 2011.

TTC is currently estimated to be in about 10 million homes nationwide, and is projected to be in 6 to 8 million more homes once the channel is available on DirecTV. The growth of this channel will not only help avid tennis fans get their daily fix of coverage, but will hopefully lead to innovative techniques in covering matches and a better perspective of the international feel for the game. After all, doesn’t more match coverage mean more views from around the globe? What’s wrong with that?

This deal is coming at just the right time… Federer vs. Nadal is easily one of the most important and interesting rivalries in sports. TTC’s expansion can potentially lead to these big matches being available to many, many more people. This is a step in the right direction, even if you can’t afford DirecTV or Dish — you will have one more reason to work hard, improve your life, and, get the gift that is The Tennis Channel.

JNP can be reached at tenniscbh AT gmail DOT com.

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today's further reading

Colette Lewis at Zoo Tennis points out another tennis phenom.

Donald Young was welcomed into the Davis Cup family with a hazing ritual.

— The Toyota Celebrity Classic in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, which runs through Sunday, will have a roster including Ivan Lendl and Michael Chang. Here’s a story in the North County Times about his Chang Family Foundation, coaching Shuai Peng, etc.

— This week’s edition of the Tennis Mailbag, from Jon Wertheim.

— And today’s off-topic story comes from the BBC website, a peek into the lives of Russia’s growing list of billionaires. Many have cottages in the forests outside Moscow.

Enjoy!

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Serena gorgeous during Vicks press conference

Here are press photos from Serena Williams‘ press conference with Vicks for their ‘Vicks Sinus Send-Off’ national sweepstakes.

Serena wearing a Catherine Malandrino graphic print dress:

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photo via Cake and Ice Cream.

To the copywriters in charge of this press release: FYI, serenawilliams.com is a dead URL. It’s been inactive for a very long time.

More photos of Serena’s dress after the cut.

k-swiss kournikova ad #2

Here’s the second TV ad that Anna Kournikova shot for K-Swiss:

Meanwhile, the company’s domestic sales are still down, but they’re banking on Anna to help dig them out of the hole.

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applause for airness

Sports clothier Airness continues with the pink theme for Nadia Petrova (this time playing on the Russian Fed Cup team vs. Spain):

and they chose to mix up Nikolay Davydenko‘s on-court outfit by moving away from white (see his Indian Wells garb here and here) — and to orange — as the dominant color.

“A” for effort, but the orange doesn’t quite work. CBHM would have preferred him in red, like below: (Take notes!)


Nikolay at the 2007 Australian, and at the Davis Cup Draw Ceremony earlier this month with Paul-Henri Mathieu.

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dog tags for sale at AthletesForHope.org

Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Muhammad Ali all appeared on Good Morning America this morning to announce the formation of Atheletes for Hope. (Video here, article here.)

“Over the years we’ve helped each other with our particular passions … We can accomplish a whole lot more collectively,” Agassi said on GMA. “The thing we want to do is what really matters … One thing hope stands for is for caring.”

Athletes for Hope Dog Tags

Let’s give them props for pooling their celebrity power and their resources. Also, props for opting to start their online merch shop with dog tags. Does that mean the rubber bracelet craze is officially over?

Yessssssssssssss.

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