trophy watch: doubles and wheelchair action at the australian open



As with any Grand Slam, plenty of silver (both as cups and platters) were doled out to runner-ups and winners of the various events at the Australian Open.

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The team of Jonathan Ehrlich and Andy Ram capped a historic weekend for Israeli sports by becoming the first Israeli team to win a Grand Slam title. Their opponents in the 7-5, 7-6 (4) win were the defending Wimbledon champs, Michael Llodra and Nono Clement. Suffice to say Ram and Ehrlich’s celebration is exactly how the Frenchmen would’ve done it.

More: The women’s doubles. mixed doubles, and quad wheelchair winners after the cut…

pat and his ponytail praised; philippoussis ponders life post-tennis



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Patrick Rafter got some more icing on his already sweet career cake with an induction to the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame. The ceremony, which included an unveiling of a Rafter bust, happened before the 2008 Australian Open women’s final between Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic. Those are some mad crow’s feet. Remember to wear your eye cream, people!

Though we were bigger fans of Pat with his buzz-short hair (circa 2001), it’s only appropriate that they immortalize him in the ponytail he sported while tearing through the North American hardcourts in the late 90s.

Rafter won back-to-back U.S. Open titles (’97, ’98), reached the finals of Wimbledon twice (’00, ’01), and the semis of Roland Garros (’97) and the Australian (’01). See a list of his 11 career titles here.

Meanwhile, his compatriot Mark Philippoussis suffered what could possibly be his last tennis-related injury in December while attempting to qualify for this home Grand Slam. “I won’t lie – but at the moment I’m just enjoying spending time with my family and friends,” he told The Age last week — which means he hasn’t given ATP Tour play any thought. Flip doesn’t even have a tentative schedule planned out. Le sigh, it all went downhill after being up a set and 2-1 (but on serve) against Sampras in the 1999 Wimbledon semis.

(Photos by Getty Images)

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fashion focus: tsonga’s adidas bag



(Editor Update: As of July 2012 we are focusing our tennis coverage over at Tennis Now. Check us out there.)

FYI, Roger Federer wasn’t the only one toting cute white bags onto the tennis courts of Melbourne Park for last week’s Australian Open.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did his part to feed the fashion frenzy with this adidas Vintage Airline bag. Here he is before the 2008 men’s final against Nole Djokovic.

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The bag game in also came in black/gold colorway, but a quick search showed that it’s sold out.

Next best thing: If you’d love to get something similar, I have some suggestions after the cut…

365 days later, TSF in The Daily Telegraph



Last night I had a drink with Pony and celebrated my blog’s first year in existence. (I’m not sure of the exact date, but it’s sometime in late January…) I certainly didn’t think there would be enough material to sustain a blog, let alone for this long. But here I am.

So thanks to my friends, family, peers, and readers for making this worthwhile.

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Also, we got linked to in this web article about Nole mania in The Daily Telegraph (out of Sydney, Australia). I love how they included the most misspelled comments ever recorded in the history of the internet.

Hunky Novak Djokovic makes a racket off court
The Daily Telegraph
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

v-necks!



I can’t believe it took me this long to figure out the je ne sais quoi (well, je sais quoi, now) behind the adidas quarter-zipped Edge Theme Polo that I love seeing on Paul-Henri Mathieu, Juan Monaco (both here), and Marat Safin (here).

In essence, all I really want are more v-neck shirts on the guys. Show off the collarbones, the chest, or (in some cases) the hair. You can even consider that Roger Federer photo we have on the TSF banner if you need another example. It’s a good way to mix things up, don’t you agree?