Which hard-working American tennis player(s) spent Wednesday in the lake??? Answer after the cut…
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In two month’s time, Robin Soderling has gone from a nobody to a Grand Slam finalist to a… gladiator?! The 24-year-old Swede donned a full gladiator get-up in Hamburg just a few days after winning his first clay-court crown in Bastad last week. His reasoning? The Sod is a big fan of Gladiator, the movie.
Well, we here at TSF are big fans of The Notebook, but you don’t see us paddling through bevies of swans while curiously ogling at our past lovers with a furrowed brow, now do you?!
But give props to the big Swede, who was in full costume for photographers and fans, and even took out his racquet (and sword!) for the photo op. Is being on tour that boring?! We sure hope not. But maybe a love interest between Robsies and Jelena Jankovic might spring up here in the near future. We’re pretty sure Janky would love this stuff.
More shots after the cut. [Read more...]
The commercials were shot in a single studio, with each player feeding off a prop or anecdote of some sort. For Andy Roddick, it was tricky shots. Serena Williams? Barbies. The thesis statement was obviously there, but for some reason, it just doesn’t transfer well on the small screen.
Here’s a peek at Venus‘ commercial, one of the ones TSF actually gave a giggle and a second watch to. Click here to see all the commercials…
For noise-weary fans and players alike, there’s a new place to get their internet on in New York City during the open: the library. The New York Public Library introduced a wi-fi reading room this week (above), a space the LA Times calls the “grandest wi-fi spot in the country.” We’re definitely staking out to see Rajeev Ram Tweeting on his Dell!
Where’s the chapstick?: Laura Robson has been busy Tweeting over the last three weeks after a somewhat disappointing performance at Wimbledon, where she made a good showing against Daniela Hantuchova in the first round before falling in women’s doubles and girl’s singles, eventually succumbing to injury. Laura has been a social butterfly in July, going out and staying in alike. Her current internet fave? This little ditty.
Maybe it was just her chapstick: The whole cocaine controversy with Richard Gasquet has just gotten more and more bizarre. Supposedly this news article – which we can’t read, (it’s in French!) – reveals new details of Richard’s frenching at a Miami club with “Pamela”, Gasquet’s latest beard. And Paul Newman of London’s The Independent is fuming over the whole thing. Maybe he just drank too much Red Bull, no?
Mama Natty: French player Nathalie Dechy made more positive headlines today, retiring from tennis while announcing her pregnancy. The 30-year-old was a tour veteran and 2005 Australian Open semifinalist. We’ll miss you, Natty! (PS: See you in 18 months when you come back!)
A sad site of affairs: While the US Open is creeping up as the final major of the year, the tournament’s web site remains to be major-ly disappointing. Poor design, frustrating to navigate and just plain blah. The Aussie, French and Wimbledon all have impeccable sites, but seems like the folks in White Plains are content to keep things so 2001.
(photo by Getty Images via CBS880.com)
Monica Seles got all glammed up for the cover of TENNIS Magazine’s August issue, which is on newsstands. TENNIS.com took readers inside the shoot today on its site, and we have several images for your perusing.
While TSF isn’t too big of a fan of the cover shot chosen of Seles (She’s looking very Michelle-Larcher-de-Brito SIMsy, right? Which in other words would be plainly: photoshopped.), the glamorous Seles was no doubt looking gorgeous and graceful. She recently was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, an honor that didn’t get quite the press coverage it deserved.
The cover was shot by New York photographer Erin Patrice O’Brien, who has done covers for Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and Bust, among others.
For many modern tennis fans, Seles was the first power player off both wings, and the Yugoslavian-born American ushered in an era of grunting, grit and guile that would spawn tennis champions and divas from Mary Pierce to the Williams sisters and Victoria Azarenka.
Seles is proving that her popularity post-stabbing was well deserved, as she continues to do good work through her charities, public appearances and recent book release. But TSF is really curious: what’s up with this whole dating thing? A little confusing, no?
More of Monica’s shoot after the cut. [Read more...]
K-Swiss names Eric Sarin Vice President of global product strategy, design, and development. He had previously worked on the turnaround of brand Le Coq Sportif.