papa’s got a brand new bag



As expected, Roger walked onto the court in his Nike kit (without a warm-up jacket) with a white and blue version of his custom gym bag. Loves.

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team andy or team roger?



We’re hoping it’ll go to Andy in five, but it’ll go to Roger in four… Let’s just hope it doesn’t fizzle out like the final set of that Justine/Serena match!

live blogging: everything but the tennis



TSF is up early (late?!) with you to watch the epic final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer Down Under. While we’ll be captivated by what’s sure to be high-quality tennis, we’ll be updating you with all our thoughts of apparel choices, activities in the crowd, failed Hawk Eye challenges and (one can hope) all the drama that ensues in a men’s major final.

7:31 PM, Melbourne: Could Murray look more serious walking out onto the court? We think that’s a good thing, especially since he’s been called ‘too passive’ in the big moments. And it looks like Serena has lent Roger one of her bags. Don’t you love the Fed bringing the metro to the court?! We do.

7:45 PM, Federer 1-0: The Times of London’s Neil Harman is sporting quite the sweater over the shoulders in his interview with Mary Joe. It looks looks a little more baby blue (read: “Federer”) than blue blue (read: “Murray”). Trader.

8:05 PM, Federer 3-2: These boys have seemingly already run three miles each on the court, and we’ve only played five games. It seems to be neck-and-neck in the Who-Can-Sweat-Through-Their-Shirt-First Competition. We might be in for a record in outfit changes. Don’t mind that.

8:16 PM, Federer 4-3: Chris Fowler confirms that Federer is first to change his shirt, “seven games in”. Chris must be reading TSF. Love ya and your sexy face, Fowlies.

8:44 PM, Federer 6-3, 3-2: We thought that Andy changing into the white shirt was a sign of surrender, but the Scot actually breathed a little life into his game with that last hold. We’re still waiting for a big-time fist pump, but don’t mind the camera flashes to Murray’s box over Federer’s. [Read more...]

trophy watch: serena’s name on the daphne akhurst cup



We can always count on Serena Williams to get dolled up for her trophy photo session. This fifth title in Melbourne is no exception. Here she is posing with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup. (Read: Akhurst an Aussie tennis legend)

Can you imagine how these pics would have turned out if Justine had won the title? We shudder to think.

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for laura, it’s a second second



Last year’s Girl’s runner-up, Laura Robson, had her hand in the final again in 2010, falling to Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-6 (5) in the championship match.

Robson had a strong run in the 2010 Australian, going 9-3 in the three events she entered. She won five matches in the Girl’s draw after winning her opening Women’s Qualifier a couple weeks ago. Most surprisingly – and perhaps most impressive – was her run to the Women’s Doubles quarterfinals with unknown Aussie Sally Peers.

Robson tried to pull a Serena in the final against Pliskova, falling behind 1-6, 1-3 before rallying to take the second set to a tiebreak. It wasn’t meant to be for the Melbourne-born British 16-year-old, however, falling in straight sets.

Her remarks when receiving her second-place trophy: “I’m tried. I’m just tired.” Get some sleep, Robby. We expect big things from you this year in the senior ranks…

(photo via ao.com) (corrected version)