tattoo watch: finding love and hope in a shirtless robert lindstedt



Tattoo Watch: Swede Robert Lindstedt is still in the doubles draw with Romanian partner Horia Tecau at this week’s Farmer’s Classic in Los Angeles. They were practicing a day before their match against the team of Butorac and Rojer. FYI, Rojer used to play for UCLA’s tennis team. (Draw: Doubles)

More: A closer look at Robert’s tattoo, which says “Et in asperrimis temporibus amor et spes adsunt“, in the gallery below.

(photos by tsf)

it muzz be love



Practice makes perfect: Here’s Andy Murray hitting with Santiago Giraldo a day before his debut at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, Calif. The top seed — and last-minute replacement for Novak Djokovic — plays qualifier Tim Smyczek.

We could watch him do this all day!

(video by TSF)

tipsarevic rolls to beat of his own drum



We already know that Janko Tipsarevic is different from the average bear, but he has shown this even more so while in Los Angeles for the Farmers Classic ATP Tour Stop. Over at Sweet Spot, James LaRosa got some taxicab confessions out of our munchkin Serb (something about sheep looking at doors?).

And earlier this week he mentioned a racquet bag change via Twitter. He rolled out the new look for his opening dubs match with Feli.

They’ll resume their partnership for a match today against the team of Ross Hutchins and Jordan Kerr.

Draw: See who’s left playing singles and doubles at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles.

(bag image by TSF; screengrab from Twitter; match images via Getty Images)

los angeles: thursday oop — where will YOU be at noon?



TSF missed taking a pic of Feliciano Lopez toting a Louis Vuitton dopp kit yesterday, but here he is looking equally as fab taking some practice time in before his doubles match tomorrow (with Janko; against Hutchins/Kerr).

FARMERS CLASSIC, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010
STRAUS STADIUM start 12:00 noon
[4] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Dudi Sela (ISR)
Alejandro Falla (COL) vs [5] Erenests Gulbis (LAT)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[WC] James Blake (USA) vs Benjamin Becker (GER)

EVENING SESSION – Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] [WC] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [Q] Tim Smyczek (USA)
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT) / Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)

GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs Ross Hutchins (GBR) / Jordan Kerr (AUS)

(photo by TSF)

tsf podcast: the botw roundtable edition



We wanted to make something new and we did. It’s called a podcast. And you should listen. (Photo by 20×200 via flickr.)

BOTW Roundtable: TSF Podcast 2010 BOTW Roundtable

I was lucky enough to wrangle C Note (of Forty Deuce fame) and Chris Oddo, a freelancer here writing for On The Baseline to participate in a roundtable discussion between sessions at the Bank of the West Classic. Check out the audio for our thoughts on who will be the queen of the US Open Series, why practice courts are the best places to be at small-time tournaments and what we think Lynn Welch does on her down time (the little of it that she has).