tomorrow: TSF on twitter

We spent our day at the U.S. Open today to take in all of the first-round action. Alas, we don’t have computer access on site, so everything’s going up on Twitter — from favorite outfits so far (Alona B. in K-Swiss!!), to our bathroom time with Dmitry Tursunov and Jurgen Melzer, to (of course) actual match viewing.

We’re back for sop up the rest of round 1 play tomorrow, so please tune in. Our handle: @TSFTennis.

the justine diaries (in video mode)

The Belgian sports outlet Sporza has us on their videozone clip of Justine at Friday night’s adidas Barricade party. You remember, the one where we chatted it up with Justine about owning her own restaurant and wanting to take her phone on a desert island.

Click the image to watch the video, where we ask her about said phone on island.

(screen grab via sportzone.be)

now opening on (tsf’s) broadway: tennis, the musical

We found a picture of a tennis net on a stage. No, don’t get too excited. It’s just visual enhancement. (Photo by alliancetheatre via flickr.)

Just in time for the US Open, TSF presents our interview with tennis/Broadway expert, Bob Kim. This interview is about the two worlds of tennis and Broadway colliding and the fun to be had when imagining what it would be like if stars from their respective worlds tried to make the jump onto the unknown stage or unknown court. Not an expert on both worlds like Bob? Don’t worry, you’ll still love his quippy answers. And his perfect Broadway-meets-tennis-day is one to be emulated, or at least attempted. -NM

The bio: Bob lives and works near the ATP Legg Mason tennis tournament.  That would be Washington DC, where the regional theater is charming and often surprisingly good and the big theater is mostly lowest-common denominator Broadway.   This is Bob’s first big blog opportunity.  He has performed in off-blog venues, such as in letters to the editor and in nonprofit newsletters.  He thanks his parents, all of his friends and Muffy for all of their love and support (xoxo hugs!!!!!), and Amtrak.

TSF: What current tennis star would make the best leading Broadway man? Woman?
Bob Kim: Where to start?  First of all, it really depends on the show.  Tennis is an international sport so there’s a natural fit with certain shows.  For Evita, you could go with Juan Martin del Potro, the Argentinian and reigning US Open champion.  But you’d have to resurrect Gabriela Sabatini as Evita because I can’t think of a top, current Argentinian in the WTA at the moment.  For Miss Saigon, you could go with Ai Sugiyama or Na Li or Tamarine Tanasugarn.  None of them are Vietnamese, but since when has ethnic verisimilitude mattered on Broadway?

If I had to pick one man and one woman, I think you have to go with Serena on the women’s side.  She already has acting experience and an extensive IMDB page.  Judging from her last USO performance, she can definitely emote.  She would have been perfect delivering a profanity-laced diatribe in last year’s Reasons to be Pretty.

For the men, I’d pick Novak Djokovic.  His on-court imitations of other tennis players like Roddick, Federer and especially Maria Sharapova suggest real underlying acting talent.  He’s a ham.  He likes being in front of people.  Too bad these days he’s complaining of nausea and dizziness on the big (tennis) stage.  I think he’s a bit of a drama queen.  We’ve never seen those on Broadway before!  He’d be perfect.

TSF: OK got it. Enough with the drama queens though, who on the ATP tour would make the best chorus boy? Why?
BK: I’m going to say two people — the Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob.  They’re twins so they almost count as one.  They already sing (in a band), and they are clean-scrubbed, extremely boring white boys who look exactly alike — and they play pro doubles, which is like the tennis equivalent of off-off-Broadway.  They are used to being in the background rather than in the lead.

TSF: Speaking of the lead, if Roger Federer, a quintessential leading man, could belt one show tune about his career, which would he choose and why?
BK: Uh, hello! Everything’s Coming Up Roses from Gypsy.  Federer has 16 freaking Slam titles. This song holds true even before he won the French last year — he was the crazy maniacal Mama Rose trying to pretend he was happy and that Nadal wasn’t in fact his eternal nemesis thwarting his goal to win all four majors and sail into tennis immortality.

TSF: Quite rosy, indeed. OK, let’s switch gears a little bit. Which current Broadway star would have the best chance of becoming a tennis star?
BK: I would say any of the Billy Elliotts.  Everyone else is too old to have a chance.  Well, then again you have Kimiko Date Krumm on the women’s tour, who retired last millennium and is now back in the top 100.  She’s like 83 years old now. Didn’t she play against Margaret Court?  Maybe there’s hope yet to see Angela Lansbury at Wimbledon.

TSF: Well, Angela does have “Duece” under her belt. Even if it didn’t get rave reivew. What show currently on Broadway mirrors the tennis tours the most?
BK: God of Carnage.  No one can survive the brutality of the year-long pro tennis circuit.  They’re all walking wounded.  Between that and the vicious gossip (not to mention Andre Agassi‘s tell-all book), everyone is getting ripped a new one.

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nike’s us open tees

Didn’t get a chance to take a pic of the shoes, but here’s a glimpse of the tees available at the Nike store on the grounds of the US Open.

I’m glad they kept the Delpo tees up even though the defending champion has been sidelined with that wrist injury. And thanks for playing along, random guy at register!

Picks: If I wasn’t on a clothing shopping ban, Id’ve picked up that McEnroe-inspired Ace of Clubs tee (bottom row in the picture on the right).

(photos by TSF)

from melzer, a makers and diet (our final drink, we swear)

2010 Roland Garros semifinalist (and one-half of the reigning Wimbledon men’s doubles champ team) Jurgen Melzer came out as part of Dunlop‘s launch party for their new Biomimetic line of racquets.

Draw: At the 2010 US Open, the 13th-seeded Melzer will open with a match against Dimitry Tursunov. He’s in the same quarter of the draw as Roger Federer. See the rest of this draw here.

(photo by TSF)

dominika cibulkova’s gin and tonic

Dominika Cibulkova was the only WTAer who made an appearance at last night’s Dunlop party, an event to launch the company’s new Biomimetic racquets. After a brief presentation, the players went behind the bar to serve up drinks for guests. We went with “bartender’s choice” for our cocktail made by the Slovakian, and Dominika gave us a gin and tonic. Cheers!

Draw: The unseeded Cibulkova, who s faces Stefanie Voegele in the first round and will meet the winner of the Li Na/Kateryna Bondarenko first-rounder. (Whoa, that’s def one of our picks for a good opening match.) See Dominika’s section of the draw here.

(photo by TSF)

kolya gives us a shooter

Kolya served us a tequila shot (his second favorite drink) at last night’s Dunlop party at the Union Square Ballroom. He would’ve made us a vodka and Red Bull (his favorite), but the bar didn’t have the mixer.

(photo by TSF)

arthur ashe kids day

We haven’t seen the official attendance numbers for this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids day but judging from what we saw peeking into the stadium, it looked pretty well attended. Players did their part to promote the sport to the young ‘uns, including Kim Clijsters, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak DJokovic, Andy Roddick, Melanie Oudin. Non-tennistas showed up as well: Lindsey Vonn, Demi Lovato, and the Jonas Brothers, among others.

In the trenches: Check out DtL’s post from the day’s event.

While we’re all about this event, the parents need to figure their s**t out before next year. Don’t park your strollers in the middle of a busy pathway. Don’t let your kids run around the bleachers in the middle of matches. (There are plenty of open spaces in the 42 acres of the grounds for them to spazz out in.) And please, as much as you can help it, wait until the changeover before you enter/leave a match.

(photo by TSF)

practice makes perfect: marco chiudinelli

Swiss Marco Chiudinelli was practicing on the grounds of the USTABJKNTC yesterday (right next to the 3rd round qualifying match between Laura Robson and Nuria Llagostera Vives — Robson lost in three sets, btw).

And in the main draw of the 2010 US Open, Marco will play wildcard Jack Sock in the first round and we expect him to go out to 18th seed John Isner in the second. (Draw: Men’s Singles)