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.

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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.

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aakd backstage: hanging out with the jonas brothers…



…or at least their guitars.

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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)