roger federer ousted from rotterdam by benneteau

Roger Federer ousted by Julien Benneteau at the ABN AMRO WTT in Rotterdam 2013

Roger Federer made waves at the ABN AMRO WTT event — one of the ATP stops this week, in Rotterdam — with a quarterfinal loss to Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5. This was Benneteau’s 200th career win, his first win against Federer since 2009 (Bercy), and Federer’s first loss to a player outside the Top 20 in 28 consecutive quarterfinal match-ups.

Nike: Roger’s continuing with the same Nike kit he used as the 2013 Australian Open day session ensemble (he had that grey polo with pink placket — and matching shoes with neon pink laces — for his Melbourne night session outfit). Buy: Nike Spring 1 Premier RF Polo (Neo Turq w/ White; Stadium Grey w/ Polarized Pink), $90.

Rotterdam: “Baby Roger” Grigor Dimitrov will play against second seed Juan Martin del Potro, while Benneteau will play fifth seed Gilles Simon. (Draw: ABN AMRO WTT Men’s Singles Draw)

(Photo Credit: ABN AMRO WTT Facebook)

rankings: while in doha, serena williams becomes the oldest no. 1

Serena Williams - Oldest No. 1 - Qatar Total Open 2013

Breaking Records: American Serena Williams beat Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Total Open, being contested in Doha this week, and with that returns to the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings. When the list is released on Monday, February 18, Williams will become the oldest woman to hold the top spot since the computer rankings came into being in November 1975. This is the sixth time that Serena’ll hold the No. 1 spot, and nearly 11 years since she first reached the top, in July 2002.

“I never thought I would be here again,” said Williams following her win over Kvitova. “I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to get back to No.1. It has been a long road back and it’s a great feeling. It has been a lot of hard work but I don’t want to stop here.”

Serena’s Dress: Serena’s still wearing the same colorblocked Nike Grand Pleated Knit Dress that she wore during the Australian Open; the colorway is grand purple with electro orange and ultraviolet. Note the zigzag stitching in the upper portion of the dress. (Buy: Nike Grand Pleated Dress, $90)

Doha: The other three Qatar quarterfinals were Azarenka defeating Errani, Sharapova downing Stosur, and Aga Radwanska beating Caroline Wozniacki — all in straight sets. Serena’s was the only match that went to three sets. Tomorrow’s semifinals pit Vika against Radwanska and Sharapova against Serena. (Draw: Qatar Total Open 2013 Singles)

More stats: At 31 years, 4 months, 24 days, Williams becomes the oldest woman to hold the world No.1 ranking since the introduction of computer rankings in 1975. Previously, Chris Evert was 30 years, 11 months, 3 days when she last held the No.1 ranking the week ending Sunday, November 24, 1985.

SERENA’S WEEKS AT NO.1:
July 8, 2002 – August 10, 2003 – 57 weeks
September 8, 2008 – October 5, 2008 – 4 weeks
February 2, 2009 – April 19, 2009 - 11 weeks
October 12, 2009 – October 25, 2009 - 2 weeks
November 2, 2009 – October 10, 2010 - 49 weeks
February 18, 2013 – current No.1 - 1 week

OLDEST PLAYERS TO HOLD WORLD NO.1 SINCE 1975:
Serena Williams 31 years, 4 months, 24 days
Chris Evert 30 years, 11 months, 3 days (Nov 24, 1985)
Martina Navratilova 30 years, 9 months, 29 days (Aug 16, 1987)
Lindsay Davenport 29 years, 7 months, 8 days (Jan 29, 2006)
Serena Williams 29 years, 0 months, 14 days (Oct 10, 2010)
Steffi Graf 27 years, 9 months, 16 days (Mar 30, 1997)

WTA Rankings - Weeks at World No. 1 - February 18, 2013

(Photo Credit: Qatar Total Open 2013)

in rotterdam, roger federer gets youzhed

Mikhail Youzhny poses with Roger Federer in Rotterdam

Roger, unflustered: Leave it to World No. 2 Roger Federer — or at least his digital replica — to keep his cool as folks attending the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, stand next to him for a greenscreened photo opp. The Ricoh booth also gives fans a chance to pose next to Robin Haase. See all the photos on the ABN AMRO WTT Facebook.

Draw: Russian (and 2007 Rotterdam champ) Mikhail Youzhny retired in his opening round match against wildcard Thiemo de Bakker due to a hip injury. De Bakker will likely face Federer, who’s had a busy Monday at the tournament so far.

(Photo Credit: ABN AMRO WTT Facebook)

pbz zagreb indoors 2013: dimitrov ousted in the first round

Grigor Dimitrov outsed in the opening round of the 2013 PBZ Zagreb Open in Croatia

PBZ Zagreb Indoors
ATP World Tour 250 / €410,200 (€467,800 Total Financial Commitment)
Zagreb, Croatia / February 4-10, 2013
Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[5] M Klizan (SVK) d [LL] M Viola (ITA) 46 76(6) 61
I Karlovic (CRO) d [7] G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 76(3)
G Zemlja (SLO) d [Q] I Bozoljac (SRB) 67(5) 76(4) 62
B Kavcic (SLO) d A Bedene (SLO) 67(5) 63 63
I Sijsling (NED) d [WC] N Mektic (CRO) 64 62
L Rosol (CZE) d [Q] F Veger (CRO) 62 64
[PR] S Devvarman (IND) d [Q] M Berrer (GER) 06 76(6) 41 ret. (fatigue) – saved 1 M.P.
[Q] P Petzschner (GER) d [WC] M Pavic (CRO) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
M Baghdatis (CYP) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [1] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 62 61
I Dodig (CRO) / M Pavic (CRO) d R Haase (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 62 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU) vs M Cilic (CRO) / M Draganja (CRO)

Not Before 12:00 PM
[WC] A Veic (CRO) vs R Haase (NED)

Not Before 2:45 PM
T Kamke (GER) vs [6] M Baghdatis (CYP)

Not Before 5:45 PM
I Dodig (CRO) vs B Becker (GER)
[3] M Youzhny (RUS) vs I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[8] L Lacko (SVK) vs F Cipolla (ITA)
[4] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs M Elgin (RUS) / I Zelenay (SVK)
[WC] T Androic (CRO) / D Marcan (CRO) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) vs M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA)
[PR] L Lacko (SVK) / J Levinsky (CZE) vs [WC] M Delic (CRO) / F Skugor (CRO)
B Becker (GER) / L Rosol (CZE) vs [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – After Suitable Rest

(Photo Credit: PBZ Zagreb Indoors)

watch: 9-year-old tennis phenom gabby price

Never too early: 9-year-old tennis prodigy Gabby Price is already training with legendary coach Rick Macci – former coach of the Williams Sisters, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati — and competes successfully in national tournaments with much older, stronger girls.
Price is featured in an episode of the web series Prodigies, produced by the Google-backed THNKR YouTube Channel.

before london, andy tried a new game

Small court, big results. Before Andy Murray‘s London hopes got muddled because of injury, the Scot took to a British warehouse to play some Road Tennis. Not sure what that is? Nor were we. adidas explains:

[We invited the] Road Tennis Association of Barbados to London, to teach Murray how to play Road Tennis. A cross between traditional tennis and table tennis, Road Tennis is played on the street, with participants chalking out their own courts. Murray had never played the game before, and was given just one hour to pick up his wooden bat and attempt to master the game’s ins and outs, before we put him up against Barbados’ finest.

In the video above, Murray gets a “warm-up” with storied English boxer David Haye, who is now retired, and British rapper Example.

adidas noted that the Murray vid was the first of many to come for the brand over the next year: “The event marked the start of our new campaign, where we’ll be challenging some of the world’s best tennis players, around the biggest tournaments next year.” Excited? You bet we are!

As for who Murray gets a lesson from on the Road Tennis pavement? That’d be Sylvain “Lama” Barnett, a legend in Barbados and one of the Pro Road Tennis Association’s greatest players of all time.

identity, borrowed

Peter Burwash. Like, the real one.

Not who he seems. This story caught our eye in this weekend. From the Monterey County Herald:

Peter Burwash is famous in the tennis world, but last week he discovered his picture was on a newspaper column by one “Richard Burwash,” published in Salt Lake City.

“I got so many calls about it,” Burwash said. “Friends, newspapers, TV stations called.”

The name and photo were purloined off the Internet by Mayor Mike Winder of West Valley City, Utah, the state’s second largest city and a suburb of Salt Lake City, population about 130,000.

Winder apparently was fed up with negative publicity about West Valley and decided to pen “good news” about his city under a pseudonym. When it became apparent that the real Peter Burwash, 63, is well known as a motivational speaker, author of 10 books and founder of the world’s largest tennis management firm, the game was up.

Image via pbitennis.com

yep, you read that headline right

Better safe than sorry? On Wednesday morning, Serena Williams was part of a headline on TMZ, but there were no photos of the tennis star on a red carpet or out to dinner in Hollywood. Want more details? Click here. Or the image above. And should we really be surprised that Serena has a panic room? It’s Serena! | TSF Vault: Serena Williams

(tmz.com screengrab)

k-swiss’ kenny powers takes on jt

KP or JT? If you paid any attention to the ESPYs last week, Justin Timberlake (what isn’t he doing these days?!) did a comedic short for the show titled “I Love Sports,” put on by Capital One. But K-Swiss has a good series featuring a character named Kenny Powers that takes on the similar tone of Timbo’s vid, which Ad Age recommends checking out. While Justin’s spot logged in 2.7 million views, one of Kenny’s new spot had 1.6 million hits. Also on their vid chart for the week? Those classy Old Spice spots. We can’t quit em.