is it a bird? is it a plane? no, it’s andrea petkovic flying a helicopter

Andrea Petkovic flies a helicopter

Being Andrea Petkovic means you’ll do stuff most people don’t even dream of. Like shooting YouTube videos (Whatever happened to those?) , dancing, dunking and now flying helicopters.

Sending greetings from the Gasteiner valley out of a helicopter, because I’m that badass! My dad who accompanied me definitely got a little sick and I would never admit so

Hope you’re doing well!

Huggis

Photo credit Andrea Petkovic official Facebook

“Real Housewives of New York City” LuAnn de Lesseps and Jill Zarin vied for a spot at the US Open

LuAnn de Lesseps and Jill Zarin of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” each vied for a chance to compete on tennis’ biggest stage—the US Open—by playing mixed doubles in the 2014 US Open National Playoffs USTA Eastern Sectional Qualifying Tournament . The US Open National Playoffs provide the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open.

Both de Lesseps and Zarin lost their matches, but enjoyed their time playing for a spot in the US Open.

LuAnn de Lesseps, who played mixed doubles with Elliott Pettit, a teaching pro at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, lost 6-1, 6-1, to former George Washington University standout Richard Blumenfeld of Boca Raton, Fla., and Nina Pantic of Lake Worth, Fla., who played tennis at the University of Missouri.

Jill Zarin, played mixed doubles with Kyle Owens, a teaching pro at the Murphy Jensen Tennis Academy in Sea Island, Ga., and lost 6-0, 6-1, to former Wake Forest standout Cory Parr of Jericho, N.Y., and Elizabeth Kobak of Old Westbury, N.Y., who played for Columbia.

And even though the news is a tadbit old, we wouldn’t to keep you from watching the videos and photos that were taken that day. So enjoy and feel free to share the posts on the interwebs.

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Photo credit credit to Mike LeBrecht USTA

memphis: istomin ousts isner

Denis Istomin ousts John Isner in Memphis

Memphis: Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin gets a full two snaps for his takedown of John Isner in the first round of the U.S. National Indoor Championships, held this week in Memphis. Istomin, who beat the American in straight sets, next faces Lleyton Hewitt, and shares that bottom half of the draw with last week’s finalists in San Jose: Milos Raonic and Tommy Haas. Meanwhile, everything’s looking dandy for a semifinal clash between top seed Marin Cilic and fourth seed Sam Querrey. (Draw: Memphis Men’s Singles)

Mishit: We’re handing out demerits with this get-up though. In head-to-toe Lotto, he’s channeling some Wayne Knight circa Jurassic Park.

(Photo Credit: via Memphis FB)

victoria azarenka wins the Qatar Total Open, gets serenaded by boyfriend

Victoria Azarenka has lost her top spot on the WTA Tour despite a hard fought tournament victory at the Qatar Total Open over Serena Williams. She lost the top spot to none other than: Serena Williams.

Serena had the advantage of having no points to defend during this stop in the Middle East, while Azarenka was defending points from last year’s tournament victory. And Azarenka managed to hold her own but was ultimately not able to keep that top spot; the Belarusian succesfully defended her Dubai title beating Williams with a 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3 victory.

Now lots of things have been happening to Victoria Azarenka. Most notably the entourage that travels with her has now expanded with a plus one: LMFAO frontman Redfoo and Azarenka are reportedly dating and on Valentines day Redfoo even made Azarenka a Valentines video. He wouldn’t just set it to private but really shared the whole thing with the world.



And it’s not just that, Redfoo also dedicated a song to Victoria Azarenka after her win over Serena Williams called “I’ll Award You With My Body.”



As cute as the song is, I’d rather take home that $426,000 check of the Qatar Total Open.

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.