the female HOATs of all time: a fine list of tennis girls to ogle

In case you are wondering why there is only a list of male of HOATs here on TSF, it’s because none of the writers had ever thought about writing up the women in that way. And so here I am with the tall task of balancing out our HOAT list with the WTAers that are catching my eyes:

  1. Victoria Azarenka
  2. Maria Kirilenko
  3. Ana Ivanovic
  4. Maria Sharapova
  5. Mandy Minella

What do you think? Who did I miss? I ask you readers to complement my list! (Well, to be fair, I just want to see who I am missing from my small list that I can include on the next update!)

And yes, this article is really worthless without pics, so happy ogling!

2013 check-in: who are your tennis HOATs?

Hottest Tennis Players of All Time

Time Capsule: When we first shared our Hottest-of-All-Time Tennis Players list back in 2007, our list had Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy HaasMarat SafinPatrick Rafter, and Arnaud Clement (with runners-up Nikolay DavydenkoAndy Murray, and Mikhail Youzhny.)

Our tastes have evolved over the years (and there are players whose looks and tennis talent have catapulted them into the TSF orbit). And so our HOAT list, updated for 2013: Grigor Dimitrov, Tommy Haas, Janko Tipsarevic, and Juan Monaco.

Who’s on your list? Tell us!

shirtless: youtube vids of tennis players

shirtless tennis - grigor dimitrov

File this away under “There’s something for everyone”: The Facebook / YouTube combo of Shirtless Tennis players has popped into our radar in the last few weeks (though they’ve been around since 2011). The vids are very matter-of-fact, grainy clips —  usually from match broadcasts — and aren’t really our thing, but in case it’s yours: you’re welcome.

Also: Remember brflines, which documents briefs/underwear lines of professional athletes? Celebrating its sixth year in business.

(screengrab via Shirtless Tennis)

shirtless: novak djokovic defeats wawrinka in melbourne

Novak Djokovic Shirtless

Part of the deal: What would the Australian Open be without a marathon match involving Novak Djokovic? The No. 1 seed got all tangled up in a five-setter against Stan Wawrinka, who saved two match points before going down 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(5), 12-10.

And what would a Djokovic post-match celebration be without the Serb tearin’ up his (Uniqlo) top?

(viaPhoto Credit: Getty Images)

shirtless: rafa strips down (some more) for armani

Who’s got next? With Janko Tipsarevic joining the ranks of ATP fellas who have stripped down in front of the camera, Rafael Nadal needed to get his gusto back from the Serb’s sweaty six-pack. He did just that last week as Armani began to push out its fall campaign, full of swoon-worthy shots of a barely-clad Rafa. The ATP web site has the full set of Rafa photos here.


On court: This week has been a good one for Tipsarevic, who is into the semifinals in Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, a hurting Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the China Open due to a bad back.

For all you fans of good legs, check out the Spanish Davis Cup team from a couple of weeks ago. No Nair needed here.

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shirtless: the (liberal) men of SLC

Run, boys, run! Some good natured (and good bodied) folks in Salt Lake City, Utah, took to the streets over the weekend in protest. And in little clothing, we might add. The first ever Undie Run was held to bring attention to what organizers called the state of Utah’s “uptight laws” and nearly 3,000 joggers and walkers participated. We’re just curious: Are there really this many tight-bodied guys in SLC? Or were the photogs wearing their TSF goggles while shooting? Video of the barely-clad, politically-minded guys and gals below.

TSF Vault: Shirtless | Oh right, and undies

(AP photo)

shirtless: bod by janko

Move over, Nole. And you too, Rafa… and Fernando. So Janko Tipsarevic made mention during the US Open that the reason for his recent success was that he had finally dedicated 100 percent of himself to tennis — and his body. The Serb isn’t joking around, appearing in a series of shots for the company Extreme Intimo, which makes underwear, nighties and other wear-at-home items. Janko and his total-toned bod can be seen on their Facebook page. Click the images below (or here) to visit the full gallery, which has 146 Facebook “Likes” and counting…

Oh right, and we couldn’t deprive you of the making-of vid, now could we? | TSF Vault: Shirtless

(via christopher phillips/photos from the extreme intimo facebook page)

ferrer, quietly, in the mix

Still in it: Spaniard David Ferrer is one of the few players left in the draw who snuck into the round of 16 of the 2011 U.S. Open without much fanfare (along with Monaco and Gilles Muller); pretty much all the other guys have either tussled with (and toppled) high-profile players or are BMOCs themselves. Ferrer, the fifth seed, will face Andy Roddick for a spot in the quarters; the winner of that match plays Nadal or Muller.

Lotto: Simple kit for Lotto‘s guys this year — nothing to write home about. (That torso, though, is a different story.) As for Lotto’s women, they’re still charging on with the same flirty kits they’ve been playing in all year. Glad to see Radwanksa in the mix to help Pironkova and Schiavone sell the brand’s designs to fans.

(photo by Getty Images)

shirtless: janko tipsarevic

Uhm, hi: Some practice pics we found of Janko Tipsarevic from this year’s U.S. Open. Lots of other images if you follow the links. (Please do!)

Up in the air: We really didn’t know which side to root for as we watched today’s 4th round match between Janko and Juan Carlos Ferrero. On the one hand, you want the Serb to break through and get past his first-week rut at the Slams. On the other, you want to give Juanqui a last hurrah before his impending retirement.

No upset: The 20th seeded Tipsarevic prevailed after a looong match — 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2 — to reach the quarterfinals, making this his career-best performance at any major. Let’s hope he’s content getting that far because his next opponent is Novak Djokovic. (Draw: See how the quarterfinals are coming together for the men.)

(via Flickr by rip tides and achartoff)