flashback: agassi wins his first, 1992

The same outfits today? Andre Agassi gets inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame today in Newport, R.I. It’s no surprise that Agassi, who won eight career Slams, was the no. 1 trending topic on Yahoo! this morning. The dude has done a lot, no? We couldn’t help ourselves from putting up this pic, which has several meanings. Our first thought? That’s really a wig?! Yep, according to Andre it was. And there he is with Steffi Graf, seven years before they would both win the French Open and kindle their romance for good. As for tennis significance? Wimbledon 1992 was Andre’s first Major, and one that he wrote in his book was most unexpected for him — he wasn’t favored to win — and he finally shook off the disbelievers when it came to his early success translating onto the big-time court. Oh right, and the next year Barbara Streisand was there, too. Who doesn’t love a Wimbledon champ?! Congrats, Andre! | TSF Vault: Flashbacks | Andre Agassi

Favorite Agassi moment? Vote on TennisFame.com

(Image via AELTC archives)

short balls: the post-wimbledon edition

Changing of the (screen) guard: While the victories of Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic marked somewhat of a changing of the guard on the respective tours, the biggest change at Wimbledon came in the week after the tournament was over: in its TV coverage. It was announced earlier this week that ESPN had outbid NBC for full TV rights of the tournament, meaning the peacock network was pushed out of a gig it had held for some 43 years. And for ESPN? They’ll have the whole shebang for the next 12 Championships. The network team of ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will take over from London starting next year.

That’s a wrap? Did you miss the slew of Wimbledon post ops? If so, here’s a collection: Tignor’s A-List. Tignor’s the rest of them. Wertheim’s mail bag. ESPN’s Wimbledon grades. ESPN’s power rankingsWTA’s video highlights. Forty Deuce’s hilar “pic this.” The Guardian. Oh! The list goes on and on…

Too sexy for ya?  Time ran an interesting piece from its business section on the WTA‘s ad campaign, “Strong is Beautiful.” The thrust of the article: what the ?!?#?#%% Well, not exactly. But, the article points out that sexualizing the women the way this campaign does undermines women’s sports in a sense, and their ability to compete as athletes on court. We certainly see such a point.

The Journal recommends some tennis whites — including Boast — this summer. (WSJ)

Feeling Boastful? You guys know that TSF isn’t the only place online that talks about tennis fashion. OK, but we admit it: we’re the only ones that talk about it everyday. Anyway, the Wall Street Journal got in on the tennis fashion game during Wimbledon, running a piece that examined the cultural shift of the industry as it’s moved through the decades. Nope, tennis isn’t a rock-star sport driven by John McEnroe anymore, but the clothes he wore might be making a bit of a comeback. Featured in the article were one of TSF’s faves, Boast. | TSF Vault: Boast

Doesn’t it vibrate? While most of us have learned to silence our phones or at least put them on vibrate while at work or in public, it doesn’t seem as though Alize Cornet has attained such a habit. The Frenchwoman was down match point in the first round of the Swedish Open this week against world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki when a phone started ringing. Wozy first tried to ignore the noise, but it persisted, and she stepped back from the line to see if someone would answer/silence/ignore the call. It was then that her opponent, Cornet, ran to her bag to switch off the phone that had been ringing — hers! Hilarity. Video below:

Roll the tape: Seems as though the fellas at Tennis.com — Peter Bodo, Steve Tignor and Ed McGrogan — have a new outlet for their weekly chats. The trio has teamed up with BNP Paribas for a sit down in a round-table discussion called “The World of Tennis.” This week they talk about Andre Agassi, who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame tomorrow in Newport, R.I. | ESPN: Agassi’s top 10 moments

Short(er) balls: It ain’t “Wimble-TIN.” Sportscaster raises money for charity by fueling PSA over pronunciation of Wimble-DON. | In case you forgot, Novak Djokovic is no. 1 in the world now. HEAD hails the king. | Are you reading Jonathan Scott‘s musings on Tennis.com’s “The Spin?” If not, you should be. | Lindsay Davenport is preggers and (tastefully) pulls out of the WTT season, via doctor’s orders. | This might be a little old, but who cares? It’s Maria Sharapova talking about Cole Haan. Take note, Martina Hingis. | Shouldn’t every short(er) balls end with Djoko dancing on stage? We think so.

(Image by George Ellison via Flickr.)

tsf podcast: wimbledon winners (+ celebrations), caroline on clay and our fashion faves

Listen up, Caro! Erwin and I had the pleasure of being joined on the TSF podcast by Jonathan Scott, who has done tremendous things in these realms and also writes daily on Tennis.com for their gossipy thread, the Daily Spin. We were all about the post-Wimbledon gossip on this podcast, where the three of us weigh in on Novak’s grass-eating habits, what SW19 meant for Kvitova (and Sharapova) and how it’s possible that Caroline Wozniacki is playing this week — on clay! Plus! Our take on London fashion, our favorite moments from the 2011 grass Slam and how much this week really means to one Andy Roddick. Click on the link below to easily download our musings onto your iTunes!

Post-Wimbledon musings: TSF Wimbledon Wrap 2011

TSF Vault: More podcasts | Davis Cup details | Caro’s Swedish Open draw

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(tuesday's) sunday survey: your thoughts on the wimbledon that was


Say so long, y’all! While we’re a little teary-eyed that Wimbledon is all finished and shuttered for the year, there is this to mull over: at this time next year, the Championships will be wrapping up and the Olympic Games — which will be held at the All England Club — will be just three weeks away. Yeah. Three. It’ll be glorious and strange all the same.

For all you Brits out there: The 2012 Olympics tennis jobs are up. Apply!

There’s so many moments to love from the last two weeks. But which was your fave? Pick one below and leave behind a comment, too, if you so please.

(Image by MOLIBLOG via Flickr.)

novak djokovic, graminivore

Graminivore, one who eats grass. That description would fit Novak Djokovic just fine after his post-Wimbledon eating habits. The champ, after knocking off Rafael Nadal in four sets, snacked on a little bit of Centre Court to really “taste” victory. While we appreciate the gluten-free Novak expanding his diet horizons, we wouldn’t have minded just a plain-old shirtless victory cry. Video above. | TSF Vault: Shirtless Nole

trophy watch: london hardware

Different paths, same result: The lead-ups to their respective Wimbledon titles could not have been more different, but it was Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic who were at the Champions’ Ball on Sunday night, each posing with their respective, hard-earned trophies. Kvitova’s 6-4 6-3 victory over Maria Sharapova shocked us a bit — at least in the ease that she saw it through — and the way she took it all in stride (no on-court breakdown, P?!) after winning. For Djokovic, his 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal was the Spaniard’s first loss to someone other than Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final. Below, a look at all the Wimbledon champs from the Bryan brothers’ historic doubles victory to the winning juniors. Above: We are digging Kvitova’s toned-down side bun and simple, but gorgeous manicure. A classy champ!

Forbes blog: Djoko’s season a flash in the pan? | Full Wimbledon gallery

Us, too! It was a monstrous week for Bob and Mike Bryan, who won their third round match 16-14 in the fifth set and semifinal match 9-7 in the fifth set before comfortably rolling in the final, 6-3 6-4 7-6 (2) over Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania. Their win in London was their 11th Major title, which ties them with Aussie duo Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge for most Grand Slams by a doubles pairing.

Not just you, Novak: Djokovic became the world’s no. 1 player in yesterday’s rankings with his win at the All England Club, but so, too, did Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who took the ladies’ doubles crown. Peschke and Srebotnik subdued Sam Stosur and Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-1 for the title.

Smile, Jurgen: Our life wouldn’t be complete if we couldn’t include mixed doubles cutie Jurgen Melzer in this week’s Trophy Watch. The Austrian paired up with Czech Iveta Benesova to take the mixed crown over Elena Vesnina and Mahesh Bhupathi, 6-3 6-2. | TSF Vault: Jurgen Melzer

After the cut: Australia wins a double in singles with boys’ and girls’ winners while Novak gets a champion’s welcome home in Belgrade. [Read more…]

short balls: wimbledon crumbs

Clean-plate club: As Wimbledon begins to wrap up, we’ve been scooping up the best little bits of the tourney yet to get big play on the TSF stage before you all run for the parks and beaches and the great outdoors post Sunday afternoon. The WTA has the above video, which we find strangely fascinating. Too bad strawberries and cream isn’t a more popular snack in the States! Just the right balance of good- and bad-for-you, right?

Draws: How Kvitova and Sharapova got there | Djokovic and Rafa, too

Wimbledon stylings, for you: Esquire has churned out a clever how-to for us regular folks on wearing Wimbledon whites. Our favorite parts of their six-step process? “Hats, not headbands. Never headbands” and “Lose the socks. Those should never be white. Unless you’re actually winning Wimbledon.”

Lego Andy: This may be one of our favorite finds of The Championships. It’s Lego Andy (Murray) who greeted fans in the queue in the early goings of the tournament. The three-foot model was built by England’s only certified professional, Duncan Titmarsh, (didn’t know there was such a thing) and was completed with 13,000 Lego pieces over six days. Oh, and that’s Fred Perry that Lego Andy is wearing, not adidas. Guess he’s a little nostalgic, no?


Gift for (hearing) grunts?
Seriously. If you haven’t tried this brilliant Slate.com test on matches the players to audios of them grunting, you must! TSF East was a nine of ten. Can you match such a score? Beat it?! Click on the image above to play.

(Lego Andy image by the Kingston Guardian; screen grab via Slate.com)

lavazza's tasty wimbledon treats

Do you have that in decaf? While Wimbledon gets unending press on the tradition of strawberries and cream, plenty of tennis fans need a little pick-me-up throughout the day, and we don’t mean an Andy Roddick serve in the gut. Enter Lavazza, the Italian coffee maker who teamed up with The Championships this year to bring the folks of rainy London a little bit of a bright spot in their day: caffeine.

While you can’t make it over the Atlantic to try some of Lavazza’s creations at SW19, sip some espresso goodness and try to act as jazzed-up as Marcos Baghdatis‘ Cypriot fans while you watch/listen to/pretend to play in Wimbledon at home. Lavazza has two recipes for make-at-home goodness. And while they recommend using a Lavazza A Modo Mio machine (with a custom Wimbledon covering) — we say just wing it! Or grab some espresso from the closest local cafe and then DIY at home! We have faith in you!

Buy: A Modo Mio, online for $270

Lavazza Wimbledon
| To make your own Lavazza Iced Latte, you will need:
A all glass + ice + milk + a single serving of Lavazza espresso + sugar to taste + a blender + syrup (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry as desired — or all three?!) + straw (for sipping!)

Method:
1. Fill tall glass with ice
2. Top up with milk – three-quarters of the way up the glass
3. Add a single serving of espresso and a spoonful of sugar to taste
4. Pour contents of glass into a blender with three pumps of the appropriate syrup and blend
5. Once fully blended, pour back into tall glass and add the appropriate drizzle to serve. Drink through a straw

Amaretto Espresso
| To make your own Amaretto Espresso, you will need:
A one liter jug + 100ml Amaretto Disaronno (aka some Amaretto flavoring, y’all!) + 100ml sugar syrup + 30ml Lavazza espresso coffee (per serving) + 300ml chilled whipping cream (if using cream whipper), otherwise a serving of aerosol cream + balloon whisk/tennis racket — you choose

Method: (Use a cream whipper while making)
1. Whisk together the whipping cream, Amaretto Disaronno and sugar syrup in a jug
2. Pour the combined mixture into the cream whipper
3. Load the cream whipper with nitrous oxide charge, shake vigorously and then put in the fridge to chill
4. To serve, brew a single shot of espresso per person and pour into a regular coffee cup, then simply top with the chilled Amaretto Disaronno mouse and serve immediately


Cheers! Lavazza brought former players Annabel Croft and Pat Cash (looking good, right?) out to the queue on Friday to hang with fans.
 | TSF Vault: Cash shows bum for BBC


(Images via Lavazza)