mishit: mattek-sands and allaster ring nyse bell

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Stacey Allaster ring NYSE bell 2013

 

Purple, like the logo: Not sure if Bethanie Mattek-Sands is the WTAer I’dve taken with me to the NYSE to ring the opening bell, Ms. Allaster. Is this the image we want to project to the world about who is playing tennis these days? I guess we can mix things up, seeing that Serena Williams and Vika Azarenka got a chance to thank SAP when that data partnership was announced in Cincinnati (Western & Southern Open).

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sharapova withdraws from the 2013 u.s. open with shoulder injury

Maria Sharapova - Nike - 2013 Australian Open

 

Blowing us a red-lipped kiss goodbye: 2006 U.S. Open Champion Maria Sharapova withdrew from this year’s Championship because of bursitis in her right shoulder. “Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the U.S. Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament,” U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer said in a statement. “We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year.”

Sharapova also released a statement through her own website, saying “”I just wanted to let you know that withdrawing from the US Open has been a really tough decision to make. I have done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready, but it just wasn’t enough time. I have done many tests, received several opinions and it all comes down to taking the proper amount of time to heal my shoulder injury properly. It’s certainly not an easy decision to make ahead of one of my favorite tournaments, but I know it’s the right one that will get me back on the courts soon. I plan on taking the next few weeks off, receiving proper treatment and rehabilitation. I will miss being part of the US Open, but can’t wait for next year!”

Moving on up: Because of this withdrawal, Agnieszka Radwanska moves up to the No. 3 spot in the seedings previously held by Sharapova. All the other seeds move up, with Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova moving up to the take the No. 32 seeding. (See: 2013 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Seeds | Men’s Seeds)

(via USATpicture of Maria Sharapova from the 2013 Australian Open via Getty Images)

american express at the 2013 u.s. open

The American Express Experience at the 2013 U.S. Open

U.S. Open sponsor American Express is behind many of the initiatives that enhance the fan experience at the USTABJKNTC during the two weeks it plays host for the last major of the year. They’ve taken over a section of the Indoor tennis center, providing swing analysis, virtual tennis, an exhibit by the Hall of Fame on “Battle of the Sexes,” an IBM Data Wall, and other great ways to cool down and pass the time while at the Open. Outside of the hospitality area, Amex also offers their radio commentary (Radio Live) and TrendCast, a feature within the U.S. Open app that tracks trending topics in social media.

Read on: The full release is below the gallery (and the cut).

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vika, ‘encouraged’ by serena, celebrates cincy with champers

Moet & Chandon Celebrates The 2013 Western & Southern Open

World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka added another chapter to her rivalry with Serena Williams when they faced off at the 2013 Western & Southern Open this past Sunday. Azarenka edged Serena 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) to increase her head-to-head against the 16-time Grand Slam champion to… 3-12. Azarenka can take comfort in that stat, though, with 2 of those 3 wins against Serena coming in matches played this year.

In their trophy ceremony, Azarenka was awarded a Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon Imperial, which she asked Serena if she should open. “I was encouraging her,” said Serena in the post-match conference, being careful to point out that it was Azarenka’s idea to spray the champagne on the court.

“She did [encourage],” Vika said. “She said, ‘yeah, you should pop it.’ I was like, I know, I want to, but I need to get more practice because I felt like I’m not directing it too well.” Seems like you did just fine, Vika!

Further Reading: More on the friendly rivalry between the top two ladies.

(Photo courtesy of Moet)

moët & chandon toasts cincinnati

Moet & Chandon Celebrates The 2013 Western & Southern Open

 

Moët & Chandon toasted both 2013 Western & Southern Open men’s title winner Rafael Nadal and runner-up John Isner (pictured) for their efforts at this year’s event. The Spaniard, who owns 9 Grand Slam titles, notched his 26th Masters Series title — and first ever in Cincinnati — with his 7-6(8), 7-6(3) victory over the unseeded American.

Moët, the official champagne of the Western & Southern Open, also celebrated the tournament’s record-breaking attendance numbers for the event: over 186,000 over the 10 days of play, including a one-day record of 25,155 for Thursday’s combined day and night sessions, and a session record of 13,704 for Wednesday’s day session.

Save the Date: The Western & Southern Open will take place August 9-17, 2014.

serena: aneres is making a comeback

Serena Williams talks about reviving Aneres clothing brand

Serena Williams survived some strong play by defending champion Li Na at the 2013 Western & Southern Open, winning their semifinal 7-5, 7-5 on Saturday night.

This victory also catapulted Serena to the top of the Emirates U.S. Open Series; she was awarded the trophy on court after her victory. Winning the U.S. Open Series could be a financial boon for the World No. 1 should she win the U.S. Open trophy in a few weeks: she would get a $1 million bonus to go with the $2.6 million paycheck awarded to the Champion.

In her post-semi press conference, Serena talked about what she would do with her potential earnings and possibly investing in a new business.

Q. What company is that?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I’m actually starting my company Aneres, which is my clothing line. It will be Aneres.com. You can buy fashions from there. We’re going to have to find some potential investors, and I’m looking at that as well. Probably do some more stuff like that.

Q. How does that fit with your HSN stuff?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It fits well. [At} HSN, my client is a particular I have a particular client at HSN. So when I’m designing — and I’m actually designing for Aneres now — I have more freedom, and I can draw and sketch what I want to and send it to our manufacturers and go from there.

So I’ll definitely have more I can be more creative. I can definitely get more influenced from the fashion outside of just colors. I mean, I love working for HSN. We’re doing incredible there, but I wanted to expand with Aneres.

It will be really fun. I’m really excited. I’m already starting the wheels on that.

Q. Is it more high end?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It’s definitely more high end, but it’s also really it’s also reasonable as well.

Take, for instance, someone like me. I do make a lot of money, but I’m not going to spend I’m the type of person that’s not going to spend $10,000 or even $1,000 for a top.

The prices, we’re still working on it. It’s going to be very it’s not going to be like Forever 21, but it’s going to be more or less like BCBG prices.

When asked about her next HSN appearance, Serena said that the next collection would appear in September, but that she herself would not appear again to hawk her products until February 2014.

(image by Ian A.C. Johnson via Cincy Tennis FB)

the sports that earn the most money for their stars

Most people choose a sport at an early age, driven by their passion and love of the game. Few people start playing tennis or soccer to get rich, but there are many people who have become millionaires because of their passion. At a time when tennis players want to increase their earnings, and sports stars seem to be earning more than ever, it’s worth examining the gulf between sports.Roger Federer

If you examine a list of the world’s richest sportspeople, you start to realize that there are certain sports in which it’s so much easier to earn money if you’re a star: boxing, football, soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, baseball, racing and cricket. At the same time, there are certain sports where barely anyone can make it onto a list of the world’s richest ath letes.

Think about the people who have reached the pinnacle of judo, fencing or high jump. They may have gold medals to hang around their neck, but they probably don’t have a Ferrari parked out front. The best curlers and bowlers may make the occasional appearance on TV, but they don’t have legions of adoring fans or multi-million sponsorship deals with Rolex. At the same time, Floyd Mayweather’s earnings are pegged at around $80 million annually, and Roger Federer makes a bit over $50 million.

Many people assume that soccer players are the richest in the world because the sport has such wide penetration, and a truly global audience, but you need to get quite far down the list before you will come across a soccer player, which is David Beckham at number eight. The English midfielder is 37, which is beyond the age where anyone can play their best soccer, but he is still a powerful force on the field. But the majority of his wealth actually comes from c orporate sponsorships, and not from his famous free kicks directly.

“The biggest earners are usually boxers, because they get a big cut of pay-per-view revenues, from events that are watched around the world. They have no teammates, no stadium and very little fixed costs – so there’s so much money that goes directly to the boxer,” said soccer tickets retailer StubHub. “Soccer players have a much bigger profile, and there are more of them, but – when it comes to money – the best soccer player is going to be knocked out by the best boxer.”