practice makes perfect: marco chiudinelli

Swiss Marco Chiudinelli was practicing on the grounds of the USTABJKNTC yesterday (right next to the 3rd round qualifying match between Laura Robson and Nuria Llagostera Vives — Robson lost in three sets, btw).

And in the main draw of the 2010 US Open, Marco will play wildcard Jack Sock in the first round and we expect him to go out to 18th seed John Isner in the second. (Draw: Men’s Singles)

quietly, dokic does the dirty work

Jelena Dokic has put together an impressive run in the minor leagues, winning three straight ITF circuit titles in the summer swing. Call it the I’m-Gunna-Make-This-Comeback-Work Series. And Jelena is the leader.

After losing in the second round at the Wimbledon Qualies, Dokic has won 15 straight matches in three different countries: France, Romania and Canada. Among those players, six were ranked in the top 200, including former top 20 player Virginie Razzano, whom Dokic beat in straight sets Sunday to win the tournament at Vancouver.

Dokic started the year at number 57 in the world, but slipped to as low as number 136 with a 7-10. With the 15 wins, she’s now at 22-10, and has reached number 82 in the world. She will still have to qualify for the main draw of the US Open in a couple of weeks, as her ranking was outside the top 100 when the entry list was made.

Catch a peek at our favorite this-is-how-I-feel tee from Vancouver after the cut. [Read more…]

for ana, it’s back to the basics

While most players start the year clad in bright colors and popping looks on the practice courts of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Ana Ivanovic was warming up for the year’s first slam today in a simple black-and-white get up from adidas. The Serbian, who is trying to take her game back to the basics after a dismal 2009, will sport this yellow dress for the tournament’s play. We’ve got to say we love her toned-down practice apparel.

What are your thoughts on her dress? Get a peek at it after the jump or click the link above. [Read more…]

tattoo watch: sam warburg. shirtless.

I know that some of you are cool with keeping things anonymous when it comes to your men, but just in case you want to get to know them better: I think this is Sam Warburg.

Squint if you must: Alas, we botched saving the photo we took of a circular tattoo on his right inner forearm. But it’s there!

Draw: Sam lost in the first round of the US Open qualies to Michael Berrer.