sunday survey: coastal walks 'n' runs

Colorful weekend: Doesn’t Erwin look good in pink?! OK, we joke.

On this Sunday, the TSF West and East teams have swapped coasts — Erwin is in New York City taking part in the annual AIDS Walk, while I find myself in San Francisco for an extended visit that includes the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers. Jealous? You should be. If you want to sound off on any topic (the unbeatable Djoko! Maria’s run in Roma… ) feel free! Otherwise, we’ll be back with you full force come tomorrow.

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sunday survey: american tears

Feels kinda awkward, right ReRe? For the first time ever, no American will be in the top ten come the release of the ATP and WTA rankings tomorrow. The sadder note? Serena Williams — who hasn’t played a match since Wimbledon last year — was the lone remaining Yank in either men’s or women’s top ten. Do you care? Tell us what you think about the lastest American tennis woe.

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sunday survey: your best surface

The bruising brick red: It hasn’t been a great clay court season for American tennis so far in 2011. Is that surprising? Ryan Sweeting gave us hope for a little excitement when he won in Houston last month, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands scored a big win in Madrid today by knocking off Ana Ivanovic in three sets. But will the US of A make any sort of run in Paris? That’s doubtful.

But as the Americans struggle on the crushed brick, the American tennis-playing public is hitting the courts again with force as spring takes shape across the country. We’re curious: what’s your favorite surface to play on? Tell us below.

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sunday survey: after a goerge(ou)s week, what's next?

Pretty in (dirt) red: Julia Goerges took a happy tumble after her epic run in Stuttgart this week, the German breaking through for a title win by a home-grown German girl for the first time since Anke Huber won the event in 1994. Not only did Goerges win Stuttgart, she also banked $111K, a sports car and beat world no. 1 Caroline Wozniaki for the first time in three tries, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

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It got us wondering: Who’s next on the WTA to go big-time? Petko? Yanina? Julia?! Vote below.

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sunday survey: will it ever end?

We think he’s … excited. (AP photo)

Streakin’ seven: Rafael Nadal won his seventh consecutive title at the Monte Carlo Masters event today, downing fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5. It was a big W for Nadal after losing three final appearances in the last five month (World Tour Finals, Indian Wells and Miami) and his first title since October. Will Rafa’s dominance on clay end anytime soon? Weigh in below.

sunday survey: austin on andy's mind

If everything is bigger in Texas, this may as well be one of the biggest moments of Andy Roddick‘s life. The announcement a couple weeks ago that his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, will host the Davis Cup quarterfinal between the U.S. and Spain on July 8-10 this summer potentially pits Roddick against Rafael Nadal in a showdown that could be one of the highlights of the American’s career.

Roddick and others were buzzing this past week when the USTA pre-sale tickets went on sale (80 percent of the entire venue) for the event at the Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas and sold out with two hours – America seems to be pretty pumped, too.

General tickets went on sale yesterday, with prices ranging from $90 to $500 for weekend tickets. Last time these two squads met on American soil it was the U.S. who prevailed – but the Spaniards were without Rafa. So what about this time? Will Roddick pull out an epic win? How important do you think this tie is? Tell us in the comment section!

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sunday survey: who wore it best?

It’s been a week (ten days) of fashion fun in Miami. This is always the part of the season where players try out a little something new on the court after their Aussie kits have been worn and they gear up for the clay and grass court swings. Color? Obvi! It’s Miami. There’s one thing that never changes in Key Biscayne: the overhang on the suite boxes. We love the sea green, evergreen and ligh pink/peach hue of the pattern that has been a part of this tourney as long as we can remember. It screams Miami.

Here’s a review of what we saw this week in Miami. Vote for your fave in the poll below.

Glam gals: Vika and Caro rock the Player Party with help from Oriflame.

Seriously Novak: Djoko and Tacchini have no more love for dragons or snakes.

Gold gets gutsy: From Maria to Dinara and Radek, players were sporting the gold (trim).

Is that a hole? Or are you… : Our self-styled “Peekaboo Street” was quite busy in Key Biscayne.

Fashion for a cause: Kim lends her hand(writing) to Japan.

Gnarly in neon: He’s a bright boy, that Rafa.

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sunday survey: where's rock bottom?

The bigger the giant, the harder the fall. So who here is the bigger giant? Sure, we’ve been following Andy Murray much more closely over the last few years and he’s been in multiple Major finals, but what about Li Na? She’s arguably one of China’s biggest athletes. And should we remind you that Britain’s population is about one twentieth of China’s?

Here’s the bigger question: Who will fall longer and harder? As we told you yesterday, neither player has won a match since their semifinal victories at the Aussie, but can either top ten player pick up the pieces and start anew? (Fact: the two were a combined 16-8 on clay last season.)

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