wta 40 love: martina passes $1 million in season prize money



The WTA has released the third episode in their series WTA 40 LOVE Story presented by Xerox, a 10-part video series showcasing the history and growth of the women’s tennis tour. Entitled “1982: Navratilova Passes $1 Million in Season Prize Money,” the third episode highlights Martina Navratilova‘s 1982 season when she became the first woman in tennis history to surpass the $1 million dollar prize money mark in a season.

Watch: “1982: Navratilova Passes $1 Million in Season Prize Money”, WTA 40 Love Story presented by Xerox.

for spring, babolat’s peek-a-pattern



Maxime Chazal wears Babolat at Open 13 2013 tennis tournament

Babolat did a big push with their new Aeropro Drive racquet technology to start off 2013 (with a fun commercial called “Spin Attacks in the Dark” featuring Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), but we’re a tad more into the what’s going on with their apparel. Their current performance line includes a stripe pattern hiding in the placket and the left underarm of their men’s polo, presented as a piping detail on their men’s shorts, and also appearing as accents on their women’s performance pieces.

Marseille: The stripes showed up on Frenchman Maxime Chazal in the qualifying draw of the Open 13 in Marseille, France. Chazal received a wildcard into qualifying but lost in the opening round to Sergiy Stakhovsky. In the main draw, the quarterfinals are being played out today.




(Photo Credit: Yohan Brandt for Open 13)

victoria azarenka wins the Qatar Total Open, gets serenaded by boyfriend



Victoria Azarenka has lost her top spot on the WTA Tour despite a hard fought tournament victory at the Qatar Total Open over Serena Williams. She lost the top spot to none other than: Serena Williams.

Serena had the advantage of having no points to defend during this stop in the Middle East, while Azarenka was defending points from last year’s tournament victory. And Azarenka managed to hold her own but was ultimately not able to keep that top spot; the Belarusian succesfully defended her Dubai title beating Williams with a 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3 victory.

Now lots of things have been happening to Victoria Azarenka. Most notably the entourage that travels with her has now expanded with a plus one: LMFAO frontman Redfoo and Azarenka are reportedly dating and on Valentines day Redfoo even made Azarenka a Valentines video. He wouldn’t just set it to private but really shared the whole thing with the world.



And it’s not just that, Redfoo also dedicated a song to Victoria Azarenka after her win over Serena Williams called “I’ll Award You With My Body.”



As cute as the song is, I’d rather take home that $426,000 check of the Qatar Total Open.

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)

watch: 9-year-old tennis phenom gabby price


Never too early: 9-year-old tennis prodigy Gabby Price is already training with legendary coach Rick Macci – former coach of the Williams Sisters, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati — and competes successfully in national tournaments with much older, stronger girls.
Price is featured in an episode of the web series Prodigies, produced by the Google-backed THNKR YouTube Channel.