behind the scenes: jelena and nole's photoshoot

Move over, cameraman. The ATP Uncovered video series has this great behind-the-scenes look at Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic doing a photo shoot for Hello! magazine in July. Our fave part? GF Jelena speaks her mind on being pampered, Nole’s dream and living it up — together. Watch above. 

TSF Vault: Novak Djokovic | Jelena Ristic

In Montreal: Novak’s the no. 1 seed, but has Nikolay Davydenko in the second round, a potential third round clash with Juan Martin del Potro and Gael Monfils, Victor Troicki and Roger Federer all looming should he make a run to the weekend. | Draw

sorana straps on her dancing shoes

The Sorana two-step? No, we’re not huge fans of the ill-advised headband that Sorana Cirstea is rocking in the latest Xperia Hot Shots video, but once we got past that, we were completely digging the latest video installment from the behind-the-scenes series. Rosero McCoy, a choreographer most recently known for his work on America’s Best Dance Crew teaches the Romanian a few moves of her own in a two-part video sequence. The next vid, yet to be released, will feature Sorana in a Katy Perry-inspired get up with a crew of back-up dancers strutting her stuff. But does she have the (dance) game? “Tennis, it’s easier, to be honest,” Sorana says during rehearsal at one point. Bring your A-game, SC!

TSF Vault: Our one-on-one interview with Sorana (2009)

sabine gets the giggles (and throws a frisbee)

Creative juices, please. The WTA is doing something different with new-found star Sabine Lisicki. And we sort of love it. Sure, Sabine isn’t new to most insider tennis fans, but her semifinal appearance at Wimbledon has vaulted her into quite the public eye in tennis terms, and also has inched her ahead of the blossoming talents of Andrea Petkovic and Julia Goerges, who — among the three of them — are trying to bring somewhat of a women’s tennis renaissance to Germany post the Steffi Graf (and Anke Huber?!) era.

So, what are they doing exactly? The tour has teamed up with Lisicki this week in the beautiful Bay Area at the Bank of the West Classic, asking tennis fans to submit creative, quirky, fun, off-beat ideas for a tennis video that features none other than Miss Lisicki herself.  Have an idea? Post it on the WTA’s YouTube page and watch to see if they take you up on your creative juices…

Here at TSF we’re still brainstorming. But something involving Lisicki, a frisbee, the Stanford swim team and a Gladiators-like course just won’t leave our thinking space…

More: Lisicki on TSF | Stanford draw

ryan harrison on the rise?

Ryan’s rise? This might be Ryan Harrison‘s moment. One of the rather promising up-and-coming American youngsters, Harrison is a name that has been thrown around for a couple years and really impressed in a five-set loss in the second round of the US Open last summer to Sergiy Stakhovsky. The 19-year-old has stayed consistent on the tour, and had somewhat of a breakthrough at Wimbledon, reaching the second round after getting into the draw as a lucky loser and playing brilliantly at times against David Ferrer, losing in five sets.

Yesterday Harrison, ranked no. 120, continued his trek on American soil. The Louisiana native took down Xavier Malisse 6-7 (3) 6-4 6-4 in a match that had a few testy moments, which Harrison talks about in the video above. Harrison also talked of his confidence that has been on the rise this year, which he pins to the Open: “I have more belief in myself this year … The US Open was big for me because I played back-to-back matches against guys in the top 30 in the world. I won one of them and had three match points in the other one. That was kind of like a light bulb for me: that I don’t  need to overplay to beat these guys. I can play my game, play within myself.”

Is he the real deal? Guess we’ll find out in the next 24 months — and at least get a better idea of over the next two months. | Draw: Hotlanta

(Video via TalkAboutTennis)

the great, weird, awesome, strange, geeky, amazing find of the day

Combat tennis. Normally we might ask: How do these people actually have time on their hands to do something like this?! But in truth, we really dig this fun, quirky take on tennis meets combat. Sure, it’s overproduced and cheesy, but doesn’t that make it all the more lovable? On this TGI Friday we say, TGFTF (Thank god for tennis fans). More creative stangeness can be found at the video maker’s website, PatrickWillems.com. Willems co-runs Lumberjack Films, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Enjoy!

(Video by Patrick Willems)

sorana and bethanie: paintball warriors

Great shot! The WTA has found the perfect mix between its “Strong is Beautiful” campaign and the ATP‘s creative sportraits for the year-end championships. It’s paintball. Yep, paintball! Here Sorana Cirstea and Bethanie Mattek-Sands take out some London frustration on two willing fellas in a back alley. Sure, there are a couple close ups we could do without, but the paint and music and fun of it makes it a great watch. The targets are Matthew Pritchard and Lee Dainton, two parts of a British comedy group (think of the Jackass boys) known as Dirty Sanchez. And yes, they get a little dirty here, too.

(WTA video)

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

there's color (in the crowd) at wimbledon

Best dressed? Sort of cheesy, we know. But, like any slam, Wimbledon has plenty of color in its crowds — even if the players have to sport all white on the courts. The WTA has this video on fans around the grounds, and we dig the characteristic tennis-savvy folks on screen/in the stands.

Middle (American) weekend: Mardy Fish moves on | Serena, too

(WTA video)

the gals get glammed for wimbledon player party

Girls’ night out: Those pictures of Bethanie Mattek-Sands have us shuddering. But at least a few of the WTA ladies got all glammed up in the right way for last night’s Wimbledon Players’ Party.

More party: Maria’s need-it-now necklace

On the court: Dokic makes UNICEF Open final | Things are all held up at Eastbourne because of … rain

(WTA video)