trophy watch: london hardware



Different paths, same result: The lead-ups to their respective Wimbledon titles could not have been more different, but it was Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic who were at the Champions’ Ball on Sunday night, each posing with their respective, hard-earned trophies. Kvitova’s 6-4 6-3 victory over Maria Sharapova shocked us a bit — at least in the ease that she saw it through — and the way she took it all in stride (no on-court breakdown, P?!) after winning. For Djokovic, his 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal was the Spaniard’s first loss to someone other than Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final. Below, a look at all the Wimbledon champs from the Bryan brothers’ historic doubles victory to the winning juniors. Above: We are digging Kvitova’s toned-down side bun and simple, but gorgeous manicure. A classy champ!

Forbes blog: Djoko’s season a flash in the pan? | Full Wimbledon gallery

Us, too! It was a monstrous week for Bob and Mike Bryan, who won their third round match 16-14 in the fifth set and semifinal match 9-7 in the fifth set before comfortably rolling in the final, 6-3 6-4 7-6 (2) over Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania. Their win in London was their 11th Major title, which ties them with Aussie duo Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge for most Grand Slams by a doubles pairing.

Not just you, Novak: Djokovic became the world’s no. 1 player in yesterday’s rankings with his win at the All England Club, but so, too, did Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who took the ladies’ doubles crown. Peschke and Srebotnik subdued Sam Stosur and Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-1 for the title.

Smile, Jurgen: Our life wouldn’t be complete if we couldn’t include mixed doubles cutie Jurgen Melzer in this week’s Trophy Watch. The Austrian paired up with Czech Iveta Benesova to take the mixed crown over Elena Vesnina and Mahesh Bhupathi, 6-3 6-2. | TSF Vault: Jurgen Melzer

After the cut: Australia wins a double in singles with boys’ and girls’ winners while Novak gets a champion’s welcome home in Belgrade. [Read more...]

short balls: wimbledon crumbs



Clean-plate club: As Wimbledon begins to wrap up, we’ve been scooping up the best little bits of the tourney yet to get big play on the TSF stage before you all run for the parks and beaches and the great outdoors post Sunday afternoon. The WTA has the above video, which we find strangely fascinating. Too bad strawberries and cream isn’t a more popular snack in the States! Just the right balance of good- and bad-for-you, right?

Draws: How Kvitova and Sharapova got there | Djokovic and Rafa, too

Wimbledon stylings, for you: Esquire has churned out a clever how-to for us regular folks on wearing Wimbledon whites. Our favorite parts of their six-step process? “Hats, not headbands. Never headbands” and “Lose the socks. Those should never be white. Unless you’re actually winning Wimbledon.”

Lego Andy: This may be one of our favorite finds of The Championships. It’s Lego Andy (Murray) who greeted fans in the queue in the early goings of the tournament. The three-foot model was built by England’s only certified professional, Duncan Titmarsh, (didn’t know there was such a thing) and was completed with 13,000 Lego pieces over six days. Oh, and that’s Fred Perry that Lego Andy is wearing, not adidas. Guess he’s a little nostalgic, no?


Gift for (hearing) grunts?
Seriously. If you haven’t tried this brilliant Slate.com test on matches the players to audios of them grunting, you must! TSF East was a nine of ten. Can you match such a score? Beat it?! Click on the image above to play.

(Lego Andy image by the Kingston Guardian; screen grab via Slate.com)

tonic, clothing line by hingis, to launch next spring




Launching a line: Martina Hingis
is. The former world no. 1 said today that she hoped folks had heard about the line, which debuts in March of 2012. Above, the landing page for Tonic. Click the image or here to check it out. | TSF Vault: Martina Hingis

(Screen grab via Tonic)

Squirrel (Who Run Novak's World)



Novak Djokovic‘s been having this courtship with a squirrel over at Wimbledon. So far he’s still finding a way to get close to the darned rodent. (“How should I call her?” he tweets.) Don’t play with fire, Nole! We’re pretty sure rabies won’t help you win a major… | More: Djoko fights for dog to get onto SW19 grounds

(via The Awl)

lavazza's tasty wimbledon treats



Do you have that in decaf? While Wimbledon gets unending press on the tradition of strawberries and cream, plenty of tennis fans need a little pick-me-up throughout the day, and we don’t mean an Andy Roddick serve in the gut. Enter Lavazza, the Italian coffee maker who teamed up with The Championships this year to bring the folks of rainy London a little bit of a bright spot in their day: caffeine.

While you can’t make it over the Atlantic to try some of Lavazza’s creations at SW19, sip some espresso goodness and try to act as jazzed-up as Marcos Baghdatis‘ Cypriot fans while you watch/listen to/pretend to play in Wimbledon at home. Lavazza has two recipes for make-at-home goodness. And while they recommend using a Lavazza A Modo Mio machine (with a custom Wimbledon covering) — we say just wing it! Or grab some espresso from the closest local cafe and then DIY at home! We have faith in you!

Buy: A Modo Mio, online for $270

Lavazza Wimbledon
| To make your own Lavazza Iced Latte, you will need:
A all glass + ice + milk + a single serving of Lavazza espresso + sugar to taste + a blender + syrup (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry as desired — or all three?!) + straw (for sipping!)

Method:
1. Fill tall glass with ice
2. Top up with milk – three-quarters of the way up the glass
3. Add a single serving of espresso and a spoonful of sugar to taste
4. Pour contents of glass into a blender with three pumps of the appropriate syrup and blend
5. Once fully blended, pour back into tall glass and add the appropriate drizzle to serve. Drink through a straw

Amaretto Espresso
| To make your own Amaretto Espresso, you will need:
A one liter jug + 100ml Amaretto Disaronno (aka some Amaretto flavoring, y’all!) + 100ml sugar syrup + 30ml Lavazza espresso coffee (per serving) + 300ml chilled whipping cream (if using cream whipper), otherwise a serving of aerosol cream + balloon whisk/tennis racket — you choose

Method: (Use a cream whipper while making)
1. Whisk together the whipping cream, Amaretto Disaronno and sugar syrup in a jug
2. Pour the combined mixture into the cream whipper
3. Load the cream whipper with nitrous oxide charge, shake vigorously and then put in the fridge to chill
4. To serve, brew a single shot of espresso per person and pour into a regular coffee cup, then simply top with the chilled Amaretto Disaronno mouse and serve immediately


Cheers! Lavazza brought former players Annabel Croft and Pat Cash (looking good, right?) out to the queue on Friday to hang with fans.
 | TSF Vault: Cash shows bum for BBC


(Images via Lavazza)