nikolay rolls over for irina… or when it’s vodka straight up



In a charming display of devotion to his wife, Nikolay Davydenko didn’t give up the goods when asked if there’s any Russian tennis player he would want to marry. “Man or woman?”, he wanted to clarify, before explaining that he already has a “beautiful wife”. Good for him, since Irina was in the press room at the time.

We know how Kolya he likes his guys (nice eyes, nice hair), so in case those reporters are still wondering: we’re thinking he’ll pick Igor Andreev.

Another fun Davydenko fact: he’s weak sauce.

“I don’t drink so much because, you see, I’m skinny. I mix only, sometimes I drink clear vodka, sometimes mixed with Red Bull to give me a little boost in night club or disco.

“Because if I drink only vodka I go straight to sleep.”

Status quo: No new drops from Kolya’s clothing sponsor, Airness.

(image via Getty Images)

eleVen spreads its wings



Venus Williams must be getting excited that her clothing line, EleVen is finally catching on. Russian Nadia Petrova, who is no longer with French company Airness, is through to the fourth round of these Championships wearing EleVen whites. The press asked Venus for comment after her first round match.

Q. You brought out a new clothes line here, but you have Petrova wearing your clothes, right?
VW: Uh-huh.

Q. Is that the first time you’ve had another player wearing your clothes? Talk about how you worked that out with her.
VW: I think she’s just in transition between — was in transition, so she I think wanted — she was doing me a favor. So I’m hoping to see her in the clothes. I saw her in some warmups yesterday, but I haven’t seen her in the match clothes. I’m hoping to see her. She’s a great girl. I have a lot of respect for her on and off the court. She’s a good person.

Scoreline: 21st seed Petrova upset the 16th seed Victoria Azarenka to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon. There she will face either Shuai Peng or the Sharapova-thrashing Alla Kudryavtseva.

(transcript via ASAP Sports; photo via Babs)

davydenko’s nightmare isn’t over



Kolya Davydenko was the first top casualty at this year’s Wimbledon Championships with his straight set (4-6, 4-6, 4-6) loss to the 116th-ranked Benjamin Becker. It’s really sad that his titles in Miami and Warsaw were nowhere to be found in any of the post-match articles. Instead, the questions still focused on the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the Davydenko world for a very long time.

“It is like a bad dream. Not one day but months,” he says of the experience.

Too bad he bowed out early (but really, apart from his 4th round appearance last year, Kolya has lost in the first round of Wimbledon five of the last seven years), because that Airness polo he wore is the best and cleanest thing I’ve seen come out of the French company’s performance collection so far this year.

By the way, I heard from a colleague that Nadia Petrova, a former Airness beneficiary, was seen at Wimbledon wearing EleVen. Can anyone confirm with pics?

(photos by Getty Images)

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davydenko, out! + airness drops nadia?



Battle of the No. 3s: Poor Nikolay Davydenko got pushed to five sets by Ivan Ljubicic, the man who used to occupy Kolya’s spot as No. 3 in the world behind Rafa and Roger. The score, in Ivan’s favor: 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

The Russian’s clothing sponsor, Airness, kept up its end of the bargain by giving him no less than three variations of their Spring ’08 shirt. That mock collar, which we also saw on Lotto this season, is a little too much with all the color blocks and stripes. Oh well, at least we won’t have to see it for a week.

Meanwhile, Nadia Petrova got dropped by Airness, it looks like. She showed up at Roland Garros wearing this drop shot top from Nike.

(photos by Getty Images)

flashback: kolya at indian wells



In the next few days (maybe weeks) I’ll be posting some photos that Matt or I took while we were at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells….

Nikolay Davydenko - Indian Wells 2008

It was such a treat to see Nikolay Davydenko hitting on Saturday afternoon, especially because he wasn’t even scheduled to play that day! He looked nice and tan. Much sturdier in person than in pictures.

As expected, he didn’t have much of a crowd watching him (maybe 20 people, max). But that meant there was more room for us to move around.

Too bad I wasn’t wearing a “Free Kolya” shirt. I wonder what he would have thought of it?

Irina Davydenko - Indian Wells 2008

Of course, devoted wife Irina sat there quietly and patiently waited for Kolya to finish his practice. Her icy death stare was contained only by those enormous sunglasses.

One more: One more photo of Davydenko after the cut..