short balls: sketches, socks, and stripes

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RePRINTed: Our buddy Jordan snapped this photo of Philip Burke drawings in the February issue of PRINT. The images of Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic originally appeared in The New York Observer‘s coverage of the 2007 U.S. Open. God bless iPhones.

All in the family: Just FYI — Kellie Kuehne, the golfer sister of Venus Williams‘s golfer boyfriend Hank, plays the green wearing EleVen clothing. Whodathunk the clothing would be so versatile?

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Amelie inspires socks: Dear Miss Mauresmo, I know you’re a little down these days — contemplating retirement, even) — in your latest slump you should know that (a) you lost a very streaky-but-good player in Tamarine Tanasugarn at this week’s Qatar Total Open, and that you’ve (b) inspired Claire to knit some socks. That’s right: socks. In your honor. Based on the dress you wore when you won the Australian in 2006. xoxo – TSF

The higher they go… The sullied career of Martina Hingis gets dealt another blow (hee) in the wake of her testing positive for cocaine at last year’s Wimbledon. According to Tennis Week, adidas dropped its endorsement contract with the former No. 1 because of a zero-tolerance policy on substance abuse.

reebok goes feminine – amelie mauresmo

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Amelie Mauresmo continues her lackadaisical performance as of late by bowing out of the Aussie Open’s third round. She lost to Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 4-6, 4-6.

But we give her props for that lovely Reebok separates. The v-neck is significantly more flattering than the collar on her Wimbledon wear from last year.

Buy: The Spring RBK Pro Tradition skort and tank are both available for $39.99.

Casey hits the bullseye: Hometown darling Dellacqua, who will likely be signed by Nike after this tournament, also cashed in on her revelation that Target Australia was her favorite place to shop.

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Target did the logical thing and sent the 22-year-old on a shopping spree, with photographers in tow.

(photos by Getty Images)

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party pics: china open serves up the ladies

The top crop of ladies vying for the China Open title this week — Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Amelie Mauresmo (welcome back!), Elena Dementieva, Lindsay Davenport, and Martina Hingis — were all present at this promo event which had them clad in cheongsams (traditional Chinese dresses). All except for Lindsay, who was wearing her LBD. I wonder why?

This is the first off-court dress I’ve LOVED on Amelie. As usual, Jelena and Elena were looking good.

Best dressed award goes to Hingis, though. Maybe it’s the dress + the curly hair + devilish smile? Whatever she did, it worked!

Who do you think dressed best? Tell us!

(photos by O Sports)

trophy watch: croatians and little men

Croatian wins title, gets little man: The ATP Ordina Open (Rosmalen, the Netherlands) pitted Ivan Ljubicic against Dutchman Peter Wessels. Ljubicic won 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze beat Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 in the women’s tourney.

Croatian beats little man, gets trophy: Croatian Ivo Karlovic downed the diminutive Arnaud Clement 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Nottingham Open. The Frenchman, up a set, caved due to exhaustion; he played two matches the day prior (on an indoor court, due to rain), defeating Richard Gasquet and Jonas Bjorkman to get to the final. Rest up, Arnie! Wimbledon awaits. (Eric Butorac and Jamie Murray won the doubles title, and received vases similar to Clement’s.)

Grass rematch: At the Eastbourne International, the usual grass suspects duked it out in the final, with Justine Henin emerging the winner over Amelie Mauresmo after a tight 3-set match. The scoreline: 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2).

mauresmo’s new wimbledon dress from reebok

Amelie Mauresmo should be pissed at her clothing sponsor, Reebok, for setting the photo shoot for her new line of clothes — released in time for Wimbledon — on the top floor of a bland parking garage in North London.

Botched gimmick, much? We’ve seen better “makeshift courts” than this. (Remember the converted helipad in Dubai? Or perhaps matches on streets?) Even split courts have been done better (see: yachts in Valencia).

Really, Reebok should have just thrown her a party, like they did for Nicole Vaidisova when they announced her 2007 U.S. Open outfit.

Oh well, my whole point of this post was to show off Amelie’s dress. More photos here.

It’s simple, classy, feminine. We like it. Do you? Tell us.

(via OTB)

this week's trophies from around the globe

Here’s a round-up of the trophies from last week’s tournaments… Be warned — they’re all yawners:

Juan Monaco hoists the Hypo Group International crystal tennis racket after defeating Gael Monfils 7-6 (3), 6-0 to win his second career title.

(Look at that hair! Monaco gets added to my fantasy list of players on Fila‘s sponsorship roster.)

Argentina’s World Team Cup (left). Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Amelie Mauresmo in three sets at the Strasbourg Open (right).

Elena Dementieva won the Istanbul Cup after Aravane Rezai withdrew with a knee injury.

in strasbourg, a show of hands

The Strasbourg Open’s blog came up with an innovative (or is it just half-baked? I can’t decide…) quiz: match the hand to the player.

The brave souls who had theirs photographed up close are Amelie Mauresmo, Emilie Loit, Jolie Blonde, and Marion Bartoli.

If you feel like putting in your two cents, do it here. They’ll announce the answers by the tournament’s end.

Who Which number has the best hand? Tell us.

amaechi nabs endorsement

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And so it begins. John Amaechi announced today that HeadBlade, a company that specializes in products for head-shaving men, has made him a spokesman.

This is a step down the right path, a path paved by out sports celebrities, some of whom were stripped of their endorsement deals after coming out (ala Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova), or who have likely suffered a reduced endorsement purse because of being out (ala Amelie Mauresmo); and by those who came out after their careers were over, often citing how the homophobia in the locker rooms kept them in the closet (Greg Louganis, Billy Bean, etc.).

Let’s hope he doesnt’ go the way of Esera Tuaolo, who — while he made great move by coming out in 2003 — made a horrible move by trying to establish Chili’s in the gay culinary landscape. (Really? Chili’s? What was he thinking?)

He might get flack for coming out *after* he was finished with his career, and had already amassed his millions. I don’t blame him for it. At the end of the day, you still need to feed yourself, put a roof over your head. He’s still moving us forward. So many people spoke against how Tim Hardaway handled John’s statements. I don’t care if they disagree with what he said or how he said it. Regardless, people are siding against him. In the end, the message was: gays are alright (or, if you don’t think they are, you just shut your trap and let them be).

We have a ways to go, but I am hopeful for his strategy. I hope that he can soften the hearts of mainstream America. He will convince straight men everywhere to shower side-by-side with their gay teammates in the locker rooms. He’s very eloquent, a good ambassador. And as far as making the most of his endorsement power, he picked a good product. Enough of us shave our heads on a regular basis.

via abcnews.com

a tip for mauresmo

A lot of people speculate that Amelie Mauresmo isn’t earning her fair share of endorsement dollars because she’s a lesbian, but the Bonham Marketing Group, out of Denver, thinks otherwise:

It’s more than just her sexuality that may be keeping sponsors away, said Dean Bonham of the Bonham Group, a Denver sports marketing firm. He said Mauresmo could command up to $10 million a year if she revealed a charismatic personality and compelling story to the public.

That’s right, Amelie. Stop being boring.

On the flipside, let’s point out one of the companies that have added her to their endorsement roster: Head signed Amelie on in the beginning of February, with the agreement lasting throughn 2010. She was previously with Dunlop.