sa watch: harshin' my melo

Bah. Marcelo Melo received a two-month doping ban after the ITF determined he tested positive for isometheptene at Queen’s Club earlier this spring.

The ban is usually two years long, but was reduced because Melo didn’t take the substance to enhance his sporting performance.

He’ll forfeit prize money and rankings points. Which is sad, since he and partner Andre Sa had a decent run, making the doubles semis at Wimbledon and the quarters at the U.S. Open.

(AP via ESPN)

davis cup: sa watch + guga watch

It’s nice to see Guga Kuerten taken out of reserve to play the doubles rubber with Andre Sa at this week’s Davis Cup.

These Brazilians faced Austria in a Word Group Play-off tie. Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle won the match 6-1, 6-1, 6-4, which put the Austrians in next year’s World Group (aka the main Davis Cup draw).

I love the yellow socks. Nice touch!

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guga watch + sa watch: u.s. open 2007

We’re sad we missed it: TSF faves Guga Kuerten played doubles with Robby Ginepri at this year’s U.S. Open. They faced Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa in the first round, and lost 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Guga’s optimistic and baggage-free with his recovery from hip surgeries, and is using doubles as a segue back into the pro circuit:

“I’m not regret with everything that happened, even with all my injuries,” he said. “The only difference (is) I have some white hair in my head. I feel a little bit the signs of age.

“I’d rather stick with doubles a little bit, see if my body can respond a little bit better for the future.” (source)

Guga on reserve: Kuerten will be on reserve for the Brazilian Davis Cup team facing the Austrians (in Innsbruck on Sept 21-23, 2007). He’ll back up the team comprising Flavio Saretta, Ricardo Mello, Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo.

Still standing: Meanwhile, at the Open, Sa and Melo will face the Czech team of Frantisek Cermak and Leos Friedl, seeded 15th.

(photo via Magic Jewball)

sa watch: wimbledon edition

After this year’s Wimbledon, everyone’s going home with their own “crazy rain delay” story. For example, Robin Soderling lost his fellow players’ respect after his marathon match with Nadal, Venus survived a scare against Morigami, and Brazilian doubles pair Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo, well, uhm…

…they beat Hanley and Ulyett after a record-setting fifth set (28-26). Bad weather forced the match to span almost six hours over five days.

Sa said: “We were lucky to have Gustavo Kuerten here with us. Guga watched the game and gave us some help with the match and also gave us the confidence to believe we can go out there and win. With results like this he might get a full-time coaching job, but we think he will probably be too expensive!”

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(wimbledon.org)

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this week's trophies + Sa watch

It was a busy week for small tournaments, since they pretty much won’t be heard from until early June (when the French ends). Let’s take a look at the trophies. At least they all looked different this time…

SEWTA: At the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Justine Henin beat Alona Bondarenko in straight sets for the gold trophy (photo, left), and Greta Arn (wearing blue) got a crystal cup for beating Victoria Azarenca (in orange) at the Estoril Open.

justin henin - warsaw greta arn and victoria azarenca

ATP: Estoril did slightly better on the men’s side with these white and green urns painted with guys in old-school sporting outfits. Nole beat Richard Gasquet in a three-setter, 7-6 (9-7), 0-6, 6-1. Doubles winners Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa received the same:

melo and sa

And Philipp Kohlschreiber (left) beat Justin Timberlake doppelganger Mikhail Youzhny in three sets to win the BMW Open in Munich. What is giong on with that trophy? It looks like a car phone my dad had in the early ’90s.

Philipp Kohlschreiber mikhail youzhny

Finally, Champions Cup Boston is DEAD to me. But Kudos to Pete Sampras on his win:

pete sampras - champions cup boston

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brazil and canada played by the rules

You can always count on the Canadians to do things by the book. Very little of their on-court uniform at last weekend’s Davis Cup tie against Brazil (in Brazil) could confuse them for the locals:


Dancevic against the Brazilian, Melo; Polansky

Canadian colors all the way.


Daniel Nestor and Frederic Niemeyer; with costume change

And Brazil stuck to their colors:


Flavio Saretta; Guga Kuerten playing doubles with Andre Sa

If only all countries could follow in their footsteps.

p.s. Brazil won. It’s good to know that even if Guga doesn’t make it far in ATP tournaments, we’ll at least be seeing him at the next round of Davis Cup (barring injury, of course). Here they are, celebrating:



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sa watch (and guga watch) 2007

For at least four times a year (fingers crossed), my life as head of the Guga and Sa Watches 2007 get easier, when both players join up to play doubles for Davis Cup. Here they are, playing against the Canadians:

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Gustavo Kuerten (left) and Andre Sa

via Yahoo! Tennis

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