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D.Y. has had a great week in D.C. No, really he has. A semifinalist, y’all! Men’s draw | Women in San Diego

Oh, forgetful us: Sometimes it slips our minds that people really are reading this blog. No, we’re not trying to pat our own backs. But if you’ve ever written your own blog or contributed to one, you’ll know that it’s less about the numbers and more about wanting to crank out good, entertaining and — maybe just in our case? — semi-naked content. That’s always been our goal at TSF, but as Trophy Watch this week reminded us that, yes, we’re just here to watch the trophies, we got reminded that we’re being watched/followed/read/paid attention to, as well. That would be by many of you, and by Tennis.com’s Steve Tignor, who wrote the following about our trophy wrap-up and his own opinions on the metal, plastic and glass we measure success with on the respective tours:

Tennis Served Fresh provides a “trophy watch,” which is always an entertaining, and often a head-scratching, activity in tennis. Check out Marcel Grannollers receiving his own personal mountain in Gstaad on Sunday; I guess it beats a cow. It reminds me of one of the better tennis lines from my new Brooklyn neighbor, Martin Amis. The Brit writer once described the sport’s fall indoor tournaments as, “greed fests where the first prize is something like a gold helicopter.”

He’s a cracker jack, y’all. TSF got to re-connect with the always-entertaining James LaRosa while we were hanging around the Farmers Classic last week. James’ musings on Tennis Channel‘s website — the Sweet Spot — are a must-read, especially his LA ride with eventual-winner Ernests Gulbis. Our fave moment from the car-ride between the two quick-lipped fellas?

James: You know those Lindsay Lohans aren’t doing too good these days.
Ernests: Who is Lindsay Lohan?

JL: Shut the **** up. 
EG: I don’t pay attention to American stars.

JL: She was in Mean Girls. Freaky Friday..?
EG: I’m not watching these movies.

Nole’s media blitz. It’s the summer of Novak Djokovic. We should all pretty much accept such a fact. First it was the cover of Serbian Hello! magazine with GF Jelena Ristic, then it was both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Conan O’Brien Show. To watch him with Jay, click here. For Conan, click here.

Feeling Lacosted? Seems as though the French brand that we heart “Lacosted” the Hamptons over the weekend — and that’s the Wall Street Journal‘s verbage, not ours. Lacoste used its American mainstay Andy Roddick to push its look for the summer at a social gathering that included quite the smattering of fashion folk at the fancy-pants Bridgehampton Beach and Tennis Club. Brooklyn Decker was even there, wearing Lacoste. “I don’t really play that much tennis. I leave it to Andy,” she told the Journal. | Browse: Lacoste’s men’s tennis wear

short(er) balls: Our friends over at Strawberries and Scream have stepped off the blogging stage for the time being. Even they said their retirement speech was more Henin (or Hingis?) than Agassi. | Polo Ralph Lauren has officially launched their 2011 US Open collection — expect much more from us on this soon. | The world is now a better place: Rafael Nadal has joined Twitter. Heres to epic broken-English tweets. “Paahsta y gambas!” | OUT magazine has an exceptional photo gallery (and articles) featuring straight athletes who have supported gay rights’ causes over the years. The batch includes Michael Irvin, Ben Cohen and our fave, Hudson Taylor. | Want to go to the US Open finals weekend this year? Panasonic will send you. Seriously, we don’t make this stuff up. | Probably one of the US Open’s best pre-tourney events, Taste of Tennis, is back this year and features a fine line-up: Roddick, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Victoria Azarenka among others. And we dig their logo. It’s a forquet. Or a racqork? | We really, really can’t wait for this Xperia Hot Shots vid. It’s looking like a Katy Perry meets Sorana Cirstea dance number. And we love!

(Donald Young image by lagosf via flickr)

sunday survey: an omen for a-rod?


A bad sign? In the semifinals of Queen’s Club on Friday Andy Roddick was absolutely drubbed by Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-1. Should the American worry? He doesn’t think so. “Everything he touched turned to gold,” Roddick said after the match. “He played great. I felt like I hit the ball well.” But no matter what the American said, it couldn’t have felt great to be run off the court by Murray after his long layoff, that saw Roddick miss the French Open. Should Roddick take special meaning in his loss to the world no. 4? Tell us below.

(Image via Getty)

andy roddick gets his own lacoste logo

Andy Roddick and Lacoste take their partnership to the next level by creating a signature collection specifically for their star mascot. (Note the logo/autograph on the lower-right corner of the tops pictured). The sportswear line will include polos, shorts, track pants and jackets, which Andy’ll wear exclusively while competing. The goods will be available for sale on July 1.

FYI, Andy did not play in this year’s French Open because of a shoulder injury.

More info: Full release after the cut…

british ‘vogue’ preps us for wimby

Wimbledon in waiting. Don’t blame us! We can’t help but look forward a bit to Wimbledon, which begins just two weeks from Monday. While most of the tennis world remains affixed on Roland Garros, we take a peek at what British Vogue had up to offer last summer (most of which looks pretty dang good to us this year, too).

The items, running from £35 to £816 ($57 to $1,336) include some Lacoste kicks and a Ralph Lauren “picnic basket” that claims that top-end price. | Browse: See their gallery here

Crocodile chatter. Lacoste-wearing Andy Roddick was also on the mag’s web site this week, talking up his threads as he looks to return to his beloved green. “On the tour we practically live out of a suitcase. When packing, function will always win over style, which is why I am so impressed with this collection,” Roddick said. “I never would have believed 10 years ago that I would have a signature collection with Lacoste.”

More on British Vogue: Maria and Anna (Wintour)

Want. Our fave of the twelve options for summer fashion? How about this Kipling bag, priced at £65 by Vogue. Take a glance at the full selection of Kipling’s new arrivals for summer.

(Screen grab and Image via Vogue UK web site)

2003 is so sad

A sign of the times: Both Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero, each ranked no. 1 in the world in 2003 (Roddick won the USO over JCF after JCF had captured the French), pulled out of the French today. Roddick cited a shoulder injury, as did Ferrero. Cue the their-careers-are-done obits now.

Throwing in the (clay) towel: As @TheSliceTweets pointed out, A-Rod’s shoulder seemed just fine in Tuesday in Nice.

(Getty Images photo via SI.com archives)

gilles simon keeps roddick’s clay at bay

Andy Roddick‘s strong start to 2011 — with deep runs into Brisbane, the Aussie Open, and Memphis — did nothing for him at Indian Wells and Miami, and it’s translated into more weak performances on clay. Last week’s flameout against Flavio Cipolla now sits alongside another first-round “L” against Gilles Simon, who took out the 12th seed 6-3, 6-3.

Draw: Sharing that quarter with Simon are Melzer, Troicki, Kolya, and Murray, among others. Who’s going to be the last man standing? (Browse: Internazionali BNL d’Italia draws)

Striped: The Spring 2011 Adipure line’s all about the collegiate look, putting these plain stripes on the Traditional Pattern Polo (in varying navy/green/white combo’ed colorways). There’s also some argyle and a faux cardigan. Our pick: The Traditional Cotton Tennis Polo — complete with a crest (img) — $42.99, tennisexpress.com. The rest: adidas Adipure Spring 2011.

(Image by AFP PHOTO/Alberto Pizzoli)

cipolla peels roddick's layers

Flavio of the week? We’re curious to see how deep Flavio Cipolla will make it into the men’s singles draw at this week’s Mutua Madrid Open. The Italian qualifier upset Andy Roddick in a performance that tells us the American’s answer to this question; Flavio next plays Michael Llodra, who also knocked out an American, Sam Querrey. In that section, we’re expecting a Nadal vs. Melzer quarterfinal. (Draw: Madrid Open Men’s Singles)

Clothes: Cipolla’s wearing a simple logo tee from Shot.

(images by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images)

sunday survey: austin on andy's mind

If everything is bigger in Texas, this may as well be one of the biggest moments of Andy Roddick‘s life. The announcement a couple weeks ago that his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, will host the Davis Cup quarterfinal between the U.S. and Spain on July 8-10 this summer potentially pits Roddick against Rafael Nadal in a showdown that could be one of the highlights of the American’s career.

Roddick and others were buzzing this past week when the USTA pre-sale tickets went on sale (80 percent of the entire venue) for the event at the Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas and sold out with two hours – America seems to be pretty pumped, too.

General tickets went on sale yesterday, with prices ranging from $90 to $500 for weekend tickets. Last time these two squads met on American soil it was the U.S. who prevailed – but the Spaniards were without Rafa. So what about this time? Will Roddick pull out an epic win? How important do you think this tie is? Tell us in the comment section!

(Image by Kevin813 via Flickr; Screengrab via Twitter)

master caddy andy

“A 7-iron, please” On the day before The Masters, the two “sissy” sports – tennis and golf – crossed paths in the most unusual of ways. There was Andy Roddick, tennis superstar, as a caddy for a Par 3 tune-up at Augusta National. Roddick carried the clubs for Zach Johnson after he has expressed interest in swinging through The Masters to his agent. His thoughts on Augusta? “Places rarely live up to the hype. This place surpasses it.” Perhaps Roddick would like to skip the clay court season altogether and stay on the grass.

Would you like Roddick to caddy for you? Another player? Tell us!

(Image by Augusta National)