trophy watch: furry nice to see you



For your vest interest: We were all set and ready to make a trophy-bearing Nole, now 27-0 this season, our lead picture on this week’s Trophy Watch. That was until we saw this gem of a photograph with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario with Barcelona doubles winners Iveta Benesova and Barbara Zahlova Strycova. We want, Arantxa! She’s holding her 2-year-old daughter … Arantxa. Now that we know you wear fur and have named your child after yourself, we must come to Barcelona and sip champagne with you, ASV. Loves it! Oh right, and Roberta Vinci won the singles crown. See her boring troph(ies) here.

Kissing the fellas: How about that artwork on Juan Martin del Potro‘s Estoril trophy? We sure dig it. The painted (porcelain?) cup is what we’d sip our champagne out of while hanging out with a fur-wearing Arantxa in Barcelona. JMdP overwhelmed Fernando Verdaso 6-2, 6-2 in the men’s final.

No one but Nole: While Novak won his home event for the second time in three years, he was aided by Janko Tipsarevic, a valid challenger who had to skip out of their SF match up because of injury. In the final, Djoko took down Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4), 6-2.

One more shot of Arantxa in our favorite new outfit and Anabel Medina Garrigues’ crystal bowl in Estoril. [Read more...]

party watch: tennis legends ball



The International Tennis Hall of Fame toasted this year’s inductees with a party at Cipriani on Friday night.

That’s Vic Seixas (who? read up!) with Puma muse Guillermo Vilas; Jim Courier also makes an appearance.

More photos after the cut…

trophy watch: the swiss and swedes got it right + hall of fame



While the women of France were busy representing their country in a Fed Cup tie against Italy (alas, they lost), the men were busy in finals; three of the six ATP-ers vying for titles were French: Fabrice Santoro, Nicolas Mahut, and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Félicitacions!

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At the Swiss Open orangefest, Mathieu (in adidas) lugs home a piece of rock for beating Andreas Seppi (wearing Fila)…

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… and Santoro won the Hall of Fame Championships over mutton-chopped Mahut. (Mahut had a very good grass season… remember he lost to Andy Roddick in the Queen’s Club final? Here’s his very gracious post-match interview.)

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David Ferrer (in Lotto) wins what looks like a deer enveloped in crystal at the Swedish Open. He dropped only three games in his final match against Nicolas Almagro.

See more trophy photos (plus the Hall of Fame induction) after the cut…

trophy watch: on grass, do as they always do



Tradition and history trump innovation and design for this week’s trophies (we’re playing on grass, after all).

Absent were the green trees, sailboats, and eagles. Instead, Halle, Birmingham (England), and Queen’s Club all doled out some mighty fine chalices. Simple. Classic.

At the DFS Classic, Jelena Jankovic defeated Maria Sharapova in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 7-5) and gets the gravy boat.

And Andy Roddick also needed to go three sets to beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2) at the Artois Championships. How many kegs can he dump into that?

In Halle, Tomas Berdych won against Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-4. Berdych one-ups his loss in last year’s final against Roger Federer. The youngster’s prize comes with a lid to prevent spills.

The Barcelona KIA tournament — backed by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and won by journeywoman Meghan Shaughnessy — followed what the grass tourneys did even though it was contested on red clay.

pics from the laureus sports awards



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Photos after the cut… Monica Seles looks so good!!!