indian wells sightings: bud collins chats with charlie pasarell



Bud Collins and Charlie Pasarell in Indian Wells 2008

Unfortunately giving fodder for the argument that we don’t care about our elders (or the old), there was a sparse crowd at this casual chat between Bud Collins and Charlie Pasarell on the first weekend of the Pacific Life Open. (Pasarell, a former pro, is the tournament’s ATP director.)

As expected, Bud was in full regalia: green polo under a pink knit sweater paired with a pair of coral blue pants with big teal polka dots. Yowza.

For my fellow triviaphiles: The newest edition of The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book will drop on June 1. You can pre-order if you wish.

(photo by Erwin)

trophy watch: one of the year’s best trophies gets doled out yet again



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Ana Ivanovic made quick work of Svetlana Kuznetsova in their final match at Indian Wells. (The scoreline: 6-4, 6-3.) Ana took home the $332,000 purse, a bracelet from Jeffrey Scott Fine Magnetics, and that cute humpback whale trophy. Kuznetsova, meanwhile, took home $163,000.

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Novak Djokovic proved that he’s currently the best men’s tennis player in the world by taking his first Indian Wells title. He beat the en fuego Mardy Fish who, before Sunday, had beaten Roger Federer, David Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt, and Nikolay Davydenko in this tournament.

There were a few close calls (and Nole started to self-destruct), but the Serb pulled it together in the end for a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win. Props to Mardy for a good two weeks. I can live without his basketball shorts, though. Also: cover your ankles, and stop shaving your legs!

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Nole took home a $555,000 paycheck while Mardy raked in $277,500.

Their humps: “The Pacific Promise” Perpetual Trophy is 30 inches tall. It’s a replica of an 18-foot sculpture of a mother humpback whale and her calf. The original resides in Pacific Life’s main office in Newport Beach, Calif. The sculpture was created by artist Randy Puckett, who’s known for his whale work.

More: See more pictures from the men’s and women’s finals, plus photos from the doubles finals, after the cut…

bud collins' laptop: we wouldn't have expected anything less



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We wouldn’t have expected any less from Bud Collins, the man who made paisley a press room staple. Yep, that’s his laptop as shot by Jonah Sandford of the Wilamette Week at the Portland Memorial Coliseum.

I found the WW‘s Davis Cup coverage very insightful. I don’t really consider Portland a tennis town so it was nice to see how the locals viewed hosting such a milestone in recent U.S. tennis history. (More on that later.)

Speaking of — Team USA clinched the tie with The Bryan‘s straight-set win over Igor Andreev and Mikhail Youzhny. There are still two reverse-singles matches to be played (but they’ll be shortened to best-of-three). Andy Roddick says he won’t play, so which of the Bryans will step up to the plate? (Can Patrick McEnroe use this opportunity to test out Donald Young or John Isner?) Here’s Mike’s take:

I’m just hoping I don’t have to front up for the dead singles rubber on Sunday. Andy says he’s not playing so either Bob or I will have to step up and play on no sleep. Bob’s done this three times before so I’m hoping he’ll be the one. I’ve only played one singles match in the past five years (against Thomas Johansson at this year’s World Team Cup). Bob has always been ranked higher than me, so I say we make him the sacrificial lamb :)

(photo via WW; blog via ATP. Thanks, Mikey and pb)

short balls: tennis aprons, djokovic struts in underwear, bud at espn, gold racquets for sale, etc.



Fashion trivia: Did you know that women back in the day wore aprons on the tennis court? It was used to hold balls and to protect their dresses from grass stains.

Did you feel it? It might have felt like an earthquake, but don’t worry: it was just some folks fainting after hearing that Nole did a skivvy strut at the end of the ATP Fashion Show in Montreal. I believe a pub used the phrase “butt-hugging underwear”. It goes without saying that Tennis Served Fresh would like a copy of the photo (for achival purposes only, of course). Please send our way.

Fun with Photoshop: The lovechild of J-Cap and Harry Potter is none other than Billie Jean King. (Talking Tennis)

Bud Collins joins ESPN: Just like everyone predicted, there were no qualms with picking up NBC Sports’ sloppy seconds. Bud Collins will now be a part of ESPN (that’s ESPN, ESPN2, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio). Duties will begin with the 2007 U.S. Open and expand to other Grand Slams beginning in 2008. (source)

Ball busters: To confuse us with yet another list (along with rankings, the race to the year-end tourney, and the Lever 2000 Challenge), the WTA puts out a power index which takes into account the speed of a player’s hardest strokes (including forehands, backhands, serves, returns, volleys). The biggest hitters? Venus Williams (94.5 mph), Maria Kirilenko, Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sharapova (90 mph). (via cnnsi.com)

Buying “bling”: If you’re looking to score one of the limited-edition 22k gold [K]Factor racquets made for the Venus and Serena, a few will be available at the Wilson booth at tonight’s East West Bank Classic.

(photo via Manchestser City Galleries)

short balls: nike online and in print, roger's on-court meltdown, a taste of bud, etc.



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Nike in print: A recent issue of Arena Homme Plus goes behind the scenes of Terry Richardson‘s photo shoot for this Nike campaign by W+K Studio. Tennis players included in the shoot were Maria Sharapova and (I believe) Roger Federer.

Bonus round: The issue also has a great editorial based on John Galliano‘s fall 2007 show. Some NSFW photos here. (via Made in Brazil)

Nike on video: The newest ad that opens the Nike website is a tribute to 11-time Grand Slam titleist Federer. A surprisingly humorous Tiger Woods voices the piece. I guess the stone-cold best friends are finally showing a range of emotions, eh?

Roger? Emoting?: None of you missed the post-victory sobfest, but you might have missed Federer falling apart in the hands of Hawk-Eye during Sunday’s match. Mark Hodgkinson of the Telegraph recaps:

Federer, a tennis conservative, has always been against the introduction of Hawk-Eye, and he was as angry as he had ever been on Centre Court when an ‘out’ call on one of Nadal‘s shots was successfully challenged by the Spaniard in the fourth set. The Hawk-Eye replay suggested that the ball had hit the baseline; Federer thought otherwise. It was then that Federer asked umpire Carlos Ramos whether the machine could be turned off. Ramos declined but also seemed to suggest that he had thought the ball had landed long.

The Hawk-Eye review gave Nadal a break point, which he converted for a 3-0 lead, and Federer continued to complain during the change of ends. “How in the world was that ball in? S***. Look at the score now. It’s killing me, Hawk-Eye is killing me,” the Swiss said. So, a system which was introduced to prevent McEnroe-style rants at officialdom actually left one of the sport’s gentlest champions fuming.

Hometown girl: adidas by Stella McCartney will present its spring/summer 2008 at London Fashion Week. McCartney plans to close Fashion week with a special event (but not a runway show) on September 20. Maria Kirilenko — Stella’s tennis muse — must be ecstatic!

Have you tasted Bud?: For those of you unfamiliar with the print work of journalist and former (le sigh) NBC Sports member Bud Collins, here’s his latest article in The Boston Globe.

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