porsche owners get pampered in delray beach + wall art update



Porsche promotion for 2013 Delray Beach ITC

You might as well crowdsource your marketing, right? Porsche hopes to assemble a display of its car catalog during every session of the 2013 Delray Beach ITC by luring Porsche owners with complimentary parking, valet services, and discounted tickets for the ATP Tour event. Curious to see how that will pan out. How many tennis-loving, Porsche-driving Floridians are there? And how many of them love tennis enough that they’d do to theirs what these Rafa lovers did to their Aston Martin?

Sadcakes: We were absolutely crushed to pieces after being told by Delray Beach ITC organizers that they would not be painting aquatic murals on their Stadium Court as they have done in years past. (Browse: the 2008 mural, the 2009 artwork, and again in 2011)

(flyer via Delray Beach ITC)

flashback: loup & the volley girls at the delray itc



Loup’s lady, Danielle Ribner, chic in the middle of a VolleyGirl sandwich. VolleyGirls wearing the classy 2 Layer black dress.

Tee-time: Loup-sponsored player Sydni Katz looking (and throwing) good in a pale Army green gathered skirt dress. Buy: $95 online

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delray does art, once again



Once again the brilliant folks at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (aka the ITC) are at it again, paying homage to good art on the tennis court. This year, the painting is the work of local artist Douglas Hoekzema. Need we say more? Images of the artwork are by Peter Vahan, who offers a full selection here. Find them below and after the cut. TSF Vault: ITC art 2009 | 2008

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trophy watch: i call him “melo yellow”; a japanese phenom; mama murray must be happy, etc.



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This one’s for you, Mikey: Our Sa Watch 2008 begins with the duo of Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa — locals — winning the Brazil Open doubles trophy over Albert Montanez and Santiago Ventura. Leave it to Andre to wear yellow socks on the court. Cute.

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Meanwhile, it was a battle of the lankies as British fourth seed Andy Murray took out Croatian Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-4, at the ATP Open 13 in Marseille, France.

In Delray Beach, Kei Nishikori surprised everyone (including finalist James Blake) with this impressive 6-3, 1-6 and 4-6 upset. Our buddy Ichizo took this video of Kei while playing against Zack Fleishman in Japan last October.

By the way, look out for Ichizo to launch his japanese language tennis blog sometime soon. This is one of the few times I’m sad that I don’t know Japanese. That, and everytime I can’t read anything in Men’s Non-No aka the best magazine in the world.

And we are sure that Mama Murray is proud of her other son, Jamie, who teamed with Max Mirnyi to upset the top seeded Bryan Brothers. (Watch: See Jamie use finger code to communicate with Max.)

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A beaut! The Proximus Diamond Games tops itself with a racquet encrusted with 2008 diamonds (get it?) totalling more than $1.5 million. 1,611 of those diamonds are on the ball itself. Unfortunately for Justine Henin, who beat Italy’s Karin Knapp, 6-3, 6-3 in the final match, she has to win the tournament three times in five years before she takes home that puppy. It’s not an impossible feat, though; Amelie Mauresmo did the same last year and took home the first diamond trophy.

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Singles: Sorry, guys. I was too crushed by the early loss of Guga Kuerten in singles (and doubles, actually) at the Brasil Open to care about who won. Props to Nicolas Almagro for besting mainstay Carlos Moya 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5.

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Lastly, Flavia Pennetta wore her multi-collared Sergio Tacchini all the way to a title at the Vina del Mar tourney in Vina del Mar, Chile. Her opponent: Klara Zakopalova.

(Mirnyi/Murray video via ATP; photos by Getty Images)

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do racquets make for good firewood?



After watching this video of Mike and Bob Bryan practicing the “Romanian Davis Cup Team” volley drill at Delray Beach, I’m ready to hang up my racquet forever.

Do the Romanians really drill like that?

(video courtesy of the ATP)

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