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)

trophies: indianapolis, umag, austria, stanford, rio, etc.

The trophy gods worked hard to give us some good ones this week:

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In the hotfest over at the Austrian Open in Kitzbuehel, Argentinian Juan Monaco (in adidas) got taken to three sets by Potito Starace (wearing Le Coq Sportif). Bonnie was right: Juan should have been in my top 5. Really, I’ve never noticed a six pack bursting out of a shirt like that…

Pictureless: Italian Francesca Schiavone won her first career title in Bad Gastein, but we are without pictures. Congrats, Francesca!

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In Umag, veteran Carlos Moya tells us not to write him off just yet with his 6-4, 6-2 win over Andrei Pavel. Gap-toothed or not, he’s still hot. And kudos to the tourney organizers for coming up with that offbeat blue trophy.

Other trophies: Stanford, Pan-American Games, and Indianapolis trophies after the cut…

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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tattoo watch: davis cup

Flavio Saretta, playing against Frederic Niemeyer of Canada in Davis Cup.

I’m really excited that more of the men are paying attention to what they wear (e.g., matching their sweatbands to their rackets or shirts).

Though he gets a demerit for NOT having “BRASIL” on the back of his shirt, unlike his countryman, Ricardo Melo (right):

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