drawstring pants (not!) optional



It’s OK to dress up, GI. Which is more surprising: That Thomas Muster thought his return to pro tennis might be successful? Or that Goran Ivanisevic doesn’t own a pair of dress pants? Muster’s comeback, book ended by the ATP stop in his home country of Austria, finished a year after it started, the former world no. 1 going 2-24 in that span. But really, Goran! We neeeeeeed you to class it up next time. Like, if you’re invited to Kimiko Date-Krumm‘s going away party, how about not wearing tear-aways, OK? Deal.

(getty images photo)

off court, rafter rocks the long sleeve




How good is Patrick Rafter looking?! Rafter, in London for a ATP Champions Tour event, was rocking a relaxed and well-worn Hawaii long sleeve with Goran Ivanisevic. We always thought Rafter looked good, but who knew age was in his favor?! As for Goran… well, we like his watch.

The relived their epic Wimbledon match in their chat prior to the start of the tournament.

(photo via yahoo! sports)

richard krajicek + tattoo watch: goran ivanisevic



Richard Krajicek will take a break from his duties as director of the Rotterdam tournament to play in the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Tennis Served Fresh obtained the transcript from a recent interview. Here are some bits:

On the current state of grasscourt tennis: “I played in the days of Sampras, Rafter, and Ivanisevic, the great grass court players. Now it’s all baseliners. The grass has changed, players tell me. It’s slower, and therefore it is more difficult to play serve and volley. I believe it is a shame because I always liked watching contrasting players. Like Borg against McEnroe, Lendl against Edberg and Rafter against Agassi.”

On ending a Sampras winning streak at Wimbledon: “Beating Pete in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1996 felt amazing, but I knew it would mean nothing if I would have lost in the next round. It wasn’t over yet. I wanted the whole Championship. Winning Wimbledon changed my life. I’m not a tattoo kind of guy, but I can understand why Goran has ‘Wimbledon Champion’ tattooed on his back. It’s just the highest high.”

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Tattoo Watch: Speaking of Goran’s tattoo, I don’t think he ended up getting that “Wimbledon Champion” tattoo on his back (or his front). He only has that cross/shark above.

Details: The Gibson Guitar Champions Cup, part of the Champions Tennis Series, will be held August 22-26, 2007 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Featured players in the round-robin tournament include John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Mats Wilander, Wayne Ferreira, Jim Courier, Richard Krajicek, Todd Martin, and Mal Washington. For more information, visit www.tennisfame.com.

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croatians doing good



ljubicic and ivanisevic

Even with one of them sidelined, the Croatians — Ivan Ljubicic and Goran Ivanisevic don’t miss a beat. They donated their winnings (plus ticket sale profits) to the Pediatric Hospital in Sarajevo. The money will be used to help children with cancer.