guga videos + he mulls retirement

Here are some promotional videos created by Marcelo Bala (1, 2, 3) for Guga Kuerten‘s eponymous clothing line.

The Jack Johnson(esque?) soundtrack that accompanies the motion graphics are totally what I would expect: laid back, unharshed mellow, surfer.

FYI: in a press conference last week, Kuerten shared that he’ll consider retiring from pro tennis if he can’t compete at a high level within this next year. (It’s not like he won’t have enough to do: there’s his children’s foundation, his clothing line, and appearing at exhibitions, etc.)

Kuerten has been chosen as a reserve when Brazil plays Austria in Davis Cup Word Group playoffs Sept. 21-23.

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short balls: thursday edition

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Guga lives on: Columnist Charles Bricker lets us know that Guga is still months away from recovery, and likely can’t take advantage of a U.S. Open wildcard. In the meantime, you can enjoy this fan art.

Monte Carlos Masters stays put: The organizers of this Masters Series tourney get to keep their mid-April date, their ranking points, and prize money levels. Unfortunately, the ATP won’t enforce player commitments for the event, which could mean a lackluster field. But with plenty of players calling the Principality of Monaco home, perhaps recruiting players won’t be so hard to do… (IHT, DT)

Someone loves you, Andy: Andy Roddick‘s still smarting about his quarterfinal loss to Richard Gasquet at this year’s Wimbledon, but he can take consolation in ranking 59th in AfterElton’s Hot 100 list.

It’s not just ‘tennis elbow’ anymore: Spine injury can rear its ugly head early on, so teens: be careful!

A sports lover’s haven: After the sixth hour on the couch watching Wimbledon coverage, I dream about a house like this, too. (LAT)

(OT) Chanel’s mobile pavilion: Designer Karl Lagerfeld has commissioned architect Zaha Hadid to create a pavilion for Chanel‘s Mobile Art exhibition. (On the Runway)

The U.S. Open Series coverage begins: When something gets a New York Times mention, you know it’s got it made. (Talking Tennis)

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Sharapova expands her empire: The Manhattan Beach resident played a WTT match for the Newport Beach Breakers last night. She wore the Summer Sphere Tank from her clothing sponsor, Nike. (via AVP)

Hyuk of the day: Yes, we chuckled when we saw this headline. Did she tie her shoes too tight? Do you hear that frog? (via OTB)

Nike and adidas should watch out: As sneaker companies sense that China will soon become a big-time market, the sponsorship agreements doled out get more and more creative. (Slate)

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sa watch: wimbledon edition

After this year’s Wimbledon, everyone’s going home with their own “crazy rain delay” story. For example, Robin Soderling lost his fellow players’ respect after his marathon match with Nadal, Venus survived a scare against Morigami, and Brazilian doubles pair Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo, well, uhm…

…they beat Hanley and Ulyett after a record-setting fifth set (28-26). Bad weather forced the match to span almost six hours over five days.

Sa said: “We were lucky to have Gustavo Kuerten here with us. Guga watched the game and gave us some help with the match and also gave us the confidence to believe we can go out there and win. With results like this he might get a full-time coaching job, but we think he will probably be too expensive!”

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(wimbledon.org)

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short balls tuesday

Forty women are vying for The Scud’s love: But I’ve already broken up with Mark Philippoussis. If you’re still up for reading up on this NBC train wreck, try Page 2.

It makes sense: It crept up on me that after her win over Sharapova in Birmingham, Jelena Jankovic has entered the Top 3. (PA Sport via Sportinglife)

Guga still sidelined: But not by injury. This time, Gustavo Kuerten’s abyssmal ranking — and not his nagging hip injury — forced Brazilian officials to choose Flavio Saretta, Thiago Alves and Marcos Daniel over him for the Pan American Games. (Xinhua, via The Hindu )

Pan Am rehash: You should still tune in to watch the games, though, if only for Brazil’s awesome uniforms (photo above).

Bollettieri sets up shop in Dubai: Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri takes to the Middle East as part of an IMG Academy. (via Dubai City Guide)

Apple, Pilot Inspektor, and now… Jagger: Congratulations to Lindsay Davenport on her newborn son, and good luck to him on the playground. (via MVN.com)

Indian men fawn over the women’s tour: The neophytes of the SEWTA Tour aren’t doing much for Mahesh Bhupati; he still loves Steffi Graf. (via Times of India)

OT READING: An article in the IHT on how open-air markets are disappearing in Hong Kong.

gustavo kuerten in the 2007 french open final

I love how they’ve turned this year’s French Open into a photo opp for injured past champions: yesterday it was Mary “Bum Knee” Pierce, and today it was Guga “Broken Hip” Kuerten.

The three-time winner at Roland Garros looked dashing in his three-button pinstripe suit, don’t you agree?

Trophy Watch: Rafa is holding the Coupe des Mousquetaires, FYI.

(One more photo of Guga after the cut…)

sa watch (and guga watch) 2007

For at least four times a year (fingers crossed), my life as head of the Guga and Sa Watches 2007 get easier, when both players join up to play doubles for Davis Cup. Here they are, playing against the Canadians:

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Gustavo Kuerten (left) and Andre Sa

via Yahoo! Tennis

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guga watch 2007

Gustavo Kuerten is currently preparing to compete in next month’s Davis Cup. His 2007 ATP record isn’t too hot (his current record is 2-6), and he’s getting beef from naysayers breathing down his back.

Leave him alone and let him play on the tour as long as he wants. He’s enjoying himself, and has used his celebrity into founding a non-profit and starting a clothing line. He’ll quit when he’s ready.

guga watch 2007

guga in Indian wells

Guga didn’t last too long out in the desert, but he’s sticking around through Key Biscayne. Along with Sebastien Grosjean, Alberto Martin, and Gael Monfils, Guga double-signed into the BMW Tennis Championship in Sunrise, Florida. The arrangement: the above players can play Sunrise if they lost at Indian Wells by yesterday afternoon.

via the Sun-Sentinel

guga watch 2007: tennis channel open

guga watch 2007 continues with a trip to Sin City. The ATP has a stop this week at the Darling Memorial Tennis Center.

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Guga defeated Wesley Moodie to continue on in this round robin tournament. He will be playing both singles and doubles (with Ramon Delgado).

You can follow the rest of his week — and the rest of the tournament — here.