tattoo watch: jose acasuso

Tattoo watch: TSF spent some time watching Nadia Petrova work on her serve at the Pilot Pen Tennis tourney’s show court yesterday morning (she fared well with it during her match against Anna Chakvetadze; too bad the rest of her game didn’t click), and for doing our homework we got a treat in the form of Jose Acasuso, who practiced after the Russian.

Scoreline: The Argentine faces compatriot Maximo Gonzalez in the first round of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament (they play today).

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fuzzy wuzzy had no hair

Jose Acasuso and his buzzed hair (pic: before) took a stab at defeating Roger Federer in the second round of the French Open. While the Argentinian put up a fight, he could not upset Federer, who’s riding his soon-to-be-pop high and is fresh from his clay title win against Rafa at the Madrid Masters earlier this month. Federer won in four: 7-6 (8), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Big leagues: Roger needs to step it up — no more losing seven straight games like he did in the second and third sets against Acasuso — if he wants to make his fourth straight French Open final. Up next for Roger is the winner of the Pablo Andujar/Paul-Henri Mathieu second-rounder.

(photo by Getty Images)

robredo’s hair: now you see it, now you don’t

Tommy Robredo went through some spring cleaning on Friday morning, making good on a bet back in Argentina to shave his head if he won the Copa Telmex title.

It all started back in Buenos Aires, when Tommy saw his friends Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Marcel Gronellers, and Alberto Montanes — all with buzz cuts. The world No. 15 said he would do the same if he won his finals match against Juan Monaco (and he did.

Robredo traveled to Acapulco this week for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel hoping that his friends would have forgotten about this bet, but of course they didn’t let him off the hook; at the Fairmont Princess Hotel, Montanes’ coach Narcis Pelach styled Robredo’s hair as Santiago Ventura, Granollers, and Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo looked on.

After the hair cut, the now-aerodynamic Spaniard sailed past American Kevin Kim and said: “I feel much faster on the court without any hair in my head.”

In the quarters, Jose Acasuso snapped Robredo’s 12-match winning streak 7-5, 6-2. This was the fourth time in as many weeks that they’ve played each other (and are tied at 2-2).

More: A few more pics after the cut…

trophy watch: tsonga rams chardy and cilic goes back for seconds

The inaugural South African Open in Johannesburg saw an all-French final between hitting partners Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy. Tsonga, who did not drop a set all week, earned $79,000 for his 6-4, 7-6 (5) performance. This is his third career title and first of 2009.

Props to the tourney organizers for coming up with a one-of-a-kind memento of Tsonga’s achievement, however Lord of the Flies it may be. I’m just going to think that those aren’t real horns; I’ll sleep better at night.

And in Croatia, two lanky locals — Marin Cilic and Mario Ancic — played in the finals of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. Cilic’s 6-3, 6-4 win gives him his second title in five weeks and his third overall. He also now has a 13-1 match record for 2009, an ATP-best.

In Vina Del Mar, Chile, Fernando Gonzalez took home his fourth Movistar Open title by beating Jose Acasuso 6-1, 6-3.

(photos via Getty Images)

trophy watch: a lady on a harley

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Vroom: Russian Maria Sharapova proved that her Australian Open title was no joke, backing it up with her second title of the year at the $2.5 million Qatar Total Open. The Under Armour of opponent Vera Zvonareva was no match for Masha — she took Vera out 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.

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Vera takes home a nice trophy.

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The men: Andy Roddick — who looks a little… chubby? weathered? (Does he look different to anyone else? Is it facial hair?) — continued to wow the San Jose crowd with a winning performance, besting Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-5 in the final. (FYI, Andy’s won this event twice before, and made the semis two other times.)

Meanwhile, David Nalbandian‘s back troubles disappeared this week during the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires. He beat compatriot Jose Acasuso 3-6,7-6 and 6-4. I’m soooo ready for the next Yonex colorway. Yellow and red are too intense for the clay. Unless you’re Guga Kuerten.

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In Rotterdam, Michael Llodra and his mouth continue to build on their early-season confidence with a second title in 2008. Llodra beat Robin Soderling 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6(4).

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And this streaker, who made a statement at the Rotterdam final, is exactly why I am not vegan. Improper nutrition would lead me to do redundant things like writing “Vegan Streaker” on myself — as if the crowd could confuse me as a linesman. When he gets out of jail, can someone get him some beef?

a drought of photographed trophy ceremonies

This week Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow while tennis trophies went into hiding. The scant number of prizes doled out had to do with a skeletal women’s calendar — they were all playing Fed Cup ties — while the men only played one tourney, in Chile.

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And even then, the singles final at the Movistar Open got decided by a walkover due to Juan Monaco‘s ankle injury. Thus, no on court ceremony for winner Fernando Gonzalez. Doubles winners Jose Acasuso and Sebastian Prieto (pictured above) won when Monaco injured himself in the final playing with partner Maximo Gonzalez.

Back in business: Meanwhile, Bulgarian Sesil Karatancheva continues her post-ban winning streak with a second title in as many weeks (that’s 19 consecutive match wins). The first tourney was in Surprise, Arizona, where she had to play three matches in a day to win the pre-qualiifying event — yep, that’s the qualifying for the qualfying(!).

trophy watch: sopot, san diego, legg mason

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Andy Roddick ends the run of John Isner at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Click here to see Isner tower over Roddick.

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Maria Sharapova wins over scrappy lefty Patty Schnyder in the final Acura Classic at the La Costa Resort and Spa. Sharapova beat Schnyder 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, but couldn’t figure out how to fix her opponent’s flyaway hair.

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Tommy Robredo (still in Sergio Tacchini, le sigh) wins the Sopot title over Jose Acasuso.

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