trophy watch: robin's robin? & filo's furry fury



Is that a Robin in there? No but really: there’s a bird in his trophy. Swedish fella Robin Soderling played hometown hero yesterday when he fought his was past a tough David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 at the Swedish Open in Bastad. It was Soderling’s second title in three years in front of a home crowd, winning his fourth tour tournament of 2011. Soderling improved to an impressive 10-4 against Ferrer.

Furry fury. We guess Feliciano Lopez wanted to just head to the Colombian mountains, grow a little beard and unzip his JOma jacket — ahhh, the life! But FiLo played some tennis, winning in Bogota over Colombian Carlos Salamanca 6-4 6-3 at the Seguros Bolivar Open.

TSF Vault: Feliciano | Joma

That’s really her trophy. Remember that Andy Roddick commercial where he buys two tickets for the return flight? (Note: He doesn’t have to do that much these days.) This picture reminds us of said commercial. Here the folks in Bad Gastein, Austria, must have been upset that Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez took out their home girl Patricia Mayr in the final (6-0 7-5) so they gave her this giant, ridiculous trophy to PUNISH her. We think it may have worked.

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2003 is so sad



A sign of the times: Both Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero, each ranked no. 1 in the world in 2003 (Roddick won the USO over JCF after JCF had captured the French), pulled out of the French today. Roddick cited a shoulder injury, as did Ferrero. Cue the their-careers-are-done obits now.

Throwing in the (clay) towel: As @TheSliceTweets pointed out, A-Rod’s shoulder seemed just fine in Tuesday in Nice.

(Getty Images photo via SI.com archives)

juan carlos ferrero: get it while you can



At least he looking better with age. 2003 French Open Champ Juan Carlos Ferrero got bounced out of this week’s Mutua Madrid Open in the first round by Thiemo De Bakker 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. This, after his recent return from seven months in the sidelines recovering from knee surgery.

“Physically I’m not very well,” explained the former World No. 1. “The situation is quite tough. I think it’s difficult to accept it but if the pain continues throughout the year, I suppose that in Valencia I will announce my retirement.”

Valencia: ATP Profile. Valencia is JCF’s hometown and he’s going to be the tourney director for the event.

Madrid: De Bakker is in the same quarter as Ferrer and Nole. See how it’s all playing out here.

(images via Getty Images and madrid-open.com)

flashback: for joma, asymmetrical hombres at the 2010 us open



Feliciano Lopez came into the 2010 US Open with a seesaw North American hardcourt record: he reached the semis at the Farmers Classic in L.A. (in style, of course) and followed that up with back-to-back first-round losses in Toronto in Cincinnati. Perhaps he just peaked too early? He rebounded in New York, making it to the fourth round before running into the Nadal juggernaut.

And along the way, Feli showed off a simple Joma Sport shirt that played with thick, asymmetrical lines across the chest (and shooting down the left arm).

Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who came into the Open fresh from a title in Umag (though on clay), lost in the third round to Jurgen Melzer. Ferrero went with v-necks peppered with graphics across the clavicle and shoulder.

Browse: At Joma’s site, a few more pieces. And below the cut, a few more looks of their US Open kits…

trophy watch: acronym edition



SAP: At the SAP Open in San Jose, Fernando Verdasco beat a top-ten player for the first time in 15 tries with his 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 upset of Andy Roddick. Andy was none too happy about a few line calls that didn’t go his way.

GDF: Top seed Elena Dementieva needed three sets to overcome a nagging Lucie Safarova 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4. This is Dementieva’s second title of 2010; she also won the Sydney tournament before the Australian Open.

PTT: Vera Zvonareva successfully defended her title at the PTT Pattaya Open title in Thailand by taking down hometown fave Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-4.

ABN AMRO: Swede Robin Soderling was the last man standing in Rotterdam after Mikhail Youzhny retired while trailing 0-2 in the second set. Youzhny sustained the injury after he stunned top seed Novak Djokovic 7-6 (5), 7-6, (6). Soderling also upset a seed, Nikolay Davydenko, in the semis.

JCF: In Costa do Sauipe, the Joma-wearing Juan Carlos Ferrero steamrolled Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-0 at the Brasil Open for his 13th career title.

(images via Getty Images)