trophy watch: hometown heroes x3 (+ more short(er) balls)



Feeling blue? Andy Murray
certainly isn’t, even if he and all of Queen’s Club seems to be wearing the color. The Scot boy took another step towards winning his country’s big title by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an entertaining final, 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-4. (Image via Getty) | TSF Vault: Andy Murray 


Me, too. Caroline Wozniacki
showed that Murray wasn’t the only one who could win in front of a home crowd. The Dane won the e-Boks Copenhagen Open in a decidedly easy draw, beating Lucie Safarova, 6-1 6-4 in the final.


Third time’s a charm. Philipp Kohlschreiber
wasn’t about to be left out of the home-country equation, either. The German 27-year-old won an all-German final when countryman Philipp Petzschner retired during their match with a lower back injury. It was the world no. 49′s third career title and second on home soil. Kohlschreiber led 7-6 (5) 2-0 when Petzschner called it quits.

Short(er) balls:
With Wimbledon right around the corner, we figured there were too many good tennis-y items out there to pass up. Here’s a few we scooped together earlier today. | The first — it would happen — is a golf item. With the US Open underway today, this hilarious vid of four pro golfers doing their best boy band impersonation has gone viral. And for good reason. |  Wimbledon qualies are underway (Men | Women). Some notable notes: American Ryan Harrison is the last Yank standing. The no. 14 seed has made another good showing in the lower ranks. He has one more match to win to get in. As do Americans Alexa Glatch, Irina Falconi and veteran Lindsay Lee-Waters. Bernard Tomic is in the final round of the men’s as well, as is former main draw quarterfinalist Tamarine Tanasugarn on the ladies’ side. Glatch took out Caroline Garcia – of almost-beating Sharapova fame — 6-1, 6-0 in the second round. And disappointedly, Slovak Lenka Wienerova lost out in the first round. | The Guardian has this great look at tennis fashion through the years. | Missed Billie Jean King on the Today show this morning? Watch her appearance here. 

(Wozniacki image by Ron Angle via the WTA; Kohlschreiber via the Gerry Weber Open)

nole’s sex face



If we don’t think about these things, then who will?

Scoreline: Nole lost his third round match on Saturday to Lips Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. This, after he won a clay title in Belgrade and made the finals of Monte Carlo and Rome. Too bad, too: he just lost the No. 3 ranking to Andy Murray. Back to the drawing board!

(Thanks, Fullerton)

and the burt’s bees award goes to…



The freckly Jeremy Chardy turned his second-round loss to Nole Djokovic at the Australian Open into his first appearance in an ATP Tour final. He lost to compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the inaugural South African Open in Johannesburg.

Chardy’s giving Philipp Kohlschreiber a run for his money in the luscious lips department.

More: A few more pics of Jeremy after the cut…

rafa leaves his mark at the top of the world



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Okay, Rafael Nadal earns some brownie points with me by leaving his mark on the Burj Dubai, which will be the tallest artificial structure in the world once it is completed later this year. The 160th floor of the skyscraper will sit at 2,066 feet above ground level!

Nadal is taking part in this week’s Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. He struggled in the first round but got by Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

I really like that white Nike tee on him. If you know where we can find it, leave a comment.

trophies: heineken, hobart, kooyong, sydney



The girls and boys warmed up for the start of the Australian Open with another week at various tournaments Down Under. The usual fare of crystal and silver were doled out, save for minikegs in Auckland…

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Philipp Kohlschreiber ends up with a silver trophy and a keg (yes!!!!) for winning the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand. He beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the finals.

More photos: Kooyong, Sydney, and Hobard (plus Auckland doubles) after the cut…