are you ‘team serena’?



Serena Williams receives jersey from Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi awarded Serena Williams with a customized PSG jersey after she locked down the No. 1 ranking while playing the Qatar Total Open in Doha last week.

Les Plus Dores x VFILES fashion celeb team jerseys

Merch, please: We’re still waiting for the ATP/WTA to come up with jerseys like how Les Plus Dorés and VFILES did it with fashion designer celebrities. Someone step up already!

(Photo Credit: Serena pic via Qatar Tennis Federation)

wta considers monterrey, tianjin, and singapore as yec host cities



WTA Announces Finalists for 2014 WTA Championships Host City

The WTA has announced the three remaining cities bidding for the year-end WTA Championships for 2014 and beyond: Monterrey, Mexico; Singapore; and Tianjin, China. WTA Chief Stacey Allaster will visit each of the cities in the coming weeks, culminating in an announcement of the host city in April.

“The WTA Championships provide cities around the world a stage on which their cities can be showcased. I am very pleased with the amount of international interest the Championships bidding process has received,” said Allaster. “I look forward to meeting with each finalist city and having the opportunity to review, in-person, the details of each bid.”

After receiving more than 40 initial expressions of interest for the 2014 WTA Championships, the field was narrowed to four (4) cities in November 2012 — Kazan, Russia; Mexico City; Singapore; and Tianjin. Monterrey replaces Mexico City as the official candidate city from Mexico.

picks from the australian open e-store



australian open 2013 online store

Merch, merch, merch everywhere: The tournament organizers for the 2013 Australian Open are dialing in their merchandising skills, this year coming up with a few souvenirs we wouldn’t mind having around the house (clockwise, from the top left): player towels ($55AUD), girl’s heart t-shirt ($30AUD), player towel keychain ($10AUD), personalized mugs ($17.95AUD) Wilson jumbo pink ball ($35AUD), Men’s 2013 Event T-Shirt ($40AUD).

A Closer Look: This. Model.

Also: The hears in that girl’s tee is made out of players’ silhouettes — hitting groundstrokes, hosting a trophy, etc. Fun times.

The Tennis: Follow 2013 Australian Open live scores and results at Tennis Now.

(screengrabs via australianopenshop.com)

tonic, clothing line by hingis, to launch next spring




Launching a line: Martina Hingis
is. The former world no. 1 said today that she hoped folks had heard about the line, which debuts in March of 2012. Above, the landing page for Tonic. Click the image or here to check it out. | TSF Vault: Martina Hingis

(Screen grab via Tonic)

ad space for sale



Rolex? Check. Visa emblem? Check.

Looks like two-time 2011 titlelist Juan Martin del Potro is making the most of his sideline time, having signed up to be one of the mascots for Visa‘s sports sponsorship program. (But JFTR, that muscle tear in his left thigh leaves participation at this year’s French up in the air. TSF wishes him a speedy recovery.)

Here’s the Visa landing page.

…and the image on the campaign’s Facebook. (Rough translation: “He’s not controversial, he doesn’t complain, he’s not into gamesmanship, yet he doesn’t go unnoticed.”)

Next time: They can do better than an embroidered dress shirt. How about snapping some papp pics of him shopping with a Black Card?

Visa Deportes: On the Twitter and the Facebook.

(image by Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)