going home: memphis, dubai, bogota, buenos aires, marseille

U.S. National Indoor Championship - Homepage

Homepages: Not much going in the world of homepages this week, though we are into the country club cuteness of the banner for the U.S. National Indoor Championship — a combined tournament in Memphis. We also wished that their results pages was a little more dynamic. We had to scroll through a lot to find the draws for the various titles being contested.

More: The landing pages for Open 13 (ATP, Marseille), Copa Claro (ATP, Buenos Aires), Dubai Duty Free Championships (WTA, Dubai), and the Copa Claro Colsanitas (WTA, Bogota) –

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radiotennis.com selected by usta to broadcast ‘college matchday’ series

radiotennis.com chosen by USTA to broadcast "College MatchDay" series

RadioTennis.com has been selected by the USTA to webcast the trial run of their new “College MatchDay” Series. The campaign, which should be in place in 2014, will highlight two matches per week throughout the college tennis season.

The College MatchDay series kicks off Sunday, February. 24, with one of the biggest rivalries in women’s college tennis — the University of Florida versus Stanford University in Gainesville, Fla. The men will then be in the spotlight on March 22, when the University of Virginia hosts Duke University in Charlottesville, Va.

(RELATED: Virginia men win the 2013 ITA National Men’s Indoor Championships)

“There is so much great competition in college tennis, and we’re thrilled to be able to spotlight some of the game’s finest teams, players and coaches with College MatchDay,” said Virgil Christian, Director, Collegiate Tennis and Market Development, USTA. “We’ve got four of America’s finest college tennis programs launching College MatchDay this season, and we’re looking forward to growing the series in the years to come.”

“RadioTennis.com is proud to be associated with this new and dynamic series,” states RadioTennis.com’s CEO Ken Thomas. “And we look forward to sharing American intercollegiate tennis with our listeners not only here in the United States, but also and around the world.”

Broadcast Schedule: February 24, Stanford University vs. University of Florida; March 22, Duke University vs University of Virginia.

What about TV? JFTR, we’d watch this if it were on Tennis Channel.

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)

under armour’s first global marketing campaign will feature sloane stephens, among others

Under Armour logo - Global Campaign with Sloane Stephens

Under Armour announced on February 12 the launch of their first ever global marketing campaign, I WILL™. The campaign aims to highlight athletic passion and UA’s “commitment to engineering innovative products that provide real performance advantages.” At the event the brand unveiled the campaign’s principal creative spot featuring Canelo Alvarez, boxing’s welterweight World Champion; Sloane Stephens; Bryce Harper, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year; and Kemba Walker, who is currently leading his NBA team in points, assists and steals per game. The minute-long ad shows the athletes in their authentic training environment wearing Under Armour products.

“Ten years ago Under Armour became a household name when the brand asked athletes everywhere to ‘Protect this House.’ The response in the iconic commercial, and throughout the years, has been the same: I WILL,” said UA CEO and Founder Kevin Plank. “Today, Under Armour inspires the next generation of athletes to unleash their inner resolve and our I WILL trademark confirms our promise to continuously redefine the future of performance through innovation that will help give athletes an edge.”



The campaign launched Tuesday globally online (watch it above) and debuts on television in the US on Saturday, February 16, during NBA All-Star Weekend (TNT). The spot will also air on multiple networks including ESPN and MTV. Other elements include digital, OOH, grassroots, international extensions, a social competition and a new microsite, IWILL.ua.com launching on February 15, 2013.

The brand also showcased its Armour39 system – a digital performance monitoring system which helps improve training, scheduled for a March 2013 launch. The system provides a single score WILLpower measurement that reflects an individual’s overall effort during a workout session and also tracks heart rate, calories burned, and intensity. Designed to seamlessly integrate into any workout, Armour39 allows athletes to uncover precise information about their training and athletic potential.

Sloane in Doha: Stephens, ranked 17th, was entered as the 16th seed in the Qatar Total Open, held in Doha this week. She beat Anna Tatishvili in the opening round before falling to the Czech Republic’s Klara Zakopalova, losing the second and third sets in tiebreaks. The quarterfinals will be played tomorrow, with Victoria Azarenka, who double-bageled McHale, facing ErraniSerena Williams vs. Petra KvitovaMaria Sharapova taking on Sam Stosur; and Agnieszka Radwanska playing Caroline Wozniacki. (Draw: Qatar Total Open Women’s Singles)

(Photo Credit: image via Under Armour)

retail therapy: the sap open’s final merch tent

SAP Open - San Jose 2013 - Commemorative T-Shirt

Retail Therapy: There is only one way we know how to mourn the loss of a 124-year-old tennis event here in California, currently named the SAP Open and hosted at the HP Pavilion in San Jose: hitting up that merch tent. This navy varsity tee is the week’s best seller so far, but there are a few more offerings in the gallery below. Adult tees are $30-$35, children’s sizes at $25. None available for sale online, unfortunately, so snap it up on-site if you can!

(RELATED: TSF Picks from the 2013 Australian Open e-store)

Draw: No. 1 seed and two-time defending champion Milos Raonic plays veteran Michael Russell for a spot in the quarters. The rest of the top four – John IsnerSam Querrey, and Tommy Haas — are all still in the running. (Browse: Men’s Singles Draw) Also note that Saturday’s schedule includes a mixed doubles exhibition with Andy RoddickLindsay Davenport, and (ahem) Stefanie Graf before the evening’s singles semifinal match.

(Photo Credit: Nicholas McCarvel/TSF)

trophy watch: a bonus trophy for the ladies in doha

Nadia Petrova holds Diamond Ball trophy - Qatar Total Open 2013 -

A Girl’s Best Friend: The organizers of the Qatar Total Open 2013 in Doha are a bit more excited about this year’s draw, with the possibility of the Diamond Ball trophy being awarded at the end of the week. The secondary trophy can go to a player who wins the Qatar Total Open three times. Both Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova have each hoisted two Total Open trophies; Sharapova won Doha both in 2005 and 2008, while Petrova won Total Open titles in 2006 — in Doha and Berlin.

Trophy Watch: This isn’t the first time a special trophy’s been awarded to three-time winners. The Proximus Diamond Games, held for most of the 00′s in Antwerp, handed out a bedazzled racquet to Amelie Mauresmo.

(RELATED: TSF’s Trophy Watch archives)

Doha: Save for a few early dropouts in Kirilenko and Sloane Stephens — and breakthroughs in Barthel (over Kerber) and  McHale (over Safarova), it’s biz as usual. Results, draws, and orders of play available at the Qatar Total Open website.

(Photo Credit: Qatar Total Open)

going home: open sud de france, vtr open, pbz zagreb indoors

 PBZ Zagreb Indoors - 2013 tennis tournament website

PBZ Zagreb Indoors – Zagreb, Croatia

Going home: TSF’s screengrabs of tennis tournament homepages and websites.

Nothing of note to report from the sites of the three ATP events running this week (while the women take a break for Fed Cup play): the Open Sud de France (Montpellier, France) has a solid photo gallery and video section. We are dying to know what’s going on with this segment on tennis-themed art. Alas, it’s only in French, so we can’t take advantage; we suggest adding subtitles for next year’s videos.

The VTR Open (Vina del Mar, Chile) is pretty much letting Rafael Nadal‘s return to the ATP Tour do all the talking; the Chileans are keeping a straightforward web presence.

The PBZ Zagreb Indoors, with its genius square root logo, mixes it up with some bright colors and a fun, throwaway memory game based a tournament ad.

 

VTR Open - Vina del Mar, Chile - 2013 Tournament homepage

VTR Open – Vina del Mar, Chile

Open Sud de France website

Open Sud de France – Montpellier, France

espn2 australian open tv commercial: “tennis down under”

ESPN2 TV commercial - 2013 Australian Open

As if we weren’t already loopy from all the overnight shifts to cover the Australian Open, this commercial promoting ESPN2′s coverage of the the 2013 Melbourne event is sending us over the edge. The graphics play on how everything’s upside down (under) in the Southern Hemisphere. We love it.

Watch: 2013 Australian Open “Tennis Down Under”


(screengrab via YouTube)

who’s in bed with jarmila gajdosova?

Ahh, nothing better than using YouTube as DIY therapy, no? (See what wonders it did for that UCLA student de-stressing before finals!). In the case of the recently divorced Jarmila Gajdosova, it gets a little creeeeepy as she professes her feelings for her true love from across that California King Bed.

On the flip side, we like it when people can make light of super-serious situations.

(video via Wilson)

players manage balancing act while prepping for nyc’s big show

Kim Clijsters threw out the first pitch after meeting the Mets team in Queens on Friday in New York. A day earlier, she was the USTA’s guest of honor at the draw ceremony (AP photo via Yahoo! Sports).

RalphLauren.com pulled out all the stops on Thursday afternoon for an event featuring Venus Williams, in which Venus took questions from online submissions from around the world in a live clinic. At the Sportime Randall’s Island tennis center in New York, Venus was on court for the first time in a public setting since her eyebrow-raising loss to Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. But instead of thwacking errors and a look of confusion, Venus was all smiles and tennis knowledge in the clinic, which was hosted by the British TV personality (and former player) Annabel Croft.

Venus, who is the no. 3 seed at the US Open and one of the favorites though she hasn’t been on tour in two months, talked fitness, forehands and gave plenty of tennis tips from her 26 years of experience on the court. The event was hosted by Ralph Lauren and Mercedes Benz, based on RL’s homepage for viewers to log in and watch live while Venus answered questions relayed by Croft. (Watch a full replay of the clinic here or click on the image after the jump.)

“It’s good for me to remember the basics when I’m about to play a big tournament,” Venus said, referring to the Open. Venus partnered with Ralph Lauren in the design of the dress she wore, a white number emblazoned with the logo of Eleven, Venus’s clothing line.

Guests were greeted with sweet mint tea, pistachio ice cream sandwiches and caramelized popcorn on the upper deck at Randall’s Island, which hosts the New York Sportimes during the World Team Tennis seasons. Male models clad in red Ralph Lauren polos dished out the goods as Venus strode through the crowd on her way to hair and make up (this was a live, online clinic, after all).

The clinic was a part of a myriad of events happening in New York this week, which all lead up to the big show at Flushing Meadows starting on Monday.

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