lazy sunday



Man it is HOT here in Los Angeles. Thankfully I had lots of tennis to keep me indoors…

Ball bounce: Here are some CBS Sports stats from today’s Venus/Ivanovic match: average number of times Venus bounces the ball before a serve = a little over three times. Ivanovic = a little over nine. (And of course, Bartoli doesn’t bounce the ball at all, and Isner bounces the ball between his legs).

Beyond the Baseline: A “Beyond the Baseline” segment from CBS had Federer commenting on his GOAT status. He said we’d be better off if no one person was given this distinction. He’d be happy enough just to have his name among the greats. Good answer.

From the New York Times: The chair ump told Serena she couldn’t read notes during changeovers (even though rules allow it). And this quip from Novak Djokovic after his marathon five-setter against Radek Stepanek: “‘I am totally exhausted; no energy… I smell my shoes — they are so stinky.”

(OT) Fanning the flames: I caught a glimpse of the new Chanel boutique on Rodeo earlier today (I went suit shopping with my friend Alexis).

The store recently opened after a ten-month redesign by architect Peter Marino. Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, has travelled to L.A. for the store’s grand re-opening, and Genlux magazine got a chance to ask Karl his thoughts about the City of Angels. He is amazing.

On swimming pools: “I don’t think L.A. people realize how deprived people in other cities are of pools.”

On hiking: He doesn’t. “I like to walk city streets. Hiking trails are not good with Dior Homme jackets, yes? I wouldn’t know what to wear on a hike.”

On his travel wardrobe: “My look does not change. I don’t have ‘casual’ and ‘evening’. I don’t believe in that.”

On what New York has that L.A. lacks: “Theater, delis that are walkable, and the occasional rainy day — it’s good for the soul.”

also-rans, women's edition



Note: Chris wrote about male players who have lost the most number of times to the eventual champion in Grand Slams. Below, he analyzes the women’s fields.

Again, these results are only since the 2003 Australian Open. Grand Slam titles won in that time are in parentheses, as well as finals appearances.

7 – Sharapova (’04 W, ’06 US; one final)

6 – Clijsters (’05 US; three-time loser in finals)

5 – Kuznetsova (’04 US; one final), Davenport (two finals)

4 – Henin (’03 FO, ’03 US, ’04 AO, ’05-’07 FO; three-time loser in finals), Venus (’05 W, ’07 W; two losses in finals), Pierce (two-time loser), Petrova

3 – Serena (’03 AO, ’03 W, ’05 AO, ’07 AO; one finals loss), Myskina (’04 FO), Dementieva (two finals losses), Ivanovic (one loss), Capriati, Santangelo, Loit, Pratt

2 – Mauresmo (’06 AO, ’06 W), Hantuchova, Jankovic, Schnyder, Vaidisova, Sugiyama, Pin, Krajicek, Craybas, Frazier, Randriantefy, Zuluaga, Callens

Chris’ observations…

food for thought: looking at the also-rans



Note: this was written by contributor Chris.

Since the U.S. Open is coming up, I thought I would take a look at some GS stats and who has been the best “also-ran” at these tourneys — i.e., the player who has lost the most number of times to the eventual champion whether it has been in the finals or the first round.

Here’s a breakdown of everyone who’s lost twice or more to the eventual Slam Champion since the 2003 Australian Open:

9 – Hewitt
5 – Roddick, Henman
4 – Federer (losses were ’05-’07 FO vs. Nadal, and ’04 AO vs. Safin), JC Ferrero, Djokovic, Nalbandian
3 – Gasquet, Kiefer
2 – Nadal, Agassi, Del Potro, Haas, Bjorkman, Davydenko, Baghdatis, Minar, Santoro, O. Rochus, Mathieu, Ljubicic, Malisse, Grosjean, Coria

Chris’ observations…

wimbledon: volandri vs. kiefer



Correction: Apparently, recycled air gets to me more than I think, or the beginning of summer isn’t agreeing with me… or something. Because clearly I can’t read scorelines to save my life. Thanks to Bonifacio for pointing out that Volandri LOST to Kiefer in straight sets. Double le sad, because I was hoping to see more of his D&G gear at Wimbledon. Original post below.

Giant-killer Filippo Volandri translated his hot claycourt season (he beat Federer, remember?) onto grass with a straight-set win over German Nicolas Kiefer in the first round of Wimbledon…

..which is great and all, but we’re a little more interested in how he looked in his Dolce & Gabbana-designed outfit.

Let’s see the goods! Pictures after the cut…

photo: safin at the french



Photo of Marat Safin playing Fernando Vicente in the first round of the 2007 French Open. Safin won 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.

Click here for the full image.

DID YOU KNOW?: The French was Safin’s breakout tournament in 1998. He took out defending champion Guga Kuerten in the third round, and made Agassi work for his 5-set win over the Russian in the fourth.

(via Marat Safin, Tennis and Art)