pimpim primps: joachim’s new look at stockholm



No more Yawn-ex: It seems that Swede Joachim Johansson has switched from Yonex to the much more prim-and-proper Fred Perry.

He’s competing in this week’s IF Stockholm Open as a wildcard — only his second tourney of 2009 — and has won his first round match against Peter Luczak 7-5, 6-2. He next faces Juan Monaco.

Bits: The event’s top three seeds are Soderling, Haas, and Ferrero. See the draw here.

(image via Getty)

oh, mirka! how soon will wedding bells ring?



Perhaps the recent wedding attended by Roger Federer and Mirka Vavrinec — that of Roger’s childhood friend Reto Staubli in Mallorca — are getting tennis’ first (second?) couple thinking about walking down the aisle?

After a seesaw 2008 that started with mono and bookended by a fifth U.S. Open title, the world No. 2 has withdrawn from this week’s ATP tour stop in Stockholm.

“In order to [remain at the top of the game], I need to get a proper rest and get strong again so that I am 100% fit for the remainder of the year or next year,” he told the press. “At this point, I am not sure when I will be ready to play again, but I hope to be back at some point before the end of the year.”

With Rafa Nadal also declining to play, this leaves the tourney with seventh-ranked David Nalbandian as the top seed.

So now that Roger’s scaling back tennis, he’s back in Dubai browsing jewelry with Mirka at the Atlantis resort in the Palm Jumeirah. Items considered: a 60-carat D Flawless diamond ring and a more modest 15-carat pink cushion-cut.

I can’t wait to see what they end up with…

(photos via MTF)

trophies: vienna, moscow, bangkok, stockholm



novak djokovic - ba-ca trophy, vienna

World No. 3 (and goateed) Novak Djokovic racked up his fifth title this year at the BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna by beating Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-0. Not bad for his first tourney since getting to the finals of this year’s U.S. Open.

nikolay davydenko - kremlin cup

And not too far away, Nikolay Davydenko was mashing with his Kremlin Cup trophy after beating Paul-Henri Mathieu. This is the Russian’s first title of the year.

Women’s Kremlin Cup, Bangkok, and Stockholm after the cut…