short balls: a prodigy, a renaissance, and tennis on film

The guys in charge of the scoreboard LOVE her: ESPN’s Bonnie DeSimone profiles one of the players who made noise at this year’s Sony Ericsson Open. The 14-yr-old (and Portuguese) Michelle Larcher de Brito won a third set tiebreak against journeywoman Meghan Shaughnessy in the first round and lost to Daniela Hantuchova in the second.

He has Federer’s number: In case you’re new to the scene and/or know little about giant slayer Guillermo Canas — he’s beaten Federer twice in two weeks — you should read this short column by Justin Gimelstob.

Tennis in Tribeca: American filmmaker Rob Klug premieres his documentary Unstrung at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival. From the TFF website: “Much as Spellbound did for spelling bees, Unstrung exposes the surprising dramas of the amateur tennis world, hitting the road with a handful of high school competitors as they head for the national championship.” (via All These Wonderful Things)

What happens in Vegas…: From Robin Leach’s guest blog post on Luxe Life: Murphy Jensen‘s Tennis Channel show Open Access did a segment out of Las Vegas, coinciding with last month’s Tennis Channel Open. Jensen, along with player Jaroslav Levinsky, visited magician Lance Burton backstage “for an impromptu interview and some more magic tricks. Lance Burton made Murphy disappear upon a request from Levinsky.”

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trophies: dubai, vegas, qatar, mexico

saguaro
taken from Nikon to Infinity’s flickr

The pro tours were all over the desert this week, playing tournaments in Vegas, Dubai, and Doha. The ATP also had a stop in Acapulco. The trophies looked pretty good this week. We had birds, ships, and even an oversized tennis ball. What else can we expect from Dubai and Doha, right? All but one tournament came out with a generic glass prism with some etching on it (shame on you, Vegas).

All the trophies are after cut. [Read more...]

gineps out of vegas

ginepri

So I just found out that Robby Ginepri pulled out of the Tennis Channel Open due to personal reasons. I tried to fish around for more information, but couldn’t come up with anything. I should probably respect his privacy, no?

His official website only mentions that he’s spending time with his family. And poking around it led me to a profile in Atlanta Peach magazine published in the summer of 2006. (He loves to cook, and owns a tennis club in Atlanta.) The above pic is from that spread. God bless.

thanks to ZooTennis, and to the Ladies at Lady Hooligan for celebrating tennis hotties.

(Edit: some careless coding had put a picture of Marat Safin — also taken from Lady Hooligan — at the top of this post. I’ve since put it at the bottom of this post [where it should have been all along]. — CBHM)

safin

guga watch 2007: tennis channel open

guga watch 2007 continues with a trip to Sin City. The ATP has a stop this week at the Darling Memorial Tennis Center.

guga in vegas

Guga defeated Wesley Moodie to continue on in this round robin tournament. He will be playing both singles and doubles (with Ramon Delgado).

You can follow the rest of his week — and the rest of the tournament — here.