mishit: 'dos gone awry on the atp tour

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Down the Line! assesses the hairy mess plaguing men’s tennis and looks to David Beckham as a model for proper styling.

While I agree that certain men should stay away from grown-out ‘dos — either because they can’t keep it neat (e.g., Sergio Roitman) or because it’s just not flattering (e.g., the thin but not thinning hair of David Ferrer and Igor Andreev) — we should give props to the adventurous:

And yes, there is definitely room for more variety… what about a mohawk? The women do all sorts of crazy with their hair. Step up, guys! I’m dying to see it.

americans in l.a. + coaching updates…

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(Kendrick — left, middle; Fleishman — right)

An All-American match-up: Z. Fleishman d. R. Kendrick 7-6 (4), 6-3 at the Countrywide Classic. Zack is cleaning up on his home court, and will face Radek Stepanek in the quarters.

Shamil drops a bomb: Russian Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpishchev didn’t invite Maria Sharapova to play in the finals against Italy because she’s been unreliable in the past.

Roche Coach: Hyuk. (Sorry, had to do it.) Lleyton Hewitt announced that he’s hooking up with Australian tennis legend and former Federer coach Tony Roche in time for the U.S. Open. Roche says he wouldn’t have signed on if he didn’t think Hewitt could still win a slam. (via The Age)

Safin smartens up, too: Another former U.S. Open winner, Marat Safin, signs up a new coach, Hernan Gumy. Argentinian David Nalbandian goes with Martin Jaite. (via BBC)

tuesday night treats at the countrywide classic

From the frontlines: Well, far behind the baselines, really. I was at UCLA tonight watching James Blake brush off his rusty game to beat Alexander Peya in two sets. Turns out that was just a warm-up for the upset of top seed Fernando Gonzalez by hometown fave Zack Fleishman. This is the former Bruin’s best scalp in five years of playing the Tour’s UCLA stop. He was blasting his forehands just as well as Gonzo. I hope Fernando’s okay… it looked like he was having some right arm trouble.

Sex selling sex: there were some delicious fellas hawking tickets for the upcoming ULTIMATE TENNIS CELEBRATION!!!! EastWest Bank Classic in Carson. They’ve got a decent promo, too: $20 gets you two tickets to an early round match PLUS an “I (heart) SHARAPOVA” or “I (heart) SERENA” shirt. (Guess which shirt I picked.)

Favabean sighting?: I think I saw TSF reader in the stands behind me. Section 16, Chris — was that you?

Others I saw: Amer Delic after winning his doubles match, Paul Goldstein after winning his singles match, Robert Kendrick battling Wesley Whitehouse in the Grandstand Court, and Serena Williams sitting five seats over from Kevin Garnett, both watching Blake.

fleishman's hair: digging deeper

I did a little more research on Zack (and by “research” I mean
“really quick googling”) and I ran across this. I swear, I looked through Yahoo’s photo feeds pretty closely throughout the Australian, and didn’t see this at all. Fleishman sported frosted tips at UCLA, and clearly he’s still fussin with his hair.

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He got heckled (partly for the hair, partly for playing Australian Wayne Arthurs) in the second round of the Australian Open. He sees it as doing his part to liven up the game:

“I have a history of doing it,” he said. “I did it a lot in the juniors playing in big tournaments for the Sunshine Cup, which is like the junior Davis Cup. I feel like it spices it up a little bit. I like to have fun on the court as much as possible. I feel like tennis is too much all-white clothing. The crowd get to put on the wigs and yell, do that kind of stuff. So I figure the players can have fun every once in a while as well.”

via Towleroad

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Zack Fleishman

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from the UCLA Men’s Tennis website

Zack Fleishman and I attended UCLA at the same time (we didn’t know each other). I remember stopping at the Tennis Center to watch a match or two on my way home from classes.

It’s good to know he’s doing well, even knocking out Augustin Calleri in the first round of this year’s Australian Open.

from Underground Tennis via ZooTennis