I’ve had this fascination with tennis trophies ever since I saw the one they gave to Nikolay Davydenko after he won the Paris Masters in November of 2006:
It has this weird oxidized copper color and it looks like cubist coral or tree. Cool-looking trophy, don’t you think? It made me curious about what else they give out–how many of them end up looking like generic mounds of glass, or silver cups, how many of them are trying to do something cooler and not so steeped in tennis tradition), etc. In this age of sleeveless shirts, round-robin tournaments, and courtside coaching, even the trophies are evolving.
Maybe the organizers of the Paris tournament just wanted to keep their Tennis Masters Series status. (Per the Tennis MailBag , Hamburg and Monte Carlo get downgraded for 2007.)
I’ll try to post the trophies once a week, especially if someone is handing out something pretty. (Archive of those trophy posts is here.) The ones that don’t get a mention can be found in this page, below.
– CBHM, Feb 2007
p.s. Do you have trophy pictures? Send them over, with as much info as you have (e.g., tournament name, date or year of tournament, etc.) to tennisCBH AT gmail DOT com.
2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles winners Jamie Murray and Jelena Jankovic.
2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles runners-up Jonas Bjorkman and Alicia Molik. “The Mixed Doubles Championship trophy is a silver challenge cup and cover presented to the All England Club by the family of the late S.H. Smith, who won the doubles title in 1902 and 1906.” (OTB)
Poland’s Urszula Radwanska hoists the girls’ trophy for the 2007 Wimbledon Championships.
Cara Black and Liezel Huber win the 2007 Wimbledon Ladies’ Doubles Championship.
From the OTB Fact File: “The Ladies’ Doubles Championship is an elegant silver cup and cover, known as ‘The Duchess of Kent Challenge Cup’, presented to the Club in 1949 by HRH the Princess Marina, President of the All England Club.”
Katarina Srebotnik and Ai Sugiyama were the runners-up to Black and Huber.
Malisse d. Koubek in Chennai, January 2007.
Nestor (right) and Knowles at the 2007 French Open.
Alicia Molik and Mara Santangelo at the 2007 French Open.
David Ferrer def. Tommy Robredo at the Heineken Open in Auckland (January 13, 2007).
Winner Gisela Dulko with Sorana Cirtea at the Gaz de France Budapest Grand Prix (April 29, 2007)
Rafael Nadal and Guillermo Canas at the Barcelona Open (April 29, 2007). Yes, Nadal bit the trophy.
Paul-Henri Mathieu (defeats Albert Montanes) at the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament in Casablanca, Morroco (Sunday, April 29, 2007).
Sergi Bruguera wins the Seat Champions Cup 2007, defeating Jordi Arrese (April 22, 2007).
Wesley Moodie and Todd Perry at the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana (April 2007)
Tatiana Golovin at the Bausch and Lomb Championships (April 2007)
James Blake wins the Stockholm Open against Jarkko Nieminen (Oct. 15, 2006).
Novak Djokovic at Open de Moselle in Metz. France. It’s green! (July 2006)