Archive for August, 2007

Photo: Serena’s US Open Dress

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Photo: Sharapova’s US Open Dress

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Red seems ot be a hot color with the players this year.

Davydenko match investigators get some help

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

The British Horseracing Authority steps in…

The ATP approached the BHA, which has vast experience in dealing with betting scams, and the tennis body said it would also make use of its sophisticated account analysis systems.

“We are committed to a thorough, fair and comprehensive ATP investigation, and our decision to involve the BHA, as well as employing independent investigators, is testimony to that commitment,'’ ATP executive chairman Etienne de Villiers said Friday.

“It underscores how seriously we regard any suggestion of corruption in our sport. The BHA team are industry leaders in this area and their expertise, knowledge and resources will be invaluable to our investigation.'’

Serena and the Pilot Pen: I’m in - or not

Friday, August 17th, 2007

I had a feeling that her entry into the Pilot Pen wouldn’t last.

Serena Williams withdrew from the Pilot Pen tournament because of a thumb injury that has sidelined her since Wimbledon.

Williams would have made her first appearance at the Pilot Pen, tournament officials said Friday. Play starts Sunday.

Wilander starts as Golovin’s coach

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

However, this isn’t a full-time job -

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander is at the Rogers Cup making his debut as coach of Tatiana Golovin of France.

Wilander, 43 next week, is trying out the relationship with the No. 19-ranked Golovin until after the U.S. Open. “I’ll never be a full-time coach,” said the Swede, who lives with his wife and four children in Idaho, “not 35 weeks - maybe 20 weeks a year. It’s going to cut down on my playing [senior events] severely. It basically means I’m going to hang it up in any kind of serious competition.”

As for what he can contribute to Golovin, 19, he suggested, “I think I can bring some professionalism, a few things technically and work on things that the girls don’t like to work on. In the women’s game, most players strike the ball beautifully and know how to set up the points. But they don’t know how to finish the point unless it’s a clean winner. That’s why Justine Henin is the best player in the world.”

Currently the Swedish Davis Cup captain, Wilander has coaching experience with Marat Safin (nine months) and Wayne Ferreira (six months).

Maybe he can push Golovin to the next level…

Ivanovic wins; looks hot in press conference

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

I know, I know - it’s lame to put her looks before the fact she won this last tournament in LA, a major achievement for her - but I can’t help it. As a photog, I’d love to do some shoots. :)

Ana Ivanovic hit 31 winners, including 23 off her powerful forehand, and beat Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4 to win the East West Bank Classic on Sunday.

Go Ana! Unfortunately, she is already out of this week’s tournament - eliminated today.

Djokovic beats #1, #2 in world

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Djokovic upset world No. 1 Roger Federer 7-6 (2), 2-6, 7-6 (2) Sunday to win the $2.45 million Masters Series event, solidifying himself as a serious contender to win the U.S. Open beginning later this month in New York.

I’m not happy that Nadal had to lose to this guy, but that is less surprising than the fact that Federer lost to him - and in a final. Go Novak! The list of guys who have beaten Feds is growing, and he has to be starting to feel more pressure now.

Nadal answers questions - including one about picking his wedgies!

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Wow, I’ve been waiting for this moment! Check out the question that Nadal answers below:

Why wear the Capri pants that you have to constantly pull out of your rear? Why not shorts? —Sara Norm, Chicago

[Laughs.] It’s not the fault of the clothes. It’s a habit that I picked up when I was competing when I was young. I am trying to break the habit, but it’s not easy.

How the heck do you “pick up” that habit? What exactly is going on in juniors tennis??? I hope he does break the habit, it drives me crazy to watch him picking his butt for hours on end. No wonder why his wrist hurts.

Here’s some other good Q & As:

How do you feel about women tennis players earning the same salary as men? —Candyce Pecot, Los Angeles

I don’t have much opinion about that. I totally agree that women and men are the same in all areas of life, but my opinion is that, well, if we are the same, then women should have to play best-of-five sets [instead of best-of-three] if they want to earn the same amount of money.

What’s up with biting the trophy when you win a tournament? —Kylynn Fontaine, Bethlehem, Conn.

I started doing it one day when I won my first tournament. I continued. I don’t know, I just prefer that to kissing the trophies. It’s one of my trademarks.

The rest of the questions are here.

And here’s a photo of the “ceremonial wedgie pull”, as this photographer calls it:

Sharapova plans 2008 Chernobyl visit

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Nothing is definite yet, but it looks like Maria is planning to check out her family roots by visiting the Chernobyl region.

Sharapova plans to visit Chernobyl as a United Nations goodwill ambassador, perhaps after Wimbledon next July.

“It’s in the beginning stages of what exactly I’m going to be doing,” she said. “But I want to visit the facilities that they’re building right now for the children — computer labs and hospitals.”

The area doesn’t get much news attention now, but many books cover some different aspects of the post-disaster region. Much of the abandoned towns have been reclaimed by nature, with some rarely seen animal species flourishing. However, the children of the area are still showing signs of radiation damage - birth defects and mental retardation are still issues.

Nadal injured again - just after declared healthy by the press

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Just as Nadal is declared to be recovered from his knee problems that started around the time of Wimbledon, he’s out again.

Second seed Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday suffering from a left forearm injury.

The Spaniard had an injury time-out during his second round match after losing the first-set tiebreak 7-5 to Argentine Juan Monaco and though he tried to play on, he quit when trailing 4-1 in the second set.

He’d better be ready for the US Open.