8-time Grand Slam champion Serena "ReRe" Williams recently pulled out of the Pilot Pen, the last warm-up before the US Open. Her chances of showing up at the year's final Grand Slam and making a run are, at this point, slim to none.
This news didn't stop The New York Times from profiling ReRe in their Sunday supplement, PLAY. The article is a familiar story: Serena the player, the part-time actress, the party-hopper, and champion. However, the images are beautiful.
"If you think of the tennis world, it's not that big," said ReRe. "There's the big picture, people dying overseas in the war, and people giving to charities, and people changing lives. . . . Tennis, in comparison, is not that big. And if you keep it in perspective, you can play even better. If I lose, you know what? I lose."
(images courtesy of NYT)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
We're never quite sure whether we think Roger Federer is hot or not. It usually all depends on the angle of the image. We think he looks best from the side...and shirtless isn't so bad either.
Andy Roddick, on the other hand, is most definitely hot.
HOT or NOT: Roger vs Andy. TELL US what you think!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
+ THURSDAY NETCORDS: Amelie, Ivan, Rafa answers...NYC needs courts, no love for US Open Series and more
- Rafa news: Readers of TIME magazine ask Spain's Rafael Nadal 10 Questions - including one about the whole wedgey thing. Also, when media at the Cincinnati Masters ask the Spaniard about besting Roger Federer for World No. 1, he says, "I am not thinking about number one," [...] "I will play the two Masters Series in Madrid and Paris, and also in Bangkok, (but) I don't want to go to another place to try to be number one.”
- No surprise here: Frenchie Amelie Mauresmo pulls out of the US Open
- American Express will be offering, among many other benefits, personal TV's at the US Open which will enable fans to tune into multiple matches on different courts, watch CBS/USA Network coverage, view instant replays and access draws without leaving their seats
- No love: Bruce Jenkins of The San Francisco Chronicle, commenting about the US Open Series, said, "We're in the middle of what is known as the "U.S. Open Series," and the concept remains as pointless and off-putting as ever. Essentially, it means nothing and leads to nothing." The USTA, in response, says, "Ouch."
- New York tennis players, be damned: Though interest in tennis has increased in NYC, the availability of tennis courts is shrinking. Blame the "bowling alley" effect - courts require a lot of space, and the cost to operate them versus their potential revenues don't match. We New Yorkers blame greed and the overdevelopment that is pervading the entire city. Down with the man!
- Okay, not the prettiest picture of "Shriek"apova...
- Daily Racquet reports that legend Ivan Lendl is the new spokesperson for Trion:Z bracelets, which when worn counteract the positive ion build-up which leads to excess fatigue, heightened sensitivity to pain, and reduced focus and concentration. Our order is already in for the cute blue & yellow version...
We have been very vocal about our dislike for adidas and the "color-by-numbers" tennis gear for their players this season. Here's something we can get into: Nike's black + white moment. While we do appreciate some color on the court, we'll take this classic look any day. This style sets the stage for the tours' lead-up to the bright lights, big city feel of New York and the US Open.
Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchova, and James Blake look chic and sophisticated in their stylish tennis fashion.
What's wrong with a little minimalism people? TELL US what you think...
Breaking news: French sportswear label Le Coq Sportif is relaunching in the US. Under new ownership the label, famous for its iconic rooster logo and retro European tennis styles, will carry a small distribution in the States and focus primarily on fashion and sport (mostly tennis, of course.)
For more on their tennis gear, check out Tennis Served Fresh.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Justine's hangover: Justine Henin is still caught up in her Wimbledon misery. Playing in this week's Rogers Cup, the World No. 1 says she wants vindication for that loss. "Wimbledon, it seems far away from me now, but it's true that I have also a feeling that I need a little bit of revenge from that," said Henin. "I could be very calm and understand what did happen. It's tough, you need a lot of humility." (via CBS Sportsline)
After her disappointing loss at the Acura Classic to Russian Anna Chakvetadze, 6-time Grand Slam champ Venus "V" Williams has decided to lay low until the US Open starts. But V is the subject of a current Newsweek article which discusses her past achievements and current marks on the sport, including her much-publicized fight to get equal pay for the women of the WTA Tour. Here's what she had to say...
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
ED: "Oh really, they're scared of me? Why, because I'm too tall?"
ED: "I don't know what to say," [...] "I'm not that scary."
(images courtesy of AP Photos)
Check it: Our obsession with vintage Nike fashion is out of control. We first spotted Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Mercedes Cup this summer rocking an 80's-inspired Nike t-shirt and we were hooked. After discovering more t-shirts recently we came upon our newest find: World No. 1 Roger Federer, fresh off his defeat to Serb Novak Djokovic at The Rogers Cup, practicing at this week's Cincinnati Masters tournament in another great vintage Nike tee.
We became inspired to search for more information on Nike's vintage moment and stumbled upon this brilliant site: Nike Vintage Running.
Tennis Served Fresh opened the debate recently on this style.
Is this a BIG HIT or BAD MISS for Nike? Tell us...
(images courtesy of Nike Vintage Running)
Monday, August 13, 2007
Russia's tennis superstar Maria "Shriek"apova endured another injury this weekend, this time to her shin, and had to default from her match at the East West Bank Classic against countrywoman Nadia Petrova. Already dealing with a bum shoulder, Maria is hoping this one is nothing serious especially with the defense of her US Open title right around the corner.
Here's the World No. 2 looking fit and healthy as the cover girl for SHAPE magazine's September issue.
+ MONDAY NETCORDS: Daniela, Radek leaves Martina, Bjorn on Novak...Player progress report, Gwyneth Paltrow in W and more
- Heartbreak hotel: Czech Radek Stepanek calls off his engagement to Swiss star Martina Hingis and no reason has been given. Isn't the not knowing the worst part?
- The heir apparent: Ted Robinson says to Novak Djokovic: "This is your NOW." And Bjorn Borg believes the Djoker has Grand Slam written all over him.
- Pro tennis players are giving advice on how to stay healthy on and off the courts. Daniela Hantuchova says, "I think taking just as much time for regeneration as you do for practice, is the key to being healthy all the time," [...] "Most of it comes down to staying positive and being at balance with yourself - I think that can really help to prevent a lot of injuries."
- The much beloved, yet much maligned (read: Federer), Hawk-Eye line calling system will make its FED CUP debut in the upcoming final between mother Russia and defending champions Italy
- Progress report: Yahoo! Eurosport grades the players on their summer so far and, no surprise, the Serbians are head of the class
- Doing nothing to dispell the image of the pampered pro-athlete, the ladies of the WTA Tour will be receiving Caribbean hand and foot treatments, seaweed masques, facial cleansing, and more at The Rogers Cup this week, all courtesy of Aveda
- Scoring Serena: Here's a peak inside the player wheeling-and-dealing that goes on behind the scenes to get top players at tournaments
- Even World No. 1's have bad luck
- OFF TOPIC ALERT: Gwyneth is back...in W magazine (images courtesy of style.com)
World No. 1 Roger Federer's tennis life is getting a little bit more complicated. This weekend, the Swiss stylist lost an absorbing 3-setter to Serb Novak Djokovic at The Rogers Cup and, with Rafael Nadal nipping at his heels, the king's reign is being threatened.
But always gracious in defeat, Fed called the Djoker's win a "breakthrough" and suspected the Serb may be challenging for Grand Slams soon.
This weekend, The New York Times published a profile on Fed which positioned him as the anti-sports celebrity, most notably because of his trademark affable, understated manner. The World No. 1 had some things to say about his popularity in the U.S., being a role model, and his theory on iPods:
On gaining popularity in the U.S.:
“In some ways, yes, what I’m looking for is definitely recognition in the States,” [...]“I hope they appreciate my achievements and results, but I don’t want to force it on the public because that is always up to them to decide.”
On being a role model with authenticity:
“I take being a role model seriously,” [...] “So I hope I can fit that spot that is maybe missing at the moment. I don’t know.”
On his theory about iPods:
“I think they’re a great creation, but if you put them in,” [...] “you can’t speak to anyone. You’re isolating yourself, and I don’t like that.”