Maria "Shriek"apova created a media storm during a visit to a Nike shop in Moscow this week. The World No. 4 was in town to practice with and support the Russian FED CUP team in the final against defending champion Italy.
The glamour girl took time out during her visit to the Russian capital to speak with fans and media at the shop.
(images via AP Photo, Getty Images)
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Do the comparisons to the Russian superstar bother the racing queen? "There are a lot worse people you could be compared to,'' said Danica. "She was a pretty darned good tennis player and obviously a very pretty girl. She was ranked in the top 10 in the world, and she won Grand Slam doubles titles. I feel badly for Anna because other people set the rules and expectations for her. It's sad that her (sex appeal) overshadowed her career. But she still was very successful financially. And why shouldn't she have made the best of that?"
Vogue fashionatrix Anna Wintour's obsession with Roger Federer continues to astound. Wonder how the World No. 1 stays looking so fashionably styled? According to gossip monger Page Six, Anna has become Fed's personal stylist. "Anna sends stuff to Federer with little notes that say 'This would look great on you,' " according to an insider. A Vogue rep pushed back saying, "Vogue certainly helps a number of people with fashion, but Roger's style is all his own."
Thursday, September 13, 2007
We've been chronicling the continuing drama of this year's FED CUP and here we have the latest installment: tennis glamour girl Maria "Shriek"apova moved past her New York nightlife and made her FED CUP debut...well, sort of. Reports have been that Maria would be sitting a hitting partner for the team and sitting courtside only.
However, the World No. 4 was invited by coach Shamil Tarpishchev to play in the final but she declined due to her nagging shoulder injury.
"It's great, " said Maria. "It's the first time I am playing tennis as part of a team."
Tennis champion Boris Becker broke away from gorgeous girlfriend Sharlely Kersenberg long enough to participate in the pro - am of The Mercedes-Benz Championship at The Gut Larchenhof Golf Club in Pulheim, near Cologne, Germany.
We can't tell from these photos how Boris' golf game is these days, but his fashion game is out of control. We much prefer the "dapper" Boris from The Laureus Charity Gala this past summer.
On his life after tennnis:
(images via Deuce)
Speaking of TENNIS magazine's covers, Serbia's Ana Ivanovic will be the face on the mag's newest issue, continuing her Global Domination Tour. Here's an excerpt from the article written by Peter Bodo:
"When Ivanovic was a youngster, the Belgrade athletic club where she trained and played sports could not afford to heat its Olympic-size swimming pool in the winter. Club officials decided to have it drained and lay down carpet, and that’s where Ivanovic got her first taste of indoor tennis. Practicing there made her game lethal because the walls of the pool were just 18 inches from the sidelines of the court. Down-the-line, often the most difficult shot to hit, was the only way to go."
Did Bodo just give Down the Line! a shout-out? Probably not...but we'll take it!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
We reported a few weeks back about former tennis glamourpuss Anna Kournikova and her rumored struggles with an eating disorder. However, based on these recent shots of the Russian in Miami Beach, she's looking healthy to us. What we can't get over is her styling - head to toe. What's up with the platformy leopard-print heels, red shapeless babydoll dress, and lifeless hair? She used to bring IT to the tennis court but apparently those days were long ago.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
- Reebok recycles: Reebok has taken old tennis balls and made special edition pump sneakers out of them. We like this idea, though we wouldn't be caught dead wearing them. We're reminded, though, of the way women sell their hair to make wigs...we get it!
Gettin' your kicks: adidas' ever popular Stan Smiths have become the latest template for their City Series. The sneakers showcase iconic imagery for the cities they represent including Las Vegas, NV; Brussels, Belgium; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Seville, Spain.
We'd be more likely to wear these sneaks than their recent attempts at tennis on-court fashion.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Media frenzy: World No. 1 Roger Federer created quite a stir in New York City today. After stopping in Times Square for a photo-op and some questions from the press, the US Open champion hit the morning show circuit. The Swiss stylist made stops at the Live with Regis & Kelly and the Today Show.
Fed topped off the day by catching Oscar De La Renta's Spring 2008 fashion show with girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec and Anna Wintour, Vogue fashionatrix and obsessesed Federer fan.
Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic and his wife, Aida, hold candles before making wishes and releasing them onto the water during a boat cruise at Shishahai Lake in Beijing, China. Ivan is the No. 3 seed at the tournament.
Man vs. Machine: New York gossip monger Page Six is reporting some tennis sightings in the city recently. In today's edition Andy Roddick, speaking to a fan at the one-year anniversary of Tenjune, said "At least if you are going to lose, lose to a robot" in reference to his loss to Roger Federer in the US Open quarterfinals.
I guess you'd have to come up with some excuse for losing to someone 14 times out of 15 matches...ouch.
(images via AP Photo)
Tennis' favorite philanthropist Andre Agassi, honored with the Eugene L. Scott Award at this past weekend's Legends Ball, is the new ambassador for Longines, a high-end Swiss watch company. Andre will be the "worldwide Ambassador of Elegance" for the watch company; the watch maker will provide support to The Andre Agassi Foundation, beginning at the Grand Slam for Children gala in Las Vegas this October, and will continue throughout the coming year.
Longines' contributions will also include the creation of special limited-edition sport timepieces to benefit The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.
A: Yeah, I was expecting that question on the first place (laughter).
No, let's not go too much with Maria. It's just a friendship we have. It was nice from her to come and support me. As well, Robert, he was yesterday on the match, and today.
I mean, it's amazing feeling to see such a successful people, you know, in my box supporting me, playing with me I can say, living every emotional moment. It's great. It's great.
A: She said she's going to kill me. Of course, she accepted it on the right way. Of course, she found it funny, not offended.
A: I met him randomly on the street. I was sitting in a bar. He was coming, smoking a cigarette (smiling). No, no.
We were invited ‑‑ I went with a couple of players, Ana Ivanovic, we got invited from he and his wife to come to the dinner. It was really nice. He owns the Japanese restaurant, so we went there for dinner. We met. We talked.
As well, his wife is a very big fan of tennis. She's a great woman. He's, you know, a great person. I'm really happy that they showed up and supported me.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Andre Agassi was given the Eugene L. Scott Award during last night's Legends Ball held at Cipriani in New York City. Looking dapper in his all-black suit, the legendary Agassi was presented the award for embodying Scott’s commitment to communicating honestly and critically about the game, and significantly impacting the tennis world. Scott founded Tennis Week magazine and wrote the most widely read and well-respected column about the sport, “Vantage Point.” Last year, John McEnroe received the inaugural award.
Head-to-head: Federer 4, Djokovic 1
Last meeting: Montreal Masters Series, Djokovic 7-6(2) 2-6 7-6(2)
Here's what Fed had to say about Nole:
"Well, I mean, he's been now playing the tour for one and a half years. I mean, the players know him. I've played him already five times, so it's not like it's totally new, you know, for all of us. But, yeah, I mean, he's done an incredible job, because I remember the first time I played him in Monaco. I beat him in three sets. Everybody was wondering, What do you think? I was like, Not crazy impressed. But he's had a great run and he's really improved his game. Yeah, I mean, he's done a great job the last six months or one year now."
Nole had this to say about playing Fed:
"Well, a lot of people ask me what it takes to win against him. But I think one of the crucial things is you got to be mentally very steady and very consistent and you just have to believe in yourself and believe in the victory. Now everything else is a matter of, of course, mental condition, physical condition. You have to be a hundred percent ready physically to challenge him, especially if you play him in the finals of any tournament and a Grand Slam where he performs his best tennis. But, you know, I'm gonna try, if I play him, to be myself, be aggressive, try to be in the control of the match, which is going to be difficult, and just believe in the victory."
Outlook: Nole was brilliant, focused, and confident in Montreal and he'll need to be all that and more to defeat the legendary Swiss in a Grand Slam final. Matt Cronin for USOpen.org says look out for a battle, but he gives the edge and a 12th Grand Slam to Fed, but Bud Collins for MSNBC.com is giving Nole the title. We're picking Nole - if for nothing else but to see him celebrate a first Grand Slam by taking it ALL off!