We won't be posting today because we'll be traveling to Florida and stuffing our faces in celebration of Thanksgiving.
We want to wish those celebrating this holiday a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.
- Down the Line!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Rafael Nadal reveals Wimbledon post-match cryfest to El Pais, "I don't like to be seen crying," says Rafa
(image via AP Photos)
Becker break-up: In a recent interview with Revue magazine, tennis star Boris Becker confirmed he has split from girlfriend Sharlely Kerssenberg. The pair most recently walked the red carpet together at the MTV Europe Awards where Boris was also a presenter.
The 40-year old former Wimbledon champ tells the magazine, "We came to realize in the course of time that we stood for different lifestyles. In such a situation you have to be honest with each other."
Boris' explanation is a bit cryptic, we think. What does he mean when he says "we stood for different lifestyles"? Wow -for someone who helped conceive a baby in a restaurant broom closet, that's really saying something.
So, the answers to yesterday's GUTP quiz were Spain's David Ferrer and Russia's breakdancing wannabe Svetlana Kuznetsova. Congrats if you picked them out correctly !
Do you know who these mystery players are? Tell us.
"I'm a choker extraordinaire. I can't seem to close out matches when it counts. I can even have huge leads over my opponents and squander them away. My biggest nemesis: Justine Henin. Who am I?"
"Some peeps call me the Mallorcan Matador for my intensity on the tennis court. I have this bizarre habit of picking my wedgie every time I serve, even when I don't have one. I even think it's strange! Who am I?"
Click here to see the full list of honorees and here to see the beautiful slideshow of images.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Over here at Down the Line! we've noticed, during our many hours perusing image banks and sites, the thousands of photos of tennis players that will simply go unused. Why? Many times the player's face is covered with some sort of object, rendering the images useless but often with hilarious results. Most media outlets would pass these by, but not us.
We've decided we're going to uses these photos to test your player knowledge in a series we'll call Gallery of the Unknown Tennis Player. Each player's face is covered by an object - a shirt, towel, or their own uncontrollable hands - and all you'll get is the player's own description of themselves (well, not really, but we'd like to think so).
Think you know your players? Let's find out...
"I once gave up on tennis out of frustration only to return after a stint doing construction work. Recently I destroyed the No. 2 and 3 players in the world in a major tournament, and I own one of the best returns on the ATP tour. Who am I?"
"I may not look it but I'm black. It may have been in a previous life, but I'm still black. The Williams sisters even give me tips on my many hairdos, and I'm going to learn to breakdance if it kills me. Who am I?"
(images via AP Photo)
The first battle of the tennis titans, also known as the Hyundai Card Super Match, was played out between 14-time Grand Slam champ Pete Sampras and his heir apparent Roger Federer in Seoul, Korea. After working the press room the day before, the legends began match day giving a tennis clinic to some extremely lucky (not jealous, really) amateurs, working on serves, groundies, volleys while pocketing some uber-valuable autographs.
The clinic was followed by their highly-anticipated exhibition match. The World No. 1, as expected, pulled out an easy win over Sampras 6-4, 6-3 in 61 minutes. The win wasn't a total whitewash, however. "It was a little tricky situation. I'd been playing well and Pete's been retired for five years," Federer said. "I expected myself to win tonight. "I am very happy with my performance but I think Pete's still playing very, very well. [...] "When I found my range, Pete missed a few too many shots, [...] I was maybe lucky to win the first set. Then I got on a roll and started to relax. I enjoyed the match very much." For his part, Sampras said, "I feel a little disappointed, [...] But I made Roger sweat a little bit tonight. "I can still serve quite well but the hardest thing for me is movement,[...] I was a little careless up on the net and missed a few easy balls. But I think I will play well in the next match."
They ended the first match by donning traditional Korean clothing to thank the fans, even managing to swat some balls in the gowns. Now that's what we call tennis fashion.
(images via AP Photo)
Monday, November 19, 2007
In a recent interview with Ace Tennis Magazine, Sveta discusses growing up in an athletic environment, her (un)marketability, her past life as a black woman, and her desire to learn breakdancing.
On growing up around her father's cycling team:
"I was always living with Dad's team. They had to go to bed at 10pm and always get up very early. I wanted to be just like the guys. I remember, in the middle of winter, they would get up and go running at 7am. On Sundays when I had no school I would get up with them. It was very cold. They would say "What are you doing here. Why aren't you sleeping? [...] I looked up to those guys and I liked to do what they were doing."
On becoming World No. 1:
"I'm starting to be much more consistent, [...] It was one step to get to the six finals this year. The next step, next year is to win all these finals and get to No. 1 in the world."
On her lack of sponsorships and marketability:
"Maria [Sharapova] is not getting deals because she was No. 1 in Russia, [...] It's because they've made this image of her. She is a marketing player. I'm different. If I would be sold as she is, I don't know if I could handle it. It's really hard to be always posing and smiling. She deserves this money but, in the end, I think every player should ask themselves this question: 'Are you happy with what you're doing?' I'm not going to answer for Maria or for Anna Kournikova or anyone else. But I can say I'm happy wwith what I'm doing. And I don't have lots of sponssorship deals."
On not receiving a congratulatory call from Russian president Vladimir Putin after winning the '04 US Open:
"[Putin] is from my city and I'm the only (champion) tennis player from St Petersburg. When [Anastasia] Myskina won the French Open and Sharapova won Wimbledon, he called them. But I won the US Open and I had nothing. I was really sad about that. It really hurt me. He never did anything."
On her affinity for black culture:
"I like African people so much, [...] I have a lot of black friends. I feel great with them. I love everything about black culture. You know how sometimes you feel you have a past life? I feel like I was black in mine."
On wanting to learn how to breakdance:
"It's funny because I can play tennis in front of many people, [...] but I cannot start dancing because I have no clue. I would love to dance well, especially breakdancing, but I hate it when people laugh at me. "
(image via english.peopledaily.com)
(images via AP Photo)
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Justine on top of the world, so let's celebrate!
Maria launches Dubai Lifestyle City
Fed finishes No. 1
Brad dumped by another Andy
Serena supports her sister
Venus gives good face, launches the EleVen media tour
THURSDAY: Roger, Andy vs. Brad II, Ana vs. Jelena ...Venus and Serena double up, Bec cries and more