"I'd be the last person to advocate lynching people who have used or even just tried cocaine (among other things it would make me a horrible hypocrite, wink-wink), but the recreational drug is a prohibited substance and, at the end of the day, either you have rules or you don't. (Excuse me, I need to run to the men's for a moment!)."Wow - we never thought so before, but Peter Bodo's Tennisworld sounds a lot more interesting now! Maybe we'll actually start reading it on a regular basis.
Friday, January 4, 2008
"There are very few (cases), [...] In tennis it doesn't matter what you might take, it doesn't keep the ball in, it doesn't calm your nerves. It doesn't do any of that, [...] I can see in track and field and other sports, but tennis is definitely a lot of mental and skill. There is no magic pill for that."
"As a signatory to the WADA Code and a founding member of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is committed to ensuring the integrity and competitive fairness of women’s professional tennis, and ensuring the heath and well-being of our athletes."
"The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to doping in sport, and fully supports the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, which is globally recognized as a world-class program in protecting the integrity of professional tennis. We support and will enforce the ruling of this independent tribunal under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program."
"All of this said, we are saddened by this news as Martina has meant so much to fans the world over and made many positive contributions to the sport."
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Too much of a good thing: Rafael Nadal made his 2008 debut this week competing at the Chennai Open. The World No. 2 has had an easy time of it, reaching the quarterfinals after defeating American qualifier Rajeev Ram 6-4, 6-1.
Rafa arrived wearing the Nike threads we questioned when images of the gear began floating around tennis sites. Now that we've seen him competing in the new gear, we have to admit our minds haven't changed. This outift is a mess of confusing patterns and over-the-top graphics.
We get it - Rafa's a swashbuckling rebel (though apparently he'd like to change that image.) But we'd prefer to let the Spaniard's personality speak for itself.
(images via DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
She's back: Along with sister Venus' debut this week in Hong Kong, a fit and trim-looking Serena "ReRe" Williams made her first appearance of 2008 at this week's Hopman Cup, partnering with the recently engaged Mardy Fish. The 8-time Grand Slam champion is looking to hone her tennis skills this week as she prepares to defend her title at the Australian Open which begins on January 14.
In typical fashionista style, ReRe made a requisite outfit change between her singles and doubles matches, opting for a khaki and hot pink Nike number for her winning match against Aussie Alicia Molik, and then an eye-straining all-pink outfit for her doubles play with Mardy.
But wait, there was a third! The World No. 6 found time to visit the Perth Zoo, looking relaxed in a white tank, cap and oversized sunglasses. We admire ReRe's ability to make these changes look so easy and effortless - unlike her game.
(images via Paul Kane & Ella Ling/Getty Images)
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
(images via AP)
So here are the two Nike tank dresses Maria "Shriek"apova will be wearing at the Australian Open this month, one of which we previewed earlier (though we thought it looked more grey in the sketch drawings.) This khaki dress is most likely what last year's finalist will be wearing in the day.
For the evening, the tennis fashionista will wear another khaki dress with long center pleating in the front and back, pleating at the hem and a hint of a white slip underneath. Additionally the outfit looks to be made of a softer, more fluid fabric for ease of movement. This dress is clearly the better of the two because of its design and elegance, but we're not so sure about the color overall. We think it's a bit flat and we're not sure if it'll wash the Russian out. But against the new blue plexicushion courts, the dress could work well.
We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of Maria in the evening dress from our reader Kimmy who forwarded us a Nike ad featuring the former No. 1 in the design.
(outfit images via canada.com thru midwestsports.com)
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
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Resurrected: Two ladies of Lacoste, Pocahontas wannabe Tatiana Golovin and Argentine Gisela Dulko, have returned at the Hopman Cup and, by the looks of things, so has the brand. When reminiscing about last season's Lacoste tennis duds, one word comes to mind: loungewear. We also remember some unfortunate polka-dots.
Anyway, this season the Frenchwear label has gone the more classic route of polo shirts with skirts while managing to keep the looks feminine with long, deep plackets on the tops and flirty fabrics on bottom. Nice start for ladies' Lacoste, we think.
(images via AP Photo)
Mystery mom: We don't know about you, but we've never seen the woman who gave us Maria "Shriek"apova. Rumor has it she doesn't enjoy watching Maria's matches and only likes to hear the scores afterwards.Well, ladies and gentlemen, from the "Maria Does the Holidays" photo series here she is...
Our first thought was, of course, where did she get her height from (jealous much?) Father Yuri is pretty short so we imagined her mom to be another 6' 2" Russian bombshell but, alas, we were wrong. Maria's even wearing ballerina flats and mom is in heels and she still doesn't come close to matching her height.
So one mystery is solved...onto the next...
(image via mariasharapova.com)
FINALLY: Though we thought Sania Mirza's new adidas threads were fine, we are LOVING what the sports label has given Alicia Molik to wear at this weekend's Hopman Cup. Of all the so-called 'new' looks and styles we've seen for Australia, this is our favorite by far.
We're impressed with the white + wine color combo and the innovative details including the ergonomic dotting, the peek-a-boo florescent accents at the cap sleeves, and the hint of white border on the skirt. These subtle elements take the brand forward without trying too hard, plus it's obviously functional. We guess adidas gave the hometown girl something special to wear - smart.
Where we're left scratching our heads is why Novak Djokovic is sporting 2007 adidas duds at the start of 2008? We'd rather have him play shirtless than have him wear this over-the-top number again - and who would disagree? Not smart.
(images via AP Photo, novak-djokovic.com)