Google Down the Line!: PHOTO OP: Tennis titans take part in official ITF Olympics book

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

PHOTO OP: Tennis titans take part in official ITF Olympics book

The ITF has just released their official Olympics book "Journey to Beijing - Tennis celebrates the Olympics" featuring over 40 of the world's best tennis ballers dressed as athletes from differents sports including Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Maria "Shriek"apova, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Amelie Mauresmo, Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny, and Dmitry Tursunov.

According to the ITF website:

The 140-page publication features a series of specially commissioned photographs of the game’s top names dressed as athletes from other summer or winter Olympic sports. These are accompanied by interviews with the players talking about their Olympic memories and hopes for Beijing.

The photographs were taken over a six-month period by some of the world’s leading tennis photographers, with photo shoots held in venues as varied as Barcelona, Beijing, Dubai, Indian Wells, Los Angeles, Miami, Melbourne, Moscow, Netherlands, Palm Beach, Santiago, Shanghai and Tel Aviv.

(images via ITF)


  1. I think this book is fantastic. Do you by chance have Ferrer as a cyclist?

  2. i can get it for you if you want - send your email to and i'll forward it on

  3. Finally we get to see Rafa's legs! WHY doesn't he wear shorts like that ALL the time???

  4. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with seeing that much of Rafa's legs!

  5. I just flipped through the electronic version of it. It's really cool!

    I'm a big-time Olympics fan (and tennis one, too, obviously), but I didn't know about this book. Thanks, DTL, for pointing it out!

  6. Great legs, Rafa! He has a knack for modelling. And good artsy photo.

    That's why he is so speedy and explosive - true footballer's thighs.

  7. cool! thanks for bringing this to my attention...will now spend awhile looking at each pic!
    and yes, great to see the rest of rafa's legs!!

  8. What a great book! The pictures are all so sweet and really match the players.
    And I have to say that I find Roger totally sexy in that fencing pic!!!

    And that comes from a hardcore Rafa fan (btw, those legs... *drool*).

  9. it's all about rafa's legs here right?

    the other pics from the book are cool as well.

    fed is sexing it up a little here also - peek a boo chest hair!

  10. Wait, I don't get it. These people play tennis, right? This has shades of the super lame ESPN pre-Wimby montage with Terrance Stamp's voice and one red strawberry. I like my tennis without leotards and face masks (although Rafa's legs can make an appearance anytime!)

    Sorry, I'm just grouchy because no one broadcast the Murray-Nadal match on the West Coast.

  11. Oh that sucks FF - they've been apologizing to you guys all week long

  12. I love this, but is it just me or does Safin look so out of place and uncomfortable. Actually the whole Russian team does, love them though.

  13. yeah sarah - the russians are so good with the photo op moment, huh?

    lighten up boys!

  14. Awww, that was amazing. Thank you, Rich.

    Ladies love Rafa now, with his long pants. Imagine if he ran around a stadium in those shorts, it would be pandemonium. He looks so beautiful in that picture, it's painful.

    Oh yeah, the others...I LOVE the ice hockey team surprise at the end...grizzly guys, with their coach, you can tell they had fun.

    Maria looks like a natural in her rhythmic gymnast pose, she deserves all the modeling cash she earns.

    Roger looks like he's wearing Maria's Paris fashion week gear

    I love that the girls didn't ALL choose girly girl poses or tomboy poses, love the variety (cos you know girls will be studying this collection trying to get a clue to what kind of person they can be in the world - ah ok, getting too serious.) Did I miss anyone? They're all cool.

  15. aw i love jelena's picture


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