May 17, 2008

Tennis players when they were young

I thought this youtube video is pretty cool (except for the music). It is a compilation of most of the current top tennis players childhood pictures.

Here are the list of the players again:
Andre Agassi
Pete Sampras
Tommy Haas
David Ferrer
Marcos Baghdatis
James Blake
Richard Gasquet
Andy Roddick
Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Marat Safin/Dinara Safina
Serena/Venus Williams
Steffi Graf
Monica Seles
Lindsay Davenport
Tatiana Golovin
Nadia Petrova
Amelie Mauresmo
Kim Clijster
Martina Hingis
Anna Kournikova
Elena Dementieva
Ana Ivanovic
Svetlena Kuznetsova
Maria Sharapova
Justine Henin

May 16, 2008

Celebrating gay marriage?

Errr, not quite actually. For your information, these are not Californian men celebrating the legalisation of gay marriage. They are tennis players having fun at the ATP Players' Night in Hamburg, Germany.

Israeli doubles stars Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram joke at the ATP Players' Night.

Tournament Director Carl-Uwe Steeb and Thomas Muster attend the ATP Players Night in the Copper House in Hamburg, Germany.

And speaking about the controversial legalised gay marriage by the top court in California, Ellen DeGeneres announced during a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she and girlfriend Portia de Rossi plan to swap vows.

(Images from Getty Images)

Quote of the Day: Maria Sharapova on Justine Henin's retirement

“If I’m 25 and I won I don’t know how many Grand Slams she’s won, I’d call it quits as well. You know, I wouldn’t be disappointed leaving the sport, because obviously there’s a lot more to life than tennis.”
~ Maria Sharapova

*Yawn* Maria Sharapova will be the new no. 1 player when the updated WTA Tour rankings are released next Monday. Hopefully Ana Ivanovic will catch up soon and grab that away from Ms "Shriek"apova.

(Image from AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

May 15, 2008

WTA Tour "Superheroes" marketing campaign

Here is the behind-the-seen images and video of the multi-million dollar WTA Tour "Superheroes" marketing campaign photo shoot. The advertisement was shot around some historic sites in Rome.

Jelena Jankovic to the rescue!

Ana Ivanovic runs rather gracefully, isn't she?

Serena Williams looks as if she's on a regular jog in the evening.

So, Venus Williams is the real superhero.

Maria Kirilenko and Ana Ivanovic sat at an outdoor cafe during the shooting of
the "Superhero" marketing campaign TV commercial.

(Images from Getty Images)

May 14, 2008

Justine Henin retires from tennis

Coach Carlos Rodriguez is sad now that he has lost his job due to Henin's retirement.

It is confirmed. Top-ranked Justine Henin has announced her retirement from professional tennis at a press conference in her native Belgium. So this means that the no. 1 spot on the WTA Rankings will go to Maria Sharapova and tailed very closely by Ana Ivanovic.

After her loss to Safina in Berlin, following a month of rest, Henin said:
"What I am have just gone through is not very reassuring."

"I was hoping to rediscover my confidence, and it is not easy."

"I don't know if something is broken, but I seem to lack the ability. I need to think about."
The 25-year-old Belgian, who has won seven Grand Slam titles, is making the surprising announcement at a press conference on Wednesday.

Henin’s decision comes less than two weeks before the start of the French Open. She has won that clay court tournament four times. The only Grand Slam still out of reach is the Wimbledon.

Henin won 10 tournaments last year, but has been in one of the worst slumps of her career this season. She lost last week in the third round of the German Open and pulled out of this week’s Italian Open, citing fatigue.

Henin admitted she'd like to have some time to study and travel away from tennis.

(Image from DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

May 13, 2008

The winners are Nole and Dinara

Last weekend win proves to me that Novak Djokovic is an opportunist and seriously working his way to the no. 1 spot over taking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

And even though Stanislas Wawrinka lost to Djokovic at the ATP Rome Masters, he is definitely the new name in the men's tennis. Now he has reached the an all-time high Top 10 in the ATP rankings making him the next best tennis player from Switzerland after Roger Federer.

At the German Open, Dinara Safina snatches the title after beating Elena Dementieva. If you still haven't know, Safina's brother is Marat Safin.

(Images from Getty Images)

The 'Worm' got the girl and a short success

Boy shows off his move.

Radek 'The Worm' Stepanek success is at Rome didn't last long. He might have beaten World No. 1 Roger Federer but he couldn't survived the match against Novak Djokovic due to wrist injury.

Girl in love.

But what the heck, he still got the girl. While playing against Roger Federer, girlfriend and tennis player Nicole Vaidisova was spotted supporting his match. Ah, isn't that sweet?

(Images from Getty Images)

Congrats to the winner of last week's Weekend Challenger!

Congrats to AndroJ for being the winner of last week's contest!

The answers are:
1. Rafael Nadal
2. Fernando Gonzalez

The winning weekly question is:
My favourite player is Roger Federer because he is a record breaker and tennis legend who is such a classy player and able to play effortlessly.

For those who did not win, don't give up. Try again end of this week!

May 11, 2008

What the f@#% is going on at the semifinals?!

Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka just got free tickets to enter the final at Rome Open.

What the heck is going on? There are two injuries in the semifinals where Radek Stepanek had to stop playing due to wrist injury and overheating while Andy Roddick had to pull out due to a back problem. And the day before, during one of the quarterfinal, Nicolas Almagro had to retire while playing against Djokovic due to wrist injury.

Stepanek complaining wrist injury and overheating.

Roddick experiencing back injury.

Perhaps it's a bad timing for the Italian Masters. These players are having physical injuries and there's nothing can be done to avoid it. These retirements are definitely not the same as Djokovic's pull from Monte Carlo recently. Hopefully Djokovic-virus won't spread and spoil the world of men's tennis.

(Images from (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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