Jun 11, 2008

From the grass court @ the Queen's Club

This is a brief and random post as I have tonnes of work to catch up. Will be starting a new job next week. Supposed I'm working on contract basis in this current company for 3 months but I end up being working here for a year now.

With the petrol hike and increase in cost of living, I think it's a perfect time for me to move on and out of my comfort zone a bit and strive for more money and perks in Kuala Lumpur. Believe it or not, this is my first time working out from Petaling Jaya.

Enough said about me, let's talk about tennis. You know, Wimbledon is just 2 weeks away. Nothing gets me more excited than Rafael Nadal on grass court. But with that weird looking white T-shirt? Eeewww... wouldn't you just want to rip it off?

Hey, I have a photo for you. Guess who is the player in this photo. No prize for today. Give you a clue, the girl in the next picture is his girlfriend.

Pretty, eh? That is model Brooklyn Decker. Yeps, she's Andy Roddick's fiancee. Besides the girlfriend, guess who is also watching (or should I say spying on) Andy Roddick?

Seems like Nadal has already started working for his first Wimbledon already. Perhaps Roddick is the best person to learn something from about grass surface. After all Roddick is the defending champion here at the Queen's Club and now bidding for a record of 5th Artois Championships.

(Images by IAN KINGTONIAN KINGTON/Julian Finney/AFP/Getty Images)

Jun 10, 2008

Frenchman Richard Gasquet pulls out from Beijing tennis

Nicolas Mahut and Richard Gasquet (with a cap) during the doubles match
at The Queen's Club tennis tournament.

First it was Andy Roddick. And now Richard Gasquet is pulling out from the Beijing Olympic 2008 as well.

Gasquet who is a Frenchman perhaps could be a Pro-Tibet? Or perhaps I should say that the French people are not welcomed in China?
"In agreement with his coach Guillaume Peyre, Richard Gasquet announces that he will not take part in the Olympic Games," Team Lagardere said in a statement."
Roddick on the other hand chose to skip this year's controversial Olympic event by concentrating on preparing for the U.S Open by playing at the hard court Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

Personally, I don't care if Gasquet or Roddick taking part in the Olympics or not. It doesn't make any difference.

(Image by IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Quote of the day: Rafael Nadal on the final match against Roger Federer @ the French Open

"I am humble," Nadal said, "but the numbers are the numbers."
~ Rafael Nadal

The final result of 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 at the French Open 2008 must be the most talked topic among all the tennis fans and media.

(Image by AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Jun 8, 2008

Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer to create history @ the French Open

Jose Higueras, Roger Federer's coach is so fired!

Honestly speaking, it's quite a pain in the ass to see Federer not up to his game in this year's men's final. It's not even close to the previous years whereby you know Federer had a chance if he plays with the right tactics.

It's almost unbelievable that Rafael Nadal able to crush Federer in just three sets! The final result is 6-1, 6-3, 6-0!
This win is Nadal's 11th in 17 meetings with Federer and his ninth in 10 claycourt clashes.

I can totally feel Federer's agony. It's the only Grand Slam that he still hasn't own.

If you notice, Nadal did not fall on the clay and celebrate like he used to be out of respect for Federer. I mean, to lost 0-6 is not what our world no. 1 player would expect. But in a big match like this, there's no mercy. I have to give credit to Nadal for his humble post match celebration.

For the past few months, Nadal has improved so much especially on his backhand and serve. At the age of just 22, Nadal has already won his fourth successive French Open title. With that he's joining tennis legend Bjorn Borg (1978-1981) as the only man to win 4 Roland Garros trophies in a row.

Now the question is, will Nadal be ready to take on Roger Federer on the grass surface? Let's see how they perform on their first grass court tournament of the year at The Queen's Club.

(Images by Matthew Stockman/JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

Luis Horna and Pablo Cuevas win men's French doubles

Peruvian Luis Horna and Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas are the first all-South American duo to become Grand Slam champions in the 40-year Open era.

They beat Serbian Nenad Zimonjic and Canadian Daniel Nestor 6-2, 6-3 in the men's doubles final of the French Open. Neither of them have won any major tournament before.

“Winning a Grand Slam in doubles is a wonderful experience,” Horna said. “The French Open for us South American players is the most important tournament of the year.”

“We were not expecting to go that far,” Cuevas said.

They upset the favourite and top-seeded team, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan, in the quarterfinals.

Honestly I'm not a men's doubles fan. The only thing that interest me is Horna's tattoos!

(Images by AP Photo/Michel Spingler/Laurent Baheux)

Spank those peeping ball boys

Guess who are the happiest when Ana Ivanovic climbs up in the tribune after winning the match against Dinara Safina in the women's final at the French Open?

Yeps, the ball boys! These boys are soooooo lucky, aren't they?

By the way, here's Ana posing with the prestigious Grand Slam trophy she won last night.

(Images from PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams heats up the summer in Ebony magazine

Serena Williams recently shows off her physique in the July issue of Ebony magazine.

In the exclusive issue, she talks about dating, her Olympic hope and staying fit. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
To keep her body in top condition, she indulges in scrumptious salads, which include feta cheese, candied walnuts and strawberries. “It’s too hot in the summer to cook, so I love to grill chicken and fish,” she adds.

"I also love to grill vegetables and serve them chilled.”

When asked about her rumored love interest, Common, Serena said, “I think he’s a great guy. He’s obviously a great artist who is timeless and classic. You can’t beat that. But I have to focus on tennis because that’s my goal in life.”
(Image via Ebony)

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