Mar 6, 2009

GAME. SET. MARCH: Have you register yourself?

Have you register yourself to the ATP's draw challenge called "GAME. SET. MARCH"?

The draw opens on next Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

If you haven't register yourself, then go ahead and do it here.

Then, here's what you need to do:
  • Pick the most winners at the first two events, The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
  • Pick the most winners at all 12 events.
  • Pick a perfect draw at any event.
You could be on your way to win a VIP Trip to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London!

There are also gift cards valued up to $1000 to be won.

Among the new features in this year's tournament brackets are:
  • You can create your own challenge with your friends
  • Discuss strategies on the forums!
  • Standings updated in real time
(Via ATP)

Mar 5, 2009

India, Taiwan to face off in Davis Cup tie

The Indian Davis Cup team believe they have the extra edge against Taiwan in the second round tie of the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, starting tomorrow.

Based on ranking, new poster boy Somdev Devvarman who will take on Chen Ti in the opening singles rubber could win the first point for India.

Taiwan will heavily rely on Asia's no. 1 Rendy Lu Yen-Hsun. He missed Taiwan's first round tie against Kazakhstan, so his return has made the Taiwan team more confident.

But let us not forget that Rohan Bopanna is 2-1 in head-to-head against Lu over the last two years. Bopanna could steal a point in this second singles rubber if Rendy is to continue with his fluctuating game.

World's top doubles players Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi is expected to have little problem in dealing with Yang Tsung-Hua and Yi Chu-Huan.

The fourth and fifth rubbers are going to be tough and unpredictable. I do believe that Rendy will at least win a point from the two matches he's playing.

To watch the Davis Cup tie live streaming online, click here.

(Images posted by Elvis via

All eyes on Kei Nishikori in Davis Cup tie vs China

Kei Nishikori and Zeng Shao-Xuan will lead the Japanese and Chinese Davis Cup teams respectively in the the second round tie of the Asia/Oceania Zone Group 1.

The event will be held at Namihaya Dome sub arena in Osaka from Friday to Sunday.

Kei will be joined by Go Soeda, Satoshi Iwabuchi and Takao Suzuki to represent Japan for the matchup against Zeng, Zhang Ze and Wu Di of China.

(Images via

Grigor Dimitrov: The face of a future star player

I simply couldn't resist these photos.

Grigor Dimitrov who has been touted as "better than Federer" by his coach, was at the Davis Cup press conference few days ago.

He is representing Bulgaria and will play against the Hungarian Davis Cup team in this weekend's Europe/Africa Zone Group 2 clash.


Dirk Hordorff hired to coach Taiwan Davis Cup team

Taiwan Tennis Association has a new strategy to counter India Davis Cup team in this weekend's Asia/Oceania Zone Group I clash.

Rendy Lu Yen-Hsun's coach, Dirk Hordorff has been invited to train the Taiwan team at the very last minute.

He was at the press conference yesterday together with the entire Taiwan Davis Cup team.

(Image posted by Elvis via

One million baht carrot for Thai Davis Cup team

The Thai Davis Cup team will earn a million baht bonus if they beat Australia in this weekend's Asia/Oceania Zone Group I clash.

The Thai team will be led by Danai Udomchoke with Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana, Kittipong Vachiramanowong and Peerakiat Siriruethaiwattana.

Thanakorn Srichaphan is the team captain while his brother Paradorn, who cannot play because of an injured wrist, will be the assistant coach.

The Australian team is led by Lleyton Hewitt supported by Carsten Ball, Chris Guccione and Brydan Klein.

The winning team will meet either India or Taiwan in May.

Thai team manager Atat Nana said the players were looking forward to the event, especially as doubles pair Sonchat and Sanchai won a doubles title in Australia last week.

The match will be held at the National Tennis Development Centre, Muang Thong Thani from Friday until Sunday.

Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT) offers 1,500 free tickets for fans on their website.

(Via Bangkok Post; Image via LTAT website)

Mar 4, 2009

Andy Roddick shows kids tennis a tough sport

Andy Roddick is trying to discourage the kids from picking up tennis, huh?

The United States Davis Cup tennis player shows the kids how to hit an oversize ball with an oversize racket during a tennis clinic after a press conference in Birmingham, Alabama yesterday.

Andy and and his teammates will be playing the first round series against Switzerland this Friday in Birmingham.

And talking about kids, I would like to share some photos sent to me by Esther given by the media team at

These photos were taken by Cecil Wise during Kids' Day at Delray Beach recently. Aren't they cute?

(Images via Yahoo! Sports, Cecil Wise)

It's better safe than sorry

Israeli tennis player Andy Ram said Swedish authorities made a “stupid decision” when they barred fans from the Davis Cup series between the two countries.

Well, Ram, take a look at what had happened to the Sri Lankan cricket team yesterday, and you might want to think twice.

Eight people were killed and seven other wounded in the attack when unidentified gunmen firing at the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab.

In the latest updates, New Zealand Cricket has called off their Pakistan tour scheduled in December.

Now back to tennis, I understand how frustrated Ram, his fellow teammates and the Swedish team were to play the first-round series in Malmo in an empty stadium.

Malmo city officials had to make the hardest decision by keeping the fans away as they couldn’t guarantee security at the 4,000-seat Baltic Hall.

Anti-Israel protests are already expected in Malmo, and about 1,000 police have been called to keep protesters from the arena.

After Sweden, other countries who will be playing Israel could follow suit.
“I think it was a wrong decision. I think it maybe can open the door for other countries to make a stupid decision like this one,” Ram said.

“I think it’s going to be very bad to play without a crowd.”
Harel Levy, another member of Israel’s four-man team, said it was wrong to mix sports and politics.
“We are here to play tennis,” Levy said.

“We are not here to talk about politics or to talk about terror.”
Dudi Sela and Noam Okun are also on the Israeli team.

Sweden are represented by Robert Lindstedt, Simon Aspelin, Bjorn Rehnquist and Daniel Berta. Veteran Thomas Johansson has been practicing with the Swedish team.
“We’re here since Sunday and we saw him (Johansson) play every day, practicing very hard, so he’s going to play,” Sela predicted.
Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open champion, was disappointed his country won’t get the benefit of a cheering crowd.
“When you play Davis Cup on home turf you want a full house, and we think it’s too bad that there won’t be,” he said.
(Via AP; Images by Drago Prvulovic/AFP/Getty Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Mar 3, 2009

Sania Mirza endorses new Cadbury variant, TVS Scooty Streak

Cadbury India has recently roped in Asian tennis sensation Sania Mirza to endorse its newly launched variant, 'Cadbury Bournvita Li'l Champs'.

As part of the promotional campaign, the company launched a television commercial showcasing's Mirza transformation from a toddler to a tennis champ after the consumption of the new product.

Apart from television, Cadbury will also run promotional campaigns across media platforms including outdoor, Internet and the radio.
Cadbury India executive director-marketing Sanjay Purohit said, "The core proposition of Bournvita Li'l Champs is to provide mental alertness and physical fitness in the age group of 2-5 years."
Sania also recently became the brand ambassador for TVS Scooty Streak, which has been described as a stylish and convenient option for young girls.

(Via,; Images via

Mar 2, 2009

Kei Nishikori's official website coming soon!

Finally Kei Nishikori has his official website!

It's still under construction but I already love it's green & black theme!

Rendy Lu's website will also get a major face uplift and will be relaunched soon!

Both websites will be available in English version too!

Esther, thanks for the info!

Japanese television station WOWOW signed Kei for a multiple years deal.

Kei will be the official ambassador of WOWOW’s tennis broadcasts at the Grand Slam tournaments.

WOWOW will not only broadcast Kei's results in all the Grand Slam tournaments but also personal interviews with Kei and analysis of his matches.

Here are some photos at the sponsorship signing ceremony.

(Images via,

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