Sep 19, 2009

PROTON Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Tennis Classic

Here are some updates on the ATP and WTA events in my country.

PROTON Malaysian Open secured it's first ever title sponsor after the country's first national car maker Proton Holdings Bhd came on board to support the inaugural tennis tournament from September 26 - October 4.

Not only that the marquee players will be chauffeured in Proton Perdana, a fan will get a chance to drive away a Proton Satria Neo in the "Catch the Signed Ball Challenges" during the tournament week.

Other attractive prizes waiting to be given away are Philips televisions, 5-star Mandarin Oriental hotel stays, Wilson tennis gear which add up to a staggering RM150,000 (USD$43,000)!

Now, here's a little bit update on Fernando Verdasco...

Despite his abdominal muscles injury and foot surgery plan (mentioned during the US Open interview), the tournament organiser has confirmed that Verdasco WILL participate in the US$947,750 PROTON Malaysian Open, which will also feature another top 10 player, Nikolay Davydenko, and five from the top 15 and seven of the top 20.

By the way, if you're a fan of chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani, he'll be here too.

For insider's information regarding the PROTON Malaysian Open, you can read Giri's blog on the tournament's official website.

Players will start arriving in Kuala Lumpur from Wednesday onwards (as mentioned by Giri in his blog). So don't be surprised if you see any of the players in this country by middle of next week!


Earlier this week, I attended the official launch of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Malaysian Tennis Classic scheduled to take place at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort from February 22-28, 2010

From left to right - Kevin Livesey (a Member of the Board of Director, Sony Ericsson WTA), Datuk Abdul Razak Latiff (President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia), Dato' Ahmad Shabery Cheek (Minister of Youth and Sports), Valen Goh (Director of Berjaya Clubs), Keld Kristiansen ( Executive Chairman of Carbon Media Management)

Launch gimmick

Malaysian players (the Boeys and Jawariah Noordin) - Jawariah could get a direct entry into the Main Draw.

Not much info was given at the event simply because it was too early to mention who are the players who have confirmed their participation, sponsors, etc.

However the USD$220,000 (tentative) tournament will be guaranteed of the presence of at least two players from the top 20.

Besides a 32-player singles event, the tournament will also have a doubles event featuring 16 pairs.

This event will be a permanent fixture in the WTA calendar for two years.

By the way, thumbs up for the event venue. The resort already has quite a number of tennis courts and surrounded by beautiful greenery. A makeshift centre court will be built for the tournament.

Although it is not as easily accessible as the ATP tournament which is located at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, fans would still be able to reach there by public transport like bus and cab.

Thanks to the tournament organiser Carbon Media Management for giving me the opportunity to attend this event.

Sep 18, 2009

Delpomania hit Tandil, newly-crowned US Open champ's homecoming

Every celebration should end with an explosive climax... and Tandil was the biggest, most close to heart venue to celebrate the victory of Juan Martin del Potro.

The newly-crowned US Open champion was greeted by 40,000 people in his hometown of Tandil yesterday!

The US Open champ was paraded through the streets on a fire engine and gave a speech thanking his fans for their support.

Here are some interesting facts about del Potro:
  • He switched to tennis after growing up playing football, rugby union and basketball.
  • He always wanted to play against others three or four years older—and he’d win.
  • The 6-feet-6 Del Potro is known at home as the “Tower of Tandil.”
  • Growing up, his friends called him “Midget” and described his long, thin legs as “little sticks.”
  • The president of the club where he used to play tennis said del Potro is a great goalscorer in football. The president said, if del Potro had stayed with soccer, he’d be a Maradona or Pele."
  • His father Daniel is a veterinarian and mother Patricia a literature teacher.
  • He gave his 18-year-old sister Julieta a luxury car he won last year in a tournament in Stuttgart, Germany.
(Images by Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

Sep 16, 2009

Post-US Open: Juan Martin Del Potro from NYC and back to Argentina

A day after he dethroned Roger Federer in the US Open final, Juan Martin del Potro knew he would have a busy day meeting the press and fans.

He started the day posing at the top of the Empire State Building and appear on several TV shows including NBC's "The Today Show" and CBS's "The Early Show".

Meets with CBS anchors on "The Early Show"

An interview on the "Charlie Rose Show"

Meets with NBC anchors on "The Today Show"

Q & A with Johnny Mac

Then del Potro attended a promotional activity for his sponsor Nike. He was interviewed by John McEnroe on a Q & A session at Niketown NYC.

With fans upon his arriving at the international airport in Ezeiza, Argentina

Later that day del Potro was back in his homeland Argentina, a country who loves football more than tennis.

Del Potro was greeted at the Buenos Aries airport by chants of “Ole, Ole” and “Del Pooo, Del Pooo".

At a news conference in Buenos Aires

The champ is set to return to his hometown of Tandil where the city of 100,000 was expected to hold a parade in his honor.

He will be designated the official “sports ambassador” and receive a key to the city.

(Via AP, Images by Getty Images, Nike)

Sep 15, 2009

Meet Del Potro at Niketown NYC today

New US Open champ, Juan Martin del Potro will celebrate his victory by meeting fans in New York City today.

He'll be making an appearance at Niketown New York at 1:00PM.

John McEnroe will be on hand for a Q&A with del Potro, who is scheduled to appear for about one hour.

If you're a fan (or just jumped on the Del Potro bandwagon) and happen to be in NYC, go and support him!

WHO: 2009 US Open Champion, Juan Martin del Potro

WHAT: Q&A with John McEnroe

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009 (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

WHERE: Niketown New York, 6 E. 57th St, New York, NY 10022

(Image via Yahoo! Sports)

Post-US Open: Kim Clijsters conquers New York's Times Square

Kim Clijsters who reigns again as the US Open champion was in Times Square yesterday posing with her US Open trophy for the photographers.

Her husband Brian Lynch and their daughter, Jada were also there.

Little Jada started crying when Clijsters gave her to a member of her entourage so that she could do a television interview.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

US Open Day 15 Wrap-up: Federer loses a grand slam final to somebody who isn't Nadal

I admit the title of this post isn't from me... I took it from ToniTennis via

It was an unexpected win by Juan Martin del Potro, no?

Even del Potro himself can't believe he had won, pouring cold water all over his head to ensure he wasn't dreaming.

The victory made him the first South American man to triumph in New York since Guillermo Vilas in 1977.

However, the match was spoiled by Federer's uncharacteristic display, after he launched a tirade at the American chair umpire during a changeover.

Federer complained that del Potro had been given too much time to challenge a line call.
"No, it's too late," an angry Federer said.

"I wasn't even able to challenge after two seconds and he takes 10 seconds every time. Do you have any rules in there?"

Federer then continued, "I don't give a shit what he said. Don't fucking tell me the rules."

Federer's nagging were picked up by CBS microphones and broadcasted live.

Earlier in the women's doubles final, Serena and Venus Williams won the US Open title, defeating top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-2, 6-2.

(Via AP; Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Juan Martin Del Potro wins the US Open title

Juan Martin Del Potro dethroned Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a 5 set thriller to clinch the US Open title.

I'll be back with more updates later.

Sep 14, 2009

US Open Day 14 Wrap-up: Heartbroken... It Must Be Love

As always, it's demotivating to blog each time Rafael Nadal got defeated.

In a match that looks like his worst-ever defeat in a Grand Slam tournament, the Mallorcan Matador lost
6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to Juan Martin del Potro, who had beat him twice this year (Indian Wells and Montreal).

Del Potro played flawless tennis and Nadal said the Argentine fully deserved his win, while admitting that he was way below his best and was not in prime physical condition.

In another semifinal match, Roger Federer topped Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 with the help of what he called the "greatest shot of his life", a between-the-legs, back-to-the-net, crosscourt winner from the baseline.

In the men's doubles final, Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes celebrated another major victory by beating the no. 3 seeds, Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Lots of love from Paes and Dlouhy

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Kim Clijsters: Back with a bang and wins US Open women's title

Are you surprised? I guess not!

Kim Clijsters defeated Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3 to win the US Open.

That makes her the first unranked player and first wildcard to win a Grand Slam, and the first mother to do so since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

Light moment with baby daughter Jada

I'm tied up with some work so, I'll be back with more updates on US Open Day 14 later.

Sep 13, 2009

US Open Day 13 Wrap-up: Gonzalez eats bagel, Clijsters wins but Serena steals the show, Wozniacki stays in the shadow

Rafael Nadal beat Fernando Gonzalez pretty quickly to win 7-6, 7-6, 6-0 in a match that began Thursday evening.

Gonzalez who seemed not getting enough warm-up kept looking at the sky and scoreboard, perhaps was looking for a sign of rain.

It started to drizzle a bit and Gonzalez sought treatment from a trainer for his feet but that didn't help to delay his lost to Nadal for another day.

Light shower continued through the evening but I was glad that both women's singles semifinals finally took off.

Kim Clijsters reached the final by beating Serena Williams 6-4, 7-5.

Kimmie, I'm sorry I stole the limelight from you tonight.

However the match was marred by controversy after Serena was docked a point for yelling at an official who called a foot fault.

I may look very calm on the outside but guess what, I'm shit scared of Serena inside.

The line judge reported it to the chair umpire which led to the chair umpire awarding a point to Clijsters, ending the match.

Serena already had been given a code violation warning when she broke her racket after losing the first set.

At the press conference, Serena denied she threatened to 'kill the line judge' and it was unnecessary to apologize to the lady. You can read the full transcript here.

In another women's semifinal that took place at the same time, Caroline Wozniacki's victory was overshadowed by the controversy.

Wozniacki will play in her first Grand Slam final after defeated Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-3.

Here's Sunday's order of play on day 14 at the U.S. Open (prefix denotes seeding):

(Starts at 12:00 PM)
1-Roger Federer (Switzerland) v 4-Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
3-Rafael Nadal (Spain) v 6-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina)
9-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v Kim Clijsters (Belgium)

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Danai Udomchoke is engaged!

Thailand no.1 Danai Udomchoke is engaged!

He announced his engagement to Ms. Charinporn Pinijchob
on Facebook after their engagement party on Saturday.

Looks like the couple's wedding will take place later in November.

Congrats to the lovely couple!

(Image by Ratt Ninsiri via Danai Udomchoke's Facebook)

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