Saturday, November 30, 2013

Off-Season Pursuits

The 2013 season finally ended and our favorite pro-players are off spreading the gospel of tennis to the masses south of the border. Indeed, many pros have headed to the Caribbean and South America to spread the love of the game.

Check back next week when a couple key exhibitions take place in the USA.

Here are some pics:

Necker Cup on Necker, British Virgin Islands

Sorana Cirstea and Ana Ivanovic having fun in the sun. Pretty Girl Invitational?

Rafael Nadal, Richard Branson and Boris Becker. 

Venus & Serena Williams in Jamaica

Who would win a foot race - Venus & Serena or Jamaican Olympians Warren Weir & Yohan Blake. 

David Nalbandian's Farewell Tour in Argentina

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal joined forces to send David Nalbandian out in style. Where was Juan Martin del Potro during these festivities? Oh yeah - there's some bad blood there between he and Nalbandian.

This is one of the coolest pictures - Nadal and Djokovic playing tennis on a barge surrounded by glaciers. Hope the barge was heated - looks cold!

David's not going out with a fight! Here's to Novak and Rafa being good sports. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2013 Fashion Aces

Just in time for Thanksgiving in the US, its time to give thanks for the tennis players who kept it Glam and aced 2013. Sure, some of these players also appear on the Fashion Fault List.  Thankfully some were able to redeem themselves and wind up on the best dressed list. 

1. Ana Ivanovic looked perfect at Roland Garros this year.  Maybe she makes a special effort to create Glam Looks in Paris because she's a former French Open Champion? 

2. Andy Murray followed up his Wimbledon title by looking splendid under the lights in NYC at the US Open. Red definitely suits the reigning Olympic gold medalist. 

3. Fist pump for Novak Djokovic's minty green Uniqlo shirt. 

4. Rafael Nadal Glammed Up his look for the end of the year and made up for his US Open outfit catastrophe.

5. Laura Robson looked old-school and lovely in Adidas at Wimbledon in 2013. 

6. Aga Radwanska's Lotto dress rocked. The cut and style of this dress is incredibly flattering. 

7. Alize Cornet looked fantastic in Lacoste at Roland Garros. This drop waist navy dress proved to be super flattering on the young French player.  The red accouterments sealed the deal on this Glam Look.

8. Roger Federer started out the year strongly at the Australian Open by boldly wearing a grey outfit which was Glammed Up with hot-pink laces and stitching. 

9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's Adidas kit jazzed up the yellow look that's proven to be so popular on Melbourne's blue courts. 

10. Serena Williams' fun purple and orange pairing was one of many glam looks she wore in 2013. This dress was flattering and also managed to hide her sports bra! The orange printed bandanna and orange head tie make this a Glam Look from head to toe. 

Recent Spin:
2013 Fashion Faults

Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 Fashion Faults

These tennis fashions missed the mark in 2013. 

1. Caro's bikini dress is way too complicated and the oblique cut-outs are unflattering. 

2. Federer tried and failed to mix Black, Navy, and other varying shades of blue. The black socks are icing on the cake. Bring back Darth Federer. 

3. These lines proved to be unflattering on Maria. She seems to love adding triangles, rectangles and other geometric lines to her Nike kits. 

4. Gael Monfils did nothing to deserve having to wear this shirt at home in Paris. 

 5. Gray is not Rafa's color. 

6. With a few inches more, this outfit would be great. 

7. No Sveta, nooooo. You've come way too far.

8. Batman's on his way Vika. 

9. Love that Camila's mom makes her outfits.  However, this was an interesting look for prime-time, under the lights, in NYC. 

10. Tommy's to haat for this. An aside - I really hope he show's up on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Tommy is Yolanda Foster's step-son-in-law. 

Recent Spin
2013 Fashion Aces

Friday, November 15, 2013

James Blake NYC Fundraiser - December 5, 2013

Long live the J-Block and the James Blake Foundation, Inc.

James will be hosting his (mostly) annual Serving for a Cure Fundraiser in NYC this December.

Rumor has it that James' friends Andy and John will be in attendance.

Read more and check for more details here and here.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Year in Review: Roger Federer

Roger Federer's year came to a close at the hand of his rival, Rafael Nadal, in the Semi-Finals at the ATP World Finals in London. 

Roger picked up one title in 2013 by earning his sixth Halle trophy in June 2013. 

The former number one, and all-time great, saw his rankings dip to a low of 7th best in the world. Roger's record of 36 straight major QF appearances came to an end at Wimbledon due to his 2nd Round. 

Roger became one of the winning-est players ever after securing his 900th career win over the course of the season. 

Let's take a look back at his year:

  • Reached SF at Australian Open (l. to Murray)
  • Reached QFs at Rotterdam (l. to Benneteau)
  • Reached SF at Dubai (l. to Berdych)
  • Reached QF at Indian Wells (l. to Nadal) (Federer v. Nadal XXIX)

  • Did not play
  • Lost in the 3rd Round at Madrid (l. to Nishikori)
  • Reached the Finals at Rome (Federer v. Nadal XXX)

  • Became 4th player in ATP history to earn 900 match wins with (Only Connors, Lendl and Vilas have more match wins)
  • Reached the QF at Roland Garros QFs (l. to Tsonga)
  • Won at Halle, earning his 6th Halle title and 77th career title (d. Youzhny) 
  • Lost in 2nd Round at Wimbledon (l. to Stakhovsky)
  • Reached the QFs at Hamburg (l. to Delbonis)  
  • Lost in the 2nd Round at Gstaad (l. to Brands) 
  • Reached the Finals at Cincinnati QFs (l. to Nadal) (Federer v. Nadal XXXI)
  • Lost at the US Open in the 4th Round (l. to Robredo) 

  • Lost in the 3rd Round at Shanghai (l. to Monfils)
  • Reached the Finals at Basel (l. to del Potro) 
  • Earned 12th straight qualification to the ATP World Tour Finals
  • Reached SF (l. to Nadal) (Federer v. Nadal XXXII)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

By the Numbers: Rafael Nadal 2013

Let's take a closer look at Rafa’s amazing comeback in 2013:

·             $11,047,000 in Prize Money Earned (through Paris)
·              71 Match Wins (through Paris)
·             39 Wins on Clay Court
·             32 Wins on Hard Court (through Paris)
·              Beat 45 Players (through Paris)
·              Won 12th (Roland Garros) and 13th (US Open) Major Titles 
·              10  ATP Titles Won (through Paris)
·               Earned Titles on Continents – (North America, South America, Europe)
·               Losses
·               Losses to 5 players (David Ferrer, Novak Djokovic, Steve Darcis, Juan Martin del Potro,                         Horacio Zeballos).
·               Masters (Cincinnati, Montreal, Rome, Madrid, Indian Wells)
·               3rd Time as Year-End-Number 1 Men's Player
·               2 Major Titles Won (Roland Garros, US Open).
·               #1 Men’s Tennis Players
·               0 Matches won on grass

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Year in Review: Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova had a wild 2013 that ended prematurely with a right shoulder injury. Maria emerged victorious twice this year, earning titles at Indian Wells and in Stuggart. 

The 2012 Roland Garros champion was unable to defend her major title, reaching the finals of the clay court championship where she was defeated by Serena Williams. 

After the loss, Maria played three more times in 2013 making brief appearances at Wimbledon, where she skidded on the grass uncontrollably for two rounds, and then in Cincinnati for one losing match. 

Along the way, Maria cycled through two coaches, ditching Thomas Hogstedt in June 2013.
Maria surprised the tennis world by signing Jimmy Connors to her camp later in the summer only to dismiss a few weeks later shortly before the US Open.  

Ms. Sugarpova Sharapova continued to make bank on her candy line and ramped up press by tantalizing with the notion that she would seek an official name change - playing as Maria Sugarpova - during the US Open.  Alas, this was just a well-timed rumor which generated oodles of free press. 

Maria ended up withdrawing from the US Open an the WTA Championships in Istanbul. She closed out her 2013 campaign in August with an opening round loss to Sloane Stephens in Cincinnati.

Here's a look back at Maria's 2013 season:

  • Reached SF at Australian Open (l. to Li). 

  • Reached SF at Doha (l. to S.Williams). 
  • Won 28th WTA title at Indian Wells (d. Wozniacki in final); 
  • Runner-up at Miami (l. to S.Williams in final).
  • Won 29th WTA title at Stuttgart (d. Li in final). 

  • Runner-up at Madrid (l. to S.Williams in final); 
  • Reached QF at Rome (withdrew prior to match w/illness); 
  • Runner-up at Roland Garros (l. to S.Williams in final). 
  • Reached 2r at Wimbledon (l. to Larcher de Brito). 


  • Did not play. 
  • Dropped opener at Cincinnati (after 1r bye, l. to Stephens in 2r).


Friday, November 1, 2013

By the Numbers: Serena Williams 2013

Let's take a by the numbers closer look at Serena Williams' awe-inspiring 2013:
  •           $12,385,572 in Prize Money Earned
  •            480 Aces Served
  •           78 Match Wins
  •            Beat 53 Players
  •            Won 16th (Roland Garros) and 17th (US Open) Major Titles 
  •            11 WTA Titles Won
  •             Won Titles on 4 Continents – (North America, Europe, Australia, Asia)
  •             4 Losses (Australian Open QF, Doha Finalist, Wimbledon 4R, Cincinnati Finalist)
  •             Lost to 3 Players – (Sloane Stephens, Sabine Lisicki, Vika Azarenka)
  •             2 Majors (Roland Garros, US Open)
  •             #1 Women’s Tennis Players
  •              0 Straight Set Losses
  •              0 Losses on Clay (Won Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros, and Gstaad) 
Add any other stats to the comments below!