Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stepanek and Vaidisova Wed in Prague

Congratulations to happy tennis couple Radek Stepanek and Nicole Vaidisova. who got married Saturday in Prague at the St. Vitas Cathedral.

Vaidisova, 20, who retired from professional tennis earlier this year after a promising career spiraled downward, wore a beautiful white Marchesa gown on the big day. Stepanek, 31, currently ranked 29th on tour, has not been playing in many ATP tournaments due to injury, or maybe it was just wedding planning.

Best wishes to the two of them.

Ps. Nicole, a comeback isn't out of the question, you were always so fun to watch!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Henin Planning a Return in Beijing

Justine Henin will be forced to miss the US Open with an elbow injury she sustained in her 4th round Wimbledon match with Kim Clijsters, but the Belgian is already looking forward to possibly returning to the WTA Tour in Beijing in the fall.

Coach Carlos Rodriguez told People's Daily, "I hope Beijing is her next tournament. She will definitely be here if she recovers." Rodriguez added that Henin will be "able to play better tennis than before and will be ready to win a grand slam next year."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Serena Blossoms in Burberry at Tea Party

Serena Williams is turning into the perfect brand ambassador for Burberry! For the third time in two weeks, the World Number 1 rocked a frock from the design house, a maroon top and skirt combo, this time at their Beauty Garden Tea Party. Serena mingled with celebs such as Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell, and even got some one-on-one time with the Creative Director, Christopher Bailey.

And she's having no trouble rocking stilettos despite her foot injury. Sometimes you have to suffer for couture, right?

Serena with Bosworth (left) and Bailey (middle)

Serena with Bell

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Peter Lundgren to Coach Stanislas Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka has hired Peter Lundgren as his coach, according to TENNIS.com. Lundgren, the former coach of Roger Federer, met with Wawrinka, of Switzerland, and they discussed his goals, one of which was to return to the top 10. Lundgren is probably the right man for the job, as his resume is no laughing matter. The coach first took Marcelo Rios to the top 10 before leading Federer to his first major title in 2003. After that, he guided Marat Safin to the 2005 Australian Open winner's circle and has since worked with Marcos Baghdatis.

The elite ranks of the ATP are as crowded and deep as they've ever been, so it won't be easy to return to the top, but Wawrinka has the talent to revive his career, and should he meet with his countryman Roger anytime soon, he'll have a guy by his side that knows Fed's game inside and out.

Brooklyn Decker Takes the ESPYs By Storm, Isner/Mahut Wins Record-Breaking Performance

Without Andy Roddick in tow, Brooklyn Decker rocked the ESPY Awards red-carpet last night in a curve-hugging Herve Leger by Max Azria dress. The blonde-bombshell may not play a sport (does modeling half-naked count?) but she got plenty of screen time at the show. The cameras could barely shy away from her! That's probably because her boobs were practically out of her barely-there dress the whole time, but no one was complaining. Decker presented the award for best play with Mad Men star John Hamm, won by Breet Favre and Greg Lewis.

Justin Gimelstob also had Brooklyn to thank for the front row seats, according to Twitter.

In other tennis-ESPY news, John Isner and Nicholas Mahut's epic 11-hour encounter garnered one of the bigger awards of the night, best Record-Breaking Performance, but onloy half of the historic duo was there to accept the trophy. The pair beat out Roger Federer and his 15 slams in the category, as well as Usain Bolt's 100m dash and a few others that didn't really have a shot anyway.

Serena was completely and utterly robbed in the Best Female Athlete category by Lindsey Vonn, but we all know she reigns supreme. Williams wasn't winless on the night though, as she triumphed in the Best Female Tennis Player category, while Kim Clijsters was awarded Best Comeback.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Serena Throws a Pre-Espys Party

Serena Williams hosted her very own Pre-Espy's party at her residence in Bel Air last night and the guest list included a bunch of other famous guests, including sister Venus, Kim Kardashian, Kevin Garnett, Selita Ebanks, Brandy, Miles Austin, Vivica Fox, Michael Strahan, Mel B and many, many more.

The hostess continued to out-do herself in the style department, turning in yet another sexy and stellar look, wearing a leopard-print Dolce & Gabbana Bustier dress with black pumps and silver accessories. Guests were served Pink's hotdogs and a smorgasbord of patron cocktails. The lucky invitees also went home with Mission Skincare products.

Sounds like the house party of the year!

Serena and Kim Kardashian.

Serena posing with Brandy (left, in Phillip Lim 3.1) and Selita Ebanks (right, in Alica & Olivia)

Looks like someone made a wardrobe change into something more casual.

Venus, in a babydoll white halter dress with gold peeptoes, the same ones she wore to the pre-Wimbledon party. The world number 3 finished off her look with a long, gold necklace.

I'm sure not many guests were up to this challenge.

Kardashian and rumored boyfriend Miles Austin.

Inside the chic party


Monday, July 12, 2010

Fed Takes a Much Needed Vacay to France

After Roger Federer's very disappointing Wimbledon, the Swiss and wife Mirka took a much-needed vacation to Corsica, France where he spent some time in the sun and on a gorgeous yacht evening out his tennis-players tan line.

He's also bringing a little bit of the '70s back into style with his short trunks.

Let's hope that the time off is helping TMF to regroup and have a successful run in the US hardcourt tournaments.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Clijsters Beats Serena in Exho Before 35K Spectators

Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters made tennis history at the "Best of World" exhibition on Thursday after the Belgian beat the American 6-3, 6-2 in front of 35,681 spectators, a new world record for largest attendance at a tennis match. The previous record was held by Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at the "Battle of the Sexes" in '73.

Justine Henin was originally scheduled to play her compatriot Clijsters before pulling out with an elbow injury, so Serena stepped in to compete while Martina Navratilova served as chair umpire. French open champ Francesca Schiavone made a surprise appearance at the event, held at the King Baudouin Stadium. After the match the crowd was entertained with fireworks and a concert.

"I was here often as a little girl to come and watch football," said Clijsters, whose late father often played soccer in the massive stadium. "That I can actually play here is very special and emotional. I said to myself a few times: 'Remember this moment well.'"

Friday, July 9, 2010

Looks Like Andy's Heading to the Military

Most of the time, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but not when their are pictures. Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker spent their fourth of July at the Palms Casino and Resort and clearly, they got carried away, and decided to shave Andy's head.

Maybe A-Rod is still fed up with himself after his Wimbledon loss and decided to inflict this disaster of a look above on himself but one thing is for sure; that hair better grow back damn fast or Roddick will be the subject of a lot of jokes in the ATP locker rooms.

I am sure that the Marines will welcome him with open arms.

Rafa to Support Spain in WC Final

Rafael Nadal has decided to skip Spain's Davis Cup tie along with postpone his knee treatment to support his country in the World Cup final in South Africa against the Netherlands. Perhaps this is a precautionary measure seeing as it would be a difficult task to be asked to focus on a tennis match, and one that doesn't count for rankings even better, while you're favorite soccer team is playing in a game that could be one-in-a-lifetime.

Sucks for Rafa's Davis Cup teammates who will be doing the dirty work against France while Nadal kicks it with his Wimbledon trophy and a beer.

Traveling to SA also means that Rafa will need to delay the scheduled treatments on his knees, but he has over a month until his next tournament, Montreal, so I'm sure he'll squeeze it in some time in between.

Unless, of course, Spain loses and he takes the rest of the year off. Vamos Espana!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Serena Covers Sports Illusrated after Wimby Win

Serena Williams' Wimbledon win on Saturday, her 13th Major title, nagged the top-ranked player in the world her 4th Sports Illustrated cover, with the controversial title "Love Her, Hate Her. She's the Best Ever." The article, by Tennis's Jon Wertheim chronicles her many achievements and explains why she's the GOAT.

I think she still has a ways to go before she can be considered the best women's player of all time, but, without a doubt, she's the best of her generation and she has the stats and the longevity to prove it.

She tweeted her excitement:

Congrats Serena. You earned it!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rankings Reports: Federer Drops to 3, Venus to 4 and Zvonareva Back in Top 10

The rankings were rattled in more ways than one after 2 weeks of craziness at Wimbledon, but none probably more shocking or surprising or noticeable than Roger Federer with a 3 next to his name. Yes, you hard me right. THE Roger Federer is now outside of the top 2 for the first time in 7 years. Novak Djokovic takes his place at number 2, while Rafa remains in the drivers seat. Robin Soderling entered the top 5 for the first tme in his career, Andy Roddick dropped two spots to 9th and Tomas Berdych reached a career-high 8th. Surprise quarterfinalistYen-Hsun Lu jumped an incredible 40 spots to 42nd.

In the WTA rankings, Venus William's shocking quarterfinal loss resulted in a drop to the 4th spot, behind Serena, Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki. Vera Zvonareva's run to the finals got the Russian back in the top 10 for the first time in almost a year, to 9th, while Czech Petra Kvitova's semifinal appearance bumped her from 62nd to 29th. Dinara Safina continued to fall rapidly, as she is now out of the top 30 and the same goes for Ana Ivanovic, ranked 64th. Semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova increased 47 spots to 35th and Sabine Lisicki, out with an injury, fell to 79th.

Serena and Nadal Shine at Wimbledon Winners Ball

One of the best of all the many traditions Wimbledon has is the Champions Ball, held just for the men's and women's winner, on Sunday night. Serena Williams attended in a shimmering gold Burberry dress (although her previous plan was to wear Max Azria), completing the look with strappy black heels. It's without a doubt one of her best red-carpet looks EVER, as she oozes sass and sophistication. Rafael Nadal's look was simple yet elegant, as the Spaniard donned a black tux and black bow tie. The event was held at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel and both champs were clearly having a wonderful time.

Rafa Blasts Berdych for 8th Slam, 2nd Wimbledon

Sorry it's taken me so long to get my lazy-ass up and blog about Rafael Nadal's incrdible Wimbledon title, earned on Sunday. The Spaniard showed his superior athleticism and experience in dismantling Tomas Berdych shot-by-shot in the finals at the All England Club. Despite not hitting his forehand the way he would have liked in the 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory, Nadal was able to save important break points, most notably in the first game of the second set. Berdych, on the other hand, never found a rhythm serving-wise, although he hit his powerful forehand aggressively.

En route to the finals berdych made history, knocking out Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, wile Rafa went through a tough crowd himself, defeating Robin Soderling and And Murray. The 2nd Wimbldon win and 8th Grand Slam overall move Rafa into very, very good company, tying Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry, Ken Rosewall and Jimmy Connors on the All-Time Major Championships list. Also, he has now done twice what is considered one of the toughest feats in the sport: complete the Roland Garros-Wimbedon double.

"This year, i came back and to have the trophy in my hand is more than I can dream," said Rafa, just 24 years old. "It (missing the tournament in 2009) was probably one of the toughest moments in my career. Winning here was always my dream. I did it two years ago, did it again this year. Unbelievable."

Don't get too filled biting that trophy, Rafa. I'm sure there's plenty more to come.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Serena Powers past Zvonareva for 4th Wimbledon, 13th Slam

Serena Williams successfully defended her Wimbledon crown with a stunning and domianting performance against Vera Zvonareva of Russia. Over the course of the fortnight Serena displayed the brilliance of her serve, cracking 89 aces in 7 matches to set a Wimbledon record. In the 6-3, 6-2 win over her 21st seeded opponent, Serena had complete control over all but a few rallies, never giving Zvonareva an opportunity to get her feet straight. Serena didn't face one break point in the match and lost just 3 points on her serve in the second set.

En route to the final Zvonareva returned to her pre-ankle injury form, dismissing Yanina Wickmayer, Jelena Jankovic and Kim Clijsters in impressive performances. Serena commended her opponent in her post-match interview, telling the crowd, “Everyone should give her a big round of applause. She defines what being a champion and never giving up means."

Serena defined that herself as well, winning her 13th Grand Slam title and 4th Wimbledon to surpass the great Billie Jean King on the All-Time list. The top seed blasted through the draw without dropping a set and improved her Grand Slam finals record to 13-3. “My dream was able to come true," said Serena. “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard. This one is very special.”

Very special indeed. Congrats S!