For you aspiring television stars and tennis fans here's a clip you'll surely enjoy.
What Not To Wear
Men have worn some real doozies over the years. I'm sure many of us remember Dominic Hrbaty's backless gem, but Novak Djokovic has entered the realm of what the fuck was he thinking with his yellow and black kit he's worn during Toronto and Cincinnati.
Jeremy Chardy of France, totally distracted me with this kit. Of course I have been said to have the attention span of a gnat but I have watched very long tennis matches and paid attention thank you very much. I'm guessing the wings have symbolic meaning in Serbia but I don't know. Maybe it's the yellow and black paired with the white and black cap? In my book it's awful and would be awful in any color and deserving of being trash canned by Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.
Pilot Pen In Trouble
YAHOO is reporting that the tournament taking place in New Haven, Connecticut this week may be on its last legs. Citing the poor economy the Pilot Pen company is not renewing its sponsorship. Tournament Director Ann Worcester will be conducting tours for several companies during the tournament.
...The tournament must let the owners, the United States Tennis Association, know whether it will continue leasing both sanctions or “hand back the keys by the end of September,” Worcester said.
Worcester said her ideal candidate would be an international company based in Connecticut. She said that she is confident someone will step up in the next month, but that she’s also working on a couple of backup plans.
If New Haven can’t get a full commitment, it might settle for a sponsorship that will allow it to keep just a men’s or a woman’s tournament, she said.
It’s also possible that Yale and local corporations could put together a “bridge” sponsorship that would give the tournament another year or two to find a single title sponsor.
Making It Official
Juan Martin del Potro would not be able to defend his title at the US Open which starts on August 30. Del Potro is reported to have just started hitting and is in no shape to compete in a Grand Slam event. This news was totally expected and makes me wonder what the heck was going on when reports of his making the trip to New York were rampant earlier this summer.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will be the women's top seed at this years US Open now that world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn. Is she just a pusher, someone who has no strategy other than to keep the ball in play? There will be extra focus on her style of play today since she has the potential to play two matches in Montreal due to rain that kept the semi finals from being played yesterday. It's going to be interesting to see how Svetlana Kuznetsova plays today as well. She is a US Open champion and now one of the women being mentioned as capable of winning the event this year. Of course good Sveta is capable of winning any tournament. It's bad Sveta that I'm concerned about.
The winner of their match will face either Victoria Azarenka or Vera Zvonareva in the final that will be played later today.
Why was so much cyberspace ink wasted on what was obviously a fake video of Roger Federer hitting a can off the head of a production assistant? The man flinched after the can was heard rattling to the floor not before as most human beings would do with a tennis ball flying at them. Just proves all the fanboys and girls are not sitting at home obsessing over their favorite doesn't it?
When Brad Gilbert says on national television that he never, ever, expected to see a player wearing a certain color again you have to wonder what the hell was going on in said players camp. I know the player has been raised not to be superstitious but someone has to insert reason when it comes to certain things. I'm just saying.
Dinara Safina changed coaches and said her back problems were over but she is still having trouble returning to form. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has played very well of late but she needs to lose a few pounds. The same can be said for Alisa Kleybanova. I still can't watch her matches for fear of her repeating that hair thing but she has the potential to do very well on the tour if she works on her fitness. That's a nice euphemism isn't it?
With Elena Dementieva struggling with her game, Maria Sharapova still struggling mentally, Anna Chakvetadze having never recovered her previous form and Svetlana Kuznetsova still searching for consistency the Russians are going to be the big mystery for the rest of the year. Why didn't I mention Bepa in the above litany? She deserves her own separate mention no?
Serena Williams injury was real or not can be put to rest. There is no way in hell Serena would miss playing the US Open unless she is too injured to play. No one wears that "boot" unless they have to. Yes Serena has been out and about but that is the reason the boot is designed the way it is.
Injuries and illnesses of other players, male and female, are reported with the seriousness they deserve but mention that Serena, or her sister Venus Williams, are injured and the haters come out of the wood work. It seems to me that the idea that African Americans don't feel pain or get injured the way others do is still alive and well in these United States.