This was the week where if you won a tournament you either got a punchbowl of some kind or a middle school art project.
Nicolas Almagro won the singles title at Gstaad and ended up with this beauty. I'm sure he's glad he'll only get a replica of this to take home. Imagine that in your trophy room.
Juan-Carlos Ferrero's shoulders when he won the title at Umag on Sunday. I'm also pretty sure he was glad he wouldn't have to lug this beauty home. Replica indeed.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won the title in Istanbul, a match I thought was over in the first set and not in her favor. The trophy looks like something you'd find in your gynecologist's office. Ladies?
Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka at Stanford. Azarenka won. She got a nice punch bowl for her efforts.
L Friedl and F Polasek won the doubles crown at Umag.
Daniilidou and Woehr won the doubles at Istanbul.
Lindsay Davenport and Liezel Huber won the doubles title at Stanford. Huber is holding the punch bowl.
Alexandra Mueller won the women's US Open National Playoffs. She gets a Wild Card into the qualifying tournament.
A Bird In the Hand...
Andy Murray is thinking about what a craptastic week he had. An official announcement was made that he had fired his long time, for Murray, coach and was looking to hire someone new. That someone new was said to be Darren Cahill who is part of the Adidas team of coaches. That notion was shot down when Cahill, on live television, said, and I'm paraphrasing, that he wasn't interested in full time coaching and would only have considered it if he'd been called by Roger Federer. Ouch? During yesterday's championship match against Sam Querrey Murray, with no one to yell at (Not that it stopped him. The string of expletives that flew nonstop from his mouth would've gotten Serena Williams a violation) got so frustrated he punched his racquet strings. They can cut you. See blood on shirt as Exhibit A. Reports today say with Cahill out of the picture it's not clear who wants to step up for the chance to be on the receiving end of a Murray charm offensive. Will he go into the US Open without a coach? We'll all be waiting to find out.