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Well, It Wasn't a Complete Wash

More than a few matches were played today, despite the rain, with my pick for the whole shebang, Roger Federer, getting a nice workout in.



His opponent today, Sam Querrey, was going to be tricky enough to let Roger get a feel for the tournament off the bat with his big serve and forehand. And with his recent attitude adjustment about playing on clay,… Continue

Added by Van Sias on May 26, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

FASHION FIX: Venus struggles with game + EleVen outfit



Venus Williams recently took some much needed time off to rest and her lack of match play showed today at Roland Garros. The 6-time Grand Slammer… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 26, 2008 at 3:41pm — No Comments

FASHION FIX: Federer defeats Querrey, goes dark for Nike



Roger Federer made his debut at the French Open today defeating giant American baller Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 and continuing his quest for a… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 26, 2008 at 11:18am — No Comments

PHOTO OP: The Williams family dance looks painful

Wow - does the drama gene run in this family or what? Mama Oracene, Venus and baby sis Serena seem to be busting some kind of (painful) move.



Maybe it's a Williams family dance?



*Via… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 26, 2008 at 11:16am — No Comments

Harkleroad to give it up for Playboy, tongue and all



Okay boys - Ashley Harkleroad is ready for her close-up...and I mean really close.



Pebbles, who was dismantled by… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 26, 2008 at 9:56am — No Comments

Body betrays Eysseric but beauty remains intact



Jonathan Eysseric is one to watch...and in more ways than one.



The 17-year old Frenchie wild card went the distance with Brit baller… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 26, 2008 at 9:54am — No Comments

FASHION FIX: Serena's tide is rising, goes nautical with Nike



Serena Williams, who may be losing her marbles these days, looked focused in her 6-2, 6-1 demolition of compatriot Ashley… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 26, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Chanel Tennis Racquet - Stop the Madness

We'll let Tennis Served Fresh decide whether Karl Lagerfeld is trying to kill us with his carbon fiber racquet. All we know is that Chanel has no business making tennis racquets.



From… Continue

Added by Bob Wallace on May 25, 2008 at 9:02am — No Comments

And the Winner Is ... (French Open Quarterfinalist Picks—Men)

Add me to the list of tennis fans expecting Roger Federer to pick up the title at the French Open. And if you'd like, vote here if you agree or disagree. Here's how I expect the tournament to shake out before Roger takes the title with my men's quarterfinal breakdown:…



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Added by Van Sias on May 24, 2008 at 8:44pm — No Comments

A Career Slam in the Cards? (French Open Quarterfinalist Picks—Women)

She's only won one clay-court title in her career (on Har-Tru, no less), but Maria Sharapova (above) has to be thanking the draw gods heading into the French Open this year. I'm actually picking her to come through in my quarterfinal predictions! I know Jelena Jankovic is the popular pick, but the bottom half of the draw is ridiculously difficult: the Williams sisters, Ana Ivanovic and a couple of players that have been hot over the clay-court… Continue

Added by Van Sias on May 24, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Favorite French Moment #1: FINALLY!





The countdown concludes with what is my favorite memory across all sports (and I'm a HUGE sports fan): Andre Agassi winning it in 1999, to complete the career Slam.



Everyone's familiar with the story of how, in 1997, he had slipped to 141 in the rankings and instead of deciding to pack it in, hit the Challenger… Continue

Added by Van Sias on May 24, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

French Open Picks

From WhatsAllTheRacquet



The French Open starts today (may have already kicked off), here are my picks:



Women: Jelena Jankovic



Men: Roger Federer (yes, you read it right I said Roger Federer...I believe the bear has been poked one too many times, and with the new coach he's still the best player in the world).…



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Added by Bob Wallace on May 24, 2008 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

Beautiful Day

Played with 2 members of the Brooklyn Tennisopolis group yesterday. My legs are tired, but the weather was great for playing. Hope to see more of you guys out on the courts this summer.

Added by Andy O on May 24, 2008 at 6:54am — No Comments

HEAD Re-Signs Tennis Sensation Murray

HEAD announced that the company has re-signed an agreement with tennis star Andy Murray. The partnership will continue through end of 2011. The contract signing took place on May 20th in London with Executive Director of Global Sales Jeremy Sherwood in attendance. Murray, who plays with the MicroGEL Radical MP, holds a current ranking of No. 11 in the South African Airways ATP rankings. Read more at WhatsAllTheRacquet

Added by Bob Wallace on May 23, 2008 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Favorite French Moment #2: Through the Eyes of a Child

So landing in the middle of my favorite thoughts about the French involves two of the most captivating and charismatic players of the past couple of decades, Jennifer Capriati and Gustavo Kuerten, respectively, and my favorite young player—my soon-to-be 10-year-old nephew, Carlos Smith. (Remember that name!)…



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Added by Van Sias on May 23, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

FRENCH OPEN 2008 PREVIEW: The ladies



(Hey y'all - I'll only be posting the ladies' preview today since it's long weekend here in the US for Memorial Day. I'll be back late Sunday for the opening day of Roland Garros. In the meantime, enjoy the preview!!!)



The Queen is dead!



Well okay, more… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 23, 2008 at 7:38am — No Comments

Retro Nike Air Tech Challenge II Set for June



If you liked the new/old Nike Air Trainers I posted recently, you'll love these - Nike Air Tech Challenge II Limited Edition in White / Tart - Clay Blue - Granite. They're expected to release in June.





From… Continue

Added by Bob Wallace on May 22, 2008 at 9:54pm — No Comments

FASHION FIX: Sharapova French Open dress finally revealed...and the crystal (tennis) ball has bragging rights



As my crystal (tennis) ball predicted, Maria "Shriek"apova will be working the Nike Paris Dress during her run towards a career Grand Slam at… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 22, 2008 at 4:21pm — No Comments

SIGHTING: Relaxed Rafa hits the practice court

A relaxed-looking Rafael Nadal was spotted practicing at Roland Garros today. The Spaniard is, of course, the 3-time defending champion and is perfectly primed to make it four.



Can he hold off all the… Continue

Added by tennis baller on May 22, 2008 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Favorite French Moment #3: Courier Delivers

There's three days left until the French Open and I decided to count down to the main event with three of my favorite French Open memories. Here's the first (or I guess third, however you want to look at!):



Two of my favorite tennis players of all time are Jim Courier and Andre Agassi. Those two are the ones I've tried to emulate most over the course of my time playing, and are guys whose career stats I know pretty much like the… Continue

Added by Van Sias on May 22, 2008 at 9:57am — No Comments

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