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Unique Gift Idea

Imagine a beautifully printed, perfectly personalized greeting FROM Andy Roddick, Justine Henin or Vera Zvonareva.

At Great Friends Greetings, you can make that happen. Select a spectacular photo of Andy, Justine or Vera for the front, compose a perfect message for inside and identify yourself as the gift-giver of the card… Continue

Added by Angela Wyatt Dean on May 16, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments


Before I launch into how Americans suck on clay, I want to congratulate Andy Roddick for an impressive three set win over Tommy Haas in Madrid on Wednesday. It was a gutsy debut on the red stuff. Okay, back to business. . .

There’s been lots of talk going into the French Open about both the Americans’ lack of success on clay and their lack of success in general.… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 14, 2009 at 10:25am — No Comments

Personalized Greetings from Top Female Athletes

Many of the world’s finest female athletes have teamed with Great Friends Greetings to be featured in the customized gift company’s unique line of personalized greetings.

World all-around champion gymnasts Shannon Miller and Chellsie Memmel, tennis stars Justine Henin and Vera Zvonareva, softball sensation Jennie Finch, soccer icon Kristine Lilly, hall of fame hockey star Angela… Continue

Added by Angela Wyatt Dean on May 14, 2009 at 5:45am — No Comments

Federer to Play 3rd Fiddle...Maybe

Roger Federer.

The ex-King of the tennis world.

The former invincible one.

The man with shots that never existed before.

Roger Federer, (on the brink of being) the #3 player in the world.


That just sounds wrong, doesn't it?

But here we have it...Roger doesn't make the finals this week and Andy Murray takes over the #2 spot in the ATP rankings. Andy Murray will instantly hold a better position… Continue

Added by Mark Oskar on May 13, 2009 at 5:39pm — No Comments


Rafael Nadal has changed his not-so-sweet tune about this week’s Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. After complaining about the court surface, the schedule and the general disorder around the tournament a few days ago, Nadal is now heaping on the praise, saying stuff like, “It’s special to play in Spain and in Madrid. And this year is no exception.”

On the tournament’s facilities, which he called “disorderly”:

“The facility is… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:33pm — No Comments


No. 1 Fedophile, Rafael Nadal, nominated Roger Federer to receive the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports. The Spanish award is intended to “acknowledge scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out internationally” by prominent people in a variety of fields, including sports. Rafa told the press after this year’s Australian Open that he planned to nominate Roger: “I won the award in 2008 and of course I’d like a… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:32pm — No Comments


David Ferrer was asked at the Madrid Open about Federer’s chances against Rafa and had this to say (in Spanish):

“Roger Federer has sufficient tennis to beat Rafa Nadal. He can do it, but it’s very complicated. Rafa is the indisputable number one on clay and in the world, but most of all on clay. Also it was said that Roger was unbeatable on grass and Nadal beat him. For me Rafa is the number one and is very difficult to beat him on clay and… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 13, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

French Tennis Player Richard Gasquet Suspended For Cocaine Use

My perhaps "unpopular" view on the Gasquet suspension...


Richard Gasquet has officially been suspended by the ITF after testing positive for Cocaine in his system.

He will miss the French Open and a hearing will take place in about 60 days to further examine the situation.

Richard tested positive back in March however, later tested negative only a few days ago (May 7th). Gasquet is of course pleading innocent here.

Is it any coincidence that I… Continue

Added by Mark Oskar on May 12, 2009 at 4:03pm — No Comments


The AP reported today that Richard Gasquet has been officially suspended from competition after testing positive for cocaine in Miami. He will be off the tour at least until the ITF holds an anti-doping tribunal on the matter, which could take up to 60 days to arrange. This means Richard Gasquet will definitely miss Roland Garros. He could face a two-year ban if found guilty.

Gilbert Ysern, director general of the French Federation had this… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 6:22pm — 3 Comments


Maria Sharapova is finally ready to return to competition, and she’s positively GUSHING with excitement (as are we, right?) Here’s the latest from her website:

“I am very happy to report that I will make my singles return to the tour in Warsaw, Poland, the week of May 18. Although it has not been an easy process these last few months, I really believe it’s made me a much stronger person in so many areas of my life professionally and… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 1:38pm — No Comments


Roger Federer spoke to the press in Madrid on Sunday and was brimming with optimism about his chances at the Madrid Open and for the rest of the season. Roger said that he knows he can beat Nadal on clay, despite the head-to-head, and that his main goals for the year are winning Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He also mentioned that he isn’t actively searching for a new coach, but is always “open” for solid advice on ways to improve his… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments


Rafael Nadal may be Spanish and the King of Clay, but he is none too happy about this week’s clay court Masters event in Madrid. The Age recently provided the full laundry list of Nadal’s complaints (click here for the original article):

- On the altitude: “(It’s) a serious problem so close to Paris. It would be better if Rome were the last event before Paris since the altitudes are similar.”

- On the hype of Madrid becoming… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 11, 2009 at 12:27pm — No Comments


There is a terrific article by Danielle Rossingh and Alex Duff in yesterday’s entitled: “Federer Fails to Deter Nadal in Fight to be Richest Tennis Star.” It’s about the two players’ earning powers and Nadal’s ever-increasing marketability. It’s chock full of fascinating details about the Nadal family’s business and personal dealings. (Click here to read the whole thing - you won’t be disappointed!)

Here are just some of the… Continue

Added by FreakyFrites on May 7, 2009 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Last League Match Tomorrow

Well folks, tomorrow is my last league match, and I am definitely out of shape. I missed the last two matches, one planned for my honeymoon (which was amazing!) and one because I caught a stomach flu. When my hubby and I returned this weekend, we played twice, once with the ball machine, and once just with each other. After two weeks of no play, I was sorely off my game, and I still haven't practiced serving. So tomorrow will definitely be a challenge. So for anyone who has been following my… Continue

Added by Kristi on May 4, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Roger Federer: Spirit of a Champion

If you are a Roger Federer fan like I am, you will love this documentary my hubby found on Youtube. It's three parts in nine videos. I have put them all in a playlist so you can watch one right after another.

Check out Roger Federer: Spirit of a Champion.


Added by Kristi on April 26, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Tennis on Twitter

Do you Twitter?

Twitter is the social network which asks its members to answer the famous question “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less. It's like Facebook, minus the photo albums, applications, groups, pages, etc. It's a very simple way to connect with friends, make new ones, or just follow your favorite celebs / athletes.

Here are some of the interesting tennis Twitter members I follow:

Andy Roddick -… Continue

Added by Kristi on April 21, 2009 at 5:02pm — 2 Comments

Tennis League Season 2, Match 4

My match this past Tuesday evening gave me a little insight into how Federer must have felt playing Djokovic in Miami. Blustery conditions do not make for good tennis, and my opponent definitely had better control of the ball in the wind than I did. I don't think I've double faulted as many times in a league match, even in my first season, and my backhand went long 9 out of 10 times. The final score was 1-6, 3-6.

The best part of the match was the entertainment value when the tennis… Continue

Added by Kristi on April 16, 2009 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Roger Federer marries longtime girlfriend

World number two Roger Federer sent out a short yet meaningful message to his fans during the weekend, announcing that he married his longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec in an intimate ceremony at his hometown of Basel in Switzerland. The couple announced last month that they are expecting their first child.

Here’s his message posted on his website:

Dear Fans

Earlier today, in my hometown of Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family, Mirka… Continue

Added by Tennis Viewer on April 14, 2009 at 9:51am — No Comments

Tennis League Season 2, Match 2

This season is definitely starting off on a roll. Last night, I won my second match at 6-2, 6-0. I still missed a lot more than I should have with unforced errors, but I got it under control a lot sooner this time than last. And only two double faults, which is a miracle in itself, considering I just changed my grip on my serve this past weekend. Now I'm serving with the appropriate grip, doing a bit more pronation, and hitting the ball above my head instead of low and out in front of me. All… Continue

Added by Kristi on April 1, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Looking for a weekly tennis match

Used to play competitively, but I have not played much over the past 2 years. Looking to find somoene to hit with and/or play a weekly match. Just moved to Raleigh a month ago so I dont know any tennis players in the area. Help me out!! send me an email to

Added by Dan Osterman on March 31, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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