Posted: December 29th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Australian Open, ATP: Rafael Nadal | 1 Comment »
Rafa announced yesterday that he will be skipping Doha and Melbourne due to a stomach virus. He said via Facebook:
As my team and doctors say, the safest thing to do is to do things well and this virus has delayed my plans of playing these weeks. I will have to wait until the Acapulco tournament to compete again although I could consider to play before at any other ATP event
My knee is much better and the rehabilitation process has gone well as predicted by the doctors, but this virus didn’t allow me to practice this past week and therefore I am sorry to announce that I will not play in Doha and the Australian Open, as we had initially scheduled.
I did an extensive research on stomach infections (WebMD) and found out that these things usually take about 2-5 days. Skipping Doha, which starts Monday, totally makes sense but Melbourne doesn’t start until the 14th and he’s out of that too. This caused a widespread panic among tennis fans that Rafa’s knees might never be ready. (ZOMG, will he have to go under the knife?!) We thought he might be able to play the Davis Cup final a little over 6 weeks ago but didn’t. Now, we’re hoping he’ll show up in Acapulco which is over 8 weeks away! (Okay, maybe sooner but not til Acapulco?!)
I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for Rafa and his team. I’m bummed that we can’t frazzle over a potential Rafa-Andy semi then Rafa-Fed final at every draw announcement but, whatever their reasons for delaying his return another 8 weeks, I’d rather see him later fully fit than risk getting re-injured and be out again for months and months.
Image © Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia
Posted: December 26th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Feliciano Lopez, ATP: Milos Raonic, ATP: Novak Djokovic, ATP: Rafael Nadal, ATP: Roger Federer, Offcourt, WTA, WTA: Caroline Wozniacki, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Serena Williams, WTA: Victoria Azarenka | No Comments »
Leave your tennis shorts at home. It’s time for some tailored suits, couture dresses and, heck, even intimates! A look back at 12 of my favorite style moments (with a mishap or two) from 2012.
#12 A “good look” doesn’t always require clothes
Feli dares you to disagree.
#11 This is her.
More on clothes being optional in looking good, Caro also showed off her great bod when she modeled her new underwear line. Weeeell, atleast this was different from her off-court staple, Herve Leger, which I’m sure she wore on her way to the shoot.
#10 Nole goes tie-less
What’s so special about Nole wearing a suit? I’m not sure but for whatever reason he looks damn good in this one. Plus, I’m a total sucker for the glasses. And… well, yeah, it’s mostly the glasses.
#9 Kickin’ it in some Air Yeezy IIs
Everybody knows that Roger always looks great in a suit (see Suiterer link above) so seeing him walk around in these Kanye West-designed Air Yeezy IIs (with some non-blue jeans!) was a nice surprise. You gained some extra cool points with me on that one, Mr. RF.
#8 Some chiffon lace and tape?
Masha’s the best dressed female athlete 90% of the time. This is Exhibit A of that other 10%. I gotta give her props for keeping it together the entire night because that Alexander McQueen was begging for a malfunction.
#7 Bogo didn’t get the memo
Well, Bogo does seem like a jeans and sneakers kinda guy so why force him into some wool? Either that or nobody bothered to tell him that he was supposed to show up in atleast a two-piece. Whoops.
#6 Milos does prep
I normally don’t care for the preppy look. (It reminds me of A&F and I’m not that brand’s biggest fan.) But it’s Milos! Not in a hoodie! But in a cardi! Looking adorbs!
#5 Love Him 2 Times
Rafa’s a hipster? The low v-neck graphic tee, red shorts and undone hair totally says so. Who knew?! Hipster!Rafa just might be my favorite off-court style Rafa.
#4 Winning looks good on you
Vika looked great in this little ensemble she wore for her official Australian Open trophy pictures. She looked fresh and young and the blue/green combo worked well with that new, large, shiny accessory.
#3 The wig that shook the tennis world
The amount of buzz this wig generated was ridiculous. I wish the actual photoshoot it was used for was talked about as much because it’s a great spread. There was some really bold styling and we’ve never seen Masha in anything like it before. (Menswear on a woman? Where do I sign up?)
#2 Serena covers US Vogue
Serena’s the first tennis player to ever grace the cover of US Vogue. She often talks about her love for fashion so I can only imagine how excited she was to be on the cover of the biggest fashion magazine in the world. This is only the second time US Vogue has featured athletes on the cover. I may have fist pumped for Serena when this came out.
#1 Wintour throws RF a birthday party
Being on the cover of Vogue is pretty hard to top but Roger, style maestro of the entire tennis world, can do it. How? By being thrown a birthday soiree by US Vogue’s editor-in-chief and tennis fan, Anna Wintour, herself. Some of the guests were the who’s who of the fashion world—Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and David Lauren.
Was there ever a doubt that Roger would be at the top of this list? I think not. I’m sure I missed a look or 10 here and there. Feel free to refresh my memory.
via Just Jared, freshness, The Slice, More Than Stats, 10sworld, Guest of a Guest
Posted: May 24th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Andy Murray, ATP: French Open, ATP: Novak Djokovic, ATP: Pablo Andujar, ATP: Rafael Nadal, WTA, WTA: Ana Ivanovic, WTA: French Open, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Petra Kvitova, WTA: Samantha Stosur, WTA: Serena Williams, WTA: Victoria Azarenka | No Comments »
Are you ready for the second slam of the year? I’m not. But maybe you are. The draws come out tomorrow and for us who are not in Paris, we will mindlessly stare at our Twitter timelines and pretend to understand what’s happening as they pick out and place the players’ names.
Roger is in Nole’s half again… duh.
First round is… Rafa vs Nalby. WOT? Why do the tennis gods do this?
Hold on, nevermind. It’s actually Nalby vs Qualifier, I get confused which lines play each other.
Milos vs Murray third round. LOL. I think. I don’t know anymore!!!!
Every. Damn. Slam. I get quite the kick out of it.
Here are some must-reads/sees (according to me) as we look ahead to Roland Garros:
In not really RG-related but kinda…
Image via Roland-Garros
Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Alexandr Dolgopolov, ATP: Andy Murray, ATP: Andy Roddick, ATP: Grigor Dimitrov, ATP: Rafael Nadal, WTA, WTA: Agnieszka Radwanska, WTA: Caroline Wozniacki, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Marion Bartoli, WTA: Na Li, WTA: Petra Kvitova, WTA: Samantha Stosur, WTA: Victoria Azarenka | No Comments »
© REUTERS/Michael Fiala
These are mostly videos I missed (or have bookmarked and forgot to share) while I was having too much fun in Indian Wells.
Who knew Rafa was a prankster?! Also, Muzz, JOHNNY BRAVO??? Really?
Best. Video. Ever.
Grisha and Dolly both want to “hit” the same racket. It’s hilarious…ly awkward.
Caro pulled a (fail) prank on Masha. I think after their quality time in MSG, Caro thought they were buds. Yikes. Sorry, high fives are not available at this time.
Speaking of Masha, do you ever wonder what goes on in her head when she’s posing for photos at her $ponsors’ events? Creep, wonder no more.
Guys, meet Andy Rocket. He says things like, “blah blah blah,” to be funny. I think.
Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Feliciano Lopez, ATP: Janko Tipsarevic, ATP: Novak Djokovic, ATP: Rafael Nadal | No Comments »
As you all know, the field here in Indian Wells is the best thing ever. Year after year we see the top guys having fun playing soccer on it. Yesterday, Nole, Rafa, Janko and Feli had a little pick up game to the delight of many onlookers.
After all their battles on the tennis court last year and the subsequent bromance break-up, it’s great to see Nole and Rafa be so relaxed around each other again. Reunited and it feels so good.
I am told the kit Janko was wearing is not Rafa’s favorite. Now I understand why he made this face:
Rafa wants you outta here, dude.
What’s Feli grabbin’ at? Rafa looks like he wants to gouge his eyes out.
Posted: March 9th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Rafael Nadal | No Comments »
Yessss. I made my way back to Indian Wells today. The weather was perfect for tennis and there were lots of action across the grounds. The match and practice courts were full at all times, it was impossible to keep up with everything!
However, I made sure I kept up with one Rafael Nadal.
After his practice session, Rafa held a pre-tournament press conference. He spoke about how he felt his performance at the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic was much better than at any other time last year.
Rafa also responded, after taking a minute to gather his thoughts, to Roger Federer’s remarks about him not getting called for time violations, “The rules are there, but we cannot expect to play six hours and play rallies of crazy points and rest for 20 seconds for nobody.” He then continued, “Everyone understands different ways and you can understand to some its 15 seconds under normal conditions. But you have to understand how the match goes and that’s the role of the umpire.”
Rafa knows he takes his sweet time a lot and Roger calling him out on it might speed things up a bit. Though, this really is an umpire/officiating issue with a lot of gray area that need to be addressed.
Posted: February 29th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Andy Murray, ATP: Andy Roddick, ATP: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ATP: Julien Benneteau, ATP: Mardy Fish, ATP: Novak Djokovic, ATP: Rafael Nadal, ATP: Roger Federer, ATP: Stanislas Wawrinka, ATP: Viktor Troicki | No Comments »
3 of the Top 4 players on the ATP World Tour have entered the doubles draw in Indian Wells. Novak Djokovic will play with Viktor Troicki, Andy Murray with his brothers Jamie and 2010 Indian Wells doubles champions, Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez, will team up once again.
Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, who played doubles with all those three teams last year, have yet to enter. What gives? That Davis Cup incident still stings a bit, Stan? A rematch of that Fedal doubles showdown last year would have been fun. Oh, well, let’s hope the draw gods give us some Rafole doubles. Maybe Rafa can finally get a win, yes?
Other notable entries are: 2009 champions, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with Julien Benneteau.
Image © Maria Noble