Retired tennis player Elena Dementieva is a step closer to having the family she talked about when she retired. On July 16 Elena married hockey champion Maxim Afinogenov at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow.
The ceremony was held on the roof of the building and birds were released at the end of the ceremony. The reception, inside the Ritz, hosted such famous tennis players as Vera Zvonareva, Dinara Safina, Sveta Kuznetsova, Maria Kirilenko and her partner Igor Andreev. Vera Dushevina caught the bouquet while Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova looked on. Read more
Posted in Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Igor Andreev, Kim Clijsters, Maria Kirilenko, Media, Roger Federer, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Dushevina, Vera Zvonareva
Try as I might I will never be able to pick a top ten that pleases everyone.
Over time we’ve had some pretty good looking tennis players to watch on our screen, both male and female. Sure in the 80′s there were some good looking players we may not have noticed because they had the fluffy hair, scary eyebrows and strange fashion sense but some things get better with age (think George Clooney).
So here’s my top ten men and women of all time .
To all those out there like my mum who harbour a deep unending love for Stefan Edberg… I’m sorry. Read more
Posted in Ana Ivanovic, Anna Kournikova, Armani, Barbara Schett, Bjorn Borg, Calvin Klein, Daniela Hantuchova, Elena Dementieva, Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Gabriela Sabatini, Gisela Dulko, Jan Michael Gambill, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marat Safin, Maria Kirilenko, Maria Sharapova, Mark Philippoussis, Media, Novak Djokovic, Pat Rafter, Rafael Nadal
Last night on the channel 7 coverage of the Australian Open Jim Courier was discussing Novak Djokovic’s hamstring taping. The explanation given was a little bit lacking…. So here’s another one. Read more
Posted in Elena Dementieva, Fernando Gonzalez, Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Injury, Justine Henin, Kinesio Tape, Lleyton Hewitt, Maria Kirilenko, Na Li, Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo
>It’s only the start of the season and already the players are taped up and seem to be struggling to maintain their fitness. Simply put, the WTA and ATP require them to play too much, particularly the men.
- Rafa Nadal retired from his match against Andy Murray with reoccurring knee pain.
- Serena Williams has her thigh and calf strapped heavily.
- Andy Roddick had numbness and pins and needles in his arm.
- Maria Kirilenko had hip problems and K-tape all over her hamstrings.
- Novak Djokovic is wearing K-tape on his hamstrings.
- Justine Henin is wearing K-tape on her adductors for a mild tear.
- Na Li is covered in K-tape
- Nico Almalgro played with a broken wrist.
- Jie Zheng wore an ankle brace.
- Juan Martin del Potro had his elbow strapped.
- Lleyton Hewitt knee was heavily K-taped
- Dinara Safina pulled out with a reoccurring back injury
- Marcos Baghdatis retired with bicep tendinitis.
- Mikhail Youzhny retired with a wrist injury.
- Juan Carlos Ferrero arrived in Melbourne after and ankle injury in New Zealand.
- Gilles Simon couldn’t even play round 1 at the AO because of his knees.
- Robin Soderling complained of elbow problems at Kooyong leading into the Open.
- Gael Monfils had shoulder issues.
…. And they’re just the ones I can think of off the top of my head!
Posted in Andy Roddick, Australian Open, Injury, Jie Zheng, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Justine Henin, Kinesio Tape, Marcos Baghdatis, Maria Kirilenko, Nicolas Almagro, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams
Na Li and Jie Zheng have become the first Chinese women to make it through to Grand Slam quarterfinals. Zheng this morning took it one step further, defeating Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-3. While the Russian received medical time outs to attend to what looked like a pelvis and hamstring problem, Zheng was more powerful and precise, blasting Kirilenko off the court.
While Kirilenko was clearly suffering discomfort in her hip, she served 2 aces, had 18 winners, 22 unforced errors and a total of 40 points won. Zheng on the other hand had just 9 unforced errors and 59 total points one, showing her clear dominance in the match.
Compatriot Na Li faces Venus Williams tomorrow to see if she too can make it through to the semi finals.
- Rafael Nadal appears to have changed his strings to promote increase spin. You have to wonder why he needs any more spin when he already gets between 1800-4900 revolutions per minute off his forehand. Federer only gets about 2700 revolutions per minute. When you’ve had issues with injury and confidence why would you change something so important when you have a title to defend? Maybe that explains the few extra stray shots. Read more
- Maria Sharapova was matched shriek for shriek, and ultimately defeated by Maria Kirilenko 7-6, 3-6, 6-4. I bet Tiffany & Co are pissed off they spent so much money paying her to wear a pair of earrings for one day.
- Turns out when Sharapova loses the 1st set in a Grand Slam she only wins 30% of matches. However, when she wins the first set she wins 95% of matches. I guess the 66 unforced errors made life a little difficult.
- Peter Luczak came out to play Rafael Nadal on Rod Laver arena apparently the most nervous he’d ever been. He managed to stay with Rafa, and almost take the first set from Rafa (his nerves got the better of him) until the obvious happened and Rafa wore him down. A typical Nadal match – a battle of attrition… Nadal always (just about) comes out on top of that sort of match. Most players can only match his intensity for 1-2 sets.
- While on the topic of Nadal… Whoever is picking his clothes since he got rid of the bicep shirt needs to be fired. The combination of an orange, pink and white striped shirt, white shorts with a diamond pattern and a see-through, raincoat looking jacket was just shit-house, and I’m strongly pro-Nadal. Not a good look.
- Luczak seemed to question his players box a few times as to whether he should challenge a call… They really need to enforce the challenge rules and not let players slowly wander up and stare at the mark for 10 hours before they challenge.
- Andy Murray crushed Kevin Anderson. Kim Clijsters also predictably crushed her Canadian opponent.
- Jelena Dokic returned to Rod Laver Arena (where she is currently down 1-4) looking edgy and emotional. Win? Unlikely.