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Apr 30, 2008

Winner for Weekend Challenge

Congratulations to Will Chua for the correct answer: Mario Ancic on last week Weekend Challenge.

I've sent an email to your yahoo email for details of your account but I have yet to receive your reply. Looking forward to hear from you soon.

Will be back next Monday

Younes El Aynaoui and Igor Andreev pose for photos at the BMW Open player part.

Tommy Haas plays an interactive golf computer game.

While the players at BMW Open are taking a break to attend the player party, I'll be taking a break from tomorrow onwards till Monday.
I'll be back again with more tennis updates in and off courts next week.
(Images from ATP)

Apr 29, 2008

Dress up in Munich, strip off in Barcelona

Gael Monfils and Fernando Gonzalez are not only making their debuts in the BMW Open at Munich this week but it is also their first time dressed up in lederhosen (leather trousers) and a full traditional Bavarian costume.
They took time out to visit Munich’s world famous restaurant and brewery ‘Hofbräuhaus’.

However, in Barcelona where Rafael Nadal is also playing, another player Fernando Verdasco is not interested in dressing up.
He followed compatriot Tommy Robredo's footsteps as he posed in the buff for UK Cosmopolitan magazine's Everyman campaign.

Verdasco felt that entire Barcelona could see him naked during the rooftop shoot (click here to see Verdasco's version here). He is scheduled to appear in the July edition of the magazine.

(Images from Thomas Exler/ATP)

Rafael Nadal launches new website

Still fresh from winning at the Monte Carlo Tennis Tournament, Nadal is already aiming for another 4th straight wins at Barcelona.

Before getting down and dirty, Nadal managed to take some time to launch his newly revamped website.

(Images from JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Federer shuts up Djokovic family

Well, it's not exactly parent-bashing as what Down the Line! claimed in his blog. It's not that serious actually. I must say that Roger Federer has been quite a gentleman for just saying "Be Quiet".



Personally I find Novak Djokovic is the one who is annoying (and his family too). It's not the first time he pulls out from critical matches halfway through especially playing against big players. I can't really remember the exact matches but Down the Line! has cited:

"It sounds like he gave up big time. But, no one knows how serious or not his condition is right now. However, this retirement is the fourth since 2007: two in Davis Cup play, semifinals of Wimbledon '07, and Monte Carlo - all big matches, right?"

Djokovic pulls out from the match citing sore throat, dizziness and fatigue.That's very unprofessional, isn't it?

Apr 28, 2008

Rafael Nadal the King of Clay in Monte Carlo, again

"Maybe I didn't play my best for sure. But it's tough against him and he deserves to win in the end... because he's a hell of a clay court player" - Roger Federer
Rafael is definitely the best clay court specialist in the Open Era. He has just made a historic win last night at Monte Carlo by winning 4 consecutive titles in a row. What more he won the doubles final on the same night together with Tommy Robredo!

I was worrying in the second set when Federer lead by 4-0. Who knows Nadal will fight back and win the second set 7-5. That's exactly the same Rafael Nadal and his fighting spirit when I first saw him play at the Australian Open against Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinal.

Now, Rafael Nadal, the undisputed claycourt king, will be out to maintain his dominance when he chases a record fourth consecutive title at the Barcelona Open, which starts today.

(Photo by
Claude Paris/Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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