Dec 30, 2009

Paradorn Srichaphan's mohawk defeats Thailand's tallest prang

I'll have to give Paradorn Srichaphan's mohawk a pass.

Together with current Thai no.1 tennis player Danai Udomchoke, the boys were promoting Hua Hin Centennial Invitation exhibition match earlier this week.

They will set to play in a one-set mixed doubles match with Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova at 2.30PM on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at the brand new centennial Park, InterContinental Hua Hin Resort.

You can get the tickets from ThaiTicketmajor.com or at the hotel.

For fans who want to welcome Sharapova and Venus at the Suvarnabhumi airport, here's a huge tip: the girls will be arriving at 6.30AM on Friday, January 1, 2010. Send me an email if you want further details.

Thanks for BEC-Tero Entertainment for the info.

Dec 24, 2009

Bon Nadal! Merry X'mas!

Bon Nadal is 'Merry X'mas in Catalan. Happy Holidays peeps and see you guys next year!

(Image by Yuen Foo)

Dec 23, 2009

Holiday Greetings From the Federer Family

Roger Federer wishes everyone a happy holiday and posted a long awaited, updated family photo in his Facebook Fan Page today.

Although we still have no idea which baby is Myla Rose or Charlene Riva, you can actually see that there's a significant difference between the 5-month old twin sisters.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all tennis fans and friends a Merry X'mas and Happy New Year!

(Image via Roger Federer's Facebook Fan Page)

Dec 22, 2009

Cookies, Anyone?

We all know Rafa loves cookies. In this picture, he was spotted eating cookies in Indian Wells.

More cookies supply (and cash) for Rafael Nadal next year.

Recently, Nadal has been unveiled as the ambassador for Quely, a company that manufactures biscuits and chocolate.

Nadal was at his sponsor's cookie factory in Inca yesterday for a field trip.


(Image via Great Tennis Photos, Rafael Nadal's Facebook Fan Page)

Dec 21, 2009

Maria Kirilenko Swims With Dolphins

Sania Mirza, Zheng Jie, Maria Kirilenko and Elena Dementieva were at the Dolphins and Sea Lions Show at Sunway Pyramid last weekend.

But looks likes Kirilenko is the only tennis babe who gets into the water.

By the way, these are some rare photos I stole from the organiser's Facebook photo page *evil grin* (credit to Mr Blackberry).


At the end of their trip, they were each given a cuddly dolphin plush stuffed toy as souvenir.

Glam Slam: Great showdown but pathetic turnout

Thanks to Astro SuperSport CH811, I get to watch The Glam Slam - Showdown of Champions in the comfort of my home. It would be great if it's shown on HD though.

Although I did not watch the two-day event from the stadium, I'm glad I attended the meet-the-fans session on Friday.

The Russian babes Elena Dementieva and Maria Kirilenko defeated Asian girls Sania Mirza and Zheng Jie in a 3-0 win at the Melawati Stadium yesterday.

Dementieva/Kirilenko had won the doubles on Saturday beating Mirza/Zheng 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 to give Russia the lead in the exho match.

In the first singles yesterday, Kirilenko was stretched to three sets before defeating Zheng Jie 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes!

Dementieva completed Russian domination by downing Mirza 6-4, 7-6 (7-0).

Overall, I think the exho match is worth watching because the players took their games seriously. It was like watching a real tournament.


However, the attendance was pathetic (lack of publicity, the organiser failed to use social media to promote the event) and so was the official website (it was down during matches and not up to date).

If the organiser is serious in having another event next year, please stop syiok sendiri or might as well just scrap the event and stop wasting the people's money.

Dominika Cibulkova shows you how to party this holiday season

This is not the way to enjoy a party.

This is the RIGHT way to enjoy a party.
(Images via tennisforum.com)

Rendy Lu Yen-hsun back in Taiwan for X'mas celebration

Just a little update on our boy, Asia's no.1 Rendy Lu Yen-hsun.

Rendy has just completed his off season training in Kenya last Saturday.

He should be back in Taipei by now to celebrate X'mas with his family and friends.

Chennai Open will be Rendy's first tournament next year.

We hope he'll bounce back and achieve better rankings in 2010 after a setback in the second half of this year due to flu.

(Image via Rendy Lu's official website)

Dec 19, 2009

The Ugg-ly Truth About Caroline Wozniacki

I know it's snowing season but it doesn't mean that Caroline Wozniacki can walk into a movie premiere in those ugg-ly boots!

Those horrendous boots simply don't go with that black dress and her pretty face. And let's not even talk about those tanned lines.

(Image via tennisforum.com)

Dec 18, 2009

Zheng Jie, Sania Mirza, Dementieva, Kirilenko: Meet the fans in KL

WTA babes Zheng Jie, Sania Mirza, Elena Dementieva and Maria Kirilenko are currently in town for the annual tennis exhibition match, The Glam Slam Showdown of Champions 2009.

The tennis stars were at Pavilion KL this afternoon for a meet and greet autograph session.

As a tennis fan, of course I didn't want to miss this event.

I was a bit reluctant to go to KL at first because my office is just next to the shopping mall and I was really lazy to go all the way there on a public holiday!

I went anyway as I've promised to meet up with fellow blogger, Pueh Tian. You can read his take on this event here.

We were on the Speed Lane, a priority queue lane booked in advance through Firefly's Facebook fan page.

Of all the four girls, I would say that I love Dementieva the most! I've never met a player so friendly... she would look deep in your eyes, greet you and give you a big smile! *faint*

Overall, I'm happy that I attended this event.

Just that I wish the players' entrance can be a bit more organised and glamourous (just like the event's tagline - The Glam Slam :P)

And not that I don't like Jay Menon, but I think a guy announcer could have make a slight difference to this event :P

For those who are interested to check out the exhibition match, the event will take place tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday. Click here for event info.



(Images by HCFoo)

All's Well That Ends Well

Richie accepted a TV appearance on the Canal + Le Grand Journal talk show.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) gave Richard Gasquet an early X'mas present by clearing him of drug charges.

The CAS dismissed appeals by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Tennis Federation (ITF), which wanted Gasquet banned for up to two years.

In his defense, Gasquet said he went to the nightclub with friends to see a French DJ perform after pulling out of the Miami Masters in Key Biscayne with a shoulder injury. He met a woman named Pamela there and kissed her several times.

The court said experts “agreed that the minute amount of cocaine could have been transferred in this manner.”

The verdict however was greeted with dismay by WADA and the ITF.


Earlier this week, Belgians Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse also have their suspension lifted.

They were banned
in November for breaking WADA regulations by failing to report their whereabouts for drug testing.

Neither of them failed a doping test.

Wickmayer claims she was not properly informed of the online reporting requirements for drug-testing that led to her ban.

Wickmayer and Malisse are cleared to play in tournaments by ITF while Gasquet is legally allowed to compete in tournaments.


(Via AP)

Wozniacki, Azarenka the best things that ever happened to Twitterverse so far

If you're a tennis fan and Twitter user but do not know that Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka have joined the Twitter bandwagon, it's time to follow them @CaroWozniacki and @Vika7.

So far, the girls have twitpic-ed some really hawt photos as well as some pretty interesting updates too e.g. Wozniacki got an invitation to the American Embassy to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger and Azarenka revealing her 'betting habit' :D

Wozzie in Liverpool jersey with an autograph specially signed for her by her favourite player, Fernando Torres.

Vika in a sexy pose you simply can't resist!

Hopefully these girls will convince more top players to start tweeting soon namely Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic.

(Images via @CaroWozniacki, @Vika7)

Dec 17, 2009

Showdown of Champions: Zheng Jie, Sania Mirza, Elena Dementieva, Maria Kirilenko in KL

To those of you who would like to catch a glimpse of tennis chicks Zheng Jie, Sania Mirza, Elena Dementieva and Maria Kirilenko, please find the itinerary below:

Meet-the-fans session:
Time: 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Date: Friday 18th Dec 2009
Venue: Level 2 Concourse, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur
To enjoy the Firefly Speed Lane privilege, please book yourself at:
http://www.facebook.com/#/Firefly?ref=ts

Showdown of Champions Day 1
Time: 7.30 pm - 11 pm
Date: Saturday 19th Dec 2009
Venue: Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam, Selangor
Doubles’ Match – Sania Mirza / Zheng Jie (Asia) v Elena Dementieva / Maria Kirilenko (Russia)


Showdown of Champions Day 2
Time: 7.30 pm - 11 pm
Date: Saturday 19th Dec 2009
Venue: Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam, Selangor
First Singles’ Match – Zheng Jie (Asia) v Maria Kirilenko (Russia)
followed by
Second Singles’ Match – Elena Dementieva (Russia) v Sania Mirza (India)
followed by
Prize Presentation & Awards Ceremony


For ticketing info, click here.

Dec 15, 2009

Stanislas Wawrinka marries heavily pregnant girlfriend Ilham Vuilloud

Stanislas Wawrinka ended the year by marrying his heavily pregnant girlfriend, Ilham Vuilloud!

Back in August, Wawrinka announced in his website that his girlfriend and him were expecting their first child due in February.

The newlyweds were married in a private wedding ceremony witnessed by 20 guests - friends and family - at the Lausanne Palace Hotel in Switzerland.
“We shall celebrate our union in a church ceremony with lots of guests when our child is able to carry our rings,” Mrs Wawrinka said.
(Via 24heures, 20minutes ;Images by Stéphane Haymoz)

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Gael Monfils bringin' sexy moustache back

Gael Monfils has abandoned his signature wild hair for something a little more mature and sophisticated.

He was spotted with his new haircut in Douarnenez, France.

Also check out his mustache, probably the trendiest of manscaping lately thanks to Brad Pitt.

(Images via menstennisforums.com)

Dec 14, 2009

Sania Mirza getting all-tanned up for Triumph Lingerie Show

Bollywood celebrities including Sania Mirza attended last weekend's Triumph Lingerie Show.

Not only that her black lace corset dress stole the limelight, so did her tanned legs and hands! She must be practicing hard during this off season.

Coming this weekend, Mirza along with Zheng Jie will take on the Russian girls, Elena Dementieva and Maria Kirilenko at the Kuala Lumpur exho. For more info go to: Showdown of Champions 2009.

Rewind: Unseen before footage from the Malaysian Open '09


I had too much free time last weekend so I decided to put some of the unused footage clips from the Malaysian Open back in September into some sort of a music video.

As usual, I appreciate off court a lot, so you'll only find off court footage in this MV.

Dec 11, 2009

Albert Costa celebrates too hard

Spain Davis Cup captain Albert Costa was admitted to a hospital in Barcelona after complaining of heart problems.

He was released hours later and was at home resting. Costa has no history of heart problems, said federation spokesman Pedro Hernandez, who put the episode down to stress.

He led led Spain to its fourth Davis Cup title with a 5-0 sweep of the Czech Republic last Sunday.


(Via AP)

Mixed doubles tennis for London 2012

Finally the IOC has approved adding mixed doubles event to the Olympics.

This new category will be part of the lineup for the 2012 London Games, where the tournament will be played on grass at Wimbledon.

Rendy and Hsieh

Asia has some very good mixed double pairs like India's Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi (2009 Australian Open champs) as well as Taiwan's Rendy Lu Yen-hsun and Hsieh Su-wei (Asian Hopman Cup winners).

Dec 9, 2009

Video: Russians celebrate X'mas on Jan 7!



In this video, Samantha Stosur, Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznesova and Jelena Jankovic shared what they'll be planning for the holiday seasons.

Sorry for my ignorance but I just got to know that the Russians don't celebrate X'mas on December 25!

Updates: Orthodox Christians including the Russians and Serbians celebrate X'mas on January 7.

Dec 8, 2009

Lindsay Davenport defends Tiger Woods' wife

Lindsay Davenport told Entertainment Tonight that the picture being painted on her friend Elin Nordegren (Tiger Woods' wife) by the media as an aggressive woman is COMPLETELY false.

Tiger and Elin in happier times
"Certainly she did not go after [Woods] physically and go after him with a golf club. That is not what happened," Davenport said.

"She's incredibly hurt by what has gone on, but she handles herself with class, and she's working it out as best she can."

"I don't think Elin particularly cares what people think about her... Although she is having a tough time, she's really trying to get through it for the kids."
Davenport has a home near Tiger's house in Orange County, California and described Elin as "very loving, very loyal" and "level-headed."

People who think that Elin is a man beater should go get a life.

If I know my husband is f***ing 11 other women (or more), I will get a knife, not a golf club.


Now, I wish Roger Federer has something to say about his friend Tiger :D

(Via ETonline.com)

Shopping for X'mas yet?

X'mas and New Year are coming soon!

Have you started shopping for the holiday season?

Well, the Radwanska sisters did.

Agnieszka and her younger sister Urszula recently shopped for the needy people back in their homeland in Krakow, Poland.

The sisters are shopping at *you know where*.

Shopping can be a really tough job for some people.

Is this food tray earth friendly? (HCFoo: It's not a food tray, isn't it?)

Agnieszka looks away and expects lil's sis Urszula to foot the bill.

Agnieszka quickly grab a bag of chips before they leave.

(Via interia, Images via tennisforum)

Spain Davis Cup team meet the Prime Minister

Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero honoured the Davis Cup champs in a ceremony at his official residence yesterday.

Rafael Nadal and his teammates including Albert Costa, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero successfully defended the title after completing a clean 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the final on Sunday.

Nadal and Ferrer sign a shirt for Spain's PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Spain has won the Davis Cup in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and is the first country to successfully defend the title since Sweden in 1998.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Dec 7, 2009

Davis Cup: Spain's win is perfect therapy for HCFoo to blog again

My blogging mood is pretty much determined by Rafael Nadal's performance and success.

So, to know that the Spanish team won in the Davis Cup final and Nadal is indeed a huge boost for me to blog again.

Rafael Nadal closed out this season with a bang by earning two points for Spain in the Davis Cup final.

Here are the final scores:

Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7~5, 6-0, 6-2
David Ferrer (ESP) def. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 8-6
Feliciano Lopez/Fernando Verdasco (ESP) def. Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) 7-6(7), 7-5, 6-2
Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Jan Hajek (CZE) 6-3, 6-4
David Ferrer (ESP) def. Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) 6-4, 6-2

Hopefully 2010 will be a better year for Nadal after this win.. perhaps he could start by defending his Australian Open title :D

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

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