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Jun 20, 2009

Tamarine Tanasugarn, Caroline Wozniacki win Wimbledon warm-up tournaments

Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand has become the first player to successfully defend the Ordina Open women's title by beating Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 7-5.

In Eastbourne, Caroline Wozniacki won the Aegon International title after defeated unseeded Virginie Razzano 7-6, 7-5.

This is the Dane's second title of the year and fifth of her career.

(Images by Rober Vos/Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Simona Halep to have boob surgery

This is not a photoshopped image...

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, 17, who won the junior 2008 French Open, has announced that she will have a breast reduction later this year.

Halep says her voluptuous 34DD bust are hindering her game and that she'd like to carry less weight on the tennis court.

“The breasts make me uncomfortable when I play. It's the weight that troubles me - my ability to react quickly," Halep said.
She’s been tipped as one of the tennis stars of the future after winning a host of junior titles and a place in the final of the junior French Open last year but says the weight of her breasts slow her down and could cost her vital points.

(Via mirror.co.uk)


Aussie teen Brydan Klein fined for racial slur, could face further penalties

Australian tennis player Brydan Klein, 19, has been fined the maximum possible amount by the ATP for racially abusing a South African opponent during a tournament in Eastbourne, UK.

Klein was accused of calling Raven Klaasen a "f***ing kaffir" during the clash at a tournament in Eastbourne.

And despite issuing a public apology, the ATP handed down a $14,000 fine to Klein, saying further penalties could arise out of a full investigation.

In a statement, Klein said he deeply regretted his actions.

Raven Klassen

"I would like to clarify my position on an incident that occurred during my match against Raven Klaasen in the last round of qualifying for the AEGON International at Eastbourne on June 14," Klein said.

"During the second set, after losing a point, I audibly used a racial slur.

"It was not my intention to racially vilify my opponent or cause offence to anybody else and I am deeply embarrassed that I behaved in this manner.

"I deeply regret my serious error in judgment in using this word and I am very sorry for the offence this has caused.

"After the match I called my opponent Raven and apologised for what had happened and also apologised for any offence caused to his support team.

"This incident is now currently being investigated by the ATP and as such I have been advised not to make any further comment."
Klaasen’s coach Stephan de Kock later accused Klein of spitting in his direction during the match, which Klein eventually won.

South African tennis bosses were outraged by Klein's alleged behaviour, and lodged formal complaints with the international and Australian tennis federations.

Tennis Australia said in a statement it had suspended Klein from the Australian Institute of Sport Pro Tour Program and could impose further sanctions after an investigation.

(Via brisbanetimes.com.au)

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal announces Wimbledon withdrawal, BBC interview after the announcement



Rafael Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon

One of the best thing about being a blogger is that you can choose to be in denial or not to post anything you do not like or see in your blog.

I chose to delay this sad news though.

World no.1 and top seed, Rafael Nadal has announced he will not defend his Wimbledon title as he's not fully fit to play.
"I’m here and I'm just not 100%. I'm better than what I was a couple of weeks ago but I don’t feel right," Nadal told a packed press conference on Friday evening at the All England Club.

"To not play Wimbledon is one of the toughest decisions of my career."
After suffering a shock defeat in the French Open to Robin Soderling, Nadal received treatment on his knees in Barcelona and skipped the Wimbledon tune-up at Queen’s Club in an effort to be fit for the Grand Slam.

He was diagnosed with tendinitis in both quadriceps tendons as well as a small amount of fluid on the kneecaps.
"I tried everything. I didn't feel terrible but also not close to my best. When I enter a tournament my goal is winning and my feeling right now is I'm not ready to win."

"It's very painful for me but I can't play at the tournament this year. It's tough but it is what it is."
Nadal's absence caused a reshuffle in the men’s singles draw. The 5th seed Juan Martin del Potro replaced Nadal at the top of the draw.

Nadal revealed that he had been playing with considerable pain and he didn't know how long he would be out of tennis.

But he said he expected to fully recover from his knee problems and that he would have a "long career".
"I played with some problems on the knee for the last few months. I've been making efforts to play week after week."

"The truth is that sportsmen always play with pain and don't know where the limit is, where you can get to. I think I reached that limit now."

"I will work very hard to comeback as soon as possible. One of the problems is I’m thinking more about the knees than what is happening on court and it’s very difficult to play like that."
When Nadal was asked about his many fans and how disappointed they would be that he was not appearing at Wimbledon, the 23-year-old replied: "no more than me".

Nadal also said he was not concerned that his absence would open the door for Roger Federer to reclaim the number one world ranking.
"If I lose the number one ranking I’m going to accept it like the four years I was number two and work hard to improve and recover."
As a fan who has been supporting Nadal for so many years (since 2003), I think I don't mind supporting him as the world no. 2 all over again.

In fact, the happier times was when he was playing as the second best in the world.

Hopefully he will recover fast and come back stronger to complete a career Grand Slam.

(Via Wimbledon official website; Image by News Group/R.Pelham)


Jun 19, 2009

2009 Ralph Lauren Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party

Vera Zvonareva, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Anne Keothavong, Ana Ivanovic and Elena Dementieva pose during a studio session at The Ralph Lauren Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party.

The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Pre-Wimbledon Party was hosted by Richard Branson at The Roof Gardens yesterday in London, England.

There are a lot of celebrities who attended this party like Sugarbabes, Blake, Kelly Rowlands, etc. But as usual, I'll only post the players' photos.

Here you go the pictures during the arrivals.


Ana Ivanovic and the host of the party that evening, Richard Branson.

I love Serena Williams' slick back hairstyle....

Vera Zvonareva looks very elegant...

Woa... that's a bad make-up again by Svetlana Kuznetsova...

One of the top tennis couples - Lucie Safarova and Tomas Berdych

Venus Williams and WTA CEO Larry Scott

(Images by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe)

Jun 18, 2009

Rafael Nadal confirms exhibition appearance

Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will play the exhibition today at the Hurlingham Club with Lleyton Hewitt.
“It will be good to play tomorrow to get a better idea of how I feel on court, playing at a higher level than I would normally play during training.”
Nadal had another 3-hour training session at the Wimbledon Aorangi Park Club yesterday but never really reached the intense rhythm he would normally reach for a session as long as that.
“It was 3 hours, but I took it easy, I didn’t put any pressure,” said Nadal.
Still don't get enough of Nadal? Read this interesting article called "Ripped. (Or Torn Up?)" published in NY Times website.

And speaking of training session, here are some photos taken from Wimbledon Facebook.






If you haven't add Wimbledon as your friend, perhaps you should do it right after reading my blog.

(Via Rafael Nadal official website; Images via Wimbledon Facebook)

Maria Sharapova, the strangely sexy living mannequin in London

Live mannequin maybe a thing of the past but Maria Sharapova still pull the crowd by posing in the window of a luxury department store in London, Liberty.

Perhaps she's on the phone with Charlie Ebersol... or Dad.

Wearing a white V-necked jumpsuit and a pair of brown high heels at the central London store, the former Wimbledon champion met and chatted with the winning students of London College of Fashion.


The winner shakes hand with the tennis fashionista.

The winning 'blinking' dress. Chic and sweet!

The Asian girl is probably intimidated by Sharapova.

Coming back to tennis, the Wimbledon seedings were announced yesterday and Sharapova who is currently ranked at no. 59 is in the 24th seeded position.


(Images by Getty Images for Sony Ericsson)

Win All-Access Passes to watch Wimbledon LIVE online


In conjunction with the Wimbledon tennis tournament, HCFoo's Tennis Blog is giving away 3 All-Access Passes so that you can watch Wimbledon Live Online from June 22 to July 5, 2009.

To enter for a chance to win these prizes, simply leave comment(s) based on the image below.

And yes, you can leave as many comments as you want (Remember to leave your e-mail address in case I need to contact you!)

However, we'll only pick 3 lucky winners who give the most creative comments!

Thanks to Performgroup, a leading provider of digital sports solutions for sponsoring this contest.

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Jun 17, 2009

No more pom-pom socks for Maria Kirilenko as Adidas Stella McCartney signs Caroline Wozniacki

Q: Why do you wear socks with pom-pom on it when you play tennis ?
Maria Kirilenko: This beautiful design of my socks is made by Adidas Stella McCartney. I like it, that is why I play with it!

I guess Kirilenko will not be wearing those pom-pom socks again.

Adidas by Stella McCartney has just dropped her from their tennis clothing line.

She'll be replaced by Danish teen tennis sensation Caroline Wozniacki, who will be the only player to wear Adidas Stella McCartney label at the 2009 US Open.

No wonder Kirilenko looked really upset recently.


(Via Women's Tennis Blog)

Gilles Simon makes heads turn

Everyone loves Gilles Simon.

The Frenchman is fast gaining popularity including in Asia.


I've been seeing him on ACE, an Asian-based tennis magazine show on ESPN Star Sports countless times this year due to request from fans.

And speaking of ACE, if you have any questions for your favourite players, you can forward them to the host Georgina Chang or producer of the show at ace@espnstar.com as they will be covering the Wimbledon tennis tournament LIVE next week.

Jun 16, 2009

Be calm... Rafael Nadal could play at Wimbledon warm-up event

First thing first, the headline/statement "Be Calm, I'm Going To Win" on this gorgeous looking cover of the Observer Magazine refers to the featured article written by Elizabeth Kaye (in case some people jump into conclusion and think Nadal is arrogant).
... (Staying calm is) a lesson that sustained (Rafael Nadal) when he was the world's number two for an unprecedented three years, waiting for an opening to become number one. Last year, as he neared that opportunity, rain halted the decisive fifth set of his Wimbledon final with Roger Federer. For the next hour Nadal was sequestered in the locker room with his coach and his trainer. "Be calm," he told them. "I am going to win."...
Yes, Nadal won last year.

However, things aren't look so great for him in this year's Wimbledon campaign especially after losing in the fourth round at the French Open to Sweden's Robin Soderling.

When Nadal decided to pull out of Queen's Club last week with tendinitis in both knees, some believe that he's not going to be able to defend his Wimbledon title this year... perhaps he's not even going to show up!

So after so many hoo-has, now Nadal was saying that he would consider to play at the Hurlingham Club on June 19 which he could take on Swiss' Stanislas Wawrinka if he’s healthy.

Nadal has played at Hurlingham in 2006 and 2007.
“It would be a good test for me to play there on Friday to see how the knee is doing and it would provide the perfect setting to get some practice before Wimbledon,” the 23-year-old said in a statement on his website.

“If I feel the recuperation is going well I will be more than happy to be there again. I hope that’s the case."
Let's see what's going to happen in the next few days. I don't want to speculate too soon.

(Via guardian.co.uk)

Look! It's preppy Andy!

Did Andy Murray have a retro makeover or something?

The sports fashion label Fred Perry unveiled the new tennis kit to be worn by Andy Murray at Wimbledon.


Guess what, Murray also helped design the outfit!

It combines elements of the classic Fred Perry look from the 1950s and 1960s.


Murray, who won his first grass tournament at Queen's on Sunday, is the world no. 3 and goes into the Wimbledon Championships as the highest ranked British tennis player since Perry, who won three Wimbledon singles titles from 1934-36.

Here are more pictures of hottie Murray! I can't believe I've just said that!


(Via guardian.co.uk; Images via andymurray.com)

Jun 15, 2009

Nobody, I mean nobody should ever yell at Roger Federer!

Do I sound like a Fedtard? Hehe...

Now this is rather embarrassing because Roger Federer pointed out an unpleasant situation he had to deal with during his stay in Malaysia back in 2007.

This was mentioned in an extensive Q&A with Federer by Basel-based newspaper, Basler Zeitung.


Q: Are there still people who are impolite to Roger Federer? When was the last time someone yelled at you?

Federer: When I was playing exhibition match with Sampras in Asia, we were invited by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The man who had arranged this told us it would take half an hour – after two hours it was time for us to go. The dinner was still being served, and I called the person in charge, in order to complain about the fact that he had made us deal with this unpleasant situation. At that point I was very angry. He didn’t like it and he yelled back at me. This wasn’t good.


Thankfully Federer came back the following year for another round of exhibition match.

Now please head to Freakyfrite's blog to read the rest of the interview.

Serena Williams attends 2009 NBA championship‎

Tennis star Serena Williams watched the Orlando Magic played against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on Sunday night in Orlando, Florida.

Serena's boyfriend, Common did not join her at the game.

The results, LA Lakers earned their first NBA championship in seven years and 15th overall with a 99-86 win over the Orlando Magic.


(Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andy Murray beats James Blake to win Queen’s Club final

Andy Murray fulfilled his duty to end a seven-decade victory drought for home players to become the first Briton to win the Queen's club title since Bunny Austin in 1938.

Murray defeated James Blake 7-5, 6-4.
"It was a good match, even if there weren't so many rallies," Murray said.

"James is tough and since I'd only played him once, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm very glad to win."
The world no.3 will now face huge pressure with Wimbledon starting a week from Monday.

The last Briton who lift the Wimbledon title was Fred Perry which dated back in 1936.

"I played well all week and when I had chances I managed to take them," Murray said.

"But I was nervous before the match.
"

"I guess the only thing now is to try and win a Grand Slam hopefully in a few weeks."
In the meanwhile, it wasn't a bad result for Blake.

Perhaps he can celebrate by getting a clean shave before the Wimbledon starts.


(Via news.com.au; Images by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Jun 14, 2009

Tommy Haas upsets Novak Djokovic in Halle final

Tommy Haas proves he's still got it after upsetting Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1 in the final of the Gerry Weber Open to win his first title on grass.

Haas, 31, became the oldest winner on the ATP tour this year and collected his 12th career title.

The German has now won titles on all surfaces.
It is Haas' first title since he won the 2007 Morgan Keegan Tennis Championshps in Memphis.

Djokovic seems happy with the size of his trophy which is not much difference from Haas'.

(Via AP; Images by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Why I think Tommy Haas' win is better than Andy Murray's

Andy Murray got a kiss from mommy Judy.

Tommy Haas got a kiss from girlfriend Sara Foster, an American actress.

(Images by Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images, Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Magdalena Rybarikova bagels Li Na to win in Birmingham

Li Na might look tough with that tattoo but it wasn't helping anyway.

In fact she let
Magdalena Rybarikova bageled her in the first set before going down 0-6, 6-7 (2-7) at the Aegon Classic.

This is Rybarikova's first WTA Tour singles title. She earned a first prize of $37,000 and a trophy that almost look like an Aladdin lamp.

To tell you the truth, I'm not really good in remembering women's players especially those with long names and fresh faces like Rybarikova.

So I made an effort to look for her info and to my amazement I found some pretty memorable photoshoot of her.


(Via miamiherald.com; Images by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images, magdalenarybarikova.blogspot.com)

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