Dec 6, 2011

Venus Williams set to play at the BMW Malaysian Open 2012


Good news to Malaysian fans! One half of the Williams sisters will be coming to this part of the world early next year.

CARBON Worldwide, the organiser of the WTA Tour BMW Malaysian Open, has confirmed the participation of former world no. 1 Venus Williams for the US$220,000 tournament on Feb 27-March 4 at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort.

Make sure to remind Venus not to wear her skin coloured underwear in this country or else she'll be targeted by certain religious groups here.

(Via NST)

Dec 4, 2011

Singapore Women’s Tennis Exhibition 2011: Stosur, Radwanska, Pennetta, Hantuchova among to play this December

Singapore Women’s Tennis Exhibition (SWTE) is set to bring 6 WTA tennis players for an exciting 3-day knock-out tournament, on 16th to 18th December 2011.



They are US Open Women’s Single Champion Samantha Stosur, world no. 8 Agnieszka Radwanska, Italian favourite Flavia Pennetta, hottie Daniela Hantuchova, Spanish player Anabel Medina Garrigues and Asia’s Peng Shuai.

The tickets are available for purchase from SISTIC.

The last time Singapore organised a women's tennis exhibition was back in 2007 that featured Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze.

Anna Chakvetadze named sexiest woman in Russian politics


Recently Russian netizens took part in a poll for the sexiest woman in Russian politics.

Unexpectedly the honour went to former tennis player Anna Chakvetadze.

Chakvetadze who turned to politics after her tennis career was threatened by health problems will run for election in December for the lower house of the Russian state parliament with the Right Cause Party.

She reached her career-high professional singles ranking of world no. 5 in 2007 and have won 8 WTA titles.

Dec 2, 2011

Maria Kirilenko dumps Igor Andreev for NHL MPV player



Yahoo Sports reported that Russian tennis hottie Maria Kirilenko is currently romantically involved with Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin. 


The NHL player was said to have posted a photo of himself and Maria on his Twitter account with a message referring to Kirilenko as his "girlfriend." 




So it looks like Kirilenko is no longer with her long time boyfriend Igor Andreev, also a fellow Russian tennis player and former doubles partner.


(Via Yahoo Sports)

Dec 1, 2011

Andy Murray not allowed into a nightclub?



It was reported in Sina Sports that Andy Murray and his 18 other friends were not allowed into a nightclub recently.


In that embarrassing moment, Murray and friends were stopped by the security at the door.


According to the report, the club does not allow a large group of men to enter at the same time due to security reason.




(Via Sina Sports)

Novak Djokovic: GQ's Ace of the Year and a new Hollywood star





Novak Djokovic is currently in Sofia, Bulgaria shooting his first Hollywood movie. 


According to the Bulgarian media, the Serbian tennis star was invited by Sylvester Stallone to feature in the film "The Expendables 2".


The film is a sequel to the 2010 box office hit and is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2012. 


Actors Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren are also said to be at the film set. 


It was reported that the security was tight and fans and media were not allowed to go any where close to the set, which was an abandoned warehouse near the Sofia airport.


In the movie website, Djokovic plays a 'fictional tennis player'.





Yesterday, Djokovic has been named GQ's 2011 Ace of the Year in their Men of the Year issue.


(Via Blic Online, Image via GQ)

Nov 29, 2011

TENNIS WATCH: Davis Cup Final, Federer's 100th, dope accusation & corruption

Rafael Nadal may be tired after an uncharacteristic season.

However he is still motivated to lead Spain in its attempt to win a 5th Davis Cup title against Argentina.

This time Nadal will lead a Spain team on the clay surface at Olympic Stadium which includes David Ferrer and probable doubles partners Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco.

Argentina is seeking its first title in four attempts. Juan Martin del Potro and David Nalbandian could face Nadal and Ferrer in singles.

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On Sunday, Roger Federer overpowered Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win his 6th ATP finals title.

After a year that saw Federer , the Swiss star shrugged off a second-set letdown to beat Tsonga 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 for a record sixth title in the ATP World Tour Finals.

Playing in his 100th career final, Federer won 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 , sealing his 70th career title and took over the third place in the ATP rankings from Andy Murray.

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It seems like Yannick Noah refused to back down from his accusations of doping in Spanish sports.

Nadal said Noah should be banned from commenting in the media.

Until he can produce any proof, I think Noah should keep his mouth shut.


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Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer has appeared at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge his lifetime ban for attempting to fix matches between October 2009 and July 2010.

Koellerer was the first tennis player banned for life for attempted corruption.

His ranking peaked at No. 55 in October 2009.


(Via Yahoo News, Images via Getty Images, Sina Sports)

Nov 24, 2011

Rafael Nadal gets the 2011 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award

Perhaps Rafael Nadal's losses in the past few months including the recent one at O2 Arena to Roger Federer proves that he is more human than any other professional tennis players this year.

Nevertheless I'm happy for Nadal who accepted the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals yesterday in London, England.

(Credit to Getty Images)

May 17, 2011

Catch me on Twitter

I'll be spending less time on this blog due to my demanding new job.

But that doesn't mean I'll ignore tennis completely. If you want to know the latest tennis updates from me, do join me at my twitter account.

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I've just posted Novak Djokovic and the Federer twins latest photos there.

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Apr 14, 2011

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Love him or love him even more

This picture was taken from Sina Sports when they conducted an exclusive interview with the Frenchman recently.

This picture was taken from Caroline Wozniacki twitter.

Tell me you love them both (I mean the pictures).

Apr 12, 2011

Li Na, get back on the court!

Is Li Na ready for the clay court season? Not quite.

Li Na has been too busy attending award shows and shooting for commercials lately.

In a latest update, Li Na was seen shooting commercial ads for the new Beijing Open stadium.

She really needs to concentrate on her game and avoid losing in the first round again.


(Images via Sina Sports)

Apr 7, 2011

Scholarly David Ferrer in Bovet watch campaign

David Ferrer was featured in the Spanish Revolution magazine recently looking like a scholar or maybe an archaeologist in a series of unusual sepia-toned photographs.

The photos are meant for his Bovet watch campaign.

How do you like Ferrer with a pair of spectacles on?

(Images via mariosierra studio)

Apr 6, 2011

Rendy Lu sweeps Taiwanese star Rainie Yang off her feet

Recently Rendy Lu Yen-hsun made an appearance in an Adidas event together with Taiwanese actress/singer Rainie Yang.

Not only that they had an aerobic session together (check out the youtube video at the bottom of this post) on stage but they also challenged each other on bikes.

In an interview after the event, Yang expressed her excitement on meeting Rendy for the first time. Maybe it has something to do with Rendy's aura or his new Korean look.



(Images via Rainie Yang's Blog)

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Mar 25, 2011

Why can't we have dolphin instead of snake?

Honestly, I have no idea why the organizers like to put the tennis players together with animals. Especially when they put them together with a slithering scary snake.

Jarmila Groth, Tzvetana Pironkova and Juan Ignacio Chela had to deal with their fear in a photo shoot yesterday.

Vania King, Potito Starace, Ivan Ljubicic, and Thomas Berdych were luckier. They got dolphins earlier this week.

(Images by Getty Images)

Mar 24, 2011

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray display football skills to aid Japan relief

Here are the photos of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and friends in a charity soccer match to support the relief effort in Japan.

Other players who joined this effort were Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco, Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez, Viktor Troicki, Marcos Baghdatis, David Ferrer, Jurgen Melzer, etc.

Murray and Baghdatis scored, but the tennis players lost to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers professional team.


If you are thinking of contributing to this relief effort too, please visit this website and bid on something for a good cause.

This auction site was put up by Nishikori to raise funds for the Red Cross to help victims in Japan.

They will continue to fill the site with items as players and events continue to donate.

(Images via Sina Tennis)

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Mar 23, 2011

Rafael Nadal named Bacardi's Global Social Responsibility Ambassador

Bacardi has unveiled Rafael Nadal as the face for their “Champions Drink Responsibly” campaign yesterday.

Originally from Cuba, this is the first time the giant liquor company brought such a huge global campaign to the United States.

In one of the first ads, Nadal emphasizes the importance of knowing when you and your friends have had enough to drink. The ad shows Nadal holding his tennis racquet over an empty spirits glass with the message, “I’d always tell my friends where the line is.”

“I enjoy socializing with my friends and family and drinking responsibly is important no matter what your game is,” Nadal said in a statement.

“That is why I’m teaming up with Bacardi Limited as I want to take the lead in promoting social responsibility to fans and consumers around the world.”

In another ad, Nadal urges consumers to enjoy drinking in moderation, emphasizing that quality is what’s important, not quantity. Nadal is shown holding his hands up in a “Time Out” sign next to an almost finished drink. The ad features the message, “I try to beat everyone at tennis, not at drinking.”

Nadal will deliver the message of responsible drinking out to fans during his tournaments as such events will be staged around Wimbledon, the US Open and others around the world.

Here are the rest of the photos of Nadal at the presser and reception.


(Via Miami Herald, Images by Getty Images via zimbio.com)

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