A Rafael Nadal portrait by artist and friend of Tennis Prose Andres Bella, was commissioned by Babolat for their headquarters in Lyon, France.
The Nadal portrait is created entirely out of tennis string layered on top of the tennis racquet provided by Babolat. The backdrop consists of tennis string on wood and is spray painted to represent the clay court he is known for dominating. The wood frame is custom made and painted in green to bring the entire work together. The artwork stands at 39.25in tall by 18.75in wide.Continue to read full article...
A very interesting first round match in Tokyo will feature the bizarre rematch between Steve Johnson and Bernard Tomic. These two contrasting personalities put on a memorable show on grandstand at the City Open this summer, with Johnson prevailing in two sets but it was Tomic who stole the show with his outrageous clowning antics. Tomic tried to challenge an out call on one of Johnson’s shots at his own baseline – probably a first in ATP history – and later on cracked jokes with the chair umpire about how many deuces in his own service game, asking if it was some kind of ATP record, then when Johnson hit more winners to save game points, Tomic even said he was going to stop playing if Johnson hit another backhand return winner, which of course he did.Continue to read full article...
Peter Bodo, the tennis writer, the fishing writer, the novelist, the outdoors writer, has been around for a long time. I remember once seeing him at Madison Square Garden at a Knicks game and I was sitting down by the court and Bodo was walking up from the court, there might have been a good-looking woman by his side if I remember well, but Bodo cut a pretty dashing figure himself I do recall: handsome, manly, well-dressed, an air of importance about him. I remember thinking even back then, and this has to be a good twenty years ago at least, “That Bodo’s a pretty good-looking guy for a tennis writer.”Continue to read full article...
By Scoop Malinowski
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 170
Age: 18 From: Florida via New Jersey and North Carolina
Tennis Inspirations: Andy Roddick – straight up, favorite player.
First Tennis Memory: Probably at the Athletic Club Courtside in Greenshoro, NC where I grew up, I saw all the old people out there playing doubles. I was like, all right, I’m gonna get out there and do that. And then I remember trying to play out there – it didn’t really go too great the first time (age six).
Nicknames: Tommy, T-Paul.
Greatest Sports Moment: French Open, I would say between the French Open (won junior boys this year) and the past three days (US Open qualifying, where Tommy won three matches and earned a spot in the main draw).
Reader and tennis blogger Bobby Hurley Jr asked me to name my five favorite Marcelo Rios matches —
Here they are:
Key Biscayne final ’98 – with the pressure of having to win against Agassi (in their first meeting) to achieve the number one ranking just weeks after the disappointing Aussie Open final wipeout loss to Korda, Rios came up with one of the finest tennis performances of the decade, as one European match broadcaster called it – Rios obliterated Agassi in three straight electrifying sets with a game so sensational that it inspired a couple of young future ATP champions named Roger Federer and Alexander Dolgopolov. I spoke with Brad Gilbert for my Rios book and he told me the first thing Agassi told him after the match was “I thought I played good” — basically meaning Rios was simply unbeatable. With this monumental and historic win Rios pocketed a $5 million dollar bonus, $2 1/2m each as bonuses from Yonex and Nike
Now come on, I don’t like to chastise Tennis-Prose readers too much, but where’s the excitement over Ryan Harrison reaching two Challenger finals in Cary and Columbus–the hirsute Harry (I am jealous about his head of hair) obviously likes playing in cities that start with “C”–where’s the “Harry’s going to be Top 20 in a year” parade? I mean, you’re not alone, even Harry has dissed on Harry this year, saying, I’ve “gone from being a can’t-miss prospect to a has-been five times already.”Continue to read full article...
With his once mighty game and confidence flagging, the formerly invincible Rafael Nadal is enduring through the worst slump of his career, dropping out of the ATP top five this year. Nadal, the fourteen-time major champion, has always prided himself on refining his game and finding new ideas and tactics to constantly evolve and improve. But today, Nadal seems to have stagnated into a mediocre version of himself.Continue to read full article...
My name is Meredith Corsillo and I am the Social Media Director for outsidetheball.com, an online media channel that features fun, original content with top WTA & ATP players, hosted by Mayleen Ramey. We take viewers beyond the game with candid, playful interviews that are not ordinarily seen in the tennis world. For example, we’ve been breakdancing with Ana Ivanovic, karaoking with Grigor Dimitrov, and improv acting with Novak Djokovic, just to name a few!Continue to read full article...
Australia is in Glasgow to challenge Great Britain and Andy Murray — an interesting dynamic is that the opening match pits Andy against Thanasi Kokkinakis, who have established a bit of a big brother-little brother relationship from having practiced together several times earlier in the year, including a couple of sessions at Key Biscayne I witnessed – the two are very good buddies and horsed around most of the practice, clearly you could see Andy took a liking to young Thanasi — but today they must put that unique friendship aside and thrash it out against each other for the very important first singles point –Continue to read full article...
I’m at the gym today polishing my muscles, and a woman I know who I noticed had a front row seat in Arthur Ashe for a good part of the final weekend said to me, “Djokovic is boring to watch play.” Now I personally wouldn’t go that far, but her sentiments I think stretch far and I can’t remember a no. 1 player, a great player, a dominant player among the elites, being as boring to watch as Djokovic.Continue to read full article...