Archive for November, 2009
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More pictures from the Radwanskas, Caro Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber vacations in Mauritius.
Having fun, aren’t we, ladies?
More pictures can be seen here. Amusing, ladies, v. amusing.
November 12th, 2009 • Rafael Nadal
Two minutes and twenty-three seconds of secondhand embarrassment. Amazing, Rafa. Amazing.
Earlier today, pop singer Britney Spears‘ twitter account was hacked. Messages saying the celebrity was into Satan were posted.
Why is this relevant to tennis?
Serena was worried.
(Britbrit screencap via Popjustice)
November 11th, 2009 • Marat Safin
Oh, please, like you guys are going to complain.
Russian website Championat has this quite awesome gallery of Marat. There are pictures of him with trophies, with former president Boris Yeltsin and even some funny ones. (Oh, he’s just being Marat!) Fifty pictures at all. Quite a sight. Click on the picture below to see them.
And here, via DownTheLine, you can see the tribute to Marat from today at Bercy:
In advance, have some:
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t heartbroken.
This past season and half, I’ve hardly been a Marat fan. I did try but it would normally end in heartbreak. At most times, Marat would lose without even trying. Since he announced his retirement, he played all matches this year like he couldn’t actually give a fuck if he won or not. In press conferences, he would whine like a big baby and talk about how boring it was to be a tennis player. I certainly wasn’t going to be the one that cared.
His tournament in Paris was his last. This is the most special Masters (or ATP 1000, whatever) for Marat. He won three times there. In Paris, with his last strokes as professional tennis player, he cared. In the first round, he saved match points and clutched a tight victory. Today, he fought hard again. He wanted to win. He saved break points in the second to take the match to a final set. He managed to save match points but, this time, it only made the result be postponed for a bit. He lost to Delpo but he sure as hell went down fighting.
I don’t believe even the most delusional fan had hopes to see him take the title. I think it was a quite proud defeat. It wasn’t embarrassing as I had expected.
After the match, there was a ceremony on court. Marat got an award. A bunch of players (pictured above) went to honor him. A video of his best moments on tour was showed on the big screen. It was pretty sweet. You could see he was getting emotional but Marat is too much of a SexGod to tear up.
Marat was easily my favourite ATP player when growing up. I was 10 when he won the U.S. Open and I had the biggest crush on him. At 14, when he won the Australian Open, I still intended on marrying him. We’d live in a house in Moscow, mock The Da Vinci Code and watch David Lynch films in bed. It was a mighty life plan, let me add that.
I hope he now does whatever pleases him the most. Which I’m sure will involve wooing attractive blonde girls like he so loves. He can run for president, form a boyband, cure cancer, conquer the world.
Oh, Marat, I’ll still marry you if you so insist.
I’ll leave you guys with a bit of vintage!Marat. Here’s the Russian in the Late Show With David Letterman in 2000. This was after he won over Sampras his first Slam. You can tell he was a rockstar even then.
Farewell, babe. ♥
MARAT RETIRED FOR GOOD! RAFA GAVE ME A HEART ATTACK!
DELPO IS GAY!
I need a few minutes to calm down, kthx.
Maria Sharapova and has a new beard beau, Lakers’ player, Sasha Vujacic.
Their “ship name” is, apparently, Mashasha. I want to marry whoever came up with that. Mashashashashasha — I could go on forever.
Camilla will forever be my fave WAG though. Adorable and stylish.
This is my attempt on writing something on the Wicky incident. (I’ll skip on the Malisse thing, but it’s obvious the same thing)
I’m sure, as everyone here is a tennis fan, has heard that Yanina Wickmayer has been suspended for one year. Sexy Bitch (as we kindly refer to her here on Fierce Tennis) didn’t inform her whereabouts three times to the Flemish Anti-Doping Association.
Why haven’t I posted about this before? I’ve been quite gutted — didn’t want to write about it. I actually like Wicky. Of course I believe a player should suffer some kind of punishment for misinforming their whereabouts. But Wicky only failed to inform them three times in 18 months. She had told her national Anti-Doping she was having problems with her password online. A career threatening ban like that should only be at stake if the system is flawless. Which obviously isn’t the case. A slap on the wrist, a warning, even a fine would be appropriate here.
Wicky found out about the ban in the middle of the night. It was all over in the press before she even knew. She was resting to play for a spot in the Bali semis when she was woken up by a call from her dad telling about what had happened. You can imagine how hysterical a 20-year-old would be upon hearing such news.
It’s also quite absurd when you think about the latest tennis doping scandals that have been on the media:
Gasquet‘s found with cocaine in his blood? Oh, he had just kissed a girl. Two months for him.
Agassi takes crystal meth and speed? Lies to ATP and gets away with it.
Wickmayer doesn’t inform her whereabouts three times? HANG HER A YEAR BAN.
It’s even worse when you think about who‘s doing this to her. Her own country. She will appeal the ban — but this will still make her miss months of the season either way. And after making her first Slam semifinals and having the best year of her career, this can be crushing to her self-esteem. There’s also the fact a ban is a ban and she will forever be known as a player who was caught in anti-doping. Why yes, Belgium, aren’t you simply a peach with your athletes?
@dylan0024, we’d love to have your wise words published on Fierce Tennis again.