Brooklyn Decker

Andy Roddick Comments on Djokovic-Nadal and Kickstarts Super Bowl Festivities

Andy Roddick hasn’t been seen on a tennis court since retiring to Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of the Australian Open, but he was in full force this weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana, kickstarting the Super Bowl festivities with his wife Brooklyn Decker. The star-studded event sponsored by GQ, Lacoste, and Patron Tequila featured musical entertainment provided by LL Cool J and The Roots drummer Questlove, who manned the deejay booth, as well as appearances by Terrell Owens, Erin Andrews, and Adam Levine among others.

On Thursday, Roddick disclosed to the media that an MRI showed a partial tear in his hamstring tendon that he sustained during the Australian Open, but that he expects to be ready for the SAP Open tournament in San Jose, California with his first-round match schedule for February 15th.

“It’s a concern. I haven’t hit a ball since Australia. We’ve just been working on different types of treatment trying to get it right. The MRI came back probably not as good as we were hoping. I’m hoping to be hitting balls for the first time next Monday, and that should get me. If all goes well there, that should be plenty of time to be ready.”

Roddick was also asked if he watched the six-hour battle between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the Australian Open title, but the American said he found it hard to set his alarm for one in the morning when not playing in a tournament. But he was impressed by what he did see of that final.

“It almost looks like the kind of tennis you see when you play Xbox where the guys really don’t get tired and they hit whatever shot they want. It’s pretty remarkable. I know probably at no time in my career, and I’ve been in pretty good shape throughout it, I don’t know if I could play back to back six hour matches of that intensity. What they’re doing is physically impressive.”

But all was not lost as Roddick was able to celebrate during the pre-Super Bowl party in Indianapolis this weekend, and the highlight of the night came in the form of Decker’s “date.” She ditched her husband Roddick for her “Battleship” director’s 12-year-old son Emmett Berg who cheerily obliged for a kiss from the model/actress. Decker went casual, looking comfortable in a Proenza Schouler dress with Net-a-Porter shoes to complement an edgy feel.

Likewise, Roddick dressed-down and looking dapper in a Lacoste polo and jeans.

Both made the rounds and got cozy with LL Cool J …

… and Andy finally shined his smile when catching up with football players Hines Ward, Greg Jennings and good friend Terrell Owens.

(images via Getty and GQ)

ATP Tidbits

It’s the middle of Summer and many pros are taking whatever vacation time they can get. We update you on Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal.

New world number 3 Roger Federer (sounds strange doesn’t it?) was spotted with wife Mirka and friends yachting, swimming, and sunbathing in the Mediterranean Sea near Corsica, France.


Federer does seem a bit famished, doesn’t he? Nothing a quick bite of his towel can’t fix!

To the untrained eye it looks as if Federer is applying face lotion. Do not be deceived. It seems that he’s just come to the realization that he’s lost Roland Garros and Wimbledon. It must be a rare Swiss time-delay.

Andy Roddick and Sports Illustrated Cover model wife Brooklyn Decker spent their Fourth of July weekend at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. He came away a new man.

Roddick’s new ‘do

Roddick’s 2008 ‘do
Last time Roddick sported a new ‘do was two years ago when then-fiancée Brooklyn beat him in a NCAA College Basketball bracket. He got a fauxhawk that time but a clean shave this time. Which is better?

Andy Murray made an unforgettable appearance on James Corden’s World Cup Live TV show in Britain. He chatted tennis, soccer and whether an instant replay system similar to “Hawkeye” should be adopted in soccer. He also took on footballer Jamie O’Hara in a quick competition.

The gem of the show came when Andy Murray’s rap solo to the Bryan Bros Band’s song ‘Autograph’ came on. (Novak Djokovic is also featured on the song.) Murray’s boyish embarrassment was evident, but he’s a good sport for going outside the normal realm of tennis marketing. Maybe rapping wasn’t the best way to go, but it at the very least provided some easy laughs.

Every week, ATP World Tour Uncovered highlights a player or tournament and after this year’s Wimbledon win, Rafael Nadal was featured. The US Open is the only Grand Slam that he has not won, but he states that it’s his next priority:

“What’s sure for me is if I have the chance to win the U.S. Open it’s going to be amazing for me to complete the four (Grand Slams). It’s probably the more difficult tournament for me because this part of the season is a little bit more difficult …. It’s going to be a goal for the rest of my career. I already had two semifinals the last two years there, so I’m not very far.”

Winning the US Open for Nadal would be much easier if it came at the beginning of the season when he is fresh. He has already proven he is capable of beating the best on the hard court of the Australian Open, the first Slam of the year. What makes it difficult for Nadal to win the last Slam of the year is because of his aggressive style of play and commitments to tournaments. No player on tour has a more physical game or applies more stress on his joints and muscles than Nadal. He had severe abdominal tears in last year’s US Open and knee problems in 2008. The difference between those years and today is that he is taking a lighter load and playing fewer tournaments between Wimbledon and the US Open. Let’s see if it pays off.

BAR RAFAELI WATCHES ROGER FEDERER AT MADRID OPEN

Brooklyn Decker isn’t the only SI Swimsuit model who likes tennis….

None other than Supermodel Bar Rafaeli was spotted at the Madrid Open watching the Roger Federer match. Bar Rafaeli has posed in several magazines in the past but I think she’s most known for her cover on Sports Illustrated 2009. The biggest honor a model can earn.

Anyway I don’t think you are waiting for my ramblings and you just want to see the pics!

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IT HAPPENED IN MONTERREY: JELENA JANKOVIC CELEBRATES 25TH BIRTHDAY

Starring now…Brooklyn Decker – Sports Illustrated cover girl and wife of Andy Roddick,  Brooklyn Decker has landed an acting role in  an upcoming that stars none other than Nicole Kidman, Adam Sandler and  Jennifer Anniston.  The movie is called “Just go with it” and will be released on Valentines Day 2011.

Decker was excited by her upcoming role judging by her tweet on Twitter:

“That’s why I’m in L.A. now and so excited to get started! The cast has been AMAZING and welcoming. I can’t stop gushing about everyone involved!”

Filming starts this March. Decker previously acted on Ugly Betty.

X mark your spot – I wouldn’t dare to mark anyone’s X but Fernando Verdasco does.  Verdasco is part of a new Calvin Klein marketing campaign called “X mark your spot”.  Click to see what it’s all about: http://xmarkyourspot.com/

It happened in Monterrey – Stars, guitars, lips red as wine….well not really but Jelena Jankovic did celebrate her 25th birthday on February 28  in Monterrey, Mexico. With a birthday cake at a post match  press conference . And I got the pics to prove it.

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IVANOVIC’S MISTAKE: THE FRIDAY FIVE

By Maud Watson

Mixed Priorities? – By now, everyone probably knows that Andy Roddick’s wife Brooklyn Decker is appearing on the cover of the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. But in case you missed it, Serb Ana Ivanovic is also being featured in the popular magazine spread. It’s easy to see why she was approached to be in the issue, but I question her decision to do it nonetheless.  This is a woman who has slipped to No. 23 in the rankings, was in tears during her second round Australian Open defeat to Gisela Dulko, and after a dismal performance this past weekend in Fed Cup, freely admitted that she’s suffering from a psychological crisis. Her lifetime contract with Adidas aside, now is the time for Ana Ivanovic to focus more on her tennis and get it back on track. If she doesn’t, then she’s going to quickly be labeled as one of those underachievers who is nothing but a flash in the pan.

Setting an Example – In a refreshing bit of news, Barclay’s conducted a survey of 1,500 individuals and found that tennis stars Roger Federer and Steffi Graf were named top male and female sports role models. Given that it’s one of the cleanest sports, and the fact that golf has recently been rocked by the Tiger Woods scandal, it wasn’t entirely shocking that tennis should score so high. Hopefully tennis’ growing reputation as a model sport for young children and adults everywhere will further help grow viewership and participation around the globe.

Suffering Safina – It was announced earlier this week that former world No. 1 Dinara Safina had to pull out of the Dubai tournament due to her lingering back problem. She hopes to be able to compete in the upcoming Indian Wells tournament. I personally have my fingers crossed for the industrious Russian. I firmly believe she has the game to win a Grand Slam title, but this lingering back injury could very well be a sign that this is the beginning of the end of her tortured career.

Thai Sighting – For all of you Paradorn Srichaphan “Sricha-fans” out there who’ve been wondering what Thailand’s favorite native son has been up to, he’s been preparing to star in an upcoming Thai action film.  Just a week after Leander Paes announced he was going to be starring in a psychological thriller, Paradorn announced that he would be the feature star in the upcoming film Beng Rjan II. Paradorn has been sidelined from tennis with a wrist injury since 2007, and odds appear slim he’ll ever make it back onto the tour. With any luck, this movie gig will work out and he’ll have a second career on the big screen.

The Enigma is Back – I’ll be the first to admit that aside from thrilled, I was more surprised to read that Russian Marat Safin is planning to play the Champion Series event in Rio this coming March.  Given Safin’s attitude towards tennis as primarily a business, I never really expected him to play another competitive match again, and certainly not so soon after his November retirement. One thing is for certain, however.  Given the more laid back and jovial atmosphere that exists on the Senior Tour, you can bet that the affable Safin is going to be bringing plenty of laughter to the tennis court and delighting fans around the world once again.

IT’S BROOKLYN DECKER WHO GRACES THE COVER OF THE NEW SPORTS ILLUSTRATED!

Andy Roddick’s wife, Brooklyn Decker, was unveiled today as the new Sports Illustrated (SI) covergirl. She’s been in SI five times before but never graced the cover.

When asked if husband Andy Roddick was even a little jealous Decker replied:

“No. He’s so proud. I think this gives him a one-up in the locker room for the next year or so.”

On how she felt to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Decker said on the USA’s Today Show, “It’s the equivalent of being the MVP of the Super Bowl” – Decker choosing not to use a tennis analogy.

More news about Brooklyn Decker is that she is also the new face and body of La Senza’s Valentine lingerie.

Enjoy the photos!

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SEX AT THE ZOO WITH ANDY RODDICK AND BROOKLYN DECKER

Andy Roddick and his Sports Illustrated swimsuit model actress Brooklyn Decker made a promotional visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane Wednesday and were upstaged by a pair of Koala’s having sex during an on-camera interview. Roddick’s back turned, television cameras caught the public spectacle happening as Roddick discussed handling the cuddly creatures.

“I heard they can get after you a little bit, but mine was very calm,” he said.

To view the video, click here, http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=990858

To learn more about Brisbane Tourism and what to do in the city, click here,  http://www.worldtennismagazine.com/archives/1319

Roddick, ranked No. 7 in the ATP World Tour Rankings, is playing in his first event on the 2010 season and his first since Shanghai in early October.

Andy Roddick: A Sporting Gesture

Andy Roddick may have performed his best act when he married Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker last month, but his act of sportsmanship at the 2005 Italian Open would rank high as well. The following excerpt from the May 5 chapter of the book ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY ($19.95, New Chapter Press, www.tennishistorybook.com) details what happened.

May 5

2005 – Andy Roddick performs one of the greatest gestures of sportsmanship on a tennis court when he overturns an apparent double-fault – that would have given him the match – and eventually loses to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the round of 16 of the Italian Open in Rome.  Roddick is leading 5-3 in the second set and has triple match point with Verdasco serving. Verdasco’s serve appears to land just wide and is called out by the linesperson. Roddick, however, says the ball was in after checking the mark on the clay court and concedes the second serve ace to Verdasco. “I didn’t think it was anything extraordinary,” says Roddick. “The umpire would have done the same thing if he came down and looked. I just saved him the trip.”  Famed American sports journalist Frank Deford say on National Public Radio of the gesture, “In one moment with victory his for the taking – no, not for the taking – is given, is assumed, Andy Roddick went against the way of the world and simply instinctively did what he thought was right. Once upon time we called such foolish innocents sportsmen.”

1981 – New Yorkers John McEnroe and Vitas Gerulaitis are eliminated from the WCT Tournament of Champions at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. McEnroe is defeated by Brazil’s Carlos Kirmayr 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-2 in a second-round match, while Gerualitis is defeated by fellow American Fritz Buehning 7-5, 7-5. McEnroe holds a match point in the second-set tie-break but is unable to convert, while Gerulaitis loses the last six games of the match after taking a 5-1 lead in the second set. ”Inexcusable,” says McEnroe of the loss. ”He ran me around like a yo-yo and he deserved to win.”

Mondays with Bob Greene: Five Straight for Rafa

STARS

Rafael Nadal won his fifth straight Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title, beating Novak Djokovic 6-3 2-6 61 in Monte Carlo

Sabine Lisicki won the Family Circle Cup, beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-4 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Roberta Vinci beat Maria Kirilenko 6-0 6-4 to win the Barcelona Ladies Open in Barcelona, Spain

Fabrice Santoro beat Rik De Voest 7-5 6-4 to win the Soweto Men’s Open in Johannesburg, South Africa

Felix Mantilla beat Albert Costa 6-4 6-1 to win the ATP Champions Cup in Barcelona, Spain

SAYING

“Everyone can improve in every surface, no? No one is perfect. Sure, I can improve. I always work to improve because when you feel you can’t improve, is difficult to wake up and go on court and practice.” – Rafael Nadal  after winning his fifth straight Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

“She’s just a great champion. I still can’t really believe I won. … But beating Venus Williams here was just awesome.” – Sabine Lisicki, who beat Venus Williams early in the week and went on to win the Family Circle Cup.

“I wasn’t expecting that.” – Venus Williams, after losing to Sabine Lisicki at the Family Circle Cup.

“He did a good job today. He kept the ball in play.” – Roger Federer, after losing to Stanislas Wawrinka at Monte Carlo.

“I am a bit embarrassed to celebrate it.” – Stanislas Wawrinka, on his victory over Roger Federer.

“The competition is pretty tough. You have to be ready from the first round, especially playing the first tournament on clay courts. You really have to be patient and take some time before you really feel the surface.” – Elena Dementieva, noting that second-seeded Venus Williams, third-seeded Vera Zvonareva and fourth-seeded Nadia Petrova were all eliminated from the Family Circle Cup on the same day.

“If you want to get married in private, you have to go to Switzerland. They don’t actually care over there. They actually want to give you peace and privacy. That’s why I love being a Swiss and living in Switzerland.” – Roger Federer, on his marriage to long-time girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec.

“Obviously our rankings both aren’t in the top 10 anymore, so you’re not getting the protection of not playing each other early on. But, yeah, he’s obviously still a class player when he’s on.” – Lleyton Hewitt, after losing to Marat Safin in a battle of former world number ones.

“It’s nice that I know him, and he’s supporting me out here, coming to watch me play.” – Alexander Stevenson, acknowledging that her father, basketball great Julius Erving, saw her play tennis for the first time as she lost her first-round match at the Family Circle Cup.

“I had a lead and then the whole thing was, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m actually beating someone who’s 13 in the world,’ and that got in my head a little bit.” – American qualifier Melanie Oudin, after losing to third-seeded Marion Bartoli at the Family Circle Cup.

“Our personalities match. We work a lot off the court together and we really understand each other’s game. We know each other’s strengths and know how to work as a team.” – Nadia Petrova, after teaming with Bethanie Mattek-Sands to win the Family Circle Cup doubles.

“When I got my illness, I felt like I was retired and that it was finished. But then they gave me the possibility to come here and to play on the ATP Champions Tour and I thought, ‘Why not?’ It’s always nice to play your sport while having fun.” – Felix Mantilla, who has recovered from skin cancer and resumed playing, winning the Barcelona, Spain, stop on the ATP Champions Tour.

SHOCKER I

Roger Federer teamed with Stanislas Wawrinka to give Switzerland a gold medal in the doubles at the Beijing Olympics last summer. In Monte Carlo, it was Wawrinka who showed Federer the exit in their third-round match. Federer struggled throughout the match, facing 14 break points. The world number two, Federer entered the Monte Carlo Masters on a wild card after getting married the weekend before the tournament.

SHOCKER II

Venus Williams was a heavy favorite to win her Family Circle Cup third-round match against little-known Sabine Lisicki. Instead, the German right-hander shocked the tournament’s number-two seed 6-4 7-6 (5) in her remarkable run to her first WTA Tour title. “I wasn’t expecting that and, you know, I’ll try to come back next year and win,” Williams said. “I made a few errors at the wrong time, and she played some great shots.”

SWEET WEEK

Sabine Lisicki first gained notice when she pulled off the biggest victory over her career by upsetting Venus Williams early in the tournament. She capped her fantasy run by beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-4 to become the lowest-ranked player ever to win the Family Circle Cup, her first WTA Tour title. The German right-hander proved her surprise win was no fluke, knocking off Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals, sixth-seeded Marion Bartoli in the semis and fifth-seeded Wozniacki in the final, closing out the victory on her sixth match point. Against Wozniacki, Lisicki rallied from behind in both sets.

STILL CHAMPION

It’s becoming a habit. Rafael Nadal won his fifth straight Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, this year beating third-seeded Novak Djokovic in the final and running his winning streak to 27 matches at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament. The Spaniard becomes the first player to win an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament five consecutive years, and joins Roger Federer with 14 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, second only to the 17 won by Andre Agassi. Nadal also is the first world number one player to win at Monte Carlo since Ivan Lendl in 1988.

SUPERB FINALIST

Roberta Vinci has only reached two finals in her WTA Tour career. But she’s perfect once she gets there, capturing her second career title at the Barcelona Ladies Open. Her only other title match appearance came in Bogota, Colombia, in 2007, which she also won. “It’s such a great feeling to win again,” Vinci said. “It has been a long time since I played well.” Both of Vinci’s titles have come on red clay.

SPECIAL SWINGER

The only player to win two Grand Slams – winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US singles championships in the same calendar year – Rod Laver is being honored again. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (ITHFM) will honor Laver with a special presentation on Center Court during ceremonies for the Class of 2009 inductees into the Hall of Fame. In addition, the left-hander from Australia will be named a Life Trustee of the Newport, Rhode Island, shrine. “Rod Laver is arguably the best tennis player ever to swing a racquet,” said Christopher Clouser, chairman of the ITHFM. “And beyond being a great champion of tennis, he is a great person and ambassador of tennis who continues to give back to our sport.” Laver won the Grand Slam in 1962 as an amateur, then again in 1969, one year after the Open Era began, allowing professionals to compete. In 2001, the Australian Open stadium in Melbourne was named “The Rod Laver Arena.”

SPORTS AWARDS NOMINEES

Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic have been nominated for the 10th Laureus World Sports Awards. Williams, who won her fifth Wimbledon title last summer, has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award. Ivanovic, the French Open winner in 2008, and countryman Djokovic, the 2008 Australian Open champion, have been nominated in the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year category.

STADIUM TOPPER?

The US Tennis Association (USTA) is looking into the possibility of putting a roof over Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, site of the US Open. The stadium, which opened in 1997, seats 22,500, making it one of the largest outdoor tennis stadiums in the world. Spokesman Chris Wittmeier said the USTA is interested in whether new lightweight materials and engineering techniques could be used to make a retractable roof to prevent championship tennis events from being rained out. The stadium was not initially designed to accommodate a roof. The Australian Open’s main stadium has a retractable roof, and a roof was also added to Wimbledon for this year’s tournament. Wittmeier knocked down speculation that the New York Islanders would move their National Hockey League franchise to Arthur Ashe Stadium if a roof was installed. “It’s not even on our wish list,” Wittmeier said. “The way that Arthur Ashe is engineered and configured, it wouldn’t work for hockey.”

SAYING “I DO, TOO”

One week after Roger Federer got married, Andy Roddick walked down the aisle. The 2003 US Open champion married Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker at Roddick’s home in Austin, Texas. Elton John sang at a reception held at a country club following the ceremony. Among those attending the wedding were Billie Jean King, James Blake, Mardy Fish and Patrick McEnroe. Federer married longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec in a small ceremony in his hometown of Basel, Switzerland.

STRUCK DOWN

An ankle injury knocked third-seeded Vera Zvonareva out of the Family Circle Cup singles. On serve with Virginie Razzano in the opening set, Zvonareva fell in the third game while chasing down a ball along the baseline. She cried out in pain and lay on the court for about five minutes, clutching her right ankle. She was helped to her chair where a trainer wrapped her ankle and applied ice to the injury. The Russian then was taken off the court on a golf cart.

SPONSOR SLIP

Maria Sharapova, who hasn’t played singles since last summer, has lost one of her endorsement deals. A spokesman for PepsiCo Inc. said there was no particular reason for the split other than the two-year contract has ended. Sharapova had been the first tennis player to represent PepsiCo’s Gatorade sports drink and Tropicana fruit juice brands worldwide. Since winning Wimbledon in 2004, Sharapova has become the highest-paid female athlete in the world. Sports Illustrated reported the Russian right-hander earns close to USD $22 million a year. She took over the world number one ranking when Justine Henin retired, but has since dropped to number 53 in the world after missing the Beijing Olympics, the US Open and the Australian Open. She has undergone shoulder surgery. Serena Williams endorses Gatorade in the United States.

SEEKING COMEBACK

Carlos Moya is not going to let surgery keep him down. The former world number one is planning on returning to the ATP Tour once he recovers from his pelvic bone surgery.  “They have told me that the recuperation period will be between four or five months,” said the 32-year-old Moya, who won the French Open in 1998. “I think that to come back after the US Open (in September) it’s best to accept the situation in a relaxed way and have more guarantees for next year.”

SENIOR SITE

The ATP Champions Tour has launched its own official website, www.atpchampionstour.com. The site has a new interactive FanZone where fans can send questions to their favorite player, access exclusive video and audio, and test their knowledge of the Champions. Another section explains how players are eligible to play on the ATP Champions Tour.

STEPPING DOWN I

Alfred Tesar is ending his eight-year reign as captain of Austria’s Fed Cup team. In its first match under Tesar in 2002, Austria upset the United States and reached the World Group semifinals, which they did again in 2004. But Austria was relegated to the Europe/Africa Zone last year. “Alfred Tesar and the Fed Cup team achieved outstanding successes,” Austrian Tennis Federation general secretary Peter Teuschl said. “But after eight years … it’s time for a new start.”

STEPPING DOWN II

Carl Maes has resigned as head of women’s tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Maes is a native of Belgium who made his reputation coaching Kim Clijsters from her time in the juniors until she was on the cusp of her Grand Slam tournament successes.

SAYS NO TO MEDIA

Australian sports organizations, including Tennis Australia, is trying to restrict reporting of their events, a move that Australian media group News Ltd. says would be an assault on free speech. Australia’s leading sporting bodies have told a Senate inquiry that the advent of online “news” reporting is affecting their revenue streams and could limit their ability to support grassroots participation. Cricket Australia, the Australian Football League and Tennis Australia are among the administrators who appeared before the Australian Senate inquiry calling for the government to create laws or regulations to put limits on what media organizations can publish, from their events, on the Internet. David Tomlin, associate general counsel of The Associated Press, told the inquiry that sports leagues and organizers were entering the publishing arena with their own web sites and digital deals and competing for advertising and other revenue.

SICHUAN HELP

Zheng Jie returned to her home in Sichuan Province for the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that killed nearly 69,000 people. Last year, Zheng Jie donated her Wimbledon prize money to the earthquake victims. This year she spoke to students at the Hong Bai School in Shifang, Sichuan Province, and also held a tennis clinic. Zheng and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour donated racquets and balls to the students, while two sponsors, Anta and Mercedes Benz, also made donations to the children.

SOUTH AFRICAN CAPTAIN

Former top player Greer Stevens has been named captain of South Africa’s Fed Cup team. South Africa will participate in the Euro/Africa Group II competition being held in Antalya, Turkey. “Our team is in the building stages,” said Stevens, who is now married and goes by the name of Leo-Smith. Besides South Africa, other nations participating in Turkey will be Georgia, Portugal, Turkey, Latvia and Morocco.

SHARED PERFORMANCES

Monte Carlo: Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic beat Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4 6-1

Charleston: Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova beat Liga Dekmeijere and Patty Schnyder 6-7 (5) 6-2 11-9 (match tiebreak)

Barcelona: Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat Sorana Cirstea and Andreja Klepac 3-6 6-2 10-8 (match tiebreak)

Johannesburg: George Bastl and Chris Guccione beat Michail Elgin and Alexandre Kudryavtsev 6-2 4-6 11-9 (match tiebreak)

SITES TO SURF

Barcelona: www.barcelonaopenbancosabadell.com/

Sofia: www.bgtennis.bg/

Fed Cup: www.fedcup.com

Estonian Tennis Federation: www.tennis.ee/

Polish Tennis Federation: www.pzt.pl/

Belgium Tennis Federation: www.sport.be/fedcup/2009/belcan/fr/

Tennis Australia: www.tennis.com.au/

Rome: www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/default.asp

Stuttgart: www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-home

Tunis: www.tct.org.tn

Rhodes: www.atcrhodes.com

TOURNAMENTS THIS WEEK

(All money in USD)

ATP

$2,645,000 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain, clay

$112,000 Bulgarian Open, Sofia, Bulgaria, clay

FED CUP

(April 25-26)

World Group Semifinals

Italy vs. Russia at Castellaneta Marina, Italy, clay

Czech Republic vs. United States at Brno, Czech Republic, hard

World Group Playoffs

Spain vs. Serbia at Lleida, Spain, clay; France vs. Slovak Republic at Limoges, France, clay; Germany vs. China at Frankfurt, Germany, clay; Argentina vs. Ukraine at Mar Del Plata, Argentina, clay

World Group II Playoffs

Belgium vs. Canada at Hasselt, Belgium, clay; Estonia vs. Israel at Tallinn, Estonia, hard; Poland vs. Japan at Gdynia, Poland, clay; Australia vs. Switzerland at Victoria, Australia, grass

TOURNAMENTS NEXT WEEK

ATP

$3,500,000 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome, Italy, clay

$125,000 Tunis Open, Tunis, Tunisia, clay

$110,000 Aegean Tennis Cup, Rhodes, Greece, hard

WTA

$700,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Pix, Stuttgart, Germany, clay

$220,000 Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Fez, Morocco, clay

$100,000 Open GDF Suez, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, clay

$100,000 Soweto Women’s Open, Johannesburg, South Africa, hard

Daniela Hantuchova – The Sexy Slovak

Another week ,  another gallery here on Tennistastic.  How is your week going for you so far? Mine’s just doing fairly well.

First of all the comments. There weren’t a lot of comments for Brooklyn Decker but I am guessing that that’s because you guys and girls were all in awe for her ashtonishing good looks.

Jacob and my boss Manfred have been emailing back and forth and we will soon show you what the outcome of the deal is.  But all I can say is that Gisela is a very pretty lady!

This week I got a tennis player who does quite a lot of modeling on the side. Her name is Daniela Hantuchova and she is another one of those lookers.

I took a look around on Askmen.com and what she has achieved so far isn’t bad at all.

Here’s what Askmen has to say on Daniela Hanthuchova:

Why Is She Famous?

Daniela Hantuchova is a talented, budding young star of the tennis world. She has four doubles titles under her belt and the 2002 Indian Wells Singles Trophy is her mantelpiece. She also helped her native country, Slovakia, win the Fed Cup in 2002.

Sexiness

The good thing about female athletes is that you know for certain their bodies will be tight and toned. Daniela is currently one of the biggest draws on the professional circuit, and not just because of her tennis skills.

It’s not just her looks, either; it’s also the sexy and elegant way she moves. She has been photographed by a number of both men’s magazines and tennis publications, and even in still shots you can sense her magic.

Success

Daniela Hantuchova seems to have been stuck on the verge throughout her entire career to date. While she has one singles title to her credit (won against Maria Hingis at Indian Wells), she has yet to string together consistent wins on the WTA tour.

She’s fared better in ladies doubles, having won the title at Bratislava in 2000. She won again at Luxembourg in 2001, and at New Haven and Amelia Island in 2002. She’s enjoyed even greater success in mixed doubles, taking home the Wimbledon title in 2001 before winning at the Australian Open in 2002. However, the pressures of success at a young age, coupled with her distress over her parent’s divorce, caused her some difficulty after that.

By the end of 2008, she had bounced back, and was ranked No. 33 in the singles.

Biography

The tennis sensation Daniela Hantuchova was born on April 23, 1983, in Poprad, Slovakia. Her father Igor was a Computer Science professor at the University of Technology at Bratislava while her mother Marianna was a toxicologist (she would eventually leave this profession to manage her daughter’s career).

Tennis was a sport that everyone in the Hantuchova family played. However, it really was her grandmother Helena, a former Czech national player, who was responsible for introducing Daniela to a racket at the age of 3.

Sensing that Daniela loved the sport and had potential, Helena signed her up at Slavia STU, one of the largest tennis clubs in Bratislava. On indoor hard and clay courts, Daniela studied under Joseph Bulko.

So anyway without further ado: Here are the pics of Daniela Hantuchova!