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)

Djokovic Visits Former Coach Gencic with Wimbledon Trophy; Talks About Goals and His Head in 2012

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has been busy! After finishing up at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, he spent the weekend in Belgrade celebrating and visiting his childhood coach Jelena Gencic, received GQ’s “Ace of the Year” award, filmed a movie cameo in Bulgaria, and traveled to Bosnia to pick up another award, while talking with reporters about his outlook for the 2012 season – and joking about his head.

News broke out on Wednesday that Novak Djokovic would be playing himself in the upcoming Sylvester Stallone-written movie “Expendables 2,” alongside actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Filming for the tennis star took place in Sofia, Bulgaria along with some extraneous fun relishing the citiy’s trendy night life.

Interestingly enough, the only clue to Djokovic’s initial post-season adventures came by way of countryman Janko Tipsarevic, who said the two were heading to the Maldives for vacation after the ATP World Tour Finals. But I guess when Sylvester Stallone, your childhood idol, asks you to star in a movie, you don’t deny the opportunity.

First on the agenda though was a weekend of celebrating that included a night out at club Magacin in Belgrade.

The trip to Belgrade, however, was inspired for an entirely different reason. American television company CBS is currently filming a documentary on the world’s #1 tennis player, and it included a sweet reunion with his childhood coach Jelena Gencic after not having seen each other for four-and-a-half years. She also revealed the secret to Djokovic’s match point-saving return forehand winner against Roger Federer in the semifinals of the U.S. Open earlier this year.

Djokovic arrived to her house with a big hug, telling her “I have brought that which we have been dreaming about and which I had promised you I would win.” He then showed her his prized Wimbledon trophy. Gencic held the trophy and replied that her “happiness at this moment has no end.”

Before going into the house, he asked to see her garden. It was the same one which they had spent countless hours conversing in and where he had told her he would one day be #1.

As they entered the house, the jokes began and it became reminiscent of a time many years prior. Gencic teased her pupil and confessed she still had his childhood racquet from where everything had originated 17 years ago.

Gencic: “Do you remember this racquet?”

Djokovic answered jokingly: “Of course, I remember! I know that the cap fell off the bottom of the handle and I know that … oh my, you never changed the strings!”

Gencic replied: “Yes, I did!”

They were like old friends, with Gencic even bringing up his famed forehand return winner against Federer at the U.S. Open: “On match point [down], you played the most impossible shot, the most difficult shot …” But Djokovic interrupted, “How is it impossible when that is the shot we were training for for years?” To which Gencic joked, “But that’s why I’m bringing it up!” followed by laughter from both. Djokovic admitted to media that he learned his signature “crosscourt returns and down-the-line backhands” from Gencic’s unique training style when he was a kid. All things have come full circle as that save on match point has now become his career-defining moment.

Djokovic ended his visit with an invitation for Gencic as his guest for the opening day of Wimbledon in 2012. But she joked, “Nole, prepare me a seat two weeks later when the finals are, so we can celebrate a new [Wimbledon] trophy together!”

“If I didn’t have Jelena Gencic or my parents who believed in me and my potential, I probably wouldn’t have had the desire to become world #1,” Djokovic concluded. See the full video of their reunion below including video footage of Djokovic hitting on court as a kid.

Following this momentous visit, he departed for a short trip to Banja Luka, Bosnia to accept the country’s “Person of the Year” award. There, Djokovic was asked by reporters concerning his movie role to which he said that “he had just filmed his [movie cameo] yesterday,” calling the cast “legends” and jokingly admitted that he’s better as a tennis player than an actor.

During the same news conference, he also talked about his goals for 2012.

“It’s crucial that if I prepare well for next year, I will have a great chance to begin the year [right], and it is that beginning that is crucial for the entire season. So, in Australia I’ll try again to get the title, and I believe [my play at the Australian Open] will give me good knowledge about how the rest of my season could go. I think I’m at the top of my career and my abilities, and I believe in the quality [of my game], and why not? I will always have bigger goals.

When asked about his injury status, he playfully replied: “I don’t have any injuries. I have enough time to heal everything – especially my head, which is a little crazy.”

(Magacin photo courtesy of; screen shots via YouTube)

Novak Djokovic Named “Ace of the Year” by GQ Magazine



NEW YORK—GQ announced today the 2011 Men of the Year: the magazine’s annual list of the men (and woman) who entertained, excited, and inspired us most this year. The biggest names in music, film, theater, and sports are recognized in the December issue and were on hand last night at GQ’s annual Men of the Year event, at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

Of note is tennis star Novak Djokovic for being honored as “Ace of the Year.” GQ did a full interview and video of the photoshoot with the Serbian heartthrob. The man clearly doesn’t know how to take a bad photo.

Below is a complete list of the 2011 Men of the Year:

Jay-Z – King of the Year

Novak Djokovic – Ace of the Year

Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake – Showmen of the Year

David Kinch – Chef of the Year

Frank Ocean – Rookie of the Year

Michael Fassbender – Breakout of the Year

Gary Oldman – Icon of the Year

Mila Kunis – Knockout of the Year

Trey Parker & Matt Stone – Theater Geeks of the Year

Cast of Breaking Bad –  Badasses of the Year

Oscar Pistorius – Superhuman of the Year

Steve Carell – Ham of the Year

Derrick Rose – MVP of the Year

Kyle Chandler – Coach of the Year

Michael Shannon – Fanatic of the Year

Louis C.K. – Comic Genius of the Year

Kristen Wiig – Bro of the Year

Peter Dinklage – Stud of the Year

The event, hosted by GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson, brought the December issue to life, and famous names came out in droves to toast this year’s honorees. Attendees included: Aziz Ansari, Carmelo Anthony & La La, Jessica Biel, Allison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Zooey Deschanel, Diplo, Anna Faris & Chris Pratt, World Series MVP David Freese, Jon Hamm, Armie Hammer, Rashida Jones, Minka Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel, Ewan McGregor, Joel McHale, Chris Pine, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman, Emily van Camp, Kerry Washington, and many others.

ATP Tidbits – Verdasco & Murray as models, Federer’s CGI question & a Serbian dinner invitation

Summer in the Eastern US signifies 100 degree temperatures and 95% humidity. So it’s no surprise that two of the hottest tennis stars around recently each did photoshoots in preparation for the summer’s hottest sporting ticket, the US Open. Roger Federer, always trying to set the standard, one-uped the two men by making a viral video for his sponsor Gillette. Finally, I leave you with a dinner invitation from the Serbian team. Well, sort of.

Newly resurgent Andy Murray stepped into the life of a male model for a day as famed photographer Mario Testino setup shop in Murray’s garage for a VOGUE photoshoot. The photos were taken in his garage because it also doubles as his weight room. Testino wanted to convey the consuming hours a top athlete devotes to his sport by shooting him “in here, where he works.”

When asked by a journalist what he was wearing in the photoshoot, Murray simply replied that “the stuff was really nice. Really, really nice.” He is usually in sweats, t-shirts and shorts because tennis is on his mind 24/7. So when he was urged to expand on what made the tuxedo so ‘nice,’ he barely found the words. He said that there was a darker stripe down the side of the leg. Needless to say, the boy doesn’t know his fashion that well, but he is forgiven under the circumstances. The photos turned out great …. in his Burberry tux, of course.

To follow up on Murray’s photoshoot, there is an even saucier one in September’s GQ issue featuring Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, photographed in Madrid-Brajas’ Terminal 4. Words cannot express how well he fits the mold of a fiery masterful businessman. I should take more trips to the airport if this is what traveling salesman look like! Verdasco might be his own biggest fan though. He was beyond excited as he announced it on his twitter account: “Reading the us GQ of september! Guys you should buy it, there is a photoshoot of me in it!”

I like it, what do you think?  Murray or Verdasco?

Not to be forgotten, Roger Federer’s newest viral video for Gillette has received close to FIVE MILLION hits since being put up on Youtube one week ago. That many hits nears epic proportions!

In a video that seems to go “behind the scenes” of an actual ad, Federer displays his precision by hitting at a crew member’s head. Not directly AT his head, but at a tin can ON his head that Federer served at. With the camera crew and technicians as his audience, Federer targets the can precisely and knocks it off the crew members head without a scratch … and twice in a row!

The biggest question so far has been whether this video is real or CGI. During his second-round victory in Cincinnati, Federer was questioned about the famed video by a reporter.

“Q. Can I ask you about a serve that you didn’t make tonight, but that’s obviously being talked about a lot on the internet. Is that for real?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, that thing? Yeah. Well, there’s a lot of the debate at the moment, you know. You know how it is with magicians. They don’t tell how their tricks work, you know. (Smiling.) I don’t do it that much, but yea, it was shot in one piece and it was — the guy took a chance. (Smiling.) It worked out. I’m happy.”

Knowing how Federer likes to keep people guessing about his game and life, his answer doesn’t really clear anything up. Some have speculated that he indeed says it’s real in this quote, but he refers to magicians as well. He worded it quite carefully and I’m still not sold it was for “real.”

Remember how I said there was a dinner invitation from the Serbian team at the beginning of this post? Well, true to my word, here it is:

Don’t they all look so inviting?! What’s wrong? Oh, you were thinking it was really a live sit-down meal? Well, if you were in Cincinnati you could have been lucky, but for the rest of us: bummer. Janko Tipsarevic teased the twitter universe with this photo of him and his wife Biljana, Ana Ivanovic, Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki eating dinner before catching the movie “The Expendables.” It seems that the Serbs really enjoy each other’s company and are quite photogenic — even in the poor lighting. I would have to argue that the Bryan brothers come in as a close second for their twitter photos with other tennis friends. Well, that is unless Verdasco gets the whole Spanish Armada in a photo at the US Open. Can it be done?

Wimbledon’s Sartorialist

Much props to GQ for sending Gordon Von Steiner to wander the hallowed grounds of the AELTC during the Wimbledon fortnight. While the resulting slideshow didn’t showcase the fashion as much as TSF’d like, we see this as a step in the right direction. Next year, try to snap a pic of Bud Collins‘ fancy pants, mmk?

(image by Gordon Von Steiner for GQ)

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GQ’s 2009 menswear designer: will tennis be their muse?


And then there were six: GQ and CFDA have narrowed down their nominees for Best New Menswear Designers in America down to a sextet of talents: André Benjamin (Benjamin Bixby); Robert Geller; Alex Carleton (Rogues Gallery); David Mullen (Save Khaki); Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos (Shipley & Halmos); and Yigal Azrouël.


Shipley, GQ EIC Jim Nelson, and Halmos

The winners will be announced in a few weeks, with the coveted prize being $50,000 and an opportunity to create a collection to be exclusively sold at Bloomingdale’s and for a month; after that, other retailers can get a piece of the pie.

Edit: Geller takes the cake. Congratulations!


A recent “best menswear” award (s/s 09 NY Fashion week) went to British designer Nico Kubisch, whose collection was inspired by “gentlemen’s sports, particular tennis in the 1920s and 30s, where sportswear was just a softer version of formal menswear with its tailored jackets and trousers.” Will the GQ/CFDA winner follow in his footsteps? Or those of Thom Browne’s s/s 09 collection?

(GQ party pics via; NC pic via fashioncapital)