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Win a pair of Andy Murray signed adidas Barricade shoes!

By Romana Cvitkovic

Do you live and breath tennis, or just have a fondness for Scot tennis player Andy Murray? Now is your chance to win a pair of adidas Barricade shoes signed my your favorite tennis player and world number four.

In honor of the start of Roland Garros on Sunday and Murray’s first round encounter next week, Tennis Grandstand has once again teamed up with adidas for a fan giveaway, this time featuring Andy Murray. Send your good luck wishes for Roland Garros to the Scot and try and win a pair of signed Barricades.

All you have to do is tell us in the comments below your favorite Murray memory. It could be any moment you witnessed in person or on the television, and we will choose a winner at random.

The contest is open now and will run until Thursday, May 31 at 7PM EST. Kindly remember to provide a contact email address with your comment as we will notify the winner by email.

Andy Murray answers tennis fans’ funny questions on video


On the heels of several news-making tennis stories, including title sponsorship updates from the Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, and Atlanta events in the U.S., take a break and enjoy this fun video Andy Murray did with adidas. Back in March, Tennis Grandstand teamed up with adidas to do a similar video with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga answering Tennis Grandstand’s fan questions. Now check out Murray answering some quirky and funny fan questions just before this year’s BNP Paribas Open in California.

In the video:

  • Murray spills about his favorite childhood video of himself when he was four or five years old and mistook a bowl of custard as shampoo while taking a bath. I will only believe it if my eyes have seen it. We need proof, Judy!
  • his face contorts into all sorts of strange smiles when asked what three words describe him best. Can you guess?
  • he admits his favorite stop on the ATP Tour is his “home away from home … with nice weather, good food… I’ve got a lot of friends there.” What city could it be, Murray fans?
  • What is Murray’s fitness coach Jez Green doing in the background?!

While you’re thinking hard about these questions, take a look at the video and see if you were right!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZfpFRX2Y1g&w=575

(Video courtesy of adidas Tennis)

Adidas Players Wozniacki, Ivanovic, Tsonga and Simon Battle in Stické Tennis

by Pey Jung Yeong, Special for Tennis Grandstand

There’s a little known fact about Melbourne: it has a hidden trove of laneways around the city center – featuring whimsical bars, artsy bistros and eateries, and even a famous restaurant in Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. These laneways are funky, cluttered and decorated with colourful graffiti on their walls, and Duckboard Place is the laneway lucky enough to be chosen as a spot for adidas’ second location in its “The Game is The Game” Series. The promotional series features tennis-based games set around the grand slam tournaments, and this edition spotlighted the sport of stické tennis. (Andy Murray helped launch the first series, featuring Road Tennis, in East London in November 2011.)

Stické tennis is described as “lawn tennis in a box”, played with standard tennis racquets, sidewalls, and slightly depressurised tennis balls, aiming to create interesting bounces and angles.  Duckboard Place was transformed into a miniature tennis court in preparation for a game of street-inspired stické tennis.

To promote the event, adidas had organised an in-store Q&A competition throughout the week, and the lucky winners had the opportunity to participate and watch a match of stické tennis, as well as a meet and greet with the players involved.

In this adidas-sponsored event, Team Wozniacki was comprised of world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Australian junior Ashleigh Barty and rugby league player Billy Slater, while Team Ivanovic consisted of Ana Ivanovic, Gilles Simon and AFL (Australian Football League) player Dale “Daisy” Thomas.

The players were quickly taught the rules by the MC, local Australian newscaster Hamish McLachlan, before play began: competitors play in pairs at any one time, and the scoring follows the rules of lawn tennis. However, the server must play the ball off the walls when serving in order to make it valid. The match was represented by one normal set of tennis – whichever team reaches 6 games first (with a 2 game advantage) would be deemed the winner.

Slater and Tsonga for Team Wozniacki were up first to serve, against Ivanovic and Thomas, and both teams took a while to figure out how to land an effective serve by playing the ball off the walls. Needless to say there were plenty of “double faults” as the ball bounced off the wall and dribbled back onto the same side of the court. However, the players soon adapted to this brand of tennis and play began flowing more effectively. The Frenchmen then experimented with “power serves”, with Simon hitting one serve so hard that it ricocheted above everyone’s heads!  The tennis was exhibition-style tennis, with exaggerated lobs and smashes.

“Playing off the walls was tough at first, but once we got that hang of it we all had a great time,” Wozniacki offered.

In between games, the players not on court were interviewed by the MC, most notably about their first-round opponents in the Australian Open. Tsonga, who will be facing Denis Istomin, anticipated a good match and he will be prepared for it, while Wozniacki hoped it will be an interesting match against Anastasia Rodionova. Barty was clearly excited about her Grand Slam main-draw debut (she won the Australian wild-card playoff) and seemed at ease with the other seasoned stars of tennis.

Team Wozniacki was broken halfway into the match, and Team Ivanovic managed to break their serve again to win the match, 6-3.

There was good camaraderie between the team members , and the atmosphere was informal and light-hearted, accompanied by break-dancing ball boys. The match was never really competitive and neither team was competing to win.  It was evident that the players were really enjoying themselves, particularly the tennis players, who perhaps were taking this as an opportunity to loosen up and have a bit of fun before two weeks of competitive Grand Slam tennis that begins Monday.

After the match, the players all posed for photos for the media, and then took the time out to personally meet and greet the winners of the adidas in-store competition. They signed autographs and posed for numerous photos with the fans. There were smiles all around and the fans were clearly excited to meet the tennis stars. The tennis players, on the other hand, were equally happy to oblige fan requests.

The whole event was very well organised, providing an intimate yet casual and funky atmosphere for the players to interact with the small group of fans as well as the media. It was also really refreshing to see the top players – usually so serious and focused on court – smiling and goofing off with each other on a miniature tennis court. It enables the fans to see another side of the players that is perhaps not often visible on a tennis court. Overall, it is indeed an event to remember!

UPDATE: Per adidas, you can watch video of the event here! http://a.did.as/zTFfPC

(All photos courtesy of author.)

Pey Jung Yeong is in Melbourne covering the Australian Open and writes for the tennis blog All I Need is a Picket Fence. You can follow her updates on twitter here.

Andy Murray Plays “Road Tennis” for adipower barricade Shoe Launch

In light of Andy Murray officially pulling out of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London today due to a groin injury, tennis fans need a little something to smile about. How about Murray playing “Road Tennis?”

Prior to the start of the year-end championships, Murray took park in an adidas challenge to promote the launch of the new adipower barricade 7.0 shoes in a secret London location last Monday. The event pitted Murray against not only the world champion in “Road Tennis” but also against his good friend, former boxing champion David Haye, with international artist, Example, taking the chair as umpire. Murray’s good friend and Davis Cup teammate Ross Hutchins also joined in on the adventure.

“Road Tennis” is a cross between traditional tennis and table tennis but played on the streets with participants chalking out their own courts. A version of the game first appeared in the Barbadian capital of Bridgetown in the early 1930s. Murray had never played the game before and was given only one hour to train before taking on the world champion. To find out who won, view the video below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl0Fv2aMuSk&w=450&h=288

The event marks the start of a yearlong international campaign by adidas called “The Game is the Game” that challenges some of the world’s best tennis players at a series of tennis-based games around several major tournaments in 2012. The public will even have the chance to influence some of those challenges, so stay up-to-date by visiting www.adidas.com/tennis.

Murray, never one to shy away from a challenge that brings exposure to tennis, had the following to say about his experience playing “Road Tennis”:

“I had good fun on the day, it’s certainly a different way to prepare for the Masters Finals!

It was the first time I’ve played Road Tennis, and it’s a very fast. The angles are different, and it took a bit of getting used to I but I got the hang of it and was getting quite into it by the end.

I played a few decent points, but I’m definitely better on a full sized tennis court.”

Check out more photos from the event below! (Click to enlarge)

(Photos and video courtesy of adidas)

Kirilenko, out!

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Unlike the No. 1 ranking… Thanks to Chris for tipping us off about Caro Wozniacki being the new face of the adidas by Stella McCartney line. I guess the folks in Portland finally realized that while Maria Kirilenko has the best face/bod combo to show off the British designer’s amazing pieces, the Russian’s game (and thus the fashion show that should come with it) has relegated Stella’s designs to the outer courts (and early rounds) of most tournaments.

And all that will change now that the Woz has exclusive opportunities to wear the collection, starting with the fall/winter 2009 tennis range — including apparel and shoes — at this year’s U.S. Open.

“I feel like I have everything any fashionable female tennis player always dreams about: cutting-edge adidas technologies combined with Stella’s unique designs that actually perform,” said the current world No. 9 via a press release.

And with this partnership, McCartney finally gets to design for someone who wins. “It’s very rare for a fashion designer to dress one of the top 10 players in the world. I couldn’t be more thrilled and happy to be given that opportunity.”

Along with key styles from the tennis collection (Performance Dress, Hot Pant, Bra, etc. in pinks and purples), Caroline will also wear the Skynde, whose Barricade V base is redesigned in a seed pearl/dark grape/white colorway.

She’s been with adidas for a while, of course, joining the company’s Player Development Program back in 2007. The PDP helps nurture young tennis talent through a unique mix of advice and support, giving an extra helping hand towards building a successful career. And FYI, Wozniacki has two titles this year: the MPS Group Championship (on clay, in Florida) and the AEGON International (grass, Eastbourne).

More later: We’re in the process of getting a lookbook for the collection. When it shows up, we’ll post!

What about Maria? Wozniacki will be the only player wearing adidas by Stella McCartney. From the folks at adidas: “Maria Kirilenko continues to be an excellent tennis ambassador for the adidas brand and remains part of the adidas tennis family. From the U.S Open onwards Maria will move out of the range and start wearing the adidas Competition tennis products.”

(image courtesy of adidas)

Finally, another Ana dress we love!

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We’d be happy, too: Oh, a smile and a sigh of relief for Serbian Ana Ivanovic, who’s languished in (top) tennis purgatory since that French Open title win in 2008. The 13th seed saved two match points to beat Lucie Hradecka 5-7, 6-2, 8-6 and looked faaaaaaabulous in her adidas whites. TSF’s relieved that she’s finally gotten rid of her boob mash dress, instead giving way to some tiered tulle (ala Masha’s French Open outfit — but with much better results).

Scoreline: Next up for Ana is Sara Errani of Italy.

Buy: adidas adilibria Wimbledon Dress, white/red, $75, adidas.com.

(image via Getty Images)

Maria Kirilenko is pretty in purple part II

I have been talking things over with the Chief Editor of TennisGrandstand Manfred Wenas. He told me that a lot of you people loved the “Maria Kirilenko is pretty in purple” post he posted many many moons ago.  He also informed me of the fact that the photos of his post don’t work properly anymore and that he couldn’t find the hi res images anymore on the net.  So I went out and searched on every corner of the internet and found them again.

I have added the Adidas photoshoot  of Maria Kirilenko in this post as well. You know just to please you people!

I have been receiving a bunch of comments the last couple of days and I would like to thank you people for taking the time to comment on my posts. I will answer them one by one.

Here is one from lola who posted a comment on “Maria Sharapova Gets All Leggy”:

Ana is alot prettier. Maybe it’s because on the inside she’s a more beautiful person than Sharapova, who gives off a very cold and arrogant air. Ana is a much more likeable and affable person.

I don’t know how Ana is on the inside but I am liking the outside.  Though I have to agree with the rest of your comment I do have to say that reading Maria Sharapova’s blogs she comes off to me as a nice girl with a great sense of humour.  Also from what I have heard from other tennis journalists, Maria seems to be a very nice and humble young woman.

gvfdgf replied to lola’s comment in a rather unfashionable manner which I had to edit. Next time remind me to give you some soap so you can go wash your mouth.  It’s the comment policy here on TennisGrandstand: No swearing or cussing!

Manfred Dushku left a comment on “I Heart Ana Ivanovic” and said the following:

Awesome pics! I think she is hotter than Sharapova. You need to post more pics of her (and some Dementieva pics too please!).

Thanks for liking the photos Manfred. You sure you are not just Manfred Wenas? No I wait I asked and he denied.  I will do my best to post more photos of Ana in the future and will look for Elena Dementieva photos to post  in the nearby future. Perhaps I can interest you in some Gisela Dulko pics?  As for the rest of you, feel free to make requests. I’ll do my best to find them!

There is a little poll after the photos and I’d like you to participate in that.

[polldaddy poll=1399328]

fashion focus: mccartney’s s/s ‘09 wedding

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Maria Kirilenko had a super-brief stint at this year’s Australian Open; as the 27th seed, she bowed out to Italian Sara Errani 6-0, 6-4.

Still, it gave us a look into the spring/summer 2009 adidas by Stella McCartney collection, a marriage of the designer’s thematic inspiration (Edwardian petticoats) with looks from her archive, plus an infusion of the color du saison.

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Something old: Stella took inspiration from the silhouettes of English Edwardian petticoats and nightgowns for the empire-waisted Tennis Performance Dress. She pairs this with jersey and cotton shorts reminiscent of long johns. And for the season’s blouson, McCartney combines feminine rouching/gathering with fluted sleeves.

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Something new: After playing with skirt hems for last season’s dress, she goes further by moving floral cutouts all the way to the hem’s edge. Lavish embroidery!

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Something borrowed: The salmon color of seasons past, which McCartney uses to accent her usually neutral fabric colors, returns as “Neon Red”. A lotus green also adds some punch.

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Something blue: well, purple. The one bold dash of color in this collection comes in purple grape, which is the other color of the Performance dress.

A word from Stella: “This collection tries to provide for all the needs of a modern woman. Style meets performance is crucial for women today, and I’ve tried to address this in my most recent collection. Remembering you’re alive is key, health is wealth!”

Full collection: See all the pieces from the show (including the rest of the sports covered by the range — golf, running, yoga, gym, dance, swimming — via style.com.

Buy: Items should drop by February. We want to see the Mibi Bag up close.

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Further reading: Above, images from McCartney’s s/s 2009 resort collection.

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Reading, pt. 2: The six images above are highlights from the s/s 2009 ready-to-wear collection.

(show images via wireimage.com and style.com; lookbook images courtesy of adidas)

It’s a wrap: Adidas’ women’s competition line, s/s ‘09

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Not a surprise, but the spring/summer 2009 adidas women’s competition line keeps low-key, staying with that bumblebee shade that we’ve been trying to expunge from the tennis palette for two years (Yonex is keeping adidas company during this sit-in).

The bright yellow is broken up by black lines around the back of both the tank and the cap sleeve top, while the standard three-stripe detail makes an appearance on the sleeve of the latter.

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There’s a diamond in the rough, though: continuing with the Asian-inspired Australian Open top, adidas has produced this red mock wrap cap sleeve tee to kick of its players’ 2009 campaign. (With Anna Chakvetadze defecting to Fila, Dinara Safina and Patty Schnyder will be the highest-ranked women playing in these pieces.)

Buy: adidas Competition Tank and Cap Sleeve Top, neon yellow/black, starting at $45; Competition Skort, white, $45; all items available at shopadidas.com in January 2009.

Fashion Focus: Ana’s Adilibria Aussie Attire

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Adidas’s customary “sneak peek” into the early 2009 wardrobe of Ana Ivanovic left us a little disappointed. The violet adilibria dress suffers the same fate as her other dresses from 2008; they look good on the mannequin but fail to maintain elegance in action (see: the bubble skirt, the petal skirt). The diagonal detail across the bust looks messy.

It didn’t help Ana’s aura that she fizzled out at the Year End Championships, getting knocked out of the round robin portion by Russian Vera Zvonareva, whom the Serb handily beat the week prior in Linz.

But she still finished the season in the top 5, nabbed herself a hot Spaniard (ever girl’s dream, no?) — hers in the form of Fernando Verdasco — and she’s already in Australia getting ready for the start of the 2009 season.

Ana’s shoes, the adidas Barricade V, will be white with metallic grey — a perfect complement to her purple dress!

That being said, the rest of the adilibria line is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaabuluos (it’s almost McCartney-esque), so I have a feeling Ms. Ivanovic might defect to the separates sometime before Roland Garros…

Shop: adilibria dress, violet, $70; Barricade V, white/metallic grey, $120; all the gear will drop in January at shopadidas.com.