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TSD Classique: Federer to Play Wimbledon in Throwback Slacks, Sweater and Loafers

Friday, April 8th, 2016

 

 

 

 

Save for the wood racket (and predilection for pre-pubescent boys), Roger Federer models new look after Big Bill Tilden.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) While some argue that his game is just starting to show signs of decline, with Wimbledon drawing near, the conversation inevitably turns to the greatness of Roger Federer.  The ongoing debate among tennis pundits, players across generations and fans the world over is simply this: is Federer the greatest player of all time? Some argue that he’s the best since the open era began in 1968, when professionals were allowed to compete with amateurs.  The argument becomes increasingly complex when one considers the game’s evolution, from the more genteel sport played in slacks and sweaters to the breathtaking pace of today’s game. (more…)


TSD Classique: Tennis Fan Keith Richards Slams Agassi for Lying About Hairpiece

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

 

 

 

WESTPORT, CT (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) While it’s hard to imagine drug-addled rock legend Keith Richards chasing down cross-court forehands in tennis whites, he is a self-professed “tennis junkie,” and for years has been a fixture at the US Open as well as other ATP events.

Kicking back at the family manse in posh Westport,  Richards was determined to clear time and catch up on his reading, beginning with Andre Agassi’s 2009 tell-all, “Open.” When the book came out, Agassi caused a stir when he admitted to using crystal methamphetamine during the 1990 season, prompting withering rebukes from some of the game’s most widely recognized names, from Martina Navratilova to Marat Safin.  Richards, however, blasted Agassi not for his ill-timed drug use, but for what he believes to be a far greater offense: lying about his Mohawk toupe.

“I don’t care what anyone tells you, a Mohawk toupe – or toupe Mohawk – can have far greater impact on an athlete’s performance than crystal meth,” said Richard in a recent interview with Tennis Magazine. “A hit of crystal meth will make you play like Superman for maybe half a set, but then it sort of levels off. But a hairpiece, especially an elaborate one, can affect your play the entire match. Years ago we were playing before a huge crowd, it was toward the end of the tour and the hair extensions I was wearing were starting to come loose. I was scared to move. I just stood there like Wyman, looking like an idiot.” (more…)


Sportsman’s Daily’s Hall of Records Keeper Found Face Down in Pool of Own Vomit

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

 

He’s History. TSD archivist goes into the big vault in the sky.

BOCA RATON (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Parker Boyd, the longtime Sportsman’s Daily records keeper, whose illustrious career spanned fifty-one years, is dead. He was 74.

Boyd, who just last week signed a three year contract to remain on as the company’s official archivist, was found by nighttime custodian Jerry Martinelli. (more…)


A TSD Classique: Federer to Play in Throwback Slacks, Sweater and Loafers

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

 

Save for the wood racket (and predilection for pre-pubescent boys), Roger Federer models new look after Big Bill Tilden.

MIAMI (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Hot on the heels of his victory at Indian Wells,  the world’s number 3, Roger Federer, heads into the Sony Ericcson, considered by many to be the “fifth major,” with the wind at his back.  His recent play has not only revived  talk of his return to top form, but rekindles the debate:   is Federer the greatest player of all time? Some argue that he’s the best since the open era began in 1968, when professionals were allowed to compete with amateurs.  The argument becomes increasingly complex when one considers the game’s evolution, from the more genteel sport played in slacks and sweaters to the breathtaking pace of today’s game.

While he’ll never have the opportunity to compete against the Bill Tildens, Don Budges and Rod Lavers – giants of the pre-open era (Laver played in both) – Federer is determined to show he can perform at the highest levels on tennis’s grandest stage in the restrictive throwback garb seldom seen outside of a Ralph Lauren ad. (more…)


Andy Rooney Slammed for Slurring Serbian Tennis Players

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

(In recognition of Andy Rooney finally hanging ’em up at the ripe old age of 92, we’re re-posting a story from several years back. The story captures the side of Mr. Rooney we all found so endearing —  chiefly the irascibility of the old coot. He is the patron saint of every angry geezer who ever chased you off his front lawn.  It also happens to be as good excuse as any to post a picture of the ever-lovely Ms. Ana Ivanovic.)

Ana Ivanovic. Words elude us.

NEW YORK, NY (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) – “60 Minutes” correspondent Andy Rooney caused a mild stir for writing a column several months ago attributing his lack of interest in baseball to his inability to differentiate among players, since according to the doddering curmudgeon, they all go by the name “Rodriguez.” What at first appeared to be a racial slur was later attributed to a rare brain malfunction that causes all names — whether they are Hispanic in origin or not — to sound like Rodriguez, which prompted many to give Rooney a grudging pass.

However, Rooney’s recent comments about the number of Serbs playing in the Australian Open — which include a men’s and women’s finalist — appear to stem from not a brain disorder, but rather his long-standing bias against South Slavic people with distinct Y-DNA chromosome distributions, bearing unpronounceable, vowel-challenged surnames. Three of the world’s top ten tennis players are Serbs – Novak Djokovic, 20, ranked No. 3 in the men’s game (who just yesterday beat Roger Federer in straight sets), Jelena Jankovic, 23, and Ana Ivanovic, 20, who will play Maria Sharapova in Saturday’s women’s final. (Note: of course since this article was published, Novak Djokovic has gone on to enjoy one of the best seasons in the men’s game, recently winning the U.S. Open, defeating Rafael Nadal in the final.) (more…)


“Rafa Goes Gaga”: Only One Person Capable of Bringing Nadal Down on Clay: Ana Ivanovic

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Nadal's only weakness on the crushed brick -- a weakness shared by millions of heterosexual men on planet Earth.

PARIS, FRANCE (The Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) — Rafael Nadal is arguably the most dominant dirt courter ever, as emphatically demonstrated by his thumping of Roger Federer in the French Open final this past Sunday, earning the Spaniard his sixth Roland Garros title.

At twenty-five,  Nadal is widely considered capable of reeling off another 3-4 consecutive Roland Garros titles, perhaps more. Unless an as-yet unknown clay court stud emerges from the junior ranks, all that stands between Nadal and unchallenged dominance at the French is injury…or  Ana Ivanovic, the 6-1 inch Serbian stunner with the punishing forehand who was recently voted the best-looking woman in the history of tennis by the Melbourne newspaper The Age.

“Rafa’s gone completely gaga,” said a fellow tour player. “He’s got it bad. Early into the tournament, he was banging balls on a practice court and he caught a whiff of Ana’s unmistakable scent – a surge of lilac with a hint of Balkan sandalwood – who was practicing three courts over. Ana’s like kryptonite…you could see the energy escaping his body. I half-expected to see songbirds merrily orbiting his bandana.” (more…)


Melanie Oudin Appoints 16 Year-Old Boyfriend Part of Management Team

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010


Eighteen year-old Melanie Oudin celebrates as her 16 year-old manager plots her next big career move.

NEW YORK (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Last year, 18 year old phenom Melanie Oudin  came into the U.S. Open, her fourth career Grand Slam tournament, ranked 70th, and proceeded to beat top ten players Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementiev en route to reaching the quarterfinals. The gritty teen started this year’s tournament by breezing past her first-round opponent 6-3, 6-0.  After the match, in stark contrast to last year, when Oudin was, for two weeks, America’s over-achieving sweetheart, the emerging star was all business, surprising her family and team by announcing that her 16 year old boyfriend, Austin Smith, would join her management team.

In the interview room, Oudin continually deferred to Smith, who stayed by her side before, during and long after the formal post-game media session and all the ensuing interviews. Smith was seen whispering in her ear as Oudin, smiling like a smitten teenager, nodded in agreement. (more…)


As World’s Longest Tennis Match Continues, Actors Portraying Isner and Mahut Prepared to Sub for Isner and Mahut

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Time for Tea? No. Just plotting the next possible steps in an ongoing tennis match.

LONDON (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) On Hold at 59-59. Wimbledon. You can toss out the famous Borg-McEnroe tiebreaker of 1980. This match refuses to quit.

For nearly ten hours, American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut have battled the elements and each other in the longest tennis match in history  — and its still not over. (more…)


Nadal’s Mysterious Nap Between Sets Stuns Soderling and Crowd

Monday, June 7th, 2010

In the ZZZZone. Rafael Nadal catches some Z's mid match in Paris.

PARIS (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Rafael Nadal captured his fifth French Open and his seventh career Grand Slam tournament Sunday when he defeated Robin Soderling of Sweden in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.  The win moved Nadal ahead of rival Roger Federer as the number one ranked men’s tennis player in the world.

But what puzzled Soderling and the capacity crowd and Roland Garros was Nadal’s decision to take a nap (see photo) in between the first and second sets. There were raised eyebrows when Nadal didn’t switch sides of the net and simply plopped himself down on his back and went to sleep. (more…)


Tennis Fan Keith Richards Slams Agassi for Lying About Hairpiece

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
Tennis buff Keith Richards sleeps off tough straight set loss to Brian Jones.

Tennis buff Keith Richards sleeps off tough straight set loss to Brian Jones.

WESTPORT, CT (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) While it’s hard to imagine drug-addled rock legend Keith Richards chasing down cross-court forehands in tennis whites, he is a self-professed “tennis junkie,” and has for years been a fixture at the US Open as well as other ATP events.

While Andre Agassi’s admission that he used crystal methamphetamine during the 1990 season prompted withering rebukes from some of the game’s most widely recognized names, from Martina Navratilova to Marat Safin, Richards blasted Agassi for what he believes to be a far greater offense: lying about his Mohawk toupe.   (more…)


Melanie Oudin Appoints 15 Year-Old Boyfriend Part of Management Team

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Seventeen year-old Melanie Oudin celebrates as her 15 year-old manager plots her next big career move.

Seventeen year-old Melanie Oudin celebrates as her 15 year-old manager plots her next big career move.

NEW YORK (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) On Monday, Melanie Oudin’s Cinderella story continued as the 17 year old phenom came from a set down to beat 27 year old Russian Nadia Petrova in three sets. Lost in the post-match celebration was the announcement that her 15 year old boyfriend, Austin Smith, would join Oudin’s management team. (more…)


Federer to Play U.S. Open in Throwback Slacks, Sweater and Loafers

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Save for the wood racket (and predilection for pre-pubescent boys), Roger Federer models new look after Big Bill Tilden.

Save for the wood racket (and predilection for pre-pubescent boys), Roger Federer models new look after Big Bill Tilden.

NEW YORK (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Heading into the U.S.  Open with this year’s French Open and Wimbledon titles under his belt, the great Roger Federer has re-ignited debate among tennis pundits, players across generations and fans the world over: is he the best ever? Some argue that he’s the best since the open era began in 1968, when professionals were allowed to compete with amateurs.  The argument becomes increasingly complex when one considers the game’s evolution, from the more genteel sport played in slacks and sweaters to the breathtaking pace of today’s game. (more…)