After a week filled with polemics and surprising upsets, Djokovic, Nadal and co are happy to leave Madrid’s blue clay for the red clay of the Foro Italico in Rome.

Check out some pics and video of the draw ceremony which took place at one of Rome’s most popular tourist sites, the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna). Attending the ceremony: former Italian players Nicola Pietrangeli, Lea Pericoli, but also Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Ana Ivanovic, Andy Murray and Fabio Fognini.

Nicola Pietrangeli:

Rome Masters draw ceremony: Nicola Pietrangeli

Rome Masters draw ceremony: Nicola Pietrangeli

Francesca Schiavone:

Rome Masters draw ceremony: Francesca Schiavone

Rome Masters draw ceremony: Francesca Schiavone

Flavia Pennetta:

Rome Masters draw ceremony: Flavia Pennetta

Thanks a lot to Mauro, webmaster of STE Fans, dedicated to the one and only Stefan Edberg.

Video by Emmanuel Pampuri

Andy Murray adidas Olympic kit

Andy Murray adidas Olympic kit

Andy Murray adidas Olympic kit

More on the GB Olympic kit designed by Stella McCartney

adidas GB Olympic kit

adidas, Official Sportswear Partner of Team GB and Paralympics GB presented the team kit that will be worn by 500 Olympic and 350 Paralympic British athletes at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The kit, designed by Stella McCartney, was revealed in spectacular style at the Tower of London where over 30 athletes including Jessica Ennis, Phillips Idowu and Ellie Simmonds showcased the performance range including competition kit, training wear, the presentation suit, footwear and accessories.

adidas GB Olympic kit

adidas GB Olympic kit

Over two years in the making, McCartney’s design of the kit focusses on the Union flag:

“The first place to start on a project like this is to look at the Union flag. For me it’s one of the most beautiful flags in the world and it was important for me to stay true to that iconic design but also to modernise it and present it in a contemporary way. Ultimately, we wanted the athletes to feel like a team and be proud with the identity we created.”

Judging by the comments on her facebook page, I’m not the only one to dislike this:
The Union flag is RED, WHITE & BLUE………not blue, white and blue!!
The Union Jack did not need re-designing. Or re-interpreting.
I’d freak if someone messed with my (Irish) tricolour the way the Union Jack was used on this kit. I’m shocked as artistic licence is one thing but changing a national flag is a complete other. It really should be redone out of respect.
A kid would have come up with something more exciting …. utter crap!
Why the fuck didnt someone who knows the British flags design this?
The design is almost exactly the same as the US Postal Service, how dare you ruin our heritage this way, what were you thinking by dismissing the red of England?

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HEAD has just launched a digital campaign for Andy Murray’s new YouTek™ IG Tour Radical racquet series.
The centrepiece of the campaign is a surprising film in which Andy thinks about what kind of creative job he could have had, if he hadn’t become a pro tennis player. Barber? Chef? Rockstar?

The making of:

As part of the campaign, HEAD invites tennis fans and social media users to win the opportunity to also switch their job and, for one day, have the chance to experience the life of a tennis pro – together with Andy Murray
of course. The competition is hosted exclusively on the HEAD Facebook site www.facebook.com/headtennis.

This kinda reminds me of this adidas commercial with Stefan Edberg:

What you think, which commercial do you prefer: HEAD/Murray or adidas/Edberg?