Ana Ivanovic US Open outfit

A few pics of Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jack Sock US Open outfits.

Simona Halep:

Simona Halep US Open outfit

Caroline Wozniacki:

Caroline Wozniacki US Open dress

Ana Ivanovic:

Ana Ivanovic US Open outfit

Ana Ivanovic US Open outfit

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga US Open outfit

Jack Sock:

Jack Sock US Open outfit

Jack Sock US Open outfit

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Ana Ivanovic Wimbledon dress

Check out some pics of Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Garbine Muguruza, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jack Sock Wimbledon outfits.

Simona Halep, semifinalist in 2014:

Simona Halep Wimbledon outfit

Simona Halep Wimbledon outfit

Ana Ivanovic:

Ana Ivanovic Wimbledon dress

Ana Ivanovic Wimbledon dress

Ana Ivanovic Wimbledon outfit

Caroline Wozniacki‘s dress by Stella McCartney:

Caroline Wozniacki Wimbledon dress

Garbine Muguruza‘s kit by Stella McCartney:

Garbine Muguruza Wimbledon outfit

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, semifinalist in 2011 and 2012:

Tsonga Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Tsonga Wimbledon 2015 outfit

Jack Sock, winner of the men’s doubles last year with Vasek Pospisil:

Jack Sock Wimbledon outfit

Jack Sock Wimbledon outfit

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Simona Halep Roland Garros outfi

Today adidas launches its ‘Uncontrol Yourself’ campaign about the new Spring/Summer 2015 climachill product range.

The campaign features Simona Halep, football player Gareth Bale, basketball player Jeremy Lin and track & field running star Octavious Freeman. Check out the video below:

Here’s Simona Halep talking about the adidas Climachill outfits:

and a few pictures of her Roland Garros outfit:

Simona Halep
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Jack Sock

Peg is covering the Western & Southern Open for Tennis Buzz. Enjoy her draw party’s recap (more to come!):

At the W&S Open, most of the drawing takes place behind the scenes. The women’s qualifying draw was already available in handout form by the time I reached the media center (around 4:30 pm); according to one source, the men’s qualifying draw was to take place at 9 p.m., but not as a event open to the public. The placement of unseeded players in the main draw is office-work as well; Denis Istomin reportedly helped with this year’s ATP lottery.

In short, the drawing during the big fête concerns only the top 16 players on each tour. And no, they don’t pull the word “bye” out of the cup for the top 8; it’s names that get drawn out of the cup, and the subsequent announcement by Pete Holtermann (the media center manager) is something like “Maria Sharapova will play either Alize Cornet or Madison Keys.” There are subgroups within the seeds as well — I failed to note the specific breakdown, but the upshot is that not all 16 names are in the cup all at once. (For example, if I’m remembering right, Azarenka, Cibulkova, Ivanovic, and Wozniacki — nos. 9 through 12 — were one of the subgroups; it was pointed out that there were three former #1s in that quartet.)

Before the microphones are switched on, though, there are the buffets and the bars. The party is a ticketed event that takes place in a huge white tent with a trellis (covered in wisteria, I think) at its entrance:

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Inside, there was a table advertising the Princess Diana exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center (one of the tournament sponsors), three buffet lines (with offerings such as potatoes spiked with truffle oil and goat cheese), and a wall lined with Coke fridges and cash bars. Over a thousand guests were expected — at 5:15 p.m., the room wasn’t yet full…

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… but it certainly would be by the time Andrew Krasny, the emcee, took the stage.

During his opening remarks, Krasny rejoiced in it being his fifth year at the tournament, adding a crack about how some members of the audience had wanted him fired: “You know who you are.” Unhappily, over the course of the evening, I too developed a ferocious dislike for his schtick, which contained far too much fake-flirting and innuendo for my taste. I get that he was trying to be friendly and funny, but there are so many ways to achieve that (especially when everyone present has an obvious, common interest in tennis) without incessantly drawing attention to the girls’ and women’s ages and attractiveness. (An example: him saying to one woman, “You are adorable. Are you religious? Because you are the answer to my prayers.” Another example: him explaining at length that he refrains from asking women how old they are if they look to him like they might be over twenty, so a woman he mistook for an adolescent should take it as a compliment.)

Some people were laughing, and many people probably thought nothing of it (for that matter, many people were simply not listening — there was a steady stream of chatter throughout the whole presentation, with the mics loud enough to be heard over the socializing), but odds are I wasn’t the only person who found the quips at best lame and at worst borderline creepy. I gather that Krasny is a nice guy and a genuine tennis fan, so I’d like to think he can do better.

Also, in all fairness, I do have some idea of how hard it is to wing through on-stage banter with unknown quantities — as in game-shows, some audience members naturally exude enthusiasm and personality, and others don’t give the host any energy to feed off of. (To behold an example of the perfect stranger-from-the-audience, please see the photo sequence at the end of this entry.)

When it was finally time to draw names out of the cup, audience members wanting to appear onstage (with the promise of having their pictures taken with the guest player) were asked to raise their hands. Two tournament volunteers — Mason and Hannah, if I heard the names right — walked through the crowd, with sheets of paper to be handed to the would-be participants who looked the most interesting to them. Variety appeared to be one of the criteria — there was a good cross-section of ages among those selected, and at least three ethnicities in the mix.

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(If you’d like to see snapshots of some of the other participants, I’ve posted them in an album of additional photos from the party.)

The sheets of paper served as cue cards for Krasny — the participant wrote their name on it and where they were from.

This man, for instance, is a native of Iran and a resident of Cincinnati. I wonder what he said to Simona Halep, who was the WTA guest star:

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(These photos are fuzzier than the others because I brain cramped and pointed my camera at the projection screen rather than the people on stage at that point.)

There was plenty of people-watching to be enjoyed, including Simona’s stint as draw party guest of honor:

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

And the happiness displayed by a fan named Marietta was so infectious that Jack Sock greeted her with arms open wide:

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Jack Sock

Jack Sock

Lleyton Hewitt

Simona Halep vs Lesia Tsurenko

Tougher match than expected for recent French Open finalist Simona Halep. She gets past world number 144 Lesia Tsurenko in three sets: 6-3 4-6 6-4.

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Jerzy Janowicz vs Lleyton Hewitt

Last year semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz double faulted on match point in the third set tie-break, he lost his momentum and Hewitt came back from two sets down to level the match at two sets all. But the Pole emerged the winner 7-5 6-4 6-7(7) 4-6 6-3.
It might have been the last match at Wimbledon for the Australian.

You never know. I’m one injury away from hanging up the bats at any time. I still enjoy doing the hard work and having moments like this, playing five-setters against the best guys in the world.

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Wimbledon 2014 - Day 5

Photo credit: JBattersbea
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