In 2010, Nike ignited the Make Yourself movement to inspire and motivate women everywhere to achieve their goals and become the best ‘versions’ of themselves, whatever this may be: fit, proud, fast, healthy, strong or beautiful…

This time round, Nike’s brought together a Make Yourself Team that boasts a strong line-up of elite female athletes who’ve reached the top of their professions and are passionate about making themselves the best they can possibly be.

Nike – Make Yourself Team Campaign

Nike – Make Yourself Team Campaign

Legendary fashion photographer, Annie Leibovitz has shot the campaign with this new team, which includes USA track and field Olympian Allyson Felix, Chinese tennis player Li Na, Algerian-French dancer Sofia Boutella, British hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, USA goalkeeper Hope Solo and Australian surfer Laura Enever.
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2011 French Open recap

I spent a few days here and there at Roland Garros this year, and I am always surprised of how journalists (especially French journalists) present the all thing and I sometimes wonder if I live on a different planet or in a parallel universe.

For French journalists it was fantastic two weeks of tennis, for me as a spectator it was another boring French Open.

Roland Garros

PS: I’m the one taking the photo, not the one sleeping ;o)

Everything was summed up in the mens trophy ceremony speeches: thanks to the sponsors, to the family, Roger is the best, Rafa played fantastic. Nothing new under the sun, things heard hundred times.
Conventional, boring, no emotion. From my point of view, the only 3 bright moments of the tournament: the semi Djokovic vs Federer, the Schiavone and Li runs to the final, and the Carte Blanche to Bob Sinclar for the Kids Day.

Here are a few personal thoughts about this Roland Garros tournament.

– Empty seats:

Court Philippe Chatrier

Tickets for main courts like Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen are really expensive and really difficult to get. So when I finally get a ticket (about 70 euros) and I see all those empty seats, I’m really upset.

Here’s a suggestion by tennis journalist Jon Wertheim:

How’s this for a bit of cultural exchange? The French help with some junior development. We help them with fan behavior. There were matches held on Philippe Chartrier for which the stands looked to be about 10 percent of capacity. We’re talking rows and rows of empty sears. Surely there is a way to let the patricians in the sponsor tents know how unseemly it is to have these choice tickets and then not use them. We eagerly look forward to the upgrades to the venue. But it’s all for rien if the stands are empty. Just disgraceful.

Nadal: he didn’t play well during the tournament, but at the end he won for the sixth time, equaling Borg. He also remains at number one for a few more weeks, but Djokovic will probably become the 25th ATP number one after Wimbledon.
What does it change for Rafa? Nothing. He already has won everything – career Grand Slam, Davis Cup, Olympic Gold – and he has nothing to prove. He will have less pressure, he won’t be the one supposed to win everything, but Djokovic will. Nadal will be even more dangerous.

Rafael Nadal

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Na Li, 29 and Francesca Schiavone, 31 will play today in the oldest women’s Grand Slam final since Jana Novotna and Nathalie Tauziat contested the 1998 Wimbledon final.
The final will be really open as they are both experienced players who both played in a Grand Slam final before (Li lost to Clijsters at the Australian Open, and Schiavone won the title here in 2010).

Will Li become the first chinese player to capture a Grand Slam or will Schiavone retain her title? Please share your thoughts.

Francesca Schiavone

Francesca Schiavone’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-0
R2 Vesna Dolonts 6-1, 6-2
R3 Shuai Peng 6-3, 1-2 ret
R4 Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
QF Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
SF Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-3

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Upset of the day 1:
Last year’s runner-up Andy Roddick crashes out to Yen-Hsun Lu in 5 sets. Roddick lost in five gruelling sets, surrendering 9-7 in the last after four-and-a-half hours. Lu became the first Chinese Taipei player to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and the first man from Asia to reach the quarterfinals at a Major in fifteen years.

Upset of the day 2: Petra Kvitova defeats Caroline Wozniacki 6-0 6-2
Really can somebody explain me, how you can be world number 3 and lose 0 and 2 to a player who had never won a match at Wimbledon before this year. Really? Wozniacki’s Grand Slam performance are really disappointing since last year’s US Open final. It’s time to wake up, Caroline.

Battle of Belgium:
It was Manic Monday’s most expected match, and comeback queens Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters didn’t disappoint.
Their last meeting on grass was in the semifinals of Wimbledon 2006 and Henin won it. This time Kim overpowered Justine in 3 sets: 2-6 6-2 6-3. Kim leads now their head to head 13-12.

Battle of Wimbledon champions:
Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 7-6 6-4, she will meet Li Na who beat the former Wimbledon junior champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 6-2.

Other results: Nadal, Federer and Murray cruise through quarterfinals in straight sets. Djokovic defeated former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt in 4 sets.

Today’s women’s quarterfinals:
Serena Williams vs. Li Na
Petra Kvitova vs. Kaia Kanepi
Kim Clijsters vs. Vera Zvonareva
Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Venus Williams
Pretty difficult to be excited for those matches, what do you think?

Men’s quarterfinals:
Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych
Novak Djokovic vs Yen-Hsun Lu
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Andy Murray
Robin Soderling vs Rafael Nadal