After some needless footage of people boodling about (see what I did there) you can see some highlights from Isner and Verdasco’s match at the Boodles. To be honest, not the most interesting looking tennis here (shank, shank, drop shot, shank shank, crap volley, shank) but stay tuned for the interviews after the match. She asked about “Jisner.” Classic.
It seems you cannot have a true Verdasco match without some form of drama. Although it was not as epic as “Merry Christmas” (if you don’t know what I’m talking about…don’t ask), Fer did argue with the Chair duing his match against Tomic in the 1st round of the Australian Open about a possible coaching violation. Was this the beginning of the end of Verdasco’s concentration (and his ability to win the match)? Or did Verdasco lose this match by just being Verdasco? (I’m going with the later).
Dudi Sela showed off his enormous…head racquet, among his other assests, in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot. I always considered Dudi adorkable, but who knew he was friggin ripped? Damn, son…
Sela is just the latest player following the hottest trend in the ATP: stripping down to yo skivvies for the cameras.
Janko Tipsarevic recently posed in an ad campaign for Extreme Intimo
And of course we have all seen Rafa’s numerous ads for Armani underwear
Be sure to give it up to the one who started the craze: who else, Fernando Verdsaco in an ad for Calvin Klein underwear
I don’t know about you, but I hope that this is a trend that never goes out of style.
(Pics via @tennisromi on twitter, Extreme Intimo, Armani, and Calvein Klein)
My action shots normally come out a bit blurry, but with Fernando I had one great freeze frame of him in motion after another.
The camera clearly LOVES Verdasco. That’s not really news, per se, Fer is known for looking good both on court and off.
The weird thing is, none of these shots were…how to put this as nicely as I can…effective? They were shanks, mishits, misfires. They may look great on film, but they did not win him ANY POINTS IN THE TENNIS!
It’s a complete paradox…shots that look like this should at least land somewhere between the lines, no?
Yeah, Verdasco, if I were you I would be totally annoyed by this too…
Check out more pictures of Verdasco on the facebook page.
(Pics via Racquet Required)
To say that Fernando Verdasco did not play well in his quarterfinal match against Radek Stepanek is perhaps putting it too mildly. His play was a frustration filled error-fest of shanks and double-faults. Fer’s fragile mentality made him easy pickings in Stepanek’s mind games. Once when Verdasco was serving, he went to his chair to change his wristbands and took so much time that he got a time violation from the chair. Fer’s response? Broken at LOVE.
At another point in the match Radek brought a few balls up to the chair, bounced one and let it drop. Then bounced another and let it drop. It was not clear exactly what Steps’ complaint about the balls was, but Verdasco was sure annoyed about waiting. With one hand on his hip, his body language was clearly saying, “Bitch, you trifling!”
In his press conference after the match, I tried to get Stepanek to talk about how he was playing up Fer’s frustration:
I guess “aggressive” and “changing the rhythm” is code for “I decided to mess with his head?” That is really nothing new from Steps, he’s known for his gamesmanship, but Fernando still let it get to him. That is really rather troubling.
Check out the highlights, or should I say lowlights, that I shot from the match. I tried to edit out as much of the grating cheers from Fer’s superfan (who was dressed in his Adidas kit, naturally) as I could, but that dude kept up his “Fernando”‘s and “Right back”‘s the whole flipping match. I was very happy I caught my favortite part of the match, when Verdasco beats the crap out of his thigh out of frustration. That had to have left a mark. Oh, Fernando…
(Pic & videos via Racquet Required)
Fernando may not have played a major part in Spain’s win over USA at Davis Cup, but you would never know it from the draw press conference. Though he seemed a little bored at first, he did he try to entertain himself (and us?) in various ways to make the time go by…
First he tried to follow whatever it was that Albert Costa was talking about, but he was not thrilled at what he heard. Did he just learn then that he wasn’t playing the singles rubber? Did Albert threaten to confiscate his hair gel if he couldn’t contain his double faults?
WHAT??? I can haz hair gel?!?!
Girl, you the best!
Seriously, though Fernando got a major case of the giggles. Lord knows what he found so funny. Even Granollers, unofficial head cheerleader of the armada, was like, ‘Dude, seriously? Calm down.’
Verdasco even embarrassed his bestie Feli in front of the Bryans brothers. The forced smile on Feli’s face looks like he is in pain. Our emo Feli, how Fernando makes him suffer….
You can check out more pictures from the draw ceremony (including both Spain and USA) on the facebook page.
(Pics via Racquet Required)
The draw ceremony for the Davis Cup draw was open to the public for $10, with all proceeds going to charity. As a bonus, they let the crowd stay for the press conference. Fuller post (with pics!) to come, but in the meantime, enjoys these gems from the Spanish players:
Verdasco on playing the Bryan brothers with Lopez. Even though they did not play, glad to know the boys thought that one out… “We are close to be twins.” There was never any doubt, Fer:
Ferrer on why the fast court was not going to be the most important factor:
True that, Daveed, true that
(Videos via Racquet Required)
There were not a lot of surprises today at Wimbledon. Roddick rolled in straight sets over Beck, 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-3. Federer, Djokovic, and Ferrer also won their respective matches.
Delpo also finished up his match that was rained out yesterday, beating Cipolla 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
Harrison made the most of getting into the draw as a Lucky Loser by defeating Dodig 7-6(5), 6-0, 7-5.
Not every match was won so easily. A total of 9 matches were battled out in 5 sets: Mannarino beat Ireland’s Niland 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-4; Blake battled back from 2 sets down but still lost an absolute heart-breaker to Baghdatis 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-4; Andreev defeated fellow Russian Gabashvili 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3; Kubot, Beck, Rochus, Youzhny, and Mello also notched 5 set wins.
Oh yeah, and this idiot managed to come back 2 sets down to Steps to move on to the next round. Guess it’s better than tanking out 1st round like last year, right Fer?
Sod prevailed in a tight 4 sets over Petzschner 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5). Whatever…
And in the much talked about rematch, Isner managed to beat Mahut in straight sets this time. He even broke serve, winning 7-6(7), 6-2, 7-6(6).
Don’t worry, they still bros 4 life. Seriously, how cute are they!
(Pics via AP and Getty Images)
Of the many mysteries at Queen’s club this past week (Where is Roddick’s ankle strapping and foundation wristband? How many times can you fall down in one match and NOT get injured? What does training with a cage fighter actually involve?), the biggest question was: who the fuck is Barney?
After complete silence on twitter for months, Fernando Verdasco came back in typical fashion, tweeting up a storm late at night before his big match against Roddick (which he went on to lose, also in typical fashion). But Fer was not alone. No, he was with his friend Barney. He tweeted about being out in London together with him.
Taking pictures of Barney shaving and tweeting about it. Ok….
Not sure how this is funny. Guess you had to be there, Fer…
And Barney tweeted pics of Fer too. I’m pretty sure the major qualification for friendship with Verdasco is willingness to take many, many pictures of him. Barney shot him posing in Adidas
Awesome lighting job! Looks like Fer is standing in front of a burly, legless eskimo. Two thumbs up!
And Barney took pictures of Verdasco running in the park. I would assume in slo-motion…
And minutes ago, Verdasco tweeted a photo with Barney in front of a restaurant named Nando’s. So funny! What are the odds of other people being named Fernando! Crazy!
So who is this Barney? And why are he and Fer sudden bosom buddies? Is this a master plan to make Feli jealous? Or does this mark the end of #TeamPretty once and for all? Guess we all will have to stay tuned…
(pics via @FerVerdasco83 & @BarneyDavis14 [formerly @daviba12] on twitter)
Literally. And lobster and sea bass too. Sorry, but his infantile behavior about Barcelona deserves an equally infantile joke about his promotional appearance at a seafood restaurant in Estoril. Just be happy I didn’t make a Vesnina sex joke.
“It’s like almost Spain.” Except it’s totally not, Verdasco. Whatever, watch you lose to Gil tomorrow. That would just be…exactly something you would do.
(Video via ATP World Tour)