In light of the disgraceful way the International Olympic Committee has dealt with championing Russia’s homophobic legislation, I wanted to share this story.
American star tennis players Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish become the 1st professional men’s tennis players to align with Athlete Ally.
Andy Roddick said, “Yesterday was an incredible day for athletes everywhere. Jason Collin’s courage and leadership in coming out reminds me of how important it is for an athlete to be able to be true to him or herself. As an Athlete Ally, I want to support every athlete to feel comfortable and confident being themselves and to make sure that all people – players and fans alike – are welcome and included in tennis.” More about this story here and more about Athlete Ally here.
The Australian Open started this week. This tennis event is one of the four majors in the sport and it will attract the world’s best players.
The ESPN network will broadcast live coverage of this event in the US. Check your local listings for exact times and channels. Here are some of the players who may catch your eye if you tune in.
If their athleticism won’t entice you, perhaps Richard Gasquet’s backside will.
Over this past weekend the 2013 French Open started with early round play. I always associate this tennis tournament with the start of summer and love the clay court matches that have players running back and forth giving everything they have. If the appeal of this sport isn’t apparent, perhaps you should take a closer look at some of the men invited to play in the tournament. There are so many handsome, articulate players that even the most shallow among you will find reasons to watch and cheer for this years players. For example, this handsome German, Daniel Brand, played a near flawless two sets before Rafa Nadal was able to rally to win a second set tie break and then cruise on to a first round win that was anything but typical.
The French Open is being broadcast on ESPN2 and NBC in the U.S.
More seeds fell in the second round of the 2012 Australian Open. Not only did the US lose their highest ranking seed, Mardy Fish, but perhaps the most famous American male tennis player still active, Andy Roddick, had to retire in the third set of the second round. I won’t list all the seeds that dropped but here are a few men who won’t be gracing ESPN 2 in later rounds of the tournament.
Mardy Fish from USA – Ranked 8
Nicolas Almagro from Spain – Ranked 10
Andy Roddick from USA – Ranked 15
Alex Bogomolov from Russia – Ranked 32
Long time readers know that I’m a huge tennis fan. I’m so excited that the 2012 Australian Open has finally started. This is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events. Even though the first round play in Melbourne is not quite finished there have been a few upsets with a handful of seeded players.
Say goodbye to the following.
Fernando Verdasco from Spain – ATP ranking #24
Juan Monaco from Argentina – ATP ranking #27
Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia – ATP ranking #30
As you can see, you need not know much about tennis to enjoy watching.
The US Open started two weeks ago and due to the heavy rains from last week the Men’s Single Final – normally held on Sunday was moved to today. I’ve been posting a handsome photo of a male tennis player each day of play (with the exception of yesterday – 9/11) and it seemed fitting to conclude these posts with the world’s no. 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic.
Novak has had an amazing year winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and rallied against Federer this weekend in the semifinals of this tournament to come from behind and win. If he wins today in NY he will have won 3 of the 4 Majors in the 2011 – an amazing feat and in large part the reason he has the no. 1 ranking.
I love watching Djokovic play not only because he is so gifted, but he brings a lot of personality to the game of tennis. He’s clearly a ham. In the past he’s been known to mimic other tennis players (all in good fun of course) and this year at the Open he’s been known to dance after his wins which only gets the already loud crowd in NY cheering even more.
If you’d like to find out more about this Serbian who’s game has been flawless all year you can link here. If you’d like to find out more about this year’s US Open you can visit the tournament’s official website, www.usopen.org.
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The US Open started last week, and the tournament is now nearly over. To celebrate the Open I’ve been posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.
Today, I’m featuring Spanish tennis player, Raphael Nadal, currently ranked no. 2 in the world. Nadal has been in the spotlight ever since the summer of 2005 when he won the French Open. Since then, he’s been a regular at not just Roland Garros but at all four majors. He has an amazing game and was the guy who grabbed the no. 1 ranking from Roger Federer who had been ranked no. 1 an astounding 237 weeks.
Nadal enters the US Open Semifinals playing no. 4 Andy Murray. If he wins, he’ll play either Roger Federer or the worlds current no. 1 Novak Djokovic.
If you’d like to find out more about this handsome Spaniard you can link here. If you’d like to find out more about this year’s US Open you can visit the tournament’s official website, www.usopen.org.
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