The Roundup – This Week in Tennis

Written By: achangeofends - Jul• 17•11

I am officially the worst tennis blogger ever. It’s been close to a month since I last posted anything and far longer since I’ve been consistently updating. For those of you who don’t know, I spent a few weeks in Europe, moved to New York City, and just started a new job. Life has been a little crazy lately. But the good news is that I am starting to settle in and might even make it to a few tournaments this summer.

To be perfectly honest, there’s not a lot going on in terms of actual tennis at the moment. There’s an inevitable letdown after the madness that is the French Open and Wimbledon, but it’s a great time for tennis fans to take a break, or pay attention to some smaller events.

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who I’m fairly certain wins the prize for longest name, also took home the trophy in Bad Gastein. Normally I wouldn’t even comment on this, but I’m fairly certain this is the largest trophy in history and you guys should see it.

Photo via AP - Kerstin Joensson

Speaking of interesting trophies, Robin Soderling won the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad. He was the #1 seed so this wasn’t so much of a surprise. Special thanks to anyone who can explain to me why the trophy is a bowl with a swan in the middle.

Photo via AP/Scanpix - Bjoern Larsson Rosvall

The men’s doubles final in Bastad featured Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau against Simon Aspelin and Andreas Siljestrom. While Lindstedt/Tecau came out on top, this was a special match for Aspelin, his last. At 37, the Swedish doubles specialist is calling it quits. His resume included a US Open win in 2007 with Julian Knowle and an Olympic silver medal with Thomas Johansson in 2008. Best of luck to Simon in his retirement.

Elena Dementieva left tennis so she could settle down. While I personally believe she called it quits a little early (because this could have been one of her most productive years), I was happy to see that she and long time boyfriend Max finally tied the knot this weekend in Moscow. Dinara Safina was awesome and provided us some photos from the wedding on twitter. Clearly Elena looked stunning.

Photo via @Dinarik27

There’s the possibility of another two athlete relationship on the horizon. @Omes_Tennis spotted Caroline Wozniacki and golfer Rory McIlroy out to dinner, on what appeared to be a date. The two did look awfully cozy (there were photos). There were some preliminary concerns from my Twitter timeline about Rory’s girlfriend, but his management has confirmed that they are no longer together. I guess this leaves him free to pursue other options, including the #1 tennis player. Let’s just hope this doesn’t go the way of Ana Ivanovic/Adam Scott.

Updated: I originally reposted the photos which were put on twitter, but seeing as @Omes_Tennis took them down in an effort to respect their privacy (which I wholeheartedly agree with), I thought it was only right to take them down as well. It’s what I would want people to do if this happened to me. If you want to see them, I’m sure you can find them with a quick google search.

However, it wasn’t all good news this week in the tennis world. I hesitate to put this in the same post as all this lighthearted news, but Alisa Kleybanova stunned us all with some news on her health. Alisa, who turned 22 on Friday, announced that she has been battling Stage 2 Hodgskin’s Lymphoma. This was absolutely shocking and she has received an outpouring of support from fans and players alike in the tennis community. She is receiving treatment in Italy and seems to be staying very positive. I wish you all the best Alisa, and hope to see you healthy and back on the courts as soon as possible.

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One Comment

  1. Cheri says:

    I think Karen Emilia Castiblanco Duarte from Colombia just pips Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez for the longest name. Can you imagine the nightmare for the umpire if these two ever paired up with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a doubles match?

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