Venus Williams with her active wear line, EleVen by Venus Williams, in collaboration with Vince Camutoof Men’s Sportswear Division of Fashion Brand,will be partneringwith the BNP Paribas Showdown to outfit event personnel at the Madison Square Garden.
Monday 6th of March will see the 10th Anniversary edition of the annual tennis event taking place at The Garden. This event also coincides with the activities lined up for the World Tennis Day.
The female tennis superstar’s active wear line will be responsible for outfitting all female personnel, including ball persons and event staff, and with the latest installment of her Spring Summer 2017 line, Intrepid. The male personnel at the event will be dressed by legendary men’s fashion brand, Vince Camuto.
The idea behind the creation of EleVen by Venus Williams was to motivate and empower women, helping them feel confident and allowing them express their individuality whilst enjoying the fitness journey.
The Intrepid Collection was launched on February 16th and has been created to be bold, smart, and at the same time, resonating with the tennis and fitness client. Read more »
Recalling her days on the court, the former tennis champion and winner of the 1990 US open Gabriela Sabatini has said she lost a great deal of her matches in her youth to escape public scrutiny and avoid interacting with press reporters.
During the peak of her career, the former player was widely known and regarded as one of the most gifted, charismatic and talented players to have graced the tennis court in the 1980s and the 1990s. In recent comments published, the world former number three from Argentina said: “when I was younger and thought that I had to talk after winning a tournament, I often lost in the semi finals so I did not have to. It was that bad.” Sabatini was reported to have told the popular argentine newspaper la nacion
While the star showed great skill and resilience during her time on the track, it was hardly evident that she avoided the attention of the public. A true lioness in her day, she said “I was very introverted; I had some issues at school because I was very inward looking.”
Known for her tactical and competitive nature, the 43-year old currently has a line of perfumes named after her. In further talks, she said her shyness was her major shortcoming, “I got very nervous at times, but at the same time, I was very competitive and I got frustrated when I did not win. I might lose the first set and give up on the match just because I was so angry that I could not bear having lost the first set.” Read more »
Its 19 years since Gabriela Sabatini quit playing tennis. She does not have any association to the game these days. She has turned herself into more of a businesswoman. She has a perfume business which she devotes most of her time to. But, she has not lost that fierce competitiveness.
Sabatini has to take on one of her old time rivals Monica Seles in an exhibition fixture coming up and she says that the adrenaline is pumping inside her for that game.
The rivalry between Sabatini and Seles used to be quite intense during those days in the nineties. These two players would draw a huge crowd to the arena whenever they were up against each other and they are again expected to do so in a week’s time even though they are not active players anymore.
Talking about the upcoming exhibition match, Sabatini said, “I am motivated for sure. It’s always a special venue for me, the Madison Square Garden. The crowd over there are so loud and intense. You would not get to see that sort of atmosphere at any other venue in the world. It pumps you up immensely. You tend to put in a bit of an extra effort just because of the support and backing that you get there.” Read more »
Gabriela Sabatini’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro, is all set to go through a wrist operation tomorrow. He would have to remain out of action for a few months because of that.
Del Potro’s wrist had been giving him problems for quite some time. He had to miss tournaments because of that. So, finally, he decided to go for the permanent solution of the problem which is surgery.
The doctor who would be doing that operation of Del Potro is not an unfamiliar one for him. He had done his operation once in the past as well and that was a successful operation. The Argentinean would be hoping that he does a good job this time around as well.
Interacting with his fans on a social networking site, Del Potro admitted that opting for surgery was a difficult decision at this stage.
The statement that he released on that site reads, “It’s never easy for any sportsperson to go under the knife as after that you have to remain on the sidelines for several weeks which can be very frustrating and then when you return, it takes you a while to get into your groove. So, I guess a difficult period awaits me, but, that happens with everyone and you have just got to deal with it.”
Earlier, it had been assumed that Del Potro would go for surgery after the Miami masters, but, the Argentinean realized that he would not be able to get through the tournament with that wrist of his and thus, he withdrew.
Del Potro is presently in top 10 in the official ATP rankings, but, his time away from the game after the surgery would affect his position there. However, that’s not something that he would be worried about.
Gabriela Sabatini’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro, has defeated Nicolas Mahut of France in the second round of the ongoing Apia International Sydney Tennis Tournament. This win has taken Del Potro to the quarter final round where he will play against the Czech player Radek Stepanek.
This was Del Potro’s first match in the 2014 season and as expected, he was a bit rusty at the start. There wasn’t that much fluency in his shots and he gifted away the points to his opponent on a regular basis to lose the opener by a big margin of 1-6, but, after that, he looked an entirely different player. He committed very few errors in the next couple of sets and ended up winning the match.
This was only the second time that Del Potro was facing Mahut. Before this, these two guys had taken on each other at Flushing Meadows 6 years back in 2007 and in that match also; it was Del Potro who had emerged out as winner.
The 25 years old Argentinean player would be quite happy to begin the new season on a winning note. He had played brilliantly right through the previous season and he would like to do the same in the ongoing season too.
Talking to the reporters after the match against Mahut, Del Potro said, “This was my first game in about eight weeks and I think I played alright. The surface was quite quick and I had a bit of difficult initially, but, I adjusted my game accordingly in the last two sets.”
“Nicolas is a difficult guy to play against. Every time I play against him, there is a close match.”
Del Potro is currently at the 5th position in the official ATP rankings.
Gabriela Sabatini’s compatriot, Juan Martin Del Potro, has been defeated by Tobias Kamke of Germany in the second round of the Sony Open on Saturday. Kamke won the match in the straight sets by 7-6(5), 6-1.
This was a huge upset. Del Potro had come into this tournament with some form. In the recently played BNP Paribas Open, he had defeated the no. 1 player in the world Novak Djokovic in the semi finals. Also, his world ranking is much higher than Kamke. So, not many people would have expected him to suffer a straight set defeat against a relatively lesser experienced German player. But, it happened. Kamke stunned Del Potro with his ruthless approach.
In the first five games of the opening set, there were no breakthroughs. Del Potro broke in the 6th game and then, held his serve in the 7th game to make the score 5-2 in his favour.
By serving out the eighth game, Kamke decreased the lead to 3-5. Del Potro was serving for the set in the 9th game, but, Kamke didn’t let him serve it out. With a break of serve, he ensured that the set would go further. A serve hold for Kamke in the 10th game levelled the scores.
Both the players held their serve in the next two games which extended the set into the tie breaker. Kamke continued playing with aggression in the tie breaker as well and won it to grab the set.
In the second set, Del Potro performed poorly on his serve and dropped his serve a couple of times consecutively. As a result of that, Kamke took a lead of 5-0. The Argentinean won his third service game in the set to make it 5-1, but, that was too little to change the course of the match. Kamke served out the 7th game and secured a huge win.
Kamke’s next opponent will be Jurgen Melzer of Austria.