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When you're at a tennis tournament, how do you separate the casual tennis fans, from hardcore tennis fans, from full-on tennis nerds? Tennis nerds geek out when they see umpires. Mo is *such* a ham. Anytime we saw him we yelled out and he always looked over, smiled and gave a thumbs up. Of course one of those times I realized that my boob was totally popping out of my shirt. But I'll take a... Continue »
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We saw Flavia practice the day after she lost that weird three-setter with Peer and boy, was Gaby making her work. They were debating tactics throughout practice and it was pretty clear that Flavi totally disagreed with Gaby's take on the match and what went wrong. It was pretty much exactly what you'd think a Flavi being pissed in Italian scene would look like. Obligatory pictures of the tramp stamp none of us knew she... Continue »
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Pico was a particular revelation this year. Sure, his tennis was awesome. He made a great run to the quarterfinals after a gutsy win over JCF on a blistering Monday afternoon. But thanks to Brodie's confession of undying hard-on for the guy I figured I should actually pay attention this year. And boy was I glad I did. Not only is the guy super hot, particularly in person, sweaty, and shirtless, but he's an absolute... Continue »
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Q. Does Billie Jean [his dog] travel with you is one question, and then tradition says that paper is the first anniversary gift. ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, we were talking about it the other day. Stupid paper. What do you, buy stationary? Q. You’re not gonna get away with that, are you? ANDY RODDICK: No, we had like the conversation like we don’t need gifts, and now I don’t know if that’s code for, You better... Continue »
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"In my career I have broken 1055 rackets. I know the exact number, because Head gave me a snowboard with the number imprinted. I am a person, who has been frank both on and off court. If you like me, like me, if you don’t - it’s all good - said Safin and asked to tell who gets angry faster - him or his sister, who is also a tennis player, he quickly responded: Dinara... Continue »
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Q. I have a different question for you. Everyone in tennis loves Roger, respects Roger. He is said to be the best of all time. Yet two out of every three times you play him, you win. You've won six of the last seven times. Who's a better player? RAFAEL NADAL: You like this. You are focused on the Roger thing, eh? (laughter.) Yesterday with the clay. Today with the if somebody says I am... Continue »
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Ana had a successful day at the office but a rough day with the umpires. Her singles match was riddled with questionable calls and her doubles match saw Ivanorazzi get broken in the second set on an overrule from the chair. Ana was...not pleased. But as Petko's facial expressions show, a pissed off Ana is a hilarious Ana. The funny thing is that it wasn't even on her shot. It was on Petko's. What a... Continue »
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I just don't get it, Fran. When you're across the net from her you play like a god. When you're next to her you play like a goat. Not a GOAT. A goat. Why are you hell-bent on making Sam's life difficult, and in turn, my life impossible? Steph and I, independently of each other, decided that if Fram made the doubles final we would absolutely stick it out in Indian Wells until Sunday. But... Continue »
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"Psst! What are we doing for dinner?" "I could definitely do pizza. Burritos sound good, too. Sushi, maybe?" "Although, I could do pasta. I mean, I can always do pasta. You like pasta, right? Yeah, let's do pasta. I'm not gonna lie, I could eat the shit out of some pasta." "ALLLLLLLBBBBBBBBEEEEEEEEERRRRRTOOOOOOOOOOOO. Are you even listening?" "What's that dude's problem? Anyway, you guys feel like some 'za?" "Hey, you feel like pizza? Feli! FELI!!! Fine.... Continue »
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Hey Sam, You don't know me. Actually, that's not totally true. I'm that weird Asian chick who cheers embarrassingly loud at your matches in California. Remember the LA final when you lost to Flavi but turned to a group of girls in the stands and waved? Yeah, that was me and my friends. We weren't drunk, I promise! Remember your match against Serena at Stanford? Yeah, I wasn't there for that one. But I cheered... Continue »
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Just keep talking, Marat. I need a moment. Continue »
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It all started innocently enough. Lexi, Victoria, and I were laughing about Team Italy's "Parmigiano Reggiano" patch. A joke was made about how the Americans should have a "Hamburger" patch on their kits, and given our propensity to take every opportunity to highlight Liezel's outspoken American Pride, a new internet meme was born: Honestly, I thought this was just going to be an inside joke type thing, but people who understood the joke seemed to... Continue »
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But where are the top hats and monocles? Talk about a missed opportunity. Either that or this is a brilliant viral marketing campaign by Planters, a la this. Ok, I'll stop fawning but I love love LOVE the ties the ATP made for them. The hunter green and grey? Swoony McSwoonerson over here. Aaaaaand I've stopped swooning. Thanks, BonerKillerer. I will say this about Fed. I'm glad he's procreating so that he can pass on... Continue »
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No one wants to talk to you, SOD. The boys donned their suits to pay a visit to Downing Street and British PM David Cameron. Obviously Daveed showed up in his tennis kit and had to borrow a suit from the "proper attire" closet. Downing Street: It's like a fancy steakhouse. "You assholes told me grey!" I just cannot deal with that tie sitch. No one thought to tell him? "It was a horror to... Continue »
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Sam was Sam. And I don't mean that as a slight at all. From the minute she sat down and put her leg up to retie her shoes, she was pretty relaxed, answering questions about the FO final (she though Franny played fantastic and that she played good enough to win most matches, just not that one), why she sucks on grass (contrary to popular belief, she didn't grow up playing on grass in Australia),... Continue »
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With 18 days left in the year, Dinara Safina, with one single, yet epic, blog post, surges ahead and grabs, with a vice-like grip, the trophy for Tennis Blogger of the Year. That's right, the rest of us can just close our laptops, get out of our sweatpants (aka, blogger casual) and keep our little quips to ourselves. She earned it. How did she earn it? By sitting down and writing a 1700+ word, three-page,... Continue »
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Pics from the New Year's Eve Hopman Cup Ball have been posted and, as expected, they are glorious. Laura, her family, and what looks to be a diamond encrusted Snitch. Lleyton having a good time. Slava rocking the shit out of her dress. Love the hair, too. Sex hair! Justine. I think. LiveStrong bracelet? Check. Skate shoes? Check. No tie? Check. LET'S GO PARTY! Nole with the $8000 autographed guitar (by Queen) that he bought... Continue »
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With pretty much everyone injured, the Hopman Cup organizers decided to put on the US vs. France for a mixed doubles set. I was actually standing on the train platform ready to leave when I got a tip (thanks, Laura) that I should probably get my ass back to the Dome to watch it. Thank goodness I did. It was, hands down, the most entertaining set of tennis I've seen live. I mean, when a... Continue »
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Nalby retired down 16 06 02 to Berankis. Official reason: Empty. No really. I've seen that belly, Nalby. You ain't empty for shit. (Pic: Getty) Continue »
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