US Open – The Betting Line. Vol. 2

Just in the nick of time, here are our women’s picks.

WOMEN’S PICKS

Chris

Fav: Venus Williams. Don’t you worry about her 2nd round loss to Kateryna Bondarenko at the Rogers Cup, Venus will be ready to play at Flushing Meadows. Seems like Venus plays like Venus only during Major championships. Odds: 4-1

DH: Kim Clijsters. The comeback kid has made quite an impressive run in 2009. Random side note: does anything rhyme with Clijsters? I couldn’t think of anything. Odds: 29-1

Jason

Fav: Dinara Safina. This is her chance to prove all the naysayers wrong. She can do it! She will win her first Grand Slam! Do I really believe that? Not really. But she’s my pick, so I gotta back her. Odds: 9-1

DH: Ana Ivanovic. How far the mighty have fallen. Maybe too many photo shoots, not enough practice? I’m just sayin’. Odds: 16-1

Hayley

Fav: Elena Dementieva. There is no other WTA player who hits better groundstrokes than her. None. Yeah, I said it. Odds: 8-1

DH: Amelie Mauresmo. What is there to say about her that hasn’t already been said about Tommy Haas? Well, I’ll tell ya: both have 1 handed backhands, both have been sponsored by Dunlop, both play for Head now, both are probably past their primes and when Tommy had a ponytail, they looked like they were separated at birth. Odds: 32-1

Spencer

Fav: Victoria Azarenka. Enjoys listening to hip-hop. Let’s hope at The Open she is more 3008 and not so much 2000 and late. Shout out to the Black Eyed Peas! Odds: 12-1

DH: Maria Sharapova. She has reached the quarters, the semis and the finals in the last three tournaments she’s entered. If her shoulder can hold up, she will go far. Odds: 14-1

Kana

Fav: Serena Williams. She was recently quoted as saying, “We all know who the real No. 1 is.” And I think we do. Odds: 3-1

DH: Samantha Stosur. Playing the best tennis of her life right now. She’s bringing the thunda from down unda! She’s Australian. Get it? Throw another shrimp on the barbie! Odds: 20-1

Tiffani

Fav: Svetlana Kuznetsova. After her French Open win, she is limping into the US Open. Literally. I’m not going to lie, I’m not liking this pick. Odds: 19-1

DH: Sorana Cirstea. Her coming out party was at Roland Garros. I question her pet choices. Two parrots? Really?! I digress. I like this pick; she’ll make it deep into week 1 and perhaps into week 2. Odds: 23-1

So that’s it. Enjoy watching the final Major of the year; I know we’ll be keeping a close eye on The Open. Is there going to be another Melanie Oudin or Sorana Cirstea? Will there be some unseen upsets? Or will the top players reign supreme? No matter what happens, let’s just hope that I win that cold tasty beverage.

Jason, TW

US Open – The Betting Line

The US Open is upon us (Starts Monday), and that means one thing and one thing only, it’s TW Office Pool time! OK, so it might mean more than one thing. Following the same format we used for the Wimbledon pool, each person takes a favorite and a dark horse. Winner will, of course get an adult beverage of their choice. Without further ado, here are the picks.

* Again, the odds are completely fictitious; don’t take this to the betting line in Vegas.

** If you do happen to win copious amounts of money betting with my odds, I want 5%. That’s standard.

*** These picks were taken without looking at the draw; so if our picks happen to knock each other out in the 2nd round, there’s no need for emails calling us names. But laugh all you want.

MEN’S PICKS

Chris

Fav: Juan Martin Del Potro. This tall drink of water has the weapons to win it all. He beat Nadal and Roddick at The Rogers Cup a few weeks ago. I question his stamina. Odds: 10-1

DH: Sam Querrey. Playing the best tennis of his life right now, if his Samurai can get the crowd behind him, he is going to be one guy no one wants to face in the later rounds. Odds: 26-1

Jason

Fav: Rafael Nadal. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice….. I picked him as a favorite to win at Wimbledon and he doesn’t even play! I think Rafa owes me one and he knows it. Odds: 4-1

DH: Ivo Karlovic. Anyone else think his scores will read something like 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 throughout the entire tournament? Odds: 36-1

Hayley

Fav: Andy Roddick. I know this has nothing to do with his tennis, but this guy gives better interviews than anyone else on tour! Don’t believe me, just Youtube his interviews. Go ahead, I’ll wait… See? I know you LOL’d. This guy is seriously funny and he can play a bit of tennis, too. Odds: 8-1

DH: James Blake. If there is one surface where Blake can make a run, it’s here. Hard court. US soil. US fans. Let that forehand fly! Odds: 51-1

Spencer

Fav: Andy Murray. It’s been a long time since the #1 or #2 player hasn’t been named Nadal or Federer. Murray has wedged his way into the cream of the crop, but can he make the final leap? I have my doubts. Odds: 7-1

DH: Radek Stepanek. This guy’s got game. Pun intended. Odds: 25-1

Kana

Fav: Novak Djokovic. Seems like everyone but Kana has written off Nole. Known for his impersonations of other players, let’s see if he can summon his inner Federer. Odds: 12-1

DH: Tomas Berdych. His favorite surface is hard court and his two biggest weapons are his serve and forehand. Sounds like this tournament is right up his alley. Odds: 32-1

Tiffani

Fav: Roger Federer. If you listen to the “experts” and their predictions, we might as well give him the trophy now. I say not so fast. I have three words for you: Newborn. Twin. Babies. Odds: 4-1

DH: Juan Carlos Ferrero. His hobbies are collecting cars and motorcycles. So we know he likes to collect the heavy metal. Can this be the tournament where he brings home the heavy metal in the form of a trophy? Odds: 44-1

So that’s it. Our picks for the men’s draw are in. Now the fun can really begin when the US Open begins on Monday. We’ll see in two weeks time which one of us gets to raise their adult beverage of choice in celebration.

What do you think of our choices? Who do you think will win our office pool? Weigh in and discuss throughout the tournament.

Don’t you worry, I will have the female picks up on Monday.

Jason, TW

Skorts, shorts and bloomers! Oh my!

When I think back to the early days of my tennis playing career, if one is generous enough to consider it such, I remember being none too thrilled with the fashion options. My high school days were BCS (before built-in compression shorts). One year in high school, part of my uniform was a navy wrap skirt that was two sizes too big. Just like our current times, California was in a budget crunch, so the school didn’t have money for new uniforms. I not only had to use safety pins to hold it up, but also to hold down the skirt flap. The wrap design made it fly open whenever there was a breeze. Without the built-in shorts, we of course wore bloomers. For tops, we had a white cotton polo. How boring can we get for a 16-year-old?

Today, I’m lucky enough to see and feel all the apparel we sell at Tennis Warehouse. Fabrics sure have come a long way, and there’s no question that fashion plays a huge role; just look at any adidas by Stella McCartney collection.

As a woman, I’m most pleased with the introduction of built-in compression shorts. I like the added coverage, but mostly I appreciate the comfort aspects. Bloomers sometimes have a higher waist, and I prefer to wear my skorts a little lower on the waist. The level of compression is something I’m tuned into when I’m trying on skorts because the shorts are also very handy to store tennis balls. I like the level of compression offered in Nike’s built-in shorts. (My favorite Nike shorts have built-in compression shorts, too.) It’s consistent and offers a snug fit whereas some others don’t offer quite enough compression for my tastes. For example, I always consider if the short will be tough enough to hold a ball. If I think it’s too flimsy, I don’t want it.

I’m hoping that attention will soon turn to improving the level of support offered in the built-in bras. KSwiss seems to be answering the call. The KSwiss built-in bras feature two layers of fabric in the front and power mesh in the back. When I tried on the apparel, the bras actually felt like they were offering a good level of support that I would actually have confidence in. I wouldn’t call tennis a low impact sport, so I’d like to see a step up in the level of compression of built-in bras. Hope someone out there is listening.

Happy Hitting,
Tiffani