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2:39PM

Fabio Fognini for Babolat's Pure Drive Racquet

I just happened on this great Babolat promo featuring none other than the very entertaining Fabio Fognini. His personality shines through and unless I'm mistaken, he compares the importance of a good racquet to his girlfriend. I think. And I'm not sure if that's really where he should have taken it but hopefully Flavia has a better perspective on his sense of humor.

5:04PM

Fast Five-ish with Feliciano Lopez

We caught up with Feli shortly after his 2nd round win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in Indian Wells.  Ever the charmer, he was kind enough to answer our questions and provide a little more insight into some of his favorite things.

What’s your favorite cell phone app right now?  Shazam.

Have you ever heard the term binge-watch?  No.  It means watching a TV show for hours to catch up or complete a season. Ok.  My favorite is Breaking Bad. Did you finish the whole series?  I’m about to finish the 4th season.

If you weren’t a tennis player, what would be your dream career? I don’t know. I’ve been playing tennis my whole life. I didn’t think about doing any other thing because I was really focused on tennis since I was very young. I was really focused on tennis. Something in sports probably. I was doing so many sports when I was young, swimming, soccer, plus tennis. Something related to sports.

EITHER/OR

Facebook or Twitter:  Twitter

Coke or Pepsi:  Coke

Shower or Bath:  Shower

Ocean or Mountain:  Ocean

Sweet or Salty:  Both

Beyonce or Rihanna:  Beyonce


Interview by Andreen Soley, photos by Jennifer Knapp

5:22PM

Ana Ivanovic Unveils New Adidas French Open Collection for Vogue

As you can see below, Ana is featured in this month's Vogue Magazine as part of Adidas' launch of the Roland Garros Collection by Y-3. She'll be among the first players to wear the avant-guard Japanese fashion design on court - along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. I think she is the perfect choice for the brand and I'm betting that if made available to the public, it will be a big seller. For the complete article and a sample of photos, click here.

 

 

6:30PM

Instagram Birthday Greetings

As we all know, social media has really made an impact in pro tennis (among other places) and it's apparently become a great way to keep track of your favorite players' birthdays. Within 24 hours these two posts popped up Instagram. I don't know about you but I didn't remember it was Stan's birthday - and his 30th to boot. Thankfully the fine ATP World Tour folks were keeping track.  You gotta love (?) Stan's shirt and that cake looks AMAZING.

And just one day later - in a more model-like pose on Pico's page...

I love Pico's creative use of emojis. It's almost like he planned in out. Too cute.

These two birthday shout outs got me thinking about upcoming birthdays so I did a quick search in the 2015 ATP World Tour and 2015 WTA Media Guides and below is a list of players born in April.

4/2 – David Ferrer

4/3 – Tommy Haas, Madison Brengle

4/6 – Robin Haase

4/7 – Sorana Cirstea

4/10 – Thanasi Kokkinakis

4/12 – Marcel Granollers

4/17 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

4/19 – Maria Sharapova

4/20 – Alex Zverev

4/23 – Daniela Hantuchova

4/25 – Jan-Lennard Struff

4/26 – John Isner, Jarmilla Gajdosova

4/27 – Nick Kyrgios

4/29– Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Sara Errani

Most of these folks are on Instagram so I'm sure we'll see more shout outs!

 

5:55PM

Fast Five With Karolina Pliskova

We caught up with Karolina in the BNP Paribas Player's Lounge last week and ended up asking her a few more than 5 questions but she kindly obliged.

What’s your favorite cell phone app right now? WhatsApp. All the time online. (Laughing)

Have you ever heard the term binge watch? No. I’m not watching any shows.

How do you keep yourself entertained on the tour? I still have to practice every day even if I don’t have matches. So, the whole day I’m in the club and then in the evening I have my coach and my fitness coach here. We have a really good relationship, so we go to dinner and shopping.

What’s the last thing you bought? In Prague, I bought a lot of clothes.

If you weren’t a tennis player, what would be your dream career? I have no idea. I played from 4 years and I wasn’t really thinking about anything else. Now that I’m playing quite good, I’m not even thinking about anything else. Maybe once I will do something else. I didn’t have the chance to do anything else, so I don’t really know.

Describe yourself in 3 words. A lot people say I’m pragmatic but it’s not true. I’m getting mad on the court, but I’m not crushing racquets anymore.

What would your friends say? They all say I’m friendly. Not a conflict person.

Either/Or

Facebook or Twitter: Twitter. I don’t have Facebook at all.

Coke or Pepsi: Coke

Shower or Bath: Shower

Ocean or Mountain: Ocean

Sweet or Salty: Sweet

Dog or Cat: Dog. I’m allergic to cats!

 

Interview by Andreen Soley. Photo by Jennifer Knapp

11:14PM

Fast Five With Gilles Simon

We caught up with Gilles right after his win over Michael Berrer in Indian Wells.  He had just finished a series of interviews in French and greeted us with an “I’m so happy to answer questions in English!”

What is your favorite cell phone application?  It’s not easy but I would say because of my son, Candy Crush. I tried to erase it from my phone but he said “Daddy, I want to play the game with the sweets” so I turned it back on.

Can you describe yourself in 3 words?  This is also not easy (pauses). I would say honest, talented and an idiot (as confirmed by my coach).

If you could switch places for one day with any person who would it be and why? The French President of the Republic, just to see how it would be in the office.

What is your most embarrassing moment? Oh I’ve had a lot, on the court, outside of the court but one day on court in Cincinnati, I felt really alone because I throw my racket and the racket bounces and went over the fence and then someone had to go all the way around to get it and I had to wait 5 minutes and I felt very alone because everyone was watching me.

Either/Or

Facebook or Twitter:  Twitter

Books or Movies: Movies

Ocean or Mountains: Ocean

Morning or Night: Night

Beer or Wine: Beer (didn’t see that one coming!)

Spicy or Mild: Mild

Beyonce or Rihanna: Beyonce

Interview and photos by Jennifer Knapp

4:38PM

Milos Raonic Has Game

Not to be out done by the ladies in Vogue, Milos Raonic graces the cover of Harry Magazine’s Spring /Summer edition.  Harry Magazine is published by Harry Rosen, a Canadian high-end men’s clothing specialty retailer.  In the article entitled Game, Suit, Match (catchy, eh?), Milos says that he prefers his suits to be “elegant rather than corporate” and that he prefers the “impeccable fit and personalized tailoring details of a made to measure suit”.  Well okay then!

To read the full article, click here.  You can also watch the behind the scenes footage of the photo shoot on YouTube.