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Nadal: Grunting His Way to Greatness

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I’m really into Nadal’s grey and pink outfit this year.

The talk at the start of the U.S. Open was all about the possible Rafa and Roger showdown in the quarter finals. Sadly this never came to pass as Fed’s disappointing year ended by him being thrown to the curb by some guy named Tommy Robredo.

It’s probably for the best though, as it would have been too painful to watch Federer endure another Rafa beat-down. I am starting to believe that by 2017, many will acknowledge Rafa, and not Roger, as tennis’s G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).

Tonight, Rafa squares off against Djokovic once again, continuing the biggest and longest head-to-head rivalry in the modern age of tennis. Rafa is arguably the hottest player in tennis and holds a 21-15 lead in match-ups with Djoko. It’s not a huge advantage, but Rafa still has the upper hand.

With Rafa being healthy and in his full-on beast mode, I like his chances of lifting his second U.S. trophy tonight. Now, let’s look at the tennis landscape as the dust settles after the year’s final major: Rafa is your player of the year with two majors, the No. 1 ranking and his health.

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Rafa celebrates his U.S. Open win in 2010.

But more importantly he now has 13 MAJORS! (13!) Why is no one talking about this? If he can pull this last major out, the great Fed and his 17 majors will finally be in Rafa’s reach. Four majors is a lot (just ask that whiny bitch Eldrick Woods) but I think we can bank on Rafa winning two more French Opens in the next few years. This puts his total to 15 majors and counting, and still leaves him 3 to 4 more years of playing majors at a high level.

By the way, I believe this fear is what keeps Roger going. Everyone talks about him walking away, but I think he feels that one more, just one more major, could put things a little more out of reach. But if Rafa wins tonight and with his dominance on clay, his march towards Federer (and all-time greatness) should become the game’s biggest plotline.

Be afraid Roger, be very afraid.

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Blackhawk Down!

GoS wants to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks on their big win,their second Stanley in four years . The best regular season team proved to be too much for the big, bad Boston Bruins.

And just as we are about to start missing hockey, we’ve come across the British father-son fashion label Casely-Hayford .

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The line is inspired by 1990’s Hip Hop artists who loved wearing oversized hockey jerseys. The looks are stellar and there is some fantastic old hockey footage in this cool video they shot to promote the collection. Summer is about to hit, but we recommend you get ahead of the game (!) and check out these sweaters for winter. We can call it “preventative shopping.

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And as a side note, true story: I was at a Snoop Dogg concert in the 90’s in Calgary and he came out wearing a long black fur jacket in the middle of the summer. As he whipped the crowd into a frenzy he pulled off the jacket and underneath was a Calgary Flames Jarome Iginla jersey. The place went berserk. He’s been pulling this trick for 20 years in every city. Well played as always, Snoop.

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Wimbledon Update: I have been lucky enough to get Wimbledon tickets and will be making my way to the Championships this week. Sadly, no Rafa but with Roger, Andy and the potential of a Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams showdown, it should be exciting.

-CH

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The Year of Yellow

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The colour took over the Aussie Open in tennis as Novak and Andy’s yellow accents battled it out in the final. Not to be outdone, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, David Ferrer, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic couldn’t help themselves either.

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In golf, Adidas launched the Adizero but sadly, forgot who they were dealing with (too many badly-dressed golfers). The result: more than a few horror looks, but at least Sergio Garcia got it right.

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And soon to make its debut, the Golden State shirt jersey from Adidas has received mixed reviews (I like it).

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I’m suddenly feeling the need for yellow high-tops.

 

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Federer Forever

 

In honour of CH’s birthday today (tweet him @chadhanas), we made a little stop at the Barclays ATP World Tour last night where CH’s beloved Roger Federer took on Andy Murray in the semi-finals. I wasn’t sure when I bought the tickets if R-Fed would be playing in the day or at night since the organizers only release the schedule the night before, but the birthday and tennis stars aligned and there he was. (We are not Djoko fans over here.)

The first set went to a tiebreaker (exciting stuff) but Federer crushed Murray in the second set and just like that, the match was over. Too fast boys, too fast. We wanted more tennis!

As for style, I wish Rog still rocked his ponytail and Andy needs to embrace those great curls and let the hair grow (see below) but otherwise, the boys looked sharp although, CH prefers his tennis shirts with collars, he says.

The best-dressed of the night however, goes to the bright blue court. The colour, an ode to the sponsor’s hue, doesn’t come across this pretty on TV but in person, it’s incredibly calming and lovely—for a tennis court, that is.

Back in the day: free and flowing locks.

 

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Elements of Style at Wimbledon 2012

Did you watch the men’s singles Wimbledon final on Sunday? We were cheering for R-Fed to get one more over here but we still felt bad for poor Andy Murray, especially at the end when he was trying to give a speech but kept choking up. It must really suck to come so close and to lose to someone who already has so many titles.

The game was riveting but equally fascinating was what was happening off-court. Specifically, it’s the crowd shots I love during a tennis final. And ESPN did not disappoint. Andy Murray’s pretty gf got a lot of airtime (is it me or are they one of those look-alike couples?), as did Roger’s Mirka, and the Federer twins (a.k.a. Roger’s mini-me x 2) even made an appearance!

Kate and Pippa were also in the crowd. Luckily Pips didn’t have the gun with her this time.

And in the style department, the best dressed award is a tie. First up, R-Fed post-game when he donned the Nike sweater over his sweaty shirt. I can’t imagine it was fun to put that thing on after playing for so many hours but I’m sure it’s all part of the deal, and it did look good.

And Kim Sears, Andy Murray’s girlfriend also gets a style nod for her Roland Mouret dress and Mulberrry bag. Come to think of it, Sears wins this one. I wouldn’t want to be around Andy for at least a few days.

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The Aussie Open in Questions

As winter reared its ugly head in Alberta this week, we set our sights on warmer climates. The Aussie Open kicked off this week and the we’ve got some burning questions:

Can Novak maintain his ridiculous form from last year?
Is Rafa healthy and ready to challenge?
Can Roger win one more major?
Is Andy Murray finally going to win one?
There’s a Canadian threat?
(No, seriously. Canada has a new young star in Milos Raonic. Fresh off his second ATP title, the young gun has a legitimate chance at going deep into the tournament.)
Is there anyone more unlikable right now in tennis than Andy Roddick?

If this wasn’t enough to get the excitement going, there seems to be a rift in the Rafa/Roger rivalry. Rafa called Roger out this past weekend on not being vocal enough on player issues, especially the grueling schedule the professionals have to put up with.  It seems this friendly, respectful rivalry has taken an ugly turn. If the tennis Gods are listening, is it too much to ask for a Roger/Rafa semifinal? That and maybe throw in an early Roddick exit.


 

 

 

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