Smell like a champion
Guys out there might not be able to impersonate Rafael Nadal on the court, but pretty soon, they'll be able to smell just like a world No. 1. The reigning French Open and Wimbledon champ has inked a deal with Inter Parfums -- the company behind many high-end cosmetics and fragrances such as Burberry, Paul Smith, Christian Lacroix and Van Cleef & Arpels. The Olympic gold medalist will not only peddle its Lanvin line, but also will unveil his own signature fragrance next summer. Nadal adds his name to a number of players who have hawked scents as a sideline -- Maria Sharapova
, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini.
The Croatians were penalized for producing a court deemed too fast for Davis Cup play by the International Tennis Federation. The ITF said last week that the Croatians' court surface did not rate within the established guidelines (a rating between 24 and 50 inclusive for courts other than grass and clay) during their Sept. 19-21 World Group Playoff tie with Brazil in Zadar, Croatia. The nation was docked 2,000 Davis Cup points and fined for its error. The Brazilians' attempt to have Croatia, which won the tie, disqualified for the offense fell on deaf ears, as the tie referee believed the court still was of playable quality, also noting that the visiting nation didn't lodge its complaint "until well into the second day of the tie."
Both nations have the right to appeal the decision to the ITF Board of Directors.
Stat of the Week
The length of early retirement for Swede Joachim Johansson
, who last played a tournament at the 2007 IF Stockholm Open and announced a recurrent shoulder injury was forcing him from the game this past February. "Pim Pim" says his shoulder is much better since working with trainers who helped Carlos Moya
overcome a similar injury and returns to the tour this week via a wild card at the Stockholm Open. He plans to play a full 2009 schedule.
Quote of the Week
"I put two photos together, one when I was playing and a recent one, and it was like looking at two different people," said two-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medalist Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who gained 79 pounds to top the scales at 264 pounds after retiring five years ago.