For me, a lifelong tennis fanatic, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Wimbledon? Sure, I’m not unaware or dismissive of the sport’s ultimate prize. But it’s not at the top of my list. Even my LPGA fandom didn’t move me to look too hard at the United States Solheim Cup announcement today. … Continue reading
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Fairways and Forehands 2014 Top 25 WTA and LPGA Year In Review: #5 Li Na and So Yeon Ryu
Like 2013, this year I will do a countdown of the top money list leaders from both the WTA and LPGA. Last year I did the top 30, but this year I will do the top 25. Note that as of this post, the retired Li Na has been removed from the WTA website money … Continue reading
Nike Names Building At Greater China Nike HQ In Shanghai After Tennis Star Li Na
2-time Major winner Li Na joined the ranks of athletes such as Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, Pete Sampas and Mia Hamm by having a building at a Nike headquarters named after her. The #2 ranked tennis player is the first player representing an Asian country (in this case China, of course) to win a Major … Continue reading
Sochi Olympic Special Correspondent and Ambassador Maria Sharapova Visits Childhood Tennis Court, Talks Up Home Town and Reveals Who She’d Root For In A Potential Russia vs USA Olympic Hockey Final
She speaks perfectly fluent American English with no accent and seems very Americanized in some ways, but make no mistake about it…Maria Sharapova is a Russian woman to her core. She was her country’s flag bearer during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She is the first woman given the honor of … Continue reading
Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard 2013 Wimbledon Outfits
Some of the ladies on the WTA are known for setting fashion styles as well as great play on court. Among the leading players/sytlists on tour are Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic, both of whom work closely with Nike and Adidas respectively. Here are their dresses for Wimbledon. Understated, to be sure. But keep in … Continue reading
Maria Sharapova Surpasses 10 Million Facebook Fans, Debuts 2013 Roland Garros Tennis Dress
Everybody seems to love Maria Sharapova. She is the world’s highest paid female athlete, with a myriad of lucrative endorsement deals…and even her own candy line. Masha has now surpassed 10 million Facebook fans. She is the most popular female athlete on Facebook. Her popularity and appeal makes much of what she does newsworthy. When … Continue reading
Celebrating Women Athletes: Joan Benoit Samuelson, Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi and Marlen Esparza In Nike Promo
Although a promo for Nike, this video focuses more on female empowerment through sports. It stars Joan Benoit Samuelson (running), Diana Taurasi (basketball), Lisa Leslie (basketball) and Marlen Esparza (boxing). It’s especially poignant for me to listen to how Joan and Lisa were shunned by their male counterparts early in their athletic lives.
Maria Sharapova Talks To Fans About Her Fashion Line At 2012 Sony Ericsson Open
3-time Major winner, former world #1 and generally super-cool Maria Sharapova sat down to talk and get feedback from women who are interested in her Nike Collection line. Masha is very involved in the designs of all of her fashion lines, including her very popular Cole Haan ballet flats.
Suzann Pettersen Talks About Her Nike Putter
Here a nice little promo for Suzann Petterson from Nike Golf. She talks about her putter and also her mindset going into the season. Suzann is superbly talented and incredibly focused. But can anybody catch Yani Tseng in 2012? We will see.
Kumiko Kaneda In Nike “Make Yourself” Promo
Earlier in 2011, at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic, Kumiko Kaneda won her first JLPGA event. She has a sponsorship from Nike and was included in the Nike “Make Yourself” series. The series has featured notable women athletes such as Hope Solo, Maria Sharapova and Li Na, among others.