Tag Archives: Kristina Mladenovic

2013 US Open Quallies, Final Round

25 Aug


Here are more pictures from the last round of US Open Quallies. There is a mix of today’s stars practicing as well as the players from the qualification tournament. Let’s test out the tennis crack whore in you as I will not label any of the pictures. How many can you name? You can look at the “tags” if you want some help.

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I will not make you guess who is in the following two pictures because I think she deserves special attention. This was the first time I had the opportunity to watch a 20 year old Serbian woman named Aleksandra Krunic play, and I am expecting big things from her. Ladies and gentleman, please meet Aleksandra Krunic.

Aleksandra Krunic US Open 2013

Aleksandra Krunic serving. See the ball?

Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia

Fluid service motion by Aleksandra Krunic

 

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Mahut Mania

7 Jan

This just keeps getting better and better.  You MUST take a look at this video to see how badly Nicolas Mahut wants our movie Mixed Doubles to be made.

People (myself included) cannot get enough of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Hopman Cup, and they put on an impromptu exhibition match with their mixed doubles partners due to a last-minute withdrawal from Great Britain.  I have said it many times before, but I must say it again…

GIVE NICOLAS MAHUT A WILD CARD!  To the Australian Open and any other tournament that he wants.  The dress on Mahut cannot be missed, but did you notice his homage to Bethanie “Socks” Mattek-Sands?  All four of these players have been an absolute delight this week for both their tennis talents as well as their magnetic personalities.  They all clearly enjoy the game, the fans, and each other.  Bravo!

Hopman Cup: The Romantic Comedy

7 Jan

I never intended for this site to be a gossip rag, but who doesn’t love a good tennis love story? Well not many if you count the box office receipts of Wimbledon, the cute rom-com starring Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst. But they should re-tool that movie and call it Hopman Cup or perhaps Mixed Doubles. The question is who will be our romantic leads: Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic or Nicolas Mahut and Kristina Mladenovic?

Rumors of romance for both of these mixed doubles pairings have been bandied about, but there is no confirmation from either couple.  Novak and Ana have that great rom-com back story of knowing each other since they were 5 years old, and while tennis brought them together it is also what keeps them apart from each other except for a few mixed tourneys a year.  That might explain Ana’s service toss issues during the Grand Slams.  Too soon?

Nico and Kristina have the same 10+ year age difference as Paul and Kirsten’s characters in Wimbledon, but I think you will see from these pictures that they have much better on-screen chemistry.

Everybody Loves Mahut could be the more apropos title this week as not only does he seem to have love from young Kristina, but his bromance with John Isner is flourishing as well.  Take a look at the following video of the end of the Mahut/Mladenovic vs Isner/Mattek-Sands match to see the cutest match point ever at around the 6:00 mark.  Kristina looks for Nico’s protection from the booming Isner serve at 9-8 in the tiebreak. 

Even sullen Andy Murray had to crack a smile when Nico the Charmer jumped over the net in order to distract Andy Murray from putting away a sitter volley.  It was actually quite scary to watch as it looked like they would collide, but a hug from Nicolas Mahut cures all.  Mahut lost that match against Murray in two tie-breaks and should have at least won the first as he was serving for it. 

If not romance, I want a happy ending this week for lovable loser Mahut.  There are two discretionary Wild Cards left to be awarded for the 2011 Australian Open.  Just like the 2010 US Open, the French Federation looked over Nicolas Mahut to award their reciprocal wild card to a younger and lower-ranked Frenchman.  First Guillaume Rufin, now Benoit Paire.  What does Nicolas Mahut have to do to catch a lucky break?  Is it blood that you want? 

Unnecessary Diving: The Nicolas Mahut Story