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Del Potro Hits Again After Surgery

Best news all week? Almost four months after having surgery on his left wrist, Juan Martin Del Potro started hitting his first double-handed backhands. The video below was filmed in Rochester, Minnesota, under the supervision of his doctor, Dr. Richard Berger.

Delpo said, “I have great news to share! Four months after the surgery I hit my first few backhands and my doctor Richard Berger was there. I’m looking forward to playing pain-free again as soon as possible. Thanks for your support!”

Per his communications team, Delpo’s return to competition has not yet been confirmed. Glad to see him taking a positive step back to the Tour!

(Video: Juan Martin del Potro)


Kvitova, Errani, Vinci Meet Country Leaders


Wednesday in Prague, Petra Kvitova was honored by the Czech President for her 2nd Wimbledon win. Also there and honored were her Fed Cup teammates, Klara Koukalova and Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova.

Petra tweeted:

And via the WTASara Errani and Roberti Vinci met Italy’s Prime Minister on Tuesday. The team was honored for completing a Career Doubles Grand Slam.

Errani Vinci

(Photos:, WTA)


Fashion Focus: Wozniacki Adidas NYC 2014

Wozniacki Adidas 2014 NY

The ruffles are back from the past in the new Adidas by Stella McCartney collection, but this time they’re not as “in your face.” Caroline Wozniacki will wear the above Barricade NY Dress in either Soft Powder or Deep Red with Poppy Pink (both below) – a feminine silhouette that’s sure to make her stand out on the courts at the US Open.

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There are also separates that come in an array of peachy colors, also with ruffles, like (from left to right) the Barricade Top, Barricade Tank and Barricade Top with elastic waist. All tops will be paired with equally-frilly skirts or shorts. Look for fellow Stella girls (Andrea Petkovic and Maria Kirilenko) to wear some of the below options this summer.

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(Images: Tennis Warehouse)


Murray Facebooks His Way Through Miami Training

Andy Murray is in Miami for his pre-hard court training regime and, very kindly, sharing numerous daily updates for his fans.

A great look at what goes into training for tennis. It’s not all hitting balls!


Fashion Focus: Rafa To Go Sleeveless In NYC?

In January 2009, a shocking occurrence rocked the tennis world: Rafael Nadal stepped on court wearing a shirt… with sleeves.

Rafael Nadal Nike Sleeveless 2014

Now, 5 years later, it seems the opposite is about to occur. Rumors are swirling, yet to be confirmed by Nike or any retailers, and he’s been seen practicing in the above top in Mallorca, but how would you feel if Rafa went back to sleeveless for the US Open?

One thing is confirmed: the below is Rafa’s Nike Premier Jacket for the Fall. It’s grey, it’s breathable and it has the bull. Yes, that’s Rafa’s.

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(Images: Tennis Buzz, Tennis Warehouse)


Dedeman Announces Partnership With Halep

Simona Halep

Simona Halep attended a press conference Wednesday in Bucharest to announce her new partnership with Dedeman, a Romanian supermarket chain that offers home improvement and do-it-yourself goods.

Dedeman plans to build 13 new stores and, in an interesting twist, each one will also have a tennis court, as part of a partnership with the Romanian Tennis Federation. Sounds like a great way to grow tennis in Romania.

(Photo: Reuters)


Raonic Serves First Pitch In Toronto

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic was on hand Tuesday night for the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game as they took on the Boston Red Sox in Toronto. Not your typical first pitch though – Milos served it!

He also sat down with Chris Sorensen of Maclean’s magazine and basically said he’s not quite satisfied with what he’s achieved: “For me, it’s always about the next thing. I always need to have a challenge. And, to tell you the truth, what I said when I was 12 is what I will say right now: I want to be the best in the world.”

(Photo: AP Photo/The Canadian Press)


Quick Hits

Roger Federer

Roger Federer graces the cover of this weeks El Pais Semanal. A few days ago (in case you missed it), he and skier Lindsey Vonn played some tennis on a glacier.

After being dropped by IMGBernard Tomic rises above to win his 2nd ATP title in Bogota. Leonardo Mayer won his 1st ATP title in HamburgCaroline Wozniacki won in Istanbul while Mona Barthel won in Bastad.

Ana Ivanovic announced her new coach on her website.

Andy Roddick talks World Team Tennis: “The best part about the World Team Tennis format is that it doesn’t last very long for me personally. But I’m able to play with these guys over a set. But once it gets past that you can’t fake being in shape or being an athlete. I tried my best for a couple of weeks.”

Looks like Rafael Nadal has been enjoying his vacation time in Spain with his girlfriend, on the boat of course.

Serena Williams is also on vacation in Croatia and trying out flying ice-cream.

(Image: El Pais)


Fashion Focus: Nike Fall 2014 For Federer

One would never use the term “mint condition” to describe Roger Federer as his Wimbledon results proved the best is possibly yet to come. Maybe his Nike Fall 2014 collection will make him… Betterer?

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Roger’s Nike Fall Advantage Premier Polo comes in medium mint with mystic green (above) and black with magnet grey and will be paired with the Nike Premier Gladiator 9″ Shorts in rift blue (above).

The Nike Premier RF Men’s Tennis Sweater (below) is made of a wool blend for those chilly Summer nights in the USA when Roger’s vest just doesn’t do the trick.

Federer Nike Sweater Fall 2014

My favorite item from Roger’s fall collection? The RF Betterer Tee, which comes in black, light blue, mint and grey

Federer Nike Betterer Tee Fall 2014

(Images: Tennis Warehouse, Nike)


A Brief Hiatus

Dear Slice readers,

Unfortunately I will be taking a brief hiatus from updating The Slice. The reason being: I’m off to Wimbledon! I am so excited to attend the tournament for the first time and, even better, have the honor of working on the award-winning social media team.

After Wimbledon I’ll be doing a little bit of traveling (England, Scotland and Amsterdam, to be exact) so I sadly won’t be able to provide any tennis news updates here for the next month.

As always, feel free to follow my travels on Twitter (@TheSliceTweets) and I will rejoin you here in a month!