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Sharapova Graces September SELF


Maria Sharapova is on the cover of the September issue of SELF magazine (on newsstands August 26) and talks about, like the cover says, how she wins at life.

Her competitive drive: “It’s ferocious and powerful, and it’s about winning.”

Where’s the help?: “After I did a picture with the trophy, I got on the train [to London] with a friend, and we’re lugging our bags around, and I was, like, ‘Wait, I just won the French Open yesterday! Where are the butlers?’”

Her on-court beauty regimen: “When I’m out on the court, I’m not thinking about how I look. I do my ponytail in two seconds, and I’m not wearing a stitch of makeup. I’m confident in my skin, and I’m there to play the game.”

Her eating habits:  “Carbs are important for my sport, but it’s about finding the right balance between them and protein. In the morning, I have fruit, then rye toast with goat cheese and a piece of ham. When I’m playing tournaments, I try to minimize things that can create inflammation, like lactose, and goat cheese is easier for me to process than butter. For lunch, it’s a protein like chicken and then soup, because I’m Russian and we love soups. For dinner, I’ll have fish, like salmon or sea bass, and rice or potatoes.”


Read more from Maria’s SELF interview here.

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at her cover shoot:

(Images/Video: SELF)


Fashion Focus: US Open 2014 Shirts By Adidas

It’s the last Slam of the year and all eyes are on New York City. Adidas has some great shirts to celebrate the US Open and I have to be honest… I want them all.

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For women, there’s the NYC Tennis Tee (in pink and white), Big Apple Tee (in grey and white) and the NYC Flag Tee (in grey and white).

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The men aren’t left out. For them, there’s the NYC Flag Tee (in grey and white) and the NYC Tennis Tee (in grey and white).

(Images: Tennis Warehouse)


Sharapova Shows Off SELF Cover At NYC Sugarpova Shop

Maria Sharapova

Monday was a busy day for Maria Sharapova in New York City. First, she met fans at Sephora for Supergoop (plus she’s taking over their Instagram feed this week with #PovaGrams).

Maria Sharapova

Later, Maria attended a Q&A about being a “SELF Made Woman” at her Sugarpova pop-up store in the Andaz on 5th Avenue. Maria is also on the cover of SELF magazine’s September issue.

Maria Sharapova

Maria tweeted:

(Photos: Supergoop, Getty Images)


Quick Hits

Serena Williams, Li Na, Genie Bouchard, Victoria Azarenka and Rafael Nadal are among the star athletes to be featured in the new ad for the 2014 Fall Nike Tech Pack.

After winning his 80th ATP title in Cincinnati on Sunday, Roger Federer has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals for a record 13th year in a row.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal and 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro have withdrawn from the US Open.

Iveta Melzer (formerly Benesova) announced she has retired from tennis. Her new career? A personal fashion blog (check it out here).

Anne Worcester, Tournament Director for the Connecticut Open, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday with Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep in charge of the buckets. But who did Caroline turn on in the end?

Details on where to meet Aga Radwanska this Thursday in New York City.


Redfoo said he still has feelings for Victoria Azarenka (and wrote a song about her).

Judy Murray is going to be coached for a change, on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Sara Errani announced a new partnership with Kia.

The super secret Sugarpova pop-up location in New York City has been revealed:

 (Video: Nike)


Kyrgios Poses For Bonds Underwear

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios smashed his way to global fame when he defeated Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Now he’s doing something a little bit more… revealing. Nick is the new name of Bonds Underwear and stars in some print ads as well as a commercial. In the video, Bonds’ other tennis star Pat Rafter gives newbie Nick a few tips on how to model in his skivvies.

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But it was a little bit more awkward when Nick appeared on Sunrise and was asked if he wears Bonds when he plays a match. His response: “I actually don’t wear underwear on the court. I wear Nike Skins underneath my shorts, so …”

Now that’s revealing.

(Images/Video: Bonds Australia)


Azarenka To Wear New Citizen & Winning Fashions

Azarenka Citizen

Victoria Azarenka‘s watch sponsor, Citizen, has revealed the limited-edition Ecosphere watch with rose gold tones and a white silicone strap just in time for the US Open (Citizen is also the official timekeeper of the US Open tournament).

Citizen also got top design students from the High School of Fashion Industries to design outfits to coordinate with Vika’s new watch (she consulted with the young designers via Skype) and the winner will be revealed Wednesday, Aug 20, when Vika appears on Good Day New York, and will also get a $5000 college scholarship. Pretty sweet.

The campaign is also joined by a TV ad, starring Vika of course.

(Images/Video: Citizen)


Madame Tussauds Wuhan Unveils Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Thursday in Wuhan, Madame Tussauds unveiled a new wax statue of Rafael Nadal as well as a new area for where visitors can play a variety of tennis-related games. Rafa joins Li Na at that museum location as part of a project to help locals fall more in love with tennis.

View more pictures of the unveiling ceremony here.

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Nadal Presents Tennis School In Mallorca

Rafael Nadal was on hand Tuesday for a presentation of the facilities in Mallorca that will be the “Centre Tenis & Padel,” the first phase of the future Rafael Nadal International Tennis Centre.

Rafa has no doubt put Mallorca on the map and will now leave his legacy there with this gigantic tennis center, which will be a school for children from age five, and is expected to open in September.

Here are some pretty cool images of what the academy will look like, complete with Rafa’s famous bull logo:

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Expect the focus to be on tennis, with courts of all surfaces:

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(Photos: Getty Images,


Fashion Focus: Nike Officially Releases US Open Kits

Nike has officially released the prominent player collections for this year’s US Open. Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Grigor Dimitrov and Victoria Azarenka are among those highlighted. What’s even more exciting is the night kits, which include darker/black versions of the Nike Lunar Ballistec and Nike Vapor 9.5 Tour sneakers. The most fashionable city (sorry, Paris) is going to end the Slam season with a fashion bang.

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Lovely in a leopard print – really only Serena could pull this look off. What’s to like: Pink is great on her plus the animal-print wristbands are pretty cool. What’s to dislike: There are going to be haters (but I’m not one of them).

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As if it hadn’t seemed official before, it’s officially official now. Rafa will be back to sleeveless for the US Open (provided he is healthy enough to play). What’s to like: Everyone can appreciate a good throwback. Plus, it’s not like he’s bringing back the “manpris.” What’s to dislike: Sorry but is there really anything wrong with being able to see more of the muscles from Mallorca?

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Bryan Brothers Play Tourist In New Esurance Ad

Bryan Brothers

In this new commercial for Esurance, Bob and Mike Bryan play tourist in New York City during the US Open. But since they’re so busy winning all the time, they use technology to help them fit everything in their crazy schedule. Watch!

(Video: Esurance)