Thank You Notes: 2014 French Open

If you are a Jimmy Fallon fan, you may have seen his recurring segment “Thank You Notes” on his late night show.  If you haven’t, check out a clip below. Clearly, there’s a lot of sarcasm to be had in tennis, so why waste the opportunity, right?

2014 French Open Edition

  • Thank you, Rafael Nadal, for winning your 9th Roland Garros title. Besides it being a ridiculous achievement, it gave the world this hashtag: #DREAMIN9.
  • Thank you, NBC slow motion cameras, for capturing Novak Djokovic throwing up. We weren’t quite sure if that was spit or mouth bubbles, so thank you for clarifying.
  • Thank you, Garbine Muguruza, for you know what. We’re not saying Maria couldn’t have done it herself, buuuuttt….
  • Thank you, Maria Sharapova, for not crumbling under the pressure in capturing your 2nd French Open. Four straight 3 setters (and coming 1 game away from defeat) was clearly all part of the master plan.
  • Thank you, everyone who complained about women’s grunting.  Wait — forget those people.
  • Thank you, Lotto and H&M, for clothing Aga Radwanska and Tomas Berdych. A 1990′s bed comforter never looked so good on an athlete.
  • Thank you, Ernest Gulbis, for not having a filter. You make us all love Andy Murray that much more.

“A woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more. Needs to think about family, needs to think about kids. What kids you can think about until age of 27 if you’re playing professional tennis, you know.”

  • Thank you, Andy Murray, for hiring Amelie Mauresmo as your new coach. No, really…pretty great.
  • Thank you, Tennis Channel, for not falling for stereotypes. These hats on Milos and Genie were probably just an homage to Pharrell.

Maria Sharapova attends 2014 Sochi Olympics

Putting tennis on pause, Maria Sharapova landed in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics as an NBC Correspondent and participant in the Opening Ceremonies.

Proving to be the opposite of Waldo, it’s been fairly easy to spot Sharapova in Sochi, as she’s been fulfilling many corporate sponsor commitments, along with filming NBC segments. It’s clear, though, that being apart of the entire Olympic movement is what it’s all about for her (as evidenced by her many high-fives during the opening ceremonies).

Check out what Sharapova has been up to:

Running the Olympic flame into the Games. NBD. (In Spanish!)

Visiting the court where it all started.

Taking in some figure skating.

“Working” for NBC with Mary Carillo.

Yeah, I’d say it’s pretty good to be Maria Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova withdraws from 2013 US Open

Make that three withdrawn tournaments for Maria Sharapova this summer. After pulling out of Stanford and Toronto, Sharapova announced today she has also withdrawn from the US Open, citing right shoulder bursitis.

Come around every big tournament and commentators will always remind you of Sharapova’s surgically repaired shoulder. But that always felt like old news five years on. The shoulder surgery occurred in 2008 and this is 2013. So no more problems, right? Not so fast.

According to Tennis.com, Sharapova has been experiencing shoulder pain since June, with a possible injury time out of 2-3 months. Sharapova’s summer draws eerie comparisons to her ill-fated 2008 season. After a stellar start to 2008, Sharapova then exited Wimbledon in R2, dismally played one USO Series tournament, and then withdrew from the US Open. Let’s hope the comparisons end there, as fans know the end result was a Sharapova outage until May 2009.

Sharapova for her part expressed her disappointment at the decision stating, “It’s certainly not an easy decision to make ahead of one of my favorite tournaments, but I know it’s the right one that will get me back on the courts soon. I plan on taking the next few weeks off, receiving proper treatment and rehabilitation.”

Here’s to hoping with proper care the bursitis does not result in a more serious injury. And if you were wondering what bursitis even is, here’s WebMD for you. Just don’t go thinking you have this ailment now.

Nike Sportswear presents Nike Tech Pack

Coming August 29, 2013, Nike will present the Nike Tech Pack dubbing it the “future of sportswear”. Nike brought together 17 of their leading global athletes in an advertisement promoting the new endeavor including several tennis champions.

Check out the advertisement below to see Rafael Nadal, Li Na, Maria Sharapova, and Serena Williams among others.