EAST WEST TOURNEY COULD BE COSTUME BALL TENNIS: WILLIAMS, QUESTIONABLE WITH KNEE INJURY, COULD GET CHALLENGE -- IN FASHION -- FROM MATTEK.Byline: Phil Collin
CARSON -- Perhaps the first thing tennis fans will be hit with this week in the East West Bank Classic at Home Depot The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services.
Headquartered in Vinings, just outside Atlanta in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia, Home Depot employs more than 355,000 people and operates 2,164 big-box Center is that Serena Williams Serena Jameka Williams, (born September 26, 1981) is an American former World No. 1 ranked female tennis player who has won eight Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal in women's doubles.. isn't the only one who uses her stop in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. for shopping.
True, Williams will turn heads just for being Serena. Yet we know she'll get a run for her money because Bethanie Mattek Bethanie Mattek (born 23 March, 1985, in Rochester, Minnesota) is an American professional tennis player who competes on the WTA Tour. She lives in Miami, Florida. She reached the second round at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships before falling 7-6, 6-4 to Svetlana Kuznetsova will be in the house.
"You know what? I played the finals in doubles in L.A. (in 2005) with Angie Haynes wearing a fedora, and that's one of my favorite looks," said Mattek, offering her only hint. "I need to pull that out again. The outfits I have for this year are definitely different, not too over the top, but I'll let everyone else analyze that."
As long as she doesn't go out of her way to have officials analyze her getup. In the 2005 U.S. Open The term U.S. Open is applied to "open" United States national championships in a particular sport, in which anybody, amateur or professional, American or non-American may compete. These include:
How many tennis players have their ensemble described as consisting of "football socks, chandelier earrings, a ... strappy vest top, tiny running shorts and a headband?"
Naturally, there will be some curious onlookers when she takes the court this evening for her first-round match.
But for Mattek, it's not all about the costumes. She reached the fourth round at Wimbledon last month, falling to Williams, and is ranked 56th in the world. Along the way, she defeated 10th-ranked Marion Bartoli, her first victory over a top-10 opponent.
Including International Tennis Federation events, Mattek has won 23 of her past 28 singles matches.
In doubles, she carries a No. 21 ranking and has won twice this year in Bogota, Colombia with Iveta Benesova and in Amelia Island with Aladimira Uhlirova. She'll team this week with India's Sania Mirza.
"Yeah, I'm stoked stoked
1. Exhilarated or excited.
2. Being or feeling high or intoxicated, especially from a drug. about Wimbledon -- it's the best I've done at a Grand Slam and I beat Bartoli in the third round," said Mattek, 23.
"That's big for me. I have been playing really well on grass and I'm hoping to kind of keeping it rolling."
She returned from London after a grueling two-month run in Europe and played World Team Tennis for the New York Sportimes The New York Sportimes are one of the 11 current teams competing in World TeamTennis. The team is based in Mamaroneck, New York, and play their home matches at The Tennis Club at Harbor Island. They have been competing in the league since 2000. . She hurt her knee, shut it down and returned to Phoenix, where she trains.
"I really needed some time off," Mattek said. "I played lot in Europe and pretty much my body was just starting to break down. I got to go home, relax and got some therapy and treatment."
Raised in Minnesota, Mattek began playing at age 5. In 2004, the precocious 19-year-old showed up for the U.S. Open in a leopard print deal. That was only the first time she pulled that one off.
Her favorite one came in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of as well.
"I'd have to say the cowboy hat at the U.S. Open," Mattek said. "Probably because that was really only one of the ones I got in trouble for wearing. People always call me the girl who wore the high socks or the cowboy hat. Those high socks, I'm thinking about bringing that back."
Williams, who injured her left knee at the Bank of the West Classic The Bank of the West Classic is a tennis tournament on the WTA Tour held in Stanford, California, United States. The 2007 event will be held from July 23 to July 29. Held since 1971, the tournament is played on outdoor hardcourts. in Stanford, said she still plans to go to Carson, but will likely have an MRI 1. (application) MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
2. MRI - Measurement Requirements and Interface. before then and could choose to rest up for the Olympics next month, when she will play for the U.S. women's tennis team.
The Associated Press contributed
(color) Bethanie Mattek's tennis -- and fashion sense -- will be on display during this week's East West Bank Classic in Carson.
Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images