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Ramble of the Day
Last week, I went on about some ugly trophies, but I will change my tune a bit for today’s ramble. In my research for poorly designed trophies, I stumbled across many from the world of tennis, which reminded me that I should ramble about the wild world of tennis trophies outside of the grand slams.
Tennis players play around a million tournaments a year to keep themselves occupied in the months between the four grand slam tournaments in Australia, France, England, and the United States. To stand out a bit, many of these smaller events have some very unique trophies.
Juan Martin Del Potro, the most recent winner of the men’s singles competition at the Mexican Open, is pictured with a trophy that is shaped like a pear and gets to wear a giant sombrero as an additional prize.
Those in charge of the Pan Pacific Open, held in Tokyo, have taken a different approach with their winners’ prize. Held by reigning women’s singles champion Caroline Wozniacki, the trophy is something more easily displayed in a home, which might be a fun thing for someone who wins a large number of titles to do. (Then again, the Mexican Open trophy above might be fun to work into home decor, also.)
At the Madrid Masters, winners get some interesting pieces of modern art. Above, we have reigning men’s singles champions Alexander Zverev holding a weird gold screw...
...while the women’s singles champion, this year Petra Kvitova, gets...I don’t know what that is. It kind of looks like a hologram. I cannot make out what it is even made of, or how it’s even standing. I also cannot decide which one is better. They both have their obvious negatives, but the men’s singles trophy is much more easily displayed. The women’s singles trophy is just...weird. I do appreciate the effort, though.
If you get to win the men’s singles title at the Dubai Tennis Championships, which Roberto Bautista Agut most recently did, you get...a ship. A silver ship, to be exact. How this did not make my list of ugly trophies from last week, I do not know.
Things are much better if you win the Sydney International men’s singles tournament, where they give you a very deep and very fancy serving bowl. I don’t own anything that is that fancy or could even compare, but I feel like it might be good for serving popcorn. I’m just guessing.
Finally, we have the Paris Masters trophy, most recently won by men’s singles champion Jack Sock. I feel like finding a place to kiss this trophy was probably a difficult thing to do, and I wonder if there was even enough surface area to give a good kiss to the trophy. He looks happy, though, so I suppose it all went well for Sock.
I really do hope tennis players take the opportunity and display their trophies like they are art, or furniture.
tl;dr: Tennis is cool because of the weird trophies they give winners.
Links of the Day
Fox Sports will have an all-female team covering the MLS match between D.C. United and the New England Revolution on Sunday. The coverage will be the first of its kind in the United States for a men’s professional sporting match on a national network in the English language.
David Silva has retired from the Spanish national team after a 12-year career.
Facebook has obtained La Liga rights for the next three seasons in Southern Asia.
Transfer roundup: Keita Baldé has joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan from Monaco
Today’s longer read: a Vice double feature, with words and a video about the church dedicated to Diego Maradona in Rosario, Argentina