Tradition and history trump innovation and design for this week’s trophies (we’re playing on grass, after all).
Absent were the green trees, sailboats, and eagles. Instead, Halle, Birmingham (England), and Queen’s Club all doled out some mighty fine chalices. Simple. Classic.
At the DFS Classic, Jelena Jankovic defeated Maria Sharapova in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 7-5) and gets the gravy boat.
And Andy Roddick also needed to go three sets to beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2) at the Artois Championships. How many kegs can he dump into that?
In Halle, Tomas Berdych won against Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-4. Berdych one-ups his loss in last year’s final against Roger Federer. The youngster’s prize comes with a lid to prevent spills.
The Barcelona KIA tournament — backed by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and won by journeywoman Meghan Shaughnessy — followed what the grass tourneys did even though it was contested on red clay.