Posts Tagged ‘Sabine Lisicki’
Driving across Daniel Island on my way to my tennis match in Mt. Pleasant today, I saw that the new Family Circle Cup Banners were finally up! As the Official Photographer of this awesome tennis tournament, I always get a kick out of seeing my images draping the 4-story tall center stadium. J Besides last year’s Champion, Sabine Lisicki, there’s the 2008 Champion, Serena Williams, and the 2007 Champion, Jelena Jankovic. Plus dozens of street banners are hanging from the lamp posts, depicting champions from all along the history of this long-running WTA Tour event. This one is of Justine Henin, one of my favorite players…I’m thrilled to see her back out of retirement!
Only two more months until the Family Circle Cup! As most of you know, I’ve been one of the Official Photographers of this amazing Professional Women’s Tennis event for many years now. Each year, the best photo of the returning champion is selected for display on a 47-foot x 40-foot banner that hangs from the top of the stadium. It’s been an honor to have had one of my images selected for the last few years in a row. And this year…drum roll please…WE DID IT AGAIN!!!! :-) Mike Saia, the Communications Director at the FCC just emailed me a few minutes ago with the news and the final image they’ll be using. I’m SO EXCITED!!!
On top of all the great women’s tennis action, this is also the Ten Year Anniversary of the FCC being located here in Charleston. One of the longest running tournaments in WTA history, its former home was on Hilton Head Island. To celebrate the milestone year, there will be guest apprearances from the likes of John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, and Anna Kournikova, plus many other special events and attractions. So come on out…and make sure you say “Hi” to me while you’re there…
As the year comes to a close, I begin to look forward to photographing the Family Circle Cup in the spring. Here’s a shot of Sabine Lisicki I photographed last year that has just been featured on the official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website at: http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~1892475,00.html
It’s been a GREAT week covering the Family Circle Cup again this year! It’s always the most exhausting week in my calendar as I’m constantly pushing full-speed ahead, 9-days strait, often 9am through midnight, no breaks, in multiple locations all over the city.
As the Official Photographer, I’m not only required to cover the action…but also the fans, activities around campus, images for sponsors, behind the scenes appearances by players, and VIP events all week…resulting in somewhere around 20,000 images! It’s a HUGE task. But I enjoy the opportunity to test myself, stretch my versatility, and come up with creative images under pressure.
I have to say this year has been one of my favorites as I like to think I found a rising star. When I photographed a portrait of Sabine after her second round match, I felt like this could be her year to break through. After her defeat of Venus, I knew she had the game. And by the time she beat Marion, I realized she had the maturity to go all the way. Here’s my portrait of the NEW Family Circle Cup Champion. Take a good look at that smile…I believe you’ll be seeing a LOT more of it as Sabine continues her rise to the top!
For more photos, visit the galleries at the Family Circle Cup and the Sony Ericson WTA Tour website. I’m thrilled to say my images made the front page of the WTA Tour every day this week…a first for me!
Caroline Wozniacki’s tumble during her quarterfinal against Elena Dementieva didn’t slow her down a bit.
Between sets us photographers have to entertain ourselves. Here’s a fun one of me with Leslie Billman, shooting for Wire Image, and Alice Keeney, shooting for the Associated Press. Leslie is a pretty good player herself. She and I paired up to win the annual Family Circle Cup Media Tournament two years ago, a friendly competition between all the writers, photographers, TV crews, and other media personnel. Alice must have been having a bad hair day…trying to hide behind that hood and her cell phone.