tennis_no_ko: (ecstatic)
I've reached World Number One in the ATP rankings~ A very sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart to everybody who supported me along the way! I appreciate every single gift, email or kind word in my way.

It was fun playing in the round-robin style tournament, since I got to play all of my opponents, not just a couple like you do with larger tournaments. I can't wait to do it again, especially with the British crowd. (Though I could do without the rainy weather ;A;)

I'll be home for another two whole months without going to another country! I get to relax for a bit. I think I'll stop in Tokyo for a week before going to Kyoto to check on Minoru. In that time, will you meet with me for a meal or something, Genichirou? My treat, since I got paid by Nike today as well :)

And Atobe, I owe you a movie-trip. Contact me about that. Oh, and I must be missing people I need to talk with. I'll contact everyone later, once I've attended the afterparty.

Screened to Shiraishi )

-With all my heart, Seiichi

Photoshoot

Jun. 16th, 2013 08:28 pm
tennis_no_ko: (ecstatic)
Ahh, that was fun. It's been a while since I was last in New York, so it was nice to be back. The Nike photoshoot was definitely interesting, though sitting through two hours of make-up and hair was not. Last time I recalled, I wasn't a supermodel.

Another thing that perplexes me is the sheer difference between male and female representation in photos. The photoshoot was with me, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Williams-san was constantly told to smile more and flash her teeth at the camera, while Federer-san and I were constantly told to stop smiling and look serious.
The male tennis players were told to look serious while the female tennis players were told to smile and look pretty. It made me think and wonder at how our media portrays gender stereotypes, if it must extend to even sports. It made me feel really angry for quite a while. I still feel a little resentful.

The photoshoot was fun despite that and the photos should be postered up everywhere on the Nike website and the internet. They aren't anything special. We barely posed with our rackets, it was mostly just wearing Nike clothing. Now, what was special, was what we received after the shoot was over. My clothes for Wimbledon.

Its my first year with Nike and I was asked if I had any requests about clothing. I jokingly asked for the Rikkai colours, but I wasn't expecting much. When I opened my package I was greeted with this:

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(Ignore the bad quality, I asked Nadal-san to take it on my phone, and it's not got the best camera in the world). Traditionally, Nike tends to stick with plain, one-colour ensembles so that their logo stands out but I was really impressed by the design. I have no idea who made it or designed it, but thank you~! I love it! Oh, and you can't see it here, but Atobe's logo is on the back as well :)

So, now I'm waiting on my flight to take me to London. It's delayed, which is annoying. Since I'll be busy training up for Wimbledon, I won't be making any new posts till it's over, but I'll be replying to comments as best as I can ^_^

[ooc: The picture was drawn and painted by me hurriedly for this purpose. I was hit by my muse when I saw all of the tennis stars showing off their Nike uniforms on Facebook and I didn't manage to capture the muse perfectly, but here's Yukimura along with a crappy background :)]
tennis_no_ko: (gardening)
It was quite tragic. Over the last eight weeks, a huge amount of weeds built up in my garden and my tomatoes had the nerve to die on me. But thanks to Saeki-kun, I managed to replace them with some lovely begonias, in a shade I haven't seen before.

And does anyone know how to keep birds away from plants without hurting them? Most of the fruits on my strawberry plants were damaged by birds, though the plant itself still survives.

I am on a quest to try and convince Sanada to get one of these, but he is quite stubbornly traditional and refuses to give in, despite me bribing him with ginseng oolong tea.

And also, I got a sponsor request by Nike, so I'll be jetting off to America in a week to take part in a photo shoot and formalise the contract with them. It should be pretty fun. I believe that Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are all sponsored by Nike as well, so I'll be doing a photoshoot with them, most likely.

~Yukimura

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