Monday, February 06, 2006

Hair Apparent

Tommy Haas, top photo and above, right, and Xavier Malisse.
Jose Acasuso got his hair cut and then handed it to Nicolas Massau, right.
My crusade against male tennis players with long hair has taken yet another twist. Sure a nice haircut makes a player look way hotter, but could it be that a trip to the barber shop is actually good for the ranking?

Based on the results of two recently shorn players, the answer appears to be yes. Tommy Haas and Jose Acasuso each walked away with titles on the ATP Tour over the weekend, proving that a clean-cut player is a winning player.

But there's more to the theory than that. Both men defeated opponents who have continued to sport hair that is far bigger than their serves. Haas defeated Delay International defending champion and reigning ponytailed fatty Xavier Malisse in the final, while Acasuso defeated the local hero Nicolas Massu, Chile's answer to Kenny G. I think both runner-ups would be wise to ponder the future of their long locks.

I'm thinking a big win for Fernando Verdasco can't be far off ...

Fernando Verdasco: two faces of before and after.

  • Read: Haas beats Malisse to win Delray International
  • Read: Acasuso wins Vina del Mar open
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