Archive for April, 2007

navratilova receives glaad award

April 17, 2007

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Photo from GLAAD

Martina Navratilova received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at last Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

The media nonprofit did a good job getting A-list TV stars to attend (photos via Just Jared here), including castmembers from Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives (very ABC-centric), plus a smattering of others, including Eva Mendes, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, and former Miss Universe Dayana Torres, whose Edward Lucero-designed dress my friends obsessed about — up close and personal — at a WeHo bar later that evening.

A few tidbits from the ceremony, via Planet Gossip:

Lance Bass, on [presenting to Martina]: “When I came out in People magazine, she wrote a letter to the editor calling me courageous.”

[Martina], after watching a video retrospective of her career: “Those hairstyles! Sanjaya has nothing on me—but at least I can play tennis.”

The Stephen Kolzak Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.

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the graf-agassi machine

April 16, 2007

graf and agassi at the Ivy

The publicists for Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are working double-time, and their work is clearly paying off.

Save for yesterday’s on-court goof — and even that had a silver lining (Agassi and Graf were in town filming a segment for The Big Give) — press coverage of the couple has generally been favorable.

First there was news of the $5 million memoir and sold-out Idaho resort development.

Then they followed that up with a sweet but totally fluffy piece on Good Morning America. (Video here, transcipt here.)

As the Q rating goes back up, the paparazzi go in for the kill. People published a photo of the whole family in their April 9 issue. (via Celebrity Baby Blog)

And Just Jared posted photos from a dinner the two had at the Ivy in London. Look at Steffi’s outfit! yowza.

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sharapova update: new tv ads, clothes from nike, etc.

April 16, 2007

Lots of Maria Sharapova bits on the interwebs from the last few weeks…

maria-sharapova-gatorade1.jpg– Adding insult to right shoulder and left hamstring injury: the Body Mass Index (BMI) categorizes Maria as obese.

– Her April 11 doodle refers to a new commercial for the “Make Every Shot a Powershot” campaign. The ad will make its debut at the French Open. (Photos from the shoot available here.)

– And speaking of ads, her first ad with Gatorade (an endorsement deal announced at the beginning of this year) started rotation. Element 79 Partners shot the ad in Costa Rica. It uses melodies from the song “Maria” in the West Side Story. (Click here to watch the ad.)

– On her recent design meeting with Nike: “We basically sit around on couches, with magazines and architectural books piled up on the floor and brainstorm ideas…There is always a story behind everything they do or create… Our goal for that meeting was this year’s US Open…..after last year’s dress there’s a lot of pressure on creating something even more amazing…”


As a refresher, here are the dresses from the U.S. Open 2006; from left to right: her day dress, the bolero, the bolero from the back, her little black dress, and from the lbd from the back.

(Photos from the Masha Picture Thread at WTAworld.com)

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valencia: the trophy + fashion show photos

April 16, 2007

Nicolas Almagro took this trophy home after defending his title in Valencia. Wesley Moodie and Todd Perry, the doubles winners, received the same. (via Yahoo! Sports)

And here are photos from the fashion/style show (sponsored by American Crew) at the tournament:

Creepy.

(via Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana)

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Bjorn Borg recycles. So should you.

April 15, 2007

The Wimbledon master loves, loves, LOVES his striped sweater. He wore it while promoting his London underwear model search last month, and got cozy with it watching McEnroe play Wilander.

You’d think someone who owned his own clothing line would use this opportunity to push variety. But I guess there’s something to be said about promoting a sense of habit. And anti-consumerism. A sweater, in the end, can be worn more than once in public. Cheers to you, BB.

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tattoo watch: venus williams follow-up

April 15, 2007

In case you were keeping track, the tattoo that we showed you yesterday — on Venus Williams‘ left arm — was non-existent in today’s Family Circle Cup final against Jelena Jankovic.

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women’s purses getting smaller?

April 13, 2007

Normally, it would need to fit a couple of tennis rackets. Perhaps a change of clothing. Maybe a banana.

But all functionality flew out the window at this week’s Family Circle Cup. Take a look at what Venus and Serena brought off the court.

What to make of this Har-Tru trend? Are these women getting valet service for their gym bags? If so, it was clearly a perk not provided for everyone; even Charleston darling Patty Schnyder had to schlep her own bags to the locker room.

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(temporary) tattoo watch: venus williams

April 13, 2007

Here’s a photo from today’s quarterfinal match between Venus Williams and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Look at the inside of her upper arm. What is that tattoo? All I know is that it’s temporary; it wasn’t there yesterday.

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the cyantists

April 12, 2007

Cyan, teal, aqua, aquamarine. Whatever name you wish to call it, that light shade of blue/green was out in force this week.

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From left to right: Davide Sanguinetti (Houston), Marion Bartoli in Nike (Family Circle Cup), Rafael Nadal in Nike (Mallorca), and David Nalbandian in Yonex (Mallorca).

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(OT) A step in the right direction

April 12, 2007

navratilova subaru ad A New York Times article debunks some car owner stereotypes — specifically, the one associating Miatas and Mini Coopers with the gays.

The conclusion? While we can afford two-seaters (no kids) and more expensive monthly payments (again, no kids), at the end of the day, we end up buying the same cars as everyone else.

…which isn’t to say that you won’t see the occasional blue Miata speeding down the main drag of your local Boys’ Town, its presence announced by the Deborah Cox song blaring from the speakers…

…which isn’t to say we aren’t grateful for Subaru: they led the pack of car manufacturers with direct advertising to gay consumers. Martina Navratilova began endorsing the brand in 2000. Other car companies have followed suit.

(via Gay Market News)

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if a tree falls in the forest…

April 12, 2007

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photo from the Davis Cup Photo Gallery

The post-Davis Cup coverage of the U.S. team has been generally favorable. The Blakes got their due, Bob Bryan got his two cents in, and now we know that the NetHeads have nothing to do with the internet (or your school’s cafeteria, for that matter).

But I should point out this article from The Huffington Post that left a bitter taste in my mouth. After the tie, the Spaniards hung out with tennis fans at the Marriott where both teams were staying, but the U.S. players were nowhere to be found. Tsk, tsk. The “wham, bam, thank you, ma’am” approach is no way to treat your fans.

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new banner – maria matryoshka dolls

April 11, 2007

I put up a new banner on the main page. Make sure to check it out.

I grabbed it from tammyloh’s flickr.

Banner archive here.

best of davis cup fashion, quarterfinal ties

April 11, 2007

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Best dressed: Against the U.S. in Winston-Salem, Feliciano Lopez wore a Nadal-esque red and yellow Nike ensemble that put Spanish colors to good use. Extra points for leaving the pirate pants at home.

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Best team uniform: The blues and yellows of Team Argentina (against Sweden). Juan Martin del Potro and Guillermo Canas show hints of blue, while David Nalbandian goes all out, adding the yellow. Clockwise, from top left: Martin del Potro, Nalbandian, Nalbandian and Canas.


Honorable mention: The tried but true warm-ups of the Russian Team. A carryover from last year. From left to right: Andreev, Youzhny, Safin, Davydenko, and team captain Shamil Tarpishchev.

Total boo: the utter chaos that was the Russian on-court garb: Safin in green, Youzhny in blue, Andreev and Davydenko in black and white. ALL OVER THE PLACE.

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short balls: an american young’un, some french politics, and a belgian study

April 11, 2007

America’s future: With all this recent buzz surrounding Sam Querrey and Vania King, let’s not forget that not too long ago, we couldn’t stop talking about Donald Young. ESPN’s Bonnie DeSimone tells us what he’s been up to.

Political endorsements de rigueur: First Martina Navratilova, then Billie Jean King. Now, it’s Yannick Noah’s turn. Fresh from celebrating his son’s team’s victory over Ohio State, Yannick Noah jumps on the endorsement bandwagon for an upcoming presidential election in France. (via BBC News)

Some French trivia: In case you were wondering, Nicolas Escude‘s brother plays professional soccer. (via UEFA.com)

For those who don’t fear statistical data: A reassuring study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Sports Economics concludes that female tennis players don’t play any worse when the odds are against them to win (e.g., because of a lower ranking, or a bad head-to-head record). Makes sense. In fact, the women are likely playing better than usual, since they have nothing to lose.

And if you want even more reading: Consider today’s issue of Court Coverage, and an all-video post from Off the Baseline.

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brazil and canada played by the rules

April 10, 2007

You can always count on the Canadians to do things by the book. Very little of their on-court uniform at last weekend’s Davis Cup tie against Brazil (in Brazil) could confuse them for the locals:


Dancevic against the Brazilian, Melo; Polansky

Canadian colors all the way.


Daniel Nestor and Frederic Niemeyer; with costume change

And Brazil stuck to their colors:


Flavio Saretta; Guga Kuerten playing doubles with Andre Sa

If only all countries could follow in their footsteps.

p.s. Brazil won. It’s good to know that even if Guga doesn’t make it far in ATP tournaments, we’ll at least be seeing him at the next round of Davis Cup (barring injury, of course). Here they are, celebrating:



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davis cup: learn from the germans

April 9, 2007

Belgium and Germany went about their Davis Cup tie without much fashion oomph. The Rochus brothers, along with the rest of the Belgian team, chose to wear red (both on and off the court). The Germans chose a simple, utilitarian jacket, and Tommy Haas wore nothing special from his sponsor, Limited Sports.

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But, alas, there’s a diamond in the rough. Look at this wristband worn by German Alexander Waske:

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While not visible to people watching on TV — but Davis Cup ties aren’t televised anyway, so who cares? — the wristbands can easily be seen in photos. They’re customizable to each country’s flag, low cost, and can be worn off the court. What a great investment for raising the Davis Cup’s profile. All countries should make this a standard issue by the next round.

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Winner: Alas, a wristband cannot carry the weight of a country. The edge goes to the Belgians.

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davis cup: Great Britain vs. the Netherlands

April 9, 2007

This tie produced some high-quality tennis and some great storylines (including Greg Rusedski‘s retirement and the continued success of the Murray brothers in doubles), but the uniforms left something to be desired.

I wonder why the Brits decided to go with a muted black and white for their outfits, especially since their warm-ups had so much potential. At least they coordinated?

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(from left to right: Jamie Murray, Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, Andy Murray)

The Dutch didn’t dress any better, though I see potential with the blue and orange/gold. (See Robin Haase‘s shirt, middle photo.) Their homework for next year: take inspiration from the Netherlands’ coat of arms.

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(from left to right: Igor Sisjling, Robin Haase, Raemon Sluiter)

Dutch MVP: Robin Haase
British MVP: no MVP
Winner: The Brits wore the same colors — a de facto uniform — but the Dutch showed some color. It’s a draw.

sa watch (and guga watch) 2007

April 8, 2007

For at least four times a year (fingers crossed), my life as head of the Guga and Sa Watches 2007 get easier, when both players join up to play doubles for Davis Cup. Here they are, playing against the Canadians:

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Gustavo Kuerten (left) and Andre Sa

via Yahoo! Tennis

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amelia island: pretty in pink (and purple)

April 8, 2007

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The Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island brought out the pinks and purples. From left to right: Sybille Bammer in Erima, Nadia Petrova in Airness, Ana Ivanovic in adidas, and Tatiana Golovin in Lacoste.

(All four made it to the semis, with Petrova beating Bammer and Golovin–in her bumblebee outfit–edging Ivanovic in three.)

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lacoste: dot and dash follow-up

April 8, 2007

I have some more info about the Lacoste Dot and Dash sneakers:

A bit of history, as relayed to me by Mark Godwin at Lacoste Footwear: “The shoes both date back to 1983/1984. Both shoes have had their names changed for legal reasons since the 80’s; Dot was originally known as ‘Balsa’ and Dash as ‘Club’.”

Dash was designed as a clay court shoe. The chevron-shaped knobs in the sole–set at different levels–created a good anti-clogging system. The same sole design was manufactured with gum rubber, and worked well in indoor courts.

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But why is the pair with dots named Dash (and the one with suede dashes named Dot)? “When the shoes were first re-introduced in the late 1990’s they were re-named but somehow the shoe with the dots was named dash and vice-versa! We have stayed with these names for their re-launch.”

Simple as that.

Dot comes in white/green and white/red. Dash only comes in the off-white color.

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