Archive for July 8th, 2007

men’s doubles: clement and llodra roll in lacoste + trophy watch

July 8, 2007

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The clean whites of Lacoste got some more airtime today when Frenchmen Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra won the men’s doubles title over the Bryan brothers 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

A word on their trophy from Off the Baseline: “The Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship trophy is a silver challenge cup, which was presented to the All England Club in 1884 by the Oxford University Lawn Tennis Club who sponsored the original doubles play in 1879. The Gentlemen’s Doubles was played at Oxford University from 1879-1883 but moved to Wimbledon in 1884.”

Photos of Clement and Llodra after the cut…

(men’s) final thoughts + ralph lauren at wimbledon: a closer look

July 8, 2007

Whoa I hope you all caught as much of that final as you could. (For us West Coasters, it was hard getting up at 6 a.m. to watch it from the beginning. But even if you only caught the last set or two, you still got a treat.)

Everyone who’s saying that Roger is boring can start slowly shoving it; the man has character on the court (now that the rivalry is heating up). The U.S. Open will be juicy, since neither Federer nor Nadal get home court advantage…

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But before we get ahead of ourselves, we still have more Wimbledon to tackle. Polo Ralph Lauren and their ambassador to Wimbledon, Boris Becker, launched a temporary 24-hour interactive store for the fortnight. RL installed the same techonology in a New York store during last year’s U.S. Open.

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And here are more photos of the officials and ballkids from the tournament.

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Food for thought: the BBC does a quick look on theories behind uniform design.

Edit: And if you want to take these kits home with you, we got some additional pricing info from Telegraph: “The cost of the men’s ensemble (including jacket at £420; shirt £80; sweater £230; tie £50; trousers £175; sleeveless jumper £185; etc) is £1,765. With skirt and trouser options, the female official’s outfit is £1,915 and the ball boys and girls each wear £725 of kit.” Jesus Christ that’s expensive.

Edit #2: And Becker did put his money where his mouth is. From columnist Charles Sale in yesterday’s Daily Mail: “BORIS BECKER may have been paid around £250,000 to be Wimbledon ambassador for Ralph Lauren, which included ambush marketing on the BBC by appearing in a heavily branded jacket. But Becker liked the range enough to have spent more than £10,000 in the Bond Street store last week.”

(USA Today)

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fashion focus: novotna in nike

July 8, 2007

Ok here’s a quick clinic on how to dress appopriately for your age. Who’s the odd woman out?

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From left to right: that’s Helena Sukova and partner Jana Novotna beating Ilana Kloss and Rosalyn Nideffer in a women’s doubles exhibition match.

More photos of Jana after the cut…


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