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flashback: nike’s summer ’07 heritage collection (plus a puma bonus)

July 10, 2007

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While Nike was showering Roger Federer with all sorts of fancy clothes at Wimbledon, they quietly put together a Roger line for the Nike Heritage collection. The logo: a crest with three crowns representing his three U.S. Open titles (you can sorta make it out in that center pic). The collection includes a track jacket, a cap, polo shirts, and reversible shorts (pictured). Click here to see the detail on the back of the Dri-fit tee.

Buy: As usual, you can check out Tennis Warehouse.

Bonus (NSFW) round: Photographer Ryan McGinley — one of our faves — produced a video for Puma Mobility, the clothier’s shout-out to urban bicycle riders. View the clip here, and the collection here. (via V magazine)

champions dinner + venus rosewater dish

July 10, 2007

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With their Tbags (that’s “tennis boyfriends and girlfriends”) in tow, Roger Federer and Venus Williams were among those toasted at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner held in London’s Savoy Hotel. Also in attendance were runner-up Marion Bartoli and lovebirds mixed doubles champions Jelena Jankovic and Jamie Murray.

About the Savoy: See pictures of this Art Deco hotel (which opened in 1889) here.

Trophy watch: From Off the Baseline’s Wimbledon Fact File — “The Ladies’ Singles Trophy is a silver salver, 18 ¾-inches (sic) in diameter, referred to as the ‘Rosewater Dish’ or ‘Venus Rosewater Dish’. It was first won by the Champion when the challenge round was introduced in 1886.” The dish is a replica of an electrotype by German artist Caspar Enderlein of a pewter piece called The Temperantia by Frenchman Fracois Briot (did you catch all that?).

Photos from the party: Bartoli, Jankovic, Jankovic with Murray, Roger with girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec, Venus with boyfriend Hank Kuehne, Roger and Venus with their trophies.

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short balls: nike online and in print, roger’s on-court meltdown, a taste of bud, etc.

July 10, 2007

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Nike in print: A recent issue of Arena Homme Plus goes behind the scenes of Terry Richardson‘s photo shoot for this Nike campaign by W+K Studio. Tennis players included in the shoot were Maria Sharapova and (I believe) Roger Federer.

Bonus round: The issue also has a great editorial based on John Galliano‘s fall 2007 show. Some NSFW photos here. (via Made in Brazil)

Nike on video: The newest ad that opens the Nike website is a tribute to 11-time Grand Slam titleist Federer. A surprisingly humorous Tiger Woods voices the piece. I guess the stone-cold best friends are finally showing a range of emotions, eh?

Roger? Emoting?: None of you missed the post-victory sobfest, but you might have missed Federer falling apart in the hands of Hawk-Eye during Sunday’s match. Mark Hodgkinson of the Telegraph recaps:

Federer, a tennis conservative, has always been against the introduction of Hawk-Eye, and he was as angry as he had ever been on Centre Court when an ‘out’ call on one of Nadal‘s shots was successfully challenged by the Spaniard in the fourth set. The Hawk-Eye replay suggested that the ball had hit the baseline; Federer thought otherwise. It was then that Federer asked umpire Carlos Ramos whether the machine could be turned off. Ramos declined but also seemed to suggest that he had thought the ball had landed long.

The Hawk-Eye review gave Nadal a break point, which he converted for a 3-0 lead, and Federer continued to complain during the change of ends. “How in the world was that ball in? S***. Look at the score now. It’s killing me, Hawk-Eye is killing me,” the Swiss said. So, a system which was introduced to prevent McEnroe-style rants at officialdom actually left one of the sport’s gentlest champions fuming.

Hometown girl: adidas by Stella McCartney will present its spring/summer 2008 at London Fashion Week. McCartney plans to close Fashion week with a special event (but not a runway show) on September 20. Maria Kirilenko — Stella’s tennis muse — must be ecstatic!

Have you tasted Bud?: For those of you unfamiliar with the print work of journalist and former (le sigh) NBC Sports member Bud Collins, here’s his latest article in The Boston Globe.

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