Archive for July 23rd, 2007

trophy watch: pan-am games, mercedes cup, countrywide, etc.

July 23, 2007

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This week’s trophy watch. Read on…

short balls monday

July 23, 2007

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A Roger of superhuman proportions: The Nike Pro figures of Roger Federer, Ronaldino, and Kobe Bryant (all designed by Michael Lau) are on sale. Each set of three will set you back 3,500 euros, but all the proceeds will go to charity. Check out Sold Out to purchase. (via Hypebeast)

Le sigh: Kolya Davydenko crashes out of the first round in Croatia, his third first-round defeat in three weeks. Like Chris and I were saying, if he doesn’t rack up the points now, he’ll be out of the picture by November (since he likely won’t defend Paris)…

A blog to watch: I just ran across commentator Ted Robinson‘s blog at MediaZone. Add it to your bookmarks.

A fresh take: Los Angeles (and semifinal Saturday at the Countrywide Classic) as described to TennisWorld readers by a South Bay resident (and a Trojan). I must defend the geographic placement of UCLA (“located smack-dab in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in LA”): the university was built even before the ‘hoods got expensive. And really, you should see what our bum situation is like — we can’t ignore grit even if we wanted to (it stares us right in the face). One more thing: it’s not like USC is one with the masses. Their whole campus is gated off, which doesn’t say much for being “connected” to the working poor. That, and all the kids who attend USC live in the Palazzo complex or those 2,500-a-month lofts downtown. /rant

I guess I’m not the only one fired up: One of Tennis.com’s summer interns, Nick McCarvel, laments the loss of tennis on YouTube and wants it back now. He even brings John Mayer into the picture.

Lindsay checks in about her hibernation: Lindsay Davenport‘s return is generating some good buzz. Read up on what she was up to while pregnant. Fun facts: she’s friends with Gwen Stefani, and she won’t put a racquet in son Jagger’s hands. (via TennisWorld)

Enrique on Anna: After months of publicity for charity, K-Swiss, and exhibition matches wherein Anna Kournikova had to answer questions about her boyfriend Enrique Iglesias, the tables have turned: the mole-less songbird talks to CNN/SI’s Richard Dietsch about his thoughts on her career. (via DTL)

SEWTA catches up: You know it’s a slow time for the tour as they finally get around to gloating about Serena and Masha making the Forbes Celebrity 100 list published a month ago. (SEWTA via DTL)

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on reeboks, stan smiths, and ted bakers

July 23, 2007

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Yep, more shoes

Let’s not forget: The Countrywide Classic honored legend (and three-time winner) Stan Smith with an award after Saturday’s semi between James Blake and Hyung-Taik Lee. Too bad no one stayed around for the ceremony. The stands were practically empty, ESPN2 had packed up their cameras, and commentators Patrick McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale were nowhere to be seen. It would have been smarter to hand him the award before the start of the Blake match. (Or, to have the announcer say, “we’re handing an award to Stan Smith” instead of a cryptic and sales-y “stick around for a very special ceremony”.) Is this any way to treat a legend with an adidas shoe named after him?

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Flashback — the Alife Pump: Cool Hunting and Hypebeast were all over the release of the special Reebok/Alife collaboration called The Ball Out that tennis-ized one of their classic styles (all it takes is green felt). The limited edition of 48 pairs sold in February 2006.

Been there, done that: Which isn’t to be confused with Airwalk‘s attempt at the same style back in 1995.

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Addicted to grass: Forget Paul Smith for a sec and turn your attention to Ted Baker, who came out with a Wimbledon-inspired shoe, the Grip Basket, complete with tennis balls detail (sole) and grass print (!) on the insole. (via Down the Line!)

shoes, shoes, and more shoes: tretorn

July 23, 2007

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Tretorn returns: Swedish designer Acne Jeans partner with the shoe company to update Bjorn Borg‘s classic ’70s on-court sneakers, this time called Acne Jeans Stroll Mid Canvas ($175) and the Stroll Low Canvas ($145). The shoes are lined with Oxford shirt material and available in electric blue, navy, white, and black. During the redesign, Acne even took inspiration from an old Chinese military sneaker found at a vintage store in New York City. (via Refinery29)

Buy: Shop the Acne + Tretorn shoes at the Acne website. Other Tretorn styles available at the Tretorn website. My picks:

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For the men, the Nylite Sommar Sail (made with recycled sail), the Skagenröra (based on a Swedish appetizer — SHRIMP ON SHOES!!!!!! BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!), and the Vindkraft Leather.

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For the women, the T-56 Metallic and the Tretorn Hockeyboot Paninari. (Read about the Paninaro movement here.)

In print: Kenneth in the (212)’s latest ad watch even grabs a Tretorn ad.

How it all started (again): Back in 2004, the Sweden-based Puma subsidiary (acquired in 2001) established Tretorn Gullwing, a division that reissued their classic sneakers and a new line of rubber boots. The original Tretorn company was established in 1891. (Business Wire)

Fashion trivia: Borg started out in Fred Perry and in Tretorns, but moved onto the Fila stripes and Diadoras for the latter part of his tennis career. (via MTF)

Thanks to Down the Line! for reminding me to finish this post…

For the love of the sport (and shirtless men), don’t shut the doors!

July 23, 2007

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No press in the U.S. Open locker rooms: First the USTA started a campaign to systematically take down every single U.S. Open-related clip on YouTube — a bad move for a sport still struggling to gain mainstream popularity (why miss out on the chance to go viral?) — and last week they added another barrier between athlete and public by barring press from the locker rooms at this year’s tournament.

Instead, reporters will get to chat with players in their dining hall. Hopefully this won’t adversely affect the news, because coverage of tennis in mainstream media is laughable enough as it is…

But hey, at least we have Nole footage from the Roland Garros locker room. Cherish it while it lives in the internet.

(Sports Business Journal)

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