Archive for August 28th, 2007

fashion focus: roger’s nike bag?

August 28, 2007

I’ve heard through the grapevine that this bag above is what Roger Federer‘s using to lug around all his tennis goods for the 2007 U.S. Open. (I haven’t seen it in person… can anyone confirm?)

The black bag (with a blue swoosh) is similar to the what R-Fed used at Wimbledon. Great colorway, but I would have preferred it in a matte finish.

What do you think of the bag? Tell us!

(photo via Midwest Sports)

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JNP’s day two wrap

August 28, 2007

No big upsets today at the U.S. Open, but we did see some good tennis. James Blake won sweating a bit 7-6 6-3 7-6, and David Nalbandian won his match 7-5, 7-6, 7-6. Andy Roddick won his night match against Justin Gimelstob. It was a little awkward having Justin interview Andy right after his loss, but it shows that Justin is grace under pressure as a commentator.

On the women’s side Dani Hantuchova was upset by veteran Julia Vakulenko. Julia took the match in the third set (winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-1).

Who’s hot:

  • Maria Sharapova
  • Martina Hingis
  • Shahar Peer
  • Ivan Ljubicic
  • Donald Young
  • Ahsha Rolle

Big Upset Call: I say Aravane Rezai over Ana Ivanovic.

TSF contributor JNP is in the trenches and checking in with us everyday.

fashion focus: volandri in armani… on the court

August 28, 2007

It’s too bad 29th seed Filippo Volandri lost to Frenchman Michael Llodra 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 in the first round of this year’s U.S. Open. At least the Italian crashed out in style; he partnered with Emporio Armani for the duration of the tournament, agreeing to wear a well-tailored red t-shirt from the company’s EA7 sportswear line.

What do you think of the shirt? Tell us!

This isn’t the first time Volandri’s flirted with fashion on the court. At this year’s Wimbledon he wore a simple-yet-cute Dolce & Gabbana shirt. (He got booted early there, too.) And he’s modeled for Armani before.

Perhaps he’s just getting ready to shake off the too-bland Sergio Tacchini. They can’t handle sponsoring a mod Italian!

Here’s a close-up of the EA7 logo (and I guess Volandri’s nipple).

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bethanie mattek shines

August 28, 2007

That’s Bethanie Mattek playing her first round match at the 2007 U.S. Open. This shiny gold dress is relatively tame for her (she once wore an argyle cowboy hat on court), but in a good way. It’s a great balance between letting out her inner Elton John and dressing like the other great tennis fashion icons.

Update: All of Mattek’s four Open outfits are from the Eva Longoria-endorsed Bebe Sport collection. (The Star-Ledger)

What do you think of her gold get-up? Tell us!

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making the cut

August 28, 2007

Michael Shaw shares his memories of the U.S. Open’s qualifying tournament

Ten years ago, Aussie Pat Rafter won the U.S. Open men’s title, defeating Canadian-turned-Brit Greg Rusedski in four sets. Though Rafter was known as a very talented player and received ample attention going into the Open that year, he certainly wasn’t among the favorites. Frequently self-aggrandizing commentator John McEnroe made the mistake of calling Rafter a “one slam wonder” after his win. Rafter responded by dominating the following year’s summer hardcourt season, taking titles in Montreal and Cincinnati before winning his second Open title (over Mark Philippoussis). As it turned out, those two U.S. Opens were Rafter’s only slams, though he did make the finals of Wimbledon, also in consecutive years. This past summer he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

As the landscape of the game has shifted over the last decade, it’s highly plausible that Rafter will be the last unheralded player to win a men’s slam title. OK — if not that, then at least the last winner of a Slam who had at some point in his career played in the qualifying of the same event. In 1993, during Rafter’s first year with a full schedule on the tour (he turned pro in 1991), I was able to see him play the qualies — the tournament of 128 players competing for 16 spots in a tournament’s “main draw”.

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roger’s u.s. open shoes: a closer look

August 28, 2007

I (heart) NY: More from New York Magazine’s coverage of the 2007 U.S. Open, this time a close-up of Roger Federer‘s shoes.

Nike continues with style from Wimbledon (photo) but switches to a white/silver/blue colorway to match Roger’s blue polo. They used black for the monogram and red for the three marks on each shoe (that’s one mark one for each U.S. Open title Roger has won so far).

What do you think of his shoes? Tell us!

(photo via New York‘s Daily Intelligencer)

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around the u.s. open grounds: dominik hrbaty

August 28, 2007

Dominik Hrbaty serves it up FRESH at the Open

2007 U.S. Open: We’ve been watching the qualies, practice sessions, talking to coaches, photographers, and everyone else out here… Not that many big upsets on Day 1, but some good matches took place on Monday. Americans Donald Young and John Isner won their first round matches, leading me to think at least one of them will make a run to the quarters. Tommy Haas also won.

On the women’s side Henin and Jankovic won their matches in straight sets. Caroline Wozniacki (who played in the juniors last year) won her first round showdown with Tzipora Obziler in three sets. Also Ahsha Rolle upset Tatiana Golovin under the Louis Armstrong stadium lights.

Look for the Day 2 wrap tonight and stay tuned for more pics.

TSF contributor JNP is in trenches and checking in with us everyday.

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