santoro slices and lobs his way to five sets

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The match of the 2007 U.S. Open‘s first week will likely be tonight’s five-set — that’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 — win by hometown hero James Blake over Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

The Frenchman is nicknamed “The Magician” for his shotmaking abilities; his arsenal of slices, lobs, and angles created by two-handed grips on both wings regularly frustrate his opponents (and have propelled him to Doubles Grand Slam titles on more than a few occasions).

Santoro is also known for his wacky Lacoste outfits — we’re talking almost Vince Spadea-level here. But for some reason it works on Fabrice (perhaps because it goes with his unconventional playing style).

FYI: His candy shirt from tonight’s match has been in his closet for most of this year (I remember seeing it on him as far back as Miami). It’s just a piece from the company’s casual collection (i.e., it’s not a Lacoste Sport polo).

Buy: Lots of folks are asking where they can get this shirt. Most retailers have already removed this from their inventory since it’s an item from a past season. Sadly, I have no other leads right now but I am still waiting to hear back from two people. If you can help us out, write me: tennisCBH AT gmail DOT com. Also, there are other companies who’ve produced similar styles. Artful Dodger, etc. You might be better off shopping that way.

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7 Responses to “santoro slices and lobs his way to five sets”

  1. Jon Says:

    Looks great. Yep, it totally works on him. Great personality on the tour, much needed funguy (see also: Djoke) in the midst of so many brooding types.

  2. Brett Says:

    I got to see my first live match last night and Santoro completely won over the crowd with this play and enthusiasm. I texted my wife as soon as I saw that shirt and told her that I needed one.

  3. Erwin Says:

    Brett: let me know if you or your wife hunts one down!

  4. butter Says:

    I had a similar tee when I was young! ahaha

  5. Dave Says:

    Was anyone successful in tracking down the shirt supplier/code?

  6. john Says:

    http://www.tennisnuts.com/ishop/677/shopscr5628.html

    Here is a link in the UK to buy the Lacoste shirt

    regards
    John

  7. Jason Says:

    i know this is a late response but how do i locate the shirt on the site?

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