Archive for September 4th, 2007

this is how you do it

September 4, 2007

Novak Djokovic downs Juan Monaco 7-5, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-1 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. One wore the adidas Summer YOC Polo in white/blue/orange, and the other wore the shirt in the red/yellow/white colorway. Same shirt, different colors.

Hmmm, Nike: are you paying attention?

(photos by Getty Images)

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bethanie mattek: it’s finally over!

September 4, 2007

You know when you watch those horror movies and you think the villain’s dead but he’s really not, and he’s just laying still long enough to lull the victims into letting their guards down before he strikes again?

Fashion JUGG-ernaut Bethanie Mattek has done the exact same thing to my eyes at this year’s U.S. Open. I thought we’d gotten rid of her after the loss to Peer in singles, but I forgot that she was in the doubles draw with Sania Mirza.

Their second-round match found Mattek flaunting her latest Bebe Sport outfit, this time an ensemble more conservative than her golden disaster (but still low-cut enough to give this ballkid a peek). They defeated second seeds Lisa Raymond and Sam Stosur 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.

And today she wears this.

I. have. no. more. words. Mirza looked good in red Lotto, but Mattek comes out wrapped in a dead leopard. They went down to the Taiwanese team of Yung-Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang 3-6, 6-3, 4-6.

With the loss, the Bebe dresses have taken stakes through the heart. And then got pushed into a vat of molten lava. The fight is over. Good riddance. (Do you agree? Tell us.)

(photos via Getty Images)

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short balls: mardy’s fans, prince nabs isner, and other u.s. open bits

September 4, 2007

We all don’t have our J-Blocks: Here’s fun story of how a college student became part of Mardy Fish‘s cheering section (“Mardy’s Party”?) at the 2003 U.S. Open.

Center Court muzak: Nole Djokovic enjoyed yet another perk of playing the main stage at the U.S. Open. (TNYO)

Sightings: Celebrities might have sheets with threadcounts larger in number than your weekly paycheck, but they love tennis as much as you do. In the past week, Michael Musto interviewed folks about fashion, Gavin Rossdale sat next to Mirka during the Federer-Isner match, while Collin Farrell, Martha Stewart, Newt Gingrich, and the fashionistas from night one all took in some matches.

Prince holds court: Racquet maker Prince announced its addition of John Isner to their stable of players. While this move is a boost for the company (and sales numbers this year are their highest for the decade), Darren Rovell points out that “the very top players who don’t currently use the racket are scared to switch” and they can’t fake their endorsement (i.e., by stencilling Prince’s logo on another brand’s strings) because the O3‘s structure is unique.

Party like it’s fashion week: The annual Hall of Fame Legends Ball holds its own at Cipriani on September 7 (right in the middle of fashion week). Along with toasting this year’s inductees, they’ll also honor Andre Agassi with the Eugene L. Scott Award. (Tennis Week)

(photo via Hansen Report)

“dangerous” to whom?

September 4, 2007

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting a little sick of hearing commentators use the word “dangerous”? As in: “This guy is a really dangerous player,” or “She’s a really dangerous floater in the draw.”

Here’s my beef: clearly “dangerous” is a subtext for “this player could wipe out a seed,” and that could be disastrous. Why? Well, it would mean there’s one less popular player in the draw; and the following round’s match-up might not have the same buzz (Masha vs. Peer sounds better than Radwanska vs. Peer, right?), which would adversely affect ratings. That, in turn, could lead to losing ad revenue and even whole accounts, which could lead to admen/women losing out on performance bonuses.

So let’s just agree that when a commentator calls someone a “dangerous” player, they’re just saying that some ad wonk won’t be getting a flat screen upgrade if said player wins.

Michael Shaw is currently following the Open from his couch on the West Coast.

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lacoste and roddick vs. nike and darth federer

September 4, 2007

Texan Andy Roddick heads into his U.S. Open quarterfinal match against Roger Federer with a 1-13 losing record.

This week, Andy added a darker version (above) of his Lacoste Short Block Polo. I prefer this colorway over the white version he debuted earlier this fall. If Roger wears his “Darth Federer” get-up to the quarters, it’ll be an all-black affair.

Flashback: The two last met at the semis of the Aussie Open, with Roger emerging victorious with a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 win (in 83 minutes). After the win, Mirka went up to the World No. 1 and said, “Darling, you are a maniac.” Haha, I can’t picture her saying that. (quote from Quest for Perfection: The Roger Federer Story; New Chapter Press, $24.95)

Other Lacoste: The French clothier don’t exactly innovate with their clothes, but we liked what we saw:

Richard Gasquet got his own shirt.

While Michael Llodra, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, and Sebastien Grosjean all wore the standard issue. (If Nike‘s looked like this, none of us would be griping, right?)

On the women’s side, Alize Cornet, Tatiana Golovin, Emilie Loit, and Camille Pin all competed in pieces from the polka-dotted and cerise-themed Fall ’07 Women’s Sport collection.

What do you think of Lacoste’s U.S. Open clothes? Tell us!

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davydenko quietly through to the quarters

September 4, 2007

Russian Nikolay Davydenko is on course to defend his semifinal appearance at last year’s U.S. Open. The fourth seed, who’s current claim to fame is being tied to a gambling scandal, yesterday beat Korean Hyung-Taik Lee 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round.

(He’ll face Tommy Haas in the quarters, and potentially R-Fed in the semis.)

Fashion focus: For this fornight, Kolya’s wearing a white kit from Airness. Nice and simple. No big cougars printed on his shirt. We love it.

fashion focus: tommy haas + limited

September 4, 2007

James Blake‘s U.S. Open hopes has been dashed yet another year. (I’m beginning to think of him as our Tim Henman.) German Tommy Haas beat Blake 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4). Yep, a fifth set tiebreak.

FYI: Tommy, in Limited Sports, wore a monogrammed cap. Blake, of course, was in Nike.

Two things:

1) Early in the match, the tempermental German ran down a drop shot (one of many effective ones) from Blake and almost ran into the players’ chairs while doing so. He proceeded to gripe to the chair ump about how close the chairs were to the court. He’s getting beat up by Blake and all he can think about is interior decorating. Hilarious.

2) At the end of the match, both players had to wait as Blake challenged Haas’ service ace. I don’t like how these challenges interrupt (or subdue) post-match celebrations. Having the ump reverse a match point is one thing, but using up your challenges “just because you can” is another story.

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JNP’s eighth day: juniors and the bondarenkos

September 4, 2007

Photo: The Bondarenko sisters on the practice court. That’s Alyona giving me a look. (She smiled at me later so we were cool for sure.) Kateryna‘s digging for water.

Pretty slow day today, but I happened to get a good look at some young talent (the U.S. Open Juniors tournament started yesterday):

Polona Hercog — this Slovenian is a big and powerful all-court player; hits the ball deep.

CoCo Vandeweghe — a highly-regarded young junior out of Southern California.

Jessica Moore — the Australian has a small build but a big game. (She took out third seed Madison Brengle in the first round of the juniors tourney; she lost to Lucie Safarova in the first round of the main draw.)

Ksenia Pervak — the fifth seed is great, but needs to learn how to finish matches (she gave up three games in the second set to a much less developed girl).

TSF contributor JNP is in New York reporting from the U.S. Open trenches. He’s been checking in with us everyday. Read his previous posts here. And our U.S. Open coverage here.


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