Archive for September 9th, 2007

masha licks her wounds in bryant park, nole’s box

September 9, 2007

Maria Sharapova hung around in New York this week even though she made a quick exit as she tried to defend her 2006 U.S. Open title.

So she spent today making the rounds, first stopping by Bryant Park for Fashion Week.

She took in Peter Som‘s show, likely wearing something of his design; not sure. We love the peep-toe pumps, though! That’s Peter on the right.

Then she also sat front row at the Michael Kors show which started not too soon after. She was carrying a pretty cute clutch.

And to cap off her afternoon she joined the Djokovic camp in the player’s box for today’s final against Roger Federer. All the folks were wearing adidas‘s Summer YOC Polo in the white/red/blue colorway, which is also Serbian colors. Maria and fellow Nole guest Robert De Niro opted not to wear the shirts.

JNP wonders what this cameo means, and so does the press. They asked Nole about it after the finals match:

Q. Maria Sharapova was in your box and also Robert De Niro. What are those two relationships with you? Somebody had to ask.

Read Novak’s answer and the follow-up questions after the cut.

separated at birth: r-fed and liza

September 9, 2007

From today’s U.S. Open men’s final:

On the right is Roger Federer clad in all-black Nike as he goes against Serbian Novak Djokovic. On the left, Liza Minnelli performs God Bless America to open the match. Only she could pull off singing that song in a seductive pose. Are we in a cabaret?

ten things JNP learned from the open

September 9, 2007

Now that the 2007 U.S. Open is over, I offer you a list of ten things I learned from this year’s Slam (and watching today’s final between Roger and Nole):

  1. A mentally stable Justine Henin is one step above every other woman in the sport. It’s actually not even close as we saw in the finals against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
  2. Evian water is making a shit load of money.
  3. Jim Courier is supreme compared to Dick Enberg and Tracy Austin.
  4. Aretha Franklin rules; Liza Minelli scares children.
  5. Where is Trump? I saw David Stern at the finals, but no Donald. Did I miss him?
  6. Nike needs new designers — Tinker Hatfield or adidasStella McCartney come to mind.
  7. Patrick McEnroe and John McEnroe need to stop talking about the Davis Cup, especially during the middle of the most important tennis tournament in the universe.
  8. Golf is not a sport; Roger Federer plays a sport.
  9. Davenport, Clijsters, and Mauresmo are missed.
  10. Are Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic an item? I wonder what Yuri thinks about this…

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.

fashion: lacoste’s spring 2008 RTW collection

September 9, 2007

The current iteration of New York Fashion Week marks a special occasion for Lacoste: the French clothing company — whose tennis sponsorship stable includes Andy Roddick, Richard Gasquet, Arnaud Clement, and the eccentric stripes of Fabrice Santoro — turns 75 this year.

Creative director Christophe Lemaire acknowledges this milestone by assembling a Spring 2008 ready-to-wear collection which proves that “he does have what it takes to update a classic”. Critics were on him for dilly-dallying with flashiness in past seasons.

Lemaire harnessed influences from Lacoste’s tennis club birthplace in 1930’s Basque country, opening the show with white blazers trimmed with red and black (we love that cummerbund). He chose an off-white crocodile emblem to give the pieces the brand’s traditional mark.

Click here to see the rest of the collection — make sure to tell us what you think!

(more…)

party watch: tennis legends ball

September 9, 2007

The International Tennis Hall of Fame toasted this year’s inductees with a party at Cipriani on Friday night.

That’s Vic Seixas (who? read up!) with Puma muse Guillermo Vilas; Jim Courier also makes an appearance.

More photos after the cut…


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