Archive for September, 2007

dc: andreev appears in under armour, ditches reebok (thank god!)

September 22, 2007

Is the dawn of a new era? Russian Igor Andreev showed up for his Davis Cup rubber in an Under Armour kit — different from the Reebok stuff we usually see him wear (and not wear well, at that). His hair looks so much better under that buff compared to the cap, and I’m feeling this look on him.

Good riddance to Reebok. Speaking of — is it just me or can they not figure out how to design gear for male tennis players? Remember the scary shirt they made Andy Roddick wear a few years ago?

Scoreline: On Day 1 of Russia’s tie against Germany, Andreev took out Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

What do you think of Andreev in Under Armour? Tell us!

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in slovenia, golovin earns her stripes

September 22, 2007

Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin has had a lackluster summer and fall so far — she’s still feeling the effects of that horrible ’06 ankle injury, I imagine — but she’s definitely earned her stripes at this week’s Slovenia Open, where she’ll face Katarina Srebotnik in the finals after beating Vera Dushevina 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Tati’s wearing a striped tank from her clothing sponsor, Lacoste, who (as we know) doesn’t shy away from that pattern. They put a blue version of it on Camille Pin earlier this year, and of course we can’t forget the crazy candy shirt Fabrice Santoro wore in his match against Blake at the Open.

We’re glad to see that she’s replaced the crazy bracelets with a more utilitarian two-colored sweatband.

Good luck tomorrow, Tati!

fashion focus: federer’s red feet

September 21, 2007

How funny that it’s when Roger Federer plays Davis Cup that his shoes don’t have flags (see: U.S. Open, Wimbledon).

He wears his Nike Air Vapor IVs in the red/white colorway. The rest of his outfit had a similar Swiss flag theme.

DC: federer hits it out of the park yet again

September 21, 2007

Some people are annointing Roger Federer the best player of all time, while others are waiting for a Roland Garros win. Some find him boring; others, totally exciting. With his total awe of Laver, humble; in his dismissal of Althea Gibson, tacky.

In the end, though, it doesn’t matter how you cut the gruyère — there’s no question that this guy can put together an outfit.

Here’s Federer in his defeat of flagged Czech Radek Stepanek in Day 1 of the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs (in Prague).

Clothing sponsor Nike decked Roger out in a white bandana with red swoosh, a red wristband, and red Heritage Polo. They also included white shorts and a version of his Air Vapor IVs in a white/red colorway.

What do you think of this color on him? Tell us!

Too bad this is the only tie he’s playing through the end of the 2008 season. Instead, he’s focusing his energy on finding a way to beat Nadal at the French, and winning gold at the Beijing Olympics.

(photos via DC gallery and Getty Images)

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DC mishit: stepanek takes patriotism too far

September 21, 2007

World Group Play-offs: Czech Republic vs. Switzerland in Prague

Poor Radek Stepanek. Why is no one from the Czech Davis Cup team telling him that he should dress in the theme of the country’s flag, but not as the country’s flag itself?

(In his defense, Stepanek gets brownie points for trying. Y’all know how much TSF loves it when players wear their country’s colors.)

FYI: Click here if you don’t know what the Czech flag looks like.

Scoreline: Stepanek fell to his much better dressed Swiss opponent, Roger Federer, in four sets: 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5). Berdych won his rubber against Wawrinka, which puts the tie at 1-1 after the first day of play.

(photos via DC gallery and Getty Images)

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davis cup: djokovic is such a goofball

September 21, 2007

World Group Play-offs: Serbia vs. Australia in Belgrade

Here’s Novak Djokovic cheering on teammate Janko Tipsarevic, who went down to Australian Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 1-6. Such a goofball. God bless.

You don’t even know how many of my friends dream about having Nole shirtless and with his whole head covered like that. Ladies? This photo’s a keeper!

Scoreline: Janko lost, but Novak won. So after Day 1, the tie is at 1-1.

(photos via DC gallery)

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davis cup: who’s paying attention?

September 21, 2007

Who watches Davis Cup these days, anyway? Not many serious tennis fans, I imagine (especially ones who don’t subscribe to The Tennis Channel — no more ESPN freebies, I’m sad to say). Sure, you’ll check in on the results throughout the weekend, but watching actual games, let alone a set? Maybe if you’re killing time.

I’m not suggesting this weekend’s tie between the U.S. and Sweden is totally inconsequential (it actually does get old seeing Roddick and his mates get humiliated at some point on their way to the Cup). It’s just that Davis Cup has been skating on a sheet of half-assedness and mediocrity for some years now: top players (Federer, Nadal) play, then don’t play; they’re injured (Sweden’s Soderling for this tie, among many others on other national squads); the latest powerhouse team (Russia) isn’t made up entirely of “Russians” (Tursunov has lived in California for well over a decade; he actually tried to get a U.S. green card, and when it didn’t happen, he said: “OK, I’m playing for Russia.”)

Outside of doubles — which, other than the Bryans, has a low Q rating -– tennis is an individual sport: we as fans like that about it. You’re out there on your own. Davis Cup, so we surmise, is a team sport, even if there’s singles play. Guys sit on the sideline and cheer their teammates on, which is either really cool, or just a tad creepy, depending on your sensibility.

Speaking of creepy, the (Swedish — or do all teams do this??) ritual of exchanging gifts with their opponents on the eve of a tie takes quite a bit of the piss out of the competitive element: it finally and completely destroys the façade of battling warriors duking it out in the Coliseum.

Not to mention their fraternizing with each other as if the Davis Cup were an ongoing international rush…

Lastly, let’s not forget that the Davis Cup tie between Britain and Croatia will feature Tim Henman’s last professional match. One more time, then, and with feeling:

“Come on, Tim!”

(photos via Davis Cup)

Michael Shaw writes about tennis and other subjects for the Los Angeles Times, and is also an artist. He can be reached at michaelshaw_sar AT yahoo DOT com. Read his previous posts for TSF here.

photos from the adidas by stella mccartney s/s ’08 show

September 20, 2007

Photos from the adidas by Stella McCartney collection are up, folks.

She presented the clothes sans the traditional catwalk, instead creating outdoor scenes (pool, golf course, grassy area) where the models could show off the full range of athletic wear in action.

The tennis look is the one shown on the left. The bib front polo has puffed sleeves, and the belted skort looks like it might gather funny on the run (like last year’s Wimby dress). We’ll have to wait and see.

The bathing suit’s ho-hum, but the dress that goes with it. And Stella continues the cropped look with the sweatshorts and yellow hoodie, both of which scream “casual sporty”.

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fashion focus: kirilenko shines at sunfeast

September 20, 2007

Ok lest you think I eat, drink, sleep Maria Kirilenko‘s clothes, you can browse the archives and know that I am capable of discussing other players (and topics).

But she’s hitting good marks at the Sunfeast Open and it’s worth commending. First, she dressed up in a sari and looked great (note that she wore the appropriate footwear — sandals — unlike other fashion mavens who’ve tripped in this sitch).

Putting together outfits is clearly something she’s hip to. ”I follow fashion and always like to wear the latest styles. My favourite designer, of course, is [Stella] McCartney,” she told United News of India. ”I am honoured to be chosen to wear Stella’s creations. They are attractive, stylish and comfortable. It is nice if people find me attractive, but I want to be known for my tennis.”

So she brought back her f/w ’07 adidas by McCartney dress — which we ever-so-briefly saw at the U.S. Open — for this week’s tournament. Let’s hope she sticks around a little longer; as the fourth seed, she took out Ekaterina Ivanova 6-1, 6-4 in the second round (after a first-round bye).

For a mixed doubles exo with Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar, Kirilenko wore cute puffy shorts from the s/s ’07 collection.

fashion focus: adidas by stella mccartney – ss08

September 20, 2007

London Fashion Week closes out today with a show for adidas by Stella McCartney‘s spring/summer 2008 ready-to-wear collection.

Her event caps an exciting week that saw Luella Bartley present a collection after a six-year absence, and toasted Matthew Williamson‘s tenth year on the fashion scene.

Can’t wait to see what Stella comes up with. As usual, the collection will feature items for running, gym, yoga, tennis, swimming. It’ll also have dance gear (which she first addressed in her f/w ’07 collection).

Whatever tennis-related pieces we see are likely what’ll comprise (adidas-sponsored) Maria Kirilenko‘s outfits in 2008.

We will post pics once we get ‘em.

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a quick look at robby ginepri’s summer

September 19, 2007

Thanks to Lady Hooligan Kat for pointing out that Robby Ginepri hosted a Ladies’ Day last week at his Olde Town Athletic Club. Was anyone in Atlanta for this $100-per-person fundraiser?

A quick recap of Gineps’ summer hardcourt season: He lost to a recovering (from wrist injury) Andy Murray in Montreal…

…and followed it up with second-round loss to Augustin Calleri 4-6, 6-3, 5-7 at Pilot Pen…

…and then fell in the third round of the U.S. Open to Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6. (He also played doubles with Guga Kuerten.)

Bonus round: Robby on the practice courts in New York, barely in Under Armour. Enjoy!

(photos via Robby’s MTF page)

(ot) satc movie shoot started today!

September 19, 2007

I can’t wait to see the Sex and the City movie. They started shooting this morning.

I’m so excited.

(photo by New Line Cinema via E! Online)

short balls: hating hewitt, loving nole, hating nole, hating tiger, maybe roger, etc.

September 19, 2007

Did some autumn cleaning today, and this is what I cobbled together. Enjoy!

TNR on tennis’ resurgence: The sport’s made a revival in the U.S., and we have Roger — his white blazer, his black tuxedo shorts, and his No. 1 groupie/social chair Anna Wintour — to thank. Maybe Rafa, too. (ZooTennis)

Federer pulls his weight, or is he pulling a ‘Sharapova’?: The top Swiss player decides to help put his country’s Davis Cup team back in the World Group (he’s done so for the last two years). The problem is, he doesn’t play the rest of the year, rendering his rescue scheme useless. But the Swiss team will have to take what they can get (and like it): R-Fed will probably pass on 2008 rubbers to focus on winning that elusive French Open title and a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. (IHT)

Lleyton’s legacy: Australian Lleyton Hewitt might be cooling down as of late, but he’s the only tennis player to make Page 2’s “100 Players You Love To Hate“.

More Hewitt troubles: Lleyton drops out of the Top 20. So even with the change in surfaces at the 2008 Australian Open, this bump will likely not help his chances. Meanwhile, Australian TV show Today Tonight scrutinizes a $65,000 donation made by him and wife Bec to a Cambodian children’s organization.

Speaking of hate: In debating the greatest athlete of all time, Simon Barnes takes Federer besty Tiger Woods out of the running for not running at all. Who’s on top? Roger, of course.

Friendly like Federer: In this funny spoof by The Onion, Andy Roddick tries to emulate Federer by getting his own golf buddy: Phil Mickelson.

It’s not Hewitt anymore…: If Savannah ruled the roost, Novak Djokovic would have made it to that Page 2 “hate” list. The gripe? For one, his parents, Srdjan and Dijana, are overdoing the “a game only a mother could love” sentiment. (After the U.S. Open final, Diana “said that her son is ‘better’ than Federer and chalked up the defeat to a long season and inexperience.”) Why not make nice like Oracene and Snezana — just be respectful of your kid’s opponents?

Second, the impersonations. I personally thought they were entertaining, but a case can be made otherwise. Third, his injury “timeouts”. Fourth, his manipulation of the media and the tennis world, which has allowed him to throw racquets and squash water bottles with abandon (and without incurring warnings).

But we still love Nole: The latest issue of VMAN deems him a “most wanted”, along with bullfigher Miguel Abellan, and actors Jamie Dornan and Hugh Dancy (via Kenneth)

Moving at a faster Klip: Distributor Klip America — who handles U.S. accounts for Klipspringer, Sergio Tacchni, and Volkl-Boris Becker has arranged a $24 million financing deal to help boost its operations. (source: pdf)

Last U.S. Open round-up: I promise. This one’s from Pleats and Cleats. Check it out.

The gays and their tennis: In case we were confused about which rags to pick up at the newsstand… they made it easier last week. BTW, happy 40th anniversary to The Advocate! (Queerty via OTB)

A Stop in Sao Polo: The BlackRock Tour of Champions makes its way to South America (Sao Paolo) for the first time. The event will take place in late September, and hopes to nab Brazilian Guga Kuerten in future years. (Let him finish out his ATP career first — he’s not quite done!)

Dealing with the crazies: “In handwritten papers filed last week in U.S. District Court in Virginia, Jonathan Lee Riches claims that the tennis balls used at the recent U.S. Open in New York were comprised of ‘electrons and neutrons stolen from my head’ and that Venus and Serena Williams ‘told me they want to eat my head for supper.’ Riches also says he taught Venus to play table tennis in county jail.” (source)

(OT) Breaking down Brian Williams: My first anchorman love (sorry, Ryan Owens) bares all (some?) in this interview with mediabistro.com.

(OT) Sevigny at Opening Ceremony: the fashion icon recently released a women’s line. TSF’s sad that the men are shut out. But Eunice isnt. (via Refinery 29)

(OT) About typeface: A fun article in the New York Times about the typography landscape. And if you want to geek out, Helvetica, a typography documentary, is out on limited release.

nature edition: sania up the river + safin up (and down) a mountain

September 19, 2007

A promotional event for the Sunfeast Open had Sania Mirza playing a quick three-game match against Mahesh Bhupathi in a barge set up in the Hooghly River (she won 2-1).

The floating structure was framed between the Howrah Bridge and the Vidyasagar Setu, near Calcutta.

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen tennis played on boats. Monica Seles and John McEnroe hit a few on the Thames in June, 2004. And Volandri had an even crazier arrangement in Valencia.

(via rediff)


Caution: the thin air in high altitudes might induce you to wear red plaid shorts.

Safin’s Spirit Quest: a messed-up Marat Safin decided to sit out the rest of the year — withdrawing from Mumbai, Tokyo and Moscow — to nurse his left wrist and shake off a lackluster 2007. He planned to be back in time for TMS Madrid.

But of course, in true Safin fashion, the regrouping involved a month-long trek up Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest peak in the world.

An expert commented on the relative ease of hiking up this mountain: “We recommend ascent to Cho-Oyu for alpinists who have not any experience on eight-thousanders. Cho-Oyu is an ideal choice for mountaineers ready to test themselves on Tibetan giants, because climbing Cho-Oyu is not technical.” (atptennis.com via MTF)

But another post on his website today (via MTF) had him reassessing the rigors of the hike. Safin has decided to turn around and make the five-day descent. “In Moscow he will meet next week with Hernan Gumy and after a week recovering from the altitude, he is meant to start practising again in about 2 weeks time. The wrist is well rested and all being well he will hopefully play again in Madrid.”

(photo via maratsafin.com)

serena won’t be outdone…

September 19, 2007

serena - the kingdom - malandrino

Not to be outdone by the babes in Beijing and the cuties in Calcutta, Serena Williams put on a Catherine Malandrino for the red carpet premiere of The KingdomJamie Foxx‘s latest war movie — on Monday night in Westwood (gotta love it when the glass bricks of Diddy Riese become the backdrop).

Serena’s a big fan of the designer (she’s worn Malandrino’s bright, geometric-print dresses before); this time, she chose a silver empire waist halter and paired with it some strappy Christian Louboutins.

(via AllUrbanGossip)

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party pics: china open serves up the ladies

September 18, 2007

The top crop of ladies vying for the China Open title this week — Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Amelie Mauresmo (welcome back!), Elena Dementieva, Lindsay Davenport, and Martina Hingis — were all present at this promo event which had them clad in cheongsams (traditional Chinese dresses). All except for Lindsay, who was wearing her LBD. I wonder why?

This is the first off-court dress I’ve LOVED on Amelie. As usual, Jelena and Elena were looking good.

Best dressed award goes to Hingis, though. Maybe it’s the dress + the curly hair + devilish smile? Whatever she did, it worked!

Who do you think dressed best? Tell us!

(photos by O Sports)

style short balls: tennis week magazine, sunfeast fashion, hingis’ gear, agassi’s sandals, etc.

September 18, 2007

Back in the fray: IMG-backed Tennis Week Magazine furthers its makeover plans by announcing an eight-issue publication schedule for 2008 and a relaunch of its website (tennisweek.com) in November. The publication will be headed by Randy Master. TSF can’t wait to see the goods! (via marketwire)

Speaking of IMG: LAT reports that ex-HBO Chief Executive Chris Albrecht has been brought in to IMG to beef up domestic distribution of programming surrounding the agency-owned events (such as fashion weeks, sporting events, etc.).

[Insert slicing pun here]: This cute chopping board via hopehope.

Hingis decides on racquet: TSF doesn’t usually talk racquets, but it piqued our interest that Martina Hingis did not have a racquet sponsor for most of the summer — she played with an all-black demo (with a white grip) — but that has now changed. Per Stephanie Myles, Hingis is now playing with the Yonex RQiS 2.

PETA, Can You Hear Me?: Hingis owns up to owning a fancy chinchilla shawl. It’s cold in Switzerland, she says. (via Tennis Week)

(OT) Patrolling London: The Times‘ London Fashion Week coverage has this great bit on the eccentric men darting around at the shows.

Agassi flips out: Andre Agassi slapped Target with a lawsuit for continuing to market flip-flops with the Agassi name even after his reps had told the retailer to stop. The sandals, once sold under “Mossimo Agassi”, are now just Mossimo. (Buy the sandals.) (via sportsonesource.com)

Rebound Ace RIP: It makes sense (timing-wise) that the Australian Open’s courts are already being torn up in time for 2008’s first Grand Slam.

Speaking of effed up courts: Unlike the entire Serbian team, the clay courts used for the Davis Cup tie between Australia and Serbia (hosted in Belgrade) aren’t so hot.

Calcutta serves up a fashion ‘Feast: The Sunfeast Open in Calcutta rode into town a week after the latest India Fashion Week. And so to open this week’s tournament, the ladies participated in the Miss Players Fashion show on Sunday night. Maria Kirilenko, wore an evening dress from Wills Lifestyle. Other players who walked down the runway: Marion Bartoli, also in a black dress; Yaroslova Shvedova and Hana Smorova, both in capris and t-shirts; Sunitha Rao, dressed in red and white; Tara Iyer; Alexandra Wosniak; and Vania King.

Kirilenko’s photo: See a photo of Kirilenko in her black dress after the cut…

tennis’ clay soldiers headed to china + murray: “2007 was a wash; I’m ready for 2008″

September 18, 2007

The ATP will unveil terracotta models of the top eight players participating in the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup this November in Shanghai.

In the spirit of the clay soldiers buried with Emperor Qin in 209 B.C., French artist Laury Dizengremel plans to spend three days sculpting each of the faces.

(I drew a line here wondering why a Frenchwoman was commissioned to do traditional Chinese work; a quick view of Ms. Dizengremel’s bio shut me right up. She has lots of experience in Chinese art.)

Kudos, ATP: This is a wonderful way to show the international appeal of tennis (and to market The Masters Cup), and Roger Federer agrees: “I think that being sculpted as a Terracotta Warrior is an honor. I think the idea is fun — bringing together culture and sport — and I’m looking forward to seeing the final result.”

Race to Shanghai: As of this post, only Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have qualified to participate. The others on the cusp are Davydenko, Roddick. Ferrer, Gonzalez, and Blake. (You can view the Race to Shanghai quickly on the tour’s main page.)

Andy Murray and all other players in contention to qualify had their measurements taken at the ATP stop in Montreal. (Behind-the-scenes photos here, YouTube video here.)

Unfortunately for us, the Scot doesn’t really care whether he and his dirt double will make an appearance in the round-robin tourney. He already has one eye on 2008 after a disappointing 2007, which saw him sitting out a majority of the year recovering from a pretty gross wrist injury.

But before heading to the off-season, he’ll join brother Jamie and countryman Tim Henman for a Davis Cup tie against Croatia. Both countries are vying to join the World Group for next year’s Cup.

Read up: Over 8,000 of these terracotta warriors were produced for the burial of the Emperor Qin in 210-209 B.C. It reportedly took 700,000 workers over 38 years to complete. Even better — no two of these life-sized sculptures are alike. (More from Wikipedia.)

Bonus round: The original terracotta soldiers will be on show to the public at the British Museum in London. This exhibition will feature the largest terracotta army ever shown outside China.

(photo of Dizengremel by Pyramid Public Relations; photo of Murray and Davydenko via the ATP gallery)

whatever happened to… monica seles?

September 17, 2007

Monica Seles played an exhibition match against Martina Navratilova in the final weekend of the ATP BCR Open Romania in Bucharest.

Did anyone else think that 33-year-old Seles looked significantly older than the 51-year-old Navratilova?

Anyone?

UPDATE: According to monica-seles.com, Seles beat Navratilova 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.

The duo had also played an exo in New Orleans three days earlier.

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hantuchova’s fall look: stick with black

September 17, 2007

Daniela Hantuchova made it all the way to the finals of last week’s Commonwealth Bank Classic before falling to new mom Lindsay Davenport in three sets.

The Slovakian gives Russian Maria Kirilenko a run for best-dressed female tennis player as she continues her great run of black Nike separates for the fall.

Hantuchova competed in Bali wearing two version of the Fall Control Seamless Tank and a skort. She paired it with the wide-collared Maria Flirt jacket for warm-ups.

All this after participating in the U.S. Open wearing the Flirt Racer Tennis Tank, which has twisted straps, a racer back, and a very feminine cable design on the center back. Daniela also wore a ruffled skort.


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