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focus: qizhong stadium

November 15, 2007

qi zhong stadium

Since 2005, Shanghai has hosted the Tennis Masters Cup, the ATP Tour’s year-end tournament. It wasn’t lost on TSF that the facility, completed in October ’05, was erected specifically for this purpose.

Scorelines: Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer have reached the semifinals from the Gold Group. Had Ferrer not routed Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-1, the Frenchman would be in the semis instead of Rafa. Meanwhile, the Red Group semis are still up in the air, with Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, and Fernando Gonzalez still in contention. Barring injury withdrawals from these three, Nikolay Davydenko is officially out of the tournament.

FYI: The Shanghai Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center is located in the Minhang District, southwest of the city. The environmentally-conscious design was the brainchild of architect Mitsuru Senda and his Environment Design Institute (EDI). “In many cases, sports facilities involve very big spaces,” says EDI’s design policy, “and it is therefore necessary to consider closely just what influence they will have on the surrounding environment.”

From this philosophy came a 15,000-seat arena considered the largest tennis venue in Asia. A bird’s-eye view of the arena’s roof shows a peony, which is an homage to the country’s national (favorite) flower. The roof, capable of withstanding typhoon-strong winds, consists of eight retractable “petals” which take 8 minutes to retract or cover the stadium.

qi zhong stadium

See more photos of the stadium (plus a virtual tour) after the cut…

andy feels roddicked around by the atp

November 15, 2007

(pardon the pun — it’s been a long day…)

Lest you think the WTA is the only tour being criticized by its own members for how they treat injuries, here’s crush ng bayan Andy Roddick‘s blog post on being fined for pulling out of last month’s Paris Masters Series tournament. His reason for withdrawing: prepping for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai and Davis Cup, plus nursing a tweaked ankle (sustained a week prior in Lyon).

“anyways, I got fined 20 grand for not going to Paris. In order to avoid the fine I would have had to stay in France for 4 or 5 days to fulfill media obligations for the tourney. To stay there for an extra 4 days when I only had a ten day window to train/recover did not seem like the right thing to do before Shanghai.. I thought it was a smarter play to be at home with my doctors and trainers preparing to make sure I was healthy for masters which by the way is an ATP run event….. so I get fined 20 large which is a flawed system but I have gotten used to it….. fine…put it on my tab…..I read 3 days later that Nikolay Davydenko has been fined 2 grand for not trying in a match… I AM NOT here to say he did or did not try in that match…. I didn’t see it .. just heard about it… the thing that got me was the 2 grand fine…. in essence they are setting the precedent that preparing and getting healthy for their year end event is worth a 20 grand fine, but tanking (again I have no opinion on guilt or innocence here) only warrants 2 grand….taking care of injuries and health to be prepared for their event= 20 grand……….. not trying= 2 grand…anyone else see a problem with this?? [bold emphasis added]

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oki-ni x fred perry = little big action man

November 15, 2007

oki-ni - fred perry - limited collection

London-based fashion outfit oki-ni became the latest Fred Perry collaborator with their Little Big Action Man collection.

The inspiration for this limited-edition line came when a Fred Perry designer “unearthed a vintage Fred Perry t-shirt … for an Action Man!” The vintage piece was then “supersized” for 2007. Key details include oversized collar and cuffs, thicker tipping, large press stud fastenings and a heavier knitted pique styled in a slim-fit silhouette.
oki-ni - fred perry - limited collection

The polo shirt, track jacket, and a cable-knit v-neck sweater all come in snow white and tartan green (and include the company’s laurel on the left breast).

Buy: Available at oki-ni.

(via High Snobiety, oki-ni, Fred Perry)

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I’m drooling: Right now I’m all about this turtleneck dress shirt from Opening Ceremony and this red bomber jacket from Surface to Air.

eleVen by venus williams drops today

November 15, 2007

eleven by venus

Venus Williams‘ fashion collaboration with retailer Steve & Barry’s — EleVen — drops in stores today. You may remember the high profile announcement of the line on the eve of this year’s U.S. Open.

eleven by venus

The 120-piece collection — all priced under $20 — features graphic T-shirts, down jackets, jeans, sport socks, visors, and gym bags in all shapes and colors. (Venus has been previewing the line by wearing pieces from the collection during matches. See all the looks here.)

eleven by venus

The line will also feature jewelry:

“For the line, Williams has also crafted jewelry, ranging from a white bangle bracelet with “EleVen” in black print for younger fans, to a more sophisticated linked circle pendant for those in their early to mid-20s (“You can go out and wear this at a dinner or the club,” she says). “

And don’t forget about the disbelief-suspending V-Court sneakers, the collection’s signature item, which comes in a variety of colors (including teal, purple, pink, and silver). I’d like to think that my shoes need more than $20’s worth of protection when I play tennis, but hey I’m no expert.

There’s a Steve & Barry’s local to me so I’ll be checking out the store later this afternoon. Hopefully it won’t be a madhouse; I’ll try to take a peek at the clothes and possibly talk to some shoppers. (I’d buy some clothes but, alas, the guys have been snubbed yet again. Perhaps there are sunglasses or a tote bag in my future…)

(photos via EleVen)

clement to 2007: peace out!

November 15, 2007

arnaud clement 2007

Arnaud Clement and his doubles partner Michael Llodra (not pictured) have not been doing so well post-season; their seventh-seeded pairing lost all three of their round-robin matches at the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, first to Knowles and Nestor 2-6, 7-5, 10-5, then to Dlouhy and Vizner 3-6, 6-3, 10-5, and finally to Aspelin and Knowles 6-3, 7-5.

Have a good vacay and we’ll see you rowdy Frenchmen in 2008!

(photos by Getty Images)


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