Archive for March 25th, 2008

it’s lonely at the top

March 25, 2008

Hotel Gansevoort - Serena vs. Rafa 2008

While it could be said that there were times Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams walked on water — he owns three back-to-back French Opens and she has already racked up eight Grand Slam titles so far — the organizers of the Sony Ericsson Open took it a step further by staging this exhibition on Monday.

Rafael Nadal - Sony Ericsson Open - Hotel Gansevoort 2008

It took a team five days to construct invisible (acrylic) platforms at either end of the Hotel Gansevoort’s rooftop pool. It would’ve been so much cooler had they brought in people to make it seem like it was business as usual; as if tennis on water happens all the time.

By the way: Gansevoort South, the South Beach sister to the Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District, is opening quietly this month after some delays. It’ll be worth the wait, though. The hotel’s main kitchens will be helmed by the ladies of the ONE Group; they’ve even scheduled to open a branch of their STK restaurant there in November.

Duly noted: Are those the new Nike kits Rafa and Serena will be wearing later this week?

More photos: Click here for more pics.

(simplyserena.com via WTB; photos by ATP)

fashion: more loud prints from vania king

March 25, 2008

Vania King - Indian Wells 2008

American Vania King follows up her loud stripes from Indian Wells with this lighter floral pattern for this week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. It’s possibly another dress from Lily’s of Beverly Hills.

Edit: Nope — a quick call to the LBH confirms that this is not their dress. So if anyone knows the answer…

Scoreline: Vania is through to the third round of qualifying. Good luck to her!

andy parties for lacoste’s 75th birthday

March 25, 2008

I hope the pro-bedhead camp didn’t lose too much sleep over this prim and proper photo of Andy Roddick posing in Lacoste‘s latest spring/summer collection, because he took it down a notch at last night’s signing at the Bloomingdale’s flagship in Manhattan.

Andy Roddick - Lacoste store signing - NYC

Andy paired the collection’s signature white sports coat with some blue jeans, and even lets his chest do a peekaboo.

More photos at omg!

(photo by Jemal Countess for WireImage.com)

fila announces five year partnership with wimbledon

March 25, 2008

Italian sportswear brand Fila is to be the new official footwear licensee to The Championships, Wimbledon. The five-year contract will see Fila provide a range of dual branded performance tennis and leisure footwear styles, until 2012.

The partnership comes as part of Fila’s global tennis strategy and investment in a stable of Elite players such as Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnes Szavay, Dmitry Tursunov, Janko Tipsarevic, Andreas Seppi, and Marin Cilic.

The partnership will mark the launch of the new Fila Alfa tennis shoe that utilizes superior components to ensure step in comfort and lasting performance. The Alfa Wimbledon shoe will be worn and merchandised at The Championships, Wimbledon, and be available with a hard court and grass court sole unit.

Marc Travis, Fila UK Marketing Manager, said, ‘Tennis has been an essential part of the Fila heritage and this agreement with The All England Lawn Tennis Club is another key partnership that will build the future of the brand within the sport. 2008 marks 35 years of Fila’s involvement in tennis with Wimbledon being the setting for a great number of the brand’s historic memories.’

Robert McCowen, Marketing Director of The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club said, “The All England Club is delighted to be associated with Fila who have such deep historical roots here at Wimbledon and we are excited about the opportunities for marketing the dual branded Fila/Wimbledon range of shoes internationally.”

(PR Newswire via Xinhua)

a little smokey smokey

March 25, 2008

Janko Tipsarevic - hookah

Oh, Janko!

When/where was this picture taken? Does anyone know?

(photo via Bonnie)

because someone has to give her some love

March 25, 2008

Monica Seles - Dancing with the Stars Night 2

Monica Seles and partner Jonathan Roberts mambo their way to 15 points (that’s five from each judge) at last night’s Dancing with the Stars. This was the same score she got dancing the foxtrot last week. Read a recap here.

The show’ll start eliminating couples beginning Tuesday night.


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