Archive for June 2nd, 2008

the men and women of fila at roland garros

June 2, 2008

Fila had its stable of players flaunt the company’s spring offerings. We already showed you some of the women’s gear (Karin Knapp wore pink from the Center Court Group) but there are more bits. Unfortunately for the Fila, their men didn’t do so hot, so the collection was out of the picture by middle of week 1.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is being considered alongside Dinara Safina as the Russian who’ll take the final spot from that top half of the draw. (Check out who’s left in the Round of 16.)

The fourth seeded Russian will face Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round. She wears the bubble-patterned sleeveless top from the Spring Baseline collection.

Agnes Szavay wore the white version of the Baseline Sleeveless Top during her loss to Petra Kvitova 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 2-6 in the third round. We don’t have a picture of it here, but I can tell you that Agi’s shoes, which are also from Fila (a claycourt version of the Alfa), has her name embroidered onto the shoe.

Thanks to Tennishead for this photo of Agi…

Janko Tipsarevic, Marin Cilic, and Dmitry Tursunov all wore the key piece for the company’s men’s spring Centre Court collection. The Fila team came up with the yellow thumbprint pattern based on what the players wanted for spring — something fun and with more color.

The pattern also appears as more muted detail in a white polo, but none of the players wore this to their matches.

I got to see Dima’s customized shoes, too. (His name’s on them.)

Janko fell to Nicolas Lapentti 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-7 (7) in the first round. Cilic lost to ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4), 1-6. (How did he get to No. 9?!) And Tursunov bowed out to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (1), 3-6, 4-6 in the third round.

Andreas Seppi wears a perfomrance polo as he falls to Mario Ancic 2-6, 6-7 (1), 2-6 in the first round.

(photos by Getty Images and Tennishead)

it’s not sharapover until the top lady shrieks, aka maria’s bag and jacket

June 2, 2008

Top seed Maria Sharapova got booed as she left the court after her 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 2-6 loss to fellow Russian Dinara Safina in the fourth round of the French Open.

FYI, the 22-year-old Safina also ousted Sharapova from the fourth round of Roland Garros in 2006. Is this Dinara’s year to follow in the footsteps of her brother, Marat, who won his first Grand Slam title (U.S. Open ’00) in his early 20s?

Maria wore a navy blue cape windbreaker from Nike over her Paris Dress. You can’t get any classier than that.

She also keeps the same bag silhouette as she has for the last few Grand Slams.

(photos by Tennishead for TSF)

aravane rezai

June 2, 2008

The normally nightmare-ish garb of Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai gave way to a whimsical tiered top for this week’s play at Roland Garros. (Horizontal black and white patterns were en vogue for this year’s Gallic gals, apparently.)

Unfortch, she lost to Nadia Petrova in the first round.

(photos by Getty Images)

shirtless: jeremy chardy

June 2, 2008

Count 21-year-old Jeremy Chardy as one of the ATP upstarts who made a splash at this year’s French Open. He took out sixth seed David Nalbandian and then 30th seed Dmitry Tursunov before falling to 2008 claycourt “it” player Nicolas Almagro in the round of 16. (That battle with Almagro included two tiebreakers and a 7-5 third set!)

Wearing his standard issue from Lacoste.

Freckles! Also, notice the white bandana they’ve put on him. Good call from the French brand.

More: See him from the front (plus a few more photos) after the cut…

lacoste standard issue: the women pull ahead

June 2, 2008

We’re always eagerly anticipating the standard issues that Lacoste doles out for each Grand Slam, and the ones for Roland Garros turned out just fine — at least for the ladies.

Gisela Dulko wore the halter from the Fine Stripe line in her loss to Alize Cornet in the second round. Cornet, the 19th seed, also wore the tank but spaghetti-strap style; she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska in the round after.

Buy: Fine Striped Tennis Halter, $68.

Mathilde Johansson faced Serena Williams in the second round. She wore the Racerback Tennis Dress with detachable flower, $145. Meanwhile, Petra Cetkovska (middle and right) put on a layer when it got a little chilly.

And Mike Frey over at Tennishead continues to help out TSF with this photo of this player (can anyone help me out with a name?) wearing the polo.

Unlike the 2007 French Open, which saw Lacoste give their male sponsors the cutest orange and white polos, 2008 was way bland. Michael Llodra and Jeremy Chardy — as delicious as they are — couldn’t quite bring this Heritage Check Print Polo to life. (If you want to grab the jacket, it’s still available at lacoste.com.)

As usual, Arnaud Clement and Fabrice Santoro are off doing their own things.

(photo by Getty Images and Tennishead)


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