Archive for June 26th, 2008

Marat lives up to his title…

June 26, 2008

Editor’s note: We got Butter of Butter’s Bubble — the now-defunct Safin-centric blog — to write up a note about Marat’s incredible win over Novak Djokovic in the second round of Wimbledon 2008.

Mr. Unpredictable a.k.a Marat Safin won a three-set match against the No. 3 in the world, Novak Djokovic. Marat won 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Had I known Marat was going against Novak the day before, I would’ve said, “okay,” content to see our favorite hot-headed Russian roll out the green carpet for the top Serb. Honestly, Marat hasn’t been really playing well, and for him to beat Nole today was really unexpected. According to Nole, he respects Safin so much, and thinks that factor probably affected his game today. As for Marat, most of us know what he is really capable of doing; the guy could’ve been in the top 5 right now had he been consistent with his game.

Marat was interviewed by Patrick McEnroe and Darren Cahill after his match. He looked very calm and somewhat tired.

(Sorry I couldn’t upload the video of the interview… computer problems.)

Some excerpts:

P-Mac: “Marat, great win today over Djokovic, straight sets. I’m not sure you expected it, certainly none of us expected you to win this match so easily. How did you do it?”

Marat, in a very low voice: “Thanks a lot guys, I’m still wondering how did I do it, and i’m just surprised with myself.”

Cahill: “Marat, I saw you play in Las Vegas. I know you’ve been working extremely hard over the last couple of years to get back to this top of form. What do you think this win does for you?”

Marat: Well, you saw me in [my] best shape in Las Vegas. I lost to Hewitt 6-2, 6-1, and no chance to get better, and finally I started to play well on the clay-court season. Had a bad draw in the French Open, lost to Davydenko in the 2nd round, then I’m here playing against Djokovic nothing to lose. The guy is under pressure because he’s gonna finish #1 in the world, at least. And he has a lot of pressure so I needed to take advantage of it.”

P-Mac: “I guess you have to change your flight plans now because apparently there’s an 8:30 flight to Moscow tonight.”

Marat: “There are flights everyday.”

Oh snap! ahahahahaha……

I really wish Marat the best like I always do, and hopefully he reaches at least the semis! If you saw him today, he had a different look in his eyes, he looks very calm! (wow) and he seemed to have that special *twinkle* in his eyes…

Marat, this could be it!

Buy: Safin wears the adidas Competition 7 Crew, in Rave Blue, Navy, Rave Yellow, and White; $37.99.

(photos by Getty Images)

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davydenko’s nightmare isn’t over

June 26, 2008

Kolya Davydenko was the first top casualty at this year’s Wimbledon Championships with his straight set (4-6, 4-6, 4-6) loss to the 116th-ranked Benjamin Becker. It’s really sad that his titles in Miami and Warsaw were nowhere to be found in any of the post-match articles. Instead, the questions still focused on the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the Davydenko world for a very long time.

“It is like a bad dream. Not one day but months,” he says of the experience.

Too bad he bowed out early (but really, apart from his 4th round appearance last year, Kolya has lost in the first round of Wimbledon five of the last seven years), because that Airness polo he wore is the best and cleanest thing I’ve seen come out of the French company’s performance collection so far this year.

By the way, I heard from a colleague that Nadia Petrova, a former Airness beneficiary, was seen at Wimbledon wearing EleVen. Can anyone confirm with pics?

(photos by Getty Images)

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szavay’s halter dress: what could have been

June 26, 2008

If not for a gaffe at Fila, the Summer Collezione Dress (in all white, of course) would have been Agnes Szavay‘s uniform for this Wimbledon fortnight.

I saw this dress myself at the company’s showroom in New York. It’s pretty cute.

Buy: Fila Summer Collezione Dress, in white/black/coral, $53.99.

(image from tw.com)

kudos to james blake

June 26, 2008

Kudos to James Blake for finally deciding to cover up his arms, trading his usual Nike Global Power Sleeveless Top for the much classier and cleaner Dri-FIT London Polo shirt. (That terry cloth headband is another story.)

Good choice, since his musculos would forever be in the shadow of Rafa‘s anyway. He should take advantage of his model looks and rock his own Nike style.

TSF wished to see James play a few more rounds at Wimbledon, but today he lost in his second match, to Rainer Schuettler of Germany 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.

Buy: Nike London Polo in white, Comet Red, and Dark Obsidian, $65; Swoosh headband in blue, $4.50.

(photo by Getty Images)

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maria’s wimbledon outfit: a sketch

June 26, 2008

(via Daily Mail)

Holy fcuk!

June 26, 2008

French Connection, from whose teat TSF sucked a LOT of clothes, makes an appearance at these Wimbledon championships on British player Elena Baltacha. I never would have thought that their in-your-face branding campaign (“FCUK”, which stands for French Connection United Kingdom) could have a place in the hallowed grounds of this uber-traditional event.

But I guess an almost-obscenity is on par with mensy-looking get-up Dominika Cibulkova wore for her first round match against Jie Zheng. (Zheng won 6-4, 6-3.) Cibulkova subs for Tati Golovin as the 2008 Lacoste bunny. Sadly, this flashy underwear is now year-old news.

Browse: You can check out the latest offerings from the FCUK online store here.

(player photos by Getty Images; FCUK banner by fcuk.com)

Cardigans aren’t Roddick’s style

June 26, 2008

Second round Wimbledon loser Andy Roddick isn’t about high tennis fashion. He didn’t join fellow Lacoste-sponsored Richard Gasquet in rocking that warm-up pullover (I’m still awaiting pictures, folks!), and he doesn’t go for a “Mr. Rogers” look like Federer.

Instead, he prefers to show skin. He and fiancee Brooklyn Decker are on the same boat.

That’s young love for ya.

(photos by Getty Images)

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“I don’t like her outfit”

June 26, 2008

As much as we celebrated all the fashion being paraded at this year’s tournament, there are folks who thought it a little too much for the event.

First, of course, is the grumpster Andy Roddick. Here he is dismissing Roger Federer‘s cardigan after defeating Schwank:

Q. The guy on the BBC as you walked off the court asked you about cardigans, all that stuff. Everybody has been talking about fashion, both men and women. Do you think that’s sort of like, Who cares? Do you enjoy the whole atmosphere here with that?

ANDY RODDICK: I personally don’t care. But, you know, if it gets — you know, I think any attention drawn to tennis for whatever reason is good. If that means wearing the Mr. Rogers’ sweater, whatever else you got, then so be it. I don’t know if it would be a good look for me or any of my friends – or relatives (smiling).

And now 20-year-old Russian Alla Kudryavtseva took her dislike of compatriot Maria Sharapova’s elaborate Nike outfit all the way to the winner’s circle. She upset the 2008 Australian Open champ 6-2, 6-4 in the second round.

“I don’t like her outfit,” Kudryavtseva said. “It was one of the motivations to beat her.” Ouch.

FYI, Alla wore a simple tennis dress (white with red trim) from Prince.

(photos by Getty Images)

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Make that two less dresses

June 26, 2008

Upsets abound at Wimbledon, even in the fashion department. First it was Akiko Morigami‘s withdrawal from the tournament, and now this: there was a miscommunication in the ranks at Fila that kept Agi Szavay from being properly fitted for her gorgeous Wimbledon halter dress they designed for her. Alas, this left her wearing separates at this year’s tourney.

But not to worry; while she might not be able to flaunt her curves the way she likes to, the Summer Collezione V-Neck Tank, with its gathered fabric bust detail, looks elegant from all angles of view.

Scoreline: The Hungarian is through to the third round of Wimbledon after defeating Monica Niculescu 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. She’ll face Anabel Medina Garrigues in the fourth round.

Buy: Fila Summer Collezione Tank, available in white and coral colorways, $39.99, TW.com.

More pics: One more pic of Agi’s outfit, this time from the back

buhskyooze: tipsarevic downs roddick

June 26, 2008

The Fila-clad Janko Tipsarevic shook up the men’s draw by beating Andy Roddick in the second round 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 7-6 (4), thus denying the American a third round berth for the first time in his eight years participating at The Championships.

Janko needs a haircut.

(photo by Getty Images)


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