Archive for August, 2008

A New Custom

August 31, 2008

Customization and personalization are all the rage in clothing these days, and tennis is not above the fray. From Roger‘s “RF” monogram at Nike to the seal on Sharapova‘s tennis bags to the embroidery on many of the pros’ footwear (lest they get confused about whose shoes are whose — it’s a big locker room out there), everyone’s doing something to make their product unique. Up until now, these services have only been peddled to the pros — tennis is an elite sport, after all. But in time for the US Open, the rest of us get to eat cake.

Read the rest of this post at Men’s Vogue Daily.

For Blake’s Sake!

August 31, 2008

Men’s Vogue hosted a cocktail party on Thursday night for tennis player James Blake in honor of the recently established Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund. James’ father, after whom the fund is named, succumbed to cancer at an early age. Blake, dressed in Hugo Boss, expressed gratitude for Men’s Vogue’s help with setting up an online auction at charityfolks.com. Prizes include a chance to hang out with Blake at a 2009 tournament in Miami, a trip to the Evian Resort in France, a Maurice Lacroix watch, and a Niketown shopping experience.

Read the rest of this post at Men’s Vogue Daily.

(Photo of Jay Fielden, James Blake, and Marc Berger by Joe Schildhorn/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Redesigning Rafa

August 31, 2008

In case you didn’t know, there’s been a lot of talk in the last few months about Rafael Nadal overhauling his image, at least as it comes to fashion on the court. He and Nike want to move away from the muscle shirt and Capri pants — a “hunky rebel” look — to that of a more traditional tennis player: polos and shorts.

Read the rest of this post at Men’s Vogue Daily.

trophy watch: winners at Pilot Pen

August 24, 2008

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Anna Chakvetadze in the women’s singles final at Pilot Pen. The 18-year-old is currently the only Dane in the Top 400 of the SEWTA Tour.

Meanwhile, Brazilians Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo won their doubles final over Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles 7-5, 6-2.

And Croat Marin Cilic downed Mardy Fish 6–4, 4–6, 6–2 to win his first ever ATP singles title. Congrats to him.

(photos by Getty Images)

in new york and away from TSF

August 19, 2008

TSF heads to New York this week to scope out some of the events leading up to the 2008 U.S. Open. Posting will be spotty on TSF, but we’ll blogging over at the Men’s Vogue.

Looking forward to reporting from the trenches…

Polo Ralph Lauren: shopping 3.0

August 14, 2008

As if you don’t already have enough widgets on your iPhones (I’ve never seen so many phones shaken violently in my life!), Polo Ralph Lauren adds to the mix by introducing the first luxury American mobile commerce website.

Customers can download software to their camera phones, which in turn will scan codes displayed in print ads, mailings, and instore displays. The codes will direct the users to a phone-friendly version of the PRL site, where they can watch video, read web articles, and shop for their cable knit sweaters and Big Pony polos from anywhere they can get reception (at Arthur Ashe Stadium, waiting for the ATP trainer to finish taping up a player’s leg?).

The launch is going to coincide with the apparel maker’s sponsorship of the US Open, which begins at the end of this month.

As with most things mobile, the US is way behind trendy Asia and even old-fashioned Europe when it comes to customers adopting some of the latest and greatest mobile technology. In Japan, it is quite common for people to buy tickets and vending machine products using their mobile phones. But hey, later is better than never.

(RL via Red Herring)

for ana’s u.s. open run, a limited edition adidas barricade V

August 13, 2008

Those of you who’ve picked up the September issue of TENNIS might have noticed an ad for a limited edition Summer Slam Barricade V from adidas.

This shoe, made with Ana Ivanovic in mind, incorporates the colorways of her fall petal Edge Dress in slate/orange — the second good use of orange we’ve seen this week.

It’s all in the details: Much like her adilibria shoes, which had Swarovski crystals adhered to its eyelets, this line has some feminine accents, including sparkles on that slate sole and a ghosted female silhouette throught the shoe’s white upper. (Ghosting is this summer’s trend, apparently.)

Buy: adidas Barricade V, multiple colorways, $120, midwestsports.com.

(scan from TENNIS)

janko tipsarevic: our munchkin gets injured

August 13, 2008

Sad to see Serbian Janko Tipsarevic retire with an injured ankle from his second-round match against Olivier Rochus 6-7 (5), 3-2 at the Beijing Olympics.

He attended his presser in a wheelchair with a super-swollen ankle. About the injury, Janko said: “Now I know how Ana felt when she withdrew. Maybe it’s too hard word to say that this is the worst day in my life, but it is certainly the worst day of my career…Olympic Games mean a lot to every sportsman, especially as they take place once in 4 years. I played really well in my first match, my confidence was on the highest level, and I felt I could reach far. But sometimes things like this happen and you just can’t do anything about it.”

Janko will now focus on getting ready for the U.S. Open.

During his time off his feet, perhaps he’ll consider trimming his hair?

(image via hcfoo.com)

u.s. open ’08 preview: ana ivanovic’s dress?

August 13, 2008

Ana Ivanovic withdrew from the Olympics with an injured right thumb sustained during play in Montreal the week prior. While her participation at the U.S. Open might be in doubt (ostheopathic medicine, don’t fail us now!), we’re pretty sure that her petal-hemmed adidas Edge Dress will appear in slate/orange colorway. Product info tk.

Buy: adidas Summer Edge Dress, white/mauve tint, $65.

(scan from TENNIS)

fashion focus: federer’s olympic quest

August 13, 2008

Here’s a look at Roger Federer‘s Olympics kit from Nike in action through three rounds in Beijing.

He beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-2 in the first round, Rafael Arevalo of El Salvador 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the third, and will run into eighth seed James Blake in the quarters.

Other matchups are Mathieu vs. Gonzalez, Monfils vs. Djokovic, and Melzer vs. Nadal. (Draw here.)

More: See the detail shots of Roger’s outfit — wristband, headband, bag, belt, etc. — all after the cut…

fashion focus: lacoste’s fall tennis offerings

August 13, 2008

Lacoste has finally dropped its fall goods, including some items specific to the U.S. Open (just around the corner!). We also get a preview of what the sexy Dominika Cibulkova and other Lacoste ladies will likely be wearing in Queens.

These separates are highlighted by keyhole detail on the sleeves and contrasting white bands on the sleeves and the ribbed banded hem. A very simple design with enough accents to be sophisticated.

What do you think of this dress? Tell us!

And they go for weathered screenprinting (and large crocs) their fall graphic tees.

Buy: Micro Pique Contrast Tipped tee, Ouessant Blue, $68; Interlock skirt, Ouessant Blue, $125; pique headband in Sesame Yellow, Autumn Crocus Pink, and Mariner Blue; $14; Distressed Logo Shirt, Astronomy Blue/Sap Green, $35; Croc Logo tee, Blue/White/Pink, $35. All available at lacoste.com.

(images by Lacoste)

TSF now available via cell phone

August 12, 2008

A quick update on how you can consume TSF via subscription:

Mobile: You can read TSF by visiting http://310.tv on your mobile device.

E-mail: Get TSF sent to your inbox once a day by clicking here.

RSS: If your prefer an aggregator, pick your poison.

books: any BJK fans out there? + the tennis olympic book is not available for sale :(

August 12, 2008

The Borders Columbus Circle will hold a discussion/book signing with Billie Jean King next week. In her new book, Pressure is a Privilege, the tennis legend shares life sessons that led to her success in the Battle of the Sexes match, in sports, and in the world at large. Heck, she got a tennis complex named after her; she has to be doing something right!

Deets: Billie Jean King discussion and book signing for Pressure is a Privilege (Lifetime Media Inc., $19.95) on Tuesday, August 19 at 7pm.; Borders Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center; 212.823.9775.

That sexy tennis photobook that the ITF published in time for the Beijing Olympics is not for sale. A limited number of books were produced as a media gift and that’s about it.

make your own tennis ball chair

August 12, 2008

Tennis Ball Chair

(instructables via Make)

have you bought a lottery ticket this week?

August 12, 2008

Leave the suit at home: Our favorite tennis commentator, Mary Carillo, gets glammed up during her time in front of the camera at the Beijing Olympics. She, along with a other analysts covering the for the U.S. market (including Melissa Stark, Alex Flanagan, and Lindsay Czarniak), got outfits especially designed by label Ports 1961.

I think she looks pretty good. What do you think? Tell us!

“When I was first approached to create a capsule collection for the NBC Olympic commentators, I was honored,” said Ports 1961 creative director Tia Cibani. Cibani honed her design aesthetic in China during the nineties (while working under then-design heads Dean and Dan Caten).

This collaboration was announced last month along with the release of these sketches above.

Know your Ports: See Ports 1961′s Fall 2008 and Resort 2009 collections. (via NY)

(screengrab source: TF)

eric wilson on the opening ceremonies

August 12, 2008

Opening Ceremony Fashions
August 8, 2008
voiceover by Eric Wilson, produced by Simone S. Bridges and Amy O’Leary

(screengrab from nytimes.com)

at the opening ceremonies, asian inspiration

August 11, 2008

Best in show: The Swedes used their flag’s blue and yellow palette on a mandarin collar dress worn as a top over white pants. LOVE IT. Bonus points for the paper fan.

The men wore a similar color scheme under a blue jacket.

The French women failed at their attempt to fuse Asian and French fashion with their uniforms. (but they did so well with Vietnamese cuisine!). In this case the sashes and berets do not mix. Thankfully, the men tempered this with a classic blazer-and-skinny-pants outfit.

The Hudson Bay Company clothed the Canadian athletes in a Chinese-inspired red/white graphic polo with matching messenger bags.

A close-up of their maple leaf sneakers.

(Images by Getty Images)

I’m a milkmaid from the future. I come in peace.

August 11, 2008

Jelena Jankovic wore a specially designed red dress for the her opening Olympic singles match, beating Zimbabwe’s Cara Black 6-3, 6-3. The Reebok dress’ loudest feature is a laurel wreath design on the front.

“It’s a special dress for the Olympics. So it’s quite cool. I received a lot of compliments from the girls and from the people around here,” she said. “It’s a little bit different to what I used to wear. But you get so wet from sweating. That’s not so nice — too much humidity!”

More: Two more pics after the cut…

Who is Michael Phelps again?

August 11, 2008

More on opening ceremony outfits:

The Brits, led by hunky swimmer Mark Foster (jesus!), sported a single-breasted three-button jacket that worked well for the tall members of their contingent. See the women’s version here.

olympics: nike in red, white, and blue

August 11, 2008

TSF’s sad that we won’t get to see Maria Sharapova in her kit for the Beijing Olympics. So we’ll have to do with what we’re given:

Serena Williams wears a patriotic version of the Doubles Dress that she debuted earlier this year. In her first Olympics singles match ever (she won gold in doubles with Venus in 2000), she took out Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1.

Zheng Jie took advantage of playing on her home court in her win over Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

Notice the ghosted pattern on the back panel of the top. (Thanks for a reader’s help with this one.)

Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova brushed aside veteran Ai Sugiyama 6-2 7-5.

(images via Getty Images)


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