Archive for September 19th, 2008

davis cup: dudi sela isn’t feeling blue

September 19, 2008

Dudi Sela must feel good doing his part for Israel by winning a singles rubber against Peruvia team captain Ivan Miranda 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

Like how only Diadora can (see: Kuerten, Guga), Sela put on blue socks and blue shoes to take full advantage of the Israeli flag palette. He pulled it off.

The gold contrast detail on his front shorts pockets are blah, but excusable. They can’t all be winners, right?

More: See the rest of his ensemble, including practice tees and warmup suits, after the cut…

davis cup: Nike and del Potro combine powers

September 19, 2008

Juan Martin del Potro nudged Argentina into a 2-0 lead against Russia by beating top 10er Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 (this, after Igor Andreev lost to Nalbandian). Del Potro has now won 23 out of his last 24 matches, picking up four titles along the way.

We give props to Nike for using a deeper shade of blue on the double-wide terry wristbands (compared to the headband), and making the color pop even more with that purple swoosh.

And in line with the rest of their summer/fall ’08 gear, there’s mesh (in tribal/tattoo form) on the shirt’s back.

Into the weekend: The boys will duke it out in reverse singles a day after cheering on the doubles match between Canas/Calleri and Kunitsyn/Tursunov. At least after last year’s Portland debacle, Tarpischev knows better than to put Kolya in play on a Saturday!

Show some love: The Argentine version of the tennis pieces aren’t available for mass consumption, but consider giving your gaucho some love via this Country Split Windrunner Jacket, $100; or the Hyperdunk shoes — both released in time for the Beijing Olympics.

(photos by Getty Images)

name that brand: peter luczak

September 19, 2008

Can anyone out there help me identify the brand behind this mobius strip logo on Peter Luczak?

The Aussie lost his first singles rubber against Chilean Fernando Gonzalez at this weekend’s Davis Cup tie. The score: 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. He’ll face Nicolas Massu in reverse singles on Sunday. (More scores.)

We’re all about the use of Australian national sports colors (green and yellow) as accents to Pete’s white shirt — instead of letting the bright shades dominate, ala Hewitt and Chris Guccione. The green wristbands are good, too.

(photos by Getty Images)

for you kit geeks, a resource:

September 19, 2008

The teams section of the Davis Cup website includes info on each country’s kit colors. They’re just CADs, so nothing too exciting, but still…

(screengrab from daviscup.com)

adidas to re-release tennis racquets

September 19, 2008

The three stripes of adidas tennis, already seen on clothing and shoes, returns to racquets when the company revives its equipment line — last hawked by legends Ilie Nastase and Ivan Lendl in the 1980s.

If you don’t know much about these old adidas sticks, check out the amazing photo trove at 80s-tennis.com. That trefoil stencil is sick!

(By the way, I’ve been meaning to write about 80s-tennis for a while. So go check it out. I’ll do a bigger post later…)

In the current incarnation, adidas will produce three ranges to cater to all play levels, and will be named after their signature tennis shoes: the Barricade, Response, and Feather. As far as colors, the Barricades and Response have black/white/red colorways and the Feather — the lightest of the three — will be in white/silver/yellow.

So which of the pros are going to use this for match play? No agreements yet (it’s “a work in progress”, says an insider), but like all other equipment, they’ll probably introduce it to promising juniors with the hopes of getting exposure when the player succeeds on the tour.

Buy: adidas Barricade racquets, $185;Feather range, $165, and Response, $145. Available in the U.S. beginning February 2009.


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