Archive for June 22nd, 2009

fashion focus: maria’s 2009 wimby earrings

June 22, 2009

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Note: We had reported that Masha’s earrings were available for sale. Only the sterling silver version is available. We apologize for the error.

Sign of the times: Even Tiffany & Co. is tightening the purse strings by showcasing an (ahem) affordable pair of earrings on Maria Sharapova — to match the white and tan Nike Wimbledon dress (complete with Sgt. Pepper jacket!).

Or should we say an affordable pair for us, but special for her (isn’t that always the case?). Maria’s version of the Paloma Picasso Zellige drop earrings are custom-made, with 18 karat yellow gold, based on centuries-old mosaic patterns that surround the fountain at Paloma’s home in Morocco. For the rest of us, earrings similar to Masha’s gold custom drops are available on the Tiffany website — in sterling silver form.

Buy: Paloma Zellige Drop earrings; sterling silver, for pierced ears; $250; tiffany.com.

Scoreline: The 2004 champ slipped and slid her way to a 7-5 6-4 win over Ukrainian qualifier Viktoriya Kutuzova in the first round of Wimbledon 2009. The Russian observed that the grass on Centre Court was damp and longer than when she won the title five years ago, making the conditions like that of a clay court. Up next for her is Gisela Dulko, who beat Stephanie Foretz 6-3, 7-5.

(image courtesy of Tiffany)

love roger in 140 chars or less

June 22, 2009

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Roger Federer XV: Tomorrow, the folks at Nike are launching a special site to commemorate Roger Federer‘s 14 major titles and his potential 15th here at Wimbledon 2009.

For geeks, the site will feature an interactive display of info about Roger’s 14 slams.

For fans, the most important feature is the ability to send Roger their love via the site or through Twitter (#goroger). These messages can also be shared on Facebook via Facebook Connect. The site will have a centralized image that will be constructed with a grid of boxes; each box will display a fan’s message to Roger.

The site: For now, just displaying the RF monogram — niketennis.com/rf

(image courtesy of Nike)

tennis for the style set: a breakdown

June 22, 2009

Style.com takes a look at summer sports through their glasses, breaking down how the fashionistas view the worlds of surfing, tennis, golf, riding, and diving.

For tennis, special shout-outs go to Anna Wintour, L’Wren Scott, Alexandre Herchcovitch, curator Kohle Yohannan, Tina Chai, Hilary Rhoda, Sophia Hesketh, and Poppy Delevingne. Thakoon Panichgul apparently plays on public courts (LES ones are his fave), and Tory Burch does doubles all summer in Southampton.

Of course they toast Roger as the sport’s official mascot (is this the beginning of Rafa backlash?); Brooklyn Decker gets groupie-of-the-moment (we would’ve given it to Bec Hewitt), and give love to NYC’s Mason’s Tennis Mart (on 56 E. 53rd St.).

Not least is anticipation of how the tail end of the 2009 U.S. Open will conflict with the opening of the Spring 2010 runway shows.

More: See the slideshow here.

sightings in the stands: beck d. lopez

June 22, 2009

In case folks couldn’t get enough action during Karol Beck‘s 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 upset of Feliciano Lopez at the first round of the 2009 Wimbledon, they needed only to turn to their fellow fans.

You better watch out, Australian Matador — this woman is after your title of Best. Costume. Ever.

(image via Getty Images)

por que no pompa?

June 22, 2009

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Tennis isn’t the same without your pompadour, Fernando. Bring it back!

Scoreline: The seventh seed beat local (and wildcard) James Ward in four sets 6-7 (8), 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-4. Up next for the Spaniard is Kristof Vliegen, who also beat a wildcard, Mahut.

(image via Getty Images)

a tennis glossary

June 22, 2009

Not sure if any of you other tennis bloggers have gotten this glossary sprinkled through your comments. It was left over three or four posts. I’ve compiled them here. The ones about ballboys and ballgirls gave me the creeps.

A Tennis Glossary

chris’ final four: federer, murray, haas (!), del potro (!!)

June 22, 2009

With the bottom half of the men playing out their matches, its status quo so far, save for the early exit of 21st seed Feli Lopez. (Congrats to Karol Beck for capitalizing on his lucky loser luck!)

So, as with every major, we’ve asked our resident bracketologist Chris to give us his predictions for this fortnight.

He’s expecting Haas to shine (a title win over Djokovic at Halle), Fish to have his 18-month check-in with the media (last time was Miami, right?), and Karlovic to serve his way through the round of 16.

Meanwhile, Del Potro should make a statement on the grass and Kiefer will run away with that protected 33rd seeding and make it all the way to the quarters.

See how it’ll all play out after the cut…

fed or murray: who has the weaker draw?

June 22, 2009

Roger Federer and Andy Murray will have cake(crumpet?)walks on their way to that men’s Wimbledon final, but it’s worth considering the Davids that could topple these grass Goliaths.

1R: Federer faces Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei, who does better on faster surfaces. (Murray: Robert Kendrick)

2R: Murray will have to deal with either Gulbis or Dent. You can never discount the hard-serving (and tall) American on a surface like this, especially when he’s already warmed up by making it through qualifying. (Federer: Calleri or Gigi Lopez)

3R: Federer could face Kohlschreiber, who we expect to give the former champ the most trouble before the final.

4R: Murray has to deal with Wawrinka or Safin. You never know what you’ll get with those two. (Federer: Soderling)

Quarters: Murray will play Gonzo, Kiefer or Simon.


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