Archive for June 25th, 2009

bjorn borg’s NYC exclusive: swim trunks!

June 25, 2009

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While TSF’s all smilies about being able to grab Bjorn Borg skivvies from the interwebs — check out the goods here — we were even happier about what we found at the brand’s only US store, in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood.

Yes, friends, they also carry swim trunks! Our fave is this take on tennis short shorts — clean, bright white punctuated by deep red lines. You can check out the rest of the pieces at the boutique located on 89 Crosby Street. (Note: if you’re coming from Spring, it might look like Crosby’s deserted, but fear not — the BB store is past that big construction site. Keep walking!)

Buy: The tennis trunks are $70, and the rest of the swimwear ranges from $52.50 to $80. For those not in New York, perhaps you can give the store a call — 212-625-2334 — to see if they’re willing to mail you your purchase.

More: Three more trunks from the Bjorn Borg spring/summer line after the cut…

all frills, no fun: zheng jie’s cannot defend her semifinal run

June 25, 2009

We are sad to see the 2009 Wimbledon run of Zheng Jie, one of last year’s semifinalists, come to an end so quickly. But we’re not surprised that was in the hands of the always dangerous Dani Hantuchova; the sixteenth seed lost to Hantuchs in straight sets — 6-3, 7-5.

Zheng was wearing another new outfit from ANTA. This time, though, it looks like they overdid the trim on her all-white separates.

More: Two more pics after the cut…

collared (and colored, on the) greens

June 25, 2009

When designers get painted into a corner by Wimbledon’s white-only (or white-mostly) dress code, a few of them respond in innovative ways, including colored collars.

Here are a few examples:

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Marcel Granollers wore a Diadora v-neck with a faux blue layer to his second round match against Robin Soderling. The Spaniard lost 6-4, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 5-7. Nice touch with the gold logo’d hat. Go Bruins!

Kateryna and Nole: See two more styles after the cut…

with hayden, lacoste steps up with a “challenge”

June 25, 2009

Lacoste looks back at its tennis roots in its latest men’s scent, the Lacoste Challenge. The unique bottle features a tennis racquet design, referring to Rene Lacoste‘s long-ago innovation of adhering plaster to his sticks to improve their grips.

Actor and tennis fan Hayden Christensen will represent the scent in TV and print ads.

The top notes are tangerine and lemon with a burst of lavender (one of the classic ingredients in masculine perfumery). Middle accord is driven by ginger and other spices. Base note combines rosewood, teak, and ebony.

Buy: Available at Macy’s and other department stores later this summer. Eau de Toilette Spray, 1.6 fl. oz. ($40), 2.5 fl. oz. ($50), 3.0 fl. oz. ($60), After Shave Lotion, 2.5 fl. oz. ($42), After Shave Balm, 2.5 fl. oz. ($37), Shower Gel, 5.0 fl. oz. ($27), Deodorant Stick, 2.4 oz. ($21).

More: One more pic of Hayden after the cut…

psa: wimbledon online

June 25, 2009

For those of you like me who haven’t made the switch to digital television (it’s been lots of NPR-ing and lullabyes of those DTV commercials), considering going online for your Wimbledon fix.

See what ESPN, Tennis Channel, and NBC are all doing…

let’s go exploring!

June 25, 2009

Andy Roddick‘s lunging reminds me of Calvin & Hobbes.

He’s through to the third round of Wimbledon.

More: Andy’s flyin’ all over the place! Pics after the cut…

i <3 wimbledon

June 25, 2009

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A fan at the Kunitsyn/Roddick second-round match. Roddick took it 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. He next faces 26th seed Jurgen Melzer, who beat Beni Becker in three sets (two tiebreaks).

Now that JM Del Potro has been ousted by perennial grass threat Lleyton Hewitt (yay! more fun pics of Bec Cartwright!), this is looking like the Wimbledon quarterfinal clash o’ the year.

set two: wimbledon on the d list

June 25, 2009

Yesterday my alarm clock rang at an ugly hour: 4:30 A.M.! I was off to day three of The Championships after failing to get tickets on Tuesday. This time I was determined to get my show-court on. I caught the 5:11 bus and made it to the ground by 5:35, only to be the 1,490th queuer of the day. WTF?! These people are hardcore.

Know who else is hardcore? Wimbledon D-Listers. So hardcore in fact that I’m back with set two. Enjoy!

Maria Sharapova warmed up on Court No. 6 before her disastrous 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 loss to Gisela Dulko on Centre Court. I caught most of the warm-up, wondering why she was hitting so poorly, but definitely digging her new, abbreviated service motion. And no, Hashers, Maria doesn’t make the D-List, but her two hitting partners certainly do. They provided the most action of the session when one (we’ll call him Tweedle D) was returning Maria’s serve and smacked the other (Tweedle C) right in the groinage. There was a loud gasp from the crowd (Maria put her hand over her mouth), and then laughing at the two hitting partners giggled about it. Who knew Maria supplied them with cups and jock-straps?! I bet Yuri put that rule into action.

At the newly-christened Court No. 2 (my show court for the day) I took in Robin Soderling (of Rafa-beating fame). But my eyes were mostly on Soderling’s box, not the match, where my (and Martina Hingis’) former boyfriend sat- Magnus Norman. You remember Maggie, right? He was that cute, world no. 2 that made us all wonder: ‘how does such petite, regular-built guy compete at the top of tennis?’ He answered that question a couple years ago by completely falling off the map. But he’s re-emerged as a coach as Soderling has surged. Oh Maggie, how I’ve missed you and your Ross-inspired hair!

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Later on Court 12, I took in a fierce battle between Michelle Larcher de Brito and Francesca Schiavone. While there was plenty to see (and hear) during this match, I couldn’t help but wandering my eyes back to the seats. There sat the Queen of Bad Calls, Mariana Alves. Mariana must’ve wanted to take in some of her compatriot’s match, and is obviously pissed that Michelle is stealing her spotlight. I mean, Mariana totally worked really, really hard for that spotlight, over-ruling balls that were three inches in and somehow still keeping her job. Look at her, you know she’s piiiiiiiiissed.

(image via atp web site)


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