Archive for August 28th, 2009

u.s. open tees are teases no longer

August 28, 2009

No more butterflies: The USTA is stepping up its merch for the 2009 U.S. Open, having Venus Williams design an official tournament tee (last year, it was Heidi Klum). The 100% organic cotton shirt is part of the USTA’s wide-ranging green initiatives and will be sold both on-site and online at usopen.org.

“I am really excited about this project because it combines three of my interests: tennis, fashion, and the environment,” said Williams, who’s seeded third at this year’s tournament. “I hope that my passion will be conveyed through this design and will inspire others to do their part to help preserve the environment.”

A portion of the profits from the shirt, which is part of the EleVen clothing line, will benefit Unisphere, Inc., the non-profit that maintains and preserves Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Buy: US Open 2009 Venus Williams Women’s Tee, $30.

(image courtesy of USTA)

sharapova wears chloe (and gehry) on the roof

August 28, 2009

Maria Sharapova‘s latest Grand Slam earrings — part of her partnership with Tiffany & Co. — come in the form of a design by Frank Gehry. A party in honor of the piece’s debut happened on Wednesday night at the penthouse of the Cooper Square Hotel. Blake Lively showed up, and Maria brought out a birthday cake in honor of the Gossip Girl‘s birthday.

practice: janko at the u.s. open

August 28, 2009

TSF stopped by the U.S. Open practice courts yesterday and spotted Janko Tipsarevic hitting with Victor Troicki and alongside Marat Safin.

Janko’s in the same quarter of the draw as Nole, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Haas, and Andy Roddick; he faces Florent Serra in the first round.

Are those Oakley Jawbones?

More: Two other shots after the cut…

shirtless: who’s hitting with robby ginepri?

August 28, 2009

(Edit: TSF has since found out that this gentleman is Travis Rettenmaier. Thanks to all the readers who helped us with IDing the fella.)

Lots o’ rain today (thanks, Danny), so we are planting our cabooses at our friend’s Brooklyn apartment to stay dry.

In the meantime, do any of you know who this guy is? He was practicing with Robby Ginepri on the grounds of the USTABJKNTC yesterday (this, of course, in preparation for the 2009 U.S. Open, which starts next week).

Need more help? We’ve got a few more pics after the cut…


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