Archive for August, 2009

new twins on the block

August 25, 2009

We only have room for one set of twins on the TSF shelf (that’s ADHD for ya), and we never thought that we’d brush aside Mary-Kate and Ashley (even though we love The Row) and Zach and Cody (even though we love Brenda Song) for Mike and Bob.

Props to their manager, definitely. Along with stories in The New Yorker and the NYT this week, they’re also gearing up to make their debut, along with collaborator David Baron, as the Bryan Bros Band. The trio will play three new songs at their first gig ever — Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Saturday, August 29. And a few days later, their album, Let It Rip, will be available for sale.

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(screengrab via bryanbrosband.com)

ralph’s ready

August 25, 2009

Ralph Lauren, the official sponsor of the US Open, has unleashed its advertisements for the tourney on the New York Times web site with this vertical image:

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Vanity Fair reported the release of the USO line from Ralph a couple of weeks ago, and we’re digging the outfits just as much as them. The apparel puts the USO ball boys and girls in the running for “best dressed” at this year’s Open — watch out Serena!

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tennis goes big time

August 25, 2009

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What’s the Italian version of the Oscars?! Because we’d like to nominate Flavia Pennetta, the WTA’s newest Top Ten member for her performance in “Football Tennis In New Haven” — the new film from the WTA.

But before we get all hung up on Flavia’s performance, let’s not forget the big story here: the tennis court. Yesterday, Sony Ericcson set up Pennetta to play with Caroline Wozniacki on “the world’s largest tennis court” in the Yale Bowl, on the university’s campus. 

We love it. And Caro gets a nomination for best supporting actress — her on-court banter was worth it.

(photo via wta web site)

no fuzz on these balls

August 24, 2009

Picture 2Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum! Which already-in-NYC ATPer had some meatballs for dindin?!??

We’ll give you one hint: they’re rather common where he comes from. Answer after the jump. (more…)

short balls: one week away

August 24, 2009

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Double Trouble: Don’t be too surprised. To go along with their New Yorker piece, the Bryan Brothers are also featured in this week’s Times Magazine, the Sunday NYT publication. This photo comes from the piece, which spans five internet pages and was released early (today) via the web. It will run Sunday, the day before the USO begins. Two high-profile pieces for the American pair in one week? We wouldn’t expect anything else. Oh, and if you like audio, check out the New Yorker interview here.

Posting Fashion: The New York Post ran a sprite and sweet article today on tennis fashion, featuring an interview with Ms. Tennis Fashionista herself, Maria Sharapova. Maria names her five fall must-haves, and (shocker!), two of her own pieces on the top of the list. A fashion shoot from Randall’s Island for the article is below.

Me, Two: Not to be outdone, Serena Williams is currently in issues of both Vogue (on one of the 576(!) pages) and Self magazines. While we couldn’t dig out either feature from the web, we did find this gem of a photo gallery from Style.com, the home of Vogue. One particular picture features Serena next to Anna Wintour, who’s been under heavy criticism lately. 

That’s Tennys, With a ‘Y': Rafael Nadal’s hitting partner at the French Open, American Tennys Sandgren, is making his first-ever appearance at the US Open this week in qualifying, starting tomorrow. Yep, that’s Tennys, with a ‘y’. The 18-year-old from Tennessee is following through on his namesake — literally. There’s also an American named Michael Venus in the qualies. Small world, isn’t it?

Overseas, Under the Radar: While she was under a media microscope at Wimbledon, British teenager Laura Robson is quietly entered the women’s qualifying tournament. The 15-year-old is attempting to make a slow transition from the junior game to the big leagues. Also in the women’s qualies is former major semifinalist, Nicole Vaidisova. The Czech is currently ranked 143rd in the world, thanks to a 7-12 season thus far.

(photo dewey nicks via new york times)

taylor makes a comeback

August 24, 2009

Two snaps for Taylor Dent, who’s still searching for his groove after a long-term absence from the ATP Tour to address a serious back injury (it left him in a body cast for nine months). He is also a wild card in the main draw of this year’s U.S. Open, which starts next week. In the meantime, he’s trying to get match-tough by working his way through the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament this week.

And two snaps for Nick, who got Dent’s story in the NYT‘s Straight Sets blog. Read it here.

tattoo watch: jose acasuso

August 24, 2009

Tattoo watch: TSF spent some time watching Nadia Petrova work on her serve at the Pilot Pen Tennis tourney’s show court yesterday morning (she fared well with it during her match against Anna Chakvetadze; too bad the rest of her game didn’t click), and for doing our homework we got a treat in the form of Jose Acasuso, who practiced after the Russian.

Scoreline: The Argentine faces compatriot Maximo Gonzalez in the first round of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament (they play today).

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the bryan brothers in the new yorker

August 24, 2009

It must be U.S. Open time: Thanks to Jon Wertheim for tweeting about the piece about the Mike and Bob Bryan in this week’s issue of The New Yorker. The twins tweeted about it last month…

Read the abstract after the cut…

fashion focus: yanina wickmayer in erke

August 24, 2009

No need to rub your eyes; that’s not a blurry Nike logo you’re seeing. Instead, it’s the logo for a(nother) Chinese sporting goods company — the one with the largest share of the athletic shoe market in that country — Erke.

Erke made a splash last year by being a clothing sponsor to the North Koreans. And this year, they struck a deal with the ATP to become the Shanghai Masters Series’ official clothier beginning next year and through 2013. The license is worth about $14.6 million. E-window shopping: Browse the company’s Dutch website since the Chinese one isn’t user-friendly yet (surprise?).

We first saw the clothes on Yanina Wickmayer on Day 1 of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament as she took down Tsvetana Pironkova 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a loooong qualifying final match. This gives the oft-snappy dresser (she used to wear Le Coq Sportif) a place in the main draw.

Everything in Yanina’s kit worked with the outfit: there was just enough blue (in her shoes, on her fingernails, on her Babolat racquet) to make the cap sleeve polo and the cuffed shorts radiate on the court.

The deets: a few more detail shots after the cut. Note the drawstring on the back of her polo, the polka dot texture on the fabric, the flaps on the shorts’ back pockets, and drop earrings that seem to be the lobe accessory du jour. Loves!

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shirtless: gigi lopez

August 23, 2009

While there are plenty of great arguments for watching tennis in the comfort of your own home — not needing to wait until the changeover to get up from a seat; not having to deal with other people’s chatter; listening to Mary Carillo’s commentary; instant replay — there are also plenty of arguments for watching tennis at a tournament: d-list sightings, limited-edition merch, and of course the practice courts. Especially the practice courts. God bless ‘em.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will play Yen-Hsu Lu in a first round match at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, the winner of which will play 16th-seed Andreas Seppi.

More: Click after the cut for more pictures.

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d-listed goes to new haven

August 23, 2009

Thought D-Listed was just an international affair? Not so, our friends. Here’s the third installment of our D-Listed series, set on the quaint campus of Yale University. The first two, Wimbeldon-inspired installments are here and here.

Wayne Bryan was a sight all over the grounds of the Yale Tennis Center, sporting a bright yellow adidas tee and a black cap. Bryan was doing some work for the tournament – commentating after center court matches included – and was not in attendance to watch his sons blow eight (count ‘em, eight!) championship points in Cincinnati. Bryan has been a fixture on the tour for years, and though he often travels with Mike and Bob, he’s made his own career out of emceeing events like the Pilot Pen and World Team Tennis. Atta boy, Wayne!

Prior to his on-court announcing after the Nadia Petrova-Anna Chakvetadze roller coaster, Bryan was spotted chatting up who we’re convinced was none other than Australian Alicia Molik. What do you think, folks? Is it she?!? We’re pretty sure that Molik is in New Haven practicing to keep her comeback on track, but who knows… we could be as off as Anna was in that dang first set against our girl Nadia.

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Ok, so it’s not the most flattering picture of That-Might-Be-Alicia-Molik-Girl (let’s just call her Al for now), but c’mon people, she’s definitely someone! We’re just not sure who…

Meanwhile, just a few feet from Al, Marion Bartoli took in most of the first set of the Petty-ChakChak match. Later in the day, when the two Russians were still on court in the third set, Svetlana Kuznetsova hopped courtside (near Al, of course!) to take in her two compatriots doing battle. Sveta paid little attention to the match itself, mostly giggling with a gal pal and typing away on her Blackberry.

Our fave sighting of the day definitely came on the practice courts: there was a shirtless Fernando Verdasco (not as yummy up close… just saying!), Flavia Pennetta wearing peach, Ai Sugiyama, Tommy Robredo and our absolute fave, Uncle Toni 2.0. To get a glimpse of Toni and who he might be coaching, read on.

 

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a tourney tee that takes the cake

August 23, 2009

Tourney merch almost always disappoints, so we smile when we see stuff on the rack that doesn’t scream “Let me show you my mad Word Art and MS Paint skillz.”

Lump into that “buy” category this vintage-inspired women’s tee available for sale at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament store.

Our only beef? They didn’t make it a unisex tee. Why do guys always get the short end of the stick?

Edit: It turns out that Verdasco was into this tee, too, and asked Pilot Pen tournament director Anne Worcester for an extra large. See? Even the players want in!

who’s that lady?

August 23, 2009

Alright, folks: guess which SEWTAer strolled over to the Pilot Pen tennis courts carrying her dog in a Louis Vuitton tote?

Think hard, then click on; the answer appears after the cut.

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sunday survey: what do you think?

August 23, 2009

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We’re not sure if we really care what you think, but we might as well ask, right? TSF is headed up to New Haven, Connecticut, for a day at the Pilot Pen. So excited?!? Yes we are.

We’re taking the train from Grand Central in NYC and it’s got us thinking about the US Open next week. Here’s a question for our brand-new, we-want-to-hear-from-you, Sunday Survey.

Which players – men or women – would be most likely to take the train (regional or subway) to the US Open? Who can you imagine sitting (or standing!) next to on public trans, his or her bag at their feet? It would take a special one, so we want to know who you think could rough it with the best…. ooops, the rest of us.

(photo by DanielKHC via flickr.)

short balls: tgiatftuso (!!!)

August 22, 2009

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That’s Thank Goodness it’s Almost Time for the US Open, of course! We couldn’t help but putting another shot of Street Tennis up from Toronto. It just looks SO COOL! Espesh from above, right?

TSF will be invading the Pilot Pen tomorrow in New Haven, and we’re hoping for a great day of Connecticut weather for some big-time tennis! Don’t forget to submit your questions for the stars so when we sit down in the interview room we don’t look like total idiots – we need your help!

Okay, Short Balls… here we go:

Web star. Tour flop? Sania Mirza continues to be a presence on the WTA Tour, but the hope that the Indian beauty might one day be a Top Ten star has fizzled into oblivion the last couple of years. Her barrage of injuries almost compares with her off-court distractions, which includes fighting off a stalker, marrying a man with the last name of her and doing plenty of fashion shoots. So perfect timing for Mirza to reveal a new personal web site. We love it. So glam, so Sania. Now can she win some tennis matches, please?

Big splurge. Wanna guess what Serena’s latest big-time purchase was? We bet not even the biggest of Williams fans could pull this one out. Think aquatic.

Tees for char-i-tee. Though her road has been rather bumpy on tour this year, Ana Ivanovic has continued to do her good-will work for UNICEF and the WTA. This week, the star revealed her collection of UNICEF tees. While we appreciate the gesture, this entire collection (seven shirts in all) is just messy all together. No fashion focus and just too much going on print wise. 

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Fashion first. Who cares that the top four men have advanced to the Cincy semis today, we’re all excited about lady’s fashion from last week! Just discovered this piece from the Cincinnati Enquirer about the colors alive on court last week. We agree, Janelle!

(street tennis image via wta tour web site; UNICEF shirt via tennis warehouse)

party like it’s 1992

August 20, 2009

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What year are we living in?! Monica Seles played a match in Toronto and Jennifer Capriati is featured on the WTA Tour’s web site! Who wudda thunk it?!

Seles took part in being honored at the Rogers Cup, being inducted to the tournament’s Hall of Fame. Seles won the tournament four times, including in 1995, when she was playing in her first pro tournament since her layoff from the tour following her horrific stabbing.

Capriati, meanwhile, was inexplicably featured on the WTA’s web site in a photo gallery titled “Jennifer Captiai’s Best Moments“. The gallery takes viewers through snapshots of Capriati’s tennis life, from 1991 through her epic 2003 match with Justine Henin at the US Open.

Though the gallery feels as though it belongs to a player who is retired, the last slide is accompanied by this caption: “Capriati hasn’t played since 2004 but as of August 2009 has not waved goodbye to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.”

Do the WTA peeps know something that we don’t? Did Capriati’s PR people plant the gallery to get fans excited for a return announcement?! One can only guess, but the usually-private JCap did make a public appearance in New York in late June. Check out video after the cut.

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what not to wear: jennifer love hewitt edition

August 20, 2009

Jennifer Love Hewitt needs to have one of her ghosts whisper to her that espadrilles and DecoTurf should never mix. Ever.

Oh ya, and she played in a bikini, too, in case you care about that stuff.

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the voice of tennis

August 19, 2009

Who knew that the Village Voice - the country’s largest culture and arts weekly newspaper – would be full of tennis tidbits this week? First off, there was some juicy gossip from columnist Michael Musto in his “Blind Item” piece this week. It’s sort of a tease of a tangent: when doing the “Blind Iteam” post, Mr. Musto writes about celebrities but doesn’t give away who it is. This one, however, certainly caught our (reading) eye:

Which hunky ’70s tennis star used to like three-ways with women, one of whom he would charmingly ask to insert a dildo in his butt? (I guess the other one kept score.)

Who could it be?! Ah, the guesses are endless. But who do you think it is?!

Meanwhile, in the Voice’s always-handy to-do’s for the week, we spotted a little write-up about the Bronx Open, a USTA-certified open (and ITF event) with $100,000 in cash prize. Among the competitors are Lucie Safarova, Anna Lena Groenefeld, Sania Mirza and American Vania King. Forget the qualies, this is where the real action will be prior to the Open!

A few players that won’t be in the Bronx, but rather in Queens the same week are the wild cards of the US Open qualifying draw. That list includes 16-year-old Ryan Harrison, 2008 US Open boy’s champ Grigor Dimitrov, Scoville Jenkins and Ryan Lipman, who was runner up in Kalamazoo last week.

andre agassi: all bones?

August 19, 2009

We’re not entirely sure what to think of this tribute to Andre Agassi and his influence on style back in the early 90s…

(screen grab from emptees.com; via greig)

tuesday’s tastes

August 18, 2009

Lots of tennis is going on during the US Open Series to lead up to the big dance later this month. But don’t forget about the on-court fashion, as well. We’ve been digging the bright colors that have been brought out of the closet following the fortnight at Wimbledon, but some accessory choices haven’t gone over so well.

Russian Igor Andreev, always at the top of his (physical) game, looks great in this Under Armour outfit put together for Cincy this week. The look is very Rafa-USO-2007 inspired, but Andreev makes it look fresh with those bustling, lean muscles and the white, exaggerated bandana. 

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We wouldn’t mind some colored shoes, but black seems to have it at the moment. As for the black that James Blake is wearing, it’s just all wrong. Blake, like Andy Roddick, continues to be a fashion disaster on court, even though his clothing line (Fila) is mostly his at the top of the game (only Marin Cilic also wears the brand).

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What’s wrong with this picture? Hmmm: the misplaced, awkward-looking sweatband to start. The baggy shirt is second and those black shorts! Oh black… why?! Why must these men insist on wearing such terrible things in the middle of the summer heat? We don’t buy the “this-is-the-new-line-of-product” excuse. If James wanted to look dapper, you know he could look dapper…

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