Archive for September, 2009

mason’s master of tennis fashion

September 30, 2009

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Though her favorite part of the day is making her customers smile, there are a few of them that Dana Mason has never even seen.

“I have a few customers that just trust me,” she said outside the Manhattan tennis store last week. “I have a customer in Chicago that has never even been in the store. I just know what she likes and we ship out boxes. She never sends anything back.”

Dana is VP of Mason’s Tennis Mart, one the few tennis goods stores in New York City, and a primary destination for U.S. Open products this year.

According to Dana, the Open brought “absolute insanity” to the store, but the place itself has been humming for the past 35 years, thanks to Dana’s father, Mark, who first opened the shop in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The boutique now sits comfortably in Midtown on the east side, just south of where many affluent New Yorkers live, and just north of many corporate offices, where Dana says many of her customers work.

“This is a perfect location for us,” she said, eyeing the store as midday traffic zips through the doors.

While her dad might be the tennis guru in the family business, Dana has always had an eye for fashion. As a young girl, she would hang around the store, but said her interest lay mostly in the clothes. 

When her dad brought her on as a buyer seven years ago, Dana flourished in the position.

“I’m so lucky that my dad brought me into the business,” Dana said. “Picking out merchandise for the store and watching it come off the shelves, I love that. Those are my picks, and I love when the customers love them.”

Dana knows her tennis fashion: from Fred Perry to Fila, adidas, Nike, and Polo Ralph Lauren, Dana has dealt with the big guns of the tennis fashion world.

Which isn’t to say that this is all fun and games. Her biggest frustration?

“Not getting the players outfits! I can’t tell you how many people come in wanting Sharapova‘s dress or Roger‘s jackets. But those things just aren’t available. It makes me sad!”

Read more about Dana’s picks for what’s next in tennis fashion, who shops Mason’s and her tennis DON’T for on-court fashion. (more…)

tsf presents: an illustrated pov

September 30, 2009

TSF is glad to have Troy Venechanos on board with our team. The former Tennis magazine intern and Northeastern grad is now an AmeriCorps volunteer in New Orleans, Louisiana. That doesn’t stop Troy from following the tour with gusto, where his two favorite players are Venus and (no shocker here) Akgul Amanmuradova. You can find Troy perusing J. Crew catalogs for clothesguys and he likes to spend summers on the lake with Yaya.

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The Comeback Bandwagon: WTA Looks to Past for Future Success
Co-starring Davenport, Date Krumm, Clijsters and Henin, illustrated by Troy Venechanos

Enlarge: Make sure to click on the pic above for a closer look!

<3: fendi spring 2010

September 30, 2009

There’s room in this world for evening clutches made of completely transparent Perspex (above, middle). Thank god Karl Lagerfeld knows this!

View: The entire Fendi Spring 2010 show, in pictures, available at style.com.

SPRING 2010 SHOWS WE LOVE
>> marc by marc jacobs
>> giorgio armani
>> burberry prorsum

what should’ve been: the k-swiss switch

September 30, 2009

TSF let out a squeal when we saw this dress hanging in the K-Swiss showroom, and smiled when we learned that it would have a fall drop. Unfortunately, it didn’t appear at the 2009 U.S. Open as we’d expected, though its bright color and sexy silhouette would’ve been worthy of the tennis catwalk that is Flushing Meadows.

Instead, the dress debuted after the slam: at this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open, K-Swiss mascot Kateryna Bondarenko fell to Li Na 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 after she upset Elena Dementieva in the second round. Take a look at the draw (pdf) to see how the rest of the ladies have fared.

Buy: K-Swiss Women’s Fall Dress, clover pink/black and white/ebony grey, $74.99. (Note: we had incorrectly reported the price of this dress as $59.99; the retail price is $74.99.)

More: A few other views of the dress in action after the cut…

cool t-shirts on gilles simon make us smile

September 30, 2009

Photo taken at the PTT Bangkok Open Muay Thai event.

adidas “Cool Trainers Always Make Me Smile” tee, £14.99, JJB Sports.

Draw: These three guys are still in (second round), with Ginepri facing Korolev, Simon facing Kevin Kim, and Isner going up against Zverev. (pdf)

(image by Getty)

robby ginepri is the baby bear…

September 30, 2009

… to our Goldilocks — he’s just right!

One of the treats of the Thailand Open is the ATPers doing some Muay Thai. This year they had the suuuuuuuper pasty John Isner, Gilles Simon, and Robby Ginepri get into some silk shorts and spar for the photographers.

It’s funny to see the martial artists turn Lilliputian next to Isner (they’re up to his nipples!), but they can probably still kick his butt without breaking a sweat.

More: A few more pics of John, Gilles, and Robby after the cut…

vampire stylin’

September 30, 2009

Has anyone ever seen this Nike commercial? It looks rather ’90s, but I couldn’t quite tell when it was from. And though the tennis character has both Agassi and Sampras qualities, I’m pretty sure he’s a Joe Schmoe, right?

In any case, we thought we could give you your daily dose of vampire this morning… enjoy!

short balls: it never really ends

September 29, 2009

Erwin’s proved over the last few days that the tennis news never really ends. If you haven’t been to the site in a few days, you might want to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page – there’s a lot of fresh content, folks! Now for some balls of shortness, brought to you by local lazy man, yours truly.

Fashion goes East: As Erwin proved with Venus’ headbands and Caroline’s Stella stuff, WTA fashion has hit the Eastern hemisphere with full force. Diva Asia, a Singapore-based news and gossip outlet, is all a-gabbin’ about the do’s and dont’s of the WTA tour. But to compare tennis fashion with golf?! Puhh-lease.

The Stars Come Out: For Andre and Steffi, so it appears. This weekend’s Tennis Classic, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Graf brings together former pros Michael Chang, Corina Morariu, the Jensen brothers, Conchita Martinez and Brad Gilbert. The event, held in Mill Valley, California, is a benefit and happens this Friday through Sunday. 

Stamp of Approval: Oops, he did it again. Roger Federer‘s triumph at the French Open this year, which assured him a title at each of the four grand slams, will now be commemorated by the Austrian postal service via a Federer stamp, out next February. All those women (and men) jealous of Mirka will be buying them in droves… they get to lick Rog’s backside!!!

A Trio’s Tootles: Fabrice Santoro said good-bye to tennis at the U.S. Open last month, while Andrei Pavel and Ai Sugiyama also wrapped up long careers this month with a bid of retirement. All three had long careers, so we doubt any of them will be pulling a HingDavenKimHenin anytime soon (aka, coming out of retirement). But if they do, wouldn’t they love a return like Kimko Date Krumm has had this fall?

Never Say Die: The Serena-Williams-freaked-out-at-a-line-judge story just won’t die, being fueled over the last week by the online release of a Tampax commercial Serena shot prior to the Open where she smacks tennis balls at a petite woman and calls her “5 foot nothing”. The New York Times, Post and Daily News all weigh in on the ad campaign, which Tampax decided to run following her tirade, calling the American’s handling of the situation a demonstration of her strength of character.

Spin Offs: The Daily News even went as far to put together a photo gallery of “Sports’ Greatest Mental Meltdowns and Temper Tantrums” (our fave is Tonya Harding, of course!) and The Onion took a rare dip into the world of sports with a this racy (but funny?!) headline.

(post corrected 10/9)

sweet but short: caro’s second outing with stella

September 29, 2009

Canuck Aleksandra Wozniak‘s been on a mini-roll this week at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, first dispatching Korea Open winner Kimiko Date Krumm in three sets before getting to the quarters after Caroline Wozniacki retired in round two due to a viral infection.

But it was enough time for Caro to show off her second outfit from the adidas by Stella McCartney line, the same pieces she debuted at the 2009 U.S. Open, but this time in onyx (grey).

The two-tiered performance skirt is sold out (le sigh!), but the hyper-stitched, chunky-zippered jacket is still available via TW for $175. See another view of the jacket here.

We wish Caro the best and hope she makes a full recovery.

(image courtesy of adidas)

fashion focus: verdasco’s caught (homegrown) branding fever

September 29, 2009

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Blogger HC Foo caught up (vid) with Fernando Verdasco at the Proton Malaysia Open and asked him about the timeline for his own line of merch, an idea that first manifested itself last month when some fans snapped this photo above.

The “FeVer” line (get it?) will get a bigger push at the beginning of next season, probably sold via a yet-to-be-launched website for the Spaniard.

The branding may seem a little forced — riding on the fumes of the Nike “RF” monogram created for Roger Federer — but we’re confident that it’ll lead to good things. Remember when Nole made these shirts? And now he’s lookin’ all sexy in his adidas Falcon line. Look at how far he’s come!

Meanwhile, we hope that Melanie Oudin gets on that bandwagon soon, because this s**t needs to stop. Stat.

(image via Forty Deuce via HC Foo)

(ot) the color of art

September 29, 2009

Artist JT Nimoy calculated the average color of art based on 26,000 images in the MoMA art collection. The result is #A79F94, a brownish gray.

the jokes keep, uhm, flowing

September 29, 2009

deadrock3 on the awesome P&G Tampax campaign featuring Serena Williams: “Maybe Serena should arrive at her next tournament on a red moped scooter — it could be called her menstrual cycle.”

Hah!

do your part: donate to flood victims in southeast asia

September 29, 2009

14 inches of rain in six hours — that’s the amount of water that Typhoon Ketsana dumped onto Manila this past Saturday, leading to massive floods that have killed at least 200 and have displaced tens of thousands of others in the northern part of the Philippines.

You can do your part by contributing to the American Red Cross’ efforts to help out. (Vietnam is also in the path of the typhoon.)

(image by Reuters via WaPo.com)

party in kuala lumpur

September 29, 2009

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What a motley crew, these guys. Snowman Richard Gasquet, the unsportsmanlike Robin Soderling, gambler Nikolay Davydenko, and casanova Fernando Verdasco — all in batik shirts at an event for the Proton Malaysia Open, happening this week in Kuala Lumpur.

Leave it to Verdasco to add Spanish flair to the traditional Malaysian attire by tucking it into his jeans. We didn’t expect anything less from the fashionista.

Bracket: After first-round byes, Kolya faces Dent, Verdasco will play Karol Beck, and Soderling is up against qualifier Brendan Evans (who played fellow qualifier/American Michael Yani in the first round). Gasquet is still slated for a first rounder against Romanian Victor Crivoi.

(image via PMO)

rafa, kobe, maria, and… manny pacquiao?!

September 29, 2009

Yes, Manny Pacquiao, save your vocal chords and — whatever you do — don’t run for political office. Instead of going down that predictable Filipino celebrity path, you should try to mix things up a bit, eh?

The Filipino boxing champ has been chosen (along with Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Rafa Nadal, and Alexandre Pato) to pose in the AW77 hoodie from Nike‘s Fall/Winter 2009 NSW collection. The superstars were shot by photographers David Sims and Karl Templer over three months for a project that’ll launch on October 1.

Browse: Images of the rest of the NSW Fall/Winter 2009 collection can be found here, here, and here.

Watch: See this ad for the hoodie. The newest version of this classic item is being touted as water-resistant. And this video takes us to the Loopwheeler factory in Japan, where the hoodie’s made. (Fun fact: each of the old-school machines make enough fabric for only eight AW77s per day!)

Buy: Pick up a hoodie from NSW at Nike.

(image via freshnessmag.com; AW77 ad via beepinoy.com)

trophy watch: monfils hatches a green egg, date set a date with history, etc.

September 28, 2009

Proud achievement or slap in the face? Japanese phoenix Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest SEWTA winner since BJK in 1983 by beating Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3 at the Korea Open. Set this win beside Kimmie‘s U.S. Open triumph (and alongside Dinara‘s first round disaster in Tokyo) and what you get is fodder for naysayers of the deflated WTA Tour. Either way, congrats to Kimiko!

You can’t Photoshop that even if you tried: Israeli Shahar Pe’er beat local (Uzbekistani) Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-4 at the Tashkent Open. Shahar also won the singles title at last week’s Guangzhou Open.

More: The men, and toasts to Agassi and Kramer after the cut…

photo feed: juan monaco falls and hurts his right leg

September 28, 2009

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Peekaboo: Blame the “just because we can” syndrome, but here’s a photo of Juan Monaco, who made the finals of the BCR Romania Open this past weekend. He lost 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) to Albert Montanes. The Argentine was up 5-2 in the second set before he fell and hurt his right leg. Unfortunately, he was not able to recover. What is it with him and leg bad luck?

More: See a few more pics after the cut…

fashion focus: venus williams in tokyo

September 28, 2009

Venus Williams had such cute hair at this past weekend’s press conference for the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Too bad that the first round scoreboard looks like a massacre. Top seed (and World No. 1) Dinara Safina got upset in three set to No. 132 Chang Kai-Chan; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Venus in two; Sveta goes down to Andrea Petkovic in three; and both Pennetta (No. 9) and Ivanovic (No. 10) lost to Vinci and Safarova, respectively.

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Moving on: That pic above made me window-shop for hairwear, and I ran across these three. Rhinestone headband (right), $7.80; and Jeweled satin headband (left), $5.80; both at forever21.com. And if you’re feeling adventurous (and splurgy), these Side Poms (center) are for you! Available at Topshop for $75.

(Venus image via Getty; hair accessories images via topshop and forever21.com)

FV does LV — were we surprised?

September 28, 2009

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Consider our cockles warmed after learning that Fernando Verdasco is a suitcase-toting member of the Louis Vuitton club!

Kuala Lumpur up close: Head over to HC Foo’s blog for some in-the-trenches coverage of the inaugural Proton Malaysian Open. It’s even more intense via Twitter.

The top five seeds at this ATP 250 event are: Kolya, Verdasco, Soderling, Gonzo, and Metz winner Gael Monfils. Taylor Dent is one of the wild cards; he won his first-round match against Andrey Golubev and next faces Davydenko. How do you say gulp in Russian?

(photo via HC Foo)

sunday survey: coffee chat

September 27, 2009

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Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin have always had a strange relationship. They made it clear when they both rose to the top of the game that they weren’t the best of friends, and though the two women have great respect for one another, it had to be a little strange for Clijsters to watch Henin announce her own comeback just 10 days after the new mom had claimed the US Open title.

What would Kim and JuJu chat about if they were out to coffee together? No media present, no handlers… just the two Belgian bombers out for some famous chocolate and a cup of coffee. What would they speak about? Would they speak at all? Who would carry the conversation? Would any bad blood come to be discussed? 

Sure, Kimmie’s always been known as the ‘nice girl’ on the tour, but get a little caffeine in the gal and her mouth is sure to run as fast as she does on the court, right? 

We want some honesty brewing on this coffee date…

(photo by openaperture via flickr.)


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