Archive for October 6th, 2009

who wore it best?

October 6, 2009

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You choose. And let us know what you think.

(photo via yahoo; via thedoublebagel)

short balls: (tennis) party in the usa

October 6, 2009

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Brooklynites have become quite hip over the last decade. But trying to pair the trendy New York borough with the sport of tennis would be like setting Serena Williams up on a blind date with Unnamed Lineslady. Things just wouldn’t work out.

But members of the Williamsburg neighborhood in BK, one of the trendiest of them all, are coming together to repair the tennis courts in McCarren Park, just off Bedford Avenue. The group is hosting the Williamsburg Open this coming weekend (the 10th and 11th) to raise funds for their venture, and are throwing an on-court party (of course!) Saturday night that DJ collective Ohio Party.

Check out the artsy and eye-catching flyer here. Design done by Nick Pattison.

Catty Caroline: Caroline Wozniacki finally let out some steam after trying to take the title as “Nicest Girl on the WTA Tour” from Kim Clijsters following a complaint of the tour’s schedulers this week in Beijing. Wozniacki, who lost early in Tokyo and again in Beijing, said she requested an extra day of rest to shake a virus she’d been stricken with since arriving in Asia. The tourney director denied such request, and Caro’s post-US Open finals record is now 0-2. That’s enough to put anyone in a foul mood, no?

Back on track: Jelena Dokic hopes to be back on track after winning a $100,000 ITF satellite tournament in Athens last week, beating former top 20 player (and home-towner) Eleni Daniilidou. The Australian had gone just 7-10 on the year after her run to the AO quarterfinals early this year, and suffered a debilitating injury that kept her bed ridden and allowed her to play just two matches from June through August (Wimbledon and the USO). Welcome back, Jelena! We’re happy you have some ranking points so you won’t plummet after the Aussie…

One, two… three? Maria Sharapova may have done her part in starting a three-way cat fight yesterday in Beijing after Victoria Azarenka took a second injury second timeout during their three-set thriller. “Is her last name Jankovic?” Sharapova asked a tour official. Who do you think would win in that Celebrity Deathmatch?! We’re banking on Jelena. (UPDATE! Check out the video here of Maria’s jab. Thanks for posting, Mr. James LaRosa!)

Shortest balls: In case you missed it: Fila was named the new official sponsor of the Sony Ericsson Championships; Melanie Oudin hasn’t beat a player inside the top 800 since her US Open run; Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro have Asian burnout-flu; and even though Venus had the best hair in China, Anastasia was awarded with pizza after her win. 

(photo by mugsniffer via flickr)

rafael nadal: green light, green shirt

October 6, 2009

After the doctors gave Rafa Nadal the green light to continue with his grueling style of professional tennis play for the rest of 2009, the Spaniard has decided to vie for the China Open title this week. He’s also slated Shanghai, Bercy, London, and the Davis Cup final (vs. the Czechs) for this year.

In Beijing, Rafa is through to the second round after taking out Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. He next faces James Blake. In his quarter of the draw is Fernando Gonzalez; in his half, Nikolay Davydenko. See the draw here.

The post-US Open version of his Nike polo is a green with navy blue and grey; it’s also available in a white with grey/green colorway. We’re totally wanting that polo, but the color contrast in those checkered shorts are a bit much. What do you think think? Tell us!

Buy: Nike Winter Woven Long Short, $55; Bold Master Polo, $60; both from TW.

More: More images after the cut…

three months of aussie buzz starts today. w00t?

October 6, 2009

He said, he said: Apparently, Lleyton Hewitt was snubbed by Aussie up-and-comer Bernard Tomic when the former No. 1 asked to hit with the U.S. Open 2009 junior champ sometime before Wimbledon. It was recently revealed by the Tomic camp that the request was turned down because of swine flu.

”I mean, if I get the chance, look, I would love to,” Tomic said, referring to hitting with Lleyton. ”He’s an idol and an icon for Australian tennis. I was watching him as I was growing up, a lot, and I loved his game and it would be a pleasure to hit with him any time, anywhere, I think.”

The Hewitt entourage counters that Tomic just went with someone else — Juan Carlos Ferrero — and thinks that the ailment excuse is all hogwash.

Wait — is this even news? Why was this published? Oh, that’s right — the organizers of the Australian Open have officially “launched” the tournament (how does one “launch” an event?), which means we’ll have media squeezing Aussie lemons to make tart, sour tennis lemonade like this Tomic/Hewitt row (thanks, The Age!) between now and January 18, 2010, when the event begins. Brace yourselves, folks.

On the flipside: There are a few things to get excited about. First, a wonderful teaser ad (click above) using the blue tint of the Melbourne Park courts as a motif. Second, the return of our Belgian munchkin Justine Henin. Third, the Woodies — Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge — get inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame. And fourth, Pat Rafter and Goran Ivanisevic will play a rematch of their ’01 Wimbledon final (which Ivanisevic won 9-7 in the fifth). Squee!

(Tomic photo via The Age; AO ad screengrab from YouTube)

“pearl crown” dress can’t save the china open queen

October 6, 2009

The Shuai-caused upsets continue at the China Open, with Shuai Zhang‘s defeat of Dinara Safina preceding the fizzling of Jelena Jankovic‘s tourney run. The defending champion lost 6-4, 5-7, 2-6 to local Shuai Peng. Jankovic was still being bothered by the wrist injury that forced her to retire from the Toray Pan Pacific Open final last week; she “couldn’t hit the ball hard enough” to keep the match competitive in the third set.

ANTA, Jelena’s sponsor, created a special dress just for their hometown event (Zheng Jie got the same treatment). They created a “pearl crown” pattern on the layered purple dress, which made references to Jelena’s title reign for this past year.

“I love this design very much,” Jelena said about the design. “I am very touched.” Not touched enough to defend! (Jay kay! xo – tsf)

We really do love this dress, and think that Jelena and ANTA have created a great collaboration that we expect to see more of in the coming weeks — if Jelena is fit enough to play. What do you think of the dress? Tell us!

Bracketology: Meanwhile, Serena won her third-round match and will be back at the No. 1 spot once the rankings are published on Monday. We expect Ms. Williams to survive her half of the draw (taking out Russians Petrova, Sharapova, and Kuznetsova along the way) and then face Dementieva in the finals. See the draw here (pdf).

(images via Getty)

fila japan blog + did anyone see morigami?

October 6, 2009

We’re in love with the banner for Fila Japan‘s blog. Yep — that’s pretty much how I fell every time I step out on a court.

BTW, their mascot, Akiko Morigami, has apparently recovered from her injury is now back in the pro tennis fray. She tried to qualify for the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last week, but got shut out in the first round by Jill Craybas. If there’s anyone out there with pics of Morigami from the event, I’d love to see ‘em!

(image via fila japan)

fashion focus: monfils in vogue

October 6, 2009

The October issue of Vogue has a French-themed spread of beautiful gowns by Parisian couture houses Chanel, Christian Lacroix and, Christian Dior; and shot by Arthur Elgort on location in the City of Lights.

While the women’s clothes took center stage (this is Vogue, after all), we were disappointed that they left French tennis star Gael Monfils as prop — dressed simply in Nike whites. Were they painted into this drab clothing corner by contractual obligations to his apparel sponsor? Le sigh; our loss, since we know that he can look pretty good all made up for the camera.

Flip: You can see the entire spread here.

This week: Monfils is still gunning for this week’s Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo. He took out Marsel Ilhan in the first round, faces Chiudinelli in the second, and will likely run into Stan Wawrinka in the quarters. Draw here (pdf).

(scans at sarahdenslenoir via GOTOTENNIS)

delpo loses his first match as a slam champ

October 6, 2009

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An ailing and jet-lagged Juan Martin del Potro, the top seed at this week’s Rakuten Japan Open, was upset by Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the tournament.

The gracious Argentine, who won his first major title at the 2009 U.S. Open, did not give any excuses for his poor performance. “The other guy played good tennis and took his opportunities… Everyone can lose. It happens.”

And Roger-Vasselin thought that his relative anonymity might have helped his cause. “I know him better than he knows me. That’s maybe how I won.”

Buy: The polka dot madness over at Nike continues. This week, del Potro wore the winter version of the sleeveless top, in white with Green Spark dots. It’s also available in black/grey and navy/white. $55 at TW.

(image via Getty)

i snooze and i lose, but lleyton wins

October 6, 2009

We probably can’t teach old dog new tricks, so we’re stuck dozing off while looking at pics of Lleyton Hewitt languishing in Yonex. (Can he retire already? Please?)

The Aussie won his first rounder at this week’s Rakuten Japan Open, taking out wildcard Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 7-5. Couple this with top seed Juan Martin del Potro‘s first-round loss to Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Lleyton has a decent shot to get to the quarterfinals!

Buy: For those absolutely interested, you can pick up versions of the Yonex New York Crew for $44.99.

(image via Getty)


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