Archive for October 12th, 2009

le sad: akiko morigami will retire this year

October 12, 2009

A TSF reader tipped us off about Akiko Morigami‘s retirement from professional tennis, announced yesterday. She is playing in the first round against Anastasia Rodionova at this week’s HP Japan Open in Osaka, her hometown (draw). This is her last WTA tournament and will play the All-Japan Tennis Tournament in November.

Above is a photo of Akiko practicing with HP Japan Open top seed Caro Wozniacki.

While Morigami might not have made any splashes with her game — she only one 1 title (Prague, 2007) — Morigami gets props for her awesome display of Fila Japan’s flirty and whimsical clothes.

We don’t expect her to pull a HingDavenKimHenin, so we’ll end it here: so long, Akiko!

(photo via the HP Japan Open website)

mischa zverev: before the fall, another erke peek

October 12, 2009

German Mischa Zverev had to retire from his first-round match against tenth seed Fernando Gonzalez at the Shanghai Masters Tennis Tournament this week. A right wrist injury, sustained during a fall early in the third set, left the score at 7-5, 6-7 (0), 2-2 — which sucks, since Zverev won that tiebreaker against Gonzo.

But before his departure, we got another peek into the wonderful world of Erke; Zverev’s the tennis face of this Chinese brand, which also calls Yanina Wickmayer one of its athletes.

Bracket: Roger Federer and Andy Murray pulled out of the tourney due to exhaustion and a wrist injury, respectively. Roddick and Nadal are grumbling about how long the tennis season is (with reason: have anyone play grueling tennis for 11 months a year and their body will surely fall apart).

Okay, I tried to find the bracket on that user-unfriendly tourney website. I will love you forever if you can help me track it down.

Deets: Note the color gradation detail down the sleeves of Mischa’s polo. Cute monochromatic wristbands, too. See more pics after the cut…

thomas reynolds keeps on

October 12, 2009

James Blake and his Thomas Reynolds collaboration with Fila are keeping on, whether we like it or not. After debuting at the 2009 US Open with the Coolmax Crew in baby blue (“Campanula”), Blake has moved on to white and navy colorways of the TR Jersey Crew. (Buy: $37.99, TW)

That being said, we found the Fall Hoodie totally comfortable, and there’s some good detail in the contrast, unfinished seams.

On the court: James is still sputtering after his trip to the finals of the AEGON championships back in June. Since then, he’s lost in the first round twice (Wimbledon, Cincinnati Masters), second round (Beijing), and the third (US Open). Here’s hoping that he’ll make some sort of a mark at this week’s Shanghai Masters tournament.

(image via Getty Images)

(ot) pretty in pink: tom brady

October 12, 2009

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We’re not ones to comment on sports fashion outside of tennis (we leave that to the experts), but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give the Patriots’ Tom Brady a pat on the back (bum?) for wearing pink shoes as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

(via kenneth)

player, politicized: martina navratilova

October 12, 2009

Martina Navratilova at last Sunday’s National Equality March, which was also attended by our own Nick McCarvel.

(photo by Austin Riggs for TSF)

nole djokovic: like clockwork

October 12, 2009

Trophy goes up, clothes come off: The winning ways of Novak Djokovic haven’t changed. Here are photos taken after his title win at the China Open against Marin Cilic. Never has TSF been so thankful for old habits dying hard.

Pics after the cut…

trophy watch: kerchiefs, gang signs, pearl studs, and gold crosses

October 12, 2009

Moscow, represent: Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova bagged her first title since tearing it up on the clay courts in early 2009 (with titles in Stuttgart and Roland Garros) by defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the China Open. Not sure if it’s this new positive aura of hers, but she was lookin’ damn good in the cap-sleeve top from Fila‘s fall Heritage collection. (Buy: $38.99 at TW)

Nole, unveiled: Were we really surprised that there was a Serbian striptease after Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles title at the China Open? He took out Marin Cilic 6-2, 7-6 (4) in a rain-addled final. Nole now has three titles (Dubai and Serbia Open); he heads Shanghai to take part in the Shanghai Masters tourney (this week).

If you know what’s going on with the bandana wrapped around their wrists, hit me up.

Stud, studded: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and his pearl studs were no match for Mikhail Youzhny in the Japan Open. The Frenchman won 6-3, 6-3. Props to Youzhny, though, who beat Gilles Simon, Tomas Berdych, and Lleyton Hewitt on his way to the final. That one-handed backhand was smokin’!

Seal of approval: That chinese name stamp the China Open tourney organizers gave to Marat Safin after his swan song in Beijing was a cool concept.


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