Archive for October, 2009

furliciano lopez

October 17, 2009

Wolverine, 3.0: Even the normally furry-licious Gilles Simon‘s beard was no match for that of Feliciano Lopez‘s patchy facial hair, which was showcased at this week’s Shanghai ATP Masters tournament. In today’s semifinal, Feli lost through retirement 1-6, 0-3 (right ankle). This was a sad end for the run of the unseeded Lopez, who upset seeds David Ferrer (16) and Robin Soderling (9) before facing Nadal.

Joma: Props to the subtle pops of blue all over Lopez’s crisp, white Joma outfit (especially the placket). While this Shanghai kit isn’t available for sale, you can check out some older styles — including his Davis Cup apparel — at the company’s website.

More: See more pics of Feli’s outfit: the bandana, the socks, the wristband, the shorts — all after the cut…

novak djokovic’s wood

October 17, 2009

We knew it was a cross hiding under that adidas shirt, but we just weren’t sure what it looked like.

Mystery solved.

Thanks for playing: The Serb, seeded second at this week’s Shanghai ATP Masters tournament, lost in the semis to Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1). Nole looked on track to beat the Russian, saving three break points in the first set and converting the second break point on Kolya’s serve. Davydenko broke in the second, using his speed to set up forehand and backhand winners from the baseline (but he showed some good net play, too). And by the time it got to the third set tiebreak, Kolya raced to 5-0 before ceding a point to Djokovic. He’ll face Nadal in the finals.

(image via Getty)

tennis night in america

October 17, 2009

30Rock-tennis

NBC‘s critically acclaimed 30 Rock opened to less-than-big numbers with 6.3 million viewers last week, but at least they got something right with this tennis spoof. Loves it.

Watch here or click on the photo itself.

(link via jonstennistweet; photo via nbc.com)

mo’ mono: radek stepanek

October 16, 2009

The funky clothing of Radek Stepanek goes to the next level with this monogrammed polo from Alea with a slight graphic print on the front — tame compared to the Czech’s usually outlandish outfits. (Read up on other players in the monogram club.)

Shanghai’ed: Stepanek looked on track to win the head-to-head against Nikolay Davydenko before this quarterfinal match at this week’s Shanghai ATP Masters (they were 4-4 previously). He frustrated Kolya by attacking second serves and coming in constantly as part of his serve-and-volley game. Alas, the Russian eventually prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. “He destroyed me in the second set,” Davydenko said during the post-match presser. “In the third set, I find my game and play better and better, good concentration, and he start again to do mistakes from the baseline.”

Browse: See the other Alea goods on their website. omg that czech flag bathrobe is craaaaaaazy.

A few more: A few more shots of Radek and his clothes after the cut…

prettier in pink: rafa shanghai shirts?

October 16, 2009

Does anyone out there have info about these pink “Nadal” shirts (with swoosh, of course) that all the fans are sporting over at the Shanghai ATP Masters tournament?

Draw: Rafa Nadal will face Feliciano Lopez in the semis. His opponent, Ivan Ljubicic, retired with a back injury. Feli beat Soderling in straight sets. In the other half, Kolya Davydenko needed three sets to win over Radek Stepanek. So did Nole Djokovic in his victory over Gilles Simon.

(image via AP for Getty)

wickmayer goes from shorts to skirt

October 16, 2009

Erke‘s doing double duty by going at it with Sergio Tacchini for airtime at the Shanghai ATP Masters tournament (the ballkids are in Erke; the lines officials, in Tacchini) and outfitting its postergirl Yanina Wickmayer halfway across the globe. They’ve switched her from cuffed shorts and a cap-sleeve polo to a sleeveless tank with a pleated, drawstring skirt.

The Belgian is through to the semis at the Generali Ladies Linz and will face Flavia Pennetta for a chance to win the ~$95,000 top prize. See the draw here.

FYI: Wickmayer’s already won a title this year (Estoril).

(images via Getty)

almost, but not quite: caroline wozniacki

October 16, 2009

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We’re trying to figure out what’s off with Caro‘s look. Is it the medusa hair? The black leather watch against the pale grey/purple adidas by Stella McCartney dress?

Bee tee dubs: (We’ve been drooling over watches lately, can you tell?) That honkin’ CW8 watch from Rosendahl was made with Caro in mind. The number 8 — her lucky number — is a big part of the watch dial’s design. Why that number? Think Beijing: “A dream of mine is also bound up in the 8th month of 2008 (and no doubt for lots of other sports people, too – need I say more?). Dreams and goals are important to me. I wish you every success and happiness with yours,” she says in a company brochure.

Draw: At this week’s HP Japan Women’s Open, Caroline defeated fellow Woz Aleksandra Wozniak 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-2 (this, after she let Wozniak through to the quarters of the Toray Pan Pacific Open because of a viral illness). She faces Sam Stosur in the semis. Draw here.

(image via Getty)

raf simons x fred perry = 100-year collection

October 15, 2009

As part of Fred Perry‘s year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of its namesake’s birth, they continue their collaboration with designer Raf Simons, this time creating a small collection inspired by an outfit worn by Perry circa 1947. (Click here for a pic. Kinda sharp, no?)

The pieces look similar to the already-existing collab between Fred Perry and Raf Simons. There’s a single-breasted jacket, baggy grey flannel pants, a white dress shirt, an ivory cable knit sweater, a grey tie (with maroon laurel detail), and a black and white brogue version of some ping pong shoes.

Browse: Look at the goods at oki-ni.

(FP image via FP Japan; oki-ni image via oki-ni)

imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, we guess

October 15, 2009

That multi-year Erke deal as the Shanghai ATP Masters tournament’s official apparel sponsor has churned out some pretty good merch: equal parts classic (polos, tees), outerwear (hoodies, winter jackets, pullovers), and pants in bright colors like lime, fuschia, teal, red, and navy. Graphics punctuate the pieces here and there, and that tooth-shaped Masters Series logo, along with the Erke “swoosh” (or is it a pipe?) also make appearances.

Lacoste, is that you? It reminded us a little too much of Lacoste‘s current website (Exhibit A), but at least they were inspired by something visually appealing.

Browse: Check out the Erke Shanghai ATP Masters goods here.

More: And we have a few more screengrabs — our favorite model clothes — after the cut…

tommy robredo in tacchini’s young line

October 15, 2009

Tommy Robredo fell to compatriot Rafa Nadal in the third round of the Shanghai ATP Masters in straight sets (6-1, 6-4).

Nadal’s been getting some flack for that green Nike polo he’s been sporting through his run in Asia, but no one can complain about Tommy’s classic look.

The two-time 2009 titleist (Copa Telmex in Argentina, Brasil Open) wearing a the Young line from Sergio Tacchini — the same design that John McEnroe made famous back in the day. And of course he accessorized the outfit with a white-banded TW Steel watch.

Draw: Up next for Rafa is Ivan Ljubicic, who won after Gael Monfils hopped on the Shanghai injury train because of a bad back (Murray, Roddick, del Potro, Haas, Acasuso, and Zverev are already on board). See the draw here.

More: Two more pics after the cut…

ivo minar gets an eight-month ban

October 14, 2009

Ivo Minar‘s timeout, which began on July 11, 2009, was for testing positive for banned stimulant methylhexanamine. And here we thought it was because he was seen wearing this one too many times.

(via Tennis Week)

erke’s shanghai shoe

October 14, 2009

While the Shanghai ATP Masters website might need some work, they’ve figured out merchandising pretty well. They’ve tapped Chinese brand Erke to be their official apparel supplier. The licensing deal will go from 2009 to 2013.

The merch includes a pair of white tennis shoes with gold accents and some subtle and intricate designs on the sole: a combo of ancient flower prints and water waves (jpeg). If you may remember, adidas also designed a red/gold version of the Barricade in time for the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup, also in Shanghai. They followed that up with a gold/black version in 2008.

See more about the Erke Shanghai ATP shoe here.

a little rough around the edges

October 14, 2009

…and we’re not even talking about the softening (but still crankypants) Marat Safin!

TSF loves what has been planted as the seeds of some cool branding/logo work for the Shanghai ATP Masters tournament. The brush drawing of that floral main tennis stadium alongside the Chinese characters for the city has a lot of potential. We can’t wait to see where they take it.

Which isn’t to say that it’s all a (moon)cakewalk: the tourney’s website’s hard is to find (google “shanghai atp masters” and see how many results and/or links you have to click through — ours was two — before getting to the event homepage) and there’s not a lot of meat when you get there. Perhaps this is part of why the stands are emp. ty.

Draw: Marat lost in the second round to Tomas Berdych in three sets, but didn’t go down without a fight. He criticized the Czech’s gamesmanship (calling a medical timeout) and Andy Roddick‘s whining about the too-long ATP playing schedule. Apparently, Marat called attention to this during the Olympics in 2004, but they just all told him that he was just playing too much. (What’s in the water this month? First Masha calling Azarenka a “Jankovic” for calling on a trainer twice in a match, and now this…) Up next for Tomas is Gilles Simon. See the draw here.

(image via Getty)

the tennis season: it’s fall(ing) asleep

October 14, 2009

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“Andy, Rafa! Did you guys see that the tennis season is still going? Who knew?! Maybe Marat will be on our flight…”

(tsf illustration by troy venechanos)

short balls: the privacy game

October 14, 2009

The area between “leave me alone” and “look at me!” has grown even smaller this week in the tennis community, as Twitter continues its all-out take-over of the social media scene and a former tennis star goes from (totally) broke to (almost) married.

Twitterology: Twitter.com has gone from just another social media site to the site of major studies, analyses and controversy. You all remember the controversy at the US Open, when the governing bodies of tennis told players not to Tweet during matches due to match-fixing and online betting. Recently, a study was released from Rutgers University that said “1 of 5 Twitter users are ‘informers,’ and post info such as links to news articles. The other 80% are ‘meformers.’ The latter posts updates mostly about them.” Gail Sideman of Publiside relayed that info to TSF, and when we dug further we found that Rutgers isn’t the only one diving into the world of Twitterology (the study of Twitter, duh!). Tennis.com‘s James Martin had this to say about players personalities after reviewing their Tweets. So, are Andy and Serena informers or meformers?! You tell us.

“I do” (Accept Money from You): Seems as though former star Mark Philippoussis just can’t catch a break. A few days after it was announced that the former Top 10 player was engaged to “Law and Order” actress Jennifer Esposito, there are now reports that the Scud has begun accepting bids from news outlets for the exclusive rights to photograph his wedding. Philippoussis has run into lots of financial trouble (and romantic trouble — remember “Age of Love”?!) in the past, but looks like he’s cleaned up both those problems in the matter of days! So much for that intimate setting, huh? Game, Set, Class!

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Step Down, Please: Looks as though the ever-futuristic Doha is taking a page out of Wimbledon’s playbook. Tickets went on sale for the Season Ending Championships and people actually stood in line for them! Who wudda thunk it?! 

Wanna see who fell victim to the Bryan Bump? Check it out after the jump. (more…)

david ferrer is a dirty, dirty pirate

October 13, 2009

David Ferrer defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. He’ll next face compatriot Feliciano Lopez, and have a so-so Juan Martin del Potro as a potential third-round match-up. If he makes it through, Tsonga will likely be his quarterfinal opponent. Draw here.

Gold: Ferrer is wearing pieces from Lotto‘s Shock collection, this time in black and gold. He also wore this at the 2009 U.S. Open.

More: A few more pics of David after the cut…

a quiet year for michael llodra

October 13, 2009

Michael Llodra lost 6-1, 6-4 to 14th seed Tommy Robredo in the first posted to WP.com: a quiet year for michael llodra round of this week’s Shanghai Masters tournament. Not a good year for the Frenchman so far; his ranking has dropped a career-high 34 (June, 2008) to 129.

Buy: At least that Lacoste Super Dry Stripe Polo looks refreshing. This was the company’s standard issue for all the men at the U.S. Open. Note the “tennis ball” green accent at the cuff and the solid block of the collar. TSF prefers the black version. $95 at Midwest Sports.

More: A few more pics of Llodra after the cut…

(maybe) haaay! gong mao-xin

October 13, 2009

He’s not quite HOAT, but we’re keeping our eyes on Shanghai Masters wildcard Gong Mao-Xin, who lost in the opening round to Marat Safin 6-4, 6-4. Consider us intrigued.

Draw: Safin will next face Tomas Berdych, who beat last week’s Beijing finalist, Marin Cilic. If he gets past Berdych, he’ll potentially face Simon in the third round and then Djokovic in the quarters. See it all here. (pdf)

(image via Getty)

wimbleburg comes to a close

October 13, 2009

McCarren Tennis, a group dedicated to the renovation of the courts at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York, staged its first Wimbleburg this past weekend. Our buddy Caitlin made it pretty deep into the draw, and she came away with a nice pair of Fred Perry sneakers. I’m sure it helped that she had a wonderful cheering section for her matches.

Never enough: Add another cute logo tee to your collection. Help out McCarren tennis by buying one of these shirts for $20. More instructions here.

(images via McCarren Tennis)

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)


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