Archive for June 28th, 2010

rafa gets called out for on-court coaching

June 28, 2010

Rafael Nadal‘s been having a tough time at this year’s Wimbledon: his knees have been acting up (credit to Philipp Petzchner, but that match might not have gone to five had Nadal been injury-free) and he was given a warning during that match for communicating with his coach (and uncle) Tony. Fortunately, he righted that ship in his fourth-rounder against Paul-Henri Mathieu, which he won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Unfortunately, he next faces Robin Soderling, his opponent in the finals of Roland Garros last month — and a man known to get under his skin. (Nadal/Soderling head-to-head). Draw: See the men’s draw here.

Varsity bluesoranges: Nike chose to accent Rafa’s gear with a shade of orange they call “Light Wild Mango”. We had higher hopes than the sporty v-neck tee they put on him, but they made up for it by topping off his white duds with that ginormous all-white Race Day duffel. LOVES.

Buy: Nike Rush and Crush Rafa Graphic Tee, $30; Vamos Lawn Crew Men’s Tee, $65; Knit Tennis Jacket, $90; Shorts, $60; Courtballistec 2.3 Men’s Shoe, $120; nike.com.

(images via Getty Images)

caro lost in the frill

June 28, 2010

Save for being a British buzz word now that she’s the mascot to Stella McCartney‘s adidas line (and becoming collateral damage in Serena‘s complaints about a royal snubbing), Wimbledon third seed Caroline Wozniacki has gone unnoticed in this past week of play at Wimbledon.

And she bowed out quietly in the fourth round, with Petra Kvitova needing only 46 minutes (and surrending only two games) in a match that sets up the Czech with Kaia Kanepi in the quarters (Draw: Women’s Singles). It also didn’t help that Caro’s dress looked flat next to the ones worn by her top-tier counterparts.

We hope she figures it all out in time for the North American hardcourt swing, when she can rack up points until her New Haven title win and her U.S. Open finals appearance come knocking on her door.

Buy: adidas by Stella McCartney Tennis Performance dress, alloy, $105, adidas.com. (FYI: The dress is now only available in the grey color she wore in Melbourne.)

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roddick, out!

June 28, 2010

Asian men, represent!: In one of the biggest upsets so far in the 2010 tournament, the 82nd-ranked Yen-Hsun Lu beat Andy Roddick — last year’s finalist — 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 9-7. Each man’s serve was broken only once during the match. Lu next faces Novak Djokovic. (Draw: Men’s Singles)

Same shirt, different day: The dejected Andy, who attributed his loss to three sets of “horrendous” play, is in the same Lacoste polo he wore in Melbourne earlier this year.

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shirtless: no animals were hurt in the making of this tennis match

June 28, 2010

Too bad we can’t say the same about Nole‘s Tacchini clothes.

The Serb, seeded third at this year’s Wimbledon, dropped a set against Lleyton Hewitt before booking his place in the quarters, where he’ll play the winner of the Lu/Roddick match. (Speaking of, Roddick lost the second and third set in tiebreaks… yikes.)

Draw: See how the final eight are shaping up here.

(image via Getty Images)

(sunday) survey: a better day in tennis?

June 28, 2010

As Geoff MacDonald notes on the NYT’s Straight Sets tennis blog, today is a good day to be a tennis fan. We’d have to agree. And if you’re a smart tennis fan, you’v efigured out someway to get out of the Monday work day to take in all 16 fourth round encounters on the men’s and women’s sides of the draw. Already there have been surprises (Wozniacki and Jankovic win a combined three games in their respective matches) and the eye-popping match ups seem to be producing (Henin/Clijsters, Serena/Maria, Hewitt/Djokovic, Murray/Querrey).

So here’s our survey question for the week (day): In the last year, has there been a better day to be a tennis fan? Enlighten us in the comments section…

(photo by getty images via yahoo! sports)


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