Archive for June, 2010

even in the battle of the bags, roger wins

June 25, 2010

Arnaud Clement, who took out fellow munchkin Janko Tipsarevic in the first round, had the pleasure of playing Roger Federer in the third round of this year’s Wimbledon. He lost in straight sets — 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Even in the accessories department he was no match, with Roger’s custom-made Nike duffel leaving Nono’s Lacoste bag in the Centre Court dust.

Draw: Up next for Roger is Jurgen Melzer, who swatted away Feliciano Lopez in four sets. If he gets through that, he’ll have to play Tomas Berdych, who always gives Federer trouble. (More: See the draw here.

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for a tall man who had a tall task, a tall trophy

June 25, 2010

Trophy Watch: For winning his marathon first-round match against Nicolas Mahut, American John Isner was presented with the Virgin Trophy, an award created by Sir Richard Branson “to empower teams and individuals to challenge themselves and enjoy the spirit of adventure” and given to anyone who succeeds in “record-breaking challenges”.

Mazel, John!

(image via Getty Images)

the eye(let)s are the window into fila’s world

June 25, 2010

Fila chose to go with “zig zag mesh” as their theme for this year’s Wimbledon, putting the ladies in pieces from the Collezione line. They’ve got all the basics in simple silhouettes — cami, tank, polo, double layer tank, skort, dress — with eyelets, ruffling, and ric rac trim (on the skort) to add some flare. And props to Fila for coming up with a warm-up jacket that’s appropriate for covering up the ladies walk onto the court. (Nike didn’t fare so well with trying to dress Azarenka.)

Buy: Fila Collezione Dress, $65; Long Jacket, $75; Skort, $45; all at shop.fila.com.

Fila Draw: Clijsters, the eighth seed, is through to the third round after easy wins over Camerin and Sprem. Up next is Kirilenko before a fourth round match against Henin. The other ladies haven’t fared so well: Szavay lost in the first round to Makarova; Kuzie was upset in the second round by Rodionova. Browse: Ladies’ Singles Draw.

Bonus round: Sveta got her stylized monogram sewn onto the sides of her shoes. <3 Last pic in the gallery above.

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sightings in the stands: mathieu vs. youzhny, wimby 2nd round

June 25, 2010

Layman’s Runway: We love the makeshift hat of this fan watching Paul-Henri Mathieu upset 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of Wimbledon. The score: 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

This is only Mathieu’s first time past the first round since his 2010 season opener (at Indian Wells). He next faces Thiemo De Bakker, who had a cakewalk of a match against John Isner. The American, who was embroiled in that three-day first-round match that lasted just over 11 hours, could only muster winning five games before bowing out in 74 minutes. (Draw: Men’s Bottom Half)

(image via Getty Images)

(OT) get a whiff of wiffle gear from no mas

June 24, 2010

Every sport needs its uniform, and wiffle ball is no exception. No Mas has restocked its line of Wiffle tees and come out with a pair of ten-ball shorts and three snap back hats (made in conjuction with Starter) — all to get you properly outfitted for some perforated plastic ball fun.

In case you need swayin’ you can enter the code “WIFFLE” at checkout to get 25% off on the goods. You’re welcome!

(image via No Mas NYC)

so much for being tamarine tanasugarn II

June 24, 2010

Another early exit at Wimbledon for 2008 semifinalist Zheng Jie, who followed last year’s early loss to Dani Hantuchova with a 4-6, 6-2, 2-6 performance against Petra Kvitova in the second round of the 2010 tournament. Ever since her run to the semis in Melbourne this year (save for an uptick at Warsaw, where she got to the final), Zheng’s been sputtering. What gives?

ANTA scales back: Unlike all the crazy — dare we say gratuitous — use of fabric at this year’s draw, the normally ruffled Zheng went for a simple look, even down to her puffed-sleeve warm-up.

Draw: Kvitova next plays Azarenka. Both are in the top half of the draw with Serena.

(images via Getty)

wimbledon gets catty in the queue

June 24, 2010

Wimbledon.org, the official web site of The Championships, got a little catty with its queue fashion video – and we love it! The vid itself, which looks to be sponsored by Evian features a fashion-savvy London lady critiquing (in secret) the fashion choices of the queuers. We LOVE this idea! Too bad she mostly stuck to the gals…

See the video by clicking here. Scroll two thirds down the page to find it. And, go to page 2 of the Wimby videos to find an equally-entertaining fan hat video. Lovely, just lovely!

(screen grab via wimbledon.org)

tennis’ reception line for queen elizabeth II

June 24, 2010

…And ‘Best Dressed’ goes to: Perhaps it’s the American in us, but we were all about Andy Roddick and his wearing a white blazer to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Day 4 of the 2010 Wimbledon tournament. (The tailored Federer suit is so predictable!) QEII attended the day’s session to watch Andy Murray play his second-round match against Jarrko Nieminen.

Roddick and his jacket (we can only assume it’s Lacoste) was part of a reception line which included Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Laura Robson, Jelena Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki Kai-Chen Chang, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams (who’d been practicing her moves in anticipation of this meeting!).

As Nick said earlier, Her Majesty wore the perfect color to complement the bright green grass of the AELTC. It’s a boost to the sport to see her around these parts.

(images via AP)

an empty summer day at the bjkntc

June 24, 2010

Was out at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center today in Queens, New York, and snapped this phone shot of an empty grounds. Weird sight. Two months!!

(tsf photo)

thanks, john and nicolas!

June 24, 2010

Wimbledon 2010, 1st round. John Isner d. Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

Everything’s already been said about this match; every emotion, expressed; every statistic, calculated and printed.

So all I will say is: Thanks, Isner and Mahut, for showing the world that tennis is a noble sport where guys will fight to the finish. Much like what that marathon final between Nadal and Federer did for our sport, your epic fifth set has become water cooler talk even for folks who have no interest in tennis.

Draw: Up next for John is Thiemo De Bakker.

(image via Getty Images)

links of london’s wimbledon 2010

June 24, 2010

Jeweler Links of London has updated their Wimbledon stash in time for this year’s tourney. Maybe we’ve softened in our old age, but the idea of a charm bracelet is starting to sound appealing… Along with their new releases — the sun visor and the tennis ball — we’re showing you one of our charm faves, the Venus Rosewater Dish (above) and the Cord Bracelet with little tennis balls (below, left).

Buy: Links of London Wimbledon Cord Bracelet, €100.00; Rosewater Dish Charm, €55.00; Tennis Ball Charm, €55.00; Sun Visor Charm, €55.00. See the entire collection — including bracelets, charms, and cufflinks — at the Links of London Wimbledon Shop.

queen rocks the aqua at the aeltc

June 24, 2010

All whites? Not for this dame. The Queen is at Wimbledon today and she is rocking the aqua dress, complete with black handbag and matching shoes. The white gloves and SW19-inspired flower bouquet. Great shots of her visit on the Daily Mail’s web site. (photo by getty images via the daily mail)

four years on, is bethanie busted?

June 23, 2010

You probably would have ran this photo on the top of the post, too. (Getty Images via NYT.com)

The New York Times ran a story on Monday about Bethanie Mattek-Sands dressing herself up in soccer-like garb every four years for the World Cup, but we couldn’t help but notice how busted our favorite American funky gal looked in her photo from the first round. Pasty? Yes. Pudgy? A little? Is BMS sick? We hope not. But wow, the 2006 version of herself is looking light years better, don’t you think?

Way above: 2006. This one: Two-thousand eek.

curtsy from afar

June 23, 2010

Serena Williams will have to over night the Queen a pair of binoculars slash see-through-buildings glasses if she wants the Queen to see her well-practiced curtsy on Thursday. Not only was Serena bounced from Centre Court, the defending champion has been relegated to Court 2 for play, being upstaged by Caroline Wozniacki for Queen’s-court bidding.

In all seriousness, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Queen, who is making her first visit to Wimbledon since 1977, will only sit through the Andy Murray match (up first) and then do the Venus Royalty Wave (cup the hand) and peace out.

(image via wimbledon web site)

in pictures, the match that stretched a lifetime

June 23, 2010

The John Isner-Nicolas Mahut match might not still be going if the players didn’t make these grave mistakes during their nearly nine hours on court…

At one point, Mahut let the ball boy play a game for him while he crouched on his knees in the middle of the court. Not only did the ball boy suck at tennis, he tried to hold the racket head and hit with the handle. After much begging, the ball boy got Mahut to continue, but only after Isner had served four straight aces.

Isner took a bathroom break on court. This is extremely inappropriate, especially for Wimbledon. Mahut serves up two aces and the crowd did the wave several times to create some air flow on Court 18.

(more…)

attack of the 50-foot woman

June 23, 2010

Frilly fun: Wimbledon twelfth seed Nadia Petrova got the memo about tiered skirts (along with Masha, Venus, and Jelena Jankovic), but didn’t quite put it together. The layers on her Ellesse dress came up short and is totally unflattering for her brickhouse frame. Oh well, at least she tried.

Draw: Ms. Petrova’s been hanging out in the bottom half of the ladies’ singles bracket and now faces Justine Henin in the third round. The two have only met once this year — at the beginning of the season, in Brisbane — and Henin took that one 7-5, 7-5. Nadia had a solid clay run (QFs: Charleston, Roma, Madrid, Roland Garros) but will be no match for Justine, who took last week’s UNICEF Open. The field might have been weak at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, but a grass title’s a grass title. Browse: Women’s Draw.

(image via Getty Images)

no pressure, andy!

June 23, 2010

We all know how that Andy Murray hasn’t quite mastered the art of grace under pressure (see; 2010 Australian Open Finals), so let’s better hope he can get a few pointers from his team before stepping out for his second round match against Jarkko Nieminen, to be played on Centre Court. The hometown crowd wants him to take the cake, and for good reason: Andy’s had a decent year so far, with some runs deep into Masters Series tournaments alongside that great performance in Melbourne. Even the Royal Family is hip to it, with Queen Elizabeth II scheduled to watch the Scot play on Thursday (her first time at the tournament since 1977).

Top o’ the Bottom: Murray’s section of the bottom half (shared with Rafa Nadal) has some obstacles in the form of Tsonga (quarters), Querrey (fourth round), and Simon (third round). Check out the bracket here.

It’s in his hands now: adidas put Andy in the Barricade line, which for the Wimbledon iteration is accented with deep (“university”) red piping. Off the court, he gets an adi dassler practice tee and a hoodie from the company’s FIFA World Cup merch. This black “Greatest Moments Makana Hoodie” is an homage to the Makana FA, a South Africa-based league founded by political prisoners.

Buy: Fall Barricade Polo, $55, white/black/university red; Fall Competition Shorts, $45; Greatest Moments Makana Hoodie, $80.

More: Two more pics of Andy’s Wimbledon looks after the cut…

kei’s candy

June 23, 2010

Let’s all take a break from that epic Wimbledon 2010 first round match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut (it’s at 38-37 in the fifth set as a I type this) and take a look at Kei Nishikori. Kei had the luck of drawing Rafael Nadal in the first round. He lost the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Speaking of colorful accessories, adidas slapped a bright blue watch onto Kei’s otherwise white outfit. We love that extra bit of pop.

Buy: adidas Originals Candy Watch, Neon Blue, $60, adidas.com. Fall Edge Crew, $50, TW.

short balls: to nike, the kids must be alright

June 22, 2010

In the ball pit: We’re excited to see Nike have a hand in John McEnroe‘s Tennis Academy on Randall Island, which is scheduled to open mid-September. The tennis giant has signed on as its first corporate sponsor, outfitting the students and staff for a minimum of five years. Juniors have been personae non gratae in Nike’s sponsorship agenda thus far, so it’s great to see Johnny Mac leveraging his 30-year relationship with the company to help out the up-and-comers.

Tennis Strategery: The folks over at Fuzzy Yellow Balls are taking their tennis instruction videos to the next level. This week, they’re releasing a series on strategy, and we suggest you take a look. (Your fabulous outfits already make you a winner in our book; you might as well win the match, too!)

Further reading: Tennishead has churned out the second issue of adizine, its PR project for adidas‘ tennis arm. Plenty of cutesy pics of the studs and, uhm, mares, in the stable, including Ivanovic, Henin, Verdasco, Murray, and Tsonga. We liked the ode to the Barricade. (adizine, issue 2)

Further reading, part 2: Lee Goodall and his tennishead team have also produced their e-mag’s 9th issue in time for Wimbledon. (Read)

(OT) One Bus Away: I’m going to keep my fingers crossed hoping that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s 30/10 Transportation Plan will be able to integrate software like OneBusAway, which “helps you find a nearby bus stop anywhere in the city with GPS and then tells you when the next three buses are actually estimated to arrive, rather than scheduled to arrive.” (via Worldchanging)

(OT) Recession Rags Bag: I had a chance to drop by the Recession Rags studio a few months ago, where proprietor Justin Sellman showed me a little bit of what to expect in the coming months from the Brooklyn-based shop, including velvet scarves–I’ll wear it even through our uber-mild L.A. winter–and a bag, pictured, now available on their site.

serena clocks in

June 22, 2010

Blue-collar dress-up: We all know Serena Williams means business, but we didn’t expect her to shed all the frills while vying for the 2010 Wimbledon Ladies’ titles (singles and doubles).

The tournament’s top seed, in her simple white Nike dress (with red piping), was not her usual, fashion-forward self. She looked more like an orderly. Or like she was ready to make my hash browns doubled, covered, and smothered.

But in defense of Nike, Masha‘s dress is gorgeous (with the petal skirt), and their standard issue for both the Sharapova line and the Wimbledon drop are pretty solid. More on those later.

Draw: Serena beat Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-0, 6-4. Yikes, that must’ve been a loud match. Up next is Anna Chakvetadze, who dropped the first set before winning against Andrea Petkovic. (Browse: See the ladies’ bracket here.)

Buy: Nike Control Lawn Women’s Tennis Dress, in white/Voltage Cherry, $80, nike.com.

(image via Getty Images)


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