Archive for July, 2010

at bank of the west, ivanovic wins + tsf to make an appearance

July 27, 2010

Props to Ana Ivanovic for getting through her first-round match against the hard-hitting Alisa Kleybanova at the Bank of the West Classic, happening this week in Stanford, Calif. (Vid: Ana’s presser)

The Serbian has had a rough couple of months, losing super-early on the clay of Madrid and Roland Garros (to Kleybanova), plus on grass at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Wimbledon. Her next opponent at this hardcourt event will be the winner of Bartoli vs. Harkleroad (Draw: Singles).

And speaking of, Nick will covering the event on-site tomorrow, so look out for tweets and posts. (Welcome to California!)

Buy: adidas adilibria shoes, $110, adidas.com

One more: Another look at her shoes after the cut…->

in lacko, diadora lives on

July 26, 2010

Lukas Lacko is playing an opening round match against the Latvian Ernests Gulbis at this week’s Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. While it’s not as crazy as the days of Guga Kuerten, the Diadora kit still has a slew of the loud colors (blue, red, and yellow on the wristbands) with subtle accents (the gold logo, contrast placket), but subdued with a darker, dominant color. Extra credit for the shell spiral print on Lacko’s tee.

Meanwhile, Gulbis’ hair is almost feral.

P.S. Gulbis beat Lacko in straight sets — 7-5, 7-5. The tourney’s fifth seed next faces the winner of Beck vs. Fall. (Draw: Singles.)

(O.T.) P.P.S. He annoyed the #@*&$# out of us in Shortbus, but we can’t get enough of Jay Brannan soothing/haunting cover of The Verve Pipe’s “The Freshmen”.

(photo by TSF)

trophy watch: golubev propelled, chakvetadze returns, goerges’s first, fish extends streak

July 26, 2010

Andrey Golubev has made history by being the first player from Kazakhstan to win a title. He upset the 15th-ranked (and 2010 Roland Garros semifinalist) Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the German Open in Hamburg.

The thirty pounds Mardy Fish lost in the last year certainly came in handy in winning the Atlanta Tennis Championships final against marathon man John Isner. The score: 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Props to him for upsetting top seed Andy Roddick in the semis and overcoming local fave Robby Ginepri in the second round. Fish also won last week’s HoF tourney in Newport — he’s looking good for the Open!

Chakky’s baaack! Former top-fiver Anna Chakvetadze bagged her first title since 2008 by taking out Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Slovenia Open.

Julia Goerges beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-4 to win her first career singles title at the Gastein Ladies in Austria. Goerges has had a good couple of weeks; she also made it to the semis of the Palermo tournament before losing to top seed Pennetta.

(ATP images via Getty; Chakvetadze photo by Ales Fevzer; Goerges photo by Matthias Hauer/GEPA Pictures)

that’s “miss fabulous” to you

July 26, 2010

Bank of the West Classic wildcard Dinara Safina, here speaking to the media a day before facing Kimiko Date-Krumm in the tournament’s opening round. Whodathunk she’d be into Disney Couture?

Follow: If you’re not doing so already, add Forty Deuce to your RSS readers (and Twitter feed) to get great coverage of the Stanford event. FYI, they’ll also be at next week’s WTA stop in San Diego, Calif.

Bracket: Safina’s in the bottom half of the draw along with Zheng Jie, Masha, and Peer. Azarenka, Kleybanova, Wickmayer, and (No. 1 seed) Sam Stosur are in the top half. (Draw: Women’s singles)

(image by Forty Deuce)

WANT: a better tennis bag

July 25, 2010

We here at TSF West cannot stop thinking about the lack of sleek tennis racquet bags for guys. The only alternative to the logo-emblazoned packs are the stuff designed for the country club set (read: for the ladies). We’d be in heaven if Jack Spade decided to jump into the fray. Hmm, perhaps we should make one of these bags ourselves?

In the meantime, given the option between an off-the-rack bag or this one with PONY HAIR, we’ll go with the latter…

Buy: Traci Bags Natural Cassia tennis bag, $695, tracibags.com

what to do with that credentials badge

July 25, 2010

This woman, hanging out at yesterday’s first day of qualifying at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles (Draw: Qualies, Main) figured out what to do with those danged credential badges. She put it in her hair! A closer look after the cut…

sunday survey: your summer thoughts

July 25, 2010

Novak Djokovic and Vera Zvonareva have already pulled out of their respective first stops on the US Open Series calendar. Vera won’t be popping in at Stanford for The Bank of the West Classic, and Novak isn’t heading to LA for the Farmers Classic. As the draw shows [PDF] and Chris Oddo notes, the BOTW isn’t hurting too much without the Wimbledon finalist on hand. And Andy Murray is headed down to LA to fill Djoko’s slot.

Andy Roddick is already struggling in his summer season, losing in the semifinals at the Atlanta Tennis Championships to a slimmed-down Mardy Fish. Will it be a ho-hum summer for A-Rod or will he pack at the Open like he wants to?

Sunday Survey: What do you think the big story lines will be for summer 2010? Injuries galore? Serena missing? A Delpo comeback? What woman can break away from the pack and become a favorite for the year’s last Major? And who of the men will make their claim for a Slam title in New York? Rafa? Roger? Andy(s)? It’s your turn to tell us in this week’s version of the Sunday Survey.

(photo by MartinWorster via flickr)

malisse swings for sports center’s top 10 plays

July 24, 2010

Xavier Malisse pulled a trick out of the tennis bag last night in a first-set rally against Andy Roddick at the Atlanta Tennis Championships with an in-between the legs shot. Roddick was there to pounce at the net (click image above to watch the video), and the American won the match in three sets. The shot was #9 on Sports Center‘s Top 10 Plays reel from last night.

Delpo UPDATE: In Spanish on his Twitter account, Juan Martin del Potro told his fans: “I haven’t picked up a racquet yet so I can’t tell an exact date. When I know I’ll tell you the news here. I’m improving, that’s a good thing.” (Translation via Tennis-X blog.) Delpo musta read our timeline and decided it was time to clear things up.

(screen grab via espn.com)


delpo’s comeback? a twitter timeline of the question lingering over tennis

July 23, 2010

In the last 30 hours, the web has been abuzz with news that defending US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who hasn’t played a match since the Australian Open because of an injured right wrist, will make an appearance in New York a month from now to defend his title.

TSF breaks down the news and timelines of just how things panned out on Twitter and beyond.

Thursday, July 22nd, 9:17 AM – In what we see as the first evidence of JMdP’s comeback, SI writer L. Jon Wertheim Tweets:

Thursday, 9:30 AM Montreal Gazette writer Stephanie Myles responds to Wertheim’s Tweet and provides her own analysis from the news:

Thursday, 11:25 AM – The USTA releases its “provisional entry list” for the 2010 tournament on its web site.

Thursday, 11:29 AM Doug Robson, a tennis writer who regularly contributes to USA Today, Tweets that a USTA contact has confirmed that JMdP is already hitting:

Thursday, 11:50 AM – Less than a half hour later, an Associated Press story written by tennis writer Howard Fendrich appears on the web with Del Potro as the headline catch.

Thursday, 10:85 AM to early afternoon — Freelance writer Kamakshi Tandon follows the story on her account, but between her first Tweet about it (at bottom) and her last, doubt has popped in about the current status of JMdP:

Thursday, 12:04 PM – Tandon’s doubt was started by the Argentinean tennis blog, Fue Buena:

Thursday, mid afternoon Tennis Magazine writer and former Tandon colleague Tom Perrotta weighs in:

Friday, July 23rd, 11:41 AM – Esteemed tennis writer Peter Bodo posts on ESPN.com about Del Potro’s return.

Friday, mid afternoon — On Twitter, marcos_z, an Argentiean writer says that USO won’t happen for JMdP and that Bangkok is earliest return:

Friday, 2:14 PM – Fuebuena blog posts that “The Idea is Bangkok” for Del Potro’s return.

Thursday, July 15th – The last time Del Potro himself had Tweeted, saying that the doctor was happy with his progress and he would pick up a racquet soon.

The Del Potro Twitter feed is quite active throughout this timeline.

(screen grabs via twitter)

durex goes loooooong with isner-mahut condom ad

July 23, 2010

SI tennis writer Bryan A. Graham brought to our attention this new condom ad from Durex, featuring highlights from the longest tennis match at history, played at Wimbledon this year between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. Not sure that you can last for 11 hours and 5 minutes? Go ahead and give it a try, Durex has you covered. (Literally.) Click the image to watch the ad.

More Isner: John is still alive at the Atlanta Tennis Championships as quarterfinals take place today. As is a Britney-inspired Andy Roddick.

More longevity: In Germany, Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinek took down Pablo Cuevas and Eduardo Shwank in the first round of doubles with a 6-3, 3-6, 22-20 (match tie-breaker) effort. 42 points is no 138 games, but you gotta give the guys props for going the distance.

(screen grab via youtube)

the king of clay, in clay

July 23, 2010

Here’s artist Raul Gautier‘s take on Rafael Nadal, available for $950.

He had previoulsy sent us mages of his Roger Federer sculpture.

FYI, Rafa won’t be back on the map for another two weeks — at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. See his playing schedule

(image courtesy of Raul Gautier)

a date with muzz, lacoste jewelry, and off-topic galore!

July 23, 2010

Meeting Murray: Andy Murray might be back with girlfriend Kim Sears, but that shouldn’t stop you from working on getting up close to the top ATP Brit. adidas has started a raffle that could win you a meet-up with Andy in Miami (plus some Barricade-themed goods). It’s another part of their recent campaign (remember the adizine?) to toast this tennis shoe. Raffle: Enter here.

Street ping pong: From July 24 through August 22, Londoners can look out for 100 ping pong tables that will pop up across all across the city (including firehouses, apparently), all to be used for pick-up games. More info at ping.etta.tv/.

Updates for L.A.: The Bryan Brothers are playing two venues on the eve of their appearance at next week’s Farmers Classic in L.A. They’ll be at Air Conditioned Lounge in Venice and at Molly Malone’s on Fairfax. No word yet on where Nole will perform his burlesque act.

Lacoste jewelry: Lacoste will debut a line of jewelry at the same time it shows the Spring/Summer 2011 show this September. Expect to see necklaces, bracelets, and charms for bags and mobile phones. (via styelist)

Turn your two cents into $100k: From now until July 26, vote for the Best Tennis Town in the U.S.. The finalists are Beaverton, Ore., Atlanta, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Clearwater, Fla., Delray Beach, Fla., Manchester Center, Vt., Richmond, Va., Rome, Ga., Rosemount, Minn., and Snow Hill, N.C. With $100,000 up for grabs, everyone means business: Delray Beach temporarily renamed itself Tennis Beach, Fla., to get folks in the spirit. Vote: Place your vote in this USTA-sponsored contest at www.besttennistown.com.

(ot) Lego my buildings: The National Building Museum is currently showing Towering Ambition, the work of LEGO Certified professional Adam Reed Tucker. He’s built 15 large-scale replicas of famous structures, including the Empire State Building, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and Fallingwater.

(ot) we want — CDG: We’re on a year-long shopping diet that ends March 1, 2011, so consider this our version of chewing and then spitting it out. We love the Gossamer-esque Comme des Garçons v-neck sweater in black (via Tobi)

(ot) Is that a bone in your briefs…? The skeletal theme of Alexander McQueen‘s branding has now made its way to underwear — one of the British designers final projects. Bonus round: See a teaser ad for the line here). (via oki-ni)

(ot) etsy on our mind: Oakland, Calif.-based artist John Carling is busy dreaming up the cutest monsters this side of Where The Wild Things Are. We love this whale print, “Everything is Vibrating“. (via Thrillist SF)

(ot) CFDA homework: This year’s finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund are Joseph Altuzarra (Altuzarra), Christian Cota, Prabal Gurung, Robert Geller, Eddie Borgo, Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow (Loden Dager), Pamela Love ( Pamela Love Jewelry), Moss Lipow, Gregory Parkinson, and Billy Reid. Bone up with this cheatsheet from the just-turned-five Refinery29. (Happy anniversary!)

Nature, 1; humans, 0: The Horton Plains slender loris, a tiny Sri Lankan mammal thought to be extinct, was recently captured on film. Nature, 0; humans, 1: The last female rhino at South Africa’s Krugersdorp National Park died after poachers took her horn. R.I.P.

dunlop’s baaaaack

July 22, 2010

Dunlop‘s unwrapped the bandages after a recent facelift of their website, which had been out of commission for a few months starting around Indian Wells time. It’s the usual fare for companies like this: player/product info, press releases, etc. There’s a page of wallpapers on there, too. Sadly, they went with some so-so photos of the usually photogenic Jurgen Melzer, Tommy Robredo, and Ross Hutchins.

And speaking of Dunlop, their most recently acquired mascot, Kolya Davydenko, still appears on rival Prince‘s roster of players. And another one of Dunlop’s sponsorship issues was covered by CNBC’s Darren Rovell, who discussed 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych‘s racquet ruckus, using Head sticks even though he’s paid to play with Dunlops.

in los angeles, james blake takes you to the limit

July 22, 2010

James Blake, who’s slated to play at next week’s Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, will be stopping by a local Sport Chalet to meet up with fans. He’ll be available for pics and autographs; everyone who comes can win a J-Block shirt (by his sponsor, Fila) and other merch.

If you decide to pick up one of the fan tees, proceeds from the sale will benefit Blake’s foundation, The Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund.

The rest of the pack: Other ATP stags in the Farmers Classic barn include Novak Djokovic, Sam Querrey, and the Bryan Brothers. And the tourney’s Monday night extravaganza will feature Andre Agassi and John McEnroe. More info here.

(image courtesy of Fila)

short balls: what’s your britney moment?

July 20, 2010

Leave it to Andy Roddick to make a head shave seem hilarious and semi frightening all at once. The top American, who lost in shocking fashion to unknown Yen-Hsun Lu in the fourth round at Wimbledon, told the ATP that “There was no deep reasoning. I had a Britney Spears moment after Wimbledon.” No deep reasoning?! Andy! Didn’t you follow the 12 months of Brit’s life before that head shave?? Her reasoning couldn’t have been deeper. It seems as though Roddick was mightily bummed by his disappointing performance at the All England Club, capping off a topsy turvy 12 months himself. Southern refreshment: Andy has taken his new hair (and new game?!) to the Atlanta Tennis Championships with a wildcard into the new event. See the draw here.

While Roddick may be into head shaving, Serena is into nail-doing and Nicole is into marrying. In a recent Vogue online feature, writer Marina Rust, interviews Williams while she gets her nails done – by Serena! The manicurist (Serena aka Kandse) chatted about life outside of tennis while the two breathed in polish fumes, Rust making a good point when she said it was a better way for them to chat then trading a few groundstrokes. Meanwhile, former (yes, former) pro Nicole Vaidisova traded vows with Radek Stepanek over the weekend. Who knew that Vaidisova, who was locked in a tough semifinal battle with Serena just three years ago at the Australian Open, would be retired and married at age 21. Such is the life of a WTA superstar, we suppose.

Martina Hingis is no WTA superstar anymore (nor is she involved with Stepanek… though she once was), but the Swiss Miss is continuing her post-tennis life by exploring the different pleasures of life. Her most current obsession? Polo. Hingis was spotted in Florida getting some polo lessons last weekend. Maybe Britney will cast her (or Andy?!) in her next video.

After the cut: two online screen grabs that grabbed our attention this week plus a full (and plentiful!) version of short(er) balls, the best never-ending paragraph you’ve ever come across. (more…)

tennis gets nod on stage in ‘pool boy’

July 18, 2010

A new musical in previews, Pool Boy, gives a nod to the sport of tennis in this shot from its run in Pittsfield, Mass. Broadway’s Jay Armstrong Johnson and Sarah Gettelfinger star in the show about a pool attendant trying to make it big in show biz. Johnson, at right, is pictured with John Hickok.

(screen grab via facebook)

lacoste’s homage to davis cup history

July 16, 2010

Lacoste pays tribute to its founder Rene Lacoste with the Retro 27 line, a wink to France’s epic 1927 title win at the International Lawn Tennis Challenge aka Davis Cup. Lacoste was on the team that helped take down then-giant USA, snapping the six-year American title streak and giving France their first of nine Davis Cups (three of them back-to-back from ’27-’29). In the 2010 draw, France is now through to the semis (on their home court against Argentina) — this after routing a Spanish team sin Nadal (who was busy crying about the World Cup).

Buy: Retro Fit Pique polo, $79.50; Short Sleeve Diagonal Color Block polo, $88; Short Sleeve Color Block Vertical Stripe polo, $88; Distressed Square tee, $45; lacoste.com

(screengrab from lacoste)

stella mccartney to design the uk’s 2012 olympic kit

July 16, 2010

Stella McCartney continues to flex her athletic apparel muscle by signing on as creative director of adidas‘s United Kingdom 2012 Olympics and Paralympics kits.

While McCartney’s expertise now includes golf, cycling, tennis, and dance, she’ll need to step it up in order to incorporate all the sports (which’ll require different fabrics and silhouettes). “So there are challenges,” she told Vogue. “I have a million challenges. I have to make it look good on TV, I have to make it feel good for the athletes, I have to make it work — technically it has to do its job. But I think they’re all good challenges — I like a challenge.”

Fans, fear not: Us non-athletes will also get a taste of Stella’s take on this worldwide event; a range for the masses will drop in the fall.

TSF’d been really curious to know how McCartney would design for the menz (she’s done it for boys) and this is the closest we’ll get. We can’t wait to see swimmer Mark Foster (dapper in Beijing) and Andy Murray decked out in Stella!

And sadly, this probably won’t mean that Andy’ll get her to design his on-court wear; at least for tennis, the players’ contractual obligations to their clothing sponsors supercede whatever they’ll get from their home team’s olympic committee.

Fall 2010 RTW: On another note, we weren’t too keen on McCartney’s last showing in Paris for the fall RTW collection. See her Fall/Winter 2010 RTW show here.

(via vogue.co.uk; image grab via style.com)

and so it begins: mcenroe picks his boys

July 16, 2010

Mac assembles the army: John McEnroe took another step in setting up his eponymous Nike-sponsored tennis academy by plucking five New Yorkers for scholarships. One of the boys will receive a full ride and the other four get substantial grant assistance.

The Academy revealed the names during halftime of a sold-out WTT match between the New York Sportimes (whose roster includes McEnroe and Kim Clijsters) and the Philadephia Freedoms (Andy Roddick).

Mazel: Aleksandar Kovacevic, 11, of Manhattan, is the full scholarship winner. The others: Jameson Corsillo, 7, of White Plains, N.Y., Ethan Leon, 9, of Woodhaven, N.Y., Mitchell Ostrovsky, 12, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Lamar Remy, 14, of Roslyn, N.Y.

“I just went out and tried my best and I’m glad the coaches think I have potential, and I can’t wait to learn from the best,” said Kovacevic. “It was exciting to hit on the same court with John McEnroe and Andy Roddick, and I hope to be playing on this court as a pro one day.”

The girls will get their chance to try out on Monday, July 19, with Clijsters and Martina Hingis on hand to announce the five finalists.

(Kovacevic photo by Fred Levine/FALPhotography.com courtesy of Sportimes)

summer #2: sticking to (and loving) what works

July 16, 2010

The USTA has stuck with its “It Must Be Love” ad campaign for the 2010 US Open and has just released their series of commercials that will run during the US Open Series. There’s Andy Roddick and Serena Williams joking about Twitter, Roger Federer cautioning the between-the-legs shot and a host of other players in the interview chair for the 30-second spots.

We’re feeling pretty good about round two of this campaign, which was successful last year for the USTA. The humor of the players comes out, but at times you can feel it being forced a bit (ie the Bryan Brothers arguing who is who). While the campaign focused mainly on players who speak brilliant English, our favorite commercial by far is Rafa‘s in his adorable accent.

Nadal: “I love … paaaaaahsta ahn gumbaaas.” You’ve got to watch it to believe it. And of course, ever the fidgety 12-year-old boy that he is, Nadal is kneading a tennis ball in his hands the entire commercial, unable to stay still through the shoot. It’s real and endearing.

Check out all of the commercials on the US Open’s YouTube page via this link.

(screen grab via youtube)


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