Archive for September 29th, 2010

sharapova launches tag heuer watch in vionnet

September 29, 2010

Maria Sharapova, before getting bounced out of this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open by the renascent Kimiko Date, put on her endorsement hat by helping launch Tag Heuer‘s Formula 1 Steel & Ceramic Watch, which, as it sounds, has ceramic and steel both in the bracelet and on the studded bezel (count them: sixty diamonds!). More info here.

Meanwhile, Maria’s wearing burnt red and black checkered pieces (a billowy blouse, of course) from Vionnet and shoes from Cole Haan. Check out Vionnet’s site here.

The tennis: The quarters are set with some “no-names” who have definitely earned their way this far into the tournament (if not the entirety of 2010): Caro Wozniacki vs. A. Radwanska, Coco Vandeweghe against Azarenka, Schiavone will play Kaia Kanepi, and Dementieva plays Zvonareva. To refresh: Coco came through from qualifying, and Kanepi reached the QFs of both Wimbledon and the US Open this year. (Draw: Singles)

(watch info via Luxist)

shirtless: fernando verdasco

September 29, 2010

Yep, the CK underwear billboard was clearly the anomaly, because every other picture of a shirtless Verdasco, including this one — taken at the PTT Thailand Open — isn’t doing anything for me. If it’s his hair that’s front and center, that’s another story.

spotted in the city: (late) open shots

September 29, 2010

Some of these are almost a month late, but we still have a few items from the US Open that we’ll roll through the TSF realm to make sure that nothing has fallen through our editorial cracks. Another few shots for our spotted in the city series, which we captured during a busy couple of weeks during the Open.

During the USO, Madison Square Park, in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, was turned into a tennis-viewing haven. I did a post about the two-week long viewing event on the New York Times‘s Straight Sets tennis blog. I took this shot on the first Friday night of the Open after grabbing some grub at Shake Shack with some friends.

A couple days after the USO was finished, workers at the adidas store in NoHo were already taking down the displays of Andy, Ana, Caroline and Jo-Wilfried and putting up some mannequins for an upcoming sale.

We were out on Randall’s Island at the SportimeNY fitness center for the Legends Clinic that was put on by Ralph Lauren and featured Venus Williams. On our way to the bathroom, this door label caught our eye:

(photos by tsf)

short balls: the geography edition

September 29, 2010

Fall is coming to fruition across the country. Well, that is if you don’t live in the Los Angeles area. Southern Cal was hit with quite the heat wave earlier this week – temperatures topping around 113 degrees around downtown. On this week’s short balls, we’re staying away from the heat and traveling around the country (and world!), region by region, to bring you tiny tidbits in URL-linked style.

The Midwest is losing one of its tennis gems, as the stadium that hosted the (formerly-named) RCA Championships – the Indianapolis ATP stop for 21 years – was put to the wrecking ball this past week. (via jon_wertheim) Remember: Better times in Indianapolis, which lost its tourney to Atlanta this past year.

The Southeast | The WTA celebrated the 40th anniversary of what it describes as a day of “rebellion” and “independence” last Thursday, September 23rd. In 1970, Billie Jean King and “The Original Nine” broke away from the tennis czars to form the WTA with help from a few business-savvy folks (and Virginia Slims cigarettes). The total purse at the 1970 Virginia Slims Invitational in Houston? $7,500. The winner took home $1,600, which is one about one tenth the money first-round losers are awarded at today’s majors.

Meanwhile, in the Southwest, Mirjana Lucic continued her winning ways this past week by capturing the title at the USTA Pro Circuit swing in Albuquerque. Lucic took out three Americans on her way to the championship. This week, she’s in action up north at the $50,000 event in Las Vegas.

Further west of Lucic’s success in Big Sur, California, Bob Bryan announced he was engaged to longtime girlfriend Michelle Alvarez. And west coast companies Diesel (Los Angeles) and Nike (Portland, Ore.) have new ad campaigns out. The Diesel campaign, “Kick Ass” takes a sarcastic approach to their shoes kicking ass (literally) and not being fitted for running. Nike’s “BOOM” campaign features several well shot (and edited) commercials. In all those split-second shots of different sports, your not missing a tennis moment. The sport didn’t make the cut for this promotional track, FYI. More FYI: Nike’s Q1 profits were up 9% overall. Maybe thanks to Rafa? Or the bed bugs? Probably Rafa…

More geographical adventures (including a dive into New York City!) after the cut… (more…)


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