Archive for September, 2010

the tsf interview with laura robson

September 26, 2010

Walking up to the grounds for day one of Wimbledon in 2009, I was surprised to hear most English tennis fans weren’t really talking about Andy Murray or the Rafa-Roger rivalry, but instead about the new starlet of British tennis: Laura Robson.

The year before, Laura had won the Girl’s Singles title at Wimbledon, becoming the first home-grown champion in the singles bracket since 1984 and launching her into a kind of celebrity that garnered her an opening-day billing on Court No. 2 at the Championships in 2009. And this just wasn’t any opening-day match, but rather one that was opening the new stadium, making Robson the name to watch on the court’s first-ever match.

Since her run at Wimbledon in ’08 and her ’09 ceremonial opening, Robson has made a habit of playing a contained schedule mixed of both girls junior events and WTA and ITF circuit matches. The past two US Opens, the 16-year-old Brit has bowed out in the the third round of qualifying, just short of a shot at the main draw.

This week in Tokyo, however, Robson qualified for the main draw [PDF] of a WTA tournament for just the second time in her career (Birmingham, 2010). She lost in the opening round to Greta Arn, but some say the calculated approach by Team Robson to keep the young Brit on a light schedule and continue to grow her physically and mentally (she played one official tournament between Wimbledon and the Open) could pay dividends in her future.

But before we get all crystal ball on you, we were happy to get a few questions into Laura via email. She’s an active Tweeter, with a good sense of (dry, British) humor, and has professed love for Neil Patrick Harris, Chipotle, YouTube watching, Bikram yoga, fantasy football (soccer) and much, much more.

TSF: If you could meet Neil Patrick Harris in person, what would you ask him?

Laura Robson: I would ask “How did you get so cool?”.

TSF: After winning a match in the States, are you most likely headed to a Chipotle? How many times did you go there while in New York?

LR: After a match I am most likely to head anywhere that is going to be relatively quick, Chipotle is perfect for that reason. We must have gone there 5 or 6 times throughout the whole trip.

TSF: What’s your hidden talent? Like something that would make you a YouTube star?

LR: I can juggle pretty well. Really bad singers also become popular on YouTube. I could be one of those people.

TSF: Last year it was “Party in the USA.” What song are you jamming out to at this US Open?

LR: This US Open I was rocking out to Lenny Kravitz, Drake and I listen to a lot of Dubstep music (if you haven’t heard any Dubstep, YouTube ‘Four Floors (Diplo Edit) – Sunday Girl‘). Sounds amazing on massive speakers.

More with Laura Robson, BFF to FortyDeuceTwits, after the cut. (more…)

sunday survey: your summer story

September 26, 2010

There was lots of things happening on the pro tennis tours this summer. There were some strange storylines with confusion surrounding the injuries of Serena Williams and Juan Martin del Potro and a wild US Open culminated with two familiar champions winning in vastly different ways.

We asked earlier this summer what you thought would take shape for the US Open Series, now we’re curious – with the Series past and the year’s final Slam in the books: what was your summer story?

Was it the absence (and off-court activity) of Serena? Was it the mom-can-defend Slam run by one Kim Clijsters? Was it Rafa claiming his ninth major, completing the career Slam? Or did something altogether different capture your tennis eye (like, say, Nadia’s outfit)? Perhaps you were inspired by the runs of Vera or Novak, or loved the story that Sweet Caroline just may prove her #1 ranking after a title in New Haven and an impressive run to the semis. Dare we even mention the Andy Roddick debacle? Maybe that was your fave for other reasons…

Tell us in the comment section below.

(photo by kyliemm via flickr.)

flashback: robert kendrick’s dna shirt

September 25, 2010

Robert Kendrick qualified for the 2010 US Open but had the bad luck of drawing Gael Monfils in the first round. Kendrick was up 2-1 and 40-0 in the fifth but couldn’t hold on in the end.

The black/blue print on the American’s white Athletic DNA crew was a welcome deviation from the trend of solid colors and subtle detailing that dominated the players’ clothing at Flushing Meadows. (Others wearing graphics were Gael in K-Swiss, the boys of Joma and Venus Williams‘ dress from the Tide contest.) Buy: This shirt’s not online, but check out the rest of the company’s goods here.

More: Three other pictures from that first-round match against Gael after the cut…

zverev’s through to the finals in metz

September 25, 2010

Qualifier Mischa Zverev‘s through to the finals of the Open de Moselle in Metz after Richard Gasquet withdrew because of a fever. He’ll face Gilles Simon, who took out Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2.

A long way: At the 2009 US Open, Zverev and Yanina Wickmayer were the only ones wearing Erke. A year later, their stable also includes Benjamin Becker and Tommy Robredo.

(image via Getty Images)

spotted in the city: vintage does 2010

September 25, 2010

TSF is introducing a new series of posts that we’re calling “spotted in the city”. These posts will be full of the random stuff that your TSF editors come across in the daily world of New York and Los Angeles. From shoe sightings on the street to storefronts to a tennis celeb on the pavement, we’re ready with our low-quality cell phone cameras to capture tennis fashion off the courts. See something you think might work for the series? Snap a pic and send us a note! The best part is you don’t have to be in NYC or LA… or any city for that matter! Tennis fashion is happening all over the place, and  we always love to hear from our readers. -NM

We spotted this vintage HEAD tennis racquet and cover at a Housing Works Thrift Shop in SoHo a few weeks ago. The thing was going for $6. The strings were intact and the grip felt good. We’re a little disappointed we didn’t swipe it for leisure play with friends this fall! Remember: another HEAD sighting in SoHo, earlier this year. (Full disclosure: I work for Housing Works, Inc.)

The back wall at the Boast party this past week in NoHo was covered in stylish, old-school photos aplenty. The re-launch party – cleverly tagged “Back in play” – was at the art space 40 Great Jones.

A model holds court (or street) outside the Boast party in NoHo. She was sipping on a Southside cocktail – oh so delicious!

(tsf photos)

flashback: youzhny, like ginepri, remembers a tragedy

September 24, 2010

Russian Mikhail Youzhny, seeded 12th at the 2010 US Open, joined fellow ATPer Robby Ginepri in remembering the 9/11 tragedy from ten years earlier. Unlike Gineps’ specially made Under Armour kit, Mikhail chose a somber ribbon to (awkwardly) pin on the left shoulder of his blue adidas Barricade crew.

In Flushing Meadows, he swatted off upset attempts by John Isner, Tommy Robredo, and Stan Wawrinka — two four-setters; one five- — and eventually ran out of steam as he went up against top seed Rafa Nadal. Still, props to Mikhail for equaling his best result at a major (he also reached the Open semis in 2006, beating Nadal in the quarters and losing to Roddick).

Buy: adidas Barricade Crew, in Blue Beauty/Red, at Midwest Sports.

More: A few other pics of Youzhny’s US Open after the cut…

while you’re drooling over federer’s balls, i’ll be over here with his bag

September 24, 2010

Video: A TV ad for Lindt with Roger Federer, who’s traveling through an airport security line with some balls in his bag. He gets questioned by two agents, and awkwardness ensues.

While the gals were busy ogling Federer’s behind, I was drooling over this — one of his “RF” bags from Nike. <3

fashion focus: starfish in a little blue box

September 24, 2010

You know about our affinity for all things aquatic (what’s the word for “lover of dead zones”?), so it should come as no surprise that we’re into designer Elsa Peretti‘s line of starfish jewelry for Tiffany. Peretti is also the one behind the drop earrings worn by Maria Sharapova as part of her 2010 Wimbledon get-up.

Browse: Our fave is that simple brooch, available in 18k gold ($2,200) and sterling silver ($350). Rest of the goods are here.

(screengrab via tiffany.com)

in metz, a beautiful museum

September 24, 2010

Speaking of Metz (where ATP this week has a tour stop, the Open de Moselle), the city is now home to the Centre Pompidou-Metz, an outpost of the museum in Paris and designed by Shigeru Ban and partner Jean de Gastines.

The structure — in all its glue lam glory — is situated in the center of the city, making everyone ask whether it’ll do the same for Metz what the Guggenheim did for Bilbao. (Read: Christopher Hawthorne’s take in the LAT)

Brackets: The men are playing the quarterfinals today (Kohlschreiber upsets top-seeded Cilic; Simon needs three to beat Malisse; Zverev over Nieminen). See the results here.

(museum img src; player pic via Getty Images)

flashback: robby ginepri wears UA (with a cause)

September 24, 2010

Robby Ginepri found out about his fellow Under Armour athletes wearing pieces from the UA Freedom line, a brand initiative launched by UA in collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project to honor American folks in the service (and also public safety officials) via monetary, product, and volunteer support. And since the 2010 US Open was happening during the 9th anniversary of 9/11, Gineps asked UA to make him a special version of his Edge Crew — this time with the UA Freedom logo on his right sleeve — to wear for the tournament. Robby lost in the first round to Eduardo Schwank 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.

The UA Freedom logo.

No word yet on whether Robby will keep wearing UA Freedom gear (or if this was a one-time thing for the Open).

Read up: Find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project.

Buy: Under Armour Edge Crew, $31.99, tennisexpress.com.

More: Ginepri pics after the cut…

in bucharest, topspin shows off more colors

September 24, 2010

The clothes of Topspin have been on our radar ever since seeing ‘em on Jamaican Dustin Brown at the 2010 US Open. This week it makes another appearance on Victor Crivoi, a qualifier who made it to the second round of the BCR Open Romania.

Bracket: The semis in Bucharest are now set — top seed Montanes will face Chela and Granollers will play qualifier Pablo Andujar. (Details: Draws and results)

The threads: And if you’re interested in taking a gander at Topspin’s gear, check out the site for their US retailer: topspinusa.com.

More: A few more shots of Crivoi after the cut…

flashback: li ning @ the us open, pt. 2

September 23, 2010

Along with the orange and brown for Ivan Ljubicic, Li Ning also had this purple and orange polo making the rounds during the hardcourt season. Lovin’ all the texture!

Update: At the 2010 US Open, Ivan Dodig also wore a white/black Li Ning kit in his first-round match against Fernando Gonzalez. See pics from that match after the cut…

ljubicic’s sputter continues in metz

September 23, 2010

That Li Ning stallion — the brand associated with Ivan Ljubicic‘s kits from the Chinese company — isn’t helping him ride back up the ATP rankings. At this week’s Open de Moselle in Metz, the Croat, seeded third, was upset by Xavier Malisse 7-5, 6-2. And at the 2010 US Open, Ljubicic went out in the first round to Ryan Harrison. Uhm, what happened to the dude who won Indian Wells this year? (Info: Metz on the ATP site.)

More: Two other pictures of Ivan’s orange and brown kit (note that horse on the sleeve, and the orange shoes) after the cut…

photo feed: jeremy chardy in bucharest

September 23, 2010

BCR Open Romania: Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, eighth seed at this week’s BCR Open Romania in Bucharest, is through to the third round and faces top seed Albert Montanes in the quarters. (Draw)

A ring on his left finger, hmmm?

(photo by Anca Tudosa from the BCR Open Romania website)

croc buzz at 40th and 6th

September 23, 2010

I don’t know what this means but I. am. drooling.

(image src; via @lacoste)

feeling boastful

September 22, 2010

It’s not often you see a clothing line come along and provide promotional shots that include an ATV (above), a guy trying desperately to manage a bloody nose and another spooning out cantaloupe while inside a vintage car. But Boast is doing just that, re-launching the classic 1970’s American brand with a new look and feel that screams The Royal Tenenbaums meets Lacoste meets MTV‘s Jackass.

While that might be a complicated description, Boast’s line of polo tees are as simple as they come. Simple and successful. The polos, which come in three styles — pinstriped, tipped and solid — all retail for $68 and are made with hand-picked Peruvian cotton, a high quality long-staple fabric.

Boast has a history that they can be pretty, well, boastful about. (Yes, we had to go there. It’s over and done with now, we promise!) In 1973, tennis instructor Bill St. John started the brand that mostly emulated the success of Johnny Mac and Jimmy Connors, turning true tennis style into an American thing. Eventually, the likes of Roscoe Tanner, John Updike and George W. Bush would don the threads of the company.

Boast’s return was marked at a re-launch party Wednesday night in NoHo, downtown Manhattan, where TSF caught up with Alexander Tiger, one of the partners in making the re-launch happen. While he was thrilled to have the site live and functioning, he promised that the clothes would be in stores soon, and that 2011 would bring a more diverse Boast, with performance wear and accessories to boot.

“We just wanted to get to today, to have the product here and everyone able to see it and touch it,” Tiger said while guests sipped on Southside cocktails with miniature tennis racquet stirrers. “This is a true American heritage brand, something Ryan Harrison could wear.”

While we can’t quite imagine Harrison in the $1,200 hand-crafted navy blazer for sale alongside the polos, our fave was the tipped polo with red and orange, just enough color to make us feel, well, you know… boastful.

Browse: Boast’s online store. We like this pinstripe polo in Kelly green. Also available in navy, Carolina blue and red.

(photos courtesy of boast)

short balls: skipping the tennis

September 22, 2010

This is the first photo that matches the search term “short balls” on Flickr. Igor Andreev putting away a short one at Wimbledon, 2008. (Photo by Mark Brocklehurst via Flickr.)

While we’re plenty impressed by all the Davis Cupping that happened this past weekend, the tennis season is in a bit of a lull 10 days after the completion of the US Open and before the big-time fall tournaments get under way. The women are in Seoul and Tashkent this week, while the men are swinging their way through Bucharest and Metz. While we’ve been doing a little bit of swinging of our own, we’ve been making the non-tennis rounds of the internet and finding plenty of good, juicy bits to fill the short balls plate for this week. Nibble up, djya’ll!

Before we get to the non-tennis stuff there is a few tennis items to make mention of. David Rosenberg has an item on Tennis.com about Ana Ivanovic‘s strange relationship with the U.S. Backgammon Federation. The Federation has presented Ivanovic (a first-round loser in Seoul) with a lifetime honorary membership. Game, Set, Backgammon? | Kenneth in the 212 is giving us a peek of Gilles Simon‘s … well, just click the link. Meanwhile, Kenneth gives thumbs-up to the Chrissie & Martina documentary, Unmatched, that debuted last week. | Anna Kournikova is gracing the cover of the current issue of Maxim. The Russian is feeling rather American in the spread, no? | Amelia Island, which hosts a USTA event and used to be home to a much-loved WTA stop, has been sold to Omni, which has 45 luxury destinations throughout North American. (via TennisWire.org). | The ladies of Spain are boycotting the Fed Cup team in their country. Or, as Courtney put it, Ladycotting. Well chosen. | The USTA has donated 21,000 pounds of food left over from the USO to NYC agency City Harvest. | The Bryan Brothers are hosting a tennis-fun weekend near their hometown of Camarillo, northwest of LA this Saturday. Partnering with K-Swiss, the boys will be joined by Davis Cuppers Sam Querrey (another local talent) and Mardy Fish for an exhibition and wine tasting at Spanish Hills Country Club. Tickets here. | And no surprise here: Serena walks the catwalk at Fashion Week.

And some number crunching before we abandon our tennis roots for the rest of the web: at last week’s Bell Challenge in Quebec City, American women notched 12 match wins among 10 players (nearly one third the draw). Anchored mostly by Bethanie Mattek-Sands‘s final run and helped out by a semifinal appearance by our favorite Jersey girl Christina McHale and a quarterfinal result from Melanie Oudin. At the USO, there were also 10 American women in the draw, winning a total of 9 matches, three less than in Canada. All hail the Maple Leaf, we guess.

Now, the non-tennis-ing begins. We’re loving this children’s book Dad Dad Mom Mom that promotes same-sex couples as parents. It’s even got a video up on YouTube. Storks get us every time. | TSF contributer and everything-extraordinaire Tobin Addington has his re-vamped web site up, which features musings on his blog and links to his writing, which is downright fantastic. His stuff is available here on Amazon. Check it. | The New York Times has a fantastic slideshow up of the good stuff at Burlington Toys in New York. Toy geeks rejoice! | While the DADT fail was disappointing yesterday, it’s encouraging to see a pop star take such a stance, isn’t it? | The New Yorker Festival kicks off next weekend (Oct. 1-3). The event features a sit-down with famed sports writer Bill Simmons. Too bad said talk is already sold out, but nice to see the intellects of the world wanting to hear/ see Bill in action. | We’ll just steal Gawker‘s headline on this one: “Bristol’s Grody DWTS Debut“. | It’s NYC Climate Week. That is all.

And if you’re ever wondering who to turn to for all your tennis and sporting business news, it’s tough to beat this guy. (more…)

WANT WANT WANT: a scarf, a hoodie, and a journal

September 22, 2010

Rags are riches: The folks at Recession Rags are focusing just on their button scarves for now, moving their non-scarf items — tailored pants, shorts, etc. — to a different brand that’ll appear soon. In the meantime, they’ve churned out some solid neckwear for Fall 2010 (now priced at $29 a pop, down from $50). And in case you need to be enticed, RR’s running a 4-for-$100 special, an offer we’re taking them up on. Check out the goods here.

Moleskine by Marc Jacobs: A limited-edition Moleskine designed by Marc Jacobs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Barneys CO-OP stores. (via Refinery29)

Not that it’s stopped us before: We ran across these clothes from Airwalk during our US Open trip to NYC and have been jonesing for them ever since. (Native American print’s been done and done, but the fabric’s super-comfy and the price points aren’t bad.) Of course, we didn’t know at the time that these were women’s offerings — an important detail which we’re willing to overlook. Buy: Airwalk Southwest Hoodie, $40; Streak V-Neck, $26; airwalk.com.

(screengrabs via recessionrags.com and airwalk.com)

flashback: for joma, asymmetrical hombres at the 2010 us open

September 22, 2010

Feliciano Lopez came into the 2010 US Open with a seesaw North American hardcourt record: he reached the semis at the Farmers Classic in L.A. (in style, of course) and followed that up with back-to-back first-round losses in Toronto in Cincinnati. Perhaps he just peaked too early? He rebounded in New York, making it to the fourth round before running into the Nadal juggernaut.

And along the way, Feli showed off a simple Joma Sport shirt that played with thick, asymmetrical lines across the chest (and shooting down the left arm).

Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who came into the Open fresh from a title in Umag (though on clay), lost in the third round to Jurgen Melzer. Ferrero went with v-necks peppered with graphics across the clavicle and shoulder.

Browse: At Joma’s site, a few more pieces. And below the cut, a few more looks of their US Open kits…

fashion: what caro’s wearing to melbourne and wimbledon 2011

September 22, 2010

adidas by Stella McCartney held their Spring/Summer 2011 presentation yesterday as part of London Fashion Week. Added to the sport-specific pieces is a new Weekender category. (Read: British Vogue‘s write-up)

I’ll leave it to you guys to caption these awesome pictures of Caroline Wozniacki playing 3D videogame tennis. (Whew, for a second I thought those were here everyday eyeglasses!)

Based on these images, it doesn’t look like adidas is straying too much from the palette, switching from 2010’s shades of grey into a dark blue and switching the detail color from lime to pink. And the undergarment theme — this year’s, a corset — continues with this negligee-inspired look. (What do you think of the collection? Tell us!)

(images via Getty Images)


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