Archive for October, 2010

quantifying the GOAT question

October 19, 2010

Aneki.com, the web site that prides itself on all sorts of rankings and records, has recently come up with a formula (full of numbers, of course) to calculate just who, exactly, is the Greatest of All Time (GOAT).

While you might not care which country has the highest percentage of bride kidnappings (that would be Kyrgyzstan) or where the world’s best restaurant is (that would be Copenhagen, Denmark), there is certainly some intrigue in comparing the men of tennis’s past to one another in trying to figure out – at least numerically – who should be called the GOAT.

Similar to the ATP‘s Head-to-Head feature, the Aneki interactive tool lets you file through a list of greats that range from Federer, Nadal, Sampras and Agassi to Lendl, Connors, McEnroe and Borg. The advantage of this system, however, is that it plugs in stats like total weeks at no. 1, major titles, head-to-head record and the like to dole out who is better than whom and – ultimately  – who the GOAT is.

As Patrick McEnroe makes mention in his recent book Hardcourt Confidential, it’s almost impossible to compare who really is the greatest ever across generations because of the change of the game, the technology, the tournaments and the overall tennis culture. But hey, it’s fun, right? We never turn down a good time…

(screengrab via aneki.com)

oldies in osaka + ivanovic ends drought + murray over fed

October 18, 2010

Trophy Watch: No crazy hardware this week, but the storylines filled in just fine.

In China, Andy Murray was the last man standing at the Shanghai Rolex Masters after beating Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2 in the final. The Scot is now 8-5 in matches against Roger.

Maybe next year’s Rogers Cup organizers won’t waver on Ana Ivanovic now that she’s ended a two year(!) title drought with a victory in Linz over Patty Schnyder. FYI, this Generali Ladies Linz event was the last tourney she won — back in the same year she took the French.

And in Osaka, the other Asian veteran on the tour — Tamarine Tanasugarn — needed three sets to shut down the Kimiko Date Krumm express at the Japan Women’s Open. Two snaps to Kimiko, though, who upset both top seed Sam Stosur and third seed Shahar Peer — both of whom have put together solid 2010s — en route to the final.

(images via Getty Images)

pico: ask and you shall receive

October 18, 2010

Thanks to Sophie for leading us to the source of that Pico pic we posted last month. It’s from an issue of WATT, an argentinian magazine, that came out in 2009.

Further ogling/reading: Article here (at WATT), pictures here (via New Balls, Please).

sunday survey: sotw (story of the week)?

October 17, 2010

This week was full over storylines from across the globe: Roger Federer made a triumphant return to the tennis court; Andy Murray one-upped the Mighty Fed to win Shanghai; Ana Ivanovic won her first title in two years; Tamarine Tanasugarn collects a WTA trophy at the ripe-old age of 33; and Kimiko Date Krumm becomes the oldest finalist in WTA history, losing to Tanasugarn in the Osaka final at 40. Above, Ivanovic is a women among girls (AP photo).

lacoste l!ve

October 16, 2010

Lacoste is opening up a string of stores for their L!VE brand, which reinterprets the classic looks of the brand for the younger, hipper set. Even the store design follows this aesthetic, with hardwood floors, suspended merch rails, and a scrolling ticker that displays info of music playing in the space. Expect 60 or so of these shops to pop up all over the world; Paris, London, Zurich, and Berlin will open in the next few months.

Yessss: For once, the guys win out! The current collection of Lacoste L!VE consists of footwear and sportswear for guys. But ladies, not to worry: you’ll get your own version of the goods for Fall 2011.

Artbattles: Back on September 18, Lacoste hosted an ArtBattles between Sean Bono and See One, who were challenged to decorate a 3D exclamation point in front of the store. (See: Twitpic)

Info: LACOSTe L!VE Store, 134 Prince Street in New York City; Hours: 11am-7pm Monday-Saturday, 12-6pm on Sunday; lacostelive.com.

Our picks: Lacoste! Merino Wool Crewneck Flag Sweater, $165; T-Shirt with Crayon Graphic, $45; Long-Sleeve Jersey with Crayon Stripes, $165.

More: A few other images of the store after the cut…

what’s cute and fuzzy and has a little temper?

October 15, 2010

If you answered either “badgers” or “Arnaud Clement,” you got the right answer!

Flashback: Here’s the Frenchman at the 2010 US Open, where he upset 16th seed Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 — and in that heat! — in the first round and then fell in five sets to the super-fit Mardy Fish.

(image via Getty Images)

picoooooooooooooooooooo!!!

October 15, 2010

Fuzzy wuzzy Juan Monaco is through to the final four at this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters after beating Jurgen Melzer 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 in the quarters. (Sadly, Jurgen was probably pooped out after upsetting Rafa Nadal in the round prior.)

Looking forward: Monaco next faces Andy Murray, who won over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The other semi will feature Roger Federer (d. Soderling) and Novak Djokovic (d. Gigi Lopez).

The clothes: As we saw in person at the US Open, we’re much more a fan of the grey and purple version of this fall’s Edge line from adidas.

Buy: Fall Edge Theme Top (assymetrical), $39; Crew, $35; Shorts, $35; in Deepest Ink (grey), Ultra Beauty (fuschia), and white; all at TW.

(image via Getty Images)

shirtless: andreas seppi

October 15, 2010

A few more US Open pics before we close out the year…

TGIF: We spotted Italian Andreas Seppi hitting out in the outer practice courts at the USTABJKNTC on the eve of the 2010 US Open.

At this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters, Seppi upset 14th seed Marin Cilic in the opening round (2 and 2) and lost in the third round to Roger Federer. (Draw: The men’s semis are set. Check out the quartet.)

(photos by TSF)

safarova’s winter wonderland

October 15, 2010

We love ourselves a good military trench and this one — worn by Lucie Safarova back in August at the 2010 Rogers Cup in Montreal — is no exception. It has leather sleeves, people!

Safarova’s currently ranked 35th in the WTA rankings. Her boo, Tomas Berdych, who’s put together a solid year (No. 7), ran into the resurgent Gigi Lopez at this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Buy: Silver Coat by Rudsak, $495 CAD, Chiccane.com.

(image grab via youtube; video courtesy of WTA)

only the nole

October 14, 2010

Yep, that’s a smiley face finger-painted onto the artball sportrait done by Novak Djokovic in celebration of his qualification into the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where he’ll join the other top seven guys on the tour vying for around $3.5 million in prize money.

Nole banked enough points over the weekend (his semifinal win over John Isner at the China Open in Beijing) to put him in company with qualifiers Roger and Rafa. (Flashback: See the top duo’s art pieces.) At this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters, Andy Murray also qualified after beating Jeremy Chardy in the round of 16. This leaves four more spots in contention.

Lip service: “I was really happy to hear the news. It’s four consecutive years for me to get to the Finals, so this achievement means a lot. Of course I will do my best to get even further than I did last year to try to pass the group stage, but there’s still a way to go. It was incredible how many people came out and watched us last year. I really look forward to playing in front of that crowd in The O2 again.”

Bonus round: Catch video from Nole’s artball session here.

(images and Djokovic quote courtesy of ATP)

(ot) ‘zines on display

October 14, 2010

My dear friend Darin Klein is heading up to San Francisco next weekend to open his show “We ride them and Tingel-Tangel” at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. The exhibit will highlight the many ‘zines and chapbooks that he’s produced and collaborated on in his two decades of bookmaking.

Bonus: On Oct. 23 (Saturday), Klein will also fete the release of the second and third issues of the ‘zine 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, one of his newest projects. A sketch by yours truly is included in one of the issues (not sure which). Can’t wait to get a copy!

More: “We ride them and Tingel-Tangel” runs October 21- December 4, 2010. Find out more details — including publications for sale and related events — by visiting Darin’s site.

(photo of Darin Klein by Jeaneen Lund)

fred perry x amy winehouse = ?

October 13, 2010

Will a Brit fit? Pink and black will dominate the 17-piece line to be released this fall from Fred Perry in collaboration with Amy Winehouse. From the press release: “a girly twinset has Fifties sex siren written all over it, gingham goes from homely to hot, pencil skirts become dangerously short, Capri pants find a punk-inspired edge, a mini bowling shirtdress flaunts in equal measure.” While we know this isn’t performancewear, wouldn’t it be fun to see one of the ladies wear this on the court? (Robson? Baltacha?)

Preview: The musician will be modeling the clothes in the November issue of British Glamour. The sketches are available here. We’ll post when the items are for sale on the FP site.

no whammies!

October 13, 2010

In case you’re having a slow afternoon, here are three tennis-related drawings you can enter…

Fun in the sun: Tennis Now’s running a Sony Ericsson Open drawing. The winner will receive a trip for 2 to Miami tournament next year. Prize includes airfare from a major US city to Miami, 3 nights of hotel stay, and tickets to 2 days of the tournament. Entry closes at 12am ET on December 31, 2010. Tournament dates: March 21-April 3, 2011.

A sport for all…. women: Make sure to put your name in for the Wailea Tennis Camp Sweepstakes at 4all (the company formerly known as jofit); they’re giving away four spots at the Wailea Fantasy Camp, held Nov. 17-21 in Maui, and with pros such as Tom Guillikson, Michael Russell, Lindsay Davenport, and Corina Morariu helping with instruction. Winners will also get roundtrip airfare and three nights at the Four Seasons Maui. We’re irked that this raffle’s for ladies only, but still, we’re excited someone gets to do drills with Linds! (Enter; deadline is Oct. 17)

You had us at “blue balls”: At Bjorn Borg, count the number of blue balls you find as you scour their site. Contest ends October 18.

bjorn borg’s fall 2010 landing page

October 13, 2010

The current landing page over at Bjorn Borg‘s site.

(screengrab via bjornborg.com)

short balls: it’s not over until the (small) lady sings

October 13, 2010

Justine Henin made her return to Belgian television earlier this week by singing and dancing on a variety TV show. Singing the song “Now It’s Time” on the show Cap 48. Was that lip synching we saw there, JuJu? Might have to refer to this video to figure it out. Hopefully Lady Henin didn’t re-injure her elbow in said dance routine, in which she wore a bright white pant suit, black dance shoes and had her hair put up. Now we get why she wants her phone on a desert island: she has the Autotune app.

Justine is scheduled to take on Kim Clijsters in an exhibition in December, though she hasn’t made her 2011 schedule public yet. Guga Kuerten is due to play an exhibition in his home country of Brazil in December as well, flying down former rival Andre Agassi for a little hit and giggle. Fame bound? Meanwhile, Andre headlines the 2011 ballot for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The last time Andre was in Newport? To help honor his wife Steffi during her own induction in 2007.

With the tennis season winding down, the exo season is picking up. The Belgians will do battle in their home country and Guga has Andre going south. Roger has invited Rafa up to Switzerland for a duel of their own, which, if the trailer runs true, will be mostly giggling and not much hitting. Stateside, no less than four exo’s will take place in November and December, with players like Anna Kournikova, Martina Navratilova, Mark Philippoussis, Mardy Fish and the Bryan Brothers participating in one event or another. (Line up: Surprise, Ariz. | Delray Beach | DC | Vero Beach, Fla.) (Exhibition info from tenniswire.org)

The season is prematurely over for a myriad of WTA ladies, including Venus, Serena and Maria Sharapova. The Williams sisters will not only miss the Season Ending Championships but also the Fed Cup finals, which they had expressed interest in playing after controversy swirled in their lack of participation in the team’s ties earlier in the year.

More of short balls – featuring short(er) balls – after the cut. (more…)

the rest of team tacchini

October 12, 2010

While it can’t be argued that Novak Djokovic has upped Sergio Tacchini‘s profile a few notches (uhm, anyone who can do this to their moneymaker is a moneymaker), we’d like to point out what the other STers are doing their part to get the brand some airtime.

You say “Christmas,” I say “Gucci”: Belgium’s Olivier Rochus wore a white polo with green and red stripes as he weathered the collective sigh of tennis fans around the world — at the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok a few weeks ago, the munchkin took out Juan Martin del Potro in the Argentinian’s first match since the 2010 Australian Open. (Both Rochus and Hanescu wore this kit for the US Open.) (more…)

ellesse by wood wood

October 12, 2010

It’s not all about Nads Petrova: An recent afternoon stroll along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice (Calif.) yielded our run-in with this collaboration between Ellesse and Danish brand Wood Wood. The capsule collection appeared back in August and includes crewneck sweaters (pictured above), track jackets, tennis sneakers, shorts, and polos.

Our pick: We’re into the shorts with the thick, white horizontal stripe wrapping around the right leg.

Browse: Sneakerstuff’s selling the collection here. Those in L.A. can shop in the flesh at Milkmade. And for the curious, Wood Wood’s site.

(image via highsnobiety)

video: the trick shots keep comin’

October 12, 2010

Agassi unplugged: This Andre Agassi video from HEAD touts the former pro’s tennis superpowers — filmed with no special effects.

We here at TSF are soooooooooooooooo over trick shot videos (thanks for nothing, Roger Federer!), but since we’re having a glass-half-full kind of day, we give HEAD props for thinking this one out. Andre’s video is set in a serene, quiet court — reflective of his current mellow elder statesman persona — and has him hitting net posts with a ball struck from all over a tennis stadium. (BTW, he’s hitting with the YouTek Six Star racquet.)

Meanwhile, Andy Murray‘s piece, which came out earlier this year, had the Scot roaming the streets of London while performing goofy tennis tricks. Muzz is always so serious (esp. at press conferences), so it’s nice to see that grill once in a while. (Video: Murray’s Street Magic)

helloooo, rafa!

October 11, 2010

For the shirtless file: We present this pic of Rafa Nadal, apparently part of a spread which appeared in HELLO! magazine.

(via MTF)

in big china, it’s the little things we like

October 11, 2010

While the rain raged on in Beijing, delaying both the men’s and women’s final until Monday, we popped into the virtual China Open store for a glance and the goodies being offered up this year. It would be unjust to ignore what their store has to offer; while the clothing selection left something to be desired, there are a few diamonds of the fuzzy slash plastic slash “What is that, exactly?” variety. Just what we love…

This gorgeous and somewhat subtle (at least for the China Open online store… ) scarf has great detailing. If you look closely, you can see the tiny man chasing down a tennis ball. Buy for about $21 USD.

You may think it cheesy, but we love the top to this mug, which retails for about $8.

More of our picks from the China Open store after the cut… (more…)


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