Archive for March, 2011

(shirtless) tattoo watch: alex bogomolov jr charges past andy

March 25, 2011

Raging Bull: American Alex Bogomolov, Jr. upset Andy Murray with a 6-1, 7-5 win over the Scot in a second-round match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. It didn’t help rusty Andy’s cause that he came in with a three-loss streak (starting with that Aussie Open final loss to Nole). Bogomolov, on the other hand, had a few matches under his belt by qualifying for the main draw and beating Victor Hanescu in the first round.

Brackets: Bogomolov will face the winner of Isner/Andreev. They are all in the same quarter as Djokovic. (SEO Draws)

Clothed: Nice colors on that graphic blue/black crew from Athletic DNA. Nope, nothing to do with Charlie Sheen. Buy: Eclipse T Men’s, $49.95.

(images via Getty Images)

serena goes … sexy? … in game ad

March 25, 2011

By Benjamin Snyder

Let’s just call this Serena Williams’ version of a sex tape. While Serena can’t get dirty on the court these days, she’s doing her best to emulate BBF (Best Booty Friend) Kim Kardashian and get steamy – off it. As reported by the New York Daily News, Serena’s commercial for Top Spin 4 may be “too hot for TV.” Dubbed the “world’s sexiest tennis player,” the ad pits her against Rileah Vanderbilt, named the “world’s sexiest tennis gamer” (guess we missed that press release). The two tennis hotties (or drag queens in disguise – as some have commented) wear revealing black leotards, serenaded by a kind of grunting that probably should never be uttered on a tennis court. If that’s not enough, flames spurt around Vanderbilt as she hits an awkward backhand and golden confetti rains around Serena’s purple strands of hair.

Did we really just write that? Yes, read on oh weary one. There’s more.

Serenagate? When Serena is in the picture, there’s always gotta be drama. 2K Sports claims the video was never meant to be released, as reported by Joystiq. The company had this to say about the ad: “As part of the process for creating marketing campaigns to support our titles, we pursue a variety of creative avenues. This video is not part of the title’s final marketing campaign and its distribution was unauthorized.”

Vanderbilt didn’t seem to mind. She released the video herself via YouTube (before “distancing herself from it” by Wednesday), according to the Daily News. Now, however, if you try and search her YouTube for the sexy 57-second segment, you find the words “this video is private.” But really, after this, is anything private, Rileah?

Then, there’s Serena’s own misstep. She posted the following on Monday:

But never actually tweeted the link.

It all seems a little strange, right? Hey, don’t try to think too hard. Just try and “enjoy” this fab, flesh-filled ad while it’s still going viral online.

(photo by 2k Sports via the Daily News)

kei, uniquely, in uniqlo

March 25, 2011

While it warms our cockles that Japanese brand Uniqlo is tapping into tennis as it takes over the world — their SoHo store was the site of our last buying spree — we’re still waiting to see where they take Kei Nishikori‘s on-court kits. Right now it’s pretty basic, with Uniqlo’s texty square logo punctuating the solid colors on his tees and shorts.

Long haul: As you may already know, Kei signed a five-year deal with the company starting this year. More deets to come (from Uniqlo) about the extent of his involvement with the brand.

Desert Sander: By the way, +J, Uniqlo’s playground for designer Jil Sander, began selling its Spring ’11 goods this week. Check out the lookbook for this desert-inspired collection. (Top marks go to outerwear). TSF can only hope she’ll take a page of out of the Stella McCartney book and start fitting Kei. Can you imagine??

Brackets: Kei — still with a ribbon on his tee to keep awareness of the earthquake/tsunami recovery in Japan — won his first-round match against Jeremy Chardy at the Sony Ericsson Open, being contested in Key Biscayne. His next opponent is top seed Rafa Nadal.

(images via Getty Images)

talk to ‘em, johnny

March 24, 2011

Can Johnny Mac schedule a fashion counseling session with BYU’s Jimmer Fredette – and the rest of college basketball, for that matter? We, too, are obsessed with the leaping ability of SI cover boy Jimmer, but could do without the past-my-knees shorts that make him (and all players) look like they’re still 13 and playing alley ball. C’mon, fellas.

(screengrab via yahoo! sports)

aussie summer & cali/miami spring brings out white stosur

March 24, 2011

Sam Stosur‘s been wearing this white Lacoste dress since the beginning of the year. Too bad it isn’t photographing well; hard to see the bright trim on the collar, sleeves, and the cutout. And boy does she love that orange (which was also the color of the shorts under that dress, by the way): from what FortyDeuce gathered on the practice courts of Indian Wells, that shade’ll carry over onto her kit for the Roland Garros swing (but in stripes).

As the fourth seed at this week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, she beat Zheng Jie 6-2, 6-1 in her opener and plays the winner of Schnyder/Safarova match. (Who’ll lose her mind first: Lucie or Patty?)

Draws: See all the Miami draws here.

(image via Getty Images)

…or are you just happy to see me?

March 24, 2011

Jarmila Groth and Juan Ignacio Chela dropped by the Miami Metro Zoo before they begin competing at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Groth, the 28th seed, will open her 2011 Miami run with a match against Yaroslava Shvedova, who took out Sara Errani 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5). Groth shares the bottom half of the draw with Clijsters, Vika, and Schiavone, among others. And on the men’s side, Chela will play the winner of the Feli Lopez/Berankis match. He has a potential fourth-round match against Rafael Nadal.

Draws: See all the Miami draws here.

(image via Getty Images)

short balls: tennis goes cross-country

March 23, 2011

By Benjamin Snyder

Bottom’s on top: It’s official! The classy poster of a woman scratching her derriere in flattering tennis whites has been posted as one of the all-time best-selling posters, according to a recent article in the Guardian. Model and poster will soon be reunited after 35 years for an upcoming event celebrating tennis art, writes Patrick Kingsley. Pictured above, Fiona Walker, now 52, tells all in a piece from the Telegraph. (ed. note: Meanwhile, how cute is Patrick?? TSF is always looking for more freelancers… )

Feeling bi(coastal): Indian Wells is over, and it’s time to move on to Miami for some more fun-in-the-sun at the Sony Ericsson Open. But, before we leave Cali behind, how about news on the Serb we’ve been loving lately, Novak Djokovic? Not only did he thrash Rafa in the final set to take the title, word on the interwebs is Caro has been pining for him, at least symbolically. Move over, Ana – and longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic – this lovely lady has the ranking and the sense of humor Nole just might be looking for these days. Or do you think he’d go for more of a Fiona Walker-type?

Ballin’: Tonight several top players – Nole and Rafa among them – were taking to the soccer pitch for a fundraiser for the victims of the Japan tsunami disaster. If it looks anything like the boys playing a little soccer tennis last summer, we’re sad we missed it.

World order, struck down: So while Novak’s getting the girls, the titles and playing some soccer for a good cause to boot, Roger‘s just plain losing – a lot. Ousted by the Djoker in a three-set semifinal showdown for the world no. 2 spot, Rog also succumbed in doubles with partner Stanislas Wawrinka. Fed suffered a “triple tennis blow” in Cali, says one piece. Now that’s one way to put it – and no, it doesn’t mean what you were hoping it did.

The Devil Watches Tennis: At least Roger has one Anna Wintour to comfort him. The Vogue editor is the subject of a much-talked-about Wall Street Journal magazine piece released online today. What is Anna doing in the lead image of the profile? Watching Rog – on TV.

As if they needed an excuse: Boasting like it’s some sort of change of pace, Miami is getting ready for the SEO with music, parties and … well, tennis. Is that any different than any other time of the year? Our pick: Funkshion Fashion Week. Shows happen all week long, including the Masquerade Motel on Saturday night, a beach-front show that’s already been sold out.

Little lady on the small screen: Dominika Cibulkova is being noticed for more than her small size (she’s just 5’3). For the entirety of the SEO, she’ll be a star on the online reality show Xperia Hot Shots, which is set to “follow the lives of six aspiring stars of the WTA as they try to build their Facebook fan base.” Says Domi: “It is so exciting to be part of this unique campaign … it’s a privilege to be just one of only a few girls selected for this.” While Cibulkova has 4,652 “likes” on FB, we’re curious: is that really her in the profile pic? Coulda fooled us.

(poster photo by paul grover/the daily telegraph; fed and anna by getty images)

masha: we can see you!

March 23, 2011

Here’s Maria Sharapova at last night’s players’s party for the upcoming Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Perhaps she’s using the outfit’s bright colors to wash away the memory of her semifinal loss at the IW semis — she only managed three games — to eventual champ Caro Wozniacki? Whatever her excuse, DtL isn’t buying it.

For the curious: Masha’s wearing a sheer striped top from Cynthia Rowley, a floral skirt by Chris Benz, and — of course — shoes and a bag from her own Cole Haan collection.

Buy: Cynthia Rowley Invisible Stripe Sweater, $230.

(image by Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

strokin’: when tennis met music

March 23, 2011

By Jonathan Scott

It may not be tabloid fodder like every Taylor Swift dalliance, and it’s not nearly as insufferable as Brangelina, but the marriage between music and tennis is itself a storied love affair. It stretches across decades and genres, and it knows no bounds – well, none other than those pesky white lines.

Try to set aside the disappointment that the artist Sergey with the song “Tennis” on iTunes is actually not Vera Zvonareva‘s ridiculously good-looking model/coach. And, however possible, repress the memory of Justine Henin‘s song-and-dance scareoke on TV. Yes, Novak Djokovic and Ivo Karlovic have tried their tongues at rapping, as has Vince Spadea with amusingly deplorable results, but that doesn’t mean you should try it at home after perfecting your Djokovic-ian down-the-line backhand, does it?

As the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival just wrapped its annual song-a-thon in Austin, Texas – soon to be the site for a volatile USA vs. Spain Davis Cup tie in July – here’s the skinny on the latest hot shots in tennis-tinged music and an homage to some of the greats.

Best Newcomer: James Blake is a dub-step soulman and a veritable crooner. The British JB, that is. His American counterpart is a best-selling author and owner of a laser forehand whose best days are past, but Blake the Brit is taking the music world by slow-burning storm, releasing his rave-reviewed eponymous debut in February and – well before that – igniting the blogosphere with his faithful but quirky cover of Feist‘s “Limit to Your Love.” Let’s just pray that, when we hit up a James Blake concert sometime, his fans aren’t half as annoying (adorable?) as the American Blake’s J-Block can be in the tennis stands.

Dainty she is not. Our fave album cover from Blonde Readhead’s 23. (Image via band website)

Best Dressed: Sometimes it’s okay to judge a band by its cover. Oxymoronic indie rockers Blonde Redhead out of New York City put out the best, most elegant tennis-themed album art when they dropped 23 in 2007. But, no, the song “Top Ranking” has nothing to do with disputed no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.

Worst Dressed, but Best Sound: Yea, there is a band simply called Tennis, a married duo specializing in ’60s surf-pop for 2011. This act released its debut Cape Dory in January, and though the song “Marathon” doesn’t harbor the words “Isner,” “Mahut” or “Wimbledon” anywhere in the lyrics, it’s solid stuff. Consider it your soulful throwback soundtrack for this summer – but steer clear of wearing skintight aqua as with the album cover. It looks like leftover fabric from a hideous Nadia Petrova creation.

Best Tournament Run: This has to go to the ginger-haired heroine in the video for Vampire Weekend‘s “Giving Up the Gun.” She rips through a draw that includes Joe Jonas, a Daft Punk-helmeted doubles team, and even a flask-swilling Jake Gyllenhaal in tear-away pants. It’s a great song, and the immaculately-white indoor court is sharp – even if the choked-up strokes from the damsel look laughably bad in reality. Girl, who taught you to grip a racquet like that? Topping it off: RZA from Wu-Tang Clan serves as the chair umpire, and Lil Jon offers astute on-court coaching. Brill.

TSF Vault | The many lives of tennis-themed music vids

Best Clay-Court Match: French DJs Martin Solveig — oddly in tasteful Wimbledon whites — and Bob Sinclar, sporting some hot-magenta vintage-Agassi styles, squared off on Roland Garros‘ red dirt for the video for Solveig’s dance track “Hello” sung by Dragonette. The match and music video are both visceral, a veritable heartbreaker. Check out the cameo by that flashiest of the current French tennis stars as he comes on the scene and devastates the darling DJ.

Hello? Could Martin Solveig look any cooler? We think not. (YouTube screengrab)

Best Charity Hit: Andy Murray and Thom Yorke of Radiohead teamed up for charity single “Two Minute Silence” to benefit serving and former British troops and their families. Strangely enough, its title is no lie. “Hear” — but really just see — it here. British Prime Minister David Cameron and more also got in on this quiet riot. Truly the oddest not-quite-a-band lineup ever, but hey, can’t wait for their episode of “Behind the Music.” Finalist: Wozniacki put out a charity single called “Oxigent” (or “Oxygen”) to benefit Danish and Polish Paralympic athletes. Because, you know, she has oodles of free time.

Top Passing Shot: Meg Baird‘s lovely, lilting “Waltze of the Tennis Players.” It’s just pretty, and we do pretty.

More of Jonathan’s music musings (including “Best Grunt” and “Best Musical Ode to a Tennis Player”) after the cut. (more…)

flashback: the tsf ‘zine

March 22, 2011

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Spring cleaning at TSF West unearthed this, our first (and only!) attempt at a print version of Tennis Served Fresh. Oh, what a time capsule from four years ago: Marat was still an active player, Etienne de Villiers tested the round-robin format on the ATP; Venus‘ fashion sense had not yet gone on a rampage…

(ot) julian gaino for oki-ni

March 21, 2011

A parka paired with shorts? How very SoCal. Stylist Julian Gaino plays with oki-ni‘s current inventory of goods — including pieces from Folk, Band Of Outsiders, E. Tautz, Thom Browne, and New Balance — to create a lookbook for Spring ’11. View the goods (and buy away!) here.

(image via oki-ni)

trophy watch: non-stop nole

March 21, 2011

Have we sickened you with our Nole coverage yet? Well, when the boy is hot, he’s hot. Here, Novak exerts one final breath of energy to lift his hard-earned trophy.

Did she even break a sweat? Wozy fought off nerves and a semi-resurgent Marion Bartoli in the third set to win 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. More trophies from the mountains of Cali after the cut.

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tsf podcast: nole flies, doubles (is in) trouble and oh where can the williamses go?

March 21, 2011

TSF Podcast Mar. 2011 | Nick McCarvel with David Thorpe | To download MP3 in iTunes, just click link

Do you usually fly first class, Nole? TSF Podcast March 2011

Oh let the awkward moments ring! David and I might be good friends, but don’t let that fool you into thinking we’ve got this podcast thing down pat. All the better for the listener though, no? This week, David and I were all chatty about what Nole’s recent run (flight?!) to the top means. Our opinion? Not much. Though it could, if he carries it over to the clay season. We also took turns weighing into this week’s Sunday Survey question on just what will happen to those two ladies named Williams. And doubles? Good exposure week for the game, but David smells a conspiracy brewing. (And I’m just tan.) Click above! | TSF Vault: Podcasts

(screengrab provided by HEAD tennis)

sightings in the stands: neve campbell and jj feild

March 21, 2011

Lovebirds Neve Campbell and J.J. Feild took in yesterday’s finals at the BNP Paribas Open. These were the first matches Neve have ever been to — she picked a good day to watch!

FYI, Neve’s going to be in Scream 4, opening April 15th, and Feild will be in Captain America: The First Avenger, which comes out this summer.

Buy: On Feild, the Fila 100 year jacket, $120, fila.com.

(photo by Bill Schlueter)

novak plays on a plane

March 21, 2011

Yep, Nole‘s already soaring high after that win over Rafa Nadal at yesterday’s men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. That three-setter — 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 — puts him at 18-0 so far this year; at No. 2 in the world (taking over for Roger); and puts him in that elite company of guys who’ve been both Rafa and Roger in the same tournament twice (the other two: Nalbandian and Kolya).

…Which made it the perfect time to release this video that he hinted at last week, the one of him recreating that image of two folks playing tennis on a plane. We’re still not quite sure if Nole actually got air time (while strapped in, of course), but we wouldn’t put it past him.

Watch: Click on that image above to watch the video.

(Djokovic picture courtesy of Head)

stan smith’s tennis class

March 20, 2011

Found this in my pile of papers. I don’t know how Stan Smith ended up in the comics section of the LA Weekly back in 2008… (err, it could’ve been CityBeat).

flashback: loup & the volley girls at the delray itc

March 20, 2011

Loup’s lady, Danielle Ribner, chic in the middle of a VolleyGirl sandwich. VolleyGirls wearing the classy 2 Layer black dress.

Tee-time: Loup-sponsored player Sydni Katz looking (and throwing) good in a pale Army green gathered skirt dress. Buy: $95 online

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sunday survey: the future of the sisters

March 19, 2011

Venus has pulled out of Miami. Serena will return in … October? What is to come of the Lady Williamses?


(photo by russell cheyne/the telegraph)

flashback: who wears short shorts?

March 19, 2011

It may have been just three weeks ago, but probably our favorite moment from the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden was John McEnroe dropping his pants to reveal short shorts. Who woulda thought?? (Getty images)

practice makes perfect: from russia, with love

March 18, 2011

Svetlana Kuznetsova lost in her opening round of the BNP Paribas Open to American (and wildcard) Christina McHale, who took her out 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7). While Sveta looked good — like, dropped-pounds-in-the-double-digits good — she was simply outplayed from the baseline by the more consistent McHale. McHale lost a three-setter to Nadia Petrova in the subsequent round. (Draw: Women’s Singles.)

For the curious: that Fila shirt on Sveta’s only for practice, alas, and is not for sale to the public. Sometimes a girl has to have something that’s just hers, yknow?

(image by TSF)


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