Archive for May 7th, 2011

madrid ballkids in ellesse

May 7, 2011

FYI: No bedazzled busts for the ballfolks at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open. Ellesse covered skin in classy, classic outfits that don’t distract from the matches themselves. But we’re glad to see that they’re still using male models — or at least ones worthy of modeling — as part of the roster.

Finals: The final four are set, with top seed Rafa (d. Federer 5-7, 6-1, 6-3) squaring off against No. 2 Nole Djokovic (d. Bellucci 4-6, 6-4, 6-1). On the women’s side, Vika Azarenka defeated Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-2 and will play Petra Kvitova, who upset Li Na 6-3, 6-1.

(image via madrid-open.com)

short balls: design(ed) to entertain

May 7, 2011

What’s good design without good people: Designer James Huniford, Iman and GMA‘s Lara Spencer. (Getty)

For the few fervent TSF readers we have out there (what, are there a couple dozen of you?), you’ll know that our TSF East team (that would be me, Nick) worked at Housing Works for two years in SoHo. The AIDS non-profit has a different way of doing things with their social entreprenuerial outlets and also hosts one heck of a party, which is where I found myself on Thursday night.

The Design on a Dime event happens every spring and brings together interior designers from across the industry. Nate Berkus was a host this year (he’s shorter in person than you would think, but the hair doesn’t disappoint!) and brought together a few dozen designers to put together rooms (bathrooms, kitchens, living and bed rooms) that are then for sale — that’s right, every item in each room, from each lamp to table to painting to rug — is for sale. And all the money goes back to Housing Works’ AIDS programming.

As I volunteered on Thursday night, I got to tour around with Bravo’s Andy Cohen and go through a couple rooms with him. We debated on a couple chairs that he was eyeing, and when I saw him later he whispered “I got that chair!” with a little bit of hesitation in his voice. I approve, Andy. The piece he bought was a striped deck chair with gorgeous, 70s-inspired dark wood in the arms and legs. A picture? Don’t have one. But  my fave item of the whole night (I think it was retailing for $1,000) was a Cohen-influenced piece of art: the original six from The Real Housewives of New York City. Knock a zero off that price and I’m there!!!

Ramona and Alex made (late) appearance at the event, and though we couldn’t get the gals to go pose by their own portraits, you can bet that they were making the party rounds. More drama: If you haven’t been following the Sampras-Agassi blow up recently, it’s reached the level of Real Housewives dramatics. Jeez! These boys could even tire out the Countess!

For New Yorkers: The Free Public Sale goes on today through 6 PM

More shopping: NYMag‘s full line-up of New York sales this weekend

Tennis, too: It’s been a good year for Blake Strode. Last year, the now-23-year-old looked bound for (Harvard!) law school before entering the USTA’s first ever national play-in for a spot at the U.S. Open qualifying draw. He won nine matches to claim his spot in the qualies, where he won his first round match before bowing out. Not bad, eh? Well the journeyman is still at it in 2011, making a second go around at the playoff starting next weekend at Yale, the site of the New England Sectional. Plus: Blake’s ATP page

(Painting image by TSF)

presidential practice

May 7, 2011

Hitter in chief: Before President Obama had to prove to the world where he was born, take on Donald Trump or take down Osama bin Laden … he was playing a little tennis. The commander in chief participated in a little 10 and Under tennis at the White House as part of the Easter Egg Roll activities on the Monday after the holiday, April 25.

At right you can see Chris Evert rallying with the prez and at the bottom left is Katrina Adams, a former pro and current on-air talent for the Tennis Channel. The 10 and Under activities were part of Mrs. Obama’s active Roll day for the “Let’s Move!” campaign. If you look closely, you’ll notice the prez is, indeed, a lefty.

More: The USTA is giving away a free 10 and Under tennis kit everyday until the U.S. Open. Click for a chance to win one for your family

(Image provided by the USTA)


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