Archive for May 24th, 2011

shirtless: maxime teixeira

May 24, 2011

Frenchman Maxime Teixeira won the battle of local wildcards at Roland Garros, beating Vincent Millot 6-2, 5-7, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1 in the first round. Unfortunately, he now faces third seed Roger Federer. (Read: How TSF sees the ATP draw playing out.)

(b)Asics: See all the pieces from this Spring’s Asics line — a crew, a polo, shorts — at Tennis Express. Note: the colors are “Real White” and “Diving Blue.”

(A cause des Garçons via Down the Line!)

tattoo watch: augustin gensse

May 24, 2011

Look at those calves! French qualifier Augustin Gensse didn’t make it past the first round of this week’s French Open. He fell to 14th-seed Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 2-6. (Browse: See how the qualifiers made their way into the main draw)

TSF Vault: the TSF Tattoo Watch.

dunlop bounces back: “all balls aren’t created equal”

May 24, 2011

Odd man out: The new Babolat balls being used at this year’s French Open has gathered some buzz in the interview room, with players griping about their speed (faster) and heaviness (“harder”), and with Babolat responding that they haven’t noticed a difference. The issue’s more apparent since this is now the only major red clay tournament that doesn’t use Dunlop for balls (the FFT chose to end its relationship with Dunlop, instead choosing Babolat).

Now Dunlop’s chimed in to negate claims by the FFT that the ball specifications are exactly the same. “It is impossible to replicate our balls and we felt it was important to clarify this fact given the statement from the FFT and media interest in the matter,” said Barry Leach, Managing Director of Dunlop. Should the FFT decide they would like to provide the ball consistency that the players desire then we would welcome the opportunity to make it happen”.

Meanwhile, 117 people are dead after a tornado hit the city of Joplin, Missouri…

fashion focus: for fila, kimmie does the monica

May 24, 2011

The 80s are back with a vengeance in Fila‘s Spring Collection, worn by Kim Clijsters as she makes a run for a French Open title after two months on the sidelines. This small throwback line (top, jacket, visor, skirt) is listed in the company’s lookbook as the “Monica” — referring to Monica Seles, of course — but it turns out there’s a more personal story for Kimmie:

This collection’s inspired by an outfit she received as a Christmas gift from her parents in the mid-80s (and 80s it is — part Balzac, part L.A. Gear!), and keeps with Fila’s campaign to fete the 100th anniversary of the brand. Their first Champions collection debuted at the Australian, when Kim played in a green outfit similar to one worn by Evonne Goolagong-Cawley back in the day.

Dust off the rust(-colored clay): The second-seeded Clijsters is onto the second round of the French after taking out Anastasiya Yakimova 6-2, 6-3. She will next face qualifer Arantxa Rus. (Draw: RG Women’s Singles)

The clothes: The color palette includes fuschia, white, and deep blue. Note the jacket constructed in shiny crinkle taslin — the fabric used for most of activewear back in the day (sadly, they left out the shoulder pads!). It might be overkill to wear all the pieces together, so we suggest picking up the skort and that warm-up jacket. (What do you think of the collection? Too much? Just right? Tell us!)

Buy: Fila Champions Collection – Vintage Top, $41.99; Tennis Skort, $36.99; Tennis Jacket, $52.99; Tennis Visor, $18.99.

(Full-body match photo by AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau; other match photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)


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