Archive for June 21st, 2011

he loves us, he loves us not

June 21, 2011

Andy Murray stars in yet another chapter of the abusive and frustrating UK-wants-a-local-to-win-Wimbledon saga. This year, there might be a fighting chance: though Murray has not been a part of the Roger/Rafa/Nole conversation that we’ve all been having for most of 2011 so far, the Scot did make some noise by taking the AEGON grasscourt warm-up. He followed that up with a vintage Murray performance in his first-round match at Wimbledon against Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver: a slow start, but an eventual 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-0 victory. (Prediction: Chris has Andy making it all the way to the semis.)

Perhaps those inspirational messages — printed onto his Head racquet bag — helped him out? FYI: comments posted on Head’s FB page are chosen by a team (including Andy) and printed on a limited-edition racquet bag that Murray’ll use throughout the fortnight. (Short and inspirational blurbs are encouraged.) More will be added for every round he plays. The bag will be signed after the tourney’s end and will be raffled off to a fan. Nifty idea, but next time, let’s take the design to the next level, ok? Think Stephen Sprouse.

Do you like me? Check “yes” or “no”: Pass your note to Andy using this Head FB app.

More: Two more pics of the bag after the cut…

venus: the forever 21 of tennis

June 21, 2011

Objects on TV are nicer than they appear: We’re not going to lie — watching Venus Williams play her first-round Wimbledon match left us deflated (and no, it wasn’t the grueling workout we just finished, we’re sure); that repurposed wedding gown just did not look good on the decorated AELTC vet as she gracefully pranced around the court in a first-round clinic over Akgul Amanmuradova. The scoreline: 6,3-6-1. (Brackets: Chris has Venus dropping out in the round of 16.)

And about that lace jumpsuit with gold trim (Golden Girls meets Project Runway?): le sigh. On TV, the shorts seemed a little too billowy, especially since we’ve seen how Venus can rock a cute pair of hot pants on the Wimbledon lawns. The gold-zippered top flopped in awkward ways as she hit her groundstrokes. The sleeves seemed as though they were missing whole panels.

(At least her trends are on point, ish? Venus, on her outfit: “Jumpers are very ‘now,”‘ she explained, “as is lace.” As is gold, really. That’s the advantage to producing one-offs for match play: your design schedule is not beholden to the super-long lead time associated with retail.)

Suprisingly, it all seemed to come together in the photos snapped during the match (see below). Just a good photographer? Maybe we were glancing up at the TV at the wrong time? Anyway, it doesn’t matter, since no one can buy this stuff. Picture worth a thousand words, but zero dollars in revenue.

More photos: Check out other looks at Venus’ EleVen outfit after the cut…


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