Archive for June, 2011

the gals get glammed for wimbledon player party

June 17, 2011

Girls’ night out: Those pictures of Bethanie Mattek-Sands have us shuddering. But at least a few of the WTA ladies got all glammed up in the right way for last night’s Wimbledon Players’ Party.

More party: Maria’s need-it-now necklace

On the court: Dokic makes UNICEF Open final | Things are all held up at Eastbourne because of … rain

(WTA video)

socal locals: want to be a carlsbad ballperson?

June 17, 2011

If you’re interested in tryingout for a ballperson spot for this summer’s WTA Tour Stop in Carlsbad — that’s the Mercury Insurance Open — read on for more info. The event’ll be held at the La Costa Resort and Spa July 30 – August 7, 2011.

Full release: after the cut…

summer monday? spend it with monica and jimbo

June 17, 2011

Courier serving things up at the Rock in 2009. (Getty photo)

NYC greenery: Plenty of New Yorkers (and Americans, we presume) have “summer Fridays.” You know the idea: it’s freakin’ nice outside so employees get to peace out for all or part of Friday to frolic in the sun. While we appreciate such a gesture from the higher ups, before you go off sunbathing and boozing before 5 pm today, you might want to re-consider utilizing those free hours this coming Monday.

It is, after all, day one of Wimbledon, which means you could wake up at your usual ungodly time and take in some of ESPN 2’s coverage of day one at The Championships. After a few hours of tubing, you’ll be itching to get outside (it is summer, after all!) and we’ve got just the solution for you: Monica Seles and Jim Courier, playing some grass-court tennis at Rockefeller Plaza. Seles and Courier hit the court at noon on Monday for what should be an entertaining hit and giggle, former ESPN commentator and Tennis Channel buff Brett Haber will emcee.

Can’t make it Monday? There’s more: Play (yes, you! Play!) on Manhattan’s only grass court Monday through Friday. To reserve a court call (855) 688-7715. Can’t find the right bounce on the grass? Prince has pros who will be there to touch up your game. The sched? Monday 4 to 5 and Tuesday through Friday noon to 1 and 5 to 6. Plus: Get your racquet re-strung Monday through Friday between 11 and 1; eat some special strawberries and cream all week long; and play some Wii “Grand Slam” tennis. Find out all the info of HSBC’s Wimbledon at Rockefeller Plaza here.

fashion focus: maria at the wimbledon rooftop party

June 17, 2011

Maria Sharapova at the WTA Pre-Wimbledon party at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, held on June 16.

Red dress and black satin clutch by Alexander McQueen, black booties by Lara Bohinc; gold cutout collar and cuff by Lara Bohinc; yellow gold and ruby lite and diamond ring by Tom McEwan.

More images: A few more looks at Maria’s outfit after the cut…

gargyle x united bamboo smash!

June 16, 2011

Mixed Doubles: To the New Yorkers out there who are looking for some fashion-forward tennis (or ice cream sandwiches — or both) in the LES, consider this weekend’s Gargyle x United Bamboo SMASH! Tennis Challenge 2011 at the Seward Park Tennis Courts. It’s true: they are awarding a “Best Dressed” Award (and with teams like hatmaker Eugenia Kim and L.A.-based denim designers THVM Atelier in the mix, you know that winning that is as important as the tennis itself).

More info: Smash! on Facebook.

Recap: Here are pics from the 2010 event.

(image via Gargyle)

(ot) visionaire’s 60th issue

June 16, 2011

The 60th issue of Visionaire — guest-edited by Givenchy creative director (and Rottweiler-lover) Riccardo Tisci — is available for your consumption. The leather-wrapped hardbound book comes encased in an antique wood box inspired by a church altar; The religion-themed photos and artwork were all commissioned by Tisci and includes pictures of Marina Abramovic; ones by Mario Testino; and with Carine Roitfeld shot by Karl Lagerfeld. (More: Visionare.com)

Bonus round: New York did a short Q&A with Tisci a few weeks back.

(image via visionare.com)

brooklyn decker flips out

June 16, 2011

(via Refinery29 Los Angeles; photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

fila’s 100th anniversary marketing campaign

June 16, 2011

Fila continues to ride on its 100th anniversary by launching a multi-tired marketing initiative centered around a microsite at fila.com. We’re excited about that they’ve opened up the company’s archives for us to browse.

More: The the full write-up after the cut…

golf boy band’s ‘oh oh oh’ a hit

June 16, 2011

Hole in one. With the US Open kicking off in the golf world today, what better way to kick things off than the funniest thing you’ve seen out of the sport since John Daly’s pants? Ben Crane (he’d be the one in the red … scuba suit?) leads a boy-band four-some, Golf Boys, in an inspiring tune called “Oh Oh Oh.” You just have to watch it to appreciate.

trophy watch: hometown heroes x3 (+ more short(er) balls)

June 16, 2011

Feeling blue? Andy Murray
certainly isn’t, even if he and all of Queen’s Club seems to be wearing the color. The Scot boy took another step towards winning his country’s big title by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an entertaining final, 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-4. (Image via Getty) | TSF Vault: Andy Murray 


Me, too. Caroline Wozniacki
showed that Murray wasn’t the only one who could win in front of a home crowd. The Dane won the e-Boks Copenhagen Open in a decidedly easy draw, beating Lucie Safarova, 6-1 6-4 in the final.


Third time’s a charm. Philipp Kohlschreiber
wasn’t about to be left out of the home-country equation, either. The German 27-year-old won an all-German final when countryman Philipp Petzschner retired during their match with a lower back injury. It was the world no. 49’s third career title and second on home soil. Kohlschreiber led 7-6 (5) 2-0 when Petzschner called it quits.

Short(er) balls:
With Wimbledon right around the corner, we figured there were too many good tennis-y items out there to pass up. Here’s a few we scooped together earlier today. | The first — it would happen — is a golf item. With the US Open underway today, this hilarious vid of four pro golfers doing their best boy band impersonation has gone viral. And for good reason. |  Wimbledon qualies are underway (Men | Women). Some notable notes: American Ryan Harrison is the last Yank standing. The no. 14 seed has made another good showing in the lower ranks. He has one more match to win to get in. As do Americans Alexa Glatch, Irina Falconi and veteran Lindsay Lee-Waters. Bernard Tomic is in the final round of the men’s as well, as is former main draw quarterfinalist Tamarine Tanasugarn on the ladies’ side. Glatch took out Caroline Garcia – of almost-beating Sharapova fame — 6-1, 6-0 in the second round. And disappointedly, Slovak Lenka Wienerova lost out in the first round. | The Guardian has this great look at tennis fashion through the years. | Missed Billie Jean King on the Today show this morning? Watch her appearance here. 

(Wozniacki image by Ron Angle via the WTA; Kohlschreiber via the Gerry Weber Open)

short balls: just short of sw19

June 15, 2011

Ruffled around the edges. Serena is 1-1 heading into Wimbledon, 2011. She got bright colors (and losing?) out of her system before descending upon London. | More Serena: The younger Williams has promised fans some karaoke sessions while at her first Major in a year. Yep, she’s got a portable karaoke machine. And yes, she’s trying to corral Andy Murray into doing it with her.

Tennis, meet fashion. | Obviously we (and you!) know that tennis fashion is a year-round sort of gig, but the biggest events are Wimbledon and the US Open — at least from a fashion POV. So for tomorrow night’s players’ party at Richard Branson’s digs, the Telegraph in London is laying out which ladies are wearing which designers. Caroline Wozniacki is unsurprisingly rocking Stella McCartney while Serena will be sporting some Burberry. Vivienne Westwood? That honor goes to one Jelena Jankovic. Work it, ladies!

Bring it, Yao! | Li Na is certainly set up for life. Imagine if this chick wins another Slam?! China might demand that it be able to host its own Major. Experts are saying that with her win at the French, Li will surpass Yao Ming, the NBA star, in marketing prowess. We’re a little blown over by that claim, but the Nike-sponsored hard-hitter already has several offers up and running with IMG,  her reps. Li, who currently has contracts with Nike, Rolex and — get this! — Haagen-Dazs ice cream could start to clean up. An industry expert in China puts it this way: “She will bring you the ‘light bulb moment’ as an international professional athlete. She is good at her sports, and her personality combines western civilization and oriental wisdom. She is frank, sincere with a steady and relaxed style,” explained Qiang Wei, a sports marketing director.

Clijsters withdraws from Wimbledon | No, seriously. She’s out. And WTT? They’ve already gone looking for a summer replacement.

Heather Watson is 2011’s Laura Robson … just sayin’.

Wimbledon greats. Ten of them, to be exact. The best ten matches from SW 19’s history. They’re stacked up — oddly? — by BestCollegesOnline.net. This is a great selection! And the video clips are surreal to watch one after the other.

More surreality: Andy Murray hits two (two!) tweeners in win over JWS

Tennis in Times Square. If you wanted more visuals from our post about the US Open tickets sales event in Times Square, TSF contributor and Tennis.com intern Benjamin Snyder put together a pretty snappy gallery. And how about his one-on-one with Judah Friedlander in the captions? We dig.

Pimms with lemonade? On the Tennis Channel website, columnist James LaRosa has conjured up the most hilarious (and ridiculous) Wimbledon drinking game we’ve even encountered. And we love it.

Short(er) balls: Because we know Erwin (and Troy!) care, just a note to say that Mary Kate and Ashley turned 25 on Monday. OMG! | Jon Wertheim? He picks Serena to win Wimbledon. | Sure, Roger Federer is a cute dad, but we don’t think he falls into the “hot” realms of David Beckham. | ATP Executive Chairman Adam Helfant will step down at the end of 2011. | The new home of British heiress Petra Ecclestone? Don’t worry, it has a tennis court. (And cost over $100 million.) | We’ll be at the HSBC exo on Monday with Monica Seles and Jim Courier. We’ll bring the sunscreen (for Jim!) and you guys bring the Grunt-o-Meter.

(Serena image via Getty; Watson vid via WTA)

6 minutes with … kristin chenoweth

June 14, 2011

Really though, “it must be love.” (Photo by Benjamin Snyder)

If you’re not a New Yorker then chances are you aren’t familiar with the brilliance that is New York magazine. Yes, it has a good national presence, so perhaps you’ve at least heard of these folks. But they have a running feature in their mag that is called “Encounter.” For each “Encounter,” the interviewer documents how many minutes they spend time with their subject, which is then the lead-in to the story itself. So, it could be “86 minutes with” (Gavin Newsom). Or “59 minutes with” (Elizabeth Berkley). You get it.

Yesterday I got the chance to hop over to Times Square on one of those gorgeous, sunny, unobtrusive New York days. The sky was bluer than blue and people were just walking about, as if summer was this sort of trance that made everything else in the world OK. People didn’t to seem to know it was Monday. And — perhaps I was in a little bit of my own tennis geek world — I forgot for a minute that I was in Times Square, that godforsaken place that oozes grossness and I avoid at all costs 99 percent of my time in New York.

But, I was there to meet Kristin Chenoweth – you know, the Broadway name of Wicked slash Glee slash dating Aaron Sorkin slash Promises, Promises fame. Sure, John McEnroe would be there too, and Judah Friedlander even made a sort of surprise appearance (at least in my book). But it was Kristin I was after and I was determined to have my “__ minutes with” … Kristin Chenoweth. How many did I get? Well, six to be exact, but we’ll get to that in a second.

The USTA was putting on this event to kick off its sales of tickets for the 2011 tournament. It was a great gathering on an already-mentioned gorgeous day. There were living legend statues (that’s Francesca Schiavone, right?), as well as tennis players on stilts, the USO trophy to pose with and a 10 & Under tennis court for thrill seekers to hit as many targets in 30 seconds as possible. | Buy: US Open tickets

Johnny Mac was there first (more on that in a second, too!) and he hit for a bit before he was joined by Kristin, who was half his size (while wearing Polo Ralph Lauren heels) and the two chatted and posed and hugged and hit and chatted and posed. It was just what the tennis gods (does Don Budge hold the lightning rod these days?) ordered.

But then it was time for Q&A and I finally got my chance with KC. She’s tiny and cute and stood there in front of the “It must be love” tag line for almost an hour, going through interview after interview, weathering the tennis questions with class and sometimes absent-mindedly playing with the USO trophy lid — you know, the one that fell on Maria Sharapova’s head. But it was Sharapova that we would eventually talk about, because I had overheard that Kristin had had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction on her way to Times Square (hence Mac getting there first), and it was the perfect way to open my TSF-esque line of questions in…

Six minutes with … Kristin Chenoweth

TSF: Wardrobe malfunction on your way here. Tell me about it.
Kristin Chenoweth:  
Well Ralph Lauren sent me this shirt and it was down to my knees. So I cut it off.

TSF: In the car?
KC: Actually my assistant cut it. Her name is Julie Trussell. She cut it.

TSF: You trust her with scissors?
KC: Well, not anymore because she cut it too short. [Motioning toward a sliver of exposed belly.]

TSF: No, I think it looks great.
KC:
Is it OK? And Ralph Lauren sent me these shoes [showing me her white heels], but I had to play tennis in them. That was hard.

TSF: But I think Serena would approve.
KC:
Serena would approve!

TSF: Who would you go for fashion advice from? Serena or Maria Sharapova?
KC:
I would go for Maria.

TSF: You would? Have you seen her Cole Haan ballet flats? They’re best sellers.
KC: Which, by the way, makes me want to get them. But, I only wear size four and a half or five. So…

TSF: We’ll send her a memo.
KC: Please!

TSF: If a tennis player or fan came to you for restaurant advice in NYC, where would you send them?
KC: Well there are plenty of well-known restaurants in the theatre community. And then I would want them to come and see shows.

TSF: So John’s Pizza?
KC: Yes! John’s Pizza. I like Joe Allen’s or Cafe Luxembourg on the Upper West Side. Very classy, but not overdone.

TSF: Say you get to go to the US Open for one day and do anything you want — I mean be a player or a line judge or a ball person or be selling beer. What would you want to do?
KC: Oh definitely a ball kid. First of I would never judge. I would be like: ‘Oh my god! You did good! Oh my god I love that shirt!’ [She makes flirty eyes.] I would be the worst judge ever.

TSF: But Johnny Mac would love you.
KC: Right? If I had on my cute heels. And [being a ball kid is] great cardio.

TSF: And you have the size down.
KC: You think I do?

TSF: But at the US Open they’re not ball kids, they’re ball persons.
KC: Well I’m a person of a certain age.

TSF: Who would you rather play mixed doubles with: Johnny Mac or Judah?
KC: John.

TSF: What about Judah’s beard?
KC: I don’t care. John would carry me through it. I just died a thousand deaths [playing with McEnroe]. I was like, ‘You can make a fool of yourself, A. Or you can make a fool of yourself, B.’ But he gave me great tips. I was holding my racquet too far up and he showed me how to hold it correctly. I think that [oversized racquet] is bigger than me.

TSF: Really? If you took your heels off, could you see over the net?
KC: I’d say there’s half of me that could see over the net. I’m 4 foot 11! That whole court [the 10 & Under court] was built for me. Glorified ping pong.

TSF: It’s a 10 & under court.
KC: Shut up.

TSF: OK. We’ll just call it the 4’11 and under court. If you could pick one Broadway star to play doubles with, who would it be?
KC: I’m going to go with Donna Murphy. Here’s why: she’s competitive and she’s usually really good at stuff. I’m going with a woman. We don’t whine and we get shit done.

TSF: What are your plans for the Open? Are you going to go out?
KC: I’m going to go out. I have to bring my mom. She’s a huge tennis fan. Playing with [John McEnroe] is her Barbara Streisand moment. I’m a huge fan of [Patty Smyth].

TSF: How many people can say they got to play tennis with John McEnroe?
KC: That poor man.

TSF: You let him though, right?
KC: Yes, I let him win.

TSF: I’ll see you out at the Open.
KC: I’ll be there!

(Secondary images by TSF)

it’s on: serena makes her comeback

June 14, 2011

By Benjamin Snyder

Abs, Attitude and … Gatorade? Serena is back…on Twitter (again) with a fierce new outfit. She’s also finally primed for court-time this week, where she’s playing at Eastbourne, along with sister Venus, for the first time since winning Wimbledon last year. Those off-court woes? Serena is passed them. | Draw: Eastbourne

But more about this picture: No, she’s not posing behind a curtain this time and she’s not even rocking the pin-up look from that raunchy video game ad. Plus, who could forget that over-the-top hot pink bodysuit we saw her practicing in a couple months ago?

This time, Serena’s looking sleek and buff (that’s possible, right?) in a dark purple, Nike bra and skin-tight, athletic Capris. Tennis’ Queen Diva is sporting the abs, the curves, the smile of a champion, and, yes, even a Gatorade bottle featuring none other than the 13-time Grand Slam titlist herself.

As Jonathan Scott writes of Serena’s abs and return: “It likely caused a commotion among all the fellow WTA players following her on that medium, too. With all due respect to them, yes, cue the chorus of groans from Serena’s soon-to-be foes. Simply put, the woman looks positively fit.” That she does, Jonathan.

The picture’s caption reads, “Look who I spotted on the @Gatorade bottle…. me!!! That’s G! : )”

In short, it’s great to finally have Serena back, whether you hate her or not. According to her, she was on her “death bed.” Another successful Wimbedon for this G girl? We wouldn’t be surprised if Gatorade shot another promo commercial, just in case…

More from Serena at Eastbourne, below.


(Image via Twitter; Video via the WTA)

sunday survey: an omen for a-rod?

June 12, 2011


A bad sign? In the semifinals of Queen’s Club on Friday Andy Roddick was absolutely drubbed by Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-1. Should the American worry? He doesn’t think so. “Everything he touched turned to gold,” Roddick said after the match. “He played great. I felt like I hit the ball well.” But no matter what the American said, it couldn’t have felt great to be run off the court by Murray after his long layoff, that saw Roddick miss the French Open. Should Roddick take special meaning in his loss to the world no. 4? Tell us below.

(Image via Getty)

flashback: jana’s tears, 1993

June 11, 2011

No pleasure in this pain. Well, this story has a happy ending. But Jana Novotna‘s 1993 choke in the Wimbledon final — and her subsequent crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent — rang in at no. 1 on a Tennis Channel countdown of greatest chokes of all time. And how could we not give it a little bit of ink prior to the grasscourt season flying into full force over the next month? Novotna swatted away a 4-1 third-set lead against Steffi Graf to lose in the Wimbledon final that year, but after losing to Martina Hingis in the ’97 title match, she finally walked away (rightfully so) as champ in 1998. Check out her crying below.

More: Caroline Wozniacki stays alive in Copenhagen | Ivanovic leads charge at Eastbourne

The men: Tsonga upsets Rafa, Murray takes out A-Rod and a surprise run by a British wildcard at Queens | Draw

spotted in the city: the nasty and candy

June 8, 2011

City spottings: A couple of months ago I noticed this gem of a signed Ilie Nastase poster in David Thorpe‘s office, he of podcast fame. I’ll have him tell the back story next time we’re on air (soon!). More: TSF podcasts

Below, a little gift from the folks at Chance, who put up a pop-up shop on Elizabeth Street in Noho. The shop is up for the month of June, and thanks to this little morsel — a peppermint taffy was inside — I got the chance to enjoy my Sunday that much more. But as StyleBeat blog notes, Chance has much more than taffy to offer: former Kate Spade creative director Julia Leach is behind the scenes at Chance, and Marisa Marcantonio notes the collection is designed with “a yen for all things French and penchant for travel.” We can dig it.


(TSF images)

 

 

 

short balls: french’s franny folly

June 8, 2011


Can you give that back please? It wasn’t enough that Francesca Schiavone lost the women’s final at Roland Garros on Saturday — the tourney had one last snub for her: they gave her the wrong trophy. Schiavone was handed the small replica (which the winner is given to take home) of the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen while her actual runner’s up plate (see it just behind her right hip), sat on the table behind her. Later in the ceremony officials fixed this little gaffe.

An anniversary, nonetheless. Did you miss this on Sunday? It was the 30th anniversary of the Center for Disease Control first publishing a report on a mysterious epidemic of what we would come to know as the AIDS virus. To see a good round up of what took place to ring in this grim date marker, head to Towleroad.

Tennis tube. How’s this for encouraging? The Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer final at the French Open received its highest US TV ratings in 12 years. While the women’s final tied its number from last year, Nadal-Federer were way up over Nadal-Robin Soderling last year. Who played in that 1999 final that got such high ratings? Oh right, that’d be Andre Agassi.

Bjorn a champ?
Below, American Bjorn Fratangelo (yes, he was named after Borg) sits in disbelief after winning the boys’ singles title on Sunday in Paris. The last American teen to win this junior title? John McEnroe in 1977. Seems like you’ve got some good ties, BF! Oh, and for good measure: Bjorn beat Dominic Thiem of Austria, 3-6 6-3 8-6.

(Images via Getty)

bryce thompson in gq south africa

June 7, 2011

Here’s South African model Bryce Thompson (yeah, him) in a sports-themed layout in the June 2011 issue of GQ. Not quite tourney-compliant, but here’s the tennis outfit: a Reebok Emporio Armani jacket, Daniele Alessandrini purple shorts, Fusion tights, Nike shin guards and trainers.

Bonus round: See video from the shoot here, and the rest of the layout here.

(photos by Justin Polkey for GQ via KULT)

(tuesday’s) sunday survey: the channel slam

June 7, 2011

Just over the net. Another year, another batch of players proving the French Open and Wimbledon are just too close together on the calendar. Roger Federer‘s groin needed a rest after his run to the Roland Garros final, while Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic all seemed to half-heartedly make the train ride up from Paris to London for Queen’s Club this week. Meanwhile, Maria Sharaova opted out of Birmingham. So what’s the answer? It’s your call below — and remember! — the tennis governing bodies check TSF religiously. So obvi this vote will change the future of tennis…

(Image via Getty Images)

how cute is heather watson?

June 7, 2011

That 1000 Watt-son smile. Seriously. How cute is Heather Watson? The new British no. 2 was one of eight girls to make the leap into the top 100 following the French Open. The 19-year-old Watson moved up from no. 117 to no. 93 in the world by reaching the second round after winning three qualifier matches at Roland Garros. In Birmingham this week, Watson takes on Chanelle Scheepers in the first round, the no. 15 seed. In this WTA Xperia vid, she tours the crew around the grounds and couldn’t be more candid, cute or genuinely sweet. Ew… Now I’m grossing myself out. The girl is cool. You get it!

More: Birmingham draw | Copenhagen draw


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