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nikolay rolls over for irina… or when it’s vodka straight up

January 23, 2010

In a charming display of devotion to his wife, Nikolay Davydenko didn’t give up the goods when asked if there’s any Russian tennis player he would want to marry. “Man or woman?”, he wanted to clarify, before explaining that he already has a “beautiful wife”. Good for him, since Irina was in the press room at the time.

We know how Kolya he likes his guys (nice eyes, nice hair), so in case those reporters are still wondering: we’re thinking he’ll pick Igor Andreev.

Another fun Davydenko fact: he’s weak sauce.

“I don’t drink so much because, you see, I’m skinny. I mix only, sometimes I drink clear vodka, sometimes mixed with Red Bull to give me a little boost in night club or disco.

“Because if I drink only vodka I go straight to sleep.”

Status quo: No new drops from Kolya’s clothing sponsor, Airness.

(image via Getty Images)

eleVen spreads its wings

June 28, 2008

Venus Williams must be getting excited that her clothing line, EleVen is finally catching on. Russian Nadia Petrova, who is no longer with French company Airness, is through to the fourth round of these Championships wearing EleVen whites. The press asked Venus for comment after her first round match.

Q. You brought out a new clothes line here, but you have Petrova wearing your clothes, right?
VW: Uh-huh.

Q. Is that the first time you’ve had another player wearing your clothes? Talk about how you worked that out with her.
VW: I think she’s just in transition between — was in transition, so she I think wanted — she was doing me a favor. So I’m hoping to see her in the clothes. I saw her in some warmups yesterday, but I haven’t seen her in the match clothes. I’m hoping to see her. She’s a great girl. I have a lot of respect for her on and off the court. She’s a good person.

Scoreline: 21st seed Petrova upset the 16th seed Victoria Azarenka to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon. There she will face either Shuai Peng or the Sharapova-thrashing Alla Kudryavtseva.

(transcript via ASAP Sports; photo via Babs)

davydenko’s nightmare isn’t over

June 26, 2008

Kolya Davydenko was the first top casualty at this year’s Wimbledon Championships with his straight set (4-6, 4-6, 4-6) loss to the 116th-ranked Benjamin Becker. It’s really sad that his titles in Miami and Warsaw were nowhere to be found in any of the post-match articles. Instead, the questions still focused on the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the Davydenko world for a very long time.

“It is like a bad dream. Not one day but months,” he says of the experience.

Too bad he bowed out early (but really, apart from his 4th round appearance last year, Kolya has lost in the first round of Wimbledon five of the last seven years), because that Airness polo he wore is the best and cleanest thing I’ve seen come out of the French company’s performance collection so far this year.

By the way, I heard from a colleague that Nadia Petrova, a former Airness beneficiary, was seen at Wimbledon wearing EleVen. Can anyone confirm with pics?

(photos by Getty Images)

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Davydenko, out! + Airness drops Nadia?

May 31, 2008

Battle of the No. 3s: Poor Nikolay Davydenko got pushed to five sets by Ivan Ljubicic, the man who used to occupy Kolya’s spot as No. 3 in the world behind Rafa and Roger. The score, in Ivan’s favor: 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

The Russian’s clothing sponsor, Airness, kept up its end of the bargain by giving him no less than three variations of their Spring ’08 shirt. That mock collar, which we also saw on Lotto this season, is a little too much with all the color blocks and stripes. Oh well, at least we won’t have to see it for a week.

Meanwhile, Nadia Petrova got dropped by Airness, it looks like. She showed up at Roland Garros wearing this drop shot top from Nike.

(photos by Getty Images)

flashback: kolya at indian wells

April 2, 2008

In the next few days (maybe weeks) I’ll be posting some photos that Matt or I took while we were at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells….

Nikolay Davydenko - Indian Wells 2008

It was such a treat to see Nikolay Davydenko hitting on Saturday afternoon, especially because he wasn’t even scheduled to play that day! He looked nice and tan. Much sturdier in person than in pictures.

As expected, he didn’t have much of a crowd watching him (maybe 20 people, max). But that meant there was more room for us to move around.

Too bad I wasn’t wearing a “Free Kolya” shirt. I wonder what he would have thought of it?

Irina Davydenko - Indian Wells 2008

Of course, devoted wife Irina sat there quietly and patiently waited for Kolya to finish his practice. Her icy death stare was contained only by those enormous sunglasses.

One more: One more photo of Davydenko after the cut..

davydenko’s in the quarters + an update on the match-fixing scandal

April 1, 2008

Nikolay Davydenko - Miami 2008

Nikolay Davydenko seems to be shaking away his demons left and right.

First, he’s standing up against the ATP anti-corruption team (“Tennis Integrity Unit”) investigating the match-fixing scandal, refusing to hand over phone records of his brother, Edouard, and his wife, Irina, until the ATP decides to foot his legal bill. His lawyer, Frank Immenga, told BBC Sport that charges will be dropped very soon, and that it’s not out of the question that Kolya will sue the ATP for damages.

Meanwhile, he just reached the quarters at the Sony Ericsson Open for the first time in his career, taking out Mario Ancic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Ancic was on a roll before falling to the Russian, beating 13th seed Andy Murray and 18th seed Juan Monaco (le sigh) in the previous two rounds. Kolya has yet to face a seed, and will take on Janko Tipsarevic in the quarters. The only time the two have met was in the hard courts of Russia in last year’s Davis Cup tie. (Kolya won that one 7-6, 6-1.)

As usual, he’s wearing a ho-hum kit from Airness.

(photos by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

wearing red didn’t help their luck

November 12, 2007

The slippery slides of Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko couldn’t be helped by the good luck, in Chinese culture, brought by wearing red. Both are playing in their first round-robin matches at the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai this week.

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Andy Roddick (in Lacoste) beat Kolya (in white/red Airness) in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 match. The American (is that ok with you, Shain?) had a second-set blip that left him throwing down his racquet, but found his mojo in time to make a run of five straight games in the third set to go up 5-1.

Meanwhile, R-Fed suffered his first back-to-back loss since Hamburg/Roland Garros in 2003. This year, he lost in the third round of the Paris Masters Series to David Nalbandian, and in this first round-robin match in Shanghai against Fernando Gonzalez, who notched his first win against Federer in 11 tries. The scoreline: 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5.

(photos by Getty Images)

davydenko shows off airness jackets

October 14, 2007

Kolya Davydenko showed up for an autograph session (is that an Aeroflot flight attendant next to him?) in a ho-hum graphic jacket, and for the Kremlin Cup trophy session in a warm-up version of the argyle sweater vest he’s worn before. Perfect for making out with his trophy.

australian open: the russian charge

October 2, 2007

The Russian guys have a special place in our heart even though they rarely hit high marks for their fashion choices (except for Marat‘s necklaces, Igor Andreev‘s new Under Armour kit, and the occasional gem from Kolya Davydenko). So their attire at this year’s first Slam — the Australian Open — was no different. Take a look.

Safin, the 26th seed, went down to sixth seed Andy Roddick 6-7 (2), 6-2, 4-6, 6-7 (2) in the third round wearing red adidas three-stripes.

We had high hopes for Mikhail Youzhny on the Rebound Ace courts after his semifinal appearance at the 2006 U.S. Open. Alas, Roger Federer denied him a seven-salute run by winning 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the third round. Mikhail wore simple white as he did the splits and gave us a little show.

The speedy Davydenko was the fashion debutante in his new Airness threads, thus snapping what probably was the longest no-clothing-sponsor streak held by any Top Fiver. This sleeveless number was only worn in training.

As the third seed, he lost to German Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 5-7 in the quarters.

(photos of sleeveless Kolya by atpchica)

Meanwhile, Calif.-based blogger Dmitry Tursunov donned Fila solids as he lost to 13th-seed Tomas Berdych 2-6, 1-6, 1-6 in the third round. (photos by atpchica)

Dmitry being cute with a camera; being cute with a koala.

(Except for Tursunov in play and sleeveless Kolya, all photos are from the MTF Russian fan forums)

davis cup: russia downs germany

September 24, 2007

The Davis Cup tie between Russia and Germany (in Moscow) ended up 3-2 in favor of the home team. (See full results here.)

Davydenko wore Airness in his straight-set loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber. Kolya’s probably still distracted by the match-fixing scandal that emerged at the Polish Open. (Investigators were scheduled to talk to him next week.)

That’s a photo of Kohlschreiber and his gorgeous lips; German team captain Patrik Kuhnen wears the German-themed wristband that we love. Awesome.

Mikhail Youzhny, in adidas, does his traditional post-win salute after beatng Davis Cup rookie Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Youzhny redeemed his loss in the doubles rubber (with teammate Dmitry Tursunov). Look at that… Fila and the three stripes of adidas sync up for a nice doubles look.

Igor Andreev, in his new style from Under Armour, clinched the win by beating Kohlschreiber 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

“It’s an amazing feeling playing here in Moscow and it’s the second time I won the deciding point … it’s great,” said Andreev. “I like this feeling of adrenaline in your body before going on the court, it’s so exciting to play here and it’s great for our country to reach the Davis Cup Final for the second year in a row.” (source)

The final will be played against the U.S. on American soil.

And here’s Marat Safin, fresh (stale?) from his trek up the mountain, knowing how important it is to cheer on his teammates.

fashion: in airness, davydenko defeated

September 13, 2007

Nikolay Davydenko lost in the second round of this week’s China Open to Marin Cilic. Still distracted by the match-fixing scandal, perhaps?

Are we really surprised? The Russian’s just been continuing with his playing pattern as of late: fall early in smaller tournaments and shine during the big ones (e.g., semis at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open this year). Unfortunately, he might have a more difficult time getting deep into 2008 tournaments, since he’ll likely lose his No. 4 ranking if he doesn’t defend his Paris title in November (which he won’t). Plus, he won five titles last year and none so far this year. Ugh.

But let’s talk about this new Airness kit for a sec. I love the white/blue colorway. If he wore one size smaller, it would look sooo much better. Also, he needs to stop buttoning his shirt all the way, but hey that’s his style.

Kolya wore the same polo in a black/red colorway in his first round win over American Zack Fleishman (6-3, 6-3).

(photos via Getty Images, sina.com)

short balls: roddick watch, ferrer is 7th best, adidas vs. nike, we love lleyton, etc.

August 27, 2007

Roddick gossip: I’m loving the Andy round-up over at Roddick Watch (the August 26 post). RW also links to a quick interview which reveals Andy’s favorite TV show (The Office) and his favorite food (of course, since he’s Texan, it’s steak).

Perhaps Kolya should be worried: Sports giant Nike has ended its relationship with football superstar Michael Vick following his guilty to charges of running a dogfighting ring. As Nike said in previous statements, the company considers any cruelty to animals inhumane, abhorrent, and unacceptable. Let’s hope they don’t sell any leather goods?

Well, if Airness decides to drop Davydenko, they should at least wait until he pleads guilty to match-fixing. If not, let him keep his clothes!

Ferrer seventh best?: A quick glance at this year’s race to the ATP Championships shows Spaniard David Ferrer as the seventh-best player. Crazy, eh? (via Chris)

adidas trumps Nike: Interesting stats based on the ATP and SEWTA data show that adidas has more (clothing) sponsored players in the U.S. Open draw than Nike. (WATR)

Bonus round: You can never go wrong with picturing Lleyton Hewitt in a suit. (photo via Order of Play)

Totally jelly: Oh you better believe I turned green when I saw the Lacoste alligator plastered all over the New York Post‘s tennis section. I can only hope TSF gets the gator one day…

Times they are a-changin': And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. People can hem and haw about tennis going to the dogs: technology (Hawk-Eye, non-wood racquets), policy changes (on-court coaching?!), an increasing similarity to Hollywood (Masha had a press conference for her dress? and everyone BLOGGED about it?!) — but in the end, as long as the players keep showcasing amazing tennis ability and passion for the sport, we’ll continue to love it.

Where are all the Latin American women?: ESPNDeportes.com’s Gustavo Goitia wonders, and chalks it up to a downward spiral:

“There are very few sponsors willing to pour money into programs, so that makes it hard to organize certain competitions and/or help the girls with the economic costs of the trips to Europe and United States to play with the best. And as the talent pool decreases, there is less and less sponsor interest in opening their wallets.”

Juniors go pro: Teens Jesse Levine and Kevin Anderson have announced their moves to the pro circuit. Levine will be taking home his prize money from the Open’s main draw (he’s in it as a wild card). (via ZooTennis)

a top 10 player to be stripped of his clothes?

August 27, 2007


Will adidas make a monkey out of Gonzalez?

The blind item mill churneth and its latest product is this: a current top-10 player will be dumped by his clothing company “when his contract runs out at the end of the year”.

So who will be mired in a fashion mess in a few months? Here’s the current list of sponsors, players (and their ranking):

Nike: Roger Federer (1), Rafa Nadal (2), Blake (6), Berdych (9)
adidas: Nole (3), Fernando Gonzalez (7)
Airness: Davydenko (4)
Lacoste: Roddick (5)
Sergio Tacchini: Tommy Robredo (8)
Limited: Tommy Haas (10)

It’s not Rafa, Roger, or Blake — who all have crazy-high Q ratings right now. Lacoste is still getting mileage out of Roddick. And adidas would be stupid to drop Nole. Even though he strips after every title win, the clothes stay on during matches.

So my picks are the inconsistent Fernando Gonzalez (finals of Aussie Open and Masters Series Rome but early exits everywhere else), Tomas Berdych, and Tommy Robredo. Robredo should really be with Fila anyway. Perhaps this’ll be his chance to do so?

(photo via AP)

fashion mishit: airness sweaters

August 18, 2007

The Airness sweater vest didn’t look good on Kolya and it doesn’t look good on Nadia. “A” for effort, but it needs to go!

What do you think of her sweater? Tell us.

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

russians lead the sweater vest revolution

July 13, 2007

We’ve seen plenty of sweater vests lately: at Wimbledon, Svetlana Kuznetsova wore one from Fila in her salute to the 70’s. And adidas dressed doubles team Stretch and Booty in them, too.

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This week Nikolay Davydenko — god bless his heart — tried one on at the Allianz Suisse Open in Gstaad, Switzerland (not to be confused with Bastad, Sweden). Unfortunately, his Airness kit, though it kept him warm, didn’t look so hot under the argyle sweater.

And so Gael Monfils sent him back to the fashion drawing boards with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over the Russian in the first round.

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p.s. Nike is also putting out two version for their fall line (pictured above).

with all my talk of davydenko’s clothes…

June 5, 2007

…here’s a post of him without them. Below are photos of Kolya Davydenko slipping in and out of his Airness shirts during a French Open quarterfinal match against Guillermo Canas.

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(More photos after the cut…)

fashion: russian dressin’

May 30, 2007

French clothing sponsor Airness still has top Russian Nikolay “Kolya” Davydenko to help boost its international profile at Roland Garros this week.

They’re really taking care of him. They had him in four different shirts in Hamburg earlier this month, and now this black/orange number. I’m not in love with it, but it’s not atrocious.

What do you think about this color combination?

(Their other player, Nadia Petrova, crashed out in the first round yesterday. Her injured back contributed to her loss against qualifier Kveta Peschke, and will likely keep her out of Wimbledon, too.)

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fashion: if you’re looking for new sneakers…

May 28, 2007

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If you’re looking for new shoes, skip the Gola craze and go straight for Airness.

Let’s add to what we already know about this French sponsor of Nikolay Davydenko and Nadia Petrova: here’s a profile from Time about the six-year-old company and the astute entrepreneur who’s behind the whole thing.

(photo via the Airness website. The mini-documentary they’ve uploaded is waay to long, so watch at your own risk.)

rome’s fashion highlights: davydenko and serena

May 21, 2007

Although many players were rockin’ the pink and purple this week (including Patty Schnyder and Svetlana Kuznetsova), it was Serena Williams who ran away with it, combining both colors in her Nike outfit. She even mixed it up with different accessories: a cap one day, and different colored headbands for the other two matches:

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(What do you think of Serena’s ensemble? Tell us.)

Meanwhile, Russian Nikolay Davydenko continues his love affair with clothier Airness, who has showered him with variations on his current uniform. We saw four versions in three color ways just this week — red, orange, and baby blue. Which means he had more costume changes than Serena:

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fed cup fashion roundup

May 4, 2007

While much ink has been spilled about last month’s Fed Cup ties, not many folks covered who wore what. Here it goes:

Best dressed woman: Australian Samantha Stosur donned her country’s sporting colors against Austria. (what a smart way to get out of the red/blue/white rut. When I get appointed as U.S. Secretary of Style, my first act will be to choose national sporting colors. How about aubergine and espresso?)

Honorable mention: For those who faced the red/white/blue head-on, some pats on the back. Serena managed just fine, looking wonderful in Nike (and with a new hairdo, even):

And Nicole Vaidisova wore some bedazzled (!) Reebok:

vaidisova bedazzled

Best dressed team, off-court: The Russians. The women’s version of the warmups are equally as cute as the men’s version. (From left to right: coach Shamil Tarpischev, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Anna Chakvetadze, and Elena Vesnina.

Best dressed team, on-court: Kuznetsova and Petrova, whose pastels (and play) dominated against the Spaniards (They won 5-0).

Petrova in Airness:

Kuznetsova in purple Fila:

Failing grade: The U.S. Team. Dude, Serena and Venus — tennis fashion icons — play Fed Cup, and you have them wearing this?

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