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do not sit idly, berdych

September 16, 2010

It looks like the Serbians really want to get to the Davis Cup final. As if having 2010 US Open finalist Novak Djokovic on their roster isn’t enough, they brought the Langoliers along to nip at the Czech team’s heels.

Tie: Most of the Belgrade Arena (capacity: 16,842) will probably root for the home team. Nole and Radek Stepanek are up first; Janko Tipsarevic and Tomas Berdych will follow. Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki will play Jan Hajek and Ivo Minar in the doubles rubber, and the singles players will switch opponents. More info here.

(image via daviscup.com)

tattoo watch: andreas haider-maurer

September 16, 2010

Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer lost the first rubber against Israel’s Dudi Sela at this weekend’s Davis Cup World Group Play-offs (in Tel Aviv). The scoreline: 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Last month, Haider qualified for the 2010 US Open Main Draw on his first try; he lost to Robin Soderling in the first round. Not sure what that tattoo is… possibly a bible verse?

Even: Jurgen Melzer beat Harel Levy to put the tie at 1-1. See all the stats here.

Update: That tattoo isn’t a bible verse… Andreas’ camp tells us that this (6:55) is the exact time of his birth.

(image via Getty Images)

in kazakhstan, the world’s largest tent

September 16, 2010

And we’re not talking about Evgeny Korolev‘s pants. The draw ceremony for weekend’s Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie between Kazakhstan and Switzerland was held at the Norman Foster-designed Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center in Astana. The structure, which opened this past July, is the world’s largest tent. (Read: HuffPo’s write-up.) The matches will be played in the National Tennis Center, also located in that city.

Draw: See the country line-ups here. (Marco Chiudinelli is playing!)

(photo by Sergei Kivrin via daviscup.org)

lacoste’s homage to davis cup history

July 16, 2010

Lacoste pays tribute to its founder Rene Lacoste with the Retro 27 line, a wink to France’s epic 1927 title win at the International Lawn Tennis Challenge aka Davis Cup. Lacoste was on the team that helped take down then-giant USA, snapping the six-year American title streak and giving France their first of nine Davis Cups (three of them back-to-back from ’27-’29). In the 2010 draw, France is now through to the semis (on their home court against Argentina) — this after routing a Spanish team sin Nadal (who was busy crying about the World Cup).

Buy: Retro Fit Pique polo, $79.50; Short Sleeve Diagonal Color Block polo, $88; Short Sleeve Color Block Vertical Stripe polo, $88; Distressed Square tee, $45; lacoste.com

(screengrab from lacoste)

davis cup: mostly quiet on the eastern front

July 11, 2010

The boisterous crowd who came to cheer the Croatian Davis Cuppers at the Spaladium Arena in Split could not boost their home team past the more experienced Serbian posse at this weekend’s Davis Cup quarterfinal tie. The decisive 4-1 rout puts the team of Djokovic, Tipsarevic, Troicki, and Zimonjic in the semifinals — a first for their country in Davis Cup history. (Scoreline: Tie details)

Still, props to Marin Cilic for wearing his checkered Fila tee and notching the one “W” for Croatia (the second singles rubber, against Troicki). The lanky 21-year-old was gracious in his post-match presser, picking Nole and his team to the take the Cup this year.

The Serbs — pampered in their digs — showed up in a variety of kits all showcasing their country’s colors. Nole picked a solid red polo from Sergio Tacchini while Nenad opted for a more playful version in Lacoste. Troicki sprinkled some blue in his Los tee while Janko and his bangs stayed safe with Fila. On the Croatian side, Ljubicic and Dodig‘s Li Ning kits were both as uninspired as their play.

(images via Getty Images)

davis cup: nalbandian moves argentina into the semis

July 11, 2010

Two clutch performances by David Nalbandian at this past weekend’s Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals in Moscow moves Argentina into the next round. Even though he’s been sidelined by injury for the past few months, the former World No. 3 won the opening singles rubber (vs. Davydenko) and the decisive fifth rubber (upsetting the unflappable Mikhail Youzhny), both of which contributed to their 3-2 victory against the Russians. (Read up: Tie Details)

Top clothing marks go to Leonardo Mayer in Lotto. Everyone else came predictably dressed (Eduardo Schwank in Topper‘s standard issue; Nalbandian in Yonex; Davydenko — with costume changes — in Dunlop; Kunitsyn and Youzhny in Fila and adidas whites, respectively).

Click on the pics below to see more.

(images via Getty Images)

defense spending at its finest

July 11, 2010

The Serbian Davis Cup team — that’s Nole Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic, and Viktor Troicki — headed to Split for this past weekend’s World Group Quarterfinal tie against Croatia. They took care of the home team with a 4-1 win (see the breakdown here).

And to make sure they got enough R&R to gear up for their rubbers, the Serbs stayed at the Le Méridien Lav in Podstrana, eight miles down the Dalmatian coast from Split.

(via daviscup.org)

sunday survey: do you agree with andy?

March 7, 2010

As the US fights with Serbia (it’s currently 2-1 Serbia and Djokovic and Isner are at a set all), we’re wondering about Andy Roddick’s decision to sit out Davis Cup this year and focus on his own career. In the past, Roddick stated it was one of his top priorities to play for the red, white and blue, but now that the American is almost seven years without a Major and approaching the later part of his career, injuries are more likely and he seems to have one thing in mind: not finish his career as a one-slam wonder.

What do you think of Roddick’s decision? Tell us in the comments section.

(getty images photo)

weekend fisting

March 8, 2009

There’s been plenty of fist pumping this weekend as the men have wrapped up their Davis Cup ties around the globe. Andy Roddick sealed the deal for the Americans, running his tie-winning DC record up to 11-0. And Harel Levy got shirtless in Sweden after winning two five-set matches to help the Israelis win that tie 3-2.

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A glimpse of global fist pumps after the cut.

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skirting the issue

March 8, 2009

Novak Djokovic played downright wretched tennis on Sunday against Rafael Nadal in the Spain-Serbia Davis Cup tie. Maybe it was his outfit?

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Ever the playful one, Novak sagged his shorts in frustration following a net cord that didn’t go his way against Nadal. Rafa and the Spaniards downed Djoko and his squad with ease.

(image via getty)

eyes on the dc

March 7, 2009

While the Israel-Sweden tie has certainly brought a frown to our faces, you can’t help but love Davis Cup weekend. Check out some of the scenes from Day One of the year’s first DC weekend. 

Advantage, apparel: Lacoste was a winner in Birmingham, Alabama, where alligator-clad Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Roddick were victorious for their respective countries to draw the tie even at 1-1.

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fans a few

March 6, 2009

It’s Davis Cup weekend on the men’s side and the tie that most of the world is paying attention to has the fewest fans watching it from the inside: Israel versus Sweden. Controversy has been swirling around this bout since it was announced last week that no spectators would be allowed due to “security reasons.”

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The sad thing is that no one is allowed to watch these guys battle it out, and the sadder thing is that both rubbers have gone five sets plus so far. Thomas Johansson outgunned Harel Levey (above) 8-6 in the fifth to open, while Dudi Sela pulled the Israelis even with a riveting 11-9 five-set win over Andreas Vinciguerra.

Over 1,000 police officers have been dispatched for the tie, held in Malmo, Sweden. Protesters were kept at bay outside the arena, many of them toting Palestinian flags in protest of Israel’s participation in the tie following Israeli bombings in Gaza earlier this year.

More chilling pics after the cut.

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davis cup: if nole won’t do it….

September 24, 2008

…then Juan Martin del Potro can take care of the Davis Cup shirtless celebration.

More: See more after the cut…

flashback: andy roddick + reebok

September 24, 2008

Seeing this red and white Reebok crewneck on Luis Horna (at this past weekend’s Davis Cup tie) made me think about how far the sports company has fallen off the radar.

Perhaps they’re still licking their wounds from that ill-fated partnership with Andy Roddick, most famously associated with this crazy print tee-and-trucker-hat combo that the American wore during the U.S. Open 2004. (Granted, this was the year that Serena wore a denim miniskirt and her catsuit, so perhaps it was just a sign of the times.)

Still, mere months after Andy was photographed at the Open with this ensemble, and having him plastered on billboards in New York City, his contract was not renewed.

Some poor exec probably got fired for OKing this design — and rightfully so — but I’ve had a change of heart. I’d rather the company take risks with their men’s line instead of staying bland like they have in the last few years.

Fall 2008: Reebok’s fall colorways are black, soft black (grey), honest blue, and white. Four tops: the KFS Zip Polo, $39.99; Editor’s pick: KFS Innovative Polo — finally, a polo shirt with buttons! — $44.99; KFS Crew, $36.99; KFS Knit Jacket, $57.99; shorts, $32.99.

(photos by Getty Images)

practice makes perfect: the boys fight for flags

September 22, 2008

David Ferrer

See more Davis Cup practice tees after the cut…

eight men, five rubbers, one weekend…

September 21, 2008

Bulging biceps, tag teams, marathon sessions, tattoos, bears, Eastern Europeans, Brazilians…

Yes, my friends, it must be Davis Cup!

World Group 2008 – Semifinal
Argentina v Russia, 3 – 2
Tarpischev’s doubles trick couldn’t shake off del Potro.

Spain v USA, 4 – 1
America’s rich Davis Cup history gets blown to bits when a tie is contested on clay. Against Spain.

World Group, Play-offs 2008
Chile v Australia, 3 – 2
Gonzo distracted the Aussies with his chest.

Great Britain v Austria, 2-3
For British newbie Bogdanovic, playing in front of the home crowd at AELTC caused some performance anxiety against Peya.

Switzerland v Belgium, 4 – 1
The dream team of R-Fed and S-Waw cleaned up.

Croatia v Brazil, 4 – 1
Save for a clutch doubles match by Melo and Sa, Croatia takes all the matches.

Israel v Peru, 4 – 1
Harel Levy, Andy Ram, Noam Okun, and the Smurf-esque Dudi Sela all did the home crowd proud.

Netherlands v South Korea, 3 – 2
Hyung-Taik Lee swept his singles matches, but it wasn’t enough.

Romania v India, 4 – 1
As expected, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi win their doubles match.

Slovak Republic v Serbia, 1 – 4
Novak Djokovic kept his clothes on.

davis cup: i, too, would settle for a pompadour…

September 20, 2008

Who needs a custom Davis Cup kit when you’ve got an amazing pompadour like Fernando Verdasco?

Unfortunately, his solid red adidas Compeition Crew looked bland next to the rest of Team Espana’s uniforms.

Meanwhile, Joma and Feliciano Lopez continue their wonderful partnership with his Davis Cup getup. (See the detail on the back of his polo, and his shoes.) Nadal is wearing the same vibrant Nike kit that he wore in Beijing, save for a switch to a red headband (instead of yellow). David Ferrer is in Lotto (pic).

Scoreline: After Nadal beat Sam Querrey (Sam took the first set) and Ferrer took out Andy Roddick in five sets, the Spanish duo fell to Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6. This gives the Americans a chance to get back into the tie with reverse singles tomorrow. (See the details here. First up: Rafa will play Andy!)

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davis cup: does janko have a new nickname?

September 20, 2008

Like all the other players sponsored by Fila, TSF mascot Janko Tipsarevic gets a custom pair of Alfas for his matches.

When I zoomed in to see what they’d embroidered on his shoe (usually the player’s first name, or a nickname), I couldn’t quite figure it out. It doesn’t read “Janko”, does it? Looks like there are too many letters…

If this is a new nickname for him, then Fila should tell us what it is!

Buy: Fila Alfas, $95, fila.com.

(photo by Getty Images)

davis cup: the boys in red win for serbia

September 20, 2008

All four guys on the Serbian Davis Cup team — Nole, Nenad Zimonjic, Viktor Troicki, and Janko Tipsarevic — did their part to win their World Group playoff tie against Slovakia this weekend. (And everyone managed to keep their clothes on, unlike last year’s peep show!)

Djokovic wore a red adidas polo while taking out Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

And blue-spectacled Janko, in Fila, had to work for his five-setter against Lukas Lacko. The score: 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 8-6. That win must feel good, especially in light of how Janko’s ankle has sidelined him in some late summer tournaments.

For the clincher, Zimonjic (Nike) and Troicki (Diadora) beat Filip Polasek and Michal Mertinak in four tough sets: 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5).

More Janko pics: Just because we can never get enough…

davis cup: don’t let kolya’s pink scarf fool you — the russians play dirty

September 20, 2008

The Russian doubles pair of Dmitry Tursunov and Igor Kunitsyn hacked their way into a 6-2, 6-1, 6-7(9), 3-6, 8-6 win over Guillermo Canas and David Nalbandian using some unusual tactics:

For the first two sets, Tursunov and Kunitsyn bamboozled their opponents with very little pace. In fact at times it was almost as if they were playing pat ball. With Kunitsyn staying back after most of his serves, and eschewing the chance to come to the net even when it presented itself, the visitors were playing almost a badminton formation of front-court back-court, Tursunov looking for the interceptions, Kunitsyn rallying from the baseline and covering when Cañas and Nalbandián tried to wrongfoot Tursunov. It was fascinating, if unusual.

And Tursunov said that it was Shamil Tarpischev‘s plan all along to make David stay on the court as long as possible, thus making fatigue a factor during tomorrow’s reverse singles. (audio)

Nikolay Davydenko next to wife, Irina, snug as a bug in a pink scarf.

Sunday: The Argentines are up 2-1 going into Sunday, and the sched posted on the DC website lists Kolya playing David (though Dmitry might sub…) and del Potro against Andreev.

(photos by Getty Images)


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