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cilic: one of the u.s. open’s best dressed

September 6, 2011

Li Ning‘s been given the tall task of dressing Marin Cilic at this year’s U.S. Open. They made good use of vibrant, contrasting colors (royal blue, yellow, and white) in blocks, lines, and swirls to break up the real estate on the 6′ 6″ Croat. Plus brownie points for the sleek footwear colors — socks included. It’s refreshing to see tennis (almost-)whites in an era when everyone’s trying to infuse their gear with color.

Marin, the tournament’s 27th seed, beat Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the opening round and dropped only three games against Tomic in the second before falling to Federer. He can take solace in having taken a set off Fed, for anchoring the Croatian Davis Cup team for their tie vs. South Africa later this month, and for being one of the U.S. Open’s best dressed gents.

More: Two other pics of Cilic after the cut…

ljubicic gains some traction in monte carlo

April 13, 2011

Ivan Ljubicic gets past the second round of an ATP event for the first time since early February with his upset of 12th-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Up next for the Croat is fifth seed Tomas Berdych; they’re both in Nadal‘s quarter.

That Li Ning green makes him blend in with the background. Maybe ninja stealth is the way to success? FYI, Ljubicic is now ranked 40th in the world. Yikes.

(images via Getty Images)

ljubicic upsets murray in beijing

October 8, 2010

The same color-blocking that appeared during Davis Cup (on the Colombians) has made its way to Beijing this week as Li Ning mascot Ivan Ljubicic vies for the China Open title. He upset Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2 and will next face David Ferrer (who took out Soderling). The other semi will feature Isner — who beat Kolya — and Djokovic (d. Simon). See the scorelines here.

(images via Getty Images)

flashback: li ning @ the us open, pt. 2

September 23, 2010

Along with the orange and brown for Ivan Ljubicic, Li Ning also had this purple and orange polo making the rounds during the hardcourt season. Lovin’ all the texture!

Update: At the 2010 US Open, Ivan Dodig also wore a white/black Li Ning kit in his first-round match against Fernando Gonzalez. See pics from that match after the cut…

ljubicic’s sputter continues in metz

September 23, 2010

That Li Ning stallion — the brand associated with Ivan Ljubicic‘s kits from the Chinese company — isn’t helping him ride back up the ATP rankings. At this week’s Open de Moselle in Metz, the Croat, seeded third, was upset by Xavier Malisse 7-5, 6-2. And at the 2010 US Open, Ljubicic went out in the first round to Ryan Harrison. Uhm, what happened to the dude who won Indian Wells this year? (Info: Metz on the ATP site.)

More: Two other pictures of Ivan’s orange and brown kit (note that horse on the sleeve, and the orange shoes) after the cut…

davis cup: colombian color coordination

September 19, 2010

Babolat and Li Ning did a wonderful job bringing together the Colombian Davis Cup as they host the USA at the World Group Play-offs this weekend in Bogota. Santiago Giraldo defeated Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4, 7-5, in the second rubber and is now serving at 6-5 in the fifth set against Mardy Fish. (The Americans are up 2-1, so Giraldo needs a win to give Colombia a chance to advance.)

More: All the tie info available here.

Yellow, red, and blue: See another shot of Santiago’s crew (Babolat) and doubles player Carlos Salamanca in Li Ning after the cut…

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)

we ran out of ljub

January 22, 2010

Hard-serving Ivo Karlovic upset veteran Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the third round of the 2010 Australian Open. Up next is Rafa Nadal, who lost the third set in his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. (Draw: Men’s singles.)

Li Ning put him in the same multi-patterned mishmash polo (this time in a light seafoam green) to start out 2010. With all the sartorial switcheroos so far, it’s refreshing to see that Ivan and Li Ning have stuck together.

TSF spoke to Ljubicic back at the 2009 U.S. Open, and he told us all about how he’s worked closely with Li Ning to tweak and develop their tennis sneaks; he was their guinea pig. We look forward to what’s in store for Ljubicic in 2010. (Further reading: Ad Age named Li Ning their Marketer of the Year for 2009.)

More: See more pics of Ivan after the cut…

li ning posterboy ljubicic is first to scalp a seed

May 12, 2009

Ivan Ljubicic was the first to scalp a seed at this year’s Mutua Madrilena Madrid Masters. The Croatian wild card broke Jo-Wilfried Tsonga three times, with two of those coming in the second set when Ljubicic rallied from 5-2 down. The final score: 6-4, 7-5.

Props to his clothing sponsor, Li Ning, for continually surprising us with novel designs for his on-court kit. This go-’round combines a bright yellow polo with a silver print overlay.

More where that came from: Above are some athletic and casual looks from the current Li Ning line. They were showcased as part of the ATP launch of its Chinese-language site.

fashion focus: checking in on li ning

February 18, 2009

That hazmat orange on Jelena Jankovic‘s dress spilled over from Ivan Ljubicic‘s kit from Li Ning. The former top-fiver has had a slow 2009 so far, losing in the second round of the Australian Open (to Tsonga) and in the first rounds of Zagreb, Rotterdam, and Marseille.

We love the Guga-esque orange/blue/gold colorway of his kit. The pictures above, from Zagreb, show the gold piping on his shirt and the scale texture on the side panels.

And in Marseille, where he lost to Feliciano Lopez, we get a peek at his blue warmup top.

On the women’s side, Li Ning works with Zi Yan, who lost to Vera Dushevina in the first round at Dubai.

(Zagreb images via MTF; images via Getty Images)

ivan’s flash of blue

June 21, 2008

Ivan Ljubicic‘s scalp of Nikolay Davydenko at the French Open (boo) hasn’t turned the tide for this former No. 3. He lost to Gael Monfils in the round after and followed that up with first and second round exits at Halle and the Ordina Open.

But at least he and clothing sponsor Li Ning show us some color with this blue kit (solid at the French; with white and green at Ordina). He’ll exchange it for an all-white outfit during Wimbledon’s two weeks.

I can’t wait to see what Li Ning has in store for Ivan at the Beijing Olympics, with the clothing company being from there and all.

(photos by Getty Images)

fashion: more on santoro’s striped shirt, adidas dragon shoes, felt watches, etc.

November 8, 2007

I want candy: A quick e-mail to the folks at Lacoste turned up some (hopefully helpful) info about Fabrice Santoro‘s famous candy-striped shirt of 2007: it’s called Yohann and came out for the spring/summer collection. There could still be some stores/outlets that carry it…

tennis ball watch

More recycled fun: In case you were jonesing for that racquet cover wallet (sold out), channel your energy towards this one made of tennis ball felt ($65). If wallets aren’t your thing, you can try out the watch ($55). (via Greater Green Goods)

Move over, Nike: Iron-ons aren’t usually my thing, but I have to give props to this DIY’er who made his own “Federer is Betterer” and “Rafalution” shirts.

adidas IV barricade red shanghai shoes

Dragon design: Shoemaker adidas plans to cash in on the Tennis Masters Cup (TMC) Shanghai buzz by releasing a limited edition Barricade IV Men’s shoe. A gold dragon runs from the heel across the lateral side of the shoes (which come in both red/gold and black/gold colorways); the eyelets, tongue, and anke collar are all gold-trimmed. Buy: Tennis-Warehouse carries ‘em for $104.95.

Endorsed by a people, not a person: Speaking of special (limited) edition shoes, see this article in Corpwatch about the current trend away from endorsement deals with big names (Nike can no longer rely on Michael Vick and Marion Jones) and towards collaborating with “under the radar” influencers (such as tattooer Mr. Cartoon and duo Os Gêmeos).

Li Ning won’t be left behind: And even Li Ning, sponsor to Ivan Ljubicic jumps in with an exhibit by James Jarvis (Hypebeast)

(OT) Go wild at H&M: Designer Roberto Cavalli, known for his wild prints, created a collection for H&M that goes on sale today. (NYT)

(OT) Camera phone, 1; Banksy, 0: A sight once rarer than that of Janko Tipsarevic’s back tattoo have apparently surfaced. Graffiti art darling Banksy was allegedly photographed in East London while working on a project. Of course, his rep has no comment. (Times)

(OT) The skinny: Today’s fun building stands in Madre de Deus, Brazil — a three-story house that’s supposedly one meter wide. (Ah Boon via Planetizen)

federer to fish: a trickle-down theory

October 12, 2007

Nick: in your update about the current happenings in the life of Mardy Fish, you can add that he’s adopted the style of the great Darth Federer (but with adidas gear instead of R-Fed’s Nike).

This photo was taken during his second-round match against Ivan Ljubicic at the BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna. The Croat won the match 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (4).

And speaking of “where are they now?”, Ljubicic should be on that list. He’s now been replaced by Nikolay Davydenko as the guy keeping the hotshots company in the top 5 and he’s slipped into a No. 13 ranking. On the bright side, we love the kit provided by his new clothing sponsor, Li-Ning. Goodbye, Diadora.

(photo by Getty Images)


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