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fan reports: from iw and miami. you got ‘em? we’ll take ‘em

February 22, 2011

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a little taste of europe in palm springs

January 15, 2009

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So long, humpback: We are still mourning the loss of Pacific Life as the title sponsor to the combined event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California. Theirs was such a great trophy…

For now we can be distracted by trying to drill the tournament’s new name — the BNP Paribas Open — into our minds and fingers when we blog about it every March. They’re in for the long haul, too: the bank is the event’s sponsor for the next five years.

As expected, there’s a new URL (bnpparibasopen.org) and the old Pacific Life one no longer works (delete it).

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..

jelena, don’t fall to the dark side!

April 2, 2008

Okay. I must admit that I had a change of heart about Jelena Jankovic‘s Bjork-at-the-Oscars dress once I found out the context; basically, it’s a gown crafted by Kelly Kealy Mayton entirely out of cell phone parts (brilliant!) and she was to wear it accompanied by Dancing with the Stars alum Helio Castroneves.

But I’m sticking to my guns about her shopping with Bethanie Mattek at bebe. Janks, who knows what kind of fashion tips you’ll pick up even by just breathing the same air as her? Stay away!

Folks, you might have already seen the American’s silver sequined singles dress, but not many of you got a chance to see this pink prosty-worthy outfit:

Bethanie Mattek - Indian Wells 2008

She wore this playing doubles with Sania Mirza at Indian Wells. While Sania was busy covering most of her torso in that adidas Edge Cap Sleeve top, Bethanie was busy busting out. This was certainly one of the highlights of my trip to the desert.

From the back: See the dress from the back after the cut…

indian wells sightings: bud collins chats with charlie pasarell

March 26, 2008

Bud Collins and Charlie Pasarell in Indian Wells 2008

Unfortunately giving fodder for the argument that we don’t care about our elders (or the old), there was a sparse crowd at this casual chat between Bud Collins and Charlie Pasarell on the first weekend of the Pacific Life Open. (Pasarell, a former pro, is the tournament’s ATP director.)

As expected, Bud was in full regalia: green polo under a pink knit sweater paired with a pair of coral blue pants with big teal polka dots. Yowza.

For my fellow triviaphiles: The newest edition of The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book will drop on June 1. You can pre-order if you wish.

(photo by Erwin)

fashion focus: a lotta props to lotto for spring

March 26, 2008

During our almost hourly powows at Indian Wells last week, my friends Chip and Charge both chimed in on their favorite outfits from the desert. Their unanimous choice? The looks from Lotto.

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero was wearing a the Kontact Print tee in a white/maroon colorway (with matching shorts). This is the style with the metallic graphic on the right torso. (FYI: After a strong start Down Under, Juanqui’s record has been dismal, with back-to-back first round losses in Rotterdam and Dubai, followed by a loss in the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open to David Nalbandian.)

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

Yep, that’s a mock mandarin collar. I still like v-necks better, but this is genius!

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

A training sleeveless tee and a warm-up jacket.

Guillermo Garcia Lopez - Indian Wells 2008

Meanwhile, Guillermo Garcia Lopez wore a red/white/black polo. Very clean, and stood out very nicely in the green and blue courts in the desert.

Guillermo Garcia Lopez - Indian Wells 2008

Gigi on the stretch.

The flip side: Lotto’s casual Leggenda collection looks pretty good for spring/summer 2008 — they’re all about fleur de lis, which I’m currently into. I might do a post on it later with pictures, if I have time. For now, you should check out the Lotto site and browse.

(All photos by BabyAngelB1 via MTF)

trophy watch: one of the year’s best trophies gets doled out yet again

March 24, 2008

Ana Ivanovic - Indian Wells 2008Ana Ivanovic - Indian Wells 2008

Ana Ivanovic made quick work of Svetlana Kuznetsova in their final match at Indian Wells. (The scoreline: 6-4, 6-3.) Ana took home the $332,000 purse, a bracelet from Jeffrey Scott Fine Magnetics, and that cute humpback whale trophy. Kuznetsova, meanwhile, took home $163,000.

Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008

Novak Djokovic proved that he’s currently the best men’s tennis player in the world by taking his first Indian Wells title. He beat the en fuego Mardy Fish who, before Sunday, had beaten Roger Federer, David Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt, and Nikolay Davydenko in this tournament.

There were a few close calls (and Nole started to self-destruct), but the Serb pulled it together in the end for a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win. Props to Mardy for a good two weeks. I can live without his basketball shorts, though. Also: cover your ankles, and stop shaving your legs!

Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008

Nole took home a $555,000 paycheck while Mardy raked in $277,500.

Their humps: “The Pacific Promise” Perpetual Trophy is 30 inches tall. It’s a replica of an 18-foot sculpture of a mother humpback whale and her calf. The original resides in Pacific Life’s main office in Newport Beach, Calif. The sculpture was created by artist Randy Puckett, who’s known for his whale work.

More: See more pictures from the men’s and women’s finals, plus photos from the doubles finals, after the cut…

mardy goes gangsta

March 23, 2008

In this world of customization — gold tennis racquets, tuxedos, monograms — it only makes sense when players create their own post-match victory rituals. There’s the Youzhny salute, the Agassi/Srichaphan bow, the Venus twirl, and the Petr Korda scissor kick (good riddance!).

Mardy Fish - Indian Wells 2008

Mardy Fish gives us his own with this adorable “hug” to each side of the stands at Court 1 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. I’m sure he appreciated the crowd’s support in his 6-3, 6-2 win (his serve never got broken!) over Roger Federer.

(photo by Getty Images)

sightings in the stands: gwen stefani with mary joe

March 23, 2008

Gwen Stefani - Mary Joe Fernandez - Indian Wells 2008

Gwen Stefani was on hand at yesterday’s men’s semifinal match between her besty Roger Federer and American Mardy Fish. The World No. 1 was upset 6-3, 6-2 in what looked like an uninspired performance. This isn’t to take away from Fish (whose backhand Justin Gimelstob kept “lauding”, by the way) — I’d never seen a one-handed backhand picked on so much since Davenport took out Steffi Graf in that ’99 Wimbledon final!

In case you didn’t know: Mary Joe Fernandez is married to Tony Godsick, who is Roger’s agent.

Spotted, but not photographed: Will Ferrell.

(photo by AP)

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fashion focus: it’s in the details

March 22, 2008

Now that there are only seven folks left standing in Indian Wells (both men’s semis still to be contested, plus one semi between Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, the winner whom will face Sveta Kuznetsova in the finals), it’s time to look back at some fun fashion from the tournament.

Dmitry Tursunov - Indian Wells 2008

ATP vlogger Dmitry Tursunov wore this textured white Fila cap during his match against Juan Ignacio Chela.

Donald Young - Indian Wells 2008

I saw the bracelets on Donald Young up close during a hitting session last weekend, and I’m glad there was a photographer who picked it up. Here he is in a match against Rafael Nadal.

Galina Voskoboeva - Indian Wells 2008

Galina Voskoboeva fell to Vera Zvonareva in the third round, but not before taking out 22nd seed Michaella Krajicek in the round prior. Nice smiley face dampener, and look at the floral pattern on that hem!

roger federer’s on-court attire + another new bag

March 18, 2008

Here are pics from match I ended on Sunday, March 16, between Roger Federer and Guillermo Garcia Lopez. This was my first time seeing Roger play. Gigi probably didn’t push him to his best tennis, but the Spaniard put up a good fight.

Roger Federer - Indian Wells

Cute: A new grey track jacket from Nike.

Roger Federer - Indian Wells

He sticks with the Aussie Open blue polo and trades in for white shorts. This will transition into the white shorts he’ll be wearing next week in Miami.

Another duffel: I didn’t have my binoculars with me, so I couldn’t figure out the specifics of that red and grey duffel he had with him (the one near his right foot). If anyone has info, e-mail me.

Roger Federer - Indian Wells - banner

These guys in the next section over from me were fussing over their banner all throughout the match.

(photos by Getty Images)

fila spring ’08: women’s collection

March 18, 2008

Svetlana Kuznetsova - Indian Wells 2008

The navy blue and purple of this spring’s Heritage collection from Fila looked good on Svetlana Kuznetsova. She beat Makarova and Cibulkova and next faces Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round. (Quick poll: Is there anyone out there banking on Sveta — the third seed — to take this title?)

FYI: Our other picks are the Heritage dress and jacket, $53.99 each. The men have grey in their colorway instead of purple.

Karin Knapp - Indian Wells 2008

Meanwhile, Karin Knapp brought out old school pieces from the Fall 2007 Collezione and this great slimming dress (pictured above). Does anyone know what collection the latter is from?

Buy: Fila Heritage Tank, $34.99; skort, $36.99; dress and jacket, both $53.99.

(photos by Getty Images)

rafa nadal is eco-friendly

March 18, 2008

Rafael Nadal - Indian Wells 2008

Some players (like Serena) have used index cards to keep themselves in check during matches. At Indian Wells, Rafa Nadal chooses a greener route. From Britton Gerrard‘s Diary of a Ballkid:

“[He] had three words written in Spanish on his hand and I was trying to figure out what it was the entire match. I kept trying to get a good view during the changeovers but I couldn’t read it. Finally, in the tunnel, after the match Nadal told us that it meant ‘concentrate’ in English.”

Does he still have his eyes on the prize? We’ll find out soon enough.

(shirtless training photo via nadalmania, hand photo by gregslyon)

k-swiss: bondarenkos at indian wells + kournikova at the pop-up store party

March 18, 2008

The Bondarenko sisters — that’s Alona (the blond) and Katerina (the brunette) — have taken the momentum from their 2008 Australian Open doubles title to make good runs at the Pacific Life Open.

Alona and Katerina Bondarenko - Indian Wells 2008

Alona, who’s featured on the K-Swiss website along with fellow tennis players Tommy Haas, Michaella Krajicek, Black/Huber, and Mardy Fish, wore the Empire Seam Top during her three-set loss to Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.

Katerina lost early in singles and wore this dress with an asymmetrical racerback (how very Ukranian of her).

Alona and Katerina Bondarenko - Indian Wells 2008

The sisters wore the black version during their doubles win over Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo. The duo will face Vesnina and Safina in the quarters.

Buy: Empire Seam Top, purple w/ gold hardware, $48; Racerback Dress, black and white, $90.

Browse: Look through the rest of this season’s collection.

Jackie Warner - Anna Kournikova - K-Swiss pop-up store party

Party pics: The K-Swiss pop-up store had its opening party on Thursday, March 13. The celebs on hand: Anna Kournikova, Workout‘s Jackie Warner, and Fred Durst. More photos here.

(singles photo by Getty Images, doubles photos by Antonio Bernal, party photos via omg!)

practice makes perfect: roger federer’s t-shirts

March 18, 2008

Roger Federer - practice - Indian Wells 2008

R-Fed and his flock of seagulls had plenty of face time on the practice courts at Indian Wells this past week. With each session came a new shirt, of course. Dmitry: if you’re still having problems with losing your clothes in Miami, give this guy a call, eh?

Count ‘em: See the five shirts (and counting) after the cut…

sightings in the stands: russell and hawn

March 17, 2008

Kurt Russell - Goldie Hawn - Indian Wells 2008

Actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn enjoy a breezy and sunny day of matches at Stadium Court 1 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

FYI: The Pacific Life Open, a Tier I tourney for the women and one of nine Masters Series events for the men, will run through Sunday, Mar. 23. Defending champions are Rafa Nadal and Daniela Hantuchova.

fila stripes take a break in the desert

March 17, 2008

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The boys of Fila shed their stripes for their two-week party in the California desert. All are wearing color block shirts from the Heritage Group:

Janko Tipsarevic - Indian Wells

Janko Tipsarevic crashed out of the first round. He took the first set tiebreak 7-1 but lost the next two 6-7 (6), 4-6. Both he and Marat Safin are still on my “must-see” list.

Marin Cilic - Indian Wells

In one of the later day matches from Sunday, gigantor Marin Cilic lost to compatriot Ivan Ljubicic. The winning scoreline for the 23rd seed (my, how the mighty have fallen!): 7-6(7) 7-5.

Dmitry Tursunov - Indian Wells

And the bearded Dima lost to Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (6-8), 4-6 in the second round. I saw Dmitry hit for a little bit at one of the practice courts.

Buy: Fila Heritage colorblock crewneck, $45. The rest of their current tennis gear here.

Bonus round: More pictures from Janko’s first round match after the cut…

olivier rochus wears turquoise tacchini

March 14, 2008

Olivier Rochus - Sergio Tacchini - Indian Wells

That turquoise makes yet another appearance, this time in the battle of the shorties, aka Olivier Rochus d. Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Masters Series Indian Wells. (Nono doesn’t care — he’s in love!)

Rochus’ polo from Sergio Tacchini has the Italian company’s staple — horizontal stripes. Clement, meanwhile stayed in white Lacoste. (What do you think of Olivier’s shirt? Tell us!)

Sergio Tacchini - Dallas Group - Spring 2008

Browse ST this season: Sergio Tacchini Dallas Polo, $37.99; Dallas Crew, $29.99. Available in blue, green, red, black, and white.

fashion focus: vania king in indian wells

March 14, 2008

Vania King - Indian Wells

Vania King wears a striped dress with that Tiffany blue/chocolate colorway that seems to be all the rage these days (my sister used it pretty well as a motif for her wedding). She played Anne Kremer in the first round of the Masters Series Indian Wells and won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

What’s the brand? Is that Prince? If so, then I take back what I said about their lackluster spring lookbook. Can anyone confirm?

(photo by Getty Images)

short balls: billie jean king for HRC, sharapova on chernobyl, jon wertheim, etc.

March 28, 2007

Billie Jean KingBillie Jean King’s men are hustling, too: Not to be outdone by all the recent activity of the other out gay retired tennis player, Billie Jean is making the rounds, earlier this month accepting the Alan King Passion Award at the Pacific Life Open, and today announcing her endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton as president. Clinton, on King: “[She is] an inspiration to women everywhere [who] spent her life breaking down barriers, and I’m honored to have her support.” (via The San Francisco Examiner)

Sharapova, the ambassador: The Telegraph published a story about what motivated Maria Sharapova to become a U.N. ambassador. (It was Chernobyl.) Here’s her take on philanthropy:

“The coolest thing about making money is that you are able to give back,” Sharapova said. “You have the opportunity to help people. You can only buy so many cars, so many houses, so many dresses and so many pairs of shoes, but it’s not going to make you happy. But helping to save lives is incredible. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing that is.”

(via Tennis News)

It’s Wednesday: So it’s time to read — on your break — Sports Illustrated columnist Jon Wertheim’s mailbag. You should read it every week.

Laureus Awards Presenters: Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria and Kyle MacLachlan, along with Argentinian supermodel Valeria Mazza and Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes, are all scheduled to present at the Laureus World Sports Awards. Tennis players nominated include: Federer, Henin, Mauresmo, Sharapova, and Serena. (via the Southern Daily Echo)

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