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a shout-out to the umps

September 8, 2011

Lovingly, Lynn: Read up on gold-star chair ump Lynn Welch, who’s profiled by Nick at USOpen.org. Requesties: Next write-up should be on Enric Molina.

(photo by Don Starr/USTA via usopen.org)

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huff(po)ing and puff(po)ing: tsf on styleist

September 7, 2011

Over at Styleist, we point out a few U.S. Open fashion notables to the casual tennis fan: the neon Polo Ralph Lauren ballperson polos; Sharapova‘s Head bag (it’s true: we can’t stop raving about it); Galina Voskoboeva‘s ruffled dress from Ellesse (trust: it wouldn’t have made this list had it been worn by Nadia); Lacoste‘s color blocking for both men and women; and adidas‘ men’s adiZero line — all those triangle patterns are to die for!

What do you think? Was there something else we should have mentioned?

Read: “U.S. Open Tennis Fashions: What You Don’t See On TV,” styleist.com.

photo feed: tennis on broadway

September 7, 2011

Perhaps returning the favor Broadway did for tennis earlier this year, two-time Paralympic Quad Doubles Gold Medalist David Wagner and three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist Esther Vergeer met the cast of Spider-man: Turn off The Dark last night. Here they are with Reeve Carney. (Bonus: A photo of Carney getting ready for work!)

(photo by Ann-Sophie Fjelloe-Jensen)

practice makes perfect: stan wawrinka

September 7, 2011

Buy: Lacoste Geometric Graphic Tee, $60.

No. 2 in the 2nd: Switzerland’s second-in-command, Stan Wawrinka, became Donald Young‘s first upset when he lost to the American 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (1-7) in the second round. Wawrinka, the tournament’s 14th seed, will be playing alongside Roger Federer in their Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against Australia later this month. Meanwhile, Young plays Andy Murray today for a spot in the quarterfinals (if the weather allows him).

(photo via Flickr by achartoff)

SGs in the QFs

September 7, 2011

Os at the Open. While the persistent rain the last couple of days has left little room for sunshading gear — or play, for that matter — we couldn’t help but notice the fact that two of the game’s most popular sunglass wearers have made their way into the quarterfinals of the US Open: Janko Tipsarevic and Sam Stosur. While it wasn’t a great Open for fellow-Oakley teammates Bob and Mike Bryan, Tipsy and Sam have each had stellar weeks at Flushing Meadows, advancing to the final 8.

Sam didn’t much need her shades on Sunday night against Maria Kirilenko, outlasting the Russian in a three-hour grueling battle, 6-2 6-7 (15) 6-3. But when she does play under the bright glare of the sun, she opts for Enduring Edge glasses (see below), which you can find on Oakley’s site for $180 in both metallic black and pearl white, each of which Sam uses from time to time.

Janko switches things up from time to time with his sun-Gs, but lately has been sporting the Flak Jacket Transitions Solfx, which run for $220 on Oakley.com. Though these are a little pricier, we like their simple look — especially with all the brights happening in player kits these days.

Draw: Janko vs. Djoko in QFs | Sam-Vera

Above: Sam’s Enduring Edge glasses.

More browsing: Sunglasses on Tennis Express

(Stosur and Janko photos by Getty; Oakley screengrab)

what’s happened to scheyda?

September 6, 2011

In mourning: Doesn’t look like Aravane Rezai has changed outfits since switching to Wimbledon whites over the spring. (Silver lining: all that black/pink bunting from her last dress are out of the picture.) Anyone out there with info on who’s whipping up her circus clothes these days? What’s going on with Scheyda? Their website’s MIA.

In mourning, pt. 2: Rezai couldn’t capitalize on the uptick in her 2011 record — after languishing in first- and second-round losses for most of the year, she put together a string of wins leading to an appearance in the finals of last week’s Texas Tennis Open in Dallas (where she lost to Sabine Lisicki). That was promptly squashed by Flavia Pennetta, who took Rezai out in the first round of the U.S. Open. (Draw: The Italian plays Kerber in the quarterfinals. See which other ladies made it to the final eight.)

(photo by Getty Images)

sightings on the grounds: a little bubbly

September 6, 2011

Champagne dreams: So fun to see Moët & Chandon set up shop on the grounds of the U.S. Open tournament. For when the iced lemonade just can’t cut it — or you need it cut with a little something else!

(photo by TSF)

oh, mirka!

September 6, 2011

(photo by Getty Images)

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…

another look at the ralph lauren x new balance u.s. open shoe

September 6, 2011

Here are two more looks at the Polo Ralph Lauren x New Balance sneaker created for this year’s U.S. Open — you know, the ones that go with the ballpersons’ be-neoned clothes. We didn’t quite notice the colorful soles when we saw them last week. Cute!

Buy: 2011 US Open Tennis Sneaker, $95.00, ralphlauren.com.

(screengrab via ralphlauren.com)

ferrer, quietly, in the mix

September 6, 2011

Still in it: Spaniard David Ferrer is one of the few players left in the draw who snuck into the round of 16 of the 2011 U.S. Open without much fanfare (along with Monaco and Gilles Muller); pretty much all the other guys have either tussled with (and toppled) high-profile players or are BMOCs themselves. Ferrer, the fifth seed, will face Andy Roddick for a spot in the quarters; the winner of that match plays Nadal or Muller.

Lotto: Simple kit for Lotto‘s guys this year — nothing to write home about. (That torso, though, is a different story.) As for Lotto’s women, they’re still charging on with the same flirty kits they’ve been playing in all year. Glad to see Radwanksa in the mix to help Pironkova and Schiavone sell the brand’s designs to fans.

(photo by Getty Images)

trophy watch: another rf tee from nike

September 6, 2011

Check out this Roger Federer tee being sold by Nike at their on-site U.S. Open booth. It wasn’t included in the preview they released, so I’m glad we ran across it!

Pop quiz: The images show Roger’s medal from the Olympics (albeit in doubles) along with 14 of his majors. He has 16 Slams in total; which ones did they leave out?

In a rush: Fed took care of things quickly against Juan Monaco in the fourth round of this year’s men’s singles event; between the late start (that Wozniacki/Kuznetsova took forever) and the threat of a rain delay, he wanted to finish ASAP. Roger only dropped three games against the Argentine and has booked a quarterfinal appointment with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the man who beat him in the final 8 of this year’s Wimbledon. (Draw: Men’s Singles)

(screengrab via ESPN)

top seed wozniacki sends off ’04 winner kuznetsova

September 5, 2011

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki came back from a set and a break down to swat down 2004 champ (and 15th seed) Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 and reach the quarterfinals of the 2011 U.S. Open. (Draw: Women’s Singles)

Sveta battled Danish scuba gear while wearing the Pierluigi pieces from Fila‘s fall Heritage collection. This is named after Pierluigi Rolando, Fila’s first designer and the creative lead from 1970-1984; he designed the brand’s famous logo and collections for Borg, Becker, Goolagong, and others.

As Fila brainstormed about how to celebrate its 100th anniversary (what made the cut: resurrecting Goolagong’s outfits for Clijsters in Melbourne and Seles’ for Roland Garros; staging an exhibit at the Tennis Hall of Fame; creating interactive marketing campaign), they also looked through Rolando’s archives in Italy for some inspiration.

Buy: Fila Pierluigi Women’s V-neck Top, $58; Women’s Racerback Tank. $64.

More: A few other looks at Kuznetsova’s Pierluigi pieces after the cut…

most improved hair: carla suarez navarro

September 5, 2011

It’s been around for a while now — at least since the start of 2011 — but we’re still not over how much better this boy cut is on Carla Suarez Navarro (compared to this, we mean).

The Spaniard fell to Andrea Petkovic in the fourth round of the 2011 U.S. Open 6-1, 6-4. Petko had a tough time closing out the match but eventually prevailed. She’ll play the winner of Wozniacki/Kuznetsova (which is being contested as we type).

And speaking of Petko, check out Nick’s interview with Andrea for USOpen.org.

(image via Getty Images)

serena’s u.s. open jewels

September 5, 2011

Graff, not Graf: Funny — a friend of ours mentioned today that the jewelry Serena‘s wearing at this year’s U.S. Open (to complement her Nike kit) came to her from Steffi Graf. It turns out that all the diamonds are from Graff, a London-based jewelry shop with a New York outpost. Ooopsies. (I could not even imagine how earrings like this would ever end up in the hands of Steffi!)

Into the quarters: This year’s title is still for Serena’s to take, and Ivanovic rolling over in their fourth round match fed into this prophecy. Although the Serb did some damage with her forehand (and got some help with the gusty winds), it still wasn’t enough to prevent Serena from notching the 6-3, 6-4 victory. Serena next plays Pavs. (Draw: Women’s Singles)

(image via Getty Images)

shirtless: janko tipsarevic

September 5, 2011

Uhm, hi: Some practice pics we found of Janko Tipsarevic from this year’s U.S. Open. Lots of other images if you follow the links. (Please do!)

Up in the air: We really didn’t know which side to root for as we watched today’s 4th round match between Janko and Juan Carlos Ferrero. On the one hand, you want the Serb to break through and get past his first-week rut at the Slams. On the other, you want to give Juanqui a last hurrah before his impending retirement.

No upset: The 20th seeded Tipsarevic prevailed after a looong match — 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2 — to reach the quarterfinals, making this his career-best performance at any major. Let’s hope he’s content getting that far because his next opponent is Novak Djokovic. (Draw: See how the quarterfinals are coming together for the men.)

(via Flickr by rip tides and achartoff)

seeing double: pushing andy at the us open

September 5, 2011

Lacoste gives its newest initiative — the Andy Roddick Collection — a heavy push at its on-site store at the USTABJKNTC. We wonder if the public will bite.

(photo by TSF)

the latest young scalp: the oldest man left in the draw

September 5, 2011

The oldest man left standing by the third round of the 2011 U.S. Open men’s singles event turned out to be the latest scalp of Donald Young. The American had the crowd behind him as he defeated the 24th seed Juan Ignacio Chela 7-5, 6-4, 6-3, and Young’ll face Andy Murray in the fourth round (joining compatriots Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, and John Isner in the sweet 16). See the rest of the men’s draw here.

But before we bid Chela farewell, a look at his spotted crew from Topper Argentina, a refreshing use of circles in what has been a sea of solids and straight lines at this year’s event.

(photos by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

gilles simon: look a little closer

September 4, 2011

In case you missed it, Parisian shopping snob Gilles Simon‘s adidas Adipure tennis polo has an tonal checkered print — easier to see on the blue and red colorways. (Buy: adidas Adipure Polo, $50.)

Draw: Sort of a mini-upset for the 12th-seeded Simon as he beat 18th seed Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3). This was Delpo’s chance to defend his 2009 title after being sidelined by a wrist injury last year. Simon plays the winner of the Isner/Bogomolov third round match, still being played. (Bracket: Men’s Singles)

(photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

practice makes perfect: roddick and fish

September 4, 2011

Keeping it cool: Isn’t it nice to have an un-cranky American be at the top of the sport? Perhaps Fish‘s reign as the No. 1 Yank will take the edge off for Andy

Regardless, both chaps are still in contention for the 2011 U.S. Open title, with Roddick defeating Benneteau for a spot in the fourth round (he plays David Ferrer next) while Mardy is set to play Tsonga for a spot in the quarters. How crazy would it be if they both got through their halves of the draw and met in the final? (Bracket: See how the men’s field is stacking up.)

(photo via Flickr by NickSixers)


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