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before the gloomy weather, some bursts of yellow at the u.s. open

September 9, 2011

Golden Girls: Both Jelena Jankovic and Elena Baltacha opted to wear shades of yellow at this year’s U.S. Open. Jankovic, who lost in the third round to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, played in a gold ANTA dress. Note the boning detail, the ruching at the bust, and all that busy-ness (which we love!) at the top: a set of straps for the dress and one for the mesh bra.

And in Elena Baltacha we have the heir to the Yonex throne once occupied by that other Elena — Dementieva. The Brit lost to 15th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round. The slit and the white stripe down the dress’ right side tones down the hard blue-collar feel of the contrasting black trim; ultimately, we’dve rather seen this in the dark blue version that Yonex printed in their catalog.

More: Pictures of Elena and Jelena’s clothes after the cut…

on the 6th day of giftmas: racquet racket

December 17, 2010

Remember the Wilson BLX Blade that we spotted in the city back in September? It’s still been on our mind. The series of Six.One Blades that Wilson has put out have been high quality as a pack, and we’re giving thumbs up to most of the collection. The racquet has a “classic Wilson feel,” which means that you get pin-point accuracy and a good connection with the ball, especially if you want to hit consistently from the baseline. Below the Six.One Tour BLX. And how can you not dig the tan-colored grip on this baby? Classic, indeed. Buy it: on TennisWarehouse for $199.

If you want a racquet with a little bit of a different feel from the Wilson but still the same results, we’re digging Yonex’s EZONE, with a 100-inch head and a 27-inch length. Big-hitters like Monica Seles have favorited these racquets for a simple back-swing and a frame that the ball bounces off of. Buy at TennisExpress for (also) $199.

See our kids’ picks after the cut.

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elena dementieva reaches the semis in tokyo

September 30, 2010

Elena Dementieva is through to the semifinals at the Toray Pan Pacific Open after taking out second seed Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-2. Up next for Elena is Francesca Schiavone. On the other side, Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semis after Agnieszka Radwanska retired with a left foot injury; the Dane’s slated to face Azarenka. (Draw: Singles)

Meanwhile, Dementieva’s shed that muumuu everyone groaned about (from the US Open), replacing it with separates in the same shade but with a shiny layer of fabric to help accentuate her shape.

Update: This set won’t be available for sale stateside. Our next Yonex option will be what Lena’s wearing for the 2011 Australian Open.

More: A few other pics of Dementieva after the cut…

flashback: yonex at the 2010 us open

September 19, 2010

Elena Dementieva was the 12th seed at the 2010 US Open and made it to the fourth round before falling to Sam Stosur in a third-set tiebreak. Elena’s still rusty after that calf injury that kept her out of commission for two months.

She and fellow Yonex-er (and fellow Elena) Elena Baltacha wore the company’s New York Dress, with gold piping across the upper chest, a wrap skirt, and an embossed plaid design on the fabric (loves!).

And Baltacha lost in the second round to 27th seed Petra Kvitova 6-7 (5), 3-6.

Buy: Yonex Women’s 2010 New York Dress, Red/White/Gold and Black/White/Gold, $69, TW.

On the men’s side, Lleyton Hewitt nabbed the last seeded spot but fell in the first round to Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 1-6. And David Nalbandian, as the 31st seed, made it to the third round before falling to Verdasco 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6. Both Hewitt and Nalbandian wore the same kit.

(Dementieva and Baltacha photos by TSF; Hewitt image via Getty Images)

nice shoes, lleyton

September 18, 2010

Lleyton Hewitt‘s dreams of bagging another Grand Slam might be long gone, but he can still put out a good Davis Cup show. He won the first rubber in this weekend’s World Group play-off against Belgium and also teamed up with Paul Hanley for the doubles win. The Aussies are now up 2-1; up next is Lleyton vs. Olivier Rochus. More info here.

Love that his Yonex shoes coordinated with the rest of his Davis Cup uniform. More pics after the cut…

elena dementieva upset by sharapova in stanford

July 31, 2010

Entertaining matches going on at the Bank of the West Classic this week in Stanford. Caught the middle of the Sharapova/Dementieva match on ESPN2 last night (just before Elena took the second set).

QF results are as follows:
[5] Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. [2] Elena Dementieva (RUS) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
[1] Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. [7] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
[8] Victoria Azarenka (BR) d. [4] Marion Bartoli (FRA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
[3] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 7-5 6-0

Stosur plays Azarenka and Sharapova plays Radwanska in the semis.

Buy: Elena’s Yonex Paris Dress in blue and black, $69, available at Tennis Warehouse.

(image 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)

hewitt goes down in style

January 25, 2010

We’re still not sure where all this Lleyton love is coming from, but we’re going with it: look at his shoes from last night’s fourth round Australian Open match against Roger Federer. Cute, no? Too bad he lost in straight sets against the tourney’s top seed.

Draw: Up next for Roger is Nikolay Davydenko. And while the Russian’s had his number as of late (with wins against him and Nadal at London and Doha), R-Fed can breathe a little easier after it took Kolya five sets to take out Fernando Verdasco in their fourth-rounder. (Draw: Men’s singles.)

(image via Getty Images)

will another set of russians pass dementieva by?

January 24, 2010

Russian Elena Dementieva had the misfortune of drawing a second-round match against Justine Henin at the 2010 Australian Open. While the Belgian’s skills (and prior Aussie Open record) should have given her a high seeding, the tour’s ranking/seeding process hasn’t yet adjusted for Justine’s 20-month absence (which recently ended when she un-retired at the beginning of the year).

Too bad for Dementieva, since she was coming into the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 title win over Serena Williams in Sydney. But we’re also not shocked, are we? Elena’s spent years and years flirting with her potential to be a trophy winner at a Slam, but something always seems to work against her (that serve, her head, a dark horse).

And there are a few other Russians hitting their stride this year., including Zvonareva, Kirilenko (squee!!), and Petrova (though Nadia can really be lumped in the same underachieving group as Dementieva). Will Elena be left in the dust, or is this her year to shine?

A demure dress: Compared to all the skimpy stuff she wore last year (hey, if I had gams like her, I’d wear the same!), the pale green Yonex dress seemed more proper. Or perhaps we’re all just distracted by Venus‘s second homage to Borat — who knows? Still, we love the white Vs breaking up the solid block of color (but could have lived without that waistband).

Buy: Yonex Spring 2010 Dress, green/white, $69.95, midwestsports.com

(image via Getty Images)

the hewitts: a family that dresses together…

January 23, 2010

Until they’re upstaged by the Federers, we’re expecting the Hewitts to rule the roost as the best dressed family of tennis.

Like father…: On Cruz, a black/green version of his dad’s limited-edition Yonex tee, available on the Hewitt site for AU$20 a pop.

Bec wears a salmon tank (with a zipper graphic) to Lleyton’s second-round match.

And for a family tennis session, she wears a boyfriend tank by Lauren Moshi. (You can pick one up here for $110.) And props to daugther Mia for rockin’ that badass cast.

Maybe it’s the faux hawk, maybe we’re feeling bad about his impending retirement (or about his having to face Roger Federer in the fourth round), or maybe it’s the red. Whatever it is, we are all thumbs up for Hewitt’s look at this year’s Australian Open. Good job, Yonex.

Buy: Yonex Aussie Open Crew, in white/navy/yellow/red, $49.95; and Shorts, black/grey/navy, $46.95; both from Midwest Sports.

Bracketology: Hewitt might be well rested after an easy win (at the expense of Marcos Baghdatis‘ shoulder), but the Aussie will need every trick in his bag if he wants to beat Roger. The odds are against him, of course; Hewitt has lost 13 consecutive matches to Federer (out of 23 played), including seven losses at the majors.

More: More Lleyton pics after the cut…

practice makes perfect: lleyton hewitt

January 21, 2010

Yep — after all these years, one of TSF’s original HOATs is still looking good.

Lleyton Hewitt has reached the third round after taking out Ricardo Hocevar 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and American Donald Young 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-1 in the second.

Up next for the local (fave?) is a rematch with Marcos Baghdatis, whom Lleyton played in an epic 2008 Aussie Open match that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

Funny, fellow Australian Bernard Tomic complained after his second-round, five-set loss to Marin Cilic in this year’s tourney. Other players were asked to comment about this. Their response? “Suck it up, Bernie!”

(Bad) Luck of the draw: Sadly for Hewitt, his 2010 AO run will likely end in the fourth round, where he’s up against Roger Federer. It was fun while it lasted! See the men’s draw here.

More: Speaking of stretching out the fun, more pictures of Hewitt’s shirtless practice pics after the cut…

elena’s little black dress

October 30, 2009

Elena Dementieva played in her eighth WTA Tour Championships — dating all the way back to 2000 — wearing a little black dress from Yonex. Way to show off those gams!

The Russian failed to make it out of the event’s round robin stage, winning her match against Venus Williams but losing to Serena and Kuznetsova.

Looking ahead: In the semis, Venus will play Jelena Jankovic and Serena will go up against Caroline Wozniacki. In doubles, the team of Cara Black/Liezel Huber will vie for a spot in the final, and Stosur/Stubbs will try to down the second-seeded Williams sisters. More: Scores here.

(image via Getty)

pimpim primps: joachim’s new look at stockholm

October 19, 2009

No more Yawn-ex: It seems that Swede Joachim Johansson has switched from Yonex to the much more prim-and-proper Fred Perry.

He’s competing in this week’s IF Stockholm Open as a wildcard — only his second tourney of 2009 — and has won his first round match against Peter Luczak 7-5, 6-2. He next faces Juan Monaco.

Bits: The event’s top three seeds are Soderling, Haas, and Ferrero. See the draw here.

(image via Getty)

i snooze and i lose, but lleyton wins

October 6, 2009

We probably can’t teach old dog new tricks, so we’re stuck dozing off while looking at pics of Lleyton Hewitt languishing in Yonex. (Can he retire already? Please?)

The Aussie won his first rounder at this week’s Rakuten Japan Open, taking out wildcard Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 7-5. Couple this with top seed Juan Martin del Potro‘s first-round loss to Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Lleyton has a decent shot to get to the quarterfinals!

Buy: For those absolutely interested, you can pick up versions of the Yonex New York Crew for $44.99.

(image via Getty)

hewitt’s dirty laundry

February 25, 2009

Lleyton Hewitt‘s former management, Octagon, has taken him to court for breach of contracts, and he’s fighting back with a countersuit, citing incompetence and deception on the part of the agency.

And while we feel bad that Lleyton can’t catch a break (he received a wildcard to play at Delray Beach this week. and lost. on his birthday.), it’s always interesting to get a look at what happens to the $60 I fork over for nosebleed seats.

In 2005 and 2006, Hewitt earned $6.75 million net in endorsements and appearance guarantees — including $3.5 mil from Nike and $2.3 mil from Yonex. He also received $340,000 in appearance fees for Sydney, Adelaide, and Queen’s Club.

Octagon wants a piece of this pie in the sky, but whether the agency was still representing Hewitt for those two years is in question.

Meanwhile, Hewitt’s smarting because of a 2002 legal scuffle with the ATP that could’ve been smoothed over by Octagon. After declining a on-camera interview as part of promoting the 2002 U.S. Open, Lleyton got slapped with a $100k+ fine. The ATP considered the interview compulsory; Hewitt thought he’d already fulfilled all his obligations. He spent another $100,000 only to have the ATP decision upheld, albeit with a much smaller ($20,000) fine.

Let’s hope he doesn’t bleed too much more money settling all these matters — he doesn’t have a lot of tennis-playing years left!

fashion focus: orange ya glad fer elena? i am!

January 28, 2009

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Aussie Open 09′s Most Improved Award goes to Ms. Elena Dementieva, who’s languished in Yonex‘s utilitarian and generic performance wear for a while now. The creatives seemed to find their stride late last year, first with the “denim” dress at the 2008 U.S. Open, and now this orange-heavy outfit for the first major of 2009.

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Mixing it up: What this dress lacks in color variation it makes up for in construction, detail, and fabrics. A keyhole breaks up the orange on the back of the v-neck top; and in the front, a fabric belt — it doesn’t quite cinch — aspired to give the outfit a more sophisticated look.

Scoreline: The fourth seed dashed Australian hopes by eliminating Sam Stosur in round three. She then took out fellow orange-wearer Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round. She blew through Carla Suarez Navarro with the same score and will now face Serena in the semis.

Buy: This Yonex collection is not quite ready for sale. (Why aren’t these items ready in time for such a big debut? There’s an editorial brewing there…)

More: Detail shots of the skirt and back after the cut

practice makes perfect

January 16, 2009

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A quick look at the players’ practice gear as they get ready for next week’s Australian Open.

Ana Ivanovic wears a cute adidas trefoil tee (dotted with blue and white trefoils) as she hits under the watchful eye of “coach” Sven Groenefeld. (Buy: adidas Classic Trefoil Tee, $19.99, eastbay.com.)

More: See the rest — Rafa as our pick for Best in Show; plus Lleyton, Murray, Roddick, Jelena — all after the cut…

fashion focus: elena denimentieva

September 21, 2008

Yonex decided to flex its design muscle by using “denim” — printed on a moisture-wicking synthetic — for its fall ’08 collection, which debuted in time for the fashion-forward U.S. Open. They even opted for orange thread as contrast stitching, giving the pieces a more authentic and rugged look.

Elena Dementieva played in the separates at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she lost to Katarina Srebotnik in the quarters. Notice the knot on th front lefft tank strap.

And this Russian wore the halter version during her semifinal run in New York. (She’s had a pretty good summer, following her semi @ Wimbledon with a gold medal from Beijing and the semi in NYC.)

More: See her kit from Beijing and the Yonex men’s denim line after the cut…

bec hewitt stands by her man

June 30, 2008

I root for Lleyton Hewitt during the grass court season because he’s pretty darn good on that surface. Another reason is that his wife, Bec Hewitt, looks pretty darn good sitting in the stands!

Lleyton’s Yonex kit, though, needs a makeover, stat. Those mini-rays of color bursting from the torso has had its run…

Now that the Australian has dropped out of the draw (a noble effort against Roger Federer), let’s review Bec’s ensembles from the grass season.

Bec watching Lleyton play at The Artois Championships in the Queen’s Club in London, where her husband is a four-time champion. (That “L” necklace is deelish!)

She wears a baby doll dress (with keyhole) during Lleyton’s marathon first-round match against Robin Haase: 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-2.

She switches to a jumper dress for the second round win against Albert Montanes: 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-2.

And horizontal texture makes a showing in Lleyton’s 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over Bolelli in the third round.

And finally, Bec wears red during Lleyton’s final match of Wimbledon 2008 — the fourth round loss to R-Fed: 6-7 (7), 2-6, 4-6.

(photos by Getty Images)

la legion sigue ganando

February 9, 2008

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La Legion keeps up with patriotic garb in Agustin Calleri‘s special kit from Diadora, which has the the Sol de Mayo graphic off-center on the front of the shirt. And David Nalbandian does his part wearing Yonex.

Scoreline: Calleri and Nalbandian both won their first singles rubbers in Argentina’s Davis Cup tie against the Andy Murray-less Great Britain. Calleri beat Alex Bogdanovic 6-3 6-1 6-1, and Nalbandian took out Jamie Baker 6-1 6-3 6-3.

Nalbandian teamed with Jose Acasuso to take out Jamie Murray and Ross Hutchins in the doubles rubber. Argentina now has a spot in the quarterfinals.

More: See the full details here.

(photos by Getty Images)

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