Archive for April 9th, 2007

davis cup: learn from the germans

April 9, 2007

Belgium and Germany went about their Davis Cup tie without much fashion oomph. The Rochus brothers, along with the rest of the Belgian team, chose to wear red (both on and off the court). The Germans chose a simple, utilitarian jacket, and Tommy Haas wore nothing special from his sponsor, Limited Sports.

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But, alas, there’s a diamond in the rough. Look at this wristband worn by German Alexander Waske:

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While not visible to people watching on TV — but Davis Cup ties aren’t televised anyway, so who cares? — the wristbands can easily be seen in photos. They’re customizable to each country’s flag, low cost, and can be worn off the court. What a great investment for raising the Davis Cup’s profile. All countries should make this a standard issue by the next round.

waske’s wristband

Winner: Alas, a wristband cannot carry the weight of a country. The edge goes to the Belgians.

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davis cup: Great Britain vs. the Netherlands

April 9, 2007

This tie produced some high-quality tennis and some great storylines (including Greg Rusedski‘s retirement and the continued success of the Murray brothers in doubles), but the uniforms left something to be desired.

I wonder why the Brits decided to go with a muted black and white for their outfits, especially since their warm-ups had so much potential. At least they coordinated?

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(from left to right: Jamie Murray, Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, Andy Murray)

The Dutch didn’t dress any better, though I see potential with the blue and orange/gold. (See Robin Haase‘s shirt, middle photo.) Their homework for next year: take inspiration from the Netherlands’ coat of arms.

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(from left to right: Igor Sisjling, Robin Haase, Raemon Sluiter)

Dutch MVP: Robin Haase
British MVP: no MVP
Winner: The Brits wore the same colors — a de facto uniform — but the Dutch showed some color. It’s a draw.

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