Archive for August 21st, 2007

fashion preview: serena’s u.s. open dress?

August 21, 2007

TSF speculates that this dress is what Serena Williams will be sporting during her two weeks at Flushing Meadows (if she recovers in time from wrist injury, that is). I think the U.S. Open is in for a treat!

It’ll keep with the same flattering silhouette that she’s kept this year (RG ’07, Wimby ’07). The Nike Dri-FIT dress has a scoop neck and accented with die-cut holes over mesh in this “sublimated print”.

Buy: The Autumn SW Dress is available for purchase here.

UPDATE: As you may already know, this isn’t the dress Serena actually wore. Instead, she has a black and pink dress with a bow. Check out that link for photos. Make sure to comment!


patrick rafter puts family first — so he gets naked

August 21, 2007

Retired Aussie Pat Rafter might have been opposed to showing skin (off-court) during his tennis heyday, but now that his coffers aren’t so flush with cash, he’s not above doing it for his family’s sake: “I don’t play tennis any more and I need to make an income.”

So he pulls a Tommy Robredo and poses in socks — and not much else — for this Bonds ad campaign.

Video: You can view the ad and another one here (scroll to the right — they’re the last two).

Not the first: Rafter’s done work for them prior to the sock campaign. Here’s a print ad selling hoodies (above). And he wears a tank top in this photo that appears on the Bonds Man homepage.

More pics: See more Rafter photos here.

[Daily Telegraph via Kenneth in the (212)]

fashion preview: rafa’s u.s. open gear, sharapova unveils wed.

August 21, 2007

We’ve got more U.S. Open fashions to follow up with… Masha and Nike will be unveiling her “looks” tomorrow evening (and TSF will be there, so watch out for news on Thursday).

For now, here’s a look at Rafael Nadal‘s outfit, which stays with the same sleeveless tee + clamdigger look (see RG ’07, Wimby ’07). This time, the Fall Power Sleeveless Top is in Zest (that’s yellow) and Fall Control Board Shorts are in Graphite (grey).

What do you think of the colors? Tell us.

Buy: Both items available here; also available in White, Argon, and Obsidian.

(via TT)

>> TSF’s U.S. Open coverage continues…
>> fashion preview: r-fed’s u.s. open gear

trouble at TENNIS magazine

August 21, 2007

In the internet age, whistleblowing, well, blows.

TSF buddy and former TENNIS magazine intern Nick McCarvel was the talk of the New York magazine scene on Monday after this question appeared in The Ethicist (a column published in the New York Times Magazine):

A journalism major at college, I was delighted to land an internship at a national magazine. My editor asked me to post comments on one of the magazine’s online blogs, being sure not to mention my working for the magazine but to write in a style that suggests I’m a reader. That felt dirty to me. Advice? — Nick McCarvel, Seattle

Of course Randy Cohen, the column’s author, didn’t agree with the practice. And of course people wanted to know which pub was behind this skeevy policy. Some quick Googling by FishbowlNY led to TENNIS‘ doorstep. So much for blind items.

(BTW, Nick’s internship ended the day after the column appeared, so he’s in the clear as far as dealing with awkward fallout at the magazine. The editor in question has since left. I hope he wasn’t the one I was pitching to!)

Seriously, though: this is all very unfortunate, especially because the magazine’s blog, which features well-written (and bylined) posts by McCarvel, have received their fair share of readers’ comments. If the intent was to steer comment threads in a different direction, I’m sure Nick could have posted as an intern with the same effect. There was no benefit in creating these anonymous personas.

I’d like to give Nick a pat on the back for letting people know that this was happening. TSF will still be reading Steve Tignor and Peter Bodo, but perhaps we won’t pay attention to readers’ comments so much…

short balls: masha’s trainer, underground tennis, gay bloggers, bottle or tap?

August 21, 2007

Behind the scenes: The folks who run Juan Carlos Ferrero‘s Equelite Tennis Academy in Spain have started a blog to show what it’s like for the folks behind the scenes. In one post, they interview physical coach Javier Capitaine, who trains with Juanqui and Maria Sharapova (above).

Gay bloggers: Ken of Kenneth in the (212) and Jim Buzinski of OutSports get their due in this funny article by Greg Hernandez (Out in Hollywood, Deuce!) on gay sports bloggers drooling about mostly straight professional athletes. (L.A. Daily News)

Straight writers, too: The Daily News surveyed the women, too. Apparently, female athletes are okay with exploiting their sexual power and the attention they get from male fans. Daniela Hantuchova‘s comment on posing for magazines: “(Female tennis players) all agree and always say we do the talking with our racquets… (but) we can take some time outside the sport to show people a different side of us. In that way, I think it’s a good thing.”

Towards even stronger racquets: Aerogel, one of the world’s lightest solids, has made its way into tennis and squash racquets developed by Dunlop The material can withstand a direct blast of 1kg of dynamite and protect against heat from a blowtorch at more than 1,300 degrees Celsius. Can it help the guys win a match against Roger? (Times)

Having a ball: The Sunday Times features London’s most lavish, with the wealthy now looking to renovate by digging down — sometimes up to four stories (!!) down — to create screening rooms, indoor tennis courts, and swimming pools (some even with diving boards). I guess at some point you just get bored by the conventional ways of spending your cash…

(OT) Ending the “bottled or tap?” question: Talking Tennis writes an ode to NYC’s tap water, and PepsiCo owns up to a smart marketing ploy. (CNN)

For posterity’s sake: A Bud Collins-less NBC Sports extends its broadcasting deal with Wimbledon to include digital media rights to the championships plus online coverage live on and on mobile. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

(photos via Equelite)

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