Archive for August 29th, 2007

adidas making me yawn

August 29, 2007

So far I haven’t done 2007 U.S. Open coverage of players from the adidas stud ranch — aka Novak Djokovic, Mikhail Youzhny, and Marat Safin — mostly because I have nothing to write about (fashion-wise, at least).

Their tennis might be speaking volumes (congrats to Marat for surviving his first-round opponent, summer sensation Frank Dancevic), but their clothes aren’t that great.

adidas fashion stays conservative as Nole wears the Summer YOC Theme Polo (in the white/orange/navy blue colorway), Mikhail wears the Competition 3 Polo, and Safin wears the Competition 3 Crew in gold.

Buy: adidas Men’s goods available here.


on day three: EleVen, part two

August 29, 2007

Tennis fashion grande dame Venus Williams showed another outfit from EleVen, her clothing collaboration with retailer Steve & Barry’s.

She wore this white and periwinkle number for her second-round U.S. Open match against Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania, who she easily beat 6-4, 6-2. The short shorts — reminiscent of her Wimbledon outfit — didn’t quite have the same oomph as her first round dress.

But we like the top with the poofy sleeves, and we love that she’s forged out on her own to design this line.

What do you think of Venus’ Day Three look? Tell us!

fashion focus: maria kirilenko in stella mccartney

August 29, 2007

Unseeded Russian Maria Kirilenko impressed us with her 6-3, 6-1 win over Martina Muller in a first round match at yesterday’s U.S. Open.

She wore the Dark Bronco (that’s “chocolate”) tennis dress from the adidas by Stella McCartney Fall/Winter ’07 collection — a much better choice than her 2007 white Wimbledon dress, the fabric of which was gathering awkwardly at her hip with every lunge.

The dress has lace detail on the straps and along the collar. Kirilenko paired it with a Bronco (that’s “light brown”) visor and pearl earrings.

Buy: $120 from

short balls: blogging, scalping, gambling, etc.

August 29, 2007

Blogging at the Open: Many many to follow, but my hats are off to the New Yorker’s The Sporting Scene, the New York Times’s U.S. Open blog, and The New York Observer’s take on the Grand Slam. (Le sad that Gawker can’t get into it.)

Heaven forbid Ticketmaster lose money: NYPD cracks down on scalping at the Open.

Apples and oranges: The American Heart Journal publishes a study which concludes that baseliners and serve-and-volleyers have different hearts.

Kolya candid about controversy: Nikolay Davydenko faced the press after his first round dismantling of wildcard (and junior) Jesse Levine. He talked openly about how he’s been dealing with the gambling scandal that he’s the center of.

Speaking of juniors: Irvinian Michael McClune is also out. (ZooTennis)

fashion focus: maria’s red dress in action

August 29, 2007

During yesterday’s first evening session at the 2007 U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, Russian superstar Maria Sharapova trounced Roberta Vinci, 6-0, 6-1 as she debuted her red dress.

Glam, 2.0: Maria paired the dress with nice pearl drop earrings and a black warm-up jacket with sheer sleeves. I must say the dress looked as good on her last night as it did atop Rockefeller Center last week.

Other notes: Did anyone else think that the crystals on her dress were catching the lights funny? I hope she doesn’t blind any of her opponents.

She served some double faults at the end of her match, showing some signs that her shoulder’s acting up. Will she have enough to go through seven matches?

Buy: The red dress available for $125.

(photos via Daily Mail and Getty Images)

>> the busy (and fabulous life) of maria sharapova
>> TSF’s u.s. open coverage

fashion focus: morigami in fila

August 29, 2007

Fila Japan dresses Japanese tennis star Akiko Morigami in another innovative design for her U.S. Open appearance.

The white and turqouise-striped sleeveless tank (with a ruffled v-neck collar and a gathered waist) doesn’t quite mesh with the chocolate skirt. (Chocolate was MUCH better used by Maria Kirilenko in her dress adidas by Stella McCartney; more on that later.)

Perhaps it looks good in person, but doesn’t photograph well? Unfortunately, TSF won’t get a chance to scrutinize this fortnight: Agnieszka Radwanska, the tourney’s 30th seed, easily beat her 6-2, 6-1.

What do you think of her outfit? Tell us!

(photos via Getty Images)

>> TSF’s u.s. open coverage continues
>> fashion focus: the many looks of akiko morigami

roger and rafa: fire and ice

August 29, 2007

Fire and Ice: I’ve never really heard of the world number one and two labeled as “Fire and Ice” until these two Nike shirts above were named as such. They’re pretty straightforward metaphors, I guess; Rafa is all about the fist pumps and the stare-downs, while Roger is the ice princess who can’t be bothered to give lip service about Althea Gibson.

I am so not an 8-year-old boy: Because nothing of me finds these next two shirts even remotely cool. Both make references to the Open (“NYC 2007”) — one with a Roger’s image and the other with Rafa’s.

Buy: Available at TW; $18 for Fire and Ice, $22 for NYC 2007 shirts.

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