Archive for October, 2007

we squinted, and we saw gucci

October 19, 2007

serena williams - gucci - zurich

Even with her early exit at this week’s Zurich Open, it wasn’t lost on TSF that Serena Williams walked onto the court with a Gucci shoulder bag. (She clearly can’t part with the thing; it even made a cameo at the press conference.)

And kudos to Serena for yet another new hair accessory to match her winter Nike outfit. This time, the swoosh bandana came out in burgundy. At last week’s Kremlin Cup, it was stealth grey.


dredging youtube: arnaud clement and lacoste

October 19, 2007

arnaud clement - lacoste ad - roland garros karaoke

A random surf session the other day turned up another Roland Garros 2007 Laundry Room Karaoke session, this time by Arnaud Clement, who sang the theme from The Love Boat. Watch it here

…which led me to a commercial for Lacoste featuring a song by Natasha Thomas. And Arnaud in a towel

Finally, it used to be that too much idle time left houses TPed and walls tagged. These days it just churns odd odes to favorite clothing brands. Perhaps an exercise in FinalCut?

>> in stockholm, clement’s re-buffed
>> shirtless: arnaud clement
>> nole shirtless yet again
>> tati’s a barbie girl

focus: lopez wears spanish colors

October 18, 2007

feliciano lopez - madrid masters - wristband

Unlike the guy who threw up ALL OVER the bus this morning, TSF ralphed just a little bit at the sight of Feliciano Lopez‘s mismatched ensemble — yes, his delicious lips and his chiseled left arm can only do so much — but we’ll cut him some slack this week: the Spaniard’s playing in his home tourney after all, so it’s cool for him to pair his Dark Crystal Blue Global Power tank with a yellow and red Nike wristband.

Feli won his first round, all-Spanish battle against David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-5.

p.s. He also wore this cute wristband to a Davis Cup tie last year.

bring on the bling: serena at the u.s. open

October 18, 2007

serena williams - u.s. open 2007 - jewelry

All the fashion coverage at the 2007 U.S. Open made it seem like a red carpet event, so it was no surprise that Serena Williams ended up with earrings on loan to dress up her malfunctioning black and pink U.S. Open dress. Euphoria New York loaned the $15,000 pair to Serena for the tourney; she fell totally in love and decided to buy it for herself.

(Of course, she wasn’t the only one wearing jewelry. Her sister Venus wore a ginormous ring while debuting her EleVen outfits; Svetlana Kuznetsova wore her “S” necklace all the way through the finals; pearl drop earrings accompanied the Nike dresses of Maria Sharapova. Even Serena had more modest jewelry — a heart pendant and some hoop earrings — for her first round match.)

The rocks on Serena gave Masha’s Swarovskied dress a run for its money: each piece is made with three marquise diamonds and two rows of graduated rounds (all set in white gold).

See a closer look of the earrings after the cut…

mishit: the ballgirls in madrid

October 17, 2007

With the WTA and ATP tour calendars jam-packed from January through December, it is sometimes hard for tournaments to make their mark (which is why I advocate a better array of trophies, at the least).

So TSF gives props to officials in Madrid for finding their own awesome schtick: train Boss models (read: top-notch, beautiful, fashion professionals) to work as ballfolk for a premier tour stop. This happened at last year’s Tennis Masters Series tourney and also at last year’s WTA Tour Championships. (There was even a big to-do about Maria Sharapova helping out with the selection process.)

boss models - madrid masters tennis - ballgirls

But someting happened between planning and execution this year because the girls showed up frumping around in pink dresses. And while black shoes might have worked at a less athletic event (worn correctly, pink bubble dress with black booties can work), they should NEVER be worn with light colors. The baby blue polo/skirt combo is alright.

boss models - madrid masters tennis - ballgirls

And what is going on with the beddazled tattoo? Am I watching The Real Housewives of Orange County?

So, to the organizers of the Mutua Madrilena Masters: go back to the drawing boards for next year’s event. Perhaps take inspiration from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Need we remind you how they dressed their raccattapalle? Yep, that’s how it’s done.

What do you think of the ballgirls? Tell us!

(photos by Getty Images)

>> how do you say “ballgirl” in Italian?
>> in madrid, volandri in emporio armani

powder withdraws from madrid

October 17, 2007

My favorite albino, Nikolay Davydenko, has been making waves at this week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters in Madrid:

First he criticizes Andy Murray for spouting off about match-fixing and then taking it all back — “stupid” actions which will only put more heat on Kolya as he meets with the ATP.

Then he shakes up the draw by pulling out of the tournament due to an elbow injury (likely stemming from a wrist injury he sustained at last week’s Kremlin Cup final). He’s already qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup, so he can take a little breather.

davydenko - madrid - terracotta warriors

It’s funny how perfect this photo is: the three giants of the men’s tour — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic — are totally dwarfing the fourth-ranked Russian.

Thankfully, there’s a better photo after the cut.

another look: filippo volandri in emporio armani’s ea7

October 17, 2007

filippo volandri - ea7 - emporio armani - madrid

Italy’s Filippo Volandri continues to wear shirts from EA7 — that’s Emporio Armani‘s sports line — at the Madrilena Masters in Madrid. Here he is losing to Feliciano Lopez in the 6-3, 6-2 first-round match.

We last saw this shirt at the BCR Open Romania in September. TSF’s a fan of the striped lining.

(photos by Getty Images)

i love umlauts!

October 17, 2007

serena zurich 2007 vs. patty schnyder
Serena Williams in her first round match against Patty Schnyder. Williams retired at 0-6, 0-3 with a sore thigh.

I get really giddy when I see branded courts. For instance, this week’s hardcourts at the Zurich Open were painted with the Tier I tourney’s location (that’s Zurich). And the men are playing on green hardcourts at the Madrilena Masters. Those courts are painted with “MADRID”.

who’s blue and green and envied all over?

October 16, 2007

(This is the last post in a series looking back at the 2007 Australian Open. Enjoy!)

Look at this wonderful green Nike ensemble worn by Serena Williams during the two weeks she tore up the draw at the 2007 Australian Open in Melbourne.

I’m pretty sure her fellow SEWTAers were green with envy over her performance. Serena started the year ranked 81st after a lackluster 2006 (which saw her affected by injury and off-court distractions). She was seen as a dangerous floater and took the part to heart: she beat fifth seed Nadia Petrova 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 — her first win over a Top 10 player since beating Lindsay Davenport at the 2005 Australian Open. She followed this up with a fourth round routing of eleventh seed Jelena Jankovic; a tight 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 battle over Shahar Peer in the quarters; and a straight-sent win over Nicole Vaidisova in the semis.

But it was in the final that Serena made her boldest statement. She took out the pale Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 in 63 minutes to win her eight Grand Slam singles title (and third Aussie title).

Up close: What made Serena’s look so complete? She paired the green outfit with hoop earrings in a metallic royal blue and topped it off with a green wristband. And Nike paid close attention to the detail by adding white and striped trim to her dress.

What do you think of the outfit? Tell us!

bring on the bling: tiffany + u.s. open 2007

October 16, 2007

For this year’s U.S. Open, the USTA partnered with another New York institution — Tiffany & Co. — to produce one of the better merch lines for the tourney.

tiffany & co - u.s. open 2007 tennis

The collection consisted of a few charms plus a money clip, luggage tags, and paperweights (boo).

Clockwise, from top left: yellow leather luggage tag, $55; sterling silver money clip, $100; Flaming Ball charm, $85; Tennis Ball charm, $85; U.S. Open Logo charm, $85; Tag pendant necklace, $195. All charms available as necklaces for $125 and as charm bracelet for $185.

What do you think of the jewelry? Tell us!

By the way, the U.S. Open merch turned out okay, so I was a little premature ragging on it back in the spring. But I will stick to my guns about this: they should have had all the goods up and ready for sale by the time the U.S. Open series started in July (at the Countrywide Classic). From what I remember, things weren’t in full swing until sometime in August.

>> TSF’s u.s. open coverage
>> shedding pounds for wimbledon’s online store
>> roland garros’ online store

photos: janko tipsarevic + kremlin cup

October 16, 2007

A bunch of Janko Tipsarevic pics from last week’s Kremlin Cup — where he lost to eventual champ Nikolay Davydenko 6-7 (6), 1-6 — after the cut…

short balls: keeping up with the joneses

October 16, 2007

I’ve felt a little out of touch with tennis these last few weeks so I’ve been resorting to some picture-packed posts (some of you aren’t complaining, though…). So for this round of short balls I thought I’d check back in with some real issues.

Better days ahead: Tom Perrotta shrugs off Maria Sharapova‘s shoulder woes as a mere hiccup in what has been (and could still be) a great career. and FYI: to help with her shoulder troubles, former coach Robert Lansdorp had suggested that Masha take her racquet up immediately during her service motion (i.e., no more loop). Let’s hope it helps. (The New York Sun)

Six degrees with Steve Jobs: The challenge? Connect Masha with tech god Steve Jobs. Give it a shot. (macenstein)

Pam Shriver speaks: Pundit Pam Shriver wants match-fixers banned for life. I agree! (Baltimore Sun via On The Baseline)

Race to the Chase: I know it’s not called that anymore (and yes, yes — it’s not Lipton anymore, either), but it just sounds so fun. Serena Williams is the latest to qualify, joining Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Ana Ivanovic. Whodathunk that Sveta would be the first Russian to make it? (The Canadian Press)

Zurich: This week, the women are flocking to Zurich for the last Tier I of the year. And for many, the last chance they’ll have to make the cut for the Year-End Championships. (On The Baseline) The folks next on the list are Chakvetadze, Venus, Masha, Dani Hantuchova, and a Beijing-focused Elena Dementieva. Masha might run into trouble, since she’s the defending champ at Zurich and has pulled out with her shoulder injury. FYI, Martina Hingis has also pulled out because of her nagging hip injury.

The mens: The top two men (that’s Roger and Rafa) return to the courts for the first time since the U.S. Open at the Madrid Masters. R-Fed ponders his 2008 schedule while all eyes are on whether Nadal’s knees have recovered enough to let him vie for this hardcourt title. A look at their year-end tourney — The Masters Cup — will be for another post.

The Hewitt gene: While the tenacity of the Hewitts made Lleyton a top tennis player (hmm, will he make it into the Hall of Fame with two titles, I wonder?), his sister Jaslyn is making her mark in the bodybuilding world. Enjoy. (

Speaking of Hewitt, he’s pushing for Tennis Australia to help fellow Aussie Mark Philippoussis with a wildcard lifeline for the 2008 Australian Open.

Meanwhile, he won’t be playing Madrid doubles with Nadal since he’s withdrawn — along with Andy Roddick — due to injury. (IHT)

Karlovic’s new(er) record: Another for the whodathunk files is Ivo Karlovic‘s latest feat — winning a title on three surfaces in 2007 (carpet in Stockholm, clay at the U.S. Clay Courts, and grass in Nottingham) — is shared only by Roger Federer. (Fox Sports)

On up-and-comers: American Wayne Odesnik looks like Guillermo Canas. ( — annoyingly, reg. req’d)

More mushy Davenport stories: We can’t get enough! ESPN’s Bonnie D. Ford writes about Lindsay and Jagger at a WTT event in Villanova, Penn.

(OT) This week’s amazing building: As you can probably tell, I have a little thing for good architecture. My latest pick is the Quinta Real Zacatecas (in Zacatecas, Mexico). Once the Plaza de Toros San Pedro, North America’s largest bullring — it has now been turned into a gorgeous five-star hotel. Check out their website. (UrbanDaddy)

(OT) With mixed feelings, the runner-up: The Green Mountain project in Libya will try to preserve one of the last undeveloped areas of the Mediterranean Coast. It’s ambitious, so I hope they pull it off. Otherwise, they just effed up one of the last undeveloped areas of the Mediterranean Coast. (NYT)

to goatee or not to goatee?

October 14, 2007

novak djokovic - vienna - goatee

novak djokovic - rogers cup

Does a goatee suit Nole Djokovic? What do you think? Tell us!

Update: If you’re wondering about the references to “eyeglasses” and “zoos”, check out this post from Down The Line!

>> nole cracks me up
>> davis cup: nole is such a goofball
>> nole’s white briefs

davydenko shows off airness jackets

October 14, 2007

Kolya Davydenko showed up for an autograph session (is that an Aeroflot flight attendant next to him?) in a ho-hum graphic jacket, and for the Kremlin Cup trophy session in a warm-up version of the argyle sweater vest he’s worn before. Perfect for making out with his trophy.

trophies: vienna, moscow, bangkok, stockholm

October 14, 2007

novak djokovic - ba-ca trophy, vienna

World No. 3 (and goateed) Novak Djokovic racked up his fifth title this year at the BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna by beating Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-0. Not bad for his first tourney since getting to the finals of this year’s U.S. Open.

nikolay davydenko - kremlin cup

And not too far away, Nikolay Davydenko was mashing with his Kremlin Cup trophy after beating Paul-Henri Mathieu. This is the Russian’s first title of the year.

Women’s Kremlin Cup, Bangkok, and Stockholm after the cut…

before you say anything…

October 14, 2007

nikolay davydenko kremlin cup

…about this drop-to-the-knees thing being Federer-esque (it’s true), we’ll cut Nikolay Davydenko some slack. This is a very appropriate response from the Russian after he beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 7-6 (9) to win this week’s Kremlin Cup. He’s had a so-so 2007 so far (this is his first title of the year), plus he’s mired in this match-fixing mess that isn’t quite ready to go away just yet.

Congrats, Kolya. But if you keep winning titles, you should get a different post-victory schtick. For now, we won’t mind.

p.s. We’ve got new winners for the ATP stops in Vienna, Stockholm and Moscow; and the women’s stops in Bangkok and Moscow. This week’s trophy watch will be up later today.

>> federer to fish: a trickle down theory

short balls: collaborations galore at lacoste, karlovic’s shorts, k-swiss, stella in the black, etc.

October 14, 2007

Stella’s in the black: Daily Mail reports that Stella McCartney‘s eponymous fashion label is in the black after five years of losses, boosted by a 50% rise in sales at its flagship store in the UK as well as two fragrance lines, and of course her adidas by Stella McCartney collection. But she shouldn’t breath easy yet: she has a long way to paying back the £15 million investment poured into her company by the Gucci Group.

Daily Racquet’s in the pink: Gear blog Daily Racquet has been supporting October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month by posting on all things pink and tennis. (via DTL)

These next four bits are from Hypebeast

lacoste michael young plastic polo

PETA-friendly crocodile skin at Lacoste: The minds of Lacoste and industrial designer Michael Young have come together to reinterpret the company’s trademark polo. They melded fabric and with a plastic ink which was then baked to create a blistering and texturized skin. The result: crocodile-esque scales on the Plastic Polo, and metallic scales on the Plastic Polo +. Like most amazing things in this world, the shirts have a limited run available at colette.

lacoste revan 3 collection croc

Fall Revan Collection: Speaking of stylish goods from Lacoste, they’ve released the Revan line as a part of their Fall 2007 Stealth collection. Our fave are the Revan 3 Crocs with crocodile print laser-etched over the entire shoe. Check out the rest of the collection here.

lacoste kid robot eboy peecool

Lacoste x Kid Robot x eBoy: Wait — there’s more! The Lacoste x Kid Robot collaboration goes to the next level with this line of PEECOOL figurines that go with each custom sneaker. Of course, each toy will wear a Lacoste polo.

>>TSF’s Lacoste archives

K-Swiss x Fake London: And West Valley-based tennis outfitter K-Swiss teams up with Fake London founder Desiree Mejer to produce a limited-edition sneaker with ginormous tongues and digital fingerprints on the right shoe.

K-Swiss x Anna: For curious Angelenos: those print ads with Anna Kournikova can now be seen at the huge Third Street billboards at The Grove.

>>TSF’s K-Swiss archives

Ivo’s in the record books: Sometime during Croat Ivo Karlovic‘s run in the Japan Open last week (where he made it all the way to the semis), he hit his 1,000th ace of the season, making him the fourth player (along with Goran Ivanisevic, Andy Roddick, and Pete Sampras) to hold this distinction. Give this 6’10”-ATPer a pat on the back — if you can reach it. (source)

Here’s another look at Ivo’s 6’10 shorts. (The logo refers to his height.) Thanks to Allen Clark of for providing TSF with the photo.

Table tennis transformation: The sport of table tennis — which is even less popular than tennis — attempts to up its fan base by outfitting their players in prettier uniforms. (China Daily)

(OT) Nixon: We are loving the Spring 2008 accessories collection from skate and surf specialist Nixon. (via Hypebeast)

flashback: masha was the runner-up in tennis and style

October 13, 2007

Maria Sharapova didn’t go all the way in tennis and in style at the 2007 Australian Open. She lost 1-6, 2-6 in the finals to Serena Williams, and was also somewhat outshined ensemble-wise.

TSF expected Masha to continue with the glam (after her LBD from the ’06 U.S. Open), but instead she opted for plain pastels from her clothing sponsor, Nike.

maria sharapova nike australian open 2007 visor

I thought the abstract floral print — which decorated her yellow skirt and her white visor — might have seemed a little too “PacSun” for Masha’s couture closet. But upon closer inspection…

at stockholm, clement’s re-buffed

October 13, 2007

Gigantor Ivo Karlovic (at 6’10”) continues his 2007 standing date with short (5’8″) Frenchman Arnaud Clement by meeting him in the quarterfinals of this week’s Stockholm Open. In their fourth meeting of the year (and sixth overall), Karlovic evens their head-to-head at 3-3; the Croat had to save one match point during the 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (7) win.

arnaud clement bandana stockholm

Thanks to Nick for pointing out this new buff that we hadn’t seen on Arnaud before. Cheers. (See his other bandanas here.)

And a quote from Karlovic after his victory: “I was playing also really good so in the end I was a little bit more focused than him and that’s why I won. The surface is pretty fast but his balls are a little bit slow I think.” He beat Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 and will meet Thomas Johansson in the finals. Johansson upset top seed James Blake 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the other semi. (ATP)

(photo by Getty Images)

free kolya

October 12, 2007

free kolya
This match-fixing stuff is bunk. Let’s all just move on, okay?

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