Archive for December, 2007

short balls: maria is bootylicious, mamiit wins medals, and wedding announcements galore!

December 16, 2007


Nole has some homework: Now that Masha has a bootylicious serve (to accomodate a right shoulder injury), funnyman Novak Djokovic will have to adjust his impersonation of the Russian. Get to work, Nole. (WTB)

Dear Harold: In the latest column by Harold Solomon for ZooTennis, he answers a question about choking.

Chris Evert engaged: Golfer Greg Norman and Chris Evert are now engaged. If you haven’t been following the drama surrounding these two sports icons, read up. (DTL)

Keeping it in Czech: Almost a year after getting engaged to Martina Hingis (and four months after calling it off), Casanova Radek Stepanek has applied for a marriage license with 18-year old compatriot Nicole Vaidisova. May-December, much? We’re waiting to get the “April Fool’s!” follow-up in our inbox. (BH via WTB)


Sorry, Yonex: While this dress from Yonex might be a welcome surprise to some, I think it’s safe to say that loud prints shouldn’t have a place on the court. Too distracting, no? (WATR)

Mammiit’s medals: Cecil Mammiit cleaned up in the tennis events at the SEA games. He won gold in singles (beating a well-dressed Danai Udomchoke) and came up 2nd in both men’s and mixed doubles. Congratulations! (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Sharapova on Ellen: Ellen Degeneres, who’s been taking some heat for crossing the WGA picket line, will have Masha on her show this Friday.

Year-end thoughts: Chris Clarey offers his own, with the most memorable event being the five-set Wimbledon final between Roger and Rafa. (IHT)

Mathieu made whole: Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, who had coach Thierry Champion taken away from him by the French Tennis Federation, is now working with Mats Wilander. Wilander’s most recent project was Tatiana Golovin.


venus’ party at miami’s hotel victor

December 14, 2007


The party and mini-fashion show put on by Venus Williams (to celebrate her graduation from fashion school) happened at Hotel Victor in South Beach. This gorgeous Art Deco hotel, like many of the other structures on Ocean Drive, has a well-designed interior and a raised infinity pool, among other cool designs.


And who can say “no” to a hotel with a jellyfish swimming across its home page. Impractical? Perhaps. Beautiful? Definitely.

More photos of the hotel and Venus’ party after the cut…

more on ellesse + their women’s lines

December 14, 2007


We talked to a US rep for Ellesse via e-mail and he told us what’s up with the company. Their tennis performance line is available in 250 retail outlets (and sites like Tennis Warehouse), but how come there’s no sign of a casual line? And why is their website barren save for a short video?

Ellesse rode the sports retro wave for five years, mining their archives of 70s and 80s fashion to sell items to Urban Outfitters, Saks, and Bloomingdales, among others. As demand for the styles waned, so did sales. This led Ellesse to discontinue the line 18 months ago. (Puma and adidas fell prey to the same phenomenon.)

Next year: But as with Puma and adidas, who have quietly returned to reissues (with French77 and Originals, respectively), expect Ellesse to jump back in the fray for their 50th anniversary in 2009.

In the meantime, you can check out the Ellesse (Japan) women’s holiday ’07 collection* after the cut…

venus graduates, celebrates in malandrino

December 14, 2007


Venus Williams graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale yesterday with an Associates Degree in Fashion Design. (She even received an award for Best Sportswear Collection.) There to support her were her parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price, along with sister Serena.

More photos: Her post-graduation party (looking fabulous in Catherine Malandrino, and with boyfriend Hank Kuehne at her side) after the cut…

short balls: your top five, serena’s toilet paper, 2008 ‘players to watch’, etc.

December 14, 2007

Who’s in your Top Five? If you yet to chime in on your favorite ATP players (tennis talent aside), you can do so here.

Just like the rest of us…: You can sleep better at night knowing that Serena Williams runs out of toilet paper, just like the rest of us. (Oprah)

And then, like proof of being an adult, my first electric bill arrived—$1,500! I couldn’t believe it. Suddenly I understood why Daddy was always telling me to turn out the lights. Another time I came home from a tournament and—click! No lights. Our power had been turned off because I hadn’t paid the bill on time. There I was, the 1999 U.S. Open champ, sitting alone in my big house in the dark. I was constantly running out of groceries, toiletries, and little things I needed. That’s when you realize what it means to be an adult: when you’re on your own and you run out of toilet paper.

Serena in Omaha: On her way back from Florida (after celebrating sister Venus‘s graduation and the launch of EleVen), Serena will join Andy Roddick, Sam Querrey, and Ashley Harkleroad for the Rock-n-Rackets exhibition in Andy’s hometown of Omaha.

2008 Players to Watch: I’ve been enjoying OnTheBaseline as Aaress fleshes out her list of players to watch next season. (Marija‘s been helping her out, too.)

Jankovic stars in Reebok show: Jelena Jankovic (and her new nose) will try to up their Q rating to that of fellow superstars Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic. Jelena is the subject of an episode of Framed, a show produced by Reebok Entertainment and which features a look into the lives of the sports company’s sponsored athletes. The program (airing on IFC) debuts tonight. (via WTB)

US AO WC: Congrats to Madison Brengle for nabbing the female US wildcard for the 2008 Aussie Open. The men — giant John Isner, Canas lookalike Wayne Odesnik, lefty Jesse Levine, and Alex Kuznetsov — will participate in a round-robin tourney that will determine the winner of the men’s wild card. (USTA via ZooTennis)

Crazy year for sports: I don’t know about you, but I feel a little better about tennis’ name being tarnished by cocaine and match-fixing this year, if only because it’s not anomalous: with Michael Vick‘s dog fighting, Tim Donaghy‘s scheming, and George J. Mitchell‘s steroid report, tennis is just like one of the gang! Screw Roger Federer‘s accomplishments — this is how we’re breaking into American pop culture.

sea games update: udomchoke in dunlop

December 13, 2007

For those unfamiliar, the 24th South East Asian (SEA) Games is unfolding in Thailand.

In men’s singles tennis, Danai Udomchoke of Thailand will meet Cecil Mamiit of the Philippines to vie for the gold.

Congratulations to the host country for breaking the mark of 100 gold medals in a single games. They currently have 116 (with more events to be contested).


Dunlop does well: I’ve always relegated Dunlop‘s clothing to the same group as Prince and Babolat — utilitarian but never designed with aesthetics in mind (see: anything worn by Ai Sugiyama). But we did a double-take when we saw Udomchoke’s all-Dunlop ensemble on the hard courts of Korat. See the whole shebang after the cut…

another reebok court victory pump reissue

December 13, 2007


Reebok keeps at the reissues with “Pump Bring Back” — a collection of its most remembered shoe models from the late 80s/early 90s. Of course, it includes another version of Michael Chang‘s Court Victory Pump. Available at XLarge, Undefeated, and Atmos.

(image via Hypebeast)

>> reebok x alife court victory reissues
>> neon court victory pump
>> the pumps glow in the dark!

fashion focus: ellesse men’s holiday ’07 line

December 12, 2007


The casual collection of Ellesse doesn’t see much action stateside, so we had to mine a Japanese distributor‘s site to see the Italian company’s holiday collection.

Bundle up: See picks from the men’s collection after the cut…

short balls: gavin the club pro, dressing jocks, etc.

December 12, 2007


Gavin the club pro: Video of Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston giving Extra‘s Brooke Mueller a quick tennis lesson. Apparently, she has a really nice finish.

Dressing the jocks: Italian fashion house Cerruti has partnered with the AS Monaco soccer team to dress players and staff. They’ll get a grey suit and white poplin shirt for formal occasions, and a black silk polo and a black trench coat for more informal affairs. Let’s hope they’ll join fellow Italians Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana in dabbling with the tennis world. (DNR)

Dressing the jocks, pt. 2: The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has begun fitting its potential players for the Beijing Olympics. Outfitting manager Shane Redenbach: “the Australian team will have about 150,000 garments […] The formal uniform will be launched in March, the competition and training wear in April, and then of course the opening ceremony uniform is always kept under wraps until the night.” (The Age)


Shoes on shirts: If you’re still in the market for t-shirts, consider this simple homage to the adidas Barricade shoe. ($16, down from $20, via Midwest Sports)

Hushing Haas: No incriminating evidence might have turned up in Tommy Haas‘ post-poisoning blood tests, but this guy thinks the investigation should continue.

It shouldn’t be over: Kolya‘s match-fixing scandal aside, a site like Betfair is a still better gambling model than going black market. (Slate via ESPN)

To the pseudo-max: A quick how-to on overcoming mental blocks to better physical performance. I wonder this can be adapted to tennis matches? (NYT)

‘Tis the season:’s Justin Gimelstob lists the numerous pros who are time during their off-season to give back.

(off-topic): A little bit of everything in the latest (off-topic).

fashion focus: for australia, roger and nike stick to what they know

December 11, 2007


Tennis Week‘s Richard Pagliaro confirmed what TSF had culled from the tennis boards as Roger Federer‘s Aussie Open gear for 2008. (Hmm, does anyone else think it weird that these preview pics have Roger playing on clay?)


The “down home” tourney is never one for flair; players are coming back from their short breaks, taking it slow as they amp up for a full season. This same sentiment translates to Federer’s clothes. According to Pagliaro, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield wanted to “combine the simplicity and elegance of Federer’s playing style with a strong athletic feel and design aesthetic”. Uhh PR quotes can be so awkward sometimes. Translate: they’re going back to basics.

Roger’s shirt will come in shades of blue and black (much like his 2006 U.S. Open day and evening shirts). Same construction rules apply: the button placket has a no-sew seam and the “RF” logo running down the back will double as ventilation.

Shoes and bandana: A look at his Vapor IVs after the cut…

fashion focus: lemar & dauley’s holiday ’07

December 11, 2007

Especially with Nike‘s Aussie Open gear channeling some hardcore 80s-style screenprinting (we’re all about it), TSF was a little disheartened that the ’07 holiday collection from Lemar & Dauley had no signs of then tennis fashion icon Andre Agassi. The four-year-old NYC-based streetwear company, who draws inspiration from music and sports, had used Andre for the 2006 line.


Browse: The company sticks to crewnecks, sweatshirts, and hoodies — tried and true. See the Lemar & Dauley’s Holiday ’07 lookbook.

More Agassi: And another Agassi shirt from the ’06 line after the cut…

all eyes on australia: rafa’s nike outfit for his 2008 swing down under

December 10, 2007


Now that the Australian Open floodgates have opened, here is Rafael Nadal‘s outfit for his early ’08 stint in the Southern Hemisphere.


He’s still with the Nike Global Power tank and the 15″ Board Shorts, this time in a red/white/grey/blue colorway.

adidas got bitten?: I know fashion is all about recycling, but this design is waaaay too similar (and too soon) to the adidas offerings from 2007 (see Juan Monaco in the Power Web crew and him and Nole in the Summer YOC Polo).

His shoes and bandana after the cut…

agnes szavay signs with fila

December 10, 2007


Making it big: Hungarian Agnes Szavay has cashed in on her 2007 success (two titles) by signing a clothing deal with Fila. She’ll debut the company’s new line at the 2008 Australian Open. The 70s-inspired tennis collection will have a red/black/white colorway. We’ll post pics when we get ’em.

Collateral damage: Le sigh. This deal probably means the end of those Marta Makany-designed dresses (pictured above) that Szavay wore last season.

(marketwire via OnTheBaseline)

>> fashion: agnes szavay + designer marta makany
>> fashion focus: szavay in simple white

richard pagliaro: serena’s oz open outfit

December 10, 2007


Richard Pagliaro‘s Tennis Week blog revealed the Nike outfit fashionista Serena Williams will wear for the 2008 Australian Open. The outfit: a “one-piece, white tunic-style dress adorned with royal purple accents over a pair of purple lycra biker shorts”. Biker shorts. Wow. The 80s really are back! And in case you’ve forgotten…


Okay, so her use of lycra is more tasteful than Andre Agassi‘s. Props to her for pushing the envelope. She explained her design philosophy to Pagliaro:

“I want to look different. I’m OK if I have to wear a fabric that’s not your basic nylon and spandex. Let’s mix it up, try different fabrics. If I’m slightly uncomfortable, that’s OK. I’m usually able to play through it.”

And play through it she has. Remember that peksy bow on her U.S. Open dress? Friggin’ tore that shit off when it started bothering her.

We can’t wait to see white/purple outfit in action. In our minds, her 2007 Aussie Open look was the best of the year, so let’s hope the ’08 lives up.

Also, I wonder if there will be a “night” outfit?

BTW, Pagliaro was part of a small group of journalists who, while in town to cover the Davis Cup finals, took a trip to Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. for a sneak peek (how jealous are we?!) of the Aussie Open outfits and shoes to be worn by Nike’s stable of players, including Roger, Rafa, and Masha.

(Serena pics via; Agassi pics via BBC and CBC)

>> TSF’s serena williams archive
>> 2008 fashion preview
>> TSF’s aussie open archive

trophies: more haarhuis, plus a russian flashback

December 10, 2007


Paul Haarhuis was last man standing at the year-end tournament for the BlackRock Masters Tennis tour. (He also won an Outback Champions event two weeks ago.) Haarhuis took out Frenchman Guy Forget 6-1, 6-7, 10-8. In case you’re wondering what’s in the background, that’s the pipe organ (UK’s largest) at the Royal Albert Hall.


Russian fete: Russia honored Igor Andreev and Anna Chakvetadze as the best Russian tennis players of 2007. Anna clearly earned her award after winning four singles titles this year (most of her compatriots only snagged one). Andreev’s distinction, on the other hand, is a headscratcher: he had no singles titles in 2007 (while Tursunova got two, while Youzhny and Davydenko bagged one each). A possible reason is his great singles performance in the Davis Cup semis against Germany.

Anastasia Myskina added emceeing this event to her list of non-tennis work (along with other emcee gigs plus soccer commentating). And the Fed Cup ladies won the Team of the Year award.

(haarhuis photo by Getty Images; Russa photos and story via TIB)

tattoo watch: janko + arthur schopenhauer

December 10, 2007


The intricate tattoos on Janko Tipsarevic‘s back are apparently courtesy of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, or so said Ted Robinson during Janko’s 2007 U.S. Open match against Rafael Nadal.

Watch the clip (from USA’s Open coverage) here.

>> tattoo watch: janko’s right arm
>> janko’s tattoos at wimbledon
>> tattoo (and piercings) watch: janko tipsarevic

masha gives andy roddick’s mom a gift

December 10, 2007


This weekend was big for socially-conscious tennis. In the Palisades, the Jensen Brothers hosted their first Bank of the West Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. And in Boca Raton, Fla., Andy Roddick and his camp just wrapped up another successful Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Weekend (their seventh). 475 guests attended the dinner-dance on Saturday night (with the Davis Cup trophy there, make that 476). Maria Sharapova won a silent auction to have the first dance with Andy, which she bought for Andy’s mom. How sweet!

And 2,000 people showed up to watch a mixed doubles match between Andy and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, and James Blake and Masha (who was wearing the Drop Shot Cable Top from Nike).

(; photos by Getty Images)

serbian ham and canadian bacon

December 9, 2007


Marija went to Friday’s NAJJ Srbije tennis exhibition in Belgrade — an action-packed event capped by a mixed doubles exhibition between Jelena Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, and Janko Tipsarevic. Apparently, no one took the tennis too seriously, instead making sure that the fans were entertained. Something tells me Nole took that task to heart.

Ana wore cyan/white/gold adidas (from s/s ’08) and so did Nole; “post-nose job” Jelena was clad in all-black Reebok; and Janko wore his usual Fila. See a photo of them all here.

Browse: More photos at Mondo, and grainy video on YouTube.

Bonus round: Tennis Warehouse interviewed Janko about his racquet and strings during the 2007 French Open. Slightly technical, but you get to hear him speak.


Canadian bacon beef: Stephanie posted some photos/video of top Canadian Frank Dancevic (remember him?) as he trained in Montreal last week.

(exo photos via WTB, dancevic photo via Open Court)

which way does it hang?

December 9, 2007


Just when you think Novak Djokovic will leave some things to the imagination, he’s taken another step by giving a nod to the nads.

But don’t get too excited. Much like this photo of Nole back in August, he’s getting some help from a tennis ball in his pocket.

FYI: This Sally O’Malley look is part of his Maria Sharapova impersonation at last Friday’s NAJJ Srbije tennis exhibition in Belgrade.)

(photo by MN Press)

housekeeping: goofin’ around while we can

December 8, 2007

Hey everyone, I’m taking the tennis off-season to experiment with a few things, including resurrecting my non-tennis blogging. For now, (off-topic) will be accessible through the Tennis Served Fresh sidebar. As always, I’d love to hear from readers about this…

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