Archive for April, 2008

Juan Carlos Ferrero switches gears for the clay season

April 18, 2008

The roost-ruling Juan Carlos Ferrero switches from maroon to black (with red trim) for the ATP Tour stop at his hometown — the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana.

Practice shirt.

(photos via OTCV gallery)


It must be springtime…

April 17, 2008

…because Potito Starace has lopped off his ponytail.

The Italian is still in the running for this week’s Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana. He beat Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-1 in the second round.

(photo via OTCV gallery)

For it’s one, two, three stripes are out in adidas’ ballgame

April 17, 2008


IHT‘s Doreen Carvajal has been covering the legal war adidas is waging to protect its dominion over stripes. In the most recent turn of events, the European high court last week rejected an argument made by top international apparel manufacturers to use logos similar to that of the German giant (i.e., with two stripes instead of three). This two-stripe case began with a lawsuit brought by adidas against four big retailers—Marca Mode, C&A, H&M Hennes & Mauritz, and Vendex—for selling products that had two parallel stripes.

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Put spring in your step

April 17, 2008

A quick look at some this season’s fun kicks…

adidas releases a limited edition version of its ClimaCool Feather II to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the technology. Available at Midwest Sports, $100.

K-Swiss teams up with designer Julia Hederus to produce three pairs of minimalist/futurist sneakers that’ll keep the obsessive-compulsives of the world busy for a while.

Buy: the Blocks Sneaker — High, £120; Low, £80 — and the Cubes Sneaker, £90, available at oki-ni.

(adidas photo via Midwest Sports; Hederus for K-Swiss photo via oki-ni)

Fashion Focus: Who’s been Shot?

April 17, 2008

Italian Flavio Cipolla wears clothes designed by his daddy, Quirino Cipolla, a designer who founded a sportswear company called Shot. Here he is playing at this week’s Estoril Open.


I had a dream…

April 17, 2008

…that everyone on tour started dressing like Aravane Rezai. It was very scary.

That’s it — no more sidecars during weeknights.

FYI: The Frenchwoman lost early at this week’s Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.

(photo by AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

Roger Federer mutes his clothes and his profile

April 16, 2008

Roger Federer continues the Sisyphusian task of winning a title in 2008 at the Estoril Open in Oeiras, Portugal. He’s off to a good start; R-Fed took out Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

This is the week I see him in human form. He’s finally with a coach again (training with Spanish legend Jose Higueras), he has a ginormous embedded pimple on his cheek, and his Nike clothes — while retro — are looking pretty plain.

More: Read about his clothes here.

Wear your liver on your sleeve

April 16, 2008

SportsBusinessJournal’s Daniel Kaplan reports that the ATP has dropped its ban on players selling patch space on their kits to alcohol companies. This happened as of March.

This prohibition was part of an anti-vice umbrella instituted in 2004, which also included provisions against gambling and advertising involving tobacco. The latter two, of course, are very much still in effect. So how did booze get the boost?

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Mishit: Janko’s younger brother

April 16, 2008

The penchant for funky eyewear runs in the Tipsarevic family, clearly, and at times this energy turns evil. Like in the case of Veljko — Janko’s younger brother — who came to the Sony Ericsson Open straight from his audition for Starlight Express.

Juan Carlos Ferrero’s luxurious life

April 16, 2008

Juan Carlos Ferrero’s time at the top of the tennis heap might be long over, but his stint as a wheeler and dealer of luxury is just starting. Now that his boutique hotel is up and running, he’s moved on to watches. Juanqui’s teamed up with watch designer Franc Vila to promote a watch inspired by the former World No. 1: the FVa Nº Cuatro Tourbillon Dial-Side Column Wheel Monopusher Chronograph.

(He did a photo shoot with Tommy Robredo, too! Click here to read more…)

Maria Kirilenko as Carrie Bradshaw

April 16, 2008

Since posts about well-dressed Russians never get old, I’ll take advantage:

The always-fashionable Maria Kirilenko took some time out during play at Dubai to pose for some glamour shots. That flower is so SATC-retro — I love it! BTW, if you haven’t seen it yet, an extended trailer for the movie has been released. And it’s more revealing than you think.

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Marat Safin + leather + pinstripes = ?

April 16, 2008

Words? There are none. Well, perhaps three that Marat Safin can keep in mind for later: sometimes, always, never.

The Russian is participating in this week’s Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana in Spain. He faced Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round and won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

More: See a full version of that picture above. Click here.

Maria Sharapova: party on top, disaster down below

April 15, 2008

Maria Sharapova begins her 2008 clay court campaign with a 6-1, 6-3 win over qualifier Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Fla. This is Sharapova’s first appearance at the tournament.

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In case you were wondering…

April 15, 2008

If you remember the trophy ceremony at Miami, there was a brief exchange between Mary Joe Fernandez and Kolya Davydenko about his new stick. It sounded like he only had one in his bag, but a rep from Prince said otherwise. Not only did he have enough of the Ozone Pro Tour (which he just switched to), but he also had access to the Ozone Tour racquets he’d been playing with prior to Miami.

And re: his shoes, aparentemente he was very particular about picking a new pair. He tried on shoes from Nike, adidas, etc. — and he had even tried on a different brand for the first round before settling into the Prince O-Series. And he lived happily ever after.

Licking the Serbians

April 15, 2008

Women’s Tennis Blog has been all about the Serbian stamps created to honor the tennis quintet that’s all the rage in that country — but understandably she’ll only show us images of Ana Ivanovic‘s and Jelena Jankovic‘s. The stamps were unveiled as part of the promotion campaign for Serbia’s participation at the Beijing Olympics.

For those of you interested in the mens, here are their stamps below. Just how I like it — lick ’em once and send them on their merry way.

Janko Tipsarevic

Nenad Zimonjic

Nole Djokovic

(scans via ebay)

A fashionable Rafa subbed for Roger

April 10, 2008

The loss of Roger Federer to Andy Roddick at last week’s Sony Ericsson Open created a vacuum in fashionable men’s tennis gear, but Rafael Nadal quickly stepped up to the plate. Fortunately for TSF, some good screencaps by the folks at (plus photojournalists at the tourney) have given us a good look at Rafa’s head-to-toe Nike kit for the week.

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Kolya as Cinderella: racquet and shoes fit

April 9, 2008

Racquet switches are usually done during the off-season to give the player a chance to acclimate to the difference. (Remember James Blake’s unsuccessful affair with Prince?) At the beginning of last week’s tournament, Nikolay Davydenko switched to the Ozone Pro Tour, a racquet with the same frame (”cosmetically”) but with a denser string pattern. Instead of 16 rows of strings, it has 18. This means more control.

(Click here to read more about his new racquet… and shoes!)

Trophy Watch: Kolya’s second Masters, Serena defends title

April 9, 2008

He’s not for the birds:
Top Russian Nikolay Davydenko won his second Tennis Masters Series title by handily beating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2 at the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open. This after overcoming Andy Roddick in the semis. Looks like Kolya has finally shaken off the mental insecurities that came with being under investigation for match fixing. Like Mary Carillo said in during CBS‘ coverage of the final, “This is what Davydenko will be known for” even if he’s cleared of allegations. Better leave all that worrying to your lawyers, Nikolay.

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The Court of (un)Appealing tennis fashion

April 9, 2008

The current issue of Ocean Drive follows up their Maria Sharapova cover story with a fashion spread featuring ATP young guns Robby Ginepri, Donald Young, Ross Hutchins, Benjamin Becker, and Jamie Murray.

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so long to felix mantilla and his neck flap

April 8, 2008

Former top 10 ATPer Felix Mantilla announced his retirement from professional tennis a year after his return (he took a break after successfully recovering from skin cancer).

The most prestigious of his 10 singles titles — all on clay — came at the 2003 Masters Series tournament in Rome.

We’ll miss your neck flap caps, Felix! And everyone, remember: don’t get stingy with your sunblock.

(photo by Getty Images)

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