Archive for May 29th, 2008

fashion focus: roger federer’s bag

May 29, 2008

Okay, so there is one part of Roger Federer‘s French Open kit that Nike didn’t tone down — look at his bright red duffel!

It’s a style similar to what he used at last year’s Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and Australian.

What do you think of the bag? Tell us!

Thanks again to Tennishead for helping us out with these wonderful pictures. This UK-based tennis portal has deployed a bunch of folks to photograph and write about Roland Garros. Check out their coverage at Tennishead.net.

(photo by Tennishead for TSF)

frills, drawstring, and gathered fabric for Fila Japan’s Spring line

May 29, 2008

Akiko Morigami had a tiny window of opportunity at the French Open to showcase the latest from Fila Japan‘s s/s 08 line. We already saw the separates she wore in Melbourne, but TSF really wanted to know what was under that white jumper from the photoshoot. Turns out they’re red separates with lots of gathered fabric and drawstring detail. Cute in theory, but it looks a little messy for the court.

Scoreline: Akiko lost 4-6, 3-6 in the first round to Petra Kvitova.

Browse: See the rest of the Fila Japan women’s line here. Our picks from the collection are above.

(photos by Getty Images and Fila Japan)

Trophy Watch: Guga’s final splash on Court Philippe Chatrier

May 29, 2008

Trophy watch: Three-time French Open champion (and TSF fave) Guga Kuerten bid adieu to the red clay of Roland Garros for the final time, accepting a wild card that his body couldn’t back up. He lost to Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. And when it was all over, they awarded Guga with a cross-section of the court that propelled him to the upper echelons of tennis.

As a good luck charm, Guga wore the same Diadora kit as when he won his first French Open title in 1997. That title was the first of 20 that he would eventually rack up in his 13-year career.

Take that, Roger Federer!

Here are a few more pictures, plus a link to Chris Clarey‘s NYT write-up of the match — all after the cut…

even on roger, nike stays prim and proper

May 29, 2008

Continuing with their conservative throwback theme, Nike dressed Roger Federer in a contrast collar polo as he faced the hard-serving Sam Querrey in the first round of the French. Roger came out the winner not only in tennis skills, but also in fashion:

Federer was decked out in a smart navy blue number and at the end of the match still gave the impression of a man who had just walked off the set of a photo-shoot, while Querrey’s red shirt hung over his broad shoulders like a tarpaulin covering a container lorry.

Ouch.

And Alberto Montanes took a set off the world No. 1 before being overwhelmed 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-0, 6-4. See Roger’s cute outfit from the back.

Buy: Nike Summer Pinstripe Polo, $65, Obsidian Blue/White. And for more casual contrast collar polos, check these out.

(photos by Getty Images)

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tattoo watch: luis horna

May 29, 2008

Tattoo Watch: the furrylicious Luis Horna lost to Gael Monfils 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-5 in the second round of the 2008 French Open.

A picture of Luis with a shirt on here.

(photos by Getty Images)

Roland Garros: enjoy the ride

May 29, 2008

Having skipped coverage of the clay court season leading up to the French, I’ve come to the table with an empty stomach. As some of you may recall from last summer’s U.S. Open, it is possible to overdose on watching tennis.

And now, with the recent news and results of the circuit having faded from our consciousness and as RG gets under way, a parade of unheralded players burst out of the woodwork and onto the stage: Eysseric of France, who just turned 18; Eduardo Schwank of Argentina, taking down Moya; the welcome-but-sadly-brief return of Guillermo Coria; and many more names that have never passed our ears. You have to get up pretty early in the morning, troll a number of obscure tennis resources, and generally do a lot of homework to keep up with everyone. (The commentators certainly don’t do it, so I don’t feel too bad not having done it myself.)

I smell some late-round surprise survivors for this year, a la Filip Dewulf (’97 semifinalist) or Martin Verkerk (finalist ’03). And along with that some big-time upsets. But watching the first round matches play out with a sense of inevitability, a few early exits excepted, we’d be deluding ourselves to think that anyone but Rafael Nadal will be biting the Coupe des Mousquetaires on June 8th. So it’s all about enjoying the ride.

Michael Shaw writes about tennis and other subjects for the Los Angeles Times, and is also an artist. He can be reached at michaelshaw_sar AT yahoo DOT com. Read his previous posts for TSF here.

rodina in fila’s spring 2008 heritage dress + agnes szavay’s halter dress will be back!

May 29, 2008

Before our post, a shout-out to Sandy Beverage

19-year-old Russian Evgeniya Rodina gave Maria Sharapova a scare in the first round, taking a set off the top seed before falling 8-6 in the third during their first-round match.

Props to Evgeniya for sporting Fila‘s Spring Heritage Dress (the separates of which Svetlana Kuznetsova wore back in March). The wrap at the bust is a nice touch.

More to come: TSF stopped by the Fila showroom in NYC last week and saw what they’ll have in store for the ladies in 2008. You can look for that slimming swath of fabric (in navy on this piece) to pop up on Agnes Szavay Wimbledon halter dress — yes, the halter, which we thought disappeared after her Fila sponsorship, is back!

Fila designers told us that Agi is very involved with the design of the clothes, and we’ll definitely see that when the more form-flattering designs roll out later this year. The Heritage collection will also feature prominently during the 2008 U.S. Open.

Buy: Fila Spring Heritage Dress, $65 at TennisExpress.

(image courtesy of Fila)

Jankovic accessorizes for her French Open run

May 29, 2008

Probable finalist Jelena Jankovic began her French Open fortnight with a two-set match against Monica Niculescu. The World No. 3 won the first set tiebreak 7-3 and breezed through the second, 6-2. Jelena wore the summer version of Reebok‘s RBK Pro Tradition Dress in Spa Blue.

Buy: RBK Pro Tradition Dress, $39.99 at TW.com.

That nail polish is the same shade as the Louboutins she rocked at the Australian Open!

Thanks to Tennishead for snapping this photo of Jelena’s bag especially for TSF. Tennishead is a tennis portal out of the UK. You should check them out for their daily updated coverage from Roland Garros.

(photos by Getty Images and Tennishead for TSF)


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