Archive for May, 2008

Serena shuts up the Playboy talk with a demure dress

May 27, 2008

Serena Williams used a conservative Nike outfit — the Doubles Dress from this Spring’s tennis collection — to end the run of soon-to-be Playboy bunny Ashley Harkleroad.

The top-ranked American, who went with a heart theme for her jewelry, next faces Mathilde Johansson of France.

Buy: Nike Doubles Dress, $75 at TW.

(photos by Getty Images)


mishit: james blake

May 26, 2008

Instead of patting James Blake on the back for being an American who makes it past the first round of the French Open — he beat Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3) — take that hand and just smack him upside the head. This Nike Summer Global Power Crew is in the running for most boring outfit of the fortnight!

Buy: Summer Global Power Crew, $55, available in Black/Pacific Blue and White/Olive Khaki.

(photos by Getty Images)

Trophy Watch: Warm-ups wrap up

May 26, 2008

Even though most of the ATP and WTA tours have already flocked to Paris for the French Open (which started on a Sunday this year), there were still titles contested in some nearby warm-up tournaments.

Kolya announces his intentions to challenge Rafa and Roger for the French Open title with his win over Juan Monaco (6-2 2-6 6-2) in Poertschach, Austria.

Monaco failed to defend his title from last year. Nikolay was bothered by a thigh injury (he had to have it taped), but assured the press that it wouldn’t affect his play in Paris.

Robin Soderling, Robert Lindstedt, Thomas Johansson, and coach Peter Carlsson pose with their hardware after taking out the Russian tennis team (of Dmitry Tursunov, Igor Andreev, and Mikhail Youzhny 2-1 in the ARAG ATP tennis World Team Cup in Dusseldorf.

Anabel Medina-Garrigues shows off her trophy (from Baccarat) after winning the Strasbourg International against Katarina Srebotnik. Scoreline: 4-6 7-6 6-0.

23-year-old Gilles Simon beat countryman Julien Benneteau 7-5, 6-2 at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco.

And Agnieszka Radwanska became the first Polish woman to crack $1 million in career earnings after winning the Istanbul Open over Elena Dementieva. Agnieszka beat the Russian 6-3, 6-2.

(photos by Getty Images)

Masha’s 2008 Grand Slam will be DENIED by Jelena

May 25, 2008

Chris’ picks for the women’s second week… (He has Jelena winning a Grand Slam singles title before Ana!)

Quarterfinals: The Russians dominate the top half with Sharapova winning over Zvonareva and Chakvetadze beating Dementieva. The other half has Jankovic defeating Venus and Serena defeating Ivanovic.

Sharapova d. Chakvetadze
Jankovic d. Serena

Jankovic d. Sharapova

Chris’ picks: French Open women’s draw (bottom half)

May 25, 2008

Chris has the Williams sisters duking it out against the Serbians in the bottom half of the 2008 French Open women’s draw. See his breakdown after the cut…

Chris’ picks: the French Open women’s draw (top half)

May 25, 2008

Chris P breaks down the less interesting women’s draw for TSF. (Even with the vacuum left by Justine’s retirement, he says the men have a more exciting lineup!)

Read his thoughts on the top half after the cut…

French (un)Revolution: Chris’ Picks for the men’s second week

May 25, 2008

After a shaky start that saw Roger and Rafa hobbling to titles, Chris P thinks that the 2008 Roland Garros tournament will stick to the status quo: Rafa on top and Federer a runner-up.

French Open Men’s Draw

Quarterfinals: Ironically enough, each of the final eight will have the challenge of facing a countryman. Federer beats Wawrinka in 4, Ferrero takes out Robredo in 4, Tipsarevic pushes Djokovic to 5 before losing, and Nadal handles Almagro easily.

Semifinals: Federer vs. Ferrero; Nadal vs. Djokovic

Finals: Federer vs. Nadal

Winner: Nadal

Chris’ picks: the French Open Men’s draw (bottom)

May 25, 2008

Chris P continues with his thoughts about the bottom half of this year’s men’s French Open draw.

Read Chris’ picks after the cut…

Chris’ picks: the French Open men’s draw (top half)

May 25, 2008

TSF bracketologist Chris P tells us who he thinks will take the titles at this year’s French Open.

Before the draws for this year’s Roland Garros came out, I have to say I was eagerly anticipating the women’s draws as their field of competitors has been far deeper for the past few years. Much to my surprise, when the draws were announced, it was the men’s I was most excited about.

The men’s first round is loaded with great matches.

Read Chris’ picks for the top half of the men’s draw after the cut…

French Open madness!

May 25, 2008

I’m at Sussel’s wedding (without reliable internet access) so I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule on Monday.

I know that there are lots of fashion bits to go over (the adidas Roland Garros line, Guga’s last outfit as a singles pro, Nike’s kit for Rafa and Roger, etc.), and we will show you all that.

BTW, I guess the Harkleroad story is out of the bag now, and contrary to our initial report (oops), Ashley did indeed show off her body for the magazine. I’m sure the WTA is thrilled.

Have a nice and safe Memorial Day. And whether or not you love our current government’s actions and decisions, you should still take a moment to remember all the folks who have given their lives for our country.

flirting with punditry: the rooster’s demise

May 23, 2008

The Oregonian included yours truly in a piece they did about Le Coq Sportif shutting down its operation in Portland. I’m not at my most eloquent when reduced to quotes for a newspaper, but I’ll take what I can get!

Check out the second page, thankyouverymuch.

could this chanel racquet kill you?

May 23, 2008

If you are fat or a kid (or a fat kid), Karl Lagerfeld wants you rubbed out. For those that don’t quite offend his senses, the misanthrope offers a slower, more subtle catwalk to death in the form of Chanel‘s carbon fiber racquets. Do you want us gone, Karl? Hmmmm?

practice makes perfect: Roland Garros

May 23, 2008

Maria wears the men’s version of this season’s Nirvana hoodie from Nike.

Buy: There’s also a women’s version available. Both at starting at $30.99.

Another tee.

Here’s the backside of that practice tee Roger Federer played with in Hamburg. Yep, that’s a picture of him hitting a forehand. Very meta.

And here’s a striped polo that he wore today.

On Rafa, a cute tee, but I don’t know where to find it. Instead, I offer some alternatives:

The Nike Challenge Court tees reissued. Get ’em here and here for $25 a pop.

Or the Heritage Summer tee, complete with Nike’s French Open logo (the rooster), also for $25 at

oh, Nole!

May 23, 2008

Novak Djokovic getting ready for the 2008 French Open, which starts this Sunday.

(photo by Getty Images)

Did Justine get a stinker of a holiday home in Thailand?

May 23, 2008

The recently-retired Justine Henin picked up a condo unit with ocean views in Infinity Samui, a new gated lowrise development in Koh Samui, Thailand. The 65-unit development is due for completion in mid-2009.

But did Justine get duped into the PR campaign of a sinking ship? As this forum shows, constructin on the island has run into lots of problems, forcing developers to dump unfinished projects back on the market.

We hope we know what she’s doing!

(Asia Property Report via src)

how to be a mollasson

May 22, 2008

French Open couch potatoes: read on!

The schedule for Tennis Channel’s coverage of Roland Garros is after the cut…

Masha to wear Tiffany at Roland Garros

May 22, 2008

For the French, Masha will wear Tiffany & Co. designer Elsa Peretti’s Wave earrings in 18K gold.

The jewelry complements Maria’s 20s-inspired Paris Dress from Nike, the back of which is adorned with a Tiffany pearl button closure. (Classy!)

This is also the beginning of a two-year partnership between the current world No. 1 and the jewelry giant; Masha will step onto the court of all the Grand Slams wearing Tiffany earrings, which’ll also be sold at Tiffany stores under the Tiffany for Maria Sharapova collection.

Buy: You can grab a pair of the RG earrings here for $1,150. Also available in white gold.

The Paris Dress, from what I can tell, is currently sold out.

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>> masha’s earrings at the 2008 australian open

this is how we roll in los angeles

May 22, 2008

Everyone from Nike to SFX was buzzing about the special kit adidas made up for the triumphant ladies of UCLA at the NCAA team tournament.

The company took Competition 4 tanks from their winter line and slapped the university’s logo on ’em. As far as we know, UCLA/adidas were the only ones who went custom for the event.

(photo by Colette Lewis)

Trophy watch: UCLA women take the title

May 21, 2008

Pats on the backs of the UCLA Bruins for taking this year’s NCAA women’s title — the school’s first — over Cal (UC Berkeley). On the men’s side, the Isner-less Georgia Bulldogs successfully defended their team title with a 4-2 win over the Texas Longhorns.

More: Read Colette Lewis‘ coverage at ZooTennis.

(photo by Getty Images)

when in rome…

May 21, 2008

If you’re Maria Sharapova, there is really only one way to announce your withdrawal from the Italian Open in Rome:

First, you wear a tank designed by your gal pal Camilla Belle in collaboration with Brazilian designer Carlos Miele to benefit Rainforest Foundation US. FYI, the shirt reads “The death of the forest is the end of our life,” a quote by environmental activist Sister Dorothy Stang.

You round that out by carrying a Large Muse Two from Yves Saint Laurent.

Buy: The YSL bag, with croc-embossed leather and beige canvas, is available for $1,895 at

You can pick up the rainforest tee here (the tank version is also available). The pieces, along with those designed by actress Scarlett Johansson and model Caroline Trentini, are also for sale at Carlos Miele boutiques.

More: Learn more about Rainforest Foundation US.

(photo by Getty Images; additional info by The Purse Blog)

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