Archive for June 18th, 2008

wimbledon preview: roger federer’s racquet bag

June 18, 2008

Roger Federer may never show off a six-pack on the court — leave that to the likes of Juan Monaco, please — so he might as well settle for the next best thing: Wilson has produced a limited-edition Super Six racquet bag in his name. The world No. 1 will sport this accessory from Wimbledon through the U.S. Open.

The sextuple-wide carrier features a Swiss flag and an embroidery of Roger’s chicken scratch. The red and black color blocks aren’t exactly Wimbledon-friendly, but I’m pretty sure that his other Centre Court tote, the Nike duffel, will fulfill this requirement.

Don’t worry, Roger… you still have the best pecs on tour.

More info: The bag ships this week. www.wilson.com

(via TW)

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masha writes like my grandma

June 18, 2008

Maria Sharapova gives a presentation at Tuesday’s UK launch of Gatorade; the presser was held at a Wimbledon school.

(pics by Getty Images via TF.com)

short balls: santoro wants to shine, the fall of cruella de villiers, and centre court’s ready to go!

June 18, 2008

Ask and hope you receive? Since the clock’s a-tickin’ for Fabrice Santoro, he has asked Wimbledon organizers to schedule him a match on Centre Court — an honor that’s never been bestowed on this veteran in the 13 times he’s played this grass Grand Slam (espn.com)

Cruella de Villiers: It’s awesome to see the ATP’s top three — Roger, Rafa, and Nole — take charge and hope for spots in the Players’ Council. If they succeed in getting their hands in these dealings, it looks like CEO Etienne de Villiers will get the boot. (NYT)

Centre Court is ready to go: The fixed roof is back, along with the two main trusses for the retractable roof (which’ll debut in 2009). And a continued thumbs up for their increase in equal prize money for the men and the women.

Maria’s meek side: The Telegraph recently published an interview with the world No. 2. A few bits:

– She turned down a cameo role on Desperate Housewives.

– On her celebrity: “I still find my celebrity weird – it’s always weird, you know, when I see my image on the cover of a magazine. That’s very, very strange. I remember for a while I had been getting a lot of praise from people, but I never felt as though I deserved it until I had won grand slams and held the world No 1 ranking. And then I thought, ‘OK, all that talk, I understand it now’. But before then it was just random.” I hope she’s ready to possibly accept a Teen Choice Award for Female Athlete of the Year in early August.

– On the rigorous WTA travel schedule: “The worst thing about my life is not being able to see my friends and family for a long period. Living from hotel to hotel, it’s sometimes a nightmare. There have been numerous times when I’ve woken up in a hotel room and I’ve forgotten which city I’m in. So I’ll be phoning people at 2am to ask which city I’m in.”

Nole’s blogs: The Times‘s interview with Nole touches on his blog. “Well I like to have fun with it,” he says. “Most of my fans are younger people and I don’t think they want to read stuff like ‘I played a good match today. My forehand was going well. My backhand was not so good’. These things are not interesting. What is interesting is what the players are doing in the locker rooms. Are they good guys? Bad guys? How are they off court? Of course, I never go too far with these things but always to the limit, just to make them laugh. I get a lot of positive feedback.” Awesome.

Why America is fat: Read about EaterLA’s post on the birth of the Starbucks Frappucino.

Beautiful acne: The oft-bowtied Alber Elbaz has jumped into bed with Acne, the Swedish denim brand who is also behind the reissue of Bjorn Borg‘s iconic Tretorn shoes. This collaboration will drop at Barney’s and Bergdorf in November with jeans, dresses, tuxedo jackets, belted trenches, and a few accessories.

Masha’s london fashion show

June 18, 2008

Maria Sharapova, who earlier this year switched phone endorsements from Motorola to Sony Ericsson (for an estimated $10 million-plus over four years), is now making good on the deal by hosting her very own fashion show in London tomorrow. She’ll show a lifestyle collection inspired by the Sony Ericsson Z555i — a flip-phone with a shiny and translucent front cover.

We’ll try to show you pictures from the Maria Sharapova Design Collection fashion show as soon as we find ‘em.

shade yourself!

June 18, 2008

The current lot of Lacoste sunglasses leaves something to be desired (aviators: yawn), but if you feel like browsing — and seeing how they look on Andy Roddick and Tati Golovin — see the interactive site here.

I’m still lusting over the chunky sporty shades the French tennis brand released last year; particularly the model LA12602 (above).

You can find them in a few places (and in a few colorways).

Brown/Orange/Black at Amazon.com, $89.95; Grey/Green/White at Amazon.com, $89.95; Brown/White/Red, sold out.

wimbledon seeds grow into buzz

June 18, 2008

The 2008 Wimbledon seeds are out. Some players are irked (ahem, Mister Murray), while some are quietly and gratefully accepting what they’ve been given.

Chris weighs in:

“How could they have Roddick seeded sixth? I think he deserves to be above Kolya and Ferrer. I’d maybe even move Ferrer beneath Nalbandian and Gasquet. Baghdatis jumps from 25th to 10th. Lopez and Llodra wouldn’t have made the men’s seeds if Wimby didn’t change them around.

They kept the women’s the same which I think is wrong. Sharapova should be above Jelena, Venus should be above Serena (and in the top 5), and Bartoli should at least be in the top 8.”

But no (red) knickers are getting in a bunch. Why so complacent, AELTC?

Here’s Matt:

“Bartoli does not deserve anything above 12! Davenport should be 16. Agree with you re: Roddick and Sharapova. I miss the days when they would do something crazy that pissed players off, like making Marcelo Rios way lower or something…”

Are the Spaniards still boycotting this event?

And Erwin’s take:

“Screw the seedings — I can’t wait to see what everyone’s going to wear for their matches! It’s the little victories…”

trophy watch: roger retreats to routine while rafa rolls on with record

June 18, 2008

The Queen’s Cup

Rafael Nadal continues to make his case for winning this year’s Wimbledon title with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic at The Artois Championships in London. Rafa, who took home $133,000, is the first Spaniard to win a grass court title in 35 years (bookending Andres Gimeno‘s 1972 Eastbourne feat).

Does Rafa already have a toothpaste endorsement deal? It could be very lucrative…

Meanwhile, Roger Federer scurried back to the teat of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, where he tried to erase last week’s French Open drubbing with his fifth title at this smaller grass event. He beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4. He didn’t drop a set in five matches, helping extend his record to 25-0 at this event (and to 59 straight wins on grass dating back to 2002).

Looking forward: Roger will seek his sixth straight Wimbledon title this coming week.

Top seed Nikolay Davydenko chips away some more of that (unfounded) match-fixing notoriety with another title, this time at the Orange Prokom Open in Warsaw. He has racked up three titles so far in 2008, tying Nole and trailing only Rafa’s five. Kolya beat second seed Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3. Great track jacket from Airness!

Kateryna Bondarenko switched to a more even K-Swiss outfit for the DFS Classic final. Kateryna overcame Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (4).

In this week’s only clay contest, Maria Kirilenko made quick work of Maria Martinez Sanchez (6-0, 6-2) in the Barcelona Open. Maria turned this around with a first-round exit at Eastbourne this week.

(photos by Getty Images)


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