Archive for August 5th, 2008

a TSF meetup at the countrywide classic?

August 5, 2008

Who’s going to the Countrywide Classic this week? I’ll probably see a night match tonight or on Thursday. I’d love to meet some TSF readers! xoxoxo — E


nike ad: roger’s air guitar

August 5, 2008

Here’s another Nike commercial featuring Roger Federer and his “coach” (Flight of the Conchords‘s Rhys Darby).

The ads were supposed to make light of Roger’s inexplicable greatness — i.e., he was kept sharp and brilliant by this secret coach that popped up when least expected. In light of recent events, though, the coach’s lack of talent underscores Roger’s current state.

At least it looks like he enjoyed filming the ad…

trophy watch: dropping a deuce on beijing’s olympic medals

August 5, 2008

Fabulous tennis blog Forty Deuce is up in arms that the Beijing Olympic medals look cheap, but I disagree. I really appreciate its minimalism. And instead of going with metal chinese coins, the medals’ designers went with a stone (jade) inlay. Nice touch.

By the way, I am waiting for the blog that’ll document all the engrish signage in Beijing for these next two weeks. My aunt stayed there a few months ago and said that there are some crazy babelfish-esque translations…

Edit: Mikey send me a link to the ultimate in translation fails.

fashion focus: off the court, nike + olympics delivers some tennis goods

August 5, 2008

Nike has taken its streetwear to the nth degree on the eve of the Beijing Olympics, and it has spilled over into off-court tennis attire. A few of the online retailers are carrying themed goods…

A liberal interpretation of the olympic torch (here’s Beijing‘s) appears is a shirt and a sweater.

Olympic Torch Tattoo Print shirt, $30.00.

The super-intense Olympic Torch Tattoo half-zip, $65.00.

Stacked Beijing Shirt, $28.00.

Olympic Rings tee, $28.00

Finally, the windbreakers for the olympics are all split vertically down the middle, giving folks a chance to mix and match country styles. See some wacky combos here (via hypebeast; scroll to the bottom).

Windrunner USA Split jacket, $100.

(images via TW and Midwest Sports)

fashion focus: roger and rafa’s olympic kits

August 5, 2008

Unlike adidas, the folks at Nike are taking full advantage of the Olympic Venn diagram of the Swiss, Chinese, and Spanish flag palettes.

Roger Federer gets a red standard solid London Polo with white accents (including a Swiss cross). It’s available in Comet Red, Concord (purple), white, and obsidian; $65.00.

Meanwhile Rafa drops the wacky Nike summer screenprint on his tank. You can grab the Power Sleeveless Top for $55.00.

Rafa’s Bandana in Comet Red and Del Sol Gold, $12.00.

Double-wide wristbands, $10.00.

(images via TW and Midwest Sports)

tennis’ journey to beijing

August 5, 2008

The ITF has published Journey to Beijing: Tennis celebrates the Olympics on the heels of the sport’s participation in its sixth Olympics (since returning to the roster in 1988). Over 40 of the world’s leading tennis players took part in the ITF project to help promote the 2008 Beijing Olympic Tennis Event.

The 140-page publication features a series of specially commissioned photographs of the game’s top names dressed as athletes from other summer or winter Olympic sports. The players also give an insight into the part the Olympics has played in their lives, with a series of exclusive interviews looking at their childhood memories, previous Olympic appearances and ambitions for this summer’s Games.

Among the 44 players represented in the book are Roger Federer as a fencer and Ana Ivanovic playing beach volleyball (both shot in Miami). Rafa posed as a soccer player in Shanghai, while Nole‘s indoor ski adventures in Dubai also got some print space.

Maria Sharapova (figure skater), Serena (rythmic gymnast), Massu/Gonzo (marathoners) also posed for the book.

Browse: The e-version of the book can be seen here.

More pics: And in case you just want to see some highlights, click here…

adidas: fall colors for the summer games

August 5, 2008

Don’t know why adidas opted out of vibrant colors emblematic of flags and stuck with their traditional black and white. Perhaps they OD’ed on color for the North American hardcourts?

While Roger and Rafa are wearing bright red for the games (through Nike), the adidas guys (Nole, Mikhail Youzhny, etc.) will wear these adidas Barricade 5 Beijing ($120). They stay with the same simple three-stripe concept for the entire Made for Beijing line. (You know how I like my hi-tops, so archery and boxing shoes are my faves…)

Now, the clothes: See the men’s and women’s tops/bottoms after the cut…

okay, dubai, you can take a rest

August 5, 2008

You’ve probably heard about all the cool structures erected in Beijing in time for the Olympics — including the bird’s nest-esque National Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron, PTW’s water cube aquatic center, the single-roofed Norman Foster-designed international airport, and the new CCTV building (innards here) — but you probably haven’t heard what they’ve given us tennis folks.

We get a yawner of a flower.

Unlike the peony-style stadium in Shanghai, this stadium has three main courts (out of 10) with a flower petal design, with the spectators at a steep angle on each of the 12 petals to give them maximum viewing space. They also create a natural ventilation system that reduces the court temp by 5 degrees Celsius.

The main court holds 10,000 people, while Number One court seats 4,000, and Number Two court 2,000. There are another 1,400 spectator seats that overlook the other seven preliminary competition courts.

All of the courts’ water will be recycled by treating it through membrane biological reactors to remove contaminants. The treated water will then be used to water the tennis center’s foliage.

Fit for kings: After much hemming and hawing by the Western world, it’s been reported that the squat-style toilets in most of the Olympic venues will be replaced by sit-down thrones. Bless.

Show Court No. 2

(stadium info via CBC; photos via TW)

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