Archive for August 8th, 2008

some of these things are not like the others

August 8, 2008

India’s Olympic contingent couldn’t get it together for their opening march into the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing today.

From the Press Trust of India:

“With ace shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore carrying the tri-colour, the contingent looked good from a distance but as they came closer things looked hardly impressive.

The male members of the team were dressed in off-white sherwanis but the tennis duo of Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao were attired in black trousers and practice jackets. Not only did the two not follow the dress code, the contrast was even more jarring to the eyes when they walked with Delhi paddler Neha Aggarwal who chose a greenish saree for the occasion.

Most of the Indian competitors also did not march smartly, Rathore, tennis ace Leander Paes and shooter Gagan Narang being the exceptions.

Though, the generous crowd at the Bird’s Nest stadium roared to greet the Indians, it was a shoddy fashion statement by the team.”

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Dear Tennis Warehouse…

August 8, 2008

…I was eternally grateful that you took over the merch operations for this year’s Countrywide Classic.

One suggestion for next year: bring a steamer with you. The petal hem on that adidas Edge Dress would have looked so much better on the rack without its straight-from-the-box creases.

xoxoxo, Erwin.

CC Day 3: Marat Safin vs. Wayne Odesnik

August 8, 2008

Day 3 was our first day with a pass at CC. Thanks to Pete for being kind enough to let me in at the last minute…

Our first order of business was watching Marat Safin hit with Igor Kunitsyn and coach Hernan Gumy on the practice courts. Some teenager next to me was in total awe of Safin. Refreshing, no? The queue for his autograph session was pretty massive…

Next up was Andy Roddick, who hit with this young fellow whose name no one knew (if you were there that afternoon, please drop me a line).

The evening’s main match pitted Marat against play American Wayne Odesnik in the second round. The Russian and fifth seed had to sit out the Beijing Olympics because he missed the rankings cutoff (they entered the top 50 and he was in the 70s at the time). He looked pretty good, still working on his movement now that the pain in his knee has disappeared.

We also caught a bit of Mardy Fish’s press conference after his match against Spadea earlier in the day. Mardy won 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-0. He spoke about being confident in his game going into the U.S. Open. He looked alright beating Florent Serra today 6-4, 6-4 for a spot in the quarters.

stick it wear?! is back

August 8, 2008

Joe Durica and his Stick It Wear?! line is back from a hiatus with some fun new designs, including Ice Maiden, Czech Defect, and Bring Bling. (Hmm, I wonder if he’s referring to any tennis legends with those titles?)

We’re especially in love with the navy blue/pink colorway on the Original Rebel shirt (right). We could do without the randomly placed numbers indicating Grand Slam wins, though…

Buy: Stick It Wear?! shirts, $18.95; tanks, $19.95; and sweatshirts, $55.00; available at

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CC day 4: andy and brooklyn’s puppy love, a new lacoste top, etc.

August 8, 2008

Fun times yesterday (Day 4) at the Countrywide Classic. I sat in on pressers for Carlos Moya and Amer Delic after their tough second round match, which Delic won 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5).

1) Delic had surgery in April to fix a chronic sweating problem.

2) Even John McEnroe and Jim Courier were talking about the significance of that Federer/Nadal Wimbledon final. McEnroe said that we’ll learn a lot about Federer in the coming months (will he disappear ala Borg?), and that he’ll likely get more support from fans now that he’s a little more, uhm, human.

Meanwhile, Andy Roddick notched a routine win over drop shot-obsessed Serbian Dusan Vemic in the feature night match. Andy wore a black/white version of the Super Dry Stripe Polo from Lacoste‘s latest line. Fiancee Brooklyn Decker was there to cheer him on, of course, and we learn in his post-match interview with the skinny-legged Justin Gimelstob (man, what retirement can do to muscles!) that the couple now has a puppy.

Buy: Lacoste Super Dry Stripe Polo, Steward Blue/White, $95.00.

Browse: See the other U.S. Open goods here.

(image by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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