Archive for August, 2008

olympics: venus tries contrast stitching

August 11, 2008

American Venus Williams tries out contrast stitching for her latest EleVen outfit, this one for the Beijing Olympics. The gold medalist (2000 Sydney Games) beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

(image by Getty Images)


olympics: adidas standard issue + country kits

August 11, 2008

Here’s a look at the black and white Olympics standard issue by adidas that we wrote about last week. Thankfully, the kits they’ve provided individual federations are much more colorful. Here are three below:

Andy Murray put aside his Fred Perry to wear the uniform provided by the LTA.

And the French team showed off a variety of pieces, including this polo on Michael Llodra

…this tank on Gael Monfils

…and the women’s separates on Pauline Parmentier.

And Chris Guccione and the rest of the Australians get a version in their national sports colors: green and yellow.

(images by Getty Images)

mishits: the american men bore me

August 11, 2008

After that great Wimbledon kit, which had James Blake looking really classy, is this bagginess really all that Nike could do for American’s debut at the Olympics?

Since Under Armour isn’t really known for pushing the fashion envelope, we’ll let this one slide, Robby

Gineps lost to Nole 6-4, 6-4 in the first round, while James beat Chris Guccione 6-3, 7-6 (3).

(images via Getty Images)

olympics: rafa nadal

August 11, 2008

The Spaniard opened his Olympic run with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Italian Potito Starace. He followed that up with a doubles victory with teammate Tommy Robredo against the Swedish team of Robin Soderling and Jonas Bjorkman.

Here’s a look at his Nike tank from the back.

(photo by Getty Images)

olympics – opening ceremonies

August 11, 2008

Olympic fever has hit us at TSF, too. I’m sure you’ve seen the opening ceremonies, or at least clips of it (we loved the movable type sequence).

Here’s a quick look at country uniforms, worn during the athletes’ march around the Bird’s Nest.

Nole and Ana Ivanovic marched for Serbia. Ana has pulled out of the Olympic draw because of a persistent inflammation in her right hand.

As flagbearer for Chile, Fernando Gonzalez dons traditional attire in his walk around the National Stadium.

Roger Federer carried the Swiss flag. The rest of the team wore a khaki sports jacket to round out their uniform.

Agi Szavay and the Hungarians went floral for the opening ceremony.

David Ferrer and Rafa Nadal were among the Spanish players marching.

We loved the fans and the Li Ning purses, but someone should have altered Rafa’s jacket…


We were hoping that Filipinas would wear the female version of the barong, a traditional Filipino costume…

Kobe Bryant totally rocked the Polo Ralph Lauren-designed American uniform.

Kiwi flagbearer goes with a fur cape, while his compatriots wear demure black.

Bright colors on Estonia.

The Finnish women wear a contemporary print.

The Bermudans wear knee-high socks!!

Monaco’s Mathias Raymond, in blue, and Luxembourg in light brown.

Other blue: Vietnam goes with a deep royal blue, Russia puts it on their men (including flagbearer Andrei Kirilenko), Australia goes with a shimmer, and Iraq goes with aqua.

Iran in green.

Italians say safe and simple with their well-tailored uniform. Skinny ties! Cargo pants, though? I would have wanted to see a Ferragamo satchel…

Orange is always tough, so kudos to the Dutch for incorporating it wonderfully into their walk around the stadium.

Other faves: Georgia in clean white.


The Venezuelans showed up for American Gladiators casting call.

As expected by me, the Chinese showed up in a tacky uniform fitting for a McDonald’s employee.

Other mishits: the wrinkly silver Lithuanian blazer, we really expected more than a navy jacket from the Japanese.

Too bad the Afghans weren’t cloaked in a cape like President Hamid Karzai.

(all images via Getty Images)

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.”

(src; photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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)

BJ: a cross between Humphrey Bogart, a Swedish Porn Star, and a lazy, talented leopard

August 6, 2008

Those BJ shirts from No Mas that we wrote about a few months ago are now for sale (we saw one walking around The Scabbey a few Sundays ago…).

In case you hadn’t seen this logo before, it isn’t a new design by No Mas’ Chris Isenberg. In fact, it appears on Borg-branded goods that sold back in the day (including this racquet).

Buy: No Mas BJ shirts available at, $40.

(images courtesy of No Mas)

another gearmaker joins the clothing fray

August 6, 2008

Chicago-based gearmaker Wilson plans to join the apparel market in 2009 with an updated collection for men and women. All pieces will have the latest innovations in UV protection (UPF 30+) plus moisture, stain, and odor management.

The silhouettes themselves look fairly flattering (especially that polo above) but the patterns of color and fabric offer nothing uniquely “Wilson”. Perhaps they’ll stay logo-less a la American Apparel? I’d love to see a company go that route…

(image courtesy of Wilson)

adidas’ little secret

August 6, 2008

Those black and white adidas shoes designed specifically for the Beijing Olympics will all have a red insole printed with a map of Beijing. Fun times.

(via Browner; image via TT)

I won’t turn down a facial from james blake!

August 6, 2008

First, some bits:

  • Saw Juan Martin del Potro up close and personal playing doubles with munchkin partner Fabio Fognini.
  • James Blake, who along with Frank Dancevic is a spokesguy for Evian, designed a facial spray bottle (“Brumisateur”) that’ll be sold throughout the U.S. Open Series. Pick it up at for $5.50.
  • Maria Sharapova is leaving the athlete haven that is Manhattan Beach for the much more celeb-appropriate Topanga Canyon.

Donald Young‘s white Nike Advantage Polo. See the subtle detail in the mesh backing. The 19-year-old took out Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-4 in the first night match.

Papparazi moved into the seats right behind me not during a changeover (boo) but waited until the changeover (yay) to start snapping pics of Kate Hudson, who sat next to Haas’ gf Sara Foster. Look at that bracelet!

Tommy had no less than three K-Swiss shirt changes, treating us to white/black and navy blue crewnecks plus a navy blue polo during the last game of the match.

Switcheroo: In case you didn’t notice — I didn’t until last night! — Xavier Malisse switched from K-Swiss to Lotto prior to Wimbledon. He wore the black Kontact tee with shiny screenprint against Carlos Moya. The Belgian had a shiny ring on his left middle finger to match.

reebok’s summer/fall shimmer dress

August 6, 2008

It’s funny how Reebok steps it up after letting the fashion-forward Venus Williams out to make her own clothing line… They trade in the aqua from Wimbledon with some red for the North American summer.

Soon-to-be No. 1 (ouch) Jelena Jankovic switched to the pink version of the Fall KFS Shimmer dress for her quarterfinal run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

And Shahar Peer wore the separates (Cutout Tank) during her 2-6, 2-6 loss to Ai Sugiyama, also at the Rogers Cup.

Buy: Fall KFS Shimmer Dress, $49.99; Shimmer Tank, $36.99; Cutout Tank, $36.99. All styles available in Endurance Blue/Caspian Sea, Sassy Pink/Pompous Pink, and White/Endurance Blue.

fashion and the olympics continue to collide

August 6, 2008

We can dream: The duo behind Opening Ceremony, this week’s guest bloggers for’s For the Moment blog, build their fantasy roster of designers to reinvent the uniforms for Olympic sports. Tennis gets Lanvin:

Since this is known as the gentleman’s sport, Lanvin is the perfect designer to bring formal dressing back to tennis. Sorry Nadal, the all black jersey is just not dapper. Instead, you’ll need to sport a bowtie, grosgrain collar dress shirt and a perfect pair of pleated shorts.

Not to be taken seriously, of course…

…unless you’re Lane Crawford, the Chinese luxury retailer that actually commissioned 12 designs from fashion giants, asking them to reinvent Olympic sports through fabric.

They were asked to pick a sport that inspired them: Martin Margiela (badminton), Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy (archery), Stella McCartney (equestrian), Alexander McQueen (fencing), Matthew Williamson for Emilio Pucci (gymnastics), Christopher Bailey for Burberry (sailing), Alberta Feretti (gymnastics), 3.1 Philip Lim (ping pong), Costume National by Ennio Capasa (baseball), Neil Barrett (fencing), Rick Owens (judo), and Raf Simons. Tennis got no love?

My picks:




The rest: See the renderings and some final products here.

The pieces will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting UNICEF’s Special Relief Funds for Children affected by the Sichuan earthquake.

(images via IIHIH)

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)

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