Archive for March, 2009

flavio cipolla’s new fans

March 14, 2009


Perhaps just in shock after experiencing a Federer practice session, but an unusual number of folks were on hand to watch the relatively unknown Italian Flavio Cipolla finish out his drills. No need to twist my arm, though — we’re all about Flavio’s looks (buzzed hair) and signature bright blue Diadora shoes.

Speaking of, can we have a commissioner moment? The tours should give each player name plates to hang near the courts during their practices. This would make it easier for fans to familiarize themselves with the non-“names” of the tour, no?


dulko vs. mattek-sands

March 14, 2009

Marriage has tamed the wild beast that is Bethanie Mattek. She went from skimpy bebe sport pieces to last night’s brooched vest –very Chico’s — and today’s neon pink tank and grey/white pleated skort.

Meanwhile, the svelte Gisela Dulko looks cute in last season’s orange and white ensemble from Lacoste (from her headband down to her Repels!). Alize Cornet is out here somewhere… I wonder what they’ve given her to wear?

janko @ the fashion show?

March 14, 2009

There’s talk of Janko or Dmitry gettin’ some runway time at tonight’s Fila/Trina Turk fashion show (hosted by Carlos Diaz of Extra).

Isn’t there some dance I can do to the tennis gods to have it tip Tipsy’s way?

double feature

March 14, 2009

Mattek-Sands is playing singles (vs. Dulko) AND doubles (with Washington, vs. Kuzie and Mauresmo) today.


March 14, 2009

Gasquet vs. Llodra in Stadium 2 is PACKED. Whodathunk?

TSF at indian wells

March 13, 2009

TSF’ll be spending some time at Indian Wells this weekend to watch some tennis and see Bethanie Mattek’s dye job up close and personal. Don’t worry, y’all, I’m bringing my sunglasses when I meet Tilda Swinton!

If there are any TSFers out there who want to meet up, send me an email. (Kat, I’ll call you.)

fashion focus: nathalie dechy plays peekablue

March 13, 2009

Kudos to chic chick Nathalie Dechy for bowing out to Ekaterina Makarova in the best way possible at the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells — a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 fight while layering royal blue under this season’s Lacoste tennis dress. (Sveta: are you paying attention?)

Meanwhile, some other picks from this season’s offerings.

Buy: Sleeveless Racerback Stretch Pique Tennis Dress, navy/white, $145; striped Tank, $68; Jersey Sport Tipped Tennis Skirt, $65; available at

french fhm

March 10, 2009

Enjoy these pictures of Michael Llodra, Nicolas Almagro, Fabio Fognini, Marcos Baghdatis, and Jeremy Chardy taken for the French FHM.

(scans via MTF)

does rafa do it with his left hand?

March 9, 2009

The powers of deduction: In case you were wondering, the only thing that Rafa does with his left hand is play tennis.

This video, produced by Nike in time for last year’s Wimbledon, shows Rafa’s uncle Toni recounting convincing his nephew to go southpaw at nine years old. Later in the video, they also playfully have Rafa throw, write, and brush his teeth using his left hand. He doesn’t do so well.

(via Hypebeast)

one million dollar smile

March 9, 2009

Well, I’m not sure exactly how much Jelena Jankovic is getting paid by Orbit for her new commercial with them, but the Serb is flashing her purly whites for some of the green stuff. The commercial debuted in Serbia this month. 


See for yourself if Jelena’s off-court smile is as electric as her on-court one after the cut.


weekend fisting

March 8, 2009

There’s been plenty of fist pumping this weekend as the men have wrapped up their Davis Cup ties around the globe. Andy Roddick sealed the deal for the Americans, running his tie-winning DC record up to 11-0. And Harel Levy got shirtless in Sweden after winning two five-set matches to help the Israelis win that tie 3-2.


A glimpse of global fist pumps after the cut.


skirting the issue

March 8, 2009

Novak Djokovic played downright wretched tennis on Sunday against Rafael Nadal in the Spain-Serbia Davis Cup tie. Maybe it was his outfit?


Ever the playful one, Novak sagged his shorts in frustration following a net cord that didn’t go his way against Nadal. Rafa and the Spaniards downed Djoko and his squad with ease.

(image via getty)

jelena, don’t fail us now!

March 7, 2009

Despite the fact that everything froze over in New York during Monday’s BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup, tennis still ended up with media placement — good job, Jerry Solomon — in places that mattered, like’s Style File blog. Contributor Derek Blasberg, fascinated by the vibrant colors of all four women’s on-court attire, talked to Jelena Jankovic about tennis fashion.

Blasberg, of course, noted Jelena’s deal with ANTA, who gives her freedom over design; her mother, Snezana, who herself has a fashion background; and Jelena’s love of clothes.

We at TSF really do think that this is tennis’ year to have its place in the limelight so, Jelena, you have to step it up (especially now that Masha is AWOL). You’ve made some pretty sweet choices — your asian-inspired Reebok dress from the 2008 Open, for example — but you’ve also fallen to the dark side a few times. We need more Bally bags, Louboutins, and shutting-down-DKNY-for-two-hours — and less pink bows and cell phone dresses, got it? Oh yes, and winning a major wouldn’t hurt. Tennis’ popularity depends on you!

eyes on the dc

March 7, 2009

While the Israel-Sweden tie has certainly brought a frown to our faces, you can’t help but love Davis Cup weekend. Check out some of the scenes from Day One of the year’s first DC weekend. 

Advantage, apparel: Lacoste was a winner in Birmingham, Alabama, where alligator-clad Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Roddick were victorious for their respective countries to draw the tie even at 1-1.


roddick-usswiss-daviscup09 (more…)

tattoo watch: daniel koellerer

March 6, 2009

Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer upset top seed David Nalbandian 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the first round of the Acapulco tournament.

BTW, the Mexican version of ESPN The Magazine put Venus Williams on its February cover (in anticipation of the tournament, which she won). The mag also included an article on Nalbandian, plus a decent layman’s write-up about the event’s “ATP 500” designation, and how that fits into the rest of the ATP scheme.

(photo by Getty Images)

fans a few

March 6, 2009

It’s Davis Cup weekend on the men’s side and the tie that most of the world is paying attention to has the fewest fans watching it from the inside: Israel versus Sweden. Controversy has been swirling around this bout since it was announced last week that no spectators would be allowed due to “security reasons.”


The sad thing is that no one is allowed to watch these guys battle it out, and the sadder thing is that both rubbers have gone five sets plus so far. Thomas Johansson outgunned Harel Levey (above) 8-6 in the fifth to open, while Dudi Sela pulled the Israelis even with a riveting 11-9 five-set win over Andreas Vinciguerra.

Over 1,000 police officers have been dispatched for the tie, held in Malmo, Sweden. Protesters were kept at bay outside the arena, many of them toting Palestinian flags in protest of Israel’s participation in the tie following Israeli bombings in Gaza earlier this year.

More chilling pics after the cut.


more dmitry tursunov

March 5, 2009

Now in Mexico City…

We’re not sure what month these pics were published in Russian Elle, but it doesn’t matter (and, really, you can never have enough) — enjoy Dmitry Tursunov in a bathtub, in a bathrobe, etc. — all after the cut…

nadal’s ad for lanvin

March 5, 2009

Proving to the world that the he can rock a dress shirt (the blazer is still a work in progress…), Rafa Nadal posed for the Lanvin cologne he’s hawking, L’homme Sport. The scent’ll have hints of lemon, bergamot, sage, and lavender.

It’ll be available in April starting at €65 for a 100ml bottle.


garden party

March 4, 2009

It wasn’t exactly red carpet glam on Monday night at the Madison Square Garden, but there were plenty of faces (and outfits) that came out for the Billie Jean King Cup.  Take in some more tennis shots and enjoy a few off-court ones, as well.

trophy watch: surf, sand, and sun

March 3, 2009

In Acapulco, both Nicolas Almagro and Flavia Pennetta made it to the finals — like they did last year, but only one of them defended their title.

Almagro upset Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 — revenge from their heated third-round Australian Open match, perhaps? And Pennetta bowed out to Venus Williams in just over an hour. The 6-1, 6-2 win gives Venus her second title in as many weeks.

Fish schools Korolev: The tennis pedigree (he’s Anna Kournikova‘s cousin) didn’t quite help Evgeny Korolev maintain trend at the Delray Beach ITC: up until Mardy Fish‘s 7-5, 6-3 win on Sunday, the tournament’s top seeds had never taken the title.

Last man standing? If Nole didn’t end up bringing home this boat from Dubai, it would’ve been pretty sad. The other top guys — Roger, Rafa, Andys Murray and Roddick — all dropped out for various reasons. Thankfully, he lived up to the challenge and beat David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3.

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