Archive for July 13th, 2009

fred perry 100th anniversary: gargyle

July 13, 2009

Those of you jonesing for that 100th anniversary Fred Perry stuff that Andy Murray demo’ed at Wimbledon can get the next best thing via gargyle. A black-and-white version of Andy’s PVC all-white barrel bag is available for $75, while white/green, red/white, and black/champagne versions of the brand’s signature polo (embroidered with “100” under the FP sixteen-leaf laurel) can be picked up for $95.


(screengrabs via gargyle)


kirilenko, out!

July 13, 2009

Unlike the No. 1 ranking… Thanks to Chris for tipping us off about Caro Wozniacki being the new face of the adidas by Stella McCartney line. I guess the folks in Portland finally realized that while Maria Kirilenko has the best face/bod combo to show off the British designer’s amazing pieces, the Russian’s game (and thus the fashion show that should come with it) has relegated Stella’s designs to the outer courts (and early rounds) of most tournaments.

And all that will change now that the Woz has exclusive opportunities to wear the collection, starting with the fall/winter 2009 tennis range — including apparel and shoes — at this year’s U.S. Open.

“I feel like I have everything any fashionable female tennis player always dreams about: cutting-edge adidas technologies combined with Stella’s unique designs that actually perform,” said the current world No. 9 via a press release.

And with this partnership, McCartney finally gets to design for someone who wins. “It’s very rare for a fashion designer to dress one of the top 10 players in the world. I couldn’t be more thrilled and happy to be given that opportunity.”

Along with key styles from the tennis collection (Performance Dress, Hot Pant, Bra, etc. in pinks and purples), Caroline will also wear the Skynde, whose Barricade V base is redesigned in a seed pearl/dark grape/white colorway.

She’s been with adidas for a while, of course, joining the company’s Player Development Program back in 2007. The PDP helps nurture young tennis talent through a unique mix of advice and support, giving an extra helping hand towards building a successful career. And FYI, Wozniacki has two titles this year: the MPS Group Championship (on clay, in Florida) and the AEGON International (grass, Eastbourne).

More later: We’re in the process of getting a lookbook for the collection. When it shows up, we’ll post!

What about Maria? Wozniacki will be the only player wearing adidas by Stella McCartney. From the folks at adidas: “Maria Kirilenko continues to be an excellent tennis ambassador for the adidas brand and remains part of the adidas tennis family. From the U.S Open onwards Maria will move out of the range and start wearing the adidas Competition tennis products.”

(image courtesy of adidas)

feeling childish

July 13, 2009

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Did you know that Lindsay Davenport had popped out her second little one a couple of weeks ago in California?! Well, we missed that one, too. The Girl Next Door now has a little chica of her own: Lauren Andrus Davenport Leach was born June 27th, two years after Lindsay and husband Jon Leach had little Jagger.

Pencil Lauren in as Wimbledon champ, 2027. She’s got some good genes.

Meanwhile, former American touring pro Ashley Harkleroad also gave birth recently, having a baby boy, Charles Hooper, on March 25th. The next day, Harkleroad’s web site reported the birth, and promised Ashley would go from “having a baby to serving aces in 91 days.” Wise words from a former Playboy cover girl, right?

Harkleroad’s 91 days were up the day Lauren Andrus was born. But still, no activity from Miss August 2008. She’s been inactive since losing four straight matches last summer.

Keeping things kiddy, Sesil Karatantcheva has slowly been making her way back into the upper echelon of the women’s tennis tour. If you recall, a 15-year-old Karatantcheva took out Venus Williams at the 2005 French Open, then was under fire and eventually banned for steroid use in 2006. Her excuse for the ‘roid rage? “I’m pregnant.”

She created all sorts of craze on the WTA, especially when she claimed there was no baby belly because of a mysterious miscarriage. Since, however, Sesie has served her ban and is now making her way back at the ripe old age of 19. She’s currently ranked 144th, after qualifying for Wimbledon and falling in the first round to Alisa Kleybanova.

Finally, it would seems as though the two girls who made the most noise at this year’s Championships are also the two youngest in the top 100. Michelle Larcher de Brito has revived Monica SelesGruntgate from the early ’90s, and Melanie Oudin was America’s sweetheart for a hot second last month in London. Oudin is 17 and ranked 70th, while Larcher de Brito is 16 and ranked 76th. It’s a career high for both women… ahem, girls.

(photo by travelseminar via flickr.)

it must be summer time!

July 13, 2009

We’ve just received word that Andy Roddick will be participating in this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, to be held on August 29, 2009. As you know, the annual event kicks off the U.S Open. American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks and comedian Will Ferrell will also be performing and participating at the full-day tennis and music festival. (Other talent include “rising stars” Honor Society and Justin Bieber.)

On the ‘tube: The event will be broadcast on Sunday, August 30 at 12pm EST on CBS. For more information and tickets click here.

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