Archive for August 25th, 2009

petrova: first comes dress, then comes game

August 25, 2009

Nadia Petrova‘s been trying to change a lot of things about her tennis life. First, she very recently started working with a coach — an arrangement she made with ITA. She expressed that the relationship was still young (they’ve only been working for a week or so), but comes at a very crucial time (it’s a week before The Open!).

At least Nadia can focus her energy solely on perfecting her technique, especially since it looks like she has found a good clothing sponsor in Ellesse after parting ways with Airness and flirting with EleVen.

She and the Italian company have settled down since the circus left town back in January, putting her in a variety decent separates throughout the year (that navy blue French Open outfit comes to mind).

And at this week’s Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, which saw her ride into the sunset after a seesaw first-round match against compatriot Anna Chakvetadze, Nadia wore a loose, low-waisted periwinkle dress (complete with a bow on the waist) that flatters her body shape. It moved well while Anna moved her around the court.

On to New York: Nadia can reflect on being a victim of PPT’s no-bye draw as she heads to New York early to settle into her Long Island rental — with a jacuzzi, of course — and acclimate to the courts and conditions of the USTABJKNTC. Good luck with the last major of the year, Nadia!

Scoreline: Meanwhile, Chakvetadze faces Sybille Bammer in the second round today.

Up close: Some detail shots of Petrova’s PPT outfit after the cut…


new twins on the block

August 25, 2009

We only have room for one set of twins on the TSF shelf (that’s ADHD for ya), and we never thought that we’d brush aside Mary-Kate and Ashley (even though we love The Row) and Zach and Cody (even though we love Brenda Song) for Mike and Bob.

Props to their manager, definitely. Along with stories in The New Yorker and the NYT this week, they’re also gearing up to make their debut, along with collaborator David Baron, as the Bryan Bros Band. The trio will play three new songs at their first gig ever — Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Saturday, August 29. And a few days later, their album, Let It Rip, will be available for sale.

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ralph’s ready

August 25, 2009

Ralph Lauren, the official sponsor of the US Open, has unleashed its advertisements for the tourney on the New York Times web site with this vertical image:

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Vanity Fair reported the release of the USO line from Ralph a couple of weeks ago, and we’re digging the outfits just as much as them. The apparel puts the USO ball boys and girls in the running for “best dressed” at this year’s Open — watch out Serena!

Check out a few more of the looks after the cut. (more…)

tennis goes big time

August 25, 2009


What’s the Italian version of the Oscars?! Because we’d like to nominate Flavia Pennetta, the WTA’s newest Top Ten member for her performance in “Football Tennis In New Haven” — the new film from the WTA.

But before we get all hung up on Flavia’s performance, let’s not forget the big story here: the tennis court. Yesterday, Sony Ericcson set up Pennetta to play with Caroline Wozniacki on “the world’s largest tennis court” in the Yale Bowl, on the university’s campus. 

We love it. And Caro gets a nomination for best supporting actress — her on-court banter was worth it.

(photo via wta web site)

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