Archive for September 29th, 2009

short balls: it never really ends

September 29, 2009

Erwin’s proved over the last few days that the tennis news never really ends. If you haven’t been to the site in a few days, you might want to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page – there’s a lot of fresh content, folks! Now for some balls of shortness, brought to you by local lazy man, yours truly.

Fashion goes East: As Erwin proved with Venus’ headbands and Caroline’s Stella stuff, WTA fashion has hit the Eastern hemisphere with full force. Diva Asia, a Singapore-based news and gossip outlet, is all a-gabbin’ about the do’s and dont’s of the WTA tour. But to compare tennis fashion with golf?! Puhh-lease.

The Stars Come Out: For Andre and Steffi, so it appears. This weekend’s Tennis Classic, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Graf brings together former pros Michael Chang, Corina Morariu, the Jensen brothers, Conchita Martinez and Brad Gilbert. The event, held in Mill Valley, California, is a benefit and happens this Friday through Sunday. 

Stamp of Approval: Oops, he did it again. Roger Federer‘s triumph at the French Open this year, which assured him a title at each of the four grand slams, will now be commemorated by the Austrian postal service via a Federer stamp, out next February. All those women (and men) jealous of Mirka will be buying them in droves… they get to lick Rog’s backside!!!

A Trio’s Tootles: Fabrice Santoro said good-bye to tennis at the U.S. Open last month, while Andrei Pavel and Ai Sugiyama also wrapped up long careers this month with a bid of retirement. All three had long careers, so we doubt any of them will be pulling a HingDavenKimHenin anytime soon (aka, coming out of retirement). But if they do, wouldn’t they love a return like Kimko Date Krumm has had this fall?

Never Say Die: The Serena-Williams-freaked-out-at-a-line-judge story just won’t die, being fueled over the last week by the online release of a Tampax commercial Serena shot prior to the Open where she smacks tennis balls at a petite woman and calls her “5 foot nothing”. The New York Times, Post and Daily News all weigh in on the ad campaign, which Tampax decided to run following her tirade, calling the American’s handling of the situation a demonstration of her strength of character.

Spin Offs: The Daily News even went as far to put together a photo gallery of “Sports’ Greatest Mental Meltdowns and Temper Tantrums” (our fave is Tonya Harding, of course!) and The Onion took a rare dip into the world of sports with a this racy (but funny?!) headline.

(post corrected 10/9)


sweet but short: caro’s second outing with stella

September 29, 2009

Canuck Aleksandra Wozniak‘s been on a mini-roll this week at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, first dispatching Korea Open winner Kimiko Date Krumm in three sets before getting to the quarters after Caroline Wozniacki retired in round two due to a viral infection.

But it was enough time for Caro to show off her second outfit from the adidas by Stella McCartney line, the same pieces she debuted at the 2009 U.S. Open, but this time in onyx (grey).

The two-tiered performance skirt is sold out (le sigh!), but the hyper-stitched, chunky-zippered jacket is still available via TW for $175. See another view of the jacket here.

We wish Caro the best and hope she makes a full recovery.

(image courtesy of adidas)

fashion focus: verdasco’s caught (homegrown) branding fever

September 29, 2009


Blogger HC Foo caught up (vid) with Fernando Verdasco at the Proton Malaysia Open and asked him about the timeline for his own line of merch, an idea that first manifested itself last month when some fans snapped this photo above.

The “FeVer” line (get it?) will get a bigger push at the beginning of next season, probably sold via a yet-to-be-launched website for the Spaniard.

The branding may seem a little forced — riding on the fumes of the Nike “RF” monogram created for Roger Federer — but we’re confident that it’ll lead to good things. Remember when Nole made these shirts? And now he’s lookin’ all sexy in his adidas Falcon line. Look at how far he’s come!

Meanwhile, we hope that Melanie Oudin gets on that bandwagon soon, because this s**t needs to stop. Stat.

(image via Forty Deuce via HC Foo)

(ot) the color of art

September 29, 2009

Artist JT Nimoy calculated the average color of art based on 26,000 images in the MoMA art collection. The result is #A79F94, a brownish gray.

the jokes keep, uhm, flowing

September 29, 2009

deadrock3 on the awesome P&G Tampax campaign featuring Serena Williams: “Maybe Serena should arrive at her next tournament on a red moped scooter — it could be called her menstrual cycle.”


do your part: donate to flood victims in southeast asia

September 29, 2009

14 inches of rain in six hours — that’s the amount of water that Typhoon Ketsana dumped onto Manila this past Saturday, leading to massive floods that have killed at least 200 and have displaced tens of thousands of others in the northern part of the Philippines.

You can do your part by contributing to the American Red Cross’ efforts to help out. (Vietnam is also in the path of the typhoon.)

(image by Reuters via

party in kuala lumpur

September 29, 2009


What a motley crew, these guys. Snowman Richard Gasquet, the unsportsmanlike Robin Soderling, gambler Nikolay Davydenko, and casanova Fernando Verdasco — all in batik shirts at an event for the Proton Malaysia Open, happening this week in Kuala Lumpur.

Leave it to Verdasco to add Spanish flair to the traditional Malaysian attire by tucking it into his jeans. We didn’t expect anything less from the fashionista.

Bracket: After first-round byes, Kolya faces Dent, Verdasco will play Karol Beck, and Soderling is up against qualifier Brendan Evans (who played fellow qualifier/American Michael Yani in the first round). Gasquet is still slated for a first rounder against Romanian Victor Crivoi.

(image via PMO)

rafa, kobe, maria, and… manny pacquiao?!

September 29, 2009

Yes, Manny Pacquiao, save your vocal chords and — whatever you do — don’t run for political office. Instead of going down that predictable Filipino celebrity path, you should try to mix things up a bit, eh?

The Filipino boxing champ has been chosen (along with Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Rafa Nadal, and Alexandre Pato) to pose in the AW77 hoodie from Nike‘s Fall/Winter 2009 NSW collection. The superstars were shot by photographers David Sims and Karl Templer over three months for a project that’ll launch on October 1.

Browse: Images of the rest of the NSW Fall/Winter 2009 collection can be found here, here, and here.

Watch: See this ad for the hoodie. The newest version of this classic item is being touted as water-resistant. And this video takes us to the Loopwheeler factory in Japan, where the hoodie’s made. (Fun fact: each of the old-school machines make enough fabric for only eight AW77s per day!)

Buy: Pick up a hoodie from NSW at Nike.

(image via; AW77 ad via

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