Not always about US: Turns out that this Nike Slam Shock tank, being worn by the likes of Gael Monfils (above) and Juan Martin Del Potro (in lime) at the 2010 Australian Open, isn’t available for sale in the U.S. Too bad, since we prefer it to the Slam Shock Crew. Perhaps grass is always greener…?
Archive for January, 2010
We were on the edge of our seats as the fifth set of that Cilic/Roddick quarterfinal went underway, not knowing whether the experience of the top-ranked American could get him out of that two-set hole he dug, or if the nothing-to-lose attitude of the Croatian newcomer would get him to his first major semi.
In the end, Roddick’s bothersome shoulder (he tweaked it near the end of his match against Gonzo) rendered two of his fingers numb, leading to a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 win for Cilic.
Subtle stripes: As you know, Andy is no Venus Williams; he’s perfectly content playing in plain, drab clothing. So you bet we were happy that he welcomed some bright stripes on the collar of his Lacoste performance polo.
No word yet on when this’ll go on sale. We’ll let you know as soon as we get info.
More pics: A few more pics of the polo (also in black) after the cut…
When we at TSF started talking about our Aussie Open men’s picks — at least from the bottom half of the men’s draw — none of us thought that Rafa Nadal would be the last man standing.
And in fact, his knees thought the same thing. The Spaniard’s grinding game, coupled with the rough courts of at Melbourne Park, ultimately led to his undoing in a quarterfinal match against fifth seed Andy Murray. The defending champion (and second seed) retired from the match while trailing 0-3, two sets down. And lest we forget that Murray actually had a chance at winning the match — Nadal with a lame knee or not — the Scot reminded us at his post-match presser:
“I didn’t know when [Nadal] hurt his knee, when he started feeling it, but from my side, I played very well… I deserved to be up when the match stopped.”
Up next for Murray is a semifinal against Marin Cilic, who scalped yet another top-ten player by beating Andy Roddick 7-6 (4), 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3.
Trojan Horse: Nike decided to dress Nadal in a bold-colored crew (with pinks and oranges) along with hombre plaid shorts. Not exactly menacing, but when your game is doing all the talking, it doesn’t really matter what you wear. Note the Nadal/Nike toro logo on the upper of Rafa’s Courtballistec 2.3s, a special make-up; the retail version has a swoosh.
Buy: Rush and Crush Tee, in white and orange blaze, $60; Rush and Crush Shorts, in white/orange and brown (sold out), $60; Rush and Crush Jacket, in orange blaze (sold out) and white, $100; Bandana, aster pink, $15; Courtballistec 2.3 Men’s Shoe, White/Orange Blaze, white, and black, $120; all at nike.com.
More pics: Detail shots of Nadal in (and out of) his outfit after the cut…
The 10th seed at the 2010 Australian Open, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, is now through to the quarterfinals after a hard-fought win over Nicolas Almagro — 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (6), 9-7. Up next is Novak Djokovic. (Draw: Men’s singles.)
Buy: adidas Competition Seamless Tee, in Acid Buzz, $52, adidas.com.
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Zheng Jie has reached her second major semifinal after beating Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Australian Open. Mazel tov.
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Local fave Bernard Tomic gave the Aussies a great performance during his second round loss to Marin Cilic at the 2010 Australian Open. The score: 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 4-6.
The 14th-seeded Cilic’s still in, scheduled to face Andy Roddick in the quarters after fending off Stan Wawrinka and upsetting Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round. (That last one was a five-setter, too!)
Draw: See how the men’s draw is filling out here.
We’re all about the multi-color version of Nike‘s Rush and Crush shirt — that’s the one Nadal‘s wearing in orange — with its whimsical colors that complement the bright blues of the Melbourne Park courts.
More pics: See a few more looks at Tomic’s tee (plus what he wear to Kooyong) after the cut…
Kudos to Francesca Schiavone for taking these flirty white and yellow Lotto pieces all the way to the fourth round of the 2010 Australian Open (with an upset of 10th seed Agnieszka Radwanska along the way). The Italian and 17th seed even took a set from Venus Williams before losing.
But I’m not gonna lie: I’m curious to see how this dress would look on someone with more, uhm, boobs.
More: Note the frills on the skirt and the sheer material used as accent pieces. See pics after the cut…
We’re still not sure where all this Lleyton love is coming from, but we’re going with it: look at his shoes from last night’s fourth round Australian Open match against Roger Federer. Cute, no? Too bad he lost in straight sets against the tourney’s top seed.
Draw: Up next for Roger is Nikolay Davydenko. And while the Russian’s had his number as of late (with wins against him and Nadal at London and Doha), R-Fed can breathe a little easier after it took Kolya five sets to take out Fernando Verdasco in their fourth-rounder. (Draw: Men’s singles.)
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Two snaps to Zheng Jie for being the first (of two!) Chinese players in the women’s quarterfinals at the 2010 Australian Open. She upset 31st seed Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 2008 Wimbledon semifinalist will vie for a spot in the semis in Melbourne against Maria Kirilenko.
We love the hidden print in the (half!) pleats of her ANTA skort. Note the monogram (“Z”) on the back of her dress.
Up close: More pics of Jie’s dress after the cut…
Igor Andreev got the distinction of being Roger Federer‘s opening round opponent at the 2010 Australian Open. He even took away a set from the top seed before falling 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (2), 0-6.
And more notable is the Russian’s switch from wearing Under Armour, where we got full view of his wares, to the more classic polos of Sergio Tacchini (replacing Tommy Robredo, who’s now with Los).
Thankfully, Igor’s wearing a polo in a size that’s proportional to his body. And he leaves all but one button undone (are you taking notes, Andy Roddick?).
Andreev’s duties at the Aussie Open aren’t done, though. Now he gets to play the supportive bf while Maria Kirilenko plays in a quarterfinal match against Zheng Jie.
More: Two more pics of Igor after the cut…
Russian Elena Dementieva had the misfortune of drawing a second-round match against Justine Henin at the 2010 Australian Open. While the Belgian’s skills (and prior Aussie Open record) should have given her a high seeding, the tour’s ranking/seeding process hasn’t yet adjusted for Justine’s 20-month absence (which recently ended when she un-retired at the beginning of the year).
Too bad for Dementieva, since she was coming into the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 title win over Serena Williams in Sydney. But we’re also not shocked, are we? Elena’s spent years and years flirting with her potential to be a trophy winner at a Slam, but something always seems to work against her (that serve, her head, a dark horse).
And there are a few other Russians hitting their stride this year., including Zvonareva, Kirilenko (squee!!), and Petrova (though Nadia can really be lumped in the same underachieving group as Dementieva). Will Elena be left in the dust, or is this her year to shine?
A demure dress: Compared to all the skimpy stuff she wore last year (hey, if I had gams like her, I’d wear the same!), the pale green Yonex dress seemed more proper. Or perhaps we’re all just distracted by Venus‘s second homage to Borat — who knows? Still, we love the white Vs breaking up the solid block of color (but could have lived without that waistband).
Buy: Yonex Spring 2010 Dress, green/white, $69.95, midwestsports.com
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That epic second-round match that Juan Martin Del Potro played against James Blake — which he won 10-8 in the fifth — finally bit him in the ass two rounds later. The Argentine fell to fellow lank Marin Cilic 7-5, 4-6, 5-7, 7-5, 3-6.
Unfortch, we see Marin falling in the quarters to Andy Roddick. (Draw: Men’s Singles.)
Del Potro wears a “Cyber Green” sleeveless top from Nike; a chunky diagonal stripe breaks up the thin horizontal lines on the front of the tank. This is probably the most subtle of all the shirts produced for the company’s Trend line this spring. Gael Monfils is one of the guys wearing the black version of the tank.
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One of the more anticipated dress debuts at the 2010 Australian Open, that of 20th seed Ana Ivanovic, is now a distant memory after she was upset by Gisela Dulko 7-6 (6), 5-7, 4-6 in the second round. Unfortunately, even Dulko (cute in her orange Lacoste dress) is knocked out, falling — rightfully so — to ninth seed Vera Zvonareva in the round after. (Draw: Vera will face Azarenka for a spot in the quarters.)
As one of the main faces of adidas‘ adilibria line, Ivanovic did well to show the collection’s spring 2010 dress. Free from crazy ruffles and asymetrical tops, the piece instead focuses on marrying an athletic aesthetic — that intense yellow and black colorway — with the feminine detailing of lace, cutaways, and subtle pleating.
More: Photos of Ana’s dress after the cut…
Maria Kirilenko has the gods working in her favor at the 2010 Australian Open, moving her through to the quarterfinals after Dinara Safina withdrew with a back injury while trailing 30-40, 4-5.
Here’s hoping that this run through the second week of a slam will help up the profile (and confidence) of the fashion-flexible Kirilenko. I think she’s got her fair share of fans in the Maxim-reading crowd, but it would be nice to have more casual tennis fans see her game, too.
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John Isner wasn’t too happy about his loss to Andy Murray today in the fourth round of the Australian Open. His Prince racquet knows this all too well.
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From Cyprus, with love: Not that we ever gave him much ink as an adidas mascot, but worth noting that Marcos Baghdatis came to the Australian Open not wearing the company’s clothes — at least not openly. He’s replaced any visible logos with his own homage to Cyprus (there’s even a “Love Cyprus” badge on his left shoulder). As we mentioned earlier, he retired from his third-round match against Lleyton Hewitt.
Flavia of the month no longer: Meanwhile, Flavia Pennetta popped up for her Australian hardcourt swing in non-descript (and totally non-Tacchini) purple and white separates. Not sure where she’s headed next. FYI: Pennetta, as the 12th seed, got knocked out in the second round by Yanina Wickmayer. A minor upset, since Wickmayer would’ve been seeded 16th, but we all know that the Belgian was probably pissed (and warmed up by having to go through qualifying) and ready to take no prisoners.
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2010 Aussie Open fifth seed Andy Murray is through to the round of 16 after easy, breezy straight-set wins over Kevin Anderson, Marc Gicquel, and Florent Serra. Up next is Isner, but we’re really jonesing for that quarterfinal he’ll have with Rafa Nadal (and possibly Del Potro or Roddick in the semis). (Draw: Men’s singles.)
Practice pics: Andy’s practice pics from before the tournament started, all after the cut. You’re welcome.
Until they’re upstaged by the Federers, we’re expecting the Hewitts to rule the roost as the best dressed family of tennis.
Like father…: On Cruz, a black/green version of his dad’s limited-edition Yonex tee, available on the Hewitt site for AU$20 a pop.
Bec wears a salmon tank (with a zipper graphic) to Lleyton’s second-round match.
And for a family tennis session, she wears a boyfriend tank by Lauren Moshi. (You can pick one up here for $110.) And props to daugther Mia for rockin’ that badass cast.
Maybe it’s the faux hawk, maybe we’re feeling bad about his impending retirement (or about his having to face Roger Federer in the fourth round), or maybe it’s the red. Whatever it is, we are all thumbs up for Hewitt’s look at this year’s Australian Open. Good job, Yonex.
Bracketology: Hewitt might be well rested after an easy win (at the expense of Marcos Baghdatis‘ shoulder), but the Aussie will need every trick in his bag if he wants to beat Roger. The odds are against him, of course; Hewitt has lost 13 consecutive matches to Federer (out of 23 played), including seven losses at the majors.
More: More Lleyton pics after the cut…