Archive for June 23rd, 2010

four years on, is bethanie busted?

June 23, 2010

You probably would have ran this photo on the top of the post, too. (Getty Images via NYT.com)

The New York Times ran a story on Monday about Bethanie Mattek-Sands dressing herself up in soccer-like garb every four years for the World Cup, but we couldn’t help but notice how busted our favorite American funky gal looked in her photo from the first round. Pasty? Yes. Pudgy? A little? Is BMS sick? We hope not. But wow, the 2006 version of herself is looking light years better, don’t you think?

Way above: 2006. This one: Two-thousand eek.

curtsy from afar

June 23, 2010

Serena Williams will have to over night the Queen a pair of binoculars slash see-through-buildings glasses if she wants the Queen to see her well-practiced curtsy on Thursday. Not only was Serena bounced from Centre Court, the defending champion has been relegated to Court 2 for play, being upstaged by Caroline Wozniacki for Queen’s-court bidding.

In all seriousness, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Queen, who is making her first visit to Wimbledon since 1977, will only sit through the Andy Murray match (up first) and then do the Venus Royalty Wave (cup the hand) and peace out.

(image via wimbledon web site)

in pictures, the match that stretched a lifetime

June 23, 2010

The John Isner-Nicolas Mahut match might not still be going if the players didn’t make these grave mistakes during their nearly nine hours on court…

At one point, Mahut let the ball boy play a game for him while he crouched on his knees in the middle of the court. Not only did the ball boy suck at tennis, he tried to hold the racket head and hit with the handle. After much begging, the ball boy got Mahut to continue, but only after Isner had served four straight aces.

Isner took a bathroom break on court. This is extremely inappropriate, especially for Wimbledon. Mahut serves up two aces and the crowd did the wave several times to create some air flow on Court 18.

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attack of the 50-foot woman

June 23, 2010

Frilly fun: Wimbledon twelfth seed Nadia Petrova got the memo about tiered skirts (along with Masha, Venus, and Jelena Jankovic), but didn’t quite put it together. The layers on her Ellesse dress came up short and is totally unflattering for her brickhouse frame. Oh well, at least she tried.

Draw: Ms. Petrova’s been hanging out in the bottom half of the ladies’ singles bracket and now faces Justine Henin in the third round. The two have only met once this year — at the beginning of the season, in Brisbane — and Henin took that one 7-5, 7-5. Nadia had a solid clay run (QFs: Charleston, Roma, Madrid, Roland Garros) but will be no match for Justine, who took last week’s UNICEF Open. The field might have been weak at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, but a grass title’s a grass title. Browse: Women’s Draw.

(image via Getty Images)

no pressure, andy!

June 23, 2010

We all know how that Andy Murray hasn’t quite mastered the art of grace under pressure (see; 2010 Australian Open Finals), so let’s better hope he can get a few pointers from his team before stepping out for his second round match against Jarkko Nieminen, to be played on Centre Court. The hometown crowd wants him to take the cake, and for good reason: Andy’s had a decent year so far, with some runs deep into Masters Series tournaments alongside that great performance in Melbourne. Even the Royal Family is hip to it, with Queen Elizabeth II scheduled to watch the Scot play on Thursday (her first time at the tournament since 1977).

Top o’ the Bottom: Murray’s section of the bottom half (shared with Rafa Nadal) has some obstacles in the form of Tsonga (quarters), Querrey (fourth round), and Simon (third round). Check out the bracket here.

It’s in his hands now: adidas put Andy in the Barricade line, which for the Wimbledon iteration is accented with deep (“university”) red piping. Off the court, he gets an adi dassler practice tee and a hoodie from the company’s FIFA World Cup merch. This black “Greatest Moments Makana Hoodie” is an homage to the Makana FA, a South Africa-based league founded by political prisoners.

Buy: Fall Barricade Polo, $55, white/black/university red; Fall Competition Shorts, $45; Greatest Moments Makana Hoodie, $80.

More: Two more pics of Andy’s Wimbledon looks after the cut…

kei’s candy

June 23, 2010

Let’s all take a break from that epic Wimbledon 2010 first round match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut (it’s at 38-37 in the fifth set as a I type this) and take a look at Kei Nishikori. Kei had the luck of drawing Rafael Nadal in the first round. He lost the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Speaking of colorful accessories, adidas slapped a bright blue watch onto Kei’s otherwise white outfit. We love that extra bit of pop.

Buy: adidas Originals Candy Watch, Neon Blue, $60, adidas.com. Fall Edge Crew, $50, TW.


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