Archive for July 15th, 2010

fuzzy yellow (eye)balls: oakley x stpl

July 15, 2010

Oakley celebrates its 35th anniversary by collaborating with Staple on issuing new versions of the eyewear company’s designs, each tied to a sport in which Oakley has a solid presence.

First up (released July 13) is a tennis-themed version of the Eyeshade, a style that debuted in 1984. The entire frame’s coated in tennis ball fuzz; note the lines — inspired by a tennis court — over the right eye of the lens. They’ve only produced 150 of these puppies, unfortunately, so if you get a hold of one, feel free to gloat and drop TSF a line. (What do you think of the glasses? Tell us!)

A cycling take on the Jawbone (that’s the style Janko Tipsarevic wears) will drop on August 1. Golf, surfing, and snowboarding will also get their own makeovers. See the entire lineup here.

(images and info via Highsnobiety.com)

one part temper, one part shriek…

July 15, 2010

Maria Sharapova and Yanina Wickmayer have teamed up and entered the Bank of the West Classic (at Stanford starting on July 26). This is the only the third time since 2005 that Masha’s played doubles.

We love this Maria Doodle from FT (they didn’t quite get her penmanship right, though).

Tix and info: Check out event details at the tournament website.

(via FierceTennis and WTB)

please hold our calls: tennis channel’s summer coverage

July 15, 2010

In an effort to bring our readers better service, the west coast offices of TSF recently signed up to get Tennis Channel.

DecoTurfin’ U.S.A.: The network’s 2010 Olympus U.S. Open Series coverage will cover nine tourneys starting July 23: the Atlanta Tennis Championships (Atlanta), Farmers Classic (Los Angeles), Legg Mason Tennis Classic (Washington, D.C.), Rogers Masters (Toronto) and Western and Southern Financial Group Masters (Cincinnati); on the women’s side, they’ll cover the Bank of the West Classic (Stanford, Calif.), Mercury Insurance Open (San Diego), Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open (Cincinnati) and Rogers Cup (Montreal). FYI, they will not be covering Pilot Pen (at Yale).

Schedule: Dates, times, and info about commentators all after the cut…

short balls: tears of joy

July 15, 2010

Dressing, acting and crying like a 12-year-old boy (all so charmingly, might we add!), Rafael Nadal embraced the World Cup in all its glory by cheering on his champs, Spain, in South Africa on Sunday. The Spanish team downed The Netherlands 1-0 to win the country’s first-ever World Cup title, and Rafa got all giddy (and shed some tears) over the futbol success. Looks as though Rafa will keep one foot on the soccer field in the near future as it was also announced last week that he is now a partial shareholder of the Real Mallorca club team.

While one future Hall-of-Famer was in Africa rooting on his countrymen, seven tennis personalities were inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame over the weekend in Newport, R.I. Most notably were the doubles tandems of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge and Natasha Zvereva and Gigi Fernandez. Brad Parks, one of the founding fathers of wheelchair tennis in America, was also honored, as were Derek Hardwick (a pioneer in modernizing the game to its current Open format) and Owen Davidson (a doubles specialist) were also inducted.

In this economy, it might be good to be a tennis player. The US Open announced that the winner of its men’s and women’s singles titles will walk home with $1.7 million each, with the chance of each winning an extra $1 million for talking the US Open Series crown during the summer. The tournament had a 7% increase overall in payout, bringing its total purse to $22.6 million. Ka-ching!

Donnay, once the racquet of champions, is trying to make a resurgence in the global tennis market. The company launched nine new racquets recently, and will use the success of Yanina Wickmayer (their only notable player) to help market the brand. The company once was a big-time player in tennis as the club of choice for Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, Margaret Court and Cliff Drysdale.

There’s a whole lotta short(er) balls and (OT) after the cut.

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