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Serena Williams showed up to the ESPYs in a Grecian-themed ensemble. We’re loving the chiffon dress and the diamond drop necklace. Serena was nominated for “Best Female Tennis Player” and “Best Championship Performance”.
Andy Roddick and James Blake were also in attendance, both up for the “Best Male Tennis Player” award. (L.A. locals: James will be signing his new book at the Torrance Borders this Saturday.)
Russian Maria Sharapova took a break from fending off Fed Cup controversy with some partying in Hollywood. On Tuesday night, she hit the ESPYs “Extreme” party at The Roosevelt wearing a beige empire waist Prada dress paired with a vintage clutch. She’s still all about the tiered layers, isn’t she? We love the ruffled collar, too.
Masha followed this up with a vintage Chanel corset dress at last night’s show, where she won the “Best International Female Athlete” award, besting Justine Henin and golfers Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam. She also picked up the “Best Female Tennis Player” ESPY over Henin, Jelena Jankovic, and Serena Williams. Congratulations to her.
Photo from GLAAD
Martina Navratilova received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at last Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
The media nonprofit did a good job getting A-list TV stars to attend (photos via Just Jared here), including castmembers from Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives (very ABC-centric), plus a smattering of others, including Eva Mendes, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, and former Miss Universe Dayana Torres, whose Edward Lucero-designed dress my friends obsessed about — up close and personal — at a WeHo bar later that evening.
A few tidbits from the ceremony, via Planet Gossip:
Lance Bass, on [presenting to Martina]: “When I came out in People magazine, she wrote a letter to the editor calling me courageous.”
[Martina], after watching a video retrospective of her career: “Those hairstyles! Sanjaya has nothing on me—but at least I can play tennis.”
The Stephen Kolzak Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.
Billie Jean King’s men are hustling, too: Not to be outdone by all the recent activity of the other out gay retired tennis player, Billie Jean is making the rounds, earlier this month accepting the Alan King Passion Award at the Pacific Life Open, and today announcing her endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton as president. Clinton, on King: “[She is] an inspiration to women everywhere [who] spent her life breaking down barriers, and I’m honored to have her support.” (via The San Francisco Examiner)
Sharapova, the ambassador: The Telegraph published a story about what motivated Maria Sharapova to become a U.N. ambassador. (It was Chernobyl.) Here’s her take on philanthropy:
“The coolest thing about making money is that you are able to give back,” Sharapova said. “You have the opportunity to help people. You can only buy so many cars, so many houses, so many dresses and so many pairs of shoes, but it’s not going to make you happy. But helping to save lives is incredible. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing that is.”
(via Tennis News)
It’s Wednesday: So it’s time to read — on your break — Sports Illustrated columnist Jon Wertheim’s mailbag. You should read it every week.
Laureus Awards Presenters: Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria and Kyle MacLachlan, along with Argentinian supermodel Valeria Mazza and Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes, are all scheduled to present at the Laureus World Sports Awards. Tennis players nominated include: Federer, Henin, Mauresmo, Sharapova, and Serena. (via the Southern Daily Echo)
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