Trophy goes up, clothes come off: The winning ways of Novak Djokovic haven’t changed. Here are photos taken after his title win at the China Open against Marin Cilic. Never has TSF been so thankful for old habits dying hard.
Pics after the cut…
Moscow, represent: Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova bagged her first title since tearing it up on the clay courts in early 2009 (with titles in Stuttgart and Roland Garros) by defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the China Open. Not sure if it’s this new positive aura of hers, but she was lookin’ damn good in the cap-sleeve top from Fila‘s fall Heritage collection. (Buy: $38.99 at TW)
Nole, unveiled: Were we really surprised that there was a Serbian striptease after Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles title at the China Open? He took out Marin Cilic 6-2, 7-6 (4) in a rain-addled final. Nole now has three titles (Dubai and Serbia Open); he heads Shanghai to take part in the Shanghai Masters tourney (this week).
If you know what’s going on with the bandana wrapped around their wrists, hit me up.
Stud, studded: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and his pearl studs were no match for Mikhail Youzhny in the Japan Open. The Frenchman won 6-3, 6-3. Props to Youzhny, though, who beat Gilles Simon, Tomas Berdych, and Lleyton Hewitt on his way to the final. That one-handed backhand was smokin’!
Seal of approval: That chinese name stamp the China Open tourney organizers gave to Marat Safin after his swan song in Beijing was a cool concept.
Marat Safin lost to Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of this week’s Beijing Open.
Rafa on Marat: “I am happy for him to have the end the China Open for him like this. So, for the rest, it is important for tennis. Marat is a very important player for tennis, for the fans, so we are going to miss him a lot”
Up next for Safin is a wildcard entry into the Shanghai Masters.
Trophy watch: As a “thank you” for his years of service, the tourney organizers gave Marat a chinese seal carving with his name on it.
(images via Getty Images)
Sad to see Serbian Janko Tipsarevic retire with an injured ankle from his second-round match against Olivier Rochus 6-7 (5), 3-2 at the Beijing Olympics.
He attended his presser in a wheelchair with a super-swollen ankle. About the injury, Janko said: “Now I know how Ana felt when she withdrew. Maybe it’s too hard word to say that this is the worst day in my life, but it is certainly the worst day of my career…Olympic Games mean a lot to every sportsman, especially as they take place once in 4 years. I played really well in my first match, my confidence was on the highest level, and I felt I could reach far. But sometimes things like this happen and you just can’t do anything about it.”
Janko will now focus on getting ready for the U.S. Open.
During his time off his feet, perhaps he’ll consider trimming his hair?
(image via hcfoo.com)
Here’s a look at Roger Federer‘s Olympics kit from Nike in action through three rounds in Beijing.
He beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-2 in the first round, Rafael Arevalo of El Salvador 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the third, and will run into eighth seed James Blake in the quarters.
Other matchups are Mathieu vs. Gonzalez, Monfils vs. Djokovic, and Melzer vs. Nadal. (Draw here.)
More: See the detail shots of Roger’s outfit — wristband, headband, bag, belt, etc. — all after the cut…
Leave the suit at home: Our favorite tennis commentator, Mary Carillo, gets glammed up during her time in front of the camera at the Beijing Olympics. She, along with a other analysts covering the for the U.S. market (including Melissa Stark, Alex Flanagan, and Lindsay Czarniak), got outfits especially designed by label Ports 1961.
I think she looks pretty good. What do you think? Tell us!
“When I was first approached to create a capsule collection for the NBC Olympic commentators, I was honored,” said Ports 1961 creative director Tia Cibani. Cibani honed her design aesthetic in China during the nineties (while working under then-design heads Dean and Dan Caten).
This collaboration was announced last month along with the release of these sketches above.
(screengrab source: TF)
Opening Ceremony Fashions
August 8, 2008
voiceover by Eric Wilson, produced by Simone S. Bridges and Amy O’Leary
(screengrab from nytimes.com)
Jelena Jankovic wore a specially designed red dress for the her opening Olympic singles match, beating Zimbabwe’s Cara Black 6-3, 6-3. The Reebok dress’ loudest feature is a laurel wreath design on the front.
“It’s a special dress for the Olympics. So it’s quite cool. I received a lot of compliments from the girls and from the people around here,” she said. “It’s a little bit different to what I used to wear. But you get so wet from sweating. That’s not so nice — too much humidity!”
More: Two more pics after the cut…
TSF’s sad that we won’t get to see Maria Sharapova in her kit for the Beijing Olympics. So we’ll have to do with what we’re given:
Serena Williams wears a patriotic version of the Doubles Dress that she debuted earlier this year. In her first Olympics singles match ever (she won gold in doubles with Venus in 2000), she took out Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1.
Zheng Jie took advantage of playing on her home court in her win over Hungarian Agnes Szavay.
Notice the ghosted pattern on the back panel of the top. (Thanks for a reader’s help with this one.)
Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova brushed aside veteran Ai Sugiyama 6-2 7-5.
(images via Getty Images)
Here’s a look at the black and white Olympics standard issue by adidas that we wrote about last week. Thankfully, the kits they’ve provided individual federations are much more colorful. Here are three below:
Andy Murray put aside his Fred Perry to wear the uniform provided by the LTA.
And the French team showed off a variety of pieces, including this polo on Michael Llodra…
…this tank on Gael Monfils…
…and the women’s separates on Pauline Parmentier.
And Chris Guccione and the rest of the Australians get a version in their national sports colors: green and yellow.
(images by Getty Images)
After that great Wimbledon kit, which had James Blake looking really classy, is this bagginess really all that Nike could do for American’s debut at the Olympics?
Gineps lost to Nole 6-4, 6-4 in the first round, while James beat Chris Guccione 6-3, 7-6 (3).
(images via Getty Images)
Olympic fever has hit us at TSF, too. I’m sure you’ve seen the opening ceremonies, or at least clips of it (we loved the movable type sequence).
Here’s a quick look at country uniforms, worn during the athletes’ march around the Bird’s Nest.
Nole and Ana Ivanovic marched for Serbia. Ana has pulled out of the Olympic draw because of a persistent inflammation in her right hand.
As flagbearer for Chile, Fernando Gonzalez dons traditional attire in his walk around the National Stadium.
Roger Federer carried the Swiss flag. The rest of the team wore a khaki sports jacket to round out their uniform.
Agi Szavay and the Hungarians went floral for the opening ceremony.
David Ferrer and Rafa Nadal were among the Spanish players marching.
We loved the fans and the Li Ning purses, but someone should have altered Rafa’s jacket…
We were hoping that Filipinas would wear the female version of the barong, a traditional Filipino costume…
Kobe Bryant totally rocked the Polo Ralph Lauren-designed American uniform.
Kiwi flagbearer goes with a fur cape, while his compatriots wear demure black.
Bright colors on Estonia.
The Finnish women wear a contemporary print.
The Bermudans wear knee-high socks!!
Monaco’s Mathias Raymond, in blue, and Luxembourg in light brown.
Iran in green.
Italians say safe and simple with their well-tailored uniform. Skinny ties! Cargo pants, though? I would have wanted to see a Ferragamo satchel…
Orange is always tough, so kudos to the Dutch for incorporating it wonderfully into their walk around the stadium.
Other faves: Georgia in clean white.
The Venezuelans showed up for American Gladiators casting call.
As expected by me, the Chinese showed up in a tacky uniform fitting for a McDonald’s employee.
Too bad the Afghans weren’t cloaked in a cape like President Hamid Karzai.
(all images via Getty Images)
India’s Olympic contingent couldn’t get it together for their opening march into the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing today.
From the Press Trust of India:
“With ace shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore carrying the tri-colour, the contingent looked good from a distance but as they came closer things looked hardly impressive.
The male members of the team were dressed in off-white sherwanis but the tennis duo of Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao were attired in black trousers and practice jackets. Not only did the two not follow the dress code, the contrast was even more jarring to the eyes when they walked with Delhi paddler Neha Aggarwal who chose a greenish saree for the occasion.
Most of the Indian competitors also did not march smartly, Rathore, tennis ace Leander Paes and shooter Gagan Narang being the exceptions.
Though, the generous crowd at the Bird’s Nest stadium roared to greet the Indians, it was a shoddy fashion statement by the team.”
(src; photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
We can dream: The duo behind Opening Ceremony, this week’s guest bloggers for NYTimes.com’s For the Moment blog, build their fantasy roster of designers to reinvent the uniforms for Olympic sports. Tennis gets Lanvin:
Since this is known as the gentleman’s sport, Lanvin is the perfect designer to bring formal dressing back to tennis. Sorry Nadal, the all black jersey is just not dapper. Instead, you’ll need to sport a bowtie, grosgrain collar dress shirt and a perfect pair of pleated shorts.
Not to be taken seriously, of course…
…unless you’re Lane Crawford, the Chinese luxury retailer that actually commissioned 12 designs from fashion giants, asking them to reinvent Olympic sports through fabric.
They were asked to pick a sport that inspired them: Martin Margiela (badminton), Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy (archery), Stella McCartney (equestrian), Alexander McQueen (fencing), Matthew Williamson for Emilio Pucci (gymnastics), Christopher Bailey for Burberry (sailing), Alberta Feretti (gymnastics), 3.1 Philip Lim (ping pong), Costume National by Ennio Capasa (baseball), Neil Barrett (fencing), Rick Owens (judo), and Raf Simons. Tennis got no love?
The rest: See the renderings and some final products here.
The pieces will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting UNICEF’s Special Relief Funds for Children affected by the Sichuan earthquake.
(images via IIHIH)
Fabulous tennis blog Forty Deuce is up in arms that the Beijing Olympic medals look cheap, but I disagree. I really appreciate its minimalism. And instead of going with metal chinese coins, the medals’ designers went with a stone (jade) inlay. Nice touch.
By the way, I am waiting for the blog that’ll document all the engrish signage in Beijing for these next two weeks. My aunt stayed there a few months ago and said that there are some crazy babelfish-esque translations…
Edit: Mikey send me a link to the ultimate in translation fails.
Nike has taken its streetwear to the nth degree on the eve of the Beijing Olympics, and it has spilled over into off-court tennis attire. A few of the online retailers are carrying themed goods…
A liberal interpretation of the olympic torch (here’s Beijing‘s) appears is a shirt and a sweater.
Olympic Torch Tattoo Print shirt, $30.00.
The super-intense Olympic Torch Tattoo half-zip, $65.00.
Stacked Beijing Shirt, $28.00.
Olympic Rings tee, $28.00
Finally, the windbreakers for the olympics are all split vertically down the middle, giving folks a chance to mix and match country styles. See some wacky combos here (via hypebeast; scroll to the bottom).
Windrunner USA Split jacket, $100.
(images via TW and Midwest Sports)