Juan Monaco at the 2011 U.S. Open. The Argentine is still in the singles draw, beating Seppi in the first round and next playing Stepanek. They share the same section of the draw as Federer and Fish. (Draw: Men’s Singles)
Sa Watch: One of our favorite blotters makes its annual appearance as we check in on Andre Sa; he’s in this year’s U.S. Open doubles event with partner Olivier Rochus. The duo lost to Julian Knowle and Horacio Zeballos in the first round. (And in case you missed it, the Bryans were upset by the team of Karlovic and Moser. (Draw: See how the rest of the dubs bracket is stacking up.)
(image by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
As the NYT‘s coverage of the U.S. Open goes into high gear, let’s not forget this one about where to grab food close to (but not on-) site: Mr. Critic points us to some awesome Chinese food in Flushing, including the recently opened Grand Restaurant. Sadly, Yelpers seem to have a different feeling about this place…
Bonus: Turns out, Mr. Critic wrote a more fleshed-out article that appeared on the website on August 26. Check out his non-Chinese recommendations here.
(photo by Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times)
Sheer beaut: The on-point Maria Sharapova wore Vera Wang to the party celebrating the launch of her Fall 2011 Collection by Cole Haan, held at the company’s SoHo store this past Thursday.
Maria accessorized the sheer white dress, plucked from Wang’s fall runway collection, with some Tiffany jewelry (love that necklace!) and of course a bag and shoes from her CH line.
The event also served as the preview for two special editions of CHMS Air Bacara Ballet Flats; these ones were inspired by the colorways of Maria’s Nike-designed U.S. Open day/night dresses. “The Air Bacara Ballet is one of my favorite Cole Haan styles within my collection,” Sharapova said in a press release. “We wanted to do something fun and special inspired by my love of fashion and sport.”
The day shoe comes in a feather grey/neon pink combo — crafted with perforated leather — while the night ballet pairs black perforated suede with a bold chickadee yellow. Note that signature corset-lace detailing at the heel.
On your mark: The limited edition ABFs ($148) will be available for sale on September 8 at Cole Haan SoHo, and select other Cole Haan stores in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Merrick Park. The rest of the Fall 2011 collection’s already available. (Check out colehaan.com to see the goods. Our fave? The peep-toe monk-strapped ankle boot from the Alexis line.)
Bonus: See how Maria’s Vera Wang dress looked on the runway, plus the rest of the super-chiffoned VW Fall 2011 collection — all at style.com.
Looking forward: TSF’s resident bracketologist Chris has Maria making it all the way to the finals of next week’s U.S. Open before falling to Serena. Do you agree with his prediction?
(event photos by Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com; product images courtesy of Cole Haan)
You know how giddy we get at the merch booths, so we’re glad we could temper some of our energy with this preview of the U.S. Open-related merch that Nike‘ll be selling during the tournament.
The Nike Tribute Collection is “inspired by NYC and one of the most anticipated moments in tennis… Nike offers a unique collection that is fit for any enthusiast to express their loyalty to the mavericks of the court and sheer love for the game.” (Hmm, is that smashed-racquet logo an homage to McEnroe or Ryan Harrison?)
Which items are you eyeing? Tell us!
(images courtesy of Nike)
Nike‘s putting the “all-american” label on Serena Williams, giving her a red day dress, a blue evening dress, and white Mirabella 3 shoes. Note the sweetheart neckline and the halter-neck detail in the dresses.
Watch: Video from the Nike camp above (including a preview of the blue evening dress!).
(images and video courtesy of Nike)
Maria Sharapova Day Dress
Maria Sharapova Evening Dress
Shades of grey: The folks at Nike are keeping Maria Sharapova in very muted-colored dresses at this year’s U.S. Open. Her loosely fitted (i.e., casual) day dress is accented by a bright “solar red” while the more tight-fitting night dress — inspired by New York, of course — mixes up shiny and matte fabrics to evoke the colors of the concrete jungle at dusk. They slapped on “high voltage yellow” on the back straps of the night dress to give it some pop.
View: Watch Nike Tennis Creative Director Janice Lucena and Footwear Development Director Gary McCourt discuss Sharapova’s kit in-depth.
(images and video courtesy of Nike)
Sightings in the stands: We always forget that New Balance is in the tennis business. Their novelty tee for the season is this one, worn by a fan watching yesterday’s Fish/Harrison semi at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. Props to the layout and color choices — it’s white/blue for the summer and red/white/black for the fall — but a play on “playahs” (having “game”)? Give us something fresher and wittier next year, ok?
(photo by TSF)
And by doubles, we mean a two-for-one: shirtless AND tattooed.
Farmers Classic semifinalist Alex Bogomolov, Jr. showed TSF some love before his match-up against Ernests Gulbis yesterday. Alex was on the Grandstand court playing points with a decent-hittin’ tween. BTW: Gulbis won that match 6-2, 7-6 (4).
We already logged his right shoulder tat, and this is our first the Chinese characters on his left shoulder.
More: Two more images after the cut…
Facing Fish: Ernie Gulbis hits with Canas a few hours before his final match against Mardy Fish at the Farmers Classic, being contested this week at UCLA. This is Gulbis’ second appearance in an ATP World Tour final; his first was at Delray Beach last year, where he won his first career title. Bracket: See how the men fared in Los Angeles.
(photo by TSF)
So are we the only ones seeing more and more men wear their long hair in buns these days? Kinda loving it as a summer look…
Speaking of bun (and buns) Guillermo Canas has been popping in and out of our line of sight at this week’s Farmer’s Classic, where he’s been working with semifinalist Ernests Gulbis. The lanky Latvian booked his spot in the final four with that upset of second seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 7-6 (3), making this his first semi appearance since January in Sydney. Gulbis will play Alex Bogomolov, who staged his own upset in the Grandstand court in his quarterfinal against Thomaz Bellucci.
Stacking up: See the draws here.
(photo by TSF)
We will never tire of men in black — espesh if they’re toting little furry poochies. Here’s Novak Djokovic on the cover of the July/August issue of L’Uomo Vogue; the double issue had another cover, with Beyonce. (No matter what that squirrel says, Pierre, you’re still top dog around here!) See some scans from the mag here.
Novak Djokovic‘s been having this courtship with a squirrel over at Wimbledon. So far he’s still finding a way to get close to the darned rodent. (“How should I call her?” he tweets.) Don’t play with fire, Nole! We’re pretty sure rabies won’t help you win a major… | More: Djoko fights for dog to get onto SW19 grounds
“An Evening With Betty White” Coming To Farmers Classic Presented by Mercedes-Benz
A bit of a stretch, but we’ll go with it. (Hey — it’s all good press, right?) Betty White will be at UCLA’s Royce Hall on the Friday before the start of the Farmers Classic, also held on campus. She’ll give a talk about her career (including a Q&A portion!), moderated by her “Hot in Cleveland” co-star Wendie Malick.
She’s not cheap: Ticket info here to see Betty; you’ll have to fork over $50 for the nosebleeds.
More: Full release after the cut…
Andy Murray stars in yet another chapter of the abusive and frustrating UK-wants-a-local-to-win-Wimbledon saga. This year, there might be a fighting chance: though Murray has not been a part of the Roger/Rafa/Nole conversation that we’ve all been having for most of 2011 so far, the Scot did make some noise by taking the AEGON grasscourt warm-up. He followed that up with a vintage Murray performance in his first-round match at Wimbledon against Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver: a slow start, but an eventual 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-0 victory. (Prediction: Chris has Andy making it all the way to the semis.)
Perhaps those inspirational messages — printed onto his Head racquet bag — helped him out? FYI: comments posted on Head’s FB page are chosen by a team (including Andy) and printed on a limited-edition racquet bag that Murray’ll use throughout the fortnight. (Short and inspirational blurbs are encouraged.) More will be added for every round he plays. The bag will be signed after the tourney’s end and will be raffled off to a fan. Nifty idea, but next time, let’s take the design to the next level, ok? Think Stephen Sprouse.
Do you like me? Check “yes” or “no”: Pass your note to Andy using this Head FB app.
More: Two more pics of the bag after the cut…
Objects on TV are nicer than they appear: We’re not going to lie — watching Venus Williams play her first-round Wimbledon match left us deflated (and no, it wasn’t the grueling workout we just finished, we’re sure); that repurposed wedding gown just did not look good on the decorated AELTC vet as she gracefully pranced around the court in a first-round clinic over Akgul Amanmuradova. The scoreline: 6,3-6-1. (Brackets: Chris has Venus dropping out in the round of 16.)
And about that lace jumpsuit with gold trim (Golden Girls meets Project Runway?): le sigh. On TV, the shorts seemed a little too billowy, especially since we’ve seen how Venus can rock a cute pair of hot pants on the Wimbledon lawns. The gold-zippered top flopped in awkward ways as she hit her groundstrokes. The sleeves seemed as though they were missing whole panels.
(At least her trends are on point, ish? Venus, on her outfit: “Jumpers are very ‘now,”‘ she explained, “as is lace.” As is gold, really. That’s the advantage to producing one-offs for match play: your design schedule is not beholden to the super-long lead time associated with retail.)
Suprisingly, it all seemed to come together in the photos snapped during the match (see below). Just a good photographer? Maybe we were glancing up at the TV at the wrong time? Anyway, it doesn’t matter, since no one can buy this stuff. Picture worth a thousand words, but zero dollars in revenue.
More photos: Check out other looks at Venus’ EleVen outfit after the cut…