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cilic: one of the u.s. open’s best dressed

September 6, 2011

Li Ning‘s been given the tall task of dressing Marin Cilic at this year’s U.S. Open. They made good use of vibrant, contrasting colors (royal blue, yellow, and white) in blocks, lines, and swirls to break up the real estate on the 6′ 6″ Croat. Plus brownie points for the sleek footwear colors — socks included. It’s refreshing to see tennis (almost-)whites in an era when everyone’s trying to infuse their gear with color.

Marin, the tournament’s 27th seed, beat Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the opening round and dropped only three games against Tomic in the second before falling to Federer. He can take solace in having taken a set off Fed, for anchoring the Croatian Davis Cup team for their tie vs. South Africa later this month, and for being one of the U.S. Open’s best dressed gents.

More: Two other pics of Cilic after the cut…

18 crumbs from taste of tennis

August 28, 2011

And by “crumbs,” we mean people, of course. Thursday night, TSF made its way to Taste of Tennis, the yearly event that combines food, the chefs that make it and a line-up of US Open tennis players for an evening that’s quite delectable. It was our first time there, and we were lucky enough to be joined by the talented photographer Billie Weiss, who snapped all 13 of these images in this post. But while Billie took in the visuals, we worked the green carpet and nabbed a few folks for a word or two before they headed in to snarf and socialize.

Our leading man, Gilles Simon, above, worked the green carpet longer than anyone else, happily obliging to speak with every single reporter and blogger (and there were plenty of us!) along his way.

TSF: What’s been the most surprising thing about year one of fatherhood? Hardest?
Gilles Simon: Well, it’s not surprising because I wanted it. [Smiling.] The mother, she is fabulous. When I have a match and the baby is crying in the night, I don’t wake up, she will always do that. For me, I just have the good things during a tournament: I get to enjoy him and when I don’t win a match he makes me smile because he is always happy to see [me]. I tend to forget about tennis around him.

TSF: Are you guys always traveling as a unit?
GS: We are not always together. But when we are, the mother helps me a lot — she is very patient. I try to have them with me as much as possible, of course.

TSF: What’s one thing you love about coming to New York?
GS: I am from Paris so shopping is not a big deal here. [Smiling.] It’s just being here. You cannot see this city anywhere else in the world. Nothing is the same. At night, sometimes it is too much for me, but it’s only two weeks. I can do that. I really enjoy traveling in different parts of the world. New York? You can’t find it anywhere else.

TSF: Tell us what you’re doing here tonight.
Gigi Fernandez: I’m here as an ambassador for the event. I’m delighted that I get to combine my two passions: tennis and drinking. [Laughs.] No, no. Tennis and food. Rums of Puerto Rico [one of the sponsors] asked me to come tonight and I’ve done stuff with them before. I did an event with them in Washington DC that was an Iron Chef-style competition where the chefs had to prepare food using different rums. And I was one of the judges… we got to drink and eat. It was great! It’s always fun for me to represent anything Puerto Rican.

TSF: OK, you’ve made two drink reference so far. What’s your favorite drink?
GF: Mojitos. They’re my favorite.

TSF: What else are you up to these days?
GF: Being a full-time mom is a full-time job. I do a lot of corporate clinics and several events during the Open. I play in the Senior event at the Open and I did so at Wimbledon and the French Open, too.

TSF: Do you care to weigh in on the women’s side this year?
GF: I think if Serena can stay fit then she’s clearly heads above the rest. When she’s 100% she’s the best player in the world.

TSF: Have any of the younger American girls caught your eye at all?
GF: Yeah, actually. Monica Puig is a Puerto Rican player. She’s the highest-ranked American junior coming up and she’ll have a similar dilemma to the one that I had in trying to figure out who she will represent. She’s definitely the one with the most potential.

TSF: What is on the iPod these days?
Vera Zvonareva: Well, I like Rihanna a lot. I like Nickelback right now and Linkin Park. There are a couple new songs from Bruno Mars out there, too.

TSF: Do you ever try to see anyone live when you’re traveling?
VZ: That’s something that I would love to do one day. Unfortunately, it never really works out with the tournaments. When you listen to music live it’s a great feeling. It’s something that I really want to do eventually.

TSF: What about when you have an afternoon or evening to yourself? What is me-time for Vera?
VZ: I lock myself in the hotel room and put a movie on and I can watch three or four movies at a time.

TSF: And your fave?
VZ: Bodyguard.

TSF: Touché V!

TSF: Pilates or yoga? What would you go for?
Janko Tipsarevic:
I would go for yoga. I tried it once on P90X and I only made it to two days because of my schedule. I was imagining that it was going to be really easy but it really is not. It’s all about focus.

TSF: What about starting a line of your own roller-bags at some point?
JT: I would, but the company — Technifibre — they were not really a big fan of that bag. But I always say, “Why wear it over your shoulder when you can roll it on the ground?” I know I look like I’m going to the airport but it’s so much easier.

TSF: Do you think that Djokovic’s run has motivated the rest of you Serbians to play better as well?
VZ: With winning the Davis Cup, it really inspired all of us to play better. With Novak, I’m really happy to have him as a friend. I have a front row seat to see what he is doing. I’m not afraid to talk to him and see what he is doing and what he is thinking. It’s only helped me improve.

TSF: What if you could make one meal? Where would it be? What would it include?
Tamira Paszek: One meal? That I cook? I love risotto, especially before the beginning of a tournament. Like a mushroom risotto with truffle oil. I cook sometimes … it’s relaxing. At Wimbledon we rented a house and we cooked then.

Tommy Haas chatted with a few folks on the line, then made a dash for the food. Leftovers? Loved the just-showered wet-hair look.

Rafael Nadal MUST have had a change-of-shirts after sporting the same outfit at Macy’s earlier in the day. He looked surprisingly fresh-faced after the mob on 34th. Leftovers? Benito responded to a question in Spanish with Italian.

Fernando Verdasco is really looking his best we’ve seen in a long while. Love the hair, love the (lack-of) facial hair. Leftovers? Has he lost weight?!

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trophy watch: watching the trophies

August 2, 2011

Back to the basics: It took this week on TSF for us to remember that Trophy Watch is just that: watching the trophies. The tour trots the globe and the globe is a creative, eccentric place. And where better does it come out than the trophies we get to see every weekend?! Sure, the clothes are great. The tournament sites are entertaining. But these trophies? There is nothing better.

Mountain mayhem: Spanish man Marcel Granollers climbed a big one this weekend, downing Fernando Verdasco in the Swiss Open at Gstaad, 6-4 3-6 6-3 to win his second career title and first since 2008.

Include us next time, please. On the creative process to come up with this gem. Alexandr Dolgopolov (and his head band) ruined the chances of hometown hero Marin Cilic in Umag, Croatia. Dolgopolov won 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Smile, Mr. Bear. Serena Williams and Marion Bartoli were smiling just fine for the camera, though that brown bear on the right looks rather bummed out that he, too, wasn’t awarded a crystal bowl. Next time, fuzzy buddy! Serena tore through the field at Stanford, beating Bartoli 7-5, 6-1 in the final.

Earnestly Ernests: He ernested that one, right? OK, we’ll stop. But is there a more fun name to say than Ernests Gulbis on the tour right now? The hard-hitting Latvian upstaged hometown boy Mardy Fish in the final, winning the Farmers Classic with a 5-7 6-4 6-4 win on Sunday at UCLA. | More: TSF’s LA coverage
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davis cup: mostly quiet on the eastern front

July 11, 2010

The boisterous crowd who came to cheer the Croatian Davis Cuppers at the Spaladium Arena in Split could not boost their home team past the more experienced Serbian posse at this weekend’s Davis Cup quarterfinal tie. The decisive 4-1 rout puts the team of Djokovic, Tipsarevic, Troicki, and Zimonjic in the semifinals — a first for their country in Davis Cup history. (Scoreline: Tie details)

Still, props to Marin Cilic for wearing his checkered Fila tee and notching the one “W” for Croatia (the second singles rubber, against Troicki). The lanky 21-year-old was gracious in his post-match presser, picking Nole and his team to the take the Cup this year.

The Serbs — pampered in their digs — showed up in a variety of kits all showcasing their country’s colors. Nole picked a solid red polo from Sergio Tacchini while Nenad opted for a more playful version in Lacoste. Troicki sprinkled some blue in his Los tee while Janko and his bangs stayed safe with Fila. On the Croatian side, Ljubicic and Dodig‘s Li Ning kits were both as uninspired as their play.

(images via Getty Images)

jurgen melzer: we believed it when we saw it

February 8, 2010

We had a hunch that the current adidas Spring Edge line for men didn’t look quite right in the white/green colorway, but looks pretty darn good in black/green. And to prove our point, here’s Jurgen Melzer on his way to a semifinal exit at last week’s PBZ Zagreb Indoors. He lost to eventual champ Marin Cilic.

(image via Getty Images)

lefties and lanks rule the roost

February 8, 2010

The women took a week off to fight for the flags, but the men were vying for titles this past week.

Marin Cilic defended his title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win over Michael Berrer. After the match, Marin explained that second-set hiccup that went Berrer’s way.

“I was surprised with the level of [Berrer's] game. It’s not that I underestimated him; it’s just that I did not expect this level of tennis in his first major final. There were no ups and downs in his game; I had to earn every point.”

Marin currently has a 15-1 record for 2010. He won Chennai and made it to the semis of the 2010 Australian Open.

South Africa and South America: See the other two singles winners after the cut…

cilic: letting the game do the talking

January 29, 2010

One loss so far this year (to Andy Murray) should be encouraging to Marin Cilic; after winning Chennai, the Croat made his way to his first major semifinal at this year’s 2010 Australian Open and stared down some big guns along the way, including the slicey (and un-retired) Fabrice Santoro, hometown fave Bernard Tomic, fellow beast Juan Martin Del Potro, and the hard-serving Andy Roddick (whom TSF picked as the men’s titleist this year). Here’s hoping for an exciting 2010 for Marin. Maybe a crack into the top 10?

Buy: Fila Spring Heritage piped polo in white, $46.99, fila.com.

sightings in the stands… and on the sidelines

January 29, 2010

I’ve been with Marin” would’ve been a more interesting sign, no?

These fans showed up to cheer for the Croat Marin Cilic‘s first appearance at a major semi. Too bad he ran right into fifth seed Andy Murray‘s freight train, which caused a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 scoreline. The Scot’s in the final against Roger Federer, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. Does anyone else think that this is Roger’s year to pick up all four major titles?

Meanwhile, an uber-excited Croatian fan (wearing his best Bob’s Big Boy) walk onto the court as the match ended, getting a chance to shake hands with Marin near the chair umpire. Can we make an example of one of these guys? Make them be a ballboy for an entire two hour match in the hot Australian sun? Have them be in charge of Rafael Nadal‘s sweat? Get their head dunked in cold water every time we “see” Venus Williams “flashing us”? Respect the access we get, people. We got off easy after Monica. Let’s keep it that way.

from roddick, we’ll take what we can get

January 26, 2010

We were on the edge of our seats as the fifth set of that Cilic/Roddick quarterfinal went underway, not knowing whether the experience of the top-ranked American could get him out of that two-set hole he dug, or if the nothing-to-lose attitude of the Croatian newcomer would get him to his first major semi.

In the end, Roddick’s bothersome shoulder (he tweaked it near the end of his match against Gonzo) rendered two of his fingers numb, leading to a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 win for Cilic.

Subtle stripes: As you know, Andy is no Venus Williams; he’s perfectly content playing in plain, drab clothing. So you bet we were happy that he welcomed some bright stripes on the collar of his Lacoste performance polo.

No word yet on when this’ll go on sale. We’ll let you know as soon as we get info.

More pics: A few more pics of the polo (also in black) after the cut…

for tomic the teen, a bubblegum shirt

January 25, 2010

Local fave Bernard Tomic gave the Aussies a great performance during his second round loss to Marin Cilic at the 2010 Australian Open. The score: 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 4-6.

The 14th-seeded Cilic’s still in, scheduled to face Andy Roddick in the quarters after fending off Stan Wawrinka and upsetting Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round. (That last one was a five-setter, too!)

Draw: See how the men’s draw is filling out here.

We’re all about the multi-color version of Nike‘s Rush and Crush shirt — that’s the one Nadal‘s wearing in orange — with its whimsical colors that complement the bright blues of the Melbourne Park courts.

Buy: Nike Rush and Crush Crew in white (sold out) and orange blaze, $60, nike.com.

More pics: See a few more looks at Tomic’s tee (plus what he wear to Kooyong) after the cut…

trophy watch: kerchiefs, gang signs, pearl studs, and gold crosses

October 12, 2009

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.

all quiet on the eastern front

February 24, 2009

There’s enough to deal with: In light of all this Shahar Peer and Sweden vs. Israel Davis Cup madness, you better believe we’re glad that we’ve heard nary a peep about Marin Cilic and Janko Tipsarevic‘s first-round match in Dubai. (Tensions ran high at Serbia-Croatia matches at the Australian Open…)

Scoreline: The Fila-clad Slavs needed to go three sets to decide a winner; Cilic took it 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round, where he’ll face Julien Benneteau. They’re all in the top half of the draw along with top seed Nole Djokovic.

(photos via Getty Images)

trophy watch: tsonga rams chardy and cilic goes back for seconds

February 9, 2009

The inaugural South African Open in Johannesburg saw an all-French final between hitting partners Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jeremy Chardy. Tsonga, who did not drop a set all week, earned $79,000 for his 6-4, 7-6 (5) performance. This is his third career title and first of 2009.

Props to the tourney organizers for coming up with a one-of-a-kind memento of Tsonga’s achievement, however Lord of the Flies it may be. I’m just going to think that those aren’t real horns; I’ll sleep better at night.

And in Croatia, two lanky locals — Marin Cilic and Mario Ancic — played in the finals of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. Cilic’s 6-3, 6-4 win gives him his second title in five weeks and his third overall. He also now has a 13-1 match record for 2009, an ATP-best.

In Vina Del Mar, Chile, Fernando Gonzalez took home his fourth Movistar Open title by beating Jose Acasuso 6-1, 6-3.

(photos via Getty Images)

ticked off slavs are hot

January 21, 2009

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Rowdy nationalistic tennis fans became the talk of the Australian Open after today’s second-round matches. Paul-Henri Mathieu facedoff against Amer Delic (an American of Bosnian descent), Croat Marin Cilic defeated Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, and Delic is slated to face off against Serbian Nole Djokovic in the succeeding round. The tension today was enough to spur Delic to post a message on his website urging his fans to keep politics out of the the tournament.

In the Cilic/Tipsarevic match, spectators “were a little bit incorrect,” said Janko, “singing songs that had nothing to do with tennis because of the history [both countries] have with each other. I think two or three times I even said to the Serbian crowd, don’t call [Marin] names. It’s OK to cheer for me but don’t say bad things about him.”

“What I liked and was surprised about was there was no clapping between the first and second serve or no mobile phones ringing at an important part.” Good point, Janko. I’d take aggro-but-considerate douchebags over inconsiderate WASPs any day of the week.

By the way, I’m going to throw my hat in the ring for Melbourne ground security next year. I’m prepared to rough some of these guys up if things get out of hand.

(photos by Getty Images)

do i really have to choose between marin and janko?

January 21, 2009

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Tournament organizers should know better than to keep spectators on edge to see who comes out victorious in a fight between Serbian Janko Tipsarevic and Croat Marin Cilic. Can’t they both just move on to the next round?

And no, your eyes are not deceiving you. They are both wearing tops from this season’s Fila Collezione Group. How fitting that a match filled with ethnic tension would be outfitted with shirts that look like bloody shards of glass. Argh, why do they wear the same shirts on the court? Flip a coin or something. And Janko, with those red spectacles you crossed the line to overcoordination. (Perhaps this is why the crowd was pissed off!)

Scoreline: The very tense second round match ultimately went to 19th-seeded Cilic (who’s been doing well so far this year, with a title from Chennai). The score was 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Buy: Alas, the Winter Collezione Group is not yet available, but you can check out other Fila goods here.

(photos by Getty Images)

big bad janko

September 29, 2008

Thanks to Alisa for this photo of Janko Tipsarevic‘s shoes from sponsor Fila, and to malimeda for the clarification: Jankela means(ish) “Big Bad Janko” and is what the tatted tennis player is called by family and friends.

Other Fila athletes with nicknames on their shoes? Agnes “Agi” Szavay, Marin “Chila” Cilic, and Rainer “Shaker” Schuettler.

(photo by Alisa Carrigan)

trophy watch: winners at Pilot Pen

August 24, 2008

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Anna Chakvetadze in the women’s singles final at Pilot Pen. The 18-year-old is currently the only Dane in the Top 400 of the SEWTA Tour.

Meanwhile, Brazilians Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo won their doubles final over Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles 7-5, 6-2.

And Croat Marin Cilic downed Mardy Fish 6–4, 4–6, 6–2 to win his first ever ATP singles title. Congrats to him.

(photos by Getty Images)

the men and women of fila at roland garros

June 2, 2008

Fila had its stable of players flaunt the company’s spring offerings. We already showed you some of the women’s gear (Karin Knapp wore pink from the Center Court Group) but there are more bits. Unfortunately for the Fila, their men didn’t do so hot, so the collection was out of the picture by middle of week 1.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is being considered alongside Dinara Safina as the Russian who’ll take the final spot from that top half of the draw. (Check out who’s left in the Round of 16.)

The fourth seeded Russian will face Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round. She wears the bubble-patterned sleeveless top from the Spring Baseline collection.

Agnes Szavay wore the white version of the Baseline Sleeveless Top during her loss to Petra Kvitova 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 2-6 in the third round. We don’t have a picture of it here, but I can tell you that Agi’s shoes, which are also from Fila (a claycourt version of the Alfa), has her name embroidered onto the shoe.

Thanks to Tennishead for this photo of Agi…

Janko Tipsarevic, Marin Cilic, and Dmitry Tursunov all wore the key piece for the company’s men’s spring Centre Court collection. The Fila team came up with the yellow thumbprint pattern based on what the players wanted for spring — something fun and with more color.

The pattern also appears as more muted detail in a white polo, but none of the players wore this to their matches.

I got to see Dima’s customized shoes, too. (His name’s on them.)

Janko fell to Nicolas Lapentti 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-7 (7) in the first round. Cilic lost to ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4), 1-6. (How did he get to No. 9?!) And Tursunov bowed out to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (1), 3-6, 4-6 in the third round.

Andreas Seppi wears a perfomrance polo as he falls to Mario Ancic 2-6, 6-7 (1), 2-6 in the first round.

(photos by Getty Images and Tennishead)

fila stripes take a break in the desert

March 17, 2008

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The boys of Fila shed their stripes for their two-week party in the California desert. All are wearing color block shirts from the Heritage Group:

Janko Tipsarevic - Indian Wells

Janko Tipsarevic crashed out of the first round. He took the first set tiebreak 7-1 but lost the next two 6-7 (6), 4-6. Both he and Marat Safin are still on my “must-see” list.

Marin Cilic - Indian Wells

In one of the later day matches from Sunday, gigantor Marin Cilic lost to compatriot Ivan Ljubicic. The winning scoreline for the 23rd seed (my, how the mighty have fallen!): 7-6(7) 7-5.

Dmitry Tursunov - Indian Wells

And the bearded Dima lost to Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (6-8), 4-6 in the second round. I saw Dmitry hit for a little bit at one of the practice courts.

Buy: Fila Heritage colorblock crewneck, $45. The rest of their current tennis gear here.

Bonus round: More pictures from Janko’s first round match after the cut…

props to the PBZ zagreb indoors website

March 3, 2008

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In case you missed it, the tourney website for the PBZ Zagreb Indoors is simple, pretty, easy to use, and innovative. It might not have all the bells and whistles of a major tourney website (e.g., video streaming, live scoreboards, etc.), but it has some gems — like suggesting visitors to look for the tournament venues on Google Earth. And it’s not disastrous like Doha‘s. At this point, anything is better than Doha‘s.

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But most fun is the use of the ATP’s “Feel It” campaign into the website. The animal paired with Mario Ancic — some great whites — feature prominently in the landing page.

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More: See the tigers after the cut…


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