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hipster tennis? sure, for a day

June 27, 2011

SMASH!-tastic: For all the attention it gets for being a tennis town, New York hardly has a lot to claim when it comes to tennis that happens on the island we all (well, most of America, that is) think of first when we think about the city: Manhattan. Courts are hard (and expensive) to come by, and availability — good luck, tookums. But a couple of weekends ago, downtown Manhattan not only got its tennis on for the day, it did so in fashion. Gargyle and United Bamboo fashion, that is.

The boutique (Gargyle) and fashion line (United Bamboo) teamed up to host SMASH!, a day-long tournament, for a second straight year, this time venturing a bit west from the East River Park courts to those at Seward Park, on the fringes of Chinatown. SMASH! is what you would expect tennis in Chinatown to be like: fun, quirky, oh-so hipster-esque, relaxed and above all — cool.

Above: a wall of celebrating. TSF contributor and fashion extraordinaire Troy Venechanos and I ventured to the day’s worth of events to check things out. Troy snapped some TSF-worth shots while I chatted with Don Vu of Gargyle about the event, which the store has approached a bit like throwing a dinner party at their house. “Tennis is one of the inspirations for Gargyle and you can see that in a lot of the lines that we pick,” Vu told me while we took in some of the round robin tennis. “We decided to take that part of us and make a tournament out of it. For fun. It’s pretty casual, but once you get on the court it’s pretty competitive. It’s relatively mellow overall, though.”

All you need is you: The mixed doubles teams (15 of them total) were all told to dress up for the occasion, some going all out and others choosing toned-down looks. But this is no Wimbledon folks: these outfits are colorful. The teams were broken into groups of five, playing one another in a best-of-three match-tiebreak format (first to 10 points) where the top team from each group would advance to the semifinals and one wild card (Team Lisicki?) would be chosen to participate as well.

TSF Vault: Gargyle | Gargyle wraps up SMASH! on its blog

“There are similar events [around New York],” Vu told me. “For the most part there is nothing like this for tennis. It’s a social event. We’re not raising money for anything — it’s just to hang out and have fun. It’s friends and friends of friends who are playing. We run Gargyle just down the street.” While Gargyle operates a few blocks away, the Hester Street Fair was happening just next door, so Troy and I trotted over a couple times throughout the day to snack on donuts (from Wonder City) and a specially-made macaroon called the SMASH! Sandwich. The guys at Macaron Parlour and Melt Bakery knocked heads (at Gargyle’s nudging) to create a tennis-ball looking macaroon that was downright delicious. This pup below is drooling over the thought of such things.

See the SMASH! Sandwich and more on the Gargyle event after the cut. (more…)

venus’ smooth transaction

April 24, 2011

Portfolio boost: Who’s the newest smoothie gal in town? That’d be one Venus Williams. The American signed a letter of intent to open five D.C.-area Jamba Juice stores, the first of which is said to open its doors sometime this summer. We tapped the illustrative genius of Troy Venechanos to help us begin to formulate what sort of customer service skills V might bring to the cash reg. “Would you like a free boost with that?”

(tsf illustration by Troy Venechanos)

the all-england hair club for men

April 6, 2011
By Troy Venechanos

A few months ago, Andy Roddick hit what he called one of the best shots of his career. It was a diving save, one in which Roddick smacked a forehand down the line on match point to win a third set tie-breaker against up-and-comer Milos Raonic and capture the Memphis title. And while the web went abuzz with the video of the shot, many viewers weren’t actually watching Roddick’s shot. Instead, they were paying attention to a cap-less Andy, his hat having fallen off in his exertion of effort. And what was there to see? Not much, actually. An almost-bald Andy.Hair loss and tennis go hand and hand. Male pros often play into their mid or late 30s, meaning as they start to lose their hair, it’s left for all the public to see. Andre Agassi freaked out about it so much that he donned a fake hairpiece that had the world fooled. Pete Sampras has been so nonchalant about his after-career hair thinning that he doesn’t even seem to notice.

But we notice – we always notice. TSF has collected the hairdos (and don’ts) from around the tour in what we’re calling “The All-England Club for Men’s Hair Loss,” where styles differ from member to member, but everyone has one thing in common: they’re going – or already are – bald.

TSF GALLERY: The All-England Hair Club for Men

Troy Venechanos has conquered the worlds of junior varsity tennis, tennis internships and tennis photo-blogging. The New York native and TSF contributor hopes to next master “that cool way players can pick up tennis balls using the sides of their feet.” He is a graduate of Northeastern University. TSF vault: Troy Venechanos

nymag re-imagined: maria’s ‘mashion’ cover

February 22, 2011

Seriously, it should have been Masha. “Worth more on the court or the runway?” (Illustration by Troy Venechanos)

howling good-bye (again)

January 27, 2011

Illustration by Troy Venechanos.

ana ivanovic: eat, play, love

November 10, 2010

To celebrate Ana Ivanovic‘s victory in Bali, we thought we’d release the cover of her new book, Eat Play Love. Everyone knows what an affable, sweet girl Ana is, and now you can read about her journey to find herself – and her game – across five continents.

(troy venechanos illustration)

happy halloween from tsf

October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween from all of us here at TSF! Dorothy Wozniacki and Roger Federcrow wish you the tastiest treats and spookiest tricks! -NM

Illustrations by Troy Venechanos.

happy birthday, nick

September 16, 2010

TSF wishes our co-editor, Nick McCarvel a very happy birthday. (From the looks of this pic, he’s already started the party!)

Make sure to send him love (or at least add him) on Twitter: @nmccarves.

(illustration by Troy Venechanos)

winning london

June 20, 2010

Who knew Mary Kate and Ashley would make such prophetic statements about the Williams Sisters’ careers at Wimbledon?! Brilliance.

(TSF illustration by troy venechanos)

mary, our lady of roland garrolupe

June 9, 2010

In case you missed our photoblog post of the French Open women’s trophy ceremony, TSF illustrator Troy Venechanos recaptured Mary, Our Lady of Roland Garrolupe floating down from her perch on the clouds to assist in the presentation of the trophies. She looks simply heavenly, doesn’t she?

(tsf illustration by troy venechanos)

semifinalists and the city

June 3, 2010

Sam Catrall, Jelena Nixon, Elena Jessica Parker and Francesca Davis take the streets of Paris for the French Open semifinals. Only, Jelena forgot to change out of her playing outfit for a night out on the town. Rightfully so, Elena Jessica is pissed.

(tsf illustration by troy venechanos)

tsf podcast: week one’s worth

May 31, 2010

That’s Troy and me flanking Erwin today at Roland Garros. You can tell all three of us are in deep thought of what we’re going to say on the podcast. Good thing Troy and I slipped into the women’s bathroom to covertly record while Erwin was forced to watch mixed doubles. (Getty picture via Yahoo! Sports)

TSF Podcast French Open Wk 1

timeless faces

May 23, 2010

When I used to blog over at Tennis Chatter, Troy did incredible work for me in the Photoshop department. Well, I’m glad I’ve corralled him to be a part of what we do at TSF, because he’s plain brilliant. This TIME cover features a soccer-playing Rafa, a dapper Roger and the one and only Lady JuJu. She might be able to hold court with Justine Spears, a good friend from our Chatter days.

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a tsf birthday wish, to troy our illustrator

April 30, 2010

TSF wants to wish a very merry (and happy!) birthday to our lovely illustrator (and King of Pop), Troy Venechanos.

(photo via facebook)

tsf podcast: troy and nick talk it out

April 13, 2010

TSF’s latest installment of our podcast is here! Click on the link to upload it to your iTunes (it only takes a minute) and listen here… TSF Podcast April 12, 2010

Included inside: Our take on Martina Navratilova‘s new battle; a discovery of a Tweeting Lindsay Davenport; talking about the girls of 1999; the epic break-up of Todd Martin and Novak Djokovic; what’s on the horizon for the new-and-improved Andy Roddick; chatting about the Odesnik-Querrey feud; what should tennis do in doping situations; and our predictions for the 2010 clay season.

(photo by .Longshanks via flickr)

podcasting: your turn

April 12, 2010

Troy and I are returning to the TSF audio board this week for our third podcast. We’re re-capping what’s happened the last few weeks on tour, as well as looking ahead to what the clay season will/can bring. As usual, we’ll make sure to include some TSF-inspired talk, like just when exactly Alexandra Stevenson should retire officially and much, much more.

But wait! We want to hear from you! In the comment section, include a question or prompt you’d like for us to touch on. You’ve got all day today (Monday) to do so, so get to it, kiddies! We’ll make sure to touch on a couple of things you wise souls bring up.

Catch up on our two first podcasts after the cut.

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which of these just doesn’t belong?

March 1, 2010

(tsf illustration by troy venechanos)

with a wife like her, who needs grand slam titles?

February 10, 2010

(art by troy venechanos)

tsf talks: aussie round-up

January 31, 2010

I know our readers were a little sick of seeing my face doing Aussie Open updates, so the TSF boys put our heads together and decided to do a roundtable discussion wrapping up the year’s first Slam. Sadly, Erwin had some technical difficulties, so Troy and I ended up chatting about everything from Venus’ undies to Jelena’s issues at 35,000 feet. Check out our TSF podcast by clicking the link below. It takes just a couple minutes to download to your iTunes and we promise your listening pleasure. -N

Aussie Open Round-Up featuring Nick McCarvel and Troy Venechanos: TSF Feb 10 Podcast

the outsiders

January 19, 2010

There are seven men gunning for the Australian Open title this January…

(illustration by troy venechanos)


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