a new series: desktop goodies

In the spirit of Kenneth in the (212)’s wallpaper series (which includes ones of Andy Roddick and Gineps), I am going to occasionally post desktop goodies…

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First up is a screensaver that makes me chuckle everytime I see it: Daffy Duck paired with Andy Murray in a few unflattering poses for a series called “Ace Jam”. It’s refreshing, funny, and a nice reappropriation of mid-90’s pop culture.

If you’re interested in this screensaver, contact topSPIN me.

short balls: aussie edition

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Flip the Fungible: If Mark Philippoussis decides to disappear into tennis oblivion, then I’ll be content replacing him with the similar-looking ATP-er, Spaniard Paul Andujar. (Here he is in Le Coq Sportif while losing to Nole at the Croatian Open.)

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The Scud at an Age of Love viewing party in the Planet Hollywood Casino surrounded by his girls: Jayanna, Adelaide, Lauren, Tessa, Lynn, Angela, Jodi, Mary, and Kelli Brook. (photos via Getty Images)

Flip the TV Star: Mark takes another step into firming up his tennis prospects — FYI, he’s working out of his Vegas base camp with former Agassi trainer Gil Reyes — by considering another reality TV series. (Herald Sun via DT)

Rafter the Wise: Two-time U.S. Open titleist Pat Rafter, who gave some great advice to James Blake early in the American’s career, speaks out in favor of the newly-formed union between Lleyton Hewitt and Tony Roche (who is also Pat’s former coach). I wonder if he has opinions about his former doubles partner Philippoussis?

Courier the Impresario: American Jim Courier has joined Darren Cahill and Roger Rasheed as investors in a new three-day exhibition that leads up to the 2009 Australian Open. The tournament will pair retired ATP players with current ones of the same nationality. McEnroe and Roddick vs. Pat Cash and Hewitt? I like it!

Tourney trivia: the last Adelaide tourney will be played in 2008, after which it will fold with the women’s Gold Coast event. This new exhibition will have the same plexi-cushion courts (Rebound Ace, R.I.P.) as the Aussie Open. The promoters will face competition for players from Kooyong, the Sydney International, and the Auckland tournament.

Dokic (not yet) the Prodigal Daughter: The reunion of Tennis Australia with troubled and hard-headed former prodigy Jelena Dokic hit another snag when she rejected the governing body’s latest offer to help out. (Herald Sun)

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short balls: beckham ed. — david, victoria, adidas, serena, nadal

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My obligatory Beckham post: You really can’t help being swept up in Beckhamania if you live in this city. Even without lifting a finger, I already know that David and Victoria like their CBTL (Austy…), drive a Lincoln Navigator, and can look good in anything (well, David at least. Above he’s wearing a red cardigan while dining at The Little Door on Third Street).

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Tennis star at the party: Serena Williams attended the “Welcome to Los Angeles” party thrown by Tom Cruise and Will Smith for the Beckhams. It was held at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary space on Sunday night. Serena looked awesome in her jumpsuit but overdid it with those giant earrings. (WireImage via Quick’s Catch Up)

Using celebrity wisely: How nice, especially in light of the recent Michael Vick scandal, that Beckham has spoken out against (and will stop wearing) adidas soccer cleats made with kangaroo skin. The sports clothier is currently battling with the State of California, whose state laws bar sales of products made with certain wildlife species including these marsupials.

The L.A. Galaxy is also speaking out in favor of selling the kangaroo cleats. The franchise argues that California players will be at a disadvantage if they can’t play with these lightweight shoes. The Galaxy is right to fight, because their players — with all the Beckham madness — are distracted enough as it is. They’ll need all the help they can get. (LAT)

“Speaking of Michael Vick…”: Tennis Planet wants Rafael Nadal to stop being a Goody Two-Shoes already. Less stories about cooking hearty Italian meals and more stories about getting implicated in gambling rings.

For posterity’s sake: We’ve all seen it, but I just can’t get enough. Here are the photos from W magazine’s August ’07 cover story on the power couple (photographed by Steven Klein). It makes me want to eat whipped cream out of a can and hang out with lots of cats. (via Just Jared)

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flashback: west magazine – april 15, 2007

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A fashion spread for West magazine’s April 15 issue — with coverboy Zach Braff — featured SoCal jocks from individual sports like golf, rock climbing, cycling, and tennis. Models included tennis player Kevin Borzenski, a member of Pepperdine’s 2006 NCAA Championship team, and cyclist Rory Sutherland.

Kevin (age: 23, residence: Calabasas) wore some pieces from the adidas Originals line while hot, hot Rory (age: 25, residence: Redlands) got styled with Modern Amusement trousers and a Raf Simons sweater. His hat is by surfer line Nixon.

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tattoo watch: juanqui ferrero

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Spanish player Juan Carlos Ferrero has a permanent tattoo on his lower abdomen. (Of a dragon? an archer? a scorpion? Speculation abounds…)

That devil on his shoulder was temporary; he got it right before the 2004 Australian Open.

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(close-up via JCF Online, others via MTF)

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short balls monday

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A Roger of superhuman proportions: The Nike Pro figures of Roger Federer, Ronaldino, and Kobe Bryant (all designed by Michael Lau) are on sale. Each set of three will set you back 3,500 euros, but all the proceeds will go to charity. Check out Sold Out to purchase. (via Hypebeast)

Le sigh: Kolya Davydenko crashes out of the first round in Croatia, his third first-round defeat in three weeks. Like Chris and I were saying, if he doesn’t rack up the points now, he’ll be out of the picture by November (since he likely won’t defend Paris)…

A blog to watch: I just ran across commentator Ted Robinson‘s blog at MediaZone. Add it to your bookmarks.

A fresh take: Los Angeles (and semifinal Saturday at the Countrywide Classic) as described to TennisWorld readers by a South Bay resident (and a Trojan). I must defend the geographic placement of UCLA (“located smack-dab in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in LA”): the university was built even before the ‘hoods got expensive. And really, you should see what our bum situation is like — we can’t ignore grit even if we wanted to (it stares us right in the face). One more thing: it’s not like USC is one with the masses. Their whole campus is gated off, which doesn’t say much for being “connected” to the working poor. That, and all the kids who attend USC live in the Palazzo complex or those 2,500-a-month lofts downtown. /rant

I guess I’m not the only one fired up: One of Tennis.com’s summer interns, Nick McCarvel, laments the loss of tennis on YouTube and wants it back now. He even brings John Mayer into the picture.

Lindsay checks in about her hibernation: Lindsay Davenport‘s return is generating some good buzz. Read up on what she was up to while pregnant. Fun facts: she’s friends with Gwen Stefani, and she won’t put a racquet in son Jagger’s hands. (via TennisWorld)

Enrique on Anna: After months of publicity for charity, K-Swiss, and exhibition matches wherein Anna Kournikova had to answer questions about her boyfriend Enrique Iglesias, the tables have turned: the mole-less songbird talks to CNN/SI’s Richard Dietsch about his thoughts on her career. (via DTL)

SEWTA catches up: You know it’s a slow time for the tour as they finally get around to gloating about Serena and Masha making the Forbes Celebrity 100 list published a month ago. (SEWTA via DTL)

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on reeboks, stan smiths, and ted bakers

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Yep, more shoes

Let’s not forget: The Countrywide Classic honored legend (and three-time winner) Stan Smith with an award after Saturday’s semi between James Blake and Hyung-Taik Lee. Too bad no one stayed around for the ceremony. The stands were practically empty, ESPN2 had packed up their cameras, and commentators Patrick McEnroe and Cliff Drysdale were nowhere to be seen. It would have been smarter to hand him the award before the start of the Blake match. (Or, to have the announcer say, “we’re handing an award to Stan Smith” instead of a cryptic and sales-y “stick around for a very special ceremony”.) Is this any way to treat a legend with an adidas shoe named after him?

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Flashback — the Alife Pump: Cool Hunting and Hypebeast were all over the release of the special Reebok/Alife collaboration called The Ball Out that tennis-ized one of their classic styles (all it takes is green felt). The limited edition of 48 pairs sold in February 2006.

Been there, done that: Which isn’t to be confused with Airwalk‘s attempt at the same style back in 1995.

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Addicted to grass: Forget Paul Smith for a sec and turn your attention to Ted Baker, who came out with a Wimbledon-inspired shoe, the Grip Basket, complete with tennis balls detail (sole) and grass print (!) on the insole. (via Down the Line!)

shoes, shoes, and more shoes: tretorn

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Tretorn returns: Swedish designer Acne Jeans partner with the shoe company to update Bjorn Borg‘s classic ’70s on-court sneakers, this time called Acne Jeans Stroll Mid Canvas ($175) and the Stroll Low Canvas ($145). The shoes are lined with Oxford shirt material and available in electric blue, navy, white, and black. During the redesign, Acne even took inspiration from an old Chinese military sneaker found at a vintage store in New York City. (via Refinery29)

Buy: Shop the Acne + Tretorn shoes at the Acne website. Other Tretorn styles available at the Tretorn website. My picks:

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For the men, the Nylite Sommar Sail (made with recycled sail), the Skagenröra (based on a Swedish appetizer — SHRIMP ON SHOES!!!!!! BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!), and the Vindkraft Leather.

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For the women, the T-56 Metallic and the Tretorn Hockeyboot Paninari. (Read about the Paninaro movement here.)

In print: Kenneth in the (212)’s latest ad watch even grabs a Tretorn ad.

How it all started (again): Back in 2004, the Sweden-based Puma subsidiary (acquired in 2001) established Tretorn Gullwing, a division that reissued their classic sneakers and a new line of rubber boots. The original Tretorn company was established in 1891. (Business Wire)

Fashion trivia: Borg started out in Fred Perry and in Tretorns, but moved onto the Fila stripes and Diadoras for the latter part of his tennis career. (via MTF)

Thanks to Down the Line! for reminding me to finish this post…

For the love of the sport (and shirtless men), don't shut the doors!

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No press in the U.S. Open locker rooms: First the USTA started a campaign to systematically take down every single U.S. Open-related clip on YouTube — a bad move for a sport still struggling to gain mainstream popularity (why miss out on the chance to go viral?) — and last week they added another barrier between athlete and public by barring press from the locker rooms at this year’s tournament.

Instead, reporters will get to chat with players in their dining hall. Hopefully this won’t adversely affect the news, because coverage of tennis in mainstream media is laughable enough as it is…

But hey, at least we have Nole footage from the Roland Garros locker room. Cherish it while it lives in the internet.

(Sports Business Journal)

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