andy roddick: something old, something new…

I loooooooove this new ‘do on Andy Roddick. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him with (relatively) close-cropped hair.

And kudos to mixing up his Lacoste gear by wearing a white polo shirt with green detail on the button stand.

This photo was snapped at a Thailand Open press conference, where Roddick announced his withdrawal after sustaining a foot injury during practice. Andy’s is probably the only withdrawal that legitimately shocked the tourney organizers; even though Novak Djokovic‘s and Rafael Nadal‘s absences weren’t written about until this past weekend, it’s clear that the no-shows have been in the works for a while.

While we’re at it, perhaps Andy’s fan club can pool together some money to buy him some new jeans. They’re falling apart!

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short balls tuesday

Woodforde’s back: Novak Djokovic‘s not quite done paying Aussie doubles specialist Mark Woodforde to help with the Serb’s serve-and-volley game. (SMH)

adidas will sponsor the 2012 Olympics: Now that Kim Clijsters and her Fila kit are off the map (or are they?), the Belgian Team won’t have to worry about clothing conflicts arising from adidassponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics. (SGB)

Serra Zanetti retires: Adriana Serra Zanetti announced her retirement from pro tennis, citing a foot injury from October 2005 that never healed. Career highlights include the round of 16 at the 1995 French Open and the quarters of the 2002 Australian. You’ll be missed! (AGI)

Heaven on earth: At the Thailand Open, Carlos Moya dons an apron (over us Nike U.S. Open t-shirt) and whips up some pad thai. Can he bring some to me? Oh yeah, Feliciano Lopez was there, too. (Bangkok Post, Getty Images)

Babolat’s dumb luck: See this story in NYT‘s Play magazine about how Babolat captured its share of the racquet market by being at the right place at the right time.

On the Federer brand: Roger Federer is a cash cow. And IMG knows it. Tony Godsick‘s his agent over there, but his primary manager is still Mirka. FYI. (IWtbaSA)

Sharapova gets crafty: See what Maria Sharapova considers her favorite restaurants all over the world. Included on the list is one of my personal loves, Craft Los Angeles, in Century City. (foodea.com)

Sloppy seconds: AmEx drops its partnership with Tiger Woods but the golfer shed nary a tear, I’m sure. And for good reason: he picked up a 5-year deal with Gatorade that’ll net him $100 mil. This arrangement is for selling at least three products, including a new proposed drink that’ll be named after him. (via The Austin American-Statesman)

Deuce questions for Federer: See this light Q&A.

On the last time he played a match that no one watched: “For a tournament match you’d probably have to go back to the juniors. It was only a practice set, but when I played Pete Sampras [at his house, before the Pacific Life Open in March] there were probably only three people watching.”

The last time he showed his badge at a tournament: “It happens all the time because they want to scan your badge. They go after plastic, not faces.”

And the last time he flew coach: “[Long pause] Yeah, it’s been a few years now.” Bless.

masha as a eurotrash hooker, nyt shoe review, tennis and track produce a lovechild, etc.

Have you ever seen Stardoll? It’s this bopper “paper doll dress-up community”, and they have a section where users can dress up their favorite celebrities. The website seems to get “looks” right: a post-Jordan Catalano Jared Leto is all eyelinered out (and dresses like a rocker), Amanda Bynes is girly, and the Olsen twins are total fashionistas.

But poor Maria Sharapova got the short shrift when they put her outfits together.

What I assembled (from left to right): next year’s U.S. Open evening dress (watch out for the press conference for this one), her track suit for walking Dolce in Manhattan Beach, and her as a eurotrash hooker.

First TSF contest?: Wanna take a stab at being Masha’s Stardoll stylist? Visit the site and give it a shot. E-mail us what you come up with. I have a Roger Federer tumbler from Wilson for the best outfit (with caption).

(from Fashion Week Daily)

Shoes: Journalist Stephen Krcmar reviews tennis shoes in the latest issue of Play, the NYT sports magazine. Performance-wise, top marks go to Nike‘s Air Max Breathe Cage. And TSF throws our support to the adidas Climacool Divine (above), with its Swarovski-trimmed eyelets.

Fashion contagion’s next victim?: Track and field athlete Tasha Danvers-Smith showed up for this week’s IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart dressed in a Polo Ralph Lauren tennis dress which she bought at Queen’s Club for £50. She also came to the competition with a gold strand in her hair, green spiked shoes, and lots of jewelry: earrings, a stud in her lower lip, rings, and anklets on both her ankles.

While the dress might have been a detriment to her performance (Danvers finished seventh in the Hurdles), there was no question about whether she was allowed to wear this not-so-aerodynamic outfit. “I am not sponsored so I could go out there in an Eskimo suit if I wanted to… As I don’t have the restriction of having to wear a specific uniform, I can do what I want, so why not do this?”

When designers tire of making outfits for tennis players, now they know the track stars are waiting…

(via IAAF)

(photos via Stardoll, NYT)

trophy watch: sunfeast is in the running

Congrats to the Sunfeast Open for being in the running for Most Innovative Trophy of 2007. Winner Maria Kirilenko received this traditional Indian painting (unveiled last week by Sania Mirza). Runner-up Mariya Koryttseva received her doorstop. The scoreline: 6-0, 6-2.

But the cabal behind all these stuffed tournament mascots needs to take a break. Don’t overdo it, people. Calcutta had the yellow sun, and Beijing had its own lime green version below…

In doubles, Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva beat Koryttseva and Alberta Brianti 6-1, 6-4.

At the China Open, Jelena Jankovic got a little karmic lecture when she lost in the finals to current hot potato Agnes Szavay (again dressed in her cute Marta Makany outfit). Szavay came from behind to defeat Jankovic 5-7(7), 7-5, 6-2.

As you may remember, Jankovic took out Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-5 in the semis and accidentally hit her with a ball. How funny that it was Lindsay who bore the brunt, since she channeled her fair share of Eeyore back in the day.

And on the other side of the world, Tatiana Golovin gets back to being match tough by winning against Katarina Srebotnik 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Slovenia. I love the orange Lacoste skirt!

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sa watch: harshin' my melo

Bah. Marcelo Melo received a two-month doping ban after the ITF determined he tested positive for isometheptene at Queen’s Club earlier this spring.

The ban is usually two years long, but was reduced because Melo didn’t take the substance to enhance his sporting performance.

He’ll forfeit prize money and rankings points. Which is sad, since he and partner Andre Sa had a decent run, making the doubles semis at Wimbledon and the quarters at the U.S. Open.

(AP via ESPN)

davis cup: russia downs germany

The Davis Cup tie between Russia and Germany (in Moscow) ended up 3-2 in favor of the home team. (See full results here.)

Davydenko wore Airness in his straight-set loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber. Kolya’s probably still distracted by the match-fixing scandal that emerged at the Polish Open. (Investigators were scheduled to talk to him next week.)

That’s a photo of Kohlschreiber and his gorgeous lips; German team captain Patrik Kuhnen wears the German-themed wristband that we love. Awesome.

Mikhail Youzhny, in adidas, does his traditional post-win salute after beatng Davis Cup rookie Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Youzhny redeemed his loss in the doubles rubber (with teammate Dmitry Tursunov). Look at that… Fila and the three stripes of adidas sync up for a nice doubles look.

Igor Andreev, in his new style from Under Armour, clinched the win by beating Kohlschreiber 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

“It’s an amazing feeling playing here in Moscow and it’s the second time I won the deciding point … it’s great,” said Andreev. “I like this feeling of adrenaline in your body before going on the court, it’s so exciting to play here and it’s great for our country to reach the Davis Cup Final for the second year in a row.” (source)

The final will be played against the U.S. on American soil.

And here’s Marat Safin, fresh (stale?) from his trek up the mountain, knowing how important it is to cheer on his teammates.

davis cup: nole cracks me up again

I thought I’d already seen the best picture from this weekend’s Davis Cup ties. Apparently, I spoke too soon.

At Janko Tipsarevic‘s singles rubber against Lleyton Hewitt, this photo of Nole.

“Janko, this’ll be your treat if you help us win!”

Of course he got distracted instead, losing 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 1-6. It was good to see Lleyton pull out that win, though. (Unfortunately, the Aussie withdrew from the tie because of a viral infection.)

Full results here.

More pics of Janko and Nole after the cut…

dc: great britain vs. croatia

Tim Henman put icing on his retirement cake this weekend by helping lead Great Britain to a 4-1 win over Croatia in Davis Cup. This victory puts them in the World Group for 2008. (Results.)

Hey, at least Henman got a chance to have a glorious moment on the surface (and the venue — the All-England Club) that haunted his career the most; Tim was burdened with the pressure of being a hometown Wimbledon winner. Unfortunately, even his great serve-and-volley game crumbled under this expectation.

The threads: Henman’s never wacky with his clothes anyway, so the adidas kit (with the country name on the shirt’s back) was as expected. And Andy Murray continued the color theme with his muted black and white Fred Perry kit. (Mourning the loss of his 2007, I imagine?) The Scot won both his singles rubbers, and his brother Jamie teamed with Tim to win the doubles rubber — and clinch the tie.

The perfect accessory: Little Rosie Henman was also on hand to help celebrate her dad’s win.

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dc: switzerland vs. czech republic

Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych are hometown heroes after taking down the Swiss team (including Roger Federer) 3-2 in this weekend’s World Group Play-offs.

See full results here.

But while the Czech Republic might have won a spot in next year’s World Group, they lost the fashion tie. Berdych wore his usual Nike kit while Stepanek came out as a flag. And in case you were’nt sure which country he was playing for, he wrote it on the back.

And Roger Federer didn’t miss a style beat, dressing in a Nike kit themed to Swiss colors (red, white) — everything down to his shoes.

The Swiss warm-up jackets were pretty cute, too.

And even their fans dressed well. See the pics after the cut.

davis cup: sa watch + guga watch

It’s nice to see Guga Kuerten taken out of reserve to play the doubles rubber with Andre Sa at this week’s Davis Cup.

These Brazilians faced Austria in a Word Group Play-off tie. Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle won the match 6-1, 6-1, 6-4, which put the Austrians in next year’s World Group (aka the main Davis Cup draw).

I love the yellow socks. Nice touch!

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