we squinted, and we saw gucci

serena williams - gucci - zurich

Even with her early exit at this week’s Zurich Open, it wasn’t lost on TSF that Serena Williams walked onto the court with a Gucci shoulder bag. (She clearly can’t part with the thing; it even made a cameo at the press conference.)

And kudos to Serena for yet another new hair accessory to match her winter Nike outfit. This time, the swoosh bandana came out in burgundy. At last week’s Kremlin Cup, it was stealth grey.

dredging youtube: arnaud clement and lacoste

arnaud clement - lacoste ad - roland garros karaoke

A random surf session the other day turned up another Roland Garros 2007 Laundry Room Karaoke session, this time by Arnaud Clement, who sang the theme from The Love Boat. Watch it here

…which led me to a commercial for Lacoste featuring a song by Natasha Thomas. And Arnaud in a towel

Finally, it used to be that too much idle time left houses TPed and walls tagged. These days it just churns odd odes to favorite clothing brands. Perhaps an exercise in FinalCut?

>> in stockholm, clement’s re-buffed
>> shirtless: arnaud clement
>> nole shirtless yet again
>> tati’s a barbie girl

focus: lopez wears spanish colors

feliciano lopez - madrid masters - wristband

Unlike the guy who threw up ALL OVER the bus this morning, TSF ralphed just a little bit at the sight of Feliciano Lopez‘s mismatched ensemble — yes, his delicious lips and his chiseled left arm can only do so much — but we’ll cut him some slack this week: the Spaniard’s playing in his home tourney after all, so it’s cool for him to pair his Dark Crystal Blue Global Power tank with a yellow and red Nike wristband.

Feli won his first round, all-Spanish battle against David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-5.

p.s. He also wore this cute wristband to a Davis Cup tie last year.

bring on the bling: serena at the u.s. open

serena williams - u.s. open 2007 - jewelry

All the fashion coverage at the 2007 U.S. Open made it seem like a red carpet event, so it was no surprise that Serena Williams ended up with earrings on loan to dress up her malfunctioning black and pink U.S. Open dress. Euphoria New York loaned the $15,000 pair to Serena for the tourney; she fell totally in love and decided to buy it for herself.

(Of course, she wasn’t the only one wearing jewelry. Her sister Venus wore a ginormous ring while debuting her EleVen outfits; Svetlana Kuznetsova wore her “S” necklace all the way through the finals; pearl drop earrings accompanied the Nike dresses of Maria Sharapova. Even Serena had more modest jewelry — a heart pendant and some hoop earrings — for her first round match.)

The rocks on Serena gave Masha’s Swarovskied dress a run for its money: each piece is made with three marquise diamonds and two rows of graduated rounds (all set in white gold).

See a closer look of the earrings after the cut…

mishit: the ballgirls in madrid

With the WTA and ATP tour calendars jam-packed from January through December, it is sometimes hard for tournaments to make their mark (which is why I advocate a better array of trophies, at the least).

So TSF gives props to officials in Madrid for finding their own awesome schtick: train Boss models (read: top-notch, beautiful, fashion professionals) to work as ballfolk for a premier tour stop. This happened at last year’s Tennis Masters Series tourney and also at last year’s WTA Tour Championships. (There was even a big to-do about Maria Sharapova helping out with the selection process.)

boss models - madrid masters tennis - ballgirls

But someting happened between planning and execution this year because the girls showed up frumping around in pink dresses. And while black shoes might have worked at a less athletic event (worn correctly, pink bubble dress with black booties can work), they should NEVER be worn with light colors. The baby blue polo/skirt combo is alright.

boss models - madrid masters tennis - ballgirls

And what is going on with the beddazled tattoo? Am I watching The Real Housewives of Orange County?

So, to the organizers of the Mutua Madrilena Masters: go back to the drawing boards for next year’s event. Perhaps take inspiration from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Need we remind you how they dressed their raccattapalle? Yep, that’s how it’s done.

What do you think of the ballgirls? Tell us!

(photos by Getty Images)

>> how do you say “ballgirl” in Italian?
>> in madrid, volandri in emporio armani

powder withdraws from madrid

My favorite albino, Nikolay Davydenko, has been making waves at this week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters in Madrid:

First he criticizes Andy Murray for spouting off about match-fixing and then taking it all back — “stupid” actions which will only put more heat on Kolya as he meets with the ATP.

Then he shakes up the draw by pulling out of the tournament due to an elbow injury (likely stemming from a wrist injury he sustained at last week’s Kremlin Cup final). He’s already qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup, so he can take a little breather.

davydenko - madrid - terracotta warriors

It’s funny how perfect this photo is: the three giants of the men’s tour — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic — are totally dwarfing the fourth-ranked Russian.

Thankfully, there’s a better photo after the cut.

another look: filippo volandri in emporio armani's ea7

filippo volandri - ea7 - emporio armani - madrid

Italy’s Filippo Volandri continues to wear shirts from EA7 — that’s Emporio Armani‘s sports line — at the Madrilena Masters in Madrid. Here he is losing to Feliciano Lopez in the 6-3, 6-2 first-round match.

We last saw this shirt at the BCR Open Romania in September. TSF’s a fan of the striped lining.

(photos by Getty Images)

i love umlauts!

serena zurich 2007 vs. patty schnyder
Serena Williams in her first round match against Patty Schnyder. Williams retired at 0-6, 0-3 with a sore thigh.

I get really giddy when I see branded courts. For instance, this week’s hardcourts at the Zurich Open were painted with the Tier I tourney’s location (that’s Zurich). And the men are playing on green hardcourts at the Madrilena Masters. Those courts are painted with “MADRID”.

who's blue and green and envied all over?

(This is the last post in a series looking back at the 2007 Australian Open. Enjoy!)

Look at this wonderful green Nike ensemble worn by Serena Williams during the two weeks she tore up the draw at the 2007 Australian Open in Melbourne.

I’m pretty sure her fellow SEWTAers were green with envy over her performance. Serena started the year ranked 81st after a lackluster 2006 (which saw her affected by injury and off-court distractions). She was seen as a dangerous floater and took the part to heart: she beat fifth seed Nadia Petrova 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 — her first win over a Top 10 player since beating Lindsay Davenport at the 2005 Australian Open. She followed this up with a fourth round routing of eleventh seed Jelena Jankovic; a tight 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 battle over Shahar Peer in the quarters; and a straight-sent win over Nicole Vaidisova in the semis.

But it was in the final that Serena made her boldest statement. She took out the pale Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 in 63 minutes to win her eight Grand Slam singles title (and third Aussie title).

Up close: What made Serena’s look so complete? She paired the green outfit with hoop earrings in a metallic royal blue and topped it off with a green wristband. And Nike paid close attention to the detail by adding white and striped trim to her dress.

What do you think of the outfit? Tell us!

bring on the bling: tiffany + u.s. open 2007

For this year’s U.S. Open, the USTA partnered with another New York institution — Tiffany & Co. — to produce one of the better merch lines for the tourney.

tiffany & co - u.s. open 2007 tennis

The collection consisted of a few charms plus a money clip, luggage tags, and paperweights (boo).

Clockwise, from top left: yellow leather luggage tag, $55; sterling silver money clip, $100; Flaming Ball charm, $85; Tennis Ball charm, $85; U.S. Open Logo charm, $85; Tag pendant necklace, $195. All charms available as necklaces for $125 and as charm bracelet for $185.

What do you think of the jewelry? Tell us!

By the way, the U.S. Open merch turned out okay, so I was a little premature ragging on it back in the spring. But I will stick to my guns about this: they should have had all the goods up and ready for sale by the time the U.S. Open series started in July (at the Countrywide Classic). From what I remember, things weren’t in full swing until sometime in August.

>> TSF’s u.s. open coverage
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>> roland garros’ online store