short balls: hawk-eye, underachievers, lacoste watches + off-topic galore



On Hawkeye: China Daily: Some umps don’t feel so hot now that Hawk-Eye can check up on their work. WTB: Speaking of, Aussie Open director Craig Tiley has announced an three-plus-one challenge system for the 2008 tourney. A two-for-one system — meaning, a player gets two incorrect challenges per set and one more if it goes to a tiebreak — has been the standard so far.

Missing out: Here’s a list of the underachievers: Safin, Berdych, Gasquet, Haas, Monfils, Dementieva, and Hantuchova. Do you agree? (Betfair)

Pillet for the masses: The limited-edition watches designed by Christophe Pillet for Lacoste (which debuted at Collette) have now made their way to Lacoste’s website. (Woman’s Swing, $150; Mens’ Mainsail, $235.)

Now for OT galore:

Art-chitecture: The mid-century modern designs of architect Richard Neutra get a boost with a planned sale of the Kaufmann House (Palm Springs, Calif.). The home will be part of Christie’s evening sale of postwar and contemporary art in May. Owners Brent and Beth Edward Harris opted away from giving the house to a public institution or trust. Instead, they hope that their move will usher will promote architecture as “a collectible art worthy of the same consideration as painting and sculpture.” (NYT)

Thumbs up: EW.com gets an endorsement from AdAge.

More time-sucking: W magazine now has a website — Wmagazine.com.

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We can’t wait: The Spring ’08 collection of Shipley & Halmos looks pretty good. Jeff Halmos (left) and Sam Shipley (right) are half of the foursome who started Trovata. (style.com)

Lacroix’s return: Fashion designer Christian Lacroix is back. (UnBeige)

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when I'm done freeing kolya…



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Okay, that’s it. When I’m done freeing Nikolay Davydenko (currently in Portland for the DC final) from his match-fixing mess, I will turn my efforts to banning leopard print from tennis. Because for every foxy Jelena Jankovic ensemble that’s on display, there are disasters from Bethanie Mattek, a racquet bag from Vince Spadea, and this dress (above) from Lindsay Davenport.

The Californian (posing with event chair Sean McManus on the left and Billie Jean King on the right) was awarded Sportswoman of the Year at the March of Dimes’ 24th Annual Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria last night. Hmmm, seeing that she’s only played in three tournaments this year, I wonder how far down Linds was on their ask list?

A healthier-looking Monica Seles presented an award to Ted Forstmann of IMG, while USTA head Arlen Kantarian got this year’s Sports Leader Award. Congrats to all.

(photos by WireImage via DTL)

'stretch' and mirnyi play doubles + more coaching news: monfils, mathieu, peer, murray



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French No. 2 (and world No. 25) Paul-Henri Mathieu is suddenly coachless one month before the Australian Open — and he’s not happy about it. Mathieu told l’Equipe that he feels like the “turkey being joked upon” (“dindon de la farce“) by being forced to share his coach, Thierry Champion, with the lower-ranked Gael Monfils, who recently returned to Team Lagardère after a 14-month absence. According to l’Equipe Monfils got hooked up with Champion to recreate the partnership that saw Monfils reach No. 23 back in June 2006.

Since Mathieu didn’t want to share (and rightfully so), Lagardère head Rémi Barbarin is actively searching a solution for “Paulo”, who in the meantime’s training with Patrice Hagelauer.

Speaking of: The striped Fabrice Santoro is also joining Lagardère with coach Lionel Zimbler in tow. Santoro turns 35 on Dec 9. His goal for next year is to set a new record for most Grand Slam tourneys played (he’s currently tied with Agassi at 61), and to compete at the Olympics for the fourth time.

Coach Conchita: Now free from military obligation, Shahar Peer can look forward to instruction from Gabriel Urpi and Conchita Martinez in 2008.

Murray’s next move: The currently-coachless Andy Murray will be doing off-season training with Miles Maclagan for the next three weeks, reports the Times. Murray is currently without a full-time coach since partly ways with Brad Gilbert earlier this month.

Stretch and… more strech: There’s gonna be a whole lot of lankiness in the 2008 doubles pairing of Jamie Murray and Max Mirnyi.

(Thanks to Chris and Patricia for their help on this post.)

some cool t-shirts: orchard street x claremont



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New York shop Orchard Street is back with some more tennis-themed shirts as part of their 2007 Holiday Collection. This tattoo-esque flower/tennis ball design is a far cry (but a great follow-up) to the simple silhouettes and bright block colors from their “ode to the Open” shirts earlier this summer.

What do you think of the designs? Tell us!

Browse: Click on the photos below to enlarge. No word yet on when the holiday collection will appear on the Orchard Street site. (Edit: The shirts are now available.)

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reebok and alife keep going at it



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Once again Alife gets together with Reebok, this time presenting the Court Victory Ball Out in black and neon pink (the pink one has candy-striped soles!!). In the first Reebok x Alife collaboration, they presented the Ball Out in tennis ball yellow. Expect more styles (like this one) to drop in 2008.

As you may remember, Reebok also reissued this once Michael Chang-endorsed shoe in a glow-in-the-dark style not too long ago.

Buy: The black and pink colorways are available through Alife NYC online store for $200 a pop.

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Or you can spend less dough picking up one of the commemorative tees, available at Alife NYC, Alife LA, and Alife Vancouver.

(via Hypebeast)