bid on nole’s stank! + other player’s smells



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I smell another enterprising fan: eBay is teeming with scentilicious auctions this week, including a sweat-soaked shirt worn by Nole during his win over Tsonga in the Aussie Open finals.

The shirt is going for a starting bid of A$4,990. Clearly, the ridiculously price is leaving a bad smell — as of this posting, none of the sweat fetishists have come out to sniff (there are zero bids). Still, I wish it better success than the half-eaten banana from the Davis Cup finals. (And really, if I had $5k to spend, I’d rather buy Arkel bags in every color.)

If you prefer your musk from an American, Andy Roddick‘s scent is available in a more conventional medium; a bottle of his cologne is also up for auction, with bidding starting at a more affordable $2.99.

Missed it? I didn’t even know he had a cologne. Apparently, it was launched in time for the 2006 U.S. Open. Clearly it didn’t take off. Has anyone seen it for sale recently (not on eBay)?

More scents: You can also have your smell inspired by Gabriela Sabatini (she has plenty), Roger Federer (here), or the love story of Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi.

(via DTL)

sorry, jelena — we take it back!



Jelena Jankovic might have received more than a handful of demerits for that pink bow she wore at last week’s Australian Open, but she’s now officially back on our good side.

First, we’re still riding on fumes from her amazing leopard print dress at the SEWTA year-end party. And now we’ve head from a reader that she was toting a Bally Arkel bag during her first round Aussie Open match against Edina Gallovits.

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Yep, THIS BAG.

It comes in red (above), orange, and turquoise — all in patent leather. Available at Bally stores for $1095 a pop. (Visit their website for more info.)

Alternative: If your heart skipped a beat after reading that price, then consider the much more affordable (but equally as chic) Lydia bag from Puma.

(jankovic photo by Getty Images; Arkel photo via bally.com)

brand focus: down the line sportswear



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TSF recently caught wind of a tennis fashion line named DTL Down the Line Sportwear (not to be confused with the Down the Line! blog). It was founded by Carla Hilbig, a former nationally ranked junior who has turned her buying experience into a tennis apparel line that’s “affordable, high fashion, high quality, and high performance.” Folks can even host their own Tupperware-style Courtside Party, which cuts down on the company’s overhead and helps spread word about their line.

Our take: To be honest, we were ready to write off DTL apparel at first glance (at least from looks; we’ll do a gear test later), but a closer look at their catalog led to a few jewels. I’m especially in love with the Scoop Neck Racerback Tank ($37.95), the simple Collared Fit Top ($35.95), and the ruffled Sarong Wrap Skort ($39.95) — you know about our love for ruffles.

Edit: DTL has given readers of Tennis Served Fresh a special discount; enter “AUC08″ at checkout and you’ll get 20% off until February 29, 2008. That’s the whole month of February. With an extra day, even. Go crazy.

Over e-mail, we talked to Carla about how she started the company, her tennis background, and — if she had a chance — which top pro she’d ask to endorse her line. See the Q & A after the cut…

tattoo watch: kateryna bondarenko



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One half of the newly crowned Australian Open women’s doubles champions, Kateryna Bondarenko, had her back tattoo playing peekaboo through her K-Swiss top during that final match.

Does anyone have an idea what it’s of?

I’m liking that she and her sister Alona have become legit contenders on the tour… I guess Oksana Baiul can finally give up her “most popular Ukranian athlete” title for now.

(photo by Getty Images)

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aussie open men’s final: sightings from the stands



Sightings in the stands from the 2008 Australian Open men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. After a strong first set showing by Tsonga, Nole came back to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2).

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Know your tennis parents: Tsonga’s parents are Didier (front right), a chemistry teacher and former international handball player from the Congo, and mother, Evelyne (front left), a schoolteacher born in France.

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Meet the Djokovics: The oh-so-adorable Nole camp — Srdjan, Dijana, Marko, and Djordje — came out to support the family’s current superstar. I guess the parents’ big talk is now backed up by an Australian Open title. FYI, Marko was entered in the juniors draw but lost early. Mary Carillo said he felt snubbed that Nole didn’t watch him play. Meanwhile, everyone’s touting Djordje as the best tennis player of the bunch.

Celebs in the stands, after the cut…