sharapova’s sheer beauty

Maria Sharapova walked onto Court One for her first round match in this 2008 Wimbledon tournament wearing an ensemble from the Nike White/Gold Wimbledon collection. Finally, the menswear-themed outfit she’d revealed a few days ago was in full display.

The jacket is a single-breasted white warm-up with gold stitching on the collar lapel and front edge; plus a tie belt. What an excellent progression from her French Open windbreaker capelet earlier this month.

“I love men’s wear in general,” Sharapova said Tuesday after beating French qualifier Stephanie Foretz 6-1, 6-4 in the first round. “I love tuxedo jackets.”

For whatever reason, she omitted the wide-leg trousers from the warm-up sequence. We’ll see if it makes an appearance in a later round.

And her sheer racerback top turns tuxedo with a bib front. Her low-rise shorts have a wide-tailored waistband (with tab closure), pinstripes, and gold-stitched buttons.

So why all this fancy schmancy tailoring? In a press release, Nike mentioned that Maria’s attire was inspired by London’s history of bespoke tailoring.

More pictures: Of her blouse as seen from the back, her shoes, and her bag. Plus buying information, all after the cut…

le sigh: one less dress to see

I haven’t been able to do much writing these last few days (my day job is actually making me work), and trust me it’s been hard not to talk about Roger‘s cardigan, Masha‘s tux, Serena‘s Mackintosh, and all the other good stuff. I’ll post them later this week, though.

In the meantime, I just want to express my sadness that one of the TSF faves, Akiko Morigami, will not be strutting her Fila Japan stuff at this year’s tourney. She withdrew with a knee injury; Renato Voracova replaced her.

Get well soon!

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putting terra cotta to good use

Lest you thought those ATP terra cotta warriors — created by Laury Dizengremel for the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup — were languishing in storage (or were being used to plug leaks in the Three Gorges Dam), I can assure you that the statues are being put to good use. They’re making appearances at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club for this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

(photo by Getty Images)

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Cashing in his ass(ets)

BBC Radio personality Simon Mayo teamed up with Pat Cash to show off the network’s Wimbledon coverage for the upcoming fortnight. (Check out the website here.)

Cash takes it a step further by recreating a famous tennis girl pose. I’m not usually an ass man, but this made me do a double-take. If you need evidence for the physical benefits of playing tennis, here it is. NSFW after the cut…

fashion focus: nike digs into adidas archives for maria’s wimbledon kit

Maria Sharapova recently confirmed that she’ll mix up her Grand Slam outfits at this year’s Wimbledon by wearing shorts; she has so far only worn dresses to these big events.

The sleeveless pleated tuxedo top and the tailored shorts are perfect for the most formal of the Grand Slams, but we’re a little disappointed that this looks like Maria Kirilenko‘s 2007 outfit: the tuxedo shirt dress from adidas by Stella McCartney.

What do you think of Sharapova’s kit?

(images via prodirecttennis.com)

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roger federer’s all-white attire

We’re very much looking forward to what Nike has in store for Roger Federer at this year’s Wimbledon. The pictures are out (see above), but they always leave some details to the very last second.

Roger will likely wear the white bandana (with gold swoosh) that he’s worn during practice, plus the white double wristband (with black stripes). What we still don’t know is what color the swoosh will be on his monogrammed Control Polo and Control Shorts.

(preview image by Nike via pwp.com; RF image via MTF)

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fashion focus: venus takes control of her wimbledon destiny

Venus Williams will step onto Centre Court wearing an EleVen dress of her own design. Not a bad way to defend a Wimbledon title, no? (Alas, no more Reebok hot pants!)

Venus’ design stays with a simple silhouette but shows sophistication with the gathered fabric on its v-strap.

The dress will be included in a new selection of EleVen pieces that will drop at Steve & Barry’s stores in July.

(image via Steve and Barry’s)

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stateside strawberries and cream

In an effort to get buzz going for Wimbledon, tourney sponsor HSBC got Monica Seles and Jim Courier playing mini-matches in front of four of the bank’s locations in Manhattan this past Thursday. Justin Gimelstob refereed the matches, which were played on a portable green (astroturf?) court.

If you’re in New York for the next two weeks, HSBC will have Strawberries and Cream carts in front of many of their branches, where trained staff (in traditional Wimbledon attire, of course) will serve the dessert to passers-by.

(photo by PR photos)

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and so it begins: roger federer’s wimbledon shoes

It really warms my cockles that the sports photographers are now in on making sure that Roger Federer‘s ornate Nike kits get documented for posterity.

In this year’s version, they go with a white/gold colorway for his Vapors. The “5” on the back of his right shoe stands for the number of times he’s won Wimbledon. The left shoe will feature his “RF” logo, also in gold.

(See last year’s shoes here.)

(photo by Getty Images)

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maria and flavia qualify for wimbledon doubles

Congrats to the newish doubles team of Flavia Pennetta and Maria Kirilenko. They qualified for Wimbledon in their third competition together (won Estoril and reached the second round at the French).

And of course Maria looks super-cute in her adidas by Stella McCartney get-up. (That’s the midlayer jacket.)

I don’t think I’ve seen this scoop neck long-sleeved top before… is it from the current season?

(photos by Getty Images)

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