big bad janko



Thanks to Alisa for this photo of Janko Tipsarevic‘s shoes from sponsor Fila, and to malimeda for the clarification: Jankela means(ish) “Big Bad Janko” and is what the tatted tennis player is called by family and friends.

Other Fila athletes with nicknames on their shoes? Agnes “Agi” Szavay, Marin “Chila” Cilic, and Rainer “Shaker” Schuettler.

(photo by Alisa Carrigan)

celebrity bites. sometimes, it just takes a picture



Ahh, the perils of celebrity! One day you’re tanning naked on your yacht, and the next day you’re tanning naked on your yacht while a papparazo takes your picture.

See the full (NSFW?) photo of Rafael Nadal here.

fashion focus: reebok cuts away the fat



Amelie Mauresmo might not be doing so well — she got beat by Dominika Cibulkova back-to-back: 6-0, 1-6, 6-7 (8) at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and 6-3, 4-6, 3-6 at the China Open this week — but she can take solace in looking awesome wearing Reebok‘s fall KFS line. They’ve hit the mark with these flattering greys, pinks, and blues, and with those slimming side panels (which shows off Mauresmo’s awesome stomach).

Shahar Peer continues with the cutout separates (that square hole on the back of her tank) while mixing up her wristband choices: blue at the U.S. Open, black and pink at the Korea Open this week.

But of course the toast of the fall was Jelena Jankovic‘s limited edition U.S. Open dress, also designed by Reebok. The yellow layered dress’ first incarnation involved an asian-inspired bat sleeve capelet — this would have made for a better choice for the Beijing Olympics, no? — and a silver sash.

Jelena pared it down to the basics at last week’s tourney in Japan, where she lost 6-2, 5-7, 5-7 in the quarterfinals to eventual finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova.

On the left, her shoes from the Open; she switched to a busier pair during this current Asian WTA swing.

Buy: Jelena US Open dress, $75, sold out; Fall Cutout Dress, $49.99; Fall Shimmer Dress, $49.99; Fall Cutout Tank and Shimmer Tank, $36.99; Fall Skort, $32.99. Colorways: Endurance Blue/Caspian Sea Blue, Soft Black Grey/Cool Shadow, Sassy Pink/Pompous Pink, White/Endurance Blue.

(photos by Getty Images)

davis cup: if nole won’t do it….



…then Juan Martin del Potro can take care of the Davis Cup shirtless celebration.

More: See more after the cut…

flashback: andy roddick + reebok



Seeing this red and white Reebok crewneck on Luis Horna (at this past weekend’s Davis Cup tie) made me think about how far the sports company has fallen off the radar.

Perhaps they’re still licking their wounds from that ill-fated partnership with Andy Roddick, most famously associated with this crazy print tee-and-trucker-hat combo that the American wore during the U.S. Open 2004. (Granted, this was the year that Serena wore a denim miniskirt and her catsuit, so perhaps it was just a sign of the times.)

Still, mere months after Andy was photographed at the Open with this ensemble, and having him plastered on billboards in New York City, his contract was not renewed.

Some poor exec probably got fired for OKing this design — and rightfully so — but I’ve had a change of heart. I’d rather the company take risks with their men’s line instead of staying bland like they have in the last few years.

Fall 2008: Reebok’s fall colorways are black, soft black (grey), honest blue, and white. Four tops: the KFS Zip Polo, $39.99; Editor’s pick: KFS Innovative Polo — finally, a polo shirt with buttons! — $44.99; KFS Crew, $36.99; KFS Knit Jacket, $57.99; shorts, $32.99.

(photos by Getty Images)