not so mellow yellow



Unlike the pastel shade used by Jelena Jankovic for her Reebok U.S. Open dress, two other players amped up their kits with some neon yellow for the fall hardcourt season. Feliciano Lopez and his Joma Sport outfits continue to impress, following up a bold red Davis Cup uniform with this current bright yellow/grey colorway.

Turning it around: The Spaniard had gone 0-6 since Cincinnati until last week’s ATP stop in Vienna. He reached that semi (falling to Pletzchner) and now faces Rafa Nadal in a quarterfinal match at the Mutua Madrilena Masters Madrid.

And before Venus Williams decided to adopt Borat‘s style, she wore an EleVen dress for U.S. Open day matches that ranks as one of the best designs the American has come up with so far.

It wasn’t lost on us that the dress’ pink logo had matching pink skivvies. We can only hope that Feli‘s kit has the same.

Buy: EleVen store locations here; Joma goods here.

(photos by Getty Images)

fashion focus: fila falls flat for fall



Was it just me, or did I totally see a pro-high fructose corn syrup ad on TV the other day. WTF?!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

The Hungarian Yeti: We haven’t seen much from Agnes Szavay for these summer and fall tournaments, which means we haven’t seen her flaunt Fila‘s latest collection.

Not that she’d have much to work with. The periwinkle blue of the summer colorway didn’t provide enough contrast to bright white of that Cap Sleeve Top (right), and the silhouette of the Heritage Dress wasn’t enough to save it from drowning against the colors of the courts at Flushing Meadows.

That being said, the dress showed promise (save for those unfortunate patches of sweat), and we love the trim on the Cami tank (above, left).

Meanwhile, the super-striped Heritage tee on the guys worn by Janko and Dmitry is the showcase of an otherwise so-so men’s line.

As for the fall collezione line (colorway: white/light brown), you won’t see this anywhere but on your local tennis courts. Check it out here.

Buy: Fila Women’s Summer Heritage Cami Tank, 34.99; V-Neck Tank, $39.99; Cap Sleeve Top, $34.99; Heritage Dress, $53.99; colorway: Periwinkle and Crystal blues.

Men’s Summer Heritage Stripe Top, $36.99; Heritage Crew, $32.99; colorway: Peacoat Navy and Surf the Web (!) blue.

(photos by Getty Images; product images via TW)

tipsy in moscow and metz



Just because we can, here are some pictures of Janko Tipsarevic, dressed in Fila‘s summer Heritage Stripe Top.

Scoreline: He lost to fellow Serb Viktor Troicki in the round of 16 of Moscow and to Paul-Henri Mathieu in the quarters of Metz.

(photos by Getty Images; screencaps by biological at MTF)

tennis’ George Clooney



Butter is back to weigh in on Marat’s current affairs

Where is my favorite Russian? Hmmm… His body is not into tennis (shoulder injury forced a withdrawal from Madrid, replaced by lucky loser Simone Bolelli), and, as everyone has found out recently, his head isn’t there either:

Instead, he’s been knockin back brewskies with some pretty ruskies, specifically pop singer Nastya Osipova.

What do you think? I almost fell off my chair when I watched this! haha… Is it just me, or do we all miss the Dasha-Marat era? I do! I know Tony Kornheiser does! What about the Silvia-Marat love story? Well, like Marat said before:

“If you date blondes for a long time, you would want a brunette. You have to have variety in life! (laughs). Besides, it really doesn’t matter, it needs to be interesting and not boring.” (Marie Claire Russia, 2007)

So don’t worry, Rich, we might not have to stare at Ms. Osipova’s dresses for too much longer. Who’ll be Marat’s next brunette? Ana Ivanovic?

the boobs are back in madrid



Feminism? What’s that? The ladies of the Mutua Madrilena Masters Madrid are back for yet another seven days of bouncin’ and ball-retrievin’.

Thankfully, tourney organizers opted out of last year’s bejeweled tattoos (leave that for Mariah‘s back) and instead focused on more subtle accessories for these fashion models-cum-ballgirls: a muted slate tank top, a cute black mini-brim cap with a tie on the back, and a pair of bright silver Diadoras for some pop.

(photos by Getty Images)