can she put her mouth where her money went?



Jokester or Jockster? Leave it to Andy Roddick to spice up Elton John‘s 16th annual Advanta World Team Tennis Smash Hits event this past weekend.

From Perez:

Joining Elton to help out in this great event were several star players and celebs, including Andy Roddick.

Up for auction to raise money for the benefit was an hour session of private tennis tutoring with Roddick. And, in an attempt to get a higher bid, the recently engaged Andy said he’d take off his shirt during the session. That got the bid up to $11,000! Then, he said he’d do the lesson FULLY nude. That got him a final $15,000 from one very lucky female fan.

Was he actually serious (everyone’s a little bit exhibitionist) or was he just trying to get Elton some cash? Either way, at least he now knows that his dong is worth $4,000.

ladies, adidas has your back



The petal dress that was supposed to be the cornerstone of the adidas Fal women’s line didn’t quite do its thing, being eschewed by Ana Ivanovic in favor of the Edge Group separates. (And even those who have worn the dress, like upstart Caroline Wozniacki, haven’t looked too hot in it.)

In a sea of style points, the company still gets buoyed by the flowy boatneck Edge top, and the bubble skirt and mandarin collars of past collections, so instead of focusing on the negative, we’d like to point out the lovely keyhole detail on the back of the Fall Competition Tank, these days worn by Dinara Safina. (The contrast trim keeps going, even when covered by another layer of fabric!)

And the Competition hoodie pushes feminine boundaries with its deep v-neck and wide ribbed cuffs, while the Fall Court Knit Jacket’s high collar brings high style to performance wear.

Sore Safina: Congrats to Marat‘s younger sis, who reached a career-high No. 2 in the WTA rankings this week after reaching the semis of the 2008 Kremlin Cup (among other great achievements this year). She is the highest-ranked player in adidas, followed by Ana Ivanovic.

After her loss on Saturday, Dinara spoke out against the rescheduled WTA schedule, which forces top players into mandatory events and leaving them with less flexibility to participate in smaller events with significance to them (e.g., hometown tournaments).

Buy: adidas Fall Competition Tank, Mono Pink/White, $37.99; Fall Competition Hoodie, $54.99; Fall Court Knit Jacket, $49.99.

agassi couldn’t get gwen, settles for mariah



I hung out at the Wynn Las Vegas this weekend, and as I was crossing over to do some shopping at the Palazzo I saw some signage for the Andre Agassi‘s Grand Slam for Children — his charity‘s 13th annual event. My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail? Oh well, it left me time to ogle jackets and salesmen at Alexander McQueen.

Gavin and Gwen are too busy filling Roger Federer‘s players box, so Andre and Steffi had to find another musical couple to make besties with, and they settled on Mr. and Mrs. Nick Cannon.

That May-December wedding joined others no the red carpet, including the original Fergie, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson; Donny Osmond; and Emeril Lagasse. Tommy Haas, who decided that a VIP pass could double as his tie, also lent his support to the evening.

“We put on an amazing party tonight,” said Agassi. “[The party celebrates] many successful years of raising money for underserved children hand-in-hand with our generous supporters and sponsors. And at the same time, it was a party to look to the future and what can be accomplished with the Foundation’s new mission,” which involves transforming education not just in Las Vegas (through the Agassi College Preparatory Academy) but throughout the country.

The 1,900 who attended the fundraiser were entertained by the likes of Natasha Bedingfield, The Killers, Lifehouse, budding Filipina singer Charice Pampengco, Rod Stewart (who performed a duet with Sheryl Crow for the first time, singing “The First Cut is the Deepest”), and comics Ray Romano and David Spade.

There were also two live auctions: a James Rosenquist abstract painting entitled “The Hole in the Center of the Clock – Timekeeper II, A Heart for Andre Agassi, 2008″ and a second package included lunch with Oprah Winfrey and a South African adventure. No tennis players were auctioned, and no tennis player boyfriends were revealed.

(photos by Getty Images)

lemaire and lacoste’s fall 2008 — where do we insert andy roddick?



Lemaire, the side project of Lacoste creative director Christopher Lemaire, drew inspiration from the Far East for his current fall collection, constructing winter coats and jackets with the silhouettes of South Asian garments like kramas (scarf) and kurtas (tunic).

The women have pleated high-waisted pants and their own winterwear, including a convertible cape, a kimono trench coat, a leather jacket, and those shawl collars that are all over the place this season.

Browse: See the lookbook at christopherlemaire.com.

Lacoste Fall/Winter 2008: And for his regular duties, Lemaire carried that muted palette over for part of Lacoste’s fall 2008 ready-to-wear line, staged in February of this year on a sheepskin (!) runway in New York.

Inspired by Megève, the Alpine resort popularized in the 1920s by the Baronne Noémie de Rothschild (who was fed up with the crowding at St. Moritz). Lemaire began with some snow performance looks in greys and slates…

…followed up with earthy colors that bring pop to otherwise standard cuts of polos, cardigans, and slacks…

…and of course, since this is Lemaire’s intepretation of the classic tennis brand, rounded out with a venture into the whimsical. This winter, he makes good use of purple, pom-poms, and for the ladies, some out-of-this-world puffy boots.

Sit back: Lacoste’s Fall 2008 ready-to-wear at style.com.

Shop: All the goods can be picked up at lacoste.com.

trophy watch: giant balls, david’s peak, jelena’s hat trick, and changing the russian guard



Another Philipp to watch: Sorry, Herr Kohlschreiber — you’ll have to save some space at the table for qualifier Philipp Petzschner, who nabbed his second career ATP title at the Bank Austria-TennisTrophy when he beat beat Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 after taking out Wawrinka, Moya, and Lopez in earlier rounds.

In Stockholm, David Nalbandian performed as expected, winning his second title of the year with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Robin Soderling. He’ll head into this week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters as the defending champion.

Marat Safin failed to convert his finals appearance in the 2008 Kremlin Cup into a title (this would have been his first since the ’05 Australian). Meanwhile, props to Igor Kunitsyn and his 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory over his veteran countryman for his maiden title. He even prepared a speech that congratulated Marat!

Hot potato: The top players of the SEWTA continue to keep us fans on our toes, making sure that whoever holds the No. 1 ranking isn’t the last woman standing at a tournament. In this week’s episode of “The Consistency Caper”, second-ranked Jelena Jankovic downs Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4 for her fourth title of 2008. Meanwhile, top-ranked Serena is MIA. BTW, this is the third meeting in as many weeks between Jelena and Vera.

(Note: Apparently — see first comment below — this is no longer the case. TSF apologizes for the error. Congrats to victor Jelena, who now has all the spoils.)

It’s in the bag: The flip-flops of Roger Federer (first, he’s out “indefinintely”, next, he’s back on the schedule a week later…) played second fiddle to Rafa Nadal, who received a trophy from the ATP this week in recognition of his No.1 ranking. He’ll pretty much end the year in the top spot barring any missteps.