and on that note…



TSF will be taking some time off during this mini-break in tennis news (otherwise, we risk scraping the very bottom of the barrel). Expect us back in a few weeks with coverage of the 2010 Hopman Cup and beyond.

Have a nice and safe holiday, everyone!

(image by specialsally)

2009 holiday gift guide



While the tennis season is fully wrapped (and the exhibition season in full swing), TSF is ready to take a break for the holiday season. But before we do, it’s more than necessary to point out a few items (and looks) that you must take a peek at for the holidays. It’s our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide, and we hope you enjoy it…

First off is the Barricade L3 tennis racquet (and bag!) from adidas. That’s right, adidas. If you love to be matching in all things, then pick up this combo (in stores or online for $185) so that you can sport the adidas stripes throughout your entire game. As for adidas tennis balls, those still don’t exist. DIY, here you come.

While we love the chic look of the adidas racquet and bag, nothing beats the tennis fashion of Polo Ralph Lauren this holiday season. While the brand may not have a tennis pro to flaunt their pretty product around the globe, tennis fashion expert Dana Mason calls the fall/winter line her best seller in the store.

“I love navy and there’s a lot of that in this line. The dresses are very fitted and short with a deep v-neck,” Mason explains. “It’s all perfect for winter vacationing.”

Two of our winter faves are the Tonal Diagonal Stripe Polo (pictured below), which is on sale online right now for just $49 and the Ralph Lauren Matchpoint Dress, with much inspiration from the US Open line in which Polo took ball boy/girl (and lines person) fashion to new heights. (Dress can be seen after the cut).

Read more on our holiday recommendations after the cut.

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sunday survey: amelie’s farewell



Amelie Mauresmo announced last week that she’s calling it quits from the WTA Tour. What do you think of the announcement from the two-time slam winner?

(photo by flappingwings via flickr.)

video: michael langan’s “doxology”



We here at TSF are always suckers for cable knit sweater vests and wooden racquets, so Michael Langan‘s short film, Doxology, immediately gets a mention. Spare six minutes watching “an experimental comedy about tennis balls, dancing cars, and God”? Happy Saturday!

advantage: charity



Who knew charity could be so fashionable?! Housing Works (which happens to employ one of your TSF editors!) put on its annual Fashion for Action fundraiser event a couple of weeks ago in Chelsea, featuring clothes donated by designers and sold at discounted prices.

The event was chaired by designer Derek Lam, and was expected to generate millions of dollars for the non-profit, which services New Yorkers living with HIVAIDS by providing housing, social and medical services and job training.

(photos courtesy of fashion for action)