flavio cipolla’s new fans


Perhaps just in shock after experiencing a Federer practice session, but an unusual number of folks were on hand to watch the relatively unknown Italian Flavio Cipolla finish out his drills. No need to twist my arm, though — we’re all about Flavio’s looks (buzzed hair) and signature bright blue Diadora shoes.

Speaking of, can we have a commissioner moment? The tours should give each player name plates to hang near the courts during their practices. This would make it easier for fans to familiarize themselves with the non-“names” of the tour, no?

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dulko vs. mattek-sands

Marriage has tamed the wild beast that is Bethanie Mattek. She went from skimpy bebe sport pieces to last night’s brooched vest –very Chico’s — and today’s neon pink tank and grey/white pleated skort.

Meanwhile, the svelte Gisela Dulko looks cute in last season’s orange and white ensemble from Lacoste (from her headband down to her Repels!). Alize Cornet is out here somewhere… I wonder what they’ve given her to wear?

janko @ the fashion show?

There’s talk of Janko or Dmitry gettin’ some runway time at tonight’s Fila/Trina Turk fashion show (hosted by Carlos Diaz of Extra).

Isn’t there some dance I can do to the tennis gods to have it tip Tipsy’s way?

TSF at indian wells

TSF’ll be spending some time at Indian Wells this weekend to watch some tennis and see Bethanie Mattek’s dye job up close and personal. Don’t worry, y’all, I’m bringing my sunglasses when I meet Tilda Swinton!

If there are any TSFers out there who want to meet up, send me an email. (Kat, I’ll call you.)

fashion focus: nathalie dechy plays peekablue

Kudos to chic chick Nathalie Dechy for bowing out to Ekaterina Makarova in the best way possible at the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells — a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 fight while layering royal blue under this season’s Lacoste tennis dress. (Sveta: are you paying attention?)

Meanwhile, some other picks from this season’s offerings.

Buy: Sleeveless Racerback Stretch Pique Tennis Dress, navy/white, $145; striped Tank, $68; Jersey Sport Tipped Tennis Skirt, $65; available at lacoste.com.

does rafa do it with his left hand?

The powers of deduction: In case you were wondering, the only thing that Rafa does with his left hand is play tennis.

This video, produced by Nike in time for last year’s Wimbledon, shows Rafa’s uncle Toni recounting convincing his nephew to go southpaw at nine years old. Later in the video, they also playfully have Rafa throw, write, and brush his teeth using his left hand. He doesn’t do so well.

(via Hypebeast)