jelena’s spring blues

You know, we’ve been really impressed by a lot of the clothes debuting at this French Open — especially with the ladies. They’ve been been hitting out of the park, haven’t they? (And we’re not even done posting yet!)

So we’re officially ready to let our guard down with Jelena Jankovic. She was flip-flopping for a while there, mixing great fashion choices with some couture catastrophes, forcing us to withhold our applause and love for one of tennis’ biggest draws. But after that gorgeous dress she wore to Cannes, this pink one at a reception for Serbian prez Boris Tadic, and now her French Open ANTA outfit, we’re ready to leave the love faucet on full blast for Jelena.

Ms. Jankovic opened her 2009 French Open campaign in a bright blue dress accented with an asian floral print down the side and back panels. We’re all about that frilly skirt, too. What do you think of this dress? Tell us!

Scoreline: Jelena got lumped in the bottom half of the draw, and we don’t foresee any hiccups until her quarterfinal vs. Serena Williams (though our friend Chris’ bracket has Wozniacki beating Jelena in the round of 16).

More: See detail shots of her blue, blue (did we say “blue”?) outfit — including fingernails, hairpins, shoes, and maybe mascara (one can only hope) — all after the cut…

photo feed: leonardo mayer upsets james blake

If Argentina and Andy Roddick had a love child, qualifier Leonardo Mayer would be it. The 22-year-old upset James Blake in the first round of the 2009 French Open with a 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-2 win.

Someone get him in touch with the Roland Garros barber and he’ll be golden.

Scoreline: Leonardo will face Tommy Haas in the second round, and then the winner of the hotfest that is Simone Bolelli vs. Jeremy Chardy.

More: A few more pics of Mayer — who’s wearing Olympikusafter the cut…

maria dresses up for her first major of 2009

We here at TSF are all smiles that Maria Sharapova and Nike are back at it with a well-calculated outfit for the Russian (when in Paris…). They went with a layered dress in varying textures of fabric and in two hues of blue. The tiers fall nicely on Maria’s frame, looking like like enormous fish scales. Unfortunately, it didn’t look so good when she moved around. What do you think of this dress? Tell us!

Scoreline: In this, her first major since Wimbledon of 2008, Maria beat Belarusian Anastasiya Yakimova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 and next faces 11th seed Nadia Petrova.

Round it out: Maria walked onto the court with a cropped jacket, a large white tote, and of course her aquamarine and diamond drop earrings — in 18 karats of white gold — from Tiffany. (Buy: Drop Earrings; $2,100; Tiffany.com.) What, you say? You want to see the bag and jacket? Feast your eyes on a few pictures — all after the cut…

loving lavender: zheng jie in ANTA

Zheng Jie became the highest-ranked female Chinese player recently by reaching the No. 15 spot (beating Li Na‘s No. 16 back in 2007). Zheng’s had a so-so year so far, making it to the fourth round of the Australian (ret. Kuznetsova) and Miami (l. S. Williams), the semis at Monterrey (l. Bartoli), and the third round in Roma (a third-set tiebreak loss against Safina).

But she’s still in this year’s French, brushing aside Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-1, 6-3 in the first round. As the 15th seed, she’ll next face Michelle Larcher De Brito and will likely end up falling to Safina in the round of 16.

<3: We’re continually impressed with the different designs that Chinese companies Li Ning and ANTA — the latter now Zheng’s sponsor — are bringing to the table. Zheng is currently in a lavender/purple blouse trimmed with pleats and a cloud-like print on the mandarin collar.

What do you think of it? Tell us!

More: A few more shots of Zheng’s outfit after the cut…

monogrammatization: zheng jie

Some detail shots of Zheng Jie‘s monogrammed kit at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, where she lost to Serena Williams in the fourth round 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 (Zheng led 2-0 in that third set).

While she’s been logo-less for a while, the print detail on her white tank makes me think that she was with ANTA all along (but perhaps with a deal not yet inked). Seems like everything’s set for the French, though, where Zheng’s shown up in beautiful blue separates. More on that later.

(images via Getty Images)

jet? what jet? rafael nadal flies like the rest of us

The June issue of Vogue features a profile of Rafa Nadal accompanied by photos shot by Bruce Weber. The interview and shoot happened at this year’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Things we learned from the interview:

Travel: The man and his entourage are without a private jet. He flies commercial.

His pre-match rituals: “He’ll sleep between seven and nine hours, then have a plate of pasta for breakfast. If he’s eating three hours or more before a match, he’ll add some chicken or fish. Just beforehand, he always has a cold shower; then his physio, Rafael Maymo, helps him put on all his tape (at the moment his fingers are taped as well as his knees). After Nadal prepares the handles of his rackets, he listens to music on his iPod—everything from Julio Iglesias to Bon Jovi—and keeps to himself. ”

On Fed’s Aussie Open meltdown: ‘”Well, a bit odd, no? I didn’t really know what to do. I felt sad for him. Those are difficult moments when you’re living through them, but over the years they become moments that both he and I will be able to look back on fondly—they’re emotional moments.”‘

His vulnerabilities: ‘”Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous. If I’m at home alone I have to sleep on the sofa—I can’t face going to bed. I’m there with the TV on and all the lights on. I’m not very brave about anything in life… In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very.”‘

More pics: View a short slideshow here. The full interview is available in the June issue of Vogue (with covergirl Cameron Diaz). It’s currently in newsstands.

bjorn borg summer 2009

bjorn-borg-summer09

The summer styles from the Bjorn Borg underwear line are now available online. We’re big fans of the plaid and the bright, bold color palette. For those of you with a penchant for peekaboo-ing, consider adding some rainbow waistbands to your arsenal. The women get gingham, too (sadly, the guys don’t get to join in on that fun…).

Buy: Drop (money for) your drawers here.