le sigh: pico bites the red dust



TSF’s clay hope Juan Monaco — he once had the goods to back this up — did his unseeded duty by going taut-belly up against ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. We expect Tsonga to easily beat Christophe Rochus (who won the battle of the munchkins against Arnaud Clement), but to fall to Juan Martin Del Potro in the round of 16.

Three stripes times two: Pico’s steady baseline game was accented by the adidas Spring Edge Print Crew, while Tsonga’s all-attacking style was covered in the season’s Zip Crew.

Buy: adidas Spring Edge Print Crew, $35.99, phantom/pool blue and white/blank; Spring Competition Zip Crew, cyan/black/white and neon yellow/white, $43.99.

More: A few more pics of Monaco’s French Open play after the cut…

too much tommy



Tommy Haas reached the third round of the 2009 French Open by defeating Leonardo Mayer in five sets: 6-3, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3. Up next is Jeremy Chardy, who also needed to go all the way with a 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Simone Bolelli.

Buy: Tommy played in the K-Swiss Summer Sublimated Crew, available in white/black and white/online lime for $44.99 at TW. (A polo version is available for $10 more.)

Meanwhile, I’d tell you where to buy Tommy’s underwear, but we’re not entirely sure he was wearing any.

tommy robredo keeps it classic



Spaniard Tommy Robredo is through to the third round after straight-set wins over Adrian Mannarino and countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Robredo’s keeping things simple this week, playing in plain Sergio Tacchini polos (accessorized with a TW Steel watch). He next faces Maximo Gonzalez and will likely fall in the fourth round to the winner of Djokovic/JC Ferrero.

Buy: All the latest Sergio Tacchini goods available here.

More: Two more pics of Robredo after the cut…

fuzzy wuzzy had no hair



Jose Acasuso and his buzzed hair (pic: before) took a stab at defeating Roger Federer in the second round of the French Open. While the Argentinian put up a fight, he could not upset Federer, who’s riding his soon-to-be-pop high and is fresh from his clay title win against Rafa at the Madrid Masters earlier this month. Federer won in four: 7-6 (8), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Big leagues: Roger needs to step it up — no more losing seven straight games like he did in the second and third sets against Acasuso — if he wants to make his fourth straight French Open final. Up next for Roger is the winner of the Pablo Andujar/Paul-Henri Mathieu second-rounder.

(photo by Getty Images)

venus, animal style



Venus Williams and her EleVen line continue to run around like headless chickens, showing off outfits — one prettier than the next — even after their backer, Steve & Barry, declared bankruptcy a while back.

And for the 2009 French Open, Venus follows up her Hypercolor spring dress with this abstract take on animal print, which reminds us of Matthew Williamson‘s recent collection for H&M. (If you haven’t seen the latter, click here for the tiger/butterfly dress and here for the peacock-themed goods.)

Scoreline: Venus beat former fashion great Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round, and faces Lucie Safarova (sigh, that once would have been a juicy contest) in the second round. Venus will likely run into Li Na in the fourth; TSF predicts that the Chinese player will take out Sharapova in the round prior — you heard it here first!

Up close: This Venus dress is the same as the one she wore from Miami through Warsaw. See some more pics of the outfit in action after the cut…