anyone for shirtless kolya?

TSF knows that Russian Nikolay Davydenko is an acquired taste, so those not interested — just look the other way!

…or you can click below to get more information about these Roland Garros ballkid outfits from adidas: grey tee, lime tee, and black shorts.

Scoreline: The 10th-seeded Kolya beat Stefan Koubek 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.

trophy watch: no nole? no problem!

The Serbian team of Nenad Zimonjic, Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki, and Arsenije Zlatanovic defeated the German team of Nicolas Kiefer, Mischa Zverev, Rainer Schuettler, and Philipp Kohlschreiber to win their first Tennis World Team Cup title, proving to the world that there is a strong tennis presence in Serbia — even without Novak Djokovic.

More: Titles from Strasbourg, Austria, and Warsaw — all after the cut…

tsf’s picks from this year’s french open store

Here are TSF’s picks from the 2009 Roland Garros shop. We will show you our favorite towels in a different post.

Clockwise, from top left: a clay-colored umbrella, the Nigata bag, women’s Aguni polo, charm keyring, Yui four-court tee, a bottle of clay, a striped scarf, and the “Roland Garros 2009″ Yachiyo tee.

Flashback: Here are our picks from 2008.

(screengrabs from the RG store)

serena hobbles, with baubles, to the french

Serena Williams is coming into the 2009 French Open as the second seed after compiling a lackluster spring record. She made it to the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami but fell to Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1. She followed that up with opening round exits in Andalucia (Klara Zakopalova), Roma (Patty Schnyder), and Madrid (retired against Schiavone).

Looking ahead: In order for Serena to claim another French, she’ll have to face Zakopalova again. Will she fare better than their last meeting?

Meanwhile, here are some pictures of Serena’s Nike kit, which includes items from the Spring Slam Group. And of course there are the accessories: orange fingernails in Miami, a brown handbag (trimmed with a scarf, natch) in Madrid, and lots and lots o’ bling. See them all after the cut…

tattoo watch: alona bondarenko

Alona Bondarenko could bag her first SEWTA Tour title of the year if she defeats Romainian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru in tomorrow’s Warsaw Open final. Alona beat Anne Keothavong 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the final, while Dulgheru upset Dani Hantuchova 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-1.

At next week’s French Open, Alona opens with a match against Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, and has Amelie Mauresmo, Agi Szavay, and Venus Williams in her section of the draw.

Tattoo watch: Meanwhile, we’ve discovered this photo of Alona’s back tattoo, taken during the a 2009 Aussie Open match against Svetlana Kuznetsova. It looks similar (and is inked almost in the same spot) as her sister’s.

More: See a blow-up after the cut…

venus williams: look at the fine print

Two snaps to Venus Williams and her EleVen line for going where no other player has gone before in recent years — at least not successfully. She made good on what she told TSF back in February, bringing out a print in purples, teals, and fuschias for a spring-appropriate tennis dress. I don’t know about you, but it’s making me crave Hypercolor!

Her year so far: Venus has two titles under her belt (Mexican Open, Dubai) and made it to the semis of Miami (losing to sister Serena) and Roma (losing to Safina). On the flip side, she’s also had disappointing early-round losses to Carla Suarez Navarro (Australian Open) and Alisa Kleybanova (Madrid). All that being said, she is ranked third in the world and is also seeded third for next week’s French Open.

In the details: Once you get over the pyschedelic effects, look for the dress’s tiered skirt whose staggered layers don’t quite wrap around the entire waist; the drawstring collar; and the teals and purples of her earrings and undies. See everything after the cut…

standing up for what’s important’s Matthew Schneier, in anticipation of Roland Garros starting next week, gives us a roundup of dirtied tennis outfits from French Opens past. Because with all the buzz about Rafa’s knees and Roger’s confidence-boosting Madrid title, we can’t let the fashion discussion take a back seat. Someone has to stand up for the clothes!

Cavalier and clay
Matthew Schneier
May 22, 2009

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if it’s good enough for michelle obama…

Jelena Jankovic moved away from the baby doll dresses she and clothing sponsor ANTA dreamed up for the beginning of 2009, choosing Miami as the event to debut this faux one-shoulder kit (hey, if it’s good enough for Michelle Obama, it’s good enough for Ms. Jankovic!).

Jelena crashed out of that tournament, unfortunately (losing to Gisela Dulko in the second round after a bye), but she bounced back the week after with a title win at the Andalucia Tennis Experience. Following that, she had three quarterfinal losses at Stuttgart, Roma, and Madrid.

What’s in store for Paris? We here at TSF eagerly await what she’ll wear while playing on the terre battue of Roland Garros (which begins next week). Judging from her choices so far, I don’t think she’ll disappoint…

More: A few more pictures during Janks’ Madrid Open run — including the white/blue sneakers and the blue mascara she paired with her blue warm-up — all after the cut…