tennis for the style set: a breakdown

Style.com takes a look at summer sports through their glasses, breaking down how the fashionistas view the worlds of surfing, tennis, golf, riding, and diving.

For tennis, special shout-outs go to Anna Wintour, L’Wren Scott, Alexandre Herchcovitch, curator Kohle Yohannan, Tina Chai, Hilary Rhoda, Sophia Hesketh, and Poppy Delevingne. Thakoon Panichgul apparently plays on public courts (LES ones are his fave), and Tory Burch does doubles all summer in Southampton.

Of course they toast Roger as the sport’s official mascot (is this the beginning of Rafa backlash?); Brooklyn Decker gets groupie-of-the-moment (we would’ve given it to Bec Hewitt), and give love to NYC’s Mason’s Tennis Mart (on 56 E. 53rd St.).

Not least is anticipation of how the tail end of the 2009 U.S. Open will conflict with the opening of the Spring 2010 runway shows.

More: See the slideshow here.

sightings in the stands: beck d. lopez

In case folks couldn’t get enough action during Karol Beck‘s 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 upset of Feliciano Lopez at the first round of the 2009 Wimbledon, they needed only to turn to their fellow fans.

You better watch out, Australian Matador — this woman is after your title of Best. Costume. Ever.

(image via Getty Images)

a tennis glossary

Not sure if any of you other tennis bloggers have gotten this glossary sprinkled through your comments. It was left over three or four posts. I’ve compiled them here. The ones about ballboys and ballgirls gave me the creeps.

A Tennis Glossary

chris’ final four: federer, murray, haas (!), del potro (!!)

With the bottom half of the men playing out their matches, its status quo so far, save for the early exit of 21st seed Feli Lopez. (Congrats to Karol Beck for capitalizing on his lucky loser luck!)

So, as with every major, we’ve asked our resident bracketologist Chris to give us his predictions for this fortnight.

He’s expecting Haas to shine (a title win over Djokovic at Halle), Fish to have his 18-month check-in with the media (last time was Miami, right?), and Karlovic to serve his way through the round of 16.

Meanwhile, Del Potro should make a statement on the grass and Kiefer will run away with that protected 33rd seeding and make it all the way to the quarters.

See how it’ll all play out after the cut…

fed or murray: who has the weaker draw?

Roger Federer and Andy Murray will have cake(crumpet?)walks on their way to that men’s Wimbledon final, but it’s worth considering the Davids that could topple these grass Goliaths.

1R: Federer faces Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei, who does better on faster surfaces. (Murray: Robert Kendrick)

2R: Murray will have to deal with either Gulbis or Dent. You can never discount the hard-serving (and tall) American on a surface like this, especially when he’s already warmed up by making it through qualifying. (Federer: Calleri or Gigi Lopez)

3R: Federer could face Kohlschreiber, who we expect to give the former champ the most trouble before the final.

4R: Murray has to deal with Wawrinka or Safin. You never know what you’ll get with those two. (Federer: Soderling)

Quarters: Murray will play Gonzo, Kiefer or Simon.

seriously murray

Andy Murray seems to have every single fan, journalist, mother, child, son, father, tube driver and bobby counting on him to win Wimbledon this year. Just check this post over at Straight Sets. The journalists aren’t just counting on Murray, they’re telling his this is it. Do or die.

So far Andy has taken the pressure much better than Tim Henman ever did, and last week his new commercial with EA Sports came out. The spot features Andy with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and a surprise cameo from John McEnroe for “Grand Slam Tennis” a new game for the Nintendo Wii.

Check it:

andy roddick’s staying power

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Andy Roddick can rest assured that he’ll have a spot in front of the camera once he’s hung up his pro racquet for good. Andy’s acting is waaaaaaaaaay better than most of the tennis players who’ve taken a stab at it (they will all remain nameless).

Here he is doing a spot for AT&T‘s Laptop Connect Wi-Fi service.

Watch: See the ad here.

(screengrab via YouTube)

nyt mag: rafael nadal

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Those aren’t tumbleweeds you’re seeing, folks. They’re crumpled up pages from this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, torn apart in by frustrated fans who wanted to see Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer duke it out for another major title in 2009.

I think Roger will have more pressure on him this year than last. If he can’t string together seven wins in the next two weeks, he doesn’t have a Rafa to blame (will Murray make his mark?). That record-breaking 15th ‘slam is just around the corner…

I haven’t finished reading the profile yet, but it seems to offer the same stuff we already know about Rafa. At this point, it’s more about enjoying the writing of Ms. Gorney. My fave quotes thus far:

Referring to Nadal v. Federer: “But let me just suggest that if there were ever a time to understand why people invoke Shakespearean tragedy and ancient gladiators and so on when they carry on about competitive tennis, now is that time.”

And about tennis in general: “‘You must remember,’ [L'Équipe writer Philippe] Bouin said gently, in his lovely accented English, ‘that in tennis you have to kill the other.’ Not just play better. Sometimes the one who plays better can lose. It’s a sport of splendid cruelty, for all its decorum and finicky trappings; every winning point comes when the other guy, in front of a whole stadium of people staring directly at him, is forced by his opponent into inadequacy. He lunges for the ball but whiffs, he whacks it long, he hits it into the net, he screws up. From the stands, you sometimes see players surrender not because they don’t know how to return the shots coming at them but because the specter of this impending inadequacy has suddenly just taken over their brains. It transpires right in front of your eyes: something sags, and they go sort of limp; you can see their faces and their posture start registering get me out of here.”

Read: Ripped. (Or Torn Up?) by Cynthia Gorney, NY Times Magazine, June 21, 2009.

(screen grab via nytimes.com)

rafa’s out of wimbledon

We’re sad that Rafa is not going to be defending that Wimbledon title of his (after he hussled for five hours to get it), but we’re glad that everyone’s abuzz about it.

People who I didn’t think even paid attention to tennis have been forwarding me links/tweets/emails for the last hour.

Here’s to tennis finally being in the spotlight!

(Rafa, get well soon! xoxo, TSF)