tattoo watch: sam warburg. shirtless.



I know that some of you are cool with keeping things anonymous when it comes to your men, but just in case you want to get to know them better: I think this is Sam Warburg.

Squint if you must: Alas, we botched saving the photo we took of a circular tattoo on his right inner forearm. But it’s there!

Draw: Sam lost in the first round of the US Open qualies to Michael Berrer.

totes mcgotes: more from usta’s green campaign



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Almost there: The USTA continues in the right direction with this tote, a part of the org’s Green Initiatives program. (They also have a Venus-designed, organic cotton tee; and hats made partly from recycled plastic bottles.)

The undated bag is made of 80% post-consumer waste. Check and check. Next year, they can mine US Open poster art from previous years and print up some vintage designs on these bags. I can’t wait!

Buy: US Open Tote Bag, $5, available on-site or at usopen.org.

ask and you shall receive: marat safin



Mila: this isn’t a picture from Thursday’s practice, but still a recent one of Marat Safin. Here he’s talking to the press after a match at last month’s Los Angeles Tennis Open.

Marat’s swan song sees him without a coach after parting ways with Hernan Gumy (an unnecessary expense for this last year). He keeps to himself and doesn’t have many good friends on the tour. “Everybody walks with five or six people nowadays… [The game] is not as much fun. It’s too professional. Everyone’s hungry for money.”

After Marat serves his last fuzzy ball into the sunset — the final tournament on the schedule is Bercy — the Russian plans to take six months off. After that break, he doesn’t know what’s in store just yet. Safin will just be relieved to be free of competitive tennis: “no more match points, no more deuces, no more second serves.”

The final episode: At the 2009 U.S. Open, Marat opens with a match against Jurgen Melzer and will face either del Potro or Monaco in the second round. If he pulls that one out (not likely, le sigh), there’s a fourth-rounder against Gilles Simon and a quarterfinal against second seed Andy Murray.

(photo by TSF)

us open qualies: a classy spaniard took the court



The 2009 US Open qualies “Best Dressed” Award goes to Eloisa Compostizo De Andres, who lost in the second round to 20th seed Mariya Koryttseva 6-2, 6-1.

We’re all about the simple and classic accessories that went with her outfit (from Domyos).

Keepin’ on: Rain washed out most of the play on Friday, so today will be a madhouse. All rain-suspended matches from Friday will resume play at 2pm, followed by postponed matches, followed by the matches actually scheduled for Saturday. Get more info here.

I’m ready for my close-up: A few more pics of Eloisa after the cut…

u.s. open tees are teases no longer



No more butterflies: The USTA is stepping up its merch for the 2009 U.S. Open, having Venus Williams design an official tournament tee (last year, it was Heidi Klum). The 100% organic cotton shirt is part of the USTA’s wide-ranging green initiatives and will be sold both on-site and online at usopen.org.

“I am really excited about this project because it combines three of my interests: tennis, fashion, and the environment,” said Williams, who’s seeded third at this year’s tournament. “I hope that my passion will be conveyed through this design and will inspire others to do their part to help preserve the environment.”

A portion of the profits from the shirt, which is part of the EleVen clothing line, will benefit Unisphere, Inc., the non-profit that maintains and preserves Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Buy: US Open 2009 Venus Williams Women’s Tee, $30.

(image courtesy of USTA)