new twins on the block

We only have room for one set of twins on the TSF shelf (that’s ADHD for ya), and we never thought that we’d brush aside Mary-Kate and Ashley (even though we love The Row) and Zach and Cody (even though we love Brenda Song) for Mike and Bob.

Props to their manager, definitely. Along with stories in The New Yorker and the NYT this week, they’re also gearing up to make their debut, along with collaborator David Baron, as the Bryan Bros Band. The trio will play three new songs at their first gig ever — Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Saturday, August 29. And a few days later, their album, Let It Rip, will be available for sale.

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(screengrab via bryanbrosband.com)

ralph’s ready

Ralph Lauren, the official sponsor of the US Open, has unleashed its advertisements for the tourney on the New York Times web site with this vertical image:

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Vanity Fair reported the release of the USO line from Ralph a couple of weeks ago, and we’re digging the outfits just as much as them. The apparel puts the USO ball boys and girls in the running for “best dressed” at this year’s Open — watch out Serena!

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tennis goes big time

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What’s the Italian version of the Oscars?! Because we’d like to nominate Flavia Pennetta, the WTA’s newest Top Ten member for her performance in “Football Tennis In New Haven” — the new film from the WTA.

But before we get all hung up on Flavia’s performance, let’s not forget the big story here: the tennis court. Yesterday, Sony Ericcson set up Pennetta to play with Caroline Wozniacki on “the world’s largest tennis court” in the Yale Bowl, on the university’s campus. 

We love it. And Caro gets a nomination for best supporting actress — her on-court banter was worth it.

(photo via wta web site)

short balls: one week away

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Double Trouble: Don’t be too surprised. To go along with their New Yorker piece, the Bryan Brothers are also featured in this week’s Times Magazine, the Sunday NYT publication. This photo comes from the piece, which spans five internet pages and was released early (today) via the web. It will run Sunday, the day before the USO begins. Two high-profile pieces for the American pair in one week? We wouldn’t expect anything else. Oh, and if you like audio, check out the New Yorker interview here.

Posting Fashion: The New York Post ran a sprite and sweet article today on tennis fashion, featuring an interview with Ms. Tennis Fashionista herself, Maria Sharapova. Maria names her five fall must-haves, and (shocker!), two of her own pieces on the top of the list. A fashion shoot from Randall’s Island for the article is below.

Me, Two: Not to be outdone, Serena Williams is currently in issues of both Vogue (on one of the 576(!) pages) and Self magazines. While we couldn’t dig out either feature from the web, we did find this gem of a photo gallery from Style.com, the home of Vogue. One particular picture features Serena next to Anna Wintour, who’s been under heavy criticism lately. 

That’s Tennys, With a ‘Y': Rafael Nadal’s hitting partner at the French Open, American Tennys Sandgren, is making his first-ever appearance at the US Open this week in qualifying, starting tomorrow. Yep, that’s Tennys, with a ‘y’. The 18-year-old from Tennessee is following through on his namesake — literally. There’s also an American named Michael Venus in the qualies. Small world, isn’t it?

Overseas, Under the Radar: While she was under a media microscope at Wimbledon, British teenager Laura Robson is quietly entered the women’s qualifying tournament. The 15-year-old is attempting to make a slow transition from the junior game to the big leagues. Also in the women’s qualies is former major semifinalist, Nicole Vaidisova. The Czech is currently ranked 143rd in the world, thanks to a 7-12 season thus far.

(photo dewey nicks via new york times)

taylor makes a comeback

Two snaps for Taylor Dent, who’s still searching for his groove after a long-term absence from the ATP Tour to address a serious back injury (it left him in a body cast for nine months). He is also a wild card in the main draw of this year’s U.S. Open, which starts next week. In the meantime, he’s trying to get match-tough by working his way through the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament this week.

And two snaps for Nick, who got Dent’s story in the NYT‘s Straight Sets blog. Read it here.

tattoo watch: jose acasuso

Tattoo watch: TSF spent some time watching Nadia Petrova work on her serve at the Pilot Pen Tennis tourney’s show court yesterday morning (she fared well with it during her match against Anna Chakvetadze; too bad the rest of her game didn’t click), and for doing our homework we got a treat in the form of Jose Acasuso, who practiced after the Russian.

Scoreline: The Argentine faces compatriot Maximo Gonzalez in the first round of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament (they play today).

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fashion focus: yanina wickmayer in erke

No need to rub your eyes; that’s not a blurry Nike logo you’re seeing. Instead, it’s the logo for a(nother) Chinese sporting goods company — the one with the largest share of the athletic shoe market in that country — Erke.

Erke made a splash last year by being a clothing sponsor to the North Koreans. And this year, they struck a deal with the ATP to become the Shanghai Masters Series’ official clothier beginning next year and through 2013. The license is worth about $14.6 million. E-window shopping: Browse the company’s Dutch website since the Chinese one isn’t user-friendly yet (surprise?).

We first saw the clothes on Yanina Wickmayer on Day 1 of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament as she took down Tsvetana Pironkova 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a loooong qualifying final match. This gives the oft-snappy dresser (she used to wear Le Coq Sportif) a place in the main draw.

Everything in Yanina’s kit worked with the outfit: there was just enough blue (in her shoes, on her fingernails, on her Babolat racquet) to make the cap sleeve polo and the cuffed shorts radiate on the court.

The deets: a few more detail shots after the cut. Note the drawstring on the back of her polo, the polka dot texture on the fabric, the flaps on the shorts’ back pockets, and drop earrings that seem to be the lobe accessory du jour. Loves!

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shirtless: gigi lopez

While there are plenty of great arguments for watching tennis in the comfort of your own home — not needing to wait until the changeover to get up from a seat; not having to deal with other people’s chatter; listening to Mary Carillo’s commentary; instant replay — there are also plenty of arguments for watching tennis at a tournament: d-list sightings, limited-edition merch, and of course the practice courts. Especially the practice courts. God bless ‘em.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will play Yen-Hsu Lu in a first round match at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, the winner of which will play 16th-seed Andreas Seppi.

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