d-listed goes to new haven

Thought D-Listed was just an international affair? Not so, our friends. Here’s the third installment of our D-Listed series, set on the quaint campus of Yale University. The first two, Wimbeldon-inspired installments are here and here.

Wayne Bryan was a sight all over the grounds of the Yale Tennis Center, sporting a bright yellow adidas tee and a black cap. Bryan was doing some work for the tournament – commentating after center court matches included – and was not in attendance to watch his sons blow eight (count ‘em, eight!) championship points in Cincinnati. Bryan has been a fixture on the tour for years, and though he often travels with Mike and Bob, he’s made his own career out of emceeing events like the Pilot Pen and World Team Tennis. Atta boy, Wayne!

Prior to his on-court announcing after the Nadia Petrova-Anna Chakvetadze roller coaster, Bryan was spotted chatting up who we’re convinced was none other than Australian Alicia Molik. What do you think, folks? Is it she?!? We’re pretty sure that Molik is in New Haven practicing to keep her comeback on track, but who knows… we could be as off as Anna was in that dang first set against our girl Nadia.

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Ok, so it’s not the most flattering picture of That-Might-Be-Alicia-Molik-Girl (let’s just call her Al for now), but c’mon people, she’s definitely someone! We’re just not sure who…

Meanwhile, just a few feet from Al, Marion Bartoli took in most of the first set of the Petty-ChakChak match. Later in the day, when the two Russians were still on court in the third set, Svetlana Kuznetsova hopped courtside (near Al, of course!) to take in her two compatriots doing battle. Sveta paid little attention to the match itself, mostly giggling with a gal pal and typing away on her Blackberry.

Our fave sighting of the day definitely came on the practice courts: there was a shirtless Fernando Verdasco (not as yummy up close… just saying!), Flavia Pennetta wearing peach, Ai Sugiyama, Tommy Robredo and our absolute fave, Uncle Toni 2.0. To get a glimpse of Toni and who he might be coaching, read on.

 

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a tourney tee that takes the cake

Tourney merch almost always disappoints, so we smile when we see stuff on the rack that doesn’t scream “Let me show you my mad Word Art and MS Paint skillz.”

Lump into that “buy” category this vintage-inspired women’s tee available for sale at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament store.

Our only beef? They didn’t make it a unisex tee. Why do guys always get the short end of the stick?

Edit: It turns out that Verdasco was into this tee, too, and asked Pilot Pen tournament director Anne Worcester for an extra large. See? Even the players want in!

sunday survey: what do you think?

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We’re not sure if we really care what you think, but we might as well ask, right? TSF is headed up to New Haven, Connecticut, for a day at the Pilot Pen. So excited?!? Yes we are.

We’re taking the train from Grand Central in NYC and it’s got us thinking about the US Open next week. Here’s a question for our brand-new, we-want-to-hear-from-you, Sunday Survey.

Which players – men or women – would be most likely to take the train (regional or subway) to the US Open? Who can you imagine sitting (or standing!) next to on public trans, his or her bag at their feet? It would take a special one, so we want to know who you think could rough it with the best…. ooops, the rest of us.

(photo by DanielKHC via flickr.)

short balls: tgiatftuso (!!!)

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That’s Thank Goodness it’s Almost Time for the US Open, of course! We couldn’t help but putting another shot of Street Tennis up from Toronto. It just looks SO COOL! Espesh from above, right?

TSF will be invading the Pilot Pen tomorrow in New Haven, and we’re hoping for a great day of Connecticut weather for some big-time tennis! Don’t forget to submit your questions for the stars so when we sit down in the interview room we don’t look like total idiots – we need your help!

Okay, Short Balls… here we go:

Web star. Tour flop? Sania Mirza continues to be a presence on the WTA Tour, but the hope that the Indian beauty might one day be a Top Ten star has fizzled into oblivion the last couple of years. Her barrage of injuries almost compares with her off-court distractions, which includes fighting off a stalker, marrying a man with the last name of her and doing plenty of fashion shoots. So perfect timing for Mirza to reveal a new personal web site. We love it. So glam, so Sania. Now can she win some tennis matches, please?

Big splurge. Wanna guess what Serena’s latest big-time purchase was? We bet not even the biggest of Williams fans could pull this one out. Think aquatic.

Tees for char-i-tee. Though her road has been rather bumpy on tour this year, Ana Ivanovic has continued to do her good-will work for UNICEF and the WTA. This week, the star revealed her collection of UNICEF tees. While we appreciate the gesture, this entire collection (seven shirts in all) is just messy all together. No fashion focus and just too much going on print wise. 

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Fashion first. Who cares that the top four men have advanced to the Cincy semis today, we’re all excited about lady’s fashion from last week! Just discovered this piece from the Cincinnati Enquirer about the colors alive on court last week. We agree, Janelle!

(street tennis image via wta tour web site; UNICEF shirt via tennis warehouse)

party like it’s 1992

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What year are we living in?! Monica Seles played a match in Toronto and Jennifer Capriati is featured on the WTA Tour’s web site! Who wudda thunk it?!

Seles took part in being honored at the Rogers Cup, being inducted to the tournament’s Hall of Fame. Seles won the tournament four times, including in 1995, when she was playing in her first pro tournament since her layoff from the tour following her horrific stabbing.

Capriati, meanwhile, was inexplicably featured on the WTA’s web site in a photo gallery titled “Jennifer Captiai’s Best Moments“. The gallery takes viewers through snapshots of Capriati’s tennis life, from 1991 through her epic 2003 match with Justine Henin at the US Open.

Though the gallery feels as though it belongs to a player who is retired, the last slide is accompanied by this caption: “Capriati hasn’t played since 2004 but as of August 2009 has not waved goodbye to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.”

Do the WTA peeps know something that we don’t? Did Capriati’s PR people plant the gallery to get fans excited for a return announcement?! One can only guess, but the usually-private JCap did make a public appearance in New York in late June. Check out video after the cut.

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the voice of tennis

Who knew that the Village Voice - the country’s largest culture and arts weekly newspaper – would be full of tennis tidbits this week? First off, there was some juicy gossip from columnist Michael Musto in his “Blind Item” piece this week. It’s sort of a tease of a tangent: when doing the “Blind Iteam” post, Mr. Musto writes about celebrities but doesn’t give away who it is. This one, however, certainly caught our (reading) eye:

Which hunky ’70s tennis star used to like three-ways with women, one of whom he would charmingly ask to insert a dildo in his butt? (I guess the other one kept score.)

Who could it be?! Ah, the guesses are endless. But who do you think it is?!

Meanwhile, in the Voice’s always-handy to-do’s for the week, we spotted a little write-up about the Bronx Open, a USTA-certified open (and ITF event) with $100,000 in cash prize. Among the competitors are Lucie Safarova, Anna Lena Groenefeld, Sania Mirza and American Vania King. Forget the qualies, this is where the real action will be prior to the Open!

A few players that won’t be in the Bronx, but rather in Queens the same week are the wild cards of the US Open qualifying draw. That list includes 16-year-old Ryan Harrison, 2008 US Open boy’s champ Grigor Dimitrov, Scoville Jenkins and Ryan Lipman, who was runner up in Kalamazoo last week.

tuesday’s tastes

Lots of tennis is going on during the US Open Series to lead up to the big dance later this month. But don’t forget about the on-court fashion, as well. We’ve been digging the bright colors that have been brought out of the closet following the fortnight at Wimbledon, but some accessory choices haven’t gone over so well.

Russian Igor Andreev, always at the top of his (physical) game, looks great in this Under Armour outfit put together for Cincy this week. The look is very Rafa-USO-2007 inspired, but Andreev makes it look fresh with those bustling, lean muscles and the white, exaggerated bandana. 

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We wouldn’t mind some colored shoes, but black seems to have it at the moment. As for the black that James Blake is wearing, it’s just all wrong. Blake, like Andy Roddick, continues to be a fashion disaster on court, even though his clothing line (Fila) is mostly his at the top of the game (only Marin Cilic also wears the brand).

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What’s wrong with this picture? Hmmm: the misplaced, awkward-looking sweatband to start. The baggy shirt is second and those black shorts! Oh black… why?! Why must these men insist on wearing such terrible things in the middle of the summer heat? We don’t buy the “this-is-the-new-line-of-product” excuse. If James wanted to look dapper, you know he could look dapper…

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