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TSF had the pleasure and honor of attending last week’s Legends Ball, an annual event put on by the International Tennis Hall of Fame each year during the U.S. Open. While the event was attended by many tennis great (more posts to come in the near future), there were some celebs on hand that we couldn’t help but pull aside for a little chat on the red carpet.

The first was Ramona Singer, of “Real Housewives of New York” fame. While Ramona might be best known for her ‘crazy-eye look‘ on the show, the reality star had no crazy going on in her eyes when we chatted with her, and she looked fit and refreshed in a Kimberly Taylor dress that featured coral-like sequins up the right side to the shoulder.

Her husband, Mario, advised Ramona to play with Jimmy Connors when TSF asked about who Ramona might pick as her doubles partner for a tennis re-match with Jill Zarin this season.

Speaking of Jill, she was also in attendance at the Ball, and spoke a few minutes with TSF after asking us “What publication are you with?” When I responded, “TennisServedFresh, an online tennis fashion blog,” she smiled widely and said, “OK.”

Jill (pictured above) looked great in person as well, laughing at me when I asked her if she had a plan for her re-match with Ramona.

“Of course I have a plan!” She said. “I’m Jill Zarin!”

Duh! My mistake.

Find out who Jill was wearing, see photos from the event and discover who TSF gives a low grade for her red carpet performance after the cut.

“I’m wearing Jennifer Lee,” Jill said, watching me scribble down the name furiously.

“What about the U.S. Open?” I asked. “Have you been watching?”

“Oh yeah definitely,” Jill responded. “I went out last Saturday.”

“Who did you watch?”

“I don’t remember,” she said, matter-of-factly.

While Jill’s red-carpet demeanor was relaxed and friendly, Miss USA Kristen Dalton joined TSF outside the press area for a little one-on-one, but it was a rather difficult process.

TSF: Who are you wearing tonight?
Dalton: Oh, good question. Um….

TSF: Who’s your favorite tennis player right now?
Dalton: Um……. (long pause, staring). Oh! Oh! Melanie Oh-dine?

Ok, points there for the girl. Props for the newbie name drop.

TSF: What about your favorite men’s player?
Dalton: (Silence.) … (More silence.) Who should I say?!

TSF: Try Andy Roddick, that sounds patriotic. 
Dalton: Right, yes! Andy Roddick. 

While Miss USA might have been lacking in the tennis knowledge (and a bit in the fashion department, too), she made up for it when she told us she loves Stella McCartney’s look on the court (“The ruffles are perfect!”) and is always looking to what Maria Sharapova will be wearing at the Open. 

Below shots of Ramona, Kristen and yours truly with Ramona and hubby Mario. Is Ramona judging my hand writing or what?! Love her.

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(red carpet photos by Jen Pottheiser; interview photo by Paula Vergara)

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