do your part: donate to flood victims in southeast asia

14 inches of rain in six hours — that’s the amount of water that Typhoon Ketsana dumped onto Manila this past Saturday, leading to massive floods that have killed at least 200 and have displaced tens of thousands of others in the northern part of the Philippines.

You can do your part by contributing to the American Red Cross’ efforts to help out. (Vietnam is also in the path of the typhoon.)

(image by Reuters via WaPo.com)

party in kuala lumpur

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What a motley crew, these guys. Snowman Richard Gasquet, the unsportsmanlike Robin Soderling, gambler Nikolay Davydenko, and casanova Fernando Verdasco — all in batik shirts at an event for the Proton Malaysia Open, happening this week in Kuala Lumpur.

Leave it to Verdasco to add Spanish flair to the traditional Malaysian attire by tucking it into his jeans. We didn’t expect anything less from the fashionista.

Bracket: After first-round byes, Kolya faces Dent, Verdasco will play Karol Beck, and Soderling is up against qualifier Brendan Evans (who played fellow qualifier/American Michael Yani in the first round). Gasquet is still slated for a first rounder against Romanian Victor Crivoi.

(image via PMO)

rafa, kobe, maria, and… manny pacquiao?!

Yes, Manny Pacquiao, save your vocal chords and — whatever you do — don’t run for political office. Instead of going down that predictable Filipino celebrity path, you should try to mix things up a bit, eh?

The Filipino boxing champ has been chosen (along with Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, Rafa Nadal, and Alexandre Pato) to pose in the AW77 hoodie from Nike‘s Fall/Winter 2009 NSW collection. The superstars were shot by photographers David Sims and Karl Templer over three months for a project that’ll launch on October 1.

Browse: Images of the rest of the NSW Fall/Winter 2009 collection can be found here, here, and here.

Watch: See this ad for the hoodie. The newest version of this classic item is being touted as water-resistant. And this video takes us to the Loopwheeler factory in Japan, where the hoodie’s made. (Fun fact: each of the old-school machines make enough fabric for only eight AW77s per day!)

Buy: Pick up a hoodie from NSW at Nike.

(image via freshnessmag.com; AW77 ad via beepinoy.com)

trophy watch: monfils hatches a green egg, date set a date with history, etc.

Proud achievement or slap in the face? Japanese phoenix Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest SEWTA winner since BJK in 1983 by beating Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3 at the Korea Open. Set this win beside Kimmie‘s U.S. Open triumph (and alongside Dinara‘s first round disaster in Tokyo) and what you get is fodder for naysayers of the deflated WTA Tour. Either way, congrats to Kimiko!

You can’t Photoshop that even if you tried: Israeli Shahar Pe’er beat local (Uzbekistani) Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-4 at the Tashkent Open. Shahar also won the singles title at last week’s Guangzhou Open.

More: The men, and toasts to Agassi and Kramer after the cut…

photo feed: juan monaco falls and hurts his right leg

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Peekaboo: Blame the “just because we can” syndrome, but here’s a photo of Juan Monaco, who made the finals of the BCR Romania Open this past weekend. He lost 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) to Albert Montanes. The Argentine was up 5-2 in the second set before he fell and hurt his right leg. Unfortunately, he was not able to recover. What is it with him and leg bad luck?

More: See a few more pics after the cut…

fashion focus: venus williams in tokyo

Venus Williams had such cute hair at this past weekend’s press conference for the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Too bad that the first round scoreboard looks like a massacre. Top seed (and World No. 1) Dinara Safina got upset in three set to No. 132 Chang Kai-Chan; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Venus in two; Sveta goes down to Andrea Petkovic in three; and both Pennetta (No. 9) and Ivanovic (No. 10) lost to Vinci and Safarova, respectively.

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Moving on: That pic above made me window-shop for hairwear, and I ran across these three. Rhinestone headband (right), $7.80; and Jeweled satin headband (left), $5.80; both at forever21.com. And if you’re feeling adventurous (and splurgy), these Side Poms (center) are for you! Available at Topshop for $75.

(Venus image via Getty; hair accessories images via topshop and forever21.com)

FV does LV — were we surprised?

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Consider our cockles warmed after learning that Fernando Verdasco is a suitcase-toting member of the Louis Vuitton club!

Kuala Lumpur up close: Head over to HC Foo’s blog for some in-the-trenches coverage of the inaugural Proton Malaysian Open. It’s even more intense via Twitter.

The top five seeds at this ATP 250 event are: Kolya, Verdasco, Soderling, Gonzo, and Metz winner Gael Monfils. Taylor Dent is one of the wild cards; he won his first-round match against Andrey Golubev and next faces Davydenko. How do you say gulp in Russian?

(photo via HC Foo)

sunday survey: coffee chat

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Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin have always had a strange relationship. They made it clear when they both rose to the top of the game that they weren’t the best of friends, and though the two women have great respect for one another, it had to be a little strange for Clijsters to watch Henin announce her own comeback just 10 days after the new mom had claimed the US Open title.

What would Kim and JuJu chat about if they were out to coffee together? No media present, no handlers… just the two Belgian bombers out for some famous chocolate and a cup of coffee. What would they speak about? Would they speak at all? Who would carry the conversation? Would any bad blood come to be discussed? 

Sure, Kimmie’s always been known as the ‘nice girl’ on the tour, but get a little caffeine in the gal and her mouth is sure to run as fast as she does on the court, right? 

We want some honesty brewing on this coffee date…

(photo by openaperture via flickr.)