even in the battle of the bags, roger wins

Arnaud Clement, who took out fellow munchkin Janko Tipsarevic in the first round, had the pleasure of playing Roger Federer in the third round of this year’s Wimbledon. He lost in straight sets — 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Even in the accessories department he was no match, with Roger’s custom-made Nike duffel leaving Nono’s Lacoste bag in the Centre Court dust.

Draw: Up next for Roger is Jurgen Melzer, who swatted away Feliciano Lopez in four sets. If he gets through that, he’ll have to play Tomas Berdych, who always gives Federer trouble. (More: See the draw here.

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for a tall man who had a tall task, a tall trophy

Trophy Watch: For winning his marathon first-round match against Nicolas Mahut, American John Isner was presented with the Virgin Trophy, an award created by Sir Richard Branson “to empower teams and individuals to challenge themselves and enjoy the spirit of adventure” and given to anyone who succeeds in “record-breaking challenges”.

Mazel, John!

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the eye(let)s are the window into fila’s world

Fila chose to go with “zig zag mesh” as their theme for this year’s Wimbledon, putting the ladies in pieces from the Collezione line. They’ve got all the basics in simple silhouettes — cami, tank, polo, double layer tank, skort, dress — with eyelets, ruffling, and ric rac trim (on the skort) to add some flare. And props to Fila for coming up with a warm-up jacket that’s appropriate for covering up the ladies walk onto the court. (Nike didn’t fare so well with trying to dress Azarenka.)

Buy: Fila Collezione Dress, $65; Long Jacket, $75; Skort, $45; all at shop.fila.com.

Fila Draw: Clijsters, the eighth seed, is through to the third round after easy wins over Camerin and Sprem. Up next is Kirilenko before a fourth round match against Henin. The other ladies haven’t fared so well: Szavay lost in the first round to Makarova; Kuzie was upset in the second round by Rodionova. Browse: Ladies’ Singles Draw.

Bonus round: Sveta got her stylized monogram sewn onto the sides of her shoes. <3 Last pic in the gallery above.

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sightings in the stands: mathieu vs. youzhny, wimby 2nd round

Layman’s Runway: We love the makeshift hat of this fan watching Paul-Henri Mathieu upset 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of Wimbledon. The score: 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

This is only Mathieu’s first time past the first round since his 2010 season opener (at Indian Wells). He next faces Thiemo De Bakker, who had a cakewalk of a match against John Isner. The American, who was embroiled in that three-day first-round match that lasted just over 11 hours, could only muster winning five games before bowing out in 74 minutes. (Draw: Men’s Bottom Half)

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(OT) get a whiff of wiffle gear from no mas

Every sport needs its uniform, and wiffle ball is no exception. No Mas has restocked its line of Wiffle tees and come out with a pair of ten-ball shorts and three snap back hats (made in conjuction with Starter) — all to get you properly outfitted for some perforated plastic ball fun.

In case you need swayin’ you can enter the code “WIFFLE” at checkout to get 25% off on the goods. You’re welcome!

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so much for being tamarine tanasugarn II

Another early exit at Wimbledon for 2008 semifinalist Zheng Jie, who followed last year’s early loss to Dani Hantuchova with a 4-6, 6-2, 2-6 performance against Petra Kvitova in the second round of the 2010 tournament. Ever since her run to the semis in Melbourne this year (save for an uptick at Warsaw, where she got to the final), Zheng’s been sputtering. What gives?

ANTA scales back: Unlike all the crazy — dare we say gratuitous — use of fabric at this year’s draw, the normally ruffled Zheng went for a simple look, even down to her puffed-sleeve warm-up.

Draw: Kvitova next plays Azarenka. Both are in the top half of the draw with Serena.

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wimbledon gets catty in the queue

Wimbledon.org, the official web site of The Championships, got a little catty with its queue fashion video – and we love it! The vid itself, which looks to be sponsored by Evian features a fashion-savvy London lady critiquing (in secret) the fashion choices of the queuers. We LOVE this idea! Too bad she mostly stuck to the gals…

See the video by clicking here. Scroll two thirds down the page to find it. And, go to page 2 of the Wimby videos to find an equally-entertaining fan hat video. Lovely, just lovely!

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tennis’ reception line for queen elizabeth II

…And ‘Best Dressed’ goes to: Perhaps it’s the American in us, but we were all about Andy Roddick and his wearing a white blazer to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Day 4 of the 2010 Wimbledon tournament. (The tailored Federer suit is so predictable!) QEII attended the day’s session to watch Andy Murray play his second-round match against Jarrko Nieminen.

Roddick and his jacket (we can only assume it’s Lacoste) was part of a reception line which included Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Laura Robson, Jelena Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki Kai-Chen Chang, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams (who’d been practicing her moves in anticipation of this meeting!).

As Nick said earlier, Her Majesty wore the perfect color to complement the bright green grass of the AELTC. It’s a boost to the sport to see her around these parts.

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thanks, john and nicolas!

Wimbledon 2010, 1st round. John Isner d. Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.

Everything’s already been said about this match; every emotion, expressed; every statistic, calculated and printed.

So all I will say is: Thanks, Isner and Mahut, for showing the world that tennis is a noble sport where guys will fight to the finish. Much like what that marathon final between Nadal and Federer did for our sport, your epic fifth set has become water cooler talk even for folks who have no interest in tennis.

Draw: Up next for John is Thiemo De Bakker.

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