spotted in the city: (late) open shots



Some of these are almost a month late, but we still have a few items from the US Open that we’ll roll through the TSF realm to make sure that nothing has fallen through our editorial cracks. Another few shots for our spotted in the city series, which we captured during a busy couple of weeks during the Open.

During the USO, Madison Square Park, in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, was turned into a tennis-viewing haven. I did a post about the two-week long viewing event on the New York Times‘s Straight Sets tennis blog. I took this shot on the first Friday night of the Open after grabbing some grub at Shake Shack with some friends.

A couple days after the USO was finished, workers at the adidas store in NoHo were already taking down the displays of Andy, Ana, Caroline and Jo-Wilfried and putting up some mannequins for an upcoming sale.

We were out on Randall’s Island at the SportimeNY fitness center for the Legends Clinic that was put on by Ralph Lauren and featured Venus Williams. On our way to the bathroom, this door label caught our eye:

(photos by tsf)

short balls: the geography edition



Fall is coming to fruition across the country. Well, that is if you don’t live in the Los Angeles area. Southern Cal was hit with quite the heat wave earlier this week – temperatures topping around 113 degrees around downtown. On this week’s short balls, we’re staying away from the heat and traveling around the country (and world!), region by region, to bring you tiny tidbits in URL-linked style.

The Midwest is losing one of its tennis gems, as the stadium that hosted the (formerly-named) RCA Championships – the Indianapolis ATP stop for 21 years – was put to the wrecking ball this past week. (via jon_wertheim) Remember: Better times in Indianapolis, which lost its tourney to Atlanta this past year.

The Southeast | The WTA celebrated the 40th anniversary of what it describes as a day of “rebellion” and “independence” last Thursday, September 23rd. In 1970, Billie Jean King and “The Original Nine” broke away from the tennis czars to form the WTA with help from a few business-savvy folks (and Virginia Slims cigarettes). The total purse at the 1970 Virginia Slims Invitational in Houston? $7,500. The winner took home $1,600, which is one about one tenth the money first-round losers are awarded at today’s majors.

Meanwhile, in the Southwest, Mirjana Lucic continued her winning ways this past week by capturing the title at the USTA Pro Circuit swing in Albuquerque. Lucic took out three Americans on her way to the championship. This week, she’s in action up north at the $50,000 event in Las Vegas.

Further west of Lucic’s success in Big Sur, California, Bob Bryan announced he was engaged to longtime girlfriend Michelle Alvarez. And west coast companies Diesel (Los Angeles) and Nike (Portland, Ore.) have new ad campaigns out. The Diesel campaign, “Kick Ass” takes a sarcastic approach to their shoes kicking ass (literally) and not being fitted for running. Nike’s “BOOM” campaign features several well shot (and edited) commercials. In all those split-second shots of different sports, your not missing a tennis moment. The sport didn’t make the cut for this promotional track, FYI. More FYI: Nike’s Q1 profits were up 9% overall. Maybe thanks to Rafa? Or the bed bugs? Probably Rafa…

More geographical adventures (including a dive into New York City!) after the cut… [Read more...]

the fierce 40s



Kimiko Date Krumm wowed us with a return in her late 30s, but her 40s are already looking that much better. A day after stunning top seed Maria Sharapova in the first round at Tokyo, KDK took down Daniela Hantuchova, 13 years her junior, 2-6 6-0 4-0, retired, to move into the third round. Oh, and did we mention it was her 40th birthday?!

History lesson: KDK has taken down the likes of Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Lindsay Davenport, Iva Majoli and Conchita Martinez at her home tourney. The latter three wins came in 1995, when she was crowned Princess with a win, and the last time she advanced this far. She meets the resurgent Francesca Schiavone in the third round.

More: American Coco Vandeweghe won her fourth match in a row Tokyo with a second-round win over Aravane Rezai. She takes on Julie Goerges, who took down a sputtering Sam Stosur in a second-round clash. Prior to Tokyo, Vandeweghe had lost four straight matches after a quarterfinal run in San Diego.

(ap photo)

like we needed more reasons to love grigor dimitrov



Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov has given us plenty of reasons to love him (we count six, maybe eight), but here’s the nail on the coffin: His favorite designer? Alexander McQueen. (See the Q&A here.)

BTW, congrats to Grigor for cracking the ATP Top 150 — he’s now at 136 — after winning back-to-back-to-back Challengers this year. (ATP: Grigor’s stats).

And speaking of McQueen, Sarah Burton, who’s succeeded Mr. McQueen (RIP) as creative director, presented the Spring 2011 men’s collection this past June in Milan. The women’s collection will show in Paris this week. One thing we’ll know not to expect from Burton are the fashion house’s infamous, over-the-top presentations. “That was very much [his] territory — the spectacular show,” Burton told Elle.

(photo from Wilson‘s FB)

greta arn: let’s get clinical



Greta Arn had the distinction (at least around these parts) as the player who took out Laura Robson in the first round of this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She lost in the following round to top seed Caroline Wozniacki. Check out the tourney draw here.

Arn wore Reebok (with some fun eyelet detailing) in her first-rounder against Kim Clijsters at the 2010 US Open. She brought back the skirt for Tokyo, but that top — with nude-colored straps reminiscent of athletic taping — could be from somewhere else (unless she’s covered the logo with that SEWTA patch). Anyone out there with more info?

(image via Getty Images)