(ot) ‘zines on display

My dear friend Darin Klein is heading up to San Francisco next weekend to open his show “We ride them and Tingel-Tangel” at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. The exhibit will highlight the many ‘zines and chapbooks that he’s produced and collaborated on in his two decades of bookmaking.

Bonus: On Oct. 23 (Saturday), Klein will also fete the release of the second and third issues of the ‘zine 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, one of his newest projects. A sketch by yours truly is included in one of the issues (not sure which). Can’t wait to get a copy!

More: “We ride them and Tingel-Tangel” runs October 21- December 4, 2010. Find out more details — including publications for sale and related events — by visiting Darin’s site.

(photo of Darin Klein by Jeaneen Lund)

fred perry x amy winehouse = ?

Will a Brit fit? Pink and black will dominate the 17-piece line to be released this fall from Fred Perry in collaboration with Amy Winehouse. From the press release: “a girly twinset has Fifties sex siren written all over it, gingham goes from homely to hot, pencil skirts become dangerously short, Capri pants find a punk-inspired edge, a mini bowling shirtdress flaunts in equal measure.” While we know this isn’t performancewear, wouldn’t it be fun to see one of the ladies wear this on the court? (Robson? Baltacha?)

Preview: The musician will be modeling the clothes in the November issue of British Glamour. The sketches are available here. We’ll post when the items are for sale on the FP site.

no whammies!

In case you’re having a slow afternoon, here are three tennis-related drawings you can enter…

Fun in the sun: Tennis Now’s running a Sony Ericsson Open drawing. The winner will receive a trip for 2 to Miami tournament next year. Prize includes airfare from a major US city to Miami, 3 nights of hotel stay, and tickets to 2 days of the tournament. Entry closes at 12am ET on December 31, 2010. Tournament dates: March 21-April 3, 2011.

A sport for all…. women: Make sure to put your name in for the Wailea Tennis Camp Sweepstakes at 4all (the company formerly known as jofit); they’re giving away four spots at the Wailea Fantasy Camp, held Nov. 17-21 in Maui, and with pros such as Tom Guillikson, Michael Russell, Lindsay Davenport, and Corina Morariu helping with instruction. Winners will also get roundtrip airfare and three nights at the Four Seasons Maui. We’re irked that this raffle’s for ladies only, but still, we’re excited someone gets to do drills with Linds! (Enter; deadline is Oct. 17)

You had us at “blue balls”: At Bjorn Borg, count the number of blue balls you find as you scour their site. Contest ends October 18.

short balls: it’s not over until the (small) lady sings

Justine Henin made her return to Belgian television earlier this week by singing and dancing on a variety TV show. Singing the song “Now It’s Time” on the show Cap 48. Was that lip synching we saw there, JuJu? Might have to refer to this video to figure it out. Hopefully Lady Henin didn’t re-injure her elbow in said dance routine, in which she wore a bright white pant suit, black dance shoes and had her hair put up. Now we get why she wants her phone on a desert island: she has the Autotune app.

Justine is scheduled to take on Kim Clijsters in an exhibition in December, though she hasn’t made her 2011 schedule public yet. Guga Kuerten is due to play an exhibition in his home country of Brazil in December as well, flying down former rival Andre Agassi for a little hit and giggle. Fame bound? Meanwhile, Andre headlines the 2011 ballot for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The last time Andre was in Newport? To help honor his wife Steffi during her own induction in 2007.

With the tennis season winding down, the exo season is picking up. The Belgians will do battle in their home country and Guga has Andre going south. Roger has invited Rafa up to Switzerland for a duel of their own, which, if the trailer runs true, will be mostly giggling and not much hitting. Stateside, no less than four exo’s will take place in November and December, with players like Anna Kournikova, Martina Navratilova, Mark Philippoussis, Mardy Fish and the Bryan Brothers participating in one event or another. (Line up: Surprise, Ariz. | Delray Beach | DC | Vero Beach, Fla.) (Exhibition info from tenniswire.org)

The season is prematurely over for a myriad of WTA ladies, including Venus, Serena and Maria Sharapova. The Williams sisters will not only miss the Season Ending Championships but also the Fed Cup finals, which they had expressed interest in playing after controversy swirled in their lack of participation in the team’s ties earlier in the year.

More of short balls – featuring short(er) balls – after the cut. [Read more...]

the rest of team tacchini

While it can’t be argued that Novak Djokovic has upped Sergio Tacchini‘s profile a few notches (uhm, anyone who can do this to their moneymaker is a moneymaker), we’d like to point out what the other STers are doing their part to get the brand some airtime.

You say “Christmas,” I say “Gucci”: Belgium’s Olivier Rochus wore a white polo with green and red stripes as he weathered the collective sigh of tennis fans around the world — at the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok a few weeks ago, the munchkin took out Juan Martin del Potro in the Argentinian’s first match since the 2010 Australian Open. (Both Rochus and Hanescu wore this kit for the US Open.) [Read more...]

ellesse by wood wood

It’s not all about Nads Petrova: An recent afternoon stroll along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice (Calif.) yielded our run-in with this collaboration between Ellesse and Danish brand Wood Wood. The capsule collection appeared back in August and includes crewneck sweaters (pictured above), track jackets, tennis sneakers, shorts, and polos.

Our pick: We’re into the shorts with the thick, white horizontal stripe wrapping around the right leg.

Browse: Sneakerstuff’s selling the collection here. Those in L.A. can shop in the flesh at Milkmade. And for the curious, Wood Wood’s site.

(image via highsnobiety)

video: the trick shots keep comin’

Agassi unplugged: This Andre Agassi video from HEAD touts the former pro’s tennis superpowers — filmed with no special effects.

We here at TSF are soooooooooooooooo over trick shot videos (thanks for nothing, Roger Federer!), but since we’re having a glass-half-full kind of day, we give HEAD props for thinking this one out. Andre’s video is set in a serene, quiet court — reflective of his current mellow elder statesman persona — and has him hitting net posts with a ball struck from all over a tennis stadium. (BTW, he’s hitting with the YouTek Six Star racquet.)

Meanwhile, Andy Murray‘s piece, which came out earlier this year, had the Scot roaming the streets of London while performing goofy tennis tricks. Muzz is always so serious (esp. at press conferences), so it’s nice to see that grill once in a while. (Video: Murray’s Street Magic)

in big china, it’s the little things we like

While the rain raged on in Beijing, delaying both the men’s and women’s final until Monday, we popped into the virtual China Open store for a glance and the goodies being offered up this year. It would be unjust to ignore what their store has to offer; while the clothing selection left something to be desired, there are a few diamonds of the fuzzy slash plastic slash “What is that, exactly?” variety. Just what we love…

This gorgeous and somewhat subtle (at least for the China Open online store… ) scarf has great detailing. If you look closely, you can see the tiny man chasing down a tennis ball. Buy for about $21 USD.

You may think it cheesy, but we love the top to this mug, which retails for about $8.

More of our picks from the China Open store after the cut… [Read more...]