volandri makes the quarters in belgrade

Italian Filippo Volandri beat Illya Marchenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to advance into the quarters of the Serbia Open in Belgrade. His next opponent is Marcel Granollers, who upset second seed Viktor Troicki in straight sets. Scorelines: Get updates on all the matches here.

Asics is pretty much sticking to solid white, yellow, and a royal blue (worn by Frederico Gil at Estoril) this season. Check it all out at Midwest Sports.

(image by Srdjan Stevanovic via serbiaopen.rs)

la lakers nails, ombre style

I’ve been watching my fair share of NBA games during the playoffs (thanks to @mean_joe), but definitely not hardcore like my friend LG, who got her nails done in Lakers colors. The Brooklyn salon did such a great job — purple with gold glitter! — that it convinced three other ladies to get the same paint job right then and there. (Flashback: The WTA ladies’ patriotic Fed Cup manicures.)

BTW, Game 6 of the Lakers vs. Hornets first-round series plays out tonight in New Orleans. L.A. is up 3-2.

spotted in the city: white balls and wilson


White washed: I was pleasantly surprised on my first trip out to play tennis this spring when I opened the can of Wilson balls I had just bought at Paragon Sports in Union Square to find the balls were white. Oh! So this is how these babies used to look?My playing partner and I noticed no real difference in the sight of the ball as we hit, but it was certainly fun to feel a little throwback on day one of “spring training.”

Buy: On the Tennis Hall of Fame website for a true throw-back feel, $6/can


September comes in April: Paragon also had U.S. Open merch out for perusal. Of this kit, nothing caught our eye (are these leftovers from last year?). But the Open Shop is up and running, and we’re kind of digging the $59.99 ball boy shorts, marked down from $125. This might be the perfect time to get 2010 stuff marked way down.

(images by TSF)

lacoste widens your beach footprint

The Santa Anas have been howling through SoCal the last few nights (perhaps the gods are mad that Manila Luzon didn’t win “Drag Race”, or that James is still in American Idol?) and the weird weather has us thinking ahead to the gorgeous days of summer, when we expect to do a lot of BBQ-ing, Hollywood Bowl-ing (Dolly Parton!), and oceanside hanging. So beach excursions call for an update of our accessories, and we’ve been eyeing this square Lacoste towel to help us stake our claim on the sand.

Others: If you prefer things standard and rectangular (what a square you are!), see the rest of the Spring ’11 Lacoste beach towels after the cut…

tattoo watch: adrian ungur

Romania’s Adrian Ungur has made it through to the second round of this week’s Serbia Open by beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round (and qualifying for a spot in the main draw). Unfortunately, that’s probably where it’ll end; he faces Novak Djokovic in the hometown hero’s opening match tonight.

Tattoo watch: Ungur told TSF (by way of the Serbia Open media folks) that the hip tat you see peeking out of his shorts means “respect” and “honor” in Chinese. Open season: And he also revealed that he has four more: a star on his hand; the initials of his wife; a bracelet on his upper right arm; and an old Georgian saying on his arm. Let the photo hunting begin!

(images via serbiaopen.rs)

grigor dimitrov is a-okay in munich

So there are times when we are okay showing you a non-shirtless Grigor Dimitrov, like this week, when he upset fourth seed Marcos Baghdatis in the second round of the BMW Open — 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2. (FYI, highest seed left in the Munich draw is now No. 3 Cilic.)

Nike: All those ATPers not named Roger or Rafa are wearing either the honeycombed Movement pieces or the striped collection (“Challenger”), worn by Grigor.

Buy: Nike Men’s Challenger Speed Stripe Crew; in white/grey, white/blue, and blue colorways; $50; tennisexpress.com.

philipp petzschner plays munich

Philipp Petzschner attended the players’ party thrown by this week’s BMW Open in Munich — and we’re glad he knows how to dress up! (Marat: take notes, ok?) Marcos Baghdatis also showed up with goofy camo Zorro mask. Browse: BMW Open party pics.

Draw: Petzschner, the other half of our favorite German doubles duo — honestly, we wonder what the slash fic must be like for these two — is still in the running for Germany’s next hot player along with Florian Mayer, qualifier Julian Reister, Philipp Kohlschreiber, lucky loser Denis Gremelmayr, and wildcard Dustin Brown. Petzsch upset top seed Mikhail Youzhny and faces Potito Starace in the quarters. (Draw: BMW Open)

More: See shots of Petzschner in his on-court Erke kit after the cut…

25 years later, maria keeps chernobyl on the radar

Today marked the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine, and Maria Sharapova continues to try and bring awareness to the lives of those forced to flee the contaminated region and the heroism of the emergency workers who responded to the situation. (Read: Maria’s message.)

Meanwhile, she’s done lots leading up to today, teaming up with Nike earlier this year to create a tee (pictured above), and she’s beefed up a special section on her website to highlight the cause and her work as a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador.

More:In Ukraine, Scars Of Chernobyl Disaster Remain Raw,” Morning Edition. Listen: Audio version

(photo by TSF from Indian Wells)