Practice makes perfect: Our besties at BATennis are all over the Davis Cup tie between Argentina and Germany, being contested in Buenos Aires this weekend. Top Argentine Juan Monaco, who was one of the earliest scalps at the 2013 Australian Open, leads the host team. Loving that practice tee from adidas.
Deets: See the roster for this World Group first round tie.
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Buy: Lacoste Geometric Graphic Tee, $60.
No. 2 in the 2nd: Switzerland’s second-in-command, Stan Wawrinka, became Donald Young‘s first upset when he lost to the American 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (1-7) in the second round. Wawrinka, the tournament’s 14th seed, will be playing alongside Roger Federer in their Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against Australia later this month. Meanwhile, Young plays Andy Murray today for a spot in the quarterfinals (if the weather allows him).
(photo via Flickr by achartoff)
Uhm, hi: Some practice pics we found of Janko Tipsarevic from this year’s U.S. Open. Lots of other images if you follow the links. (Please do!)
Up in the air: We really didn’t know which side to root for as we watched today’s 4th round match between Janko and Juan Carlos Ferrero. On the one hand, you want the Serb to break through and get past his first-week rut at the Slams. On the other, you want to give Juanqui a last hurrah before his impending retirement.
No upset: The 20th seeded Tipsarevic prevailed after a looong match — 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2 — to reach the quarterfinals, making this his career-best performance at any major. Let’s hope he’s content getting that far because his next opponent is Novak Djokovic. (Draw: See how the quarterfinals are coming together for the men.)
Facing Fish: Ernie Gulbis hits with Canas a few hours before his final match against Mardy Fish at the Farmers Classic, being contested this week at UCLA. This is Gulbis’ second appearance in an ATP World Tour final; his first was at Delray Beach last year, where he won his first career title. Bracket: See how the men fared in Los Angeles.
(photo by TSF)
Nole switched to his French Open kit during the warm-up tourneys leading to the year’s second major, so no need to rehash (here it is, in case ya need a refresher). So instead, here’s a few looks at his practice gear.
BTW: Nole has dropped only one set (to del Potro) in his run to the semis, which included a retirement from Victor Hanescu and a walkover against Fognini (who injured himself in that marathon vs. Montanes). Djokovic will play Roger Federer tomorrow.
Too much red! Aside from this olive green tee, a Stepanek-esque polo/shirt ensemble after the cut…
Roger Federer has reached the fourth round of the 2011 French Open after brushing aside Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. Even from a different perspective — i.e., the buzz words these days are “Nadal” and “Nole” — it’s safe to say that this man can still play some good, clean ball: so far this week, he’s used his efficient serve to rack up only two break points after three rounds of play.
Nike Air Max Redux Men’s T-Shirt, $20, nike.com.
(photo by AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Here’s Maria Sharapova at the Sony Ericsson Open, hitting before her semifinal match against Andrea Petkovic. Petko was ailing (shoulder) and Maria ran away with it: 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.
(practice pic by Forty Deuce.)
Svetlana Kuznetsova lost in her opening round of the BNP Paribas Open to American (and wildcard) Christina McHale, who took her out 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7). While Sveta looked good — like, dropped-pounds-in-the-double-digits good — she was simply outplayed from the baseline by the more consistent McHale. McHale lost a three-setter to Nadia Petrova in the subsequent round. (Draw: Women’s Singles.)
For the curious: that Fila shirt on Sveta’s only for practice, alas, and is not for sale to the public. Sometimes a girl has to have something that’s just hers, yknow?
(image by TSF)
Dustin Brown got some prime real estate playing his second round match at the 2010 US Open (on Ashe). His opponent? Fourth seed Andy Murray, who was upset in the succeeding round by Stan Wawrinka.
While the Jamaican lost in straight sets, he gave us a good show with everything from his hair, his clothes, his cheering section, and his game. He took that plaid being played with by the boys of K-Swiss and amped it up with yellow (wristbands), green (on his shoes and shoelace), and orange (on the other shoelace).
And to those unfamiliar with the brand he’s wearing, that’s Topspin, website here. Hotheaded Austrian Daniel Koellerer used to wear their clothes, but now he’s over with Los.
More: A few more images of Dustin’s look after the cut…