practice makes perfect: novak djokovic



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…

practice makes perfect: roger federer



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)

practice makes perfect: masha in miami



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.)

practice makes perfect: from russia, with love



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)

at the open, dustin brown puts on a show



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…