sightings in the stands: beck d. lopez

In case folks couldn’t get enough action during Karol Beck‘s 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 upset of Feliciano Lopez at the first round of the 2009 Wimbledon, they needed only to turn to their fellow fans.

You better watch out, Australian Matador — this woman is after your title of Best. Costume. Ever.

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sightings in the stands: andy and kim

Aww — don’t they look adorable? That’s Andy Murray and gf Kim Sears soaking last week’s Wimbledon Centre Court Celebration, aka the exo which featured husband-and-wife team Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi along with Tim Henman and Kim Clijsters.

Sears, in this pic, reminds me of Jennifer Aniston…

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fans a few

It’s Davis Cup weekend on the men’s side and the tie that most of the world is paying attention to has the fewest fans watching it from the inside: Israel versus Sweden. Controversy has been swirling around this bout since it was announced last week that no spectators would be allowed due to “security reasons.”

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The sad thing is that no one is allowed to watch these guys battle it out, and the sadder thing is that both rubbers have gone five sets plus so far. Thomas Johansson outgunned Harel Levey (above) 8-6 in the fifth to open, while Dudi Sela pulled the Israelis even with a riveting 11-9 five-set win over Andreas Vinciguerra.

Over 1,000 police officers have been dispatched for the tie, held in Malmo, Sweden. Protesters were kept at bay outside the arena, many of them toting Palestinian flags in protest of Israel’s participation in the tie following Israeli bombings in Gaza earlier this year.

More chilling pics after the cut.

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the ultimate u.s. open mishit

Attack of the killer bluetooth(ish) headsets: Kudos to Amex for enhancing the U.S. Open experience by providing mini-TVs (which you had to return) and radios (for keeps) to their cardholders; because unless you had a text-proficient posse roaming the grounds, it was hard to know when juicy matches were playing out, even just a few courts away. The radio also streamed commentary from CBS’ and USA’s coverage of the tournament.

The one downside: the leash on those radios. Not even the beautiful Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend could save it from looking totally ridiculous. Loose, wrinkled strips of white fabric dangled from ears everywhere I turned. Function over fashion, perhaps, but rip the strap of that radio as soon as humanly possible. Gnaw at it if you have to.

(photo from the Federer/Murray final by Getty Images)

I won’t turn down a facial from james blake!

First, some bits:

  • Saw Juan Martin del Potro up close and personal playing doubles with munchkin partner Fabio Fognini.
  • James Blake, who along with Frank Dancevic is a spokesguy for Evian, designed a facial spray bottle (“Brumisateur”) that’ll be sold throughout the U.S. Open Series. Pick it up at evian.com for $5.50.
  • Maria Sharapova is leaving the athlete haven that is Manhattan Beach for the much more celeb-appropriate Topanga Canyon.

Donald Young‘s white Nike Advantage Polo. See the subtle detail in the mesh backing. The 19-year-old took out Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-4 in the first night match.

Papparazi moved into the seats right behind me not during a changeover (boo) but waited until the changeover (yay) to start snapping pics of Kate Hudson, who sat next to Haas’ gf Sara Foster. Look at that bracelet!

Tommy had no less than three K-Swiss shirt changes, treating us to white/black and navy blue crewnecks plus a navy blue polo during the last game of the match.

Switcheroo: In case you didn’t notice — I didn’t until last night! — Xavier Malisse switched from K-Swiss to Lotto prior to Wimbledon. He wore the black Kontact tee with shiny screenprint against Carlos Moya. The Belgian had a shiny ring on his left middle finger to match.

bec hewitt stands by her man

I root for Lleyton Hewitt during the grass court season because he’s pretty darn good on that surface. Another reason is that his wife, Bec Hewitt, looks pretty darn good sitting in the stands!

Lleyton’s Yonex kit, though, needs a makeover, stat. Those mini-rays of color bursting from the torso has had its run…

Now that the Australian has dropped out of the draw (a noble effort against Roger Federer), let’s review Bec’s ensembles from the grass season.

Bec watching Lleyton play at The Artois Championships in the Queen’s Club in London, where her husband is a four-time champion. (That “L” necklace is deelish!)

She wears a baby doll dress (with keyhole) during Lleyton’s marathon first-round match against Robin Haase: 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-2.

She switches to a jumper dress for the second round win against Albert Montanes: 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-2.

And horizontal texture makes a showing in Lleyton’s 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over Bolelli in the third round.

And finally, Bec wears red during Lleyton’s final match of Wimbledon 2008 — the fourth round loss to R-Fed: 6-7 (7), 2-6, 4-6.

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sightings in the stands: sampras and federer’s netjets showdown

A few celebrities spent their Monday night at the NetJets Showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Robert, Lynettee, Mirka

Roger Federer‘s parents, Robert and Lynettee, sit next to longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec.

Tiger Woods and Elin

Roger’s besty Tiger Woods watches the match with Elin Nordegren.

Rupert Murdoch, Anna Wintour

Heavyweights: Rupert Murdoch and Anna Wintour.

Not shown: Barry Diller, Donald Trump, Ivan Lendl, Stan Smith, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Chloe Sevigny, etc.