all eyes on australia: rafa's nike outfit for his 2008 swing down under



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Now that the Australian Open floodgates have opened, here is Rafael Nadal‘s outfit for his early ’08 stint in the Southern Hemisphere.

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He’s still with the Nike Global Power tank and the 15″ Board Shorts, this time in a red/white/grey/blue colorway.

adidas got bitten?: I know fashion is all about recycling, but this design is waaaay too similar (and too soon) to the adidas offerings from 2007 (see Juan Monaco in the Power Web crew and him and Nole in the Summer YOC Polo).

His shoes and bandana after the cut…

agnes szavay signs with fila



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Making it big: Hungarian Agnes Szavay has cashed in on her 2007 success (two titles) by signing a clothing deal with Fila. She’ll debut the company’s new line at the 2008 Australian Open. The 70s-inspired tennis collection will have a red/black/white colorway. We’ll post pics when we get ‘em.

Collateral damage: Le sigh. This deal probably means the end of those Marta Makany-designed dresses (pictured above) that Szavay wore last season.

(marketwire via OnTheBaseline)

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richard pagliaro: serena's oz open outfit



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Richard Pagliaro‘s Tennis Week blog revealed the Nike outfit fashionista Serena Williams will wear for the 2008 Australian Open. The outfit: a “one-piece, white tunic-style dress adorned with royal purple accents over a pair of purple lycra biker shorts”. Biker shorts. Wow. The 80s really are back! And in case you’ve forgotten…

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Okay, so her use of lycra is more tasteful than Andre Agassi‘s. Props to her for pushing the envelope. She explained her design philosophy to Pagliaro:

“I want to look different. I’m OK if I have to wear a fabric that’s not your basic nylon and spandex. Let’s mix it up, try different fabrics. If I’m slightly uncomfortable, that’s OK. I’m usually able to play through it.”

And play through it she has. Remember that peksy bow on her U.S. Open dress? Friggin’ tore that shit off when it started bothering her.

We can’t wait to see white/purple outfit in action. In our minds, her 2007 Aussie Open look was the best of the year, so let’s hope the ’08 lives up.

Also, I wonder if there will be a “night” outfit?

BTW, Pagliaro was part of a small group of journalists who, while in town to cover the Davis Cup finals, took a trip to Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. for a sneak peek (how jealous are we?!) of the Aussie Open outfits and shoes to be worn by Nike’s stable of players, including Roger, Rafa, and Masha.

(Serena pics via tennisweek.com; Agassi pics via BBC and CBC)

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nole’s aussie open shirts?



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More pics comin’ around of what the guys are wearing at the Aussie Open. This time, it’s Novak Djokovic‘s adidas kit — part of the Spring ’08 line we wrote about earlier.

While black/neo-blue might be harsh under the Australian Summer sun, it will work pretty well under the lights of the Rod Laver Arena. I like this colorway the best.

See the Edge Theme Polo + Crew after the cut…

adidas’ edge line (men’s) spring 2008



Nole and Marat are in for another few months of ho-hum clothing. The spring/summer 2008 line for adidas dropped yesterday, and as expected we are seeing very conservative looks with two crewneck shirts and a polo in colorways involving white, black, neo-blue (baby), and macaw (lime). This is a far cry from the innovative women’s collection, which this season has a great Edge dress and beautiful designs from Stella McCartney.

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Mesh (both for performance and looks) are strategically placed on the tops and shorts. It looks awkward Competition Shorts (left). Meanwhile, the graphic print on the Edge Bermuda (right) gives it an awkward, hit-and-run look.

That being said, they’re not fixing what ain’t broke: adidas kept the quarter-zip collar (worn well by Paul-Henri Mathieu and Juan Monaco).

What do you think of adidas’ s/s 08? Tell us!

From left to right: Competition Theme Polo ($55) and Shorts ($45); Competition Traditional Polo ($50) and Bermuda ($45); Edge Theme Polo ($50) and Edge Bermuda ($45).

(via adidas.com)

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