fashion: in airness, davydenko defeated

Nikolay Davydenko lost in the second round of this week’s China Open to Marin Cilic. Still distracted by the match-fixing scandal, perhaps?

Are we really surprised? The Russian’s just been continuing with his playing pattern as of late: fall early in smaller tournaments and shine during the big ones (e.g., semis at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open this year). Unfortunately, he might have a more difficult time getting deep into 2008 tournaments, since he’ll likely lose his No. 4 ranking if he doesn’t defend his Paris title in November (which he won’t). Plus, he won five titles last year and none so far this year. Ugh.

But let’s talk about this new Airness kit for a sec. I love the white/blue colorway. If he wore one size smaller, it would look sooo much better. Also, he needs to stop buttoning his shirt all the way, but hey that’s his style.

Kolya wore the same polo in a black/red colorway in his first round win over American Zack Fleishman (6-3, 6-3).

(photos via Getty Images, sina.com)

short balls: roddick watch, ferrer is 7th best, adidas vs. nike, we love lleyton, etc.

Roddick gossip: I’m loving the Andy round-up over at Roddick Watch (the August 26 post). RW also links to a quick interview which reveals Andy’s favorite TV show (The Office) and his favorite food (of course, since he’s Texan, it’s steak).

Perhaps Kolya should be worried: Sports giant Nike has ended its relationship with football superstar Michael Vick following his guilty to charges of running a dogfighting ring. As Nike said in previous statements, the company considers any cruelty to animals inhumane, abhorrent, and unacceptable. Let’s hope they don’t sell any leather goods?

Well, if Airness decides to drop Davydenko, they should at least wait until he pleads guilty to match-fixing. If not, let him keep his clothes!

Ferrer seventh best?: A quick glance at this year’s race to the ATP Championships shows Spaniard David Ferrer as the seventh-best player. Crazy, eh? (via Chris)

adidas trumps Nike: Interesting stats based on the ATP and SEWTA data show that adidas has more (clothing) sponsored players in the U.S. Open draw than Nike. (WATR)

Bonus round: You can never go wrong with picturing Lleyton Hewitt in a suit. (photo via Order of Play)

Totally jelly: Oh you better believe I turned green when I saw the Lacoste alligator plastered all over the New York Post‘s tennis section. I can only hope TSF gets the gator one day…

Times they are a-changin’: And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. People can hem and haw about tennis going to the dogs: technology (Hawk-Eye, non-wood racquets), policy changes (on-court coaching?!), an increasing similarity to Hollywood (Masha had a press conference for her dress? and everyone BLOGGED about it?!) — but in the end, as long as the players keep showcasing amazing tennis ability and passion for the sport, we’ll continue to love it.

Where are all the Latin American women?: ESPNDeportes.com’s Gustavo Goitia wonders, and chalks it up to a downward spiral:

“There are very few sponsors willing to pour money into programs, so that makes it hard to organize certain competitions and/or help the girls with the economic costs of the trips to Europe and United States to play with the best. And as the talent pool decreases, there is less and less sponsor interest in opening their wallets.”

Juniors go pro: Teens Jesse Levine and Kevin Anderson have announced their moves to the pro circuit. Levine will be taking home his prize money from the Open’s main draw (he’s in it as a wild card). (via ZooTennis)

a top 10 player to be stripped of his clothes?


Will adidas make a monkey out of Gonzalez?

The blind item mill churneth and its latest product is this: a current top-10 player will be dumped by his clothing company “when his contract runs out at the end of the year”.

So who will be mired in a fashion mess in a few months? Here’s the current list of sponsors, players (and their ranking):

Nike: Roger Federer (1), Rafa Nadal (2), Blake (6), Berdych (9)
adidas: Nole (3), Fernando Gonzalez (7)
Airness: Davydenko (4)
Lacoste: Roddick (5)
Sergio Tacchini: Tommy Robredo (8)
Limited: Tommy Haas (10)

It’s not Rafa, Roger, or Blake — who all have crazy-high Q ratings right now. Lacoste is still getting mileage out of Roddick. And adidas would be stupid to drop Nole. Even though he strips after every title win, the clothes stay on during matches.

So my picks are the inconsistent Fernando Gonzalez (finals of Aussie Open and Masters Series Rome but early exits everywhere else), Tomas Berdych, and Tommy Robredo. Robredo should really be with Fila anyway. Perhaps this’ll be his chance to do so?

(photo via AP)

russians lead the sweater vest revolution

We’ve seen plenty of sweater vests lately: at Wimbledon, Svetlana Kuznetsova wore one from Fila in her salute to the 70′s. And adidas dressed doubles team Stretch and Booty in them, too.

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This week Nikolay Davydenko — god bless his heart — tried one on at the Allianz Suisse Open in Gstaad, Switzerland (not to be confused with Bastad, Sweden). Unfortunately, his Airness kit, though it kept him warm, didn’t look so hot under the argyle sweater.

And so Gael Monfils sent him back to the fashion drawing boards with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over the Russian in the first round.

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p.s. Nike is also putting out two version for their fall line (pictured above).

fashion: russian dressin’

French clothing sponsor Airness still has top Russian Nikolay “Kolya” Davydenko to help boost its international profile at Roland Garros this week.

They’re really taking care of him. They had him in four different shirts in Hamburg earlier this month, and now this black/orange number. I’m not in love with it, but it’s not atrocious.

What do you think about this color combination?

(Their other player, Nadia Petrova, crashed out in the first round yesterday. Her injured back contributed to her loss against qualifier Kveta Peschke, and will likely keep her out of Wimbledon, too.)

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fashion: if you’re looking for new sneakers…

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If you’re looking for new shoes, skip the Gola craze and go straight for Airness.

Let’s add to what we already know about this French sponsor of Nikolay Davydenko and Nadia Petrova: here’s a profile from Time about the six-year-old company and the astute entrepreneur who’s behind the whole thing.

(photo via the Airness website. The mini-documentary they’ve uploaded is waay to long, so watch at your own risk.)

rome’s fashion highlights: davydenko and serena

Although many players were rockin’ the pink and purple this week (including Patty Schnyder and Svetlana Kuznetsova), it was Serena Williams who ran away with it, combining both colors in her Nike outfit. She even mixed it up with different accessories: a cap one day, and different colored headbands for the other two matches:

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(What do you think of Serena’s ensemble? Tell us.)

Meanwhile, Russian Nikolay Davydenko continues his love affair with clothier Airness, who has showered him with variations on his current uniform. We saw four versions in three color ways just this week — red, orange, and baby blue. Which means he had more costume changes than Serena:

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fed cup fashion roundup

While much ink has been spilled about last month’s Fed Cup ties, not many folks covered who wore what. Here it goes:

Best dressed woman: Australian Samantha Stosur donned her country’s sporting colors against Austria. (what a smart way to get out of the red/blue/white rut. When I get appointed as U.S. Secretary of Style, my first act will be to choose national sporting colors. How about aubergine and espresso?)

Honorable mention: For those who faced the red/white/blue head-on, some pats on the back. Serena managed just fine, looking wonderful in Nike (and with a new hairdo, even):

And Nicole Vaidisova wore some bedazzled (!) Reebok:

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Best dressed team, off-court: The Russians. The women’s version of the warmups are equally as cute as the men’s version. (From left to right: coach Shamil Tarpischev, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova, Anna Chakvetadze, and Elena Vesnina.

Best dressed team, on-court: Kuznetsova and Petrova, whose pastels (and play) dominated against the Spaniards (They won 5-0).

Petrova in Airness:

Kuznetsova in purple Fila:

Failing grade: The U.S. Team. Dude, Serena and Venus — tennis fashion icons — play Fed Cup, and you have them wearing this?

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