shirtless: andreas seppi



A few more US Open pics before we close out the year…

TGIF: We spotted Italian Andreas Seppi hitting out in the outer practice courts at the USTABJKNTC on the eve of the 2010 US Open.

At this week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters, Seppi upset 14th seed Marin Cilic in the opening round (2 and 2) and lost in the third round to Roger Federer. (Draw: The men’s semis are set. Check out the quartet.)

(photos by TSF)

trophy watch: beijing goes big, orbs in japan, and a little slice of belgium



Frenchie Adrian Mannarino (Troy!) took out Steve Darcis in straight sets to take this little slice of the Ethias Tennis Trophy in Mons, Belgium.

At the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo, Rafael Nadal beat Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-5 to grab his first post-US Open title this year. (He lost to Gigi Lopez in the Bangkok semis last week.)

On the doubles side, Eric Butorac and former Bruin Jean-Julien Rojer won the final match against Fila boys Dmitry Tursunov and Andreas Seppi. Two snaps to Prince and Nike for coordinating the colors on the kits of the winning team.

And in Beijing, rain-delayed finals didn’t produce any upsets, with defending champ Djokovic and Wozniacki fending off Ferrer and Zvonareva. Caro takes her second trophy this week (the first for reaching the world No. 1 ranking by overcoming break advantages from Vera in the first set. (The Russian even won the second set.) Both ladies can take this performance as a confidence boost going into the women’s year-end championships, held in Doha.

(images via Getty Images)

chris’ note to james blake



Dear James Blake,

Why dont you try complaining about the ATP World Tour calendar when you’re winning and having to play a lot more (instead of when you’re losing)? It shouldn’t matter now that you have two weeks off! When was the last time you sucked at your job and were given two weeks paid vacay? Maybe you could use the time off editing all the spelling errors in your book!

xo,

C

Scoreline: The Fila-clad 17th-seed lost to Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-7 (5) in the first round of Wimbledon singles, 2009.

Buy: Fila Essenza Crew Neck Top, $45, fila.com. (C’mon, James — you looked so crisp and clean in that Nike polo you wore to Wimbledon last year. I’m sure you can drum up the same look with Fila!)

on the hunt: r-fed’s aussie open ’09 nike bag



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Roger Federer‘s current Nike duffel looks dee-lish. If you have a better picture of it, please send my way. (I promise a treat in return!)

Scoreline: The second seed — still not used to typing that — dispatched Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the first round of the 2009 Australian Open.

(image by Getty Images)

the men and women of fila at roland garros



Fila had its stable of players flaunt the company’s spring offerings. We already showed you some of the women’s gear (Karin Knapp wore pink from the Center Court Group) but there are more bits. Unfortunately for the Fila, their men didn’t do so hot, so the collection was out of the picture by middle of week 1.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is being considered alongside Dinara Safina as the Russian who’ll take the final spot from that top half of the draw. (Check out who’s left in the Round of 16.)

The fourth seeded Russian will face Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round. She wears the bubble-patterned sleeveless top from the Spring Baseline collection.

Agnes Szavay wore the white version of the Baseline Sleeveless Top during her loss to Petra Kvitova 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 2-6 in the third round. We don’t have a picture of it here, but I can tell you that Agi’s shoes, which are also from Fila (a claycourt version of the Alfa), has her name embroidered onto the shoe.

Thanks to Tennishead for this photo of Agi…

Janko Tipsarevic, Marin Cilic, and Dmitry Tursunov all wore the key piece for the company’s men’s spring Centre Court collection. The Fila team came up with the yellow thumbprint pattern based on what the players wanted for spring — something fun and with more color.

The pattern also appears as more muted detail in a white polo, but none of the players wore this to their matches.

I got to see Dima’s customized shoes, too. (His name’s on them.)

Janko fell to Nicolas Lapentti 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-7 (7) in the first round. Cilic lost to ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4), 1-6. (How did he get to No. 9?!) And Tursunov bowed out to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (1), 3-6, 4-6 in the third round.

Andreas Seppi wears a perfomrance polo as he falls to Mario Ancic 2-6, 6-7 (1), 2-6 in the first round.

(photos by Getty Images and Tennishead)