beige beauts

Two members of the Wilson stable — Anne Keothavong and Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova — and Tennis Channel’s Cari Champion dressed in flesh tones for the fashion show put on by Wilson at the Exit Art gallery space in New York City on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

(photos by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Wilson Racquet Sports)

neon matchables

Attention to detail. We had to tell this ball girl yesterday that we just loved her nails. Loved! While lots of the bright colors at this year’s USO are coming from full-fledged kits — particularly adidas — if you look closely, this gal took subtle brightness to another level, using neon yellow on her fingernails to go along with her Polo Ralph Lauren top. We dig it.

Neon-plosion. In fact, it’s actually very hard to tell just how bright a lot of these clothing items actually are. Rafael Nadal’s Nike is blindingly yellow, though both TV and still cameras dumb it down a little. The same goes for the tones of bright reds, pinks and oranges that adidas is experimenting with. Below: David Nalbandian.

As Nick noted in a tweet yesterday, Wilson is doing the same thing, though they are going more of the Nike route (accents) than adidas (full color blocking/in-your-face patterns).

Which do you prefer? Below, a good shot of the adidas kit that Sania Mirza had on today — similar to the bright number that Christina McHale rocked yesterday — both on the new Court 17.

And don’t forget that this all comes back to PRL, too. Their ball persons are in the same fashion game as the players. Anyone noticing a trend?!

(top image by TSF; others by getty images)

practice makes perfect: "i’d hit that"

Now that she’s with Wilson, Melanie Oudin needn’t worry about pumping herself up with mantras about courage and self-confidence. A little double entendre never hurt anyone, right? She — along with other players in the Wilson stable including Anne Keothavong (pictured) — has been wearing practice tees printed with the phrase “I’d Hit That.” Available to the masses in time for the U.S. Open later this year.

(keothavong picture taken at the 2011 australian open by Open Court)

flashback: wilson’s simple, solid dress for the open

As we mentioned while roaming the grounds of the 2010 US Open, the normally blah Wilson surprised us with a solid black and pink dress (with a wrap skirt) to put on Anne Keothavong and Mandy Minella. Note the ruching on the bust and the pleats on the back of the skirt.

Minella, who came through from qualifying, made it all the way to the third round before falling to Venus Williams. The lady from Luxembourg paired her dress with some purple hot pants (and pearl studs). Meanwhile, Keothavong lost her first round match against Taiwan’s Yung-Jan Chan.

This whole line created for the 2010 US Open is actually good all-around. Even the branding’s novel, with very NY-centric names like the “#7 Train tank” and the “7th Ave. top” for these black and pink (“berry”) pieces. Lots of gathering and ruching detail. Check out the links below.

Buy: Wilson Tea Lawn Tennis Dress, black/berry, $52.99; Fall 7th Ave. 3/4 Pant, $39.99; Garden V-Neck Top, $36.99; 7th Ave. Long-Sleeve Top, $39.99; #7 Train Tank, $36.99; all at TW.

More: A few more pics of Anne and Mandy in the dress after the cut…

tennis’ reception line for queen elizabeth II

…And ‘Best Dressed’ goes to: Perhaps it’s the American in us, but we were all about Andy Roddick and his wearing a white blazer to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Day 4 of the 2010 Wimbledon tournament. (The tailored Federer suit is so predictable!) QEII attended the day’s session to watch Andy Murray play his second-round match against Jarrko Nieminen.

Roddick and his jacket (we can only assume it’s Lacoste) was part of a reception line which included Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Laura Robson, Jelena Jankovic, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki Kai-Chen Chang, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams (who’d been practicing her moves in anticipation of this meeting!).

As Nick said earlier, Her Majesty wore the perfect color to complement the bright green grass of the AELTC. It’s a boost to the sport to see her around these parts.

(images via AP)

short balls: mac does the times, djoko the big screen and serena is no justine (!)

John McEnroe might not act like one any more, but he still knows how to dress like a teenager. The tennis legend got front-page billing on NYTimes.com with a story about his new New York-based academy. (Screengrab via NYTimes.com)

Action! No Djoking Around. Serbian star Novak Djokovic has struggled in the last couple of years with his on-court stamina (will this be the issue that haunts his career?). He hasn’t struggled, meanwhile, with the ability to garner big-time acting roles in his home country. Djoko is starring in a documentary about the 1923 Serbian World Cup team, and fellow tennis buff Nenad Zimonjic is putting his footwork on display, too.

I’m no Justine. There were plenty of moments in Rome last weeks (Rome-ments?!). But one of our faves was Serena making sure that Jelena Jankovic know that she wasn’t pulling a Justine on the Serb. After the match, Serena assured Jankovic that she didn’t intentionally try to distract her opponent by putting her hand up while Janky was serving in the third-set tie-break, an exchange Serena knows plenty about.

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