flashin' the pearly whites



Just as we were scratching our heads to figure out what the eff happened to Arnaud Clement, the scowly Frenchman (he and Kolya Davydenko should start a club) showed flashes of smileyness after beating Italian Filippo Volandri in four tough sets to open his 2011 French Open campaign. Unfortunately, Clement’s wildcard didn’t do him so good: he fell to Michael Berrer in the subsequent round. (Draw: RG Men’s Singles)

Clothes: The Lacoste kids are still wearin’ the same Striped Tennis Polo that they’ve been using all clay season long.

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where's nono?



Seeing this bandana on Johanna Larsson (and viewing pics of Nenad Zimonjic playing with pocket-sized furry creatures at the Belgrade Zoo) made us wonder: where the eff is Arnaud Clement? We miss you! We really do.

Estoril: Onto more important things, like tennis! Larsson lost her semifinal match at the Estoril Open to Kristina Barrois, who will face Anabel Medina Garrigues for the title. And mazel to Barrois for breaking into the top 70 (when rankings are released on Monday). Draw: Estoril Open Women’s Singles.

BTW: can anyone ID Johanna’s ruffly black tank?

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what’s cute and fuzzy and has a little temper?



If you answered either “badgers” or “Arnaud Clement,” you got the right answer!

Flashback: Here’s the Frenchman at the 2010 US Open, where he upset 16th seed Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 — and in that heat! — in the first round and then fell in five sets to the super-fit Mardy Fish.

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even in the battle of the bags, roger wins



Arnaud Clement, who took out fellow munchkin Janko Tipsarevic in the first round, had the pleasure of playing Roger Federer in the third round of this year’s Wimbledon. He lost in straight sets — 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Even in the accessories department he was no match, with Roger’s custom-made Nike duffel leaving Nono’s Lacoste bag in the Centre Court dust.

Draw: Up next for Roger is Jurgen Melzer, who swatted away Feliciano Lopez in four sets. If he gets through that, he’ll have to play Tomas Berdych, who always gives Federer trouble. (More: See the draw here.

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a friday feud and, oh, that’s better! (and worse)



We’ve got a feud on our hands here folks, and for once it doesn’t involve Jelena Dokic or any of the people in her camp. Sounds as though Pete Sampras is pretty upset with Andre Agassi over the way Sampras was portrayed in Agassi’s book, “Open“.

Read this Yahoo! Sports blog entry for more juicy details.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer cleaned up his look on the practice court today, sporting shorter shorts and a bright-colored tee (we’re loving the tees, Rog!). We also love how Arnaud Clement (who is in the Auckland final against American John Isner) is starting off 2010 with a bangdana. Oops, we mean a bang. Never do you disappoint, Arnie.

More: Check out John McEnroe’s frightening top (hopefully the flashes whited it out) and see a chainless (but taped up) Serena shot from her ugly loss in Sydney.

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