how many pleated plackets could a placket pleater pleat?



Tathiana Garbin is the main mascot for Sergio Tacchini now that Flavia Pennetta has switched over to adidas.

Say that ten times fast: At the 2010 Australian Open, Garbin wore both a tank top and a polo for competitive play; the pieces both have some bold detailing (a pleated placket for the polo; pleated vents for the tank).

And at this week’s Open GDF Suez in Paris, Garbin’s switched to a white polo with more classic construction (but also with a brighter — teal — color). She lost in the quarterfinals to former STer Pennetta 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Flavia will be facing Lucie Safarova (wha??) in the semis.

More: A few looks at Garbin’s Sergio Tacchini after the cut…

sightings in the stands: prince william



Most folks know that we’re with Team Ginger, but we have to give a little love to Prince William for doing his part to promote the sport.

The British royal made an appearance at Melbourne Park yesterday, watching second-round matches by Roger Federer (d. Victor Hanescu) and Casey Dellacqua (d. Karolina Sprem).

Here’s hoping that someone from the Obama camp will make it out to Flushing Meadows this fall. (It probably won’t be the President Obama, though. We can’t have him supporting tennis… it’ll be interpreted as “un-American”!)

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asian tennis: nino gets hometown love, indians in australia, and noppawan the number one.



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We do want to send some love to Filipino Francis Casey “Nino” Alcantara for winning the Australian Open junior doubles title with Taiwanese partner Cheng-Peng Hsieh. This is the first time in a very long while that the Philippines has actively participated in tennis not as fans (anyone else aside from Maricris Fernandez)?

The Philippine Senate even adopted a resolution to express their pride for the teenager’s accomplishment.

In that pic above, Nino is the one on the right (reminds me a little bit of Fernando Verdasco).

Speaking of the Asian Slam, the Indians did their fair share of title-takin’, with Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi winning mixed doubles and Yuki Bhambri nabbing the junior boy’s title. Congrats.

I wasn’t being Rick-rolled after all… So it turns out that Nick wasn’t punking me, and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn is a real person. With results, even.

The junior world no. 1′s hometown paper, The Nation gives her a little love. Read it here or (in case the link goes dead) after the cut…

uhm, you said it was a “show” court, right?



From the AP: The Williams sisters were en route to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Japan’s Ayumi Morita and Germany’s Martina Muller when the man, wearing only a shirt, sprinted across the sidelines and made several dance moves before heading toward an exit.

Day 5 was also marked by Ana Ivanovic‘s loss in women’s singles and an all-out brawl (involving flying chairs, apparently) amongst spectators at the Nole/Amer Delic match.

Yawn: The watermark is covering his ding dong, but still, NSFW.

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photo feed: checking in with juan monaco



…and by “checking in with” we mean “showing many pictures of”.

Calendar boy Juan Monaco lost early at this year’s Australian Open, falling to fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.

But of course he won the adidas fashion war that day, besting Tsonga’s yellow top from the Competition line with his white Edge crewneck. Props to the neat look of the black/white contrast and the novelty six-pack print — not required since Juan has his own washboard.

We also like the tee’s olive/yellow version (we’d like a break from lime, thanks). And in the Edge Warm-up Hoodie, the graphic simply moves higher up on the chest. Look for a blue version of these items to drop in the Spring. (It’s the same blue that Nike is using right now.)

And in light of all the coif makeovers happening Down Under (see: Roger Federer, Marcos Baghdatis), I’m glad that Juan’s kept his the same — even though I’m sure he’d look good with any hairstyle. And I hope he starts posting good results soon, because I’m slowly being won over by the locks of Jeremy Chardy!

The goods: adidas Edge line (which includes Djokovic‘s Falcon apparel): Edge Tee, olive/yellow and white/phantom, $45; Edge Warm-up Hoodie, $65; Bermuda Shorts, olive/white/phantom, $50; tie headband, $15.