for spring, babolat’s peek-a-pattern



Maxime Chazal wears Babolat at Open 13 2013 tennis tournament

Babolat did a big push with their new Aeropro Drive racquet technology to start off 2013 (with a fun commercial called “Spin Attacks in the Dark” featuring Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), but we’re a tad more into the what’s going on with their apparel. Their current performance line includes a stripe pattern hiding in the placket and the left underarm of their men’s polo, presented as a piping detail on their men’s shorts, and also appearing as accents on their women’s performance pieces.

Marseille: The stripes showed up on Frenchman Maxime Chazal in the qualifying draw of the Open 13 in Marseille, France. Chazal received a wildcard into qualifying but lost in the opening round to Sergiy Stakhovsky. In the main draw, the quarterfinals are being played out today.




(Photo Credit: Yohan Brandt for Open 13)

kit count: lacoste shows at french tourney in montpellier



#kitcount - Feb 4-10, 2013

 

Last (gar)men(ts) standing: As much as we here at TSF pay attention to the scorelines week in and out, we’re also curious about which brands have been making the smartest (luckiest?) moves with their sponsorships: are they putting eggs in the correct tennis baskets? Are their players making the later rounds of tournaments?

#kitcount: If you have questions, feedback, or comments about this, please contact us with the #kitcount hashtag. Looking forward to explore this with y’all.

Croatian love: The sponsor-less Ivan Dodig is makin use of his real estate with shout-outs to his homeland, similar to how Marcos Baghdatis had Cyprus badges for a brief period in 2010. Dodig’s worn badges over his kits in Kooyong and at the Australian Open.

dunlop bounces back: "all balls aren't created equal"



Odd man out: The new Babolat balls being used at this year’s French Open has gathered some buzz in the interview room, with players griping about their speed (faster) and heaviness (“harder”), and with Babolat responding that they haven’t noticed a difference. The issue’s more apparent since this is now the only major red clay tournament that doesn’t use Dunlop for balls (the FFT chose to end its relationship with Dunlop, instead choosing Babolat).

Now Dunlop’s chimed in to negate claims by the FFT that the ball specifications are exactly the same. “It is impossible to replicate our balls and we felt it was important to clarify this fact given the statement from the FFT and media interest in the matter,” said Barry Leach, Managing Director of Dunlop. Should the FFT decide they would like to provide the ball consistency that the players desire then we would welcome the opportunity to make it happen”.

Meanwhile, 117 people are dead after a tornado hit the city of Joplin, Missouri…

santiago’s yummy tummy



That’s shotmaking face is pretty intense, but I’m not looking up there anyway.

Santiago Giraldo lost to top seed Rafa Nadal in the first round of the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo. Up next for Nadal is Milos Raonic.

Draw: See how the rest of the seeds are doing — including Andy Roddick, Tsonga, Melzer, Monfils — by browsing the bracket.

(image via Getty)

davis cup: colombian color coordination



Babolat and Li Ning did a wonderful job bringing together the Colombian Davis Cup as they host the USA at the World Group Play-offs this weekend in Bogota. Santiago Giraldo defeated Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4, 7-5, in the second rubber and is now serving at 6-5 in the fifth set against Mardy Fish. (The Americans are up 2-1, so Giraldo needs a win to give Colombia a chance to advance.)

More: All the tie info available here.

Yellow, red, and blue: See another shot of Santiago’s crew (Babolat) and doubles player Carlos Salamanca in Li Ning after the cut…