those JJ bags: for now, only in serbia

(Off to enjoy my middle Sunday by taking in the Buena Vista Social Club and Goldfrapp at the Hollywood Bowl. Get some rest for that action-packed Monday!)

Jelena Jankovic is quietly through to the fourth round of this year’s Wimbledon. She had to face Robson, Wozniak, and only gave up three games against Alona Bondarenko. Jelena’s next opponent is Zvonareva and potentially a Belgian (it’s Henin vs. Clijsters) in the quarters. Draw: Women’s singles [pdf]

ANTA‘s been doing a good job outfitting their ladies (Janks and Zheng Jie) with some cute warm-ups, include this one with the cropped sleeve and oversized collar (it’s been done, but we’ll never tire of it). And like the rest of the top ladies, the ruffles on Jelena’s dress look wonderful and perform well during match play. They even look great when she’s sitting idle during a medical timeout.

For your eyes only: Jelena’s racquet and gym bags are from her line. We got to see another set — bedecked with bows — from earlier this year, at Indian Wells. (Check out the close-ups we took in the gallery below.) During one of Jelena’s matches, we spoke with Snezana, who was carrying a purse from the JJ line, and she mentioned that the bags are currently just available in Serbia (Marija, have you seen these around?). Oh wells, I’m sure the Floridians will eat this up when the Jankovics are ready to expand stateside.

(images via Getty Images; photos of bag close-up by TSF)

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.

(images via Getty Images)

roger and nike at indian wells

Keeping with the usual plan of keeping R-Fed’s Nike outfits fairly low-key, the top seed’s clothes at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. didn’t distract from his game. (Still, he was upset by Marcos Baghdatis in the third round.)

Note a few deets: first up is that stripe that breaks up the collar of his All Court polo; also note the horizontal contrast line that runs along the placket of the shirt. His black Vapors are pretty darn shiny and have an “RF” monogram on the heel. TSF saw a pair of these on site (worn by a spectator) and it’s very reminiscent of his Darth Federer from the 2007 U.S. Open.

And in case you’re keeping track, he’s traded his diaper bag from the Australian Open with this more demure gym bag.

Buy: Nike Lunarlite Vapor Tour, $120; Spring All Court Polo; $80.

(Federer images via Getty Images; bag photo by TSF)

girls just want to have fun (moms included)

14th seed Kim Clijsters became the latest high seed casualty at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open when she fell to 23rd seed (and head-jerker) Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4). Up next for the Russian is Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, who took out top seed Sveta Kuznetsova in the round prior.

“What got me to be ahead was I was playing aggressive tennis and being dominant,” Clijsters said about her performance, which saw her get back into the match by winning the second set but losing a 4-0 lead in the third. “[Kleybanova] put me under pressure during those long rallies and I kind of just backed off a little bit.” Clearly her rust from not having played competitively since the Australian Open (save for two matches at the Billie Jean King Cup earlier this month) was showing.

But before she bowed out, Clijsters played to her girlier side by joining the rest of the WTAers who’ve been toting cute gym bags onto the court. From the current batch of accessories at Fila, Kim chose the brand’s Signature Quilt Bowler. We’ve been eyeing the gold version of that same bag…

Buy: Fila Signature Quilt Bowler, available in white, black, chinese red, and gold, $49.99, at buy.com. And her outfit: Center Court Sleeve Top, in ebony/white and white/hot coral, $48; Wrap Skort, ebony/white/hot coral, $45; Jacket, $68.

(photo courtesy of Fila)

let’s do the masha mash!

(We were working on the blog late one night…)

Here’s what Maria Sharapova will be wearing on the court for the 2010 Australian Open.

The dress: The solid blue slip dress with the printed mesh overlay — a design plucked from Maria’s personal sketchbook a year ago — has some hints of yellow and green to help the outfit pop in the bright blue courts of Melbourne Park. Note the high neckline with the ruffled edging. The Australian dresses are never our faves, and this one is about par. What do you think of it? Tell us!.

This piece is part of a larger campaign, Nike’s Maria Sharapova Collection, which’ll have seven dresses (along with tank/skirt combos) dropping throughout the year. She even helped select the army of tennis players (sorry, models) to help do her bidding on court: Kai-Chen Chang, Julia Goerges, Anastasia Pivovarova, and Madison Keys will all wear pieces from this collection.

Click on to see her shoes, her bag, and her drop earrings — all after the cut!

2009 holiday gift guide

While the tennis season is fully wrapped (and the exhibition season in full swing), TSF is ready to take a break for the holiday season. But before we do, it’s more than necessary to point out a few items (and looks) that you must take a peek at for the holidays. It’s our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide, and we hope you enjoy it…

First off is the Barricade L3 tennis racquet (and bag!) from adidas. That’s right, adidas. If you love to be matching in all things, then pick up this combo (in stores or online for $185) so that you can sport the adidas stripes throughout your entire game. As for adidas tennis balls, those still don’t exist. DIY, here you come.

While we love the chic look of the adidas racquet and bag, nothing beats the tennis fashion of Polo Ralph Lauren this holiday season. While the brand may not have a tennis pro to flaunt their pretty product around the globe, tennis fashion expert Dana Mason calls the fall/winter line her best seller in the store.

“I love navy and there’s a lot of that in this line. The dresses are very fitted and short with a deep v-neck,” Mason explains. “It’s all perfect for winter vacationing.”

Two of our winter faves are the Tonal Diagonal Stripe Polo (pictured below), which is on sale online right now for just $49 and the Ralph Lauren Matchpoint Dress, with much inspiration from the US Open line in which Polo took ball boy/girl (and lines person) fashion to new heights. (Dress can be seen after the cut).

Read more on our holiday recommendations after the cut.

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totes mcgotes: more from usta’s green campaign

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Almost there: The USTA continues in the right direction with this tote, a part of the org’s Green Initiatives program. (They also have a Venus-designed, organic cotton tee; and hats made partly from recycled plastic bottles.)

The undated bag is made of 80% post-consumer waste. Check and check. Next year, they can mine US Open poster art from previous years and print up some vintage designs on these bags. I can’t wait!

Buy: US Open Tote Bag, $5, available on-site or at usopen.org.

fashion focus: where he played second fiddle, so did roger’s clothes

No one expected Roger Federer to hoist that French Open trophy last weekend and it’s as if he dressed the part, staying back with a Classic Open Polo in blue and grey while the prince of clay, Rafa Nadal, pranced around in his pink Nike gear.

But a closer look shows us Roger’s actual intentions: bright orange accents in his wristband, under his monogrammed placket, and on that faaaabulous gym bag; a white/red warm-up; his sleek Rolex — as if he knew that there’d be a photo opp involving a certain trophy he had yet to see on his mantle… until now.

This guy is sneaky!

Buy: Nike Summer Classic Open Polo, Sterling Blue/Classic Charcoal, $65.

More: A closer look at the outfit — belt, shoes, fur, bag, tuxedo stripe down his shorts — all after the cut…