novak plays on a plane



Yep, Nole‘s already soaring high after that win over Rafa Nadal at yesterday’s men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. That three-setter — 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 — puts him at 18-0 so far this year; at No. 2 in the world (taking over for Roger); and puts him in that elite company of guys who’ve been both Rafa and Roger in the same tournament twice (the other two: Nalbandian and Kolya).

…Which made it the perfect time to release this video that he hinted at last week, the one of him recreating that image of two folks playing tennis on a plane. We’re still not quite sure if Nole actually got air time (while strapped in, of course), but we wouldn’t put it past him.

Watch: Click on that image above to watch the video.

(Djokovic picture courtesy of Head)

practice makes perfect: from russia, with love



Svetlana Kuznetsova lost in her opening round of the BNP Paribas Open to American (and wildcard) Christina McHale, who took her out 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7). While Sveta looked good — like, dropped-pounds-in-the-double-digits good — she was simply outplayed from the baseline by the more consistent McHale. McHale lost a three-setter to Nadia Petrova in the subsequent round. (Draw: Women’s Singles.)

For the curious: that Fila shirt on Sveta’s only for practice, alas, and is not for sale to the public. Sometimes a girl has to have something that’s just hers, yknow?

(image by TSF)

maria's spring 2011 for cole haan



More love to our favorite Russo-American: We would never have thought of uttering “Maria Sharapova” in the same breath as Dossier, Theophilus London, Bureau V, Kate Neckel, and Bamboo Bike Studio — yet here we are. She’s been added by Cole Haan to a list of makers, creators, and innovators that they’re spotlighting throughout the spring.

Browse: Check out a some adorable pictures of Maria (she should smile more often!) plus a mini-Q&A that looks into her creative process here. From her Spring 2011 Cole Haan collection, our faves: of the bags, the metallic Viola Tote, which she was also using for practice sessions at Indian Wells (image); and of the shoes, the strap-happy Air Jasmine OT Pump.

Bracket: At this week’s BNP Paribas Open, Masha bounced back after a surprisingly tough opening round match (vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues) to beat Safina, Rezai, and Peng Shuai. She now faces top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semis; the winner plays Bartoli. (Draw: Women’s Singles.)

(photo via colehaan.com)

WANT: from ruffles to duffles



Fine, fine. The cheese stands alone. No one’s into that Caro dress except for me (and hopefully Woz herself). You should see it up close, though, if you can. I think that’s how I got sold on it. But that then raises the question: who are you selling for — the person wearing it or those who have to look at it from afar?

Anyway, while snooping through the stores on the grounds of the BNP Paribas Open, we ran across this duffle from Fila, part of their 100-year collection. It’s in a quilted navy blue nylon with tan leather trim and gold hardware. These were flying off the shelves, so we think the public agrees with us loving this piece.

Sadly, we didn’t take one home with us; no more bag purchases until we thin out the stock in the TSF West accesories closet!

Buy: Fila 100-year duffle bag; peacoat (navy blue); $120; fila.com.

(screengrab via fila.com)

did he even stop to pose?



We can only hope that this is the only picture Andy Roddick gave the photographers at the players’ party for the 2011 BNP Paribas Open. Who needs to stop for a red carpet when there’s a Kogi truck inside?

(photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)