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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the aussie open in greyscale



At this year’s Australian Open, players are celebrating the Australian summer with bright kits in shades of blue, green, orange, yellow. But there are some who have chosen a cleaner black-and-white slate, leaving their tennis games to do the talkin’.

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Don’t adjust your screen: Spaniard Tommy Robredo defeated Bobby Reynolds 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round. Robredo wore a simple Sergio Tacchini polo to complete his look. Compatriot Feli Lopez disappointed us with his anemic Joma kit. The 27th seed lost to Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 4-6, 16-14.

Meanwhile, Andy Roddick couldn’t care less if he played in a potato sack (as long as he wins another Grand Slam!), so it’s no surprise to see another ho-hum shirt from Lacoste. His first round scalp was Bjorn Rehnquist, whom he beat by dropping only four games.

And top marks go to the sponsorless Australian Casey Dellacqua, whose wardrobe — with its moving Target bullseye — has shown us that black and white can be used to spice up many a tennis outfit; she’s had a few good ones since the beginning of this year. Who makes her clothes, anyway? Eh, it won’t really matter anymore this week. Dani Hantuchova took her out 7-6 (11), 6-4.

(photos by Getty Images)

federer travels light + other fashion minutia



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Roger Federer packed light for this year’s Australian Open. He leaves the heavy baggage of modesty at home and in its stead brings a t-shirt that says “1″. Whoever at Nike thought this up did a good design. (Thanks to JNP for the tip.)

By the way, for those keeping track, I think Roger is using his same white gym bag from Wimbledon.

Quick notes: Pironkova is wearing Lotto… and Australian Casey Dell’Acqua, who before today bought all her on-court clothing from Target (bless!), has been wooed by Nike after her strong showing in the second round of her hometown Grand Slam. She took out Patty Schnyder 4-6, 7-5, 8-6.

(Roger photo via MTF)

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