fashion focus: etiqueta negra

Aside from being able to drool over Juan Monaco up close (I didn’t think he could look better in person…), one of the good things I took away from last month’s ATP Calendar launch was the discovery that Juan gets dressed by Argentine label Etiqueta Negra.

Thankfully, a friend of mine recently spent some time in Buenos Aires and filled me in on the brand. Etiqueta produces some well-constructed pieces in classic cuts and silhouettes, using raw materials of higher quality than other Argentinian brands.

Even better, Etiqueta’s SoHo store, which’ll eventually open on Prince and Lafayette, will fit right into the current trend of “concept” shops — i.e., displaying clothes alongside installations of brand-inspiring items (in their case: antique Jaguars and vintage BMW motorbikes).

And in case you weren’t quite sold on their upscale feel, founder Federico Alvarez Castillo chose a greyhound — think racing dog, not mass transit — as the brand’s logo, and is the official outfitter of a polo team.

FYI: Unlike Monaco, David Nalbandian had an official endorsement contract with EN that ended at this year’s Open.

Browse: See Etiqueta Negra’s latest collection. And some images from a recent lookbook after the cut…

davis cup: don’t let kolya’s pink scarf fool you — the russians play dirty

The Russian doubles pair of Dmitry Tursunov and Igor Kunitsyn hacked their way into a 6-2, 6-1, 6-7(9), 3-6, 8-6 win over Guillermo Canas and David Nalbandian using some unusual tactics:

For the first two sets, Tursunov and Kunitsyn bamboozled their opponents with very little pace. In fact at times it was almost as if they were playing pat ball. With Kunitsyn staying back after most of his serves, and eschewing the chance to come to the net even when it presented itself, the visitors were playing almost a badminton formation of front-court back-court, Tursunov looking for the interceptions, Kunitsyn rallying from the baseline and covering when Cañas and Nalbandián tried to wrongfoot Tursunov. It was fascinating, if unusual.

And Tursunov said that it was Shamil Tarpischev‘s plan all along to make David stay on the court as long as possible, thus making fatigue a factor during tomorrow’s reverse singles. (audio)

Nikolay Davydenko next to wife, Irina, snug as a bug in a pink scarf.

Sunday: The Argentines are up 2-1 going into Sunday, and the sched posted on the DC website lists Kolya playing David (though Dmitry might sub…) and del Potro against Andreev.

(photos by Getty Images)

shirtless: jeremy chardy

Count 21-year-old Jeremy Chardy as one of the ATP upstarts who made a splash at this year’s French Open. He took out sixth seed David Nalbandian and then 30th seed Dmitry Tursunov before falling to 2008 claycourt “it” player Nicolas Almagro in the round of 16. (That battle with Almagro included two tiebreakers and a 7-5 third set!)

Wearing his standard issue from Lacoste.

Freckles! Also, notice the white bandana they’ve put on him. Good call from the French brand.

More: See him from the front (plus a few more photos) after the cut…

fashion focus: a lotta props to lotto for spring

During our almost hourly powows at Indian Wells last week, my friends Chip and Charge both chimed in on their favorite outfits from the desert. Their unanimous choice? The looks from Lotto.

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero was wearing a the Kontact Print tee in a white/maroon colorway (with matching shorts). This is the style with the metallic graphic on the right torso. (FYI: After a strong start Down Under, Juanqui’s record has been dismal, with back-to-back first round losses in Rotterdam and Dubai, followed by a loss in the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open to David Nalbandian.)

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

Yep, that’s a mock mandarin collar. I still like v-necks better, but this is genius!

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

A training sleeveless tee and a warm-up jacket.

Guillermo Garcia Lopez - Indian Wells 2008

Meanwhile, Guillermo Garcia Lopez wore a red/white/black polo. Very clean, and stood out very nicely in the green and blue courts in the desert.

Guillermo Garcia Lopez - Indian Wells 2008

Gigi on the stretch.

The flip side: Lotto’s casual Leggenda collection looks pretty good for spring/summer 2008 — they’re all about fleur de lis, which I’m currently into. I might do a post on it later with pictures, if I have time. For now, you should check out the Lotto site and browse.

(All photos by BabyAngelB1 via MTF)

fashion: in acapulco, the greens and yellows of spring

trend-yellow-spring-2008.jpg

Yellow: The bright kit of David Nalbandian‘s from Yonex finally has some company. At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel this week, he was joined by fellow yellows Alize Cornet, playing in Lacoste against Jill Craybas in the first round; and Mexican Daniela Muñoz.

trend-green-spring08.jpg

Green: Nicolas Lapentti wearing adidas in the first round against Potito Starace; Carlos Berlocq playing against Guillermo Canas; and Igor Andreev (in Under Armour) defeated by Alberto Montañes.

This week’s MVP: A better pic of Cornet’s hat and wristband after the cut…

the italian gambling team: keeping the seat warm

potito-starace-acapulco-spr08.jpg

Potito Starace has barely gotten out of a six-week suspension for betting on tennis matches and there’s already another Italian in the hot seat.

According to the AP, Federico Luzzi put down 273 bets on 836 matches between May 2004 and April 2007. He even placed a bet on himself for $4.50. The investigation found no evidence that he tried to influence the result of that match.

Luzzi will be out 200 days and $50,000.

The other Italians who’ve been through the wringer:

  • Giorgio Galimberti began a 100 day suspension on February 18. He also got slapped with a $35,000. All this for betting on matches from 2003 to 2006.
  • Starace’s ban started January 1, 2008; six weeks and $35,000
  • Daniele Bracciali was banned for three months and fined $20,000
  • Alesso Di Mauro‘s nine-month suspension started in November and cost him $60,000.

Scoreline: By the way, Starace lost to top seed David Nalbandian 3-6, 3-6 in the quarterfinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico.

(photo by Getty Images)

trophy watch: a lady on a harley

trophy-doha-spr08.jpg

Vroom: Russian Maria Sharapova proved that her Australian Open title was no joke, backing it up with her second title of the year at the $2.5 million Qatar Total Open. The Under Armour of opponent Vera Zvonareva was no match for Masha — she took Vera out 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.

trophy-doha-harley-spr08.jpg

trophy-doha-zvonareva-08.jpg

Vera takes home a nice trophy.

trophy-sanjose-argenitna-08.jpg

The men: Andy Roddick — who looks a little… chubby? weathered? (Does he look different to anyone else? Is it facial hair?) — continued to wow the San Jose crowd with a winning performance, besting Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-5 in the final. (FYI, Andy’s won this event twice before, and made the semis two other times.)

Meanwhile, David Nalbandian‘s back troubles disappeared this week during the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires. He beat compatriot Jose Acasuso 3-6,7-6 and 6-4. I’m soooo ready for the next Yonex colorway. Yellow and red are too intense for the clay. Unless you’re Guga Kuerten.

trophy-rotterdam-spr08.jpg

In Rotterdam, Michael Llodra and his mouth continue to build on their early-season confidence with a second title in 2008. Llodra beat Robin Soderling 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6(4).

rotterdam-streaker-spr08.jpg

And this streaker, who made a statement at the Rotterdam final, is exactly why I am not vegan. Improper nutrition would lead me to do redundant things like writing “Vegan Streaker” on myself — as if the crowd could confuse me as a linesman. When he gets out of jail, can someone get him some beef?

la legion sigue ganando

calleri-nalbandian-daviscup08.jpg

La Legion keeps up with patriotic garb in Agustin Calleri‘s special kit from Diadora, which has the the Sol de Mayo graphic off-center on the front of the shirt. And David Nalbandian does his part wearing Yonex.

Scoreline: Calleri and Nalbandian both won their first singles rubbers in Argentina’s Davis Cup tie against the Andy Murray-less Great Britain. Calleri beat Alex Bogdanovic 6-3 6-1 6-1, and Nalbandian took out Jamie Baker 6-1 6-3 6-3.

Nalbandian teamed with Jose Acasuso to take out Jamie Murray and Ross Hutchins in the doubles rubber. Argentina now has a spot in the quarterfinals.

More: See the full details here.

(photos by Getty Images)

RELATED POSTS
>> in the murray family feud, argentina emerges the winner
>> TSF’s davis cup coverage

Add to Google Subscribe in a reader or by e-mail StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It

in the murray family feud, argentina emerges the winner

Great Britain’s chances at this year’s Davis Cup took a big hit when their strongest singles player, Andy Murray, decided to skip the tie lest he aggravate a knee injury that crept in during off-season training. This has left relations with his brother, doubles specialist Jamie Murray, on hold. “I haven’t spoken to him at all, or sent him a text message,” Jamie told the press. “There isn’t really much to say. [...] I think it’s kind of up to him to clear the air.”

Meanwhile, what could have been a potentially competitive tie will now be a 5-0 blowout. You know Argentines are happy about that.

argentina-uniform-davis-cup.jpg

That’s Jose Acasuso, David Nalbandian, Agustin Calleri, Sebastian Prieto (subbing for the injured Juan Monaco, and captain Alberto Mancini.

We’ve always liked the warmups from these guys, and this year is no different. A varsity font brings a youthful energy to their jacket, while the oh-so-trendy vertical stripes keep things retro. BTW, the new design is courtesy of Fila, a recent mover and shaker in the Latin American sports apparel industry.

Help! My Spanish is pathetic (that, and I am boozy right now), so I am having a hard time tracking down a site that sells official Argentina Davis Cup gear. Does anyone have info on this?

davis-cup-ad-argentina.jpg

In the meantime, enjoy these DC ads from Ole.