fashion focus: fila falls flat for fall

Was it just me, or did I totally see a pro-high fructose corn syrup ad on TV the other day. WTF?!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

The Hungarian Yeti: We haven’t seen much from Agnes Szavay for these summer and fall tournaments, which means we haven’t seen her flaunt Fila‘s latest collection.

Not that she’d have much to work with. The periwinkle blue of the summer colorway didn’t provide enough contrast to bright white of that Cap Sleeve Top (right), and the silhouette of the Heritage Dress wasn’t enough to save it from drowning against the colors of the courts at Flushing Meadows.

That being said, the dress showed promise (save for those unfortunate patches of sweat), and we love the trim on the Cami tank (above, left).

Meanwhile, the super-striped Heritage tee on the guys worn by Janko and Dmitry is the showcase of an otherwise so-so men’s line.

As for the fall collezione line (colorway: white/light brown), you won’t see this anywhere but on your local tennis courts. Check it out here.

Buy: Fila Women’s Summer Heritage Cami Tank, 34.99; V-Neck Tank, $39.99; Cap Sleeve Top, $34.99; Heritage Dress, $53.99; colorway: Periwinkle and Crystal blues.

Men’s Summer Heritage Stripe Top, $36.99; Heritage Crew, $32.99; colorway: Peacoat Navy and Surf the Web (!) blue.

(photos by Getty Images; product images via TW)

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)

men dress down for the atp calendar

TSF was lucky enough to drop by the launch party for the ATP World Tour 2009 Calendar at the W Times Square. The tour enlisted the help of a few good men — Dmitry Tursunov, Juan Monaco, Ivan Ljubicic, Paradorn Srichaphan, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Mikhail Youzhny, Tommy Haas, Marcos Bagdhatis, Tomas Berdych, Mike and Bob Bryan, Fernando Gonzalez, and Tommy Robredo (who isn’t so green about disrobing for the camera) — to pose for the 13-month skin-baring pin-up. We were joined for champagne by Dima, Juan, and Juan’s doubles partner Maximo Gonzalez.

Too bad French photographer Corinne Dubreuil, who shot these guys in Paris last year, wasn’t around for the event; you bet we wanted to ask her about shooting these shower pics of Arnaud Clement and these of Kolya Davydenko.

ATP jokester Tursunov (above, right) felt confident in his decision to pose shirtless for the calendar, and is ready for any locker room pranks pulled by his fellow athletes. “Bring ‘em on,” he said. “We tennis players work hard for our bodies, and it’s definitely not in vain. So it’s nice to do something like this.” He added, “I’d rather people make fun of me for being fit than for being out of shape.”

And what did the scruffy Mr. Monaco, through a translator — sorry, my Spanish can’t cut it — think of his experience? “It was very important for me to develop my image outside the sport and have people outside the sport get to know me.” And showing skin didn’t faze him: “I just had fun with it.”

The ATP’s Chris O’Neill came up with the idea for the calendar while roaming the grounds of the Countrywide Classic. He watched Dima get mobbed by women (“who wanted to have his baby, who wanted to marry him” — all these crazy things) and realized that there was a side of the sport that wasn’t getting showcased. And we’re grateful for his idea.

Buy: Pick up the calendar for $13 at TW.

More pics: See some more pages from the calendar after the cut…

Train Like a Pro

Equinox Fitness and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) teamed up to create a group fitness class based on the workout of Russian player Dmitry Tursunov. He and his trainer, Jason Stacy, stopped by the Equinox on 50th and Broadway in Manhattan to give us a little taste of the 45-minute routine.

Read on: See the rest of the posts (and more of my Tursunov pics!) at Men’s Vogue Daily.

shoes: the next frontier + novak’s nike switch

Venus Williams and her less-than-$20 shoes have a place in the finals tomorrow. The four-time (and defending champ) took out the grumpy (and possibly misinterpreted) Elena Dementieva in the semis.

No chances for a mix-up over at Fila, who marked Sveta Kuznetsova and Dmitry Tursunov‘s shoes this week.

And here’s a look at those Alfas designed by Fila especially for Wimbledon court staff.

While Nike gets top honors for its design of Roger Federer‘s shoes, we have to point out these Lotto kicks customized for Simone Bolelli. Notice the “Bole” (his nickname) incorporated into the shoe. The designers at Fila need to go in this direction…

Shahar Peer and Reebok bring back the Israeli flag, seen here in her match against Dinara Safina.

Andy Murray playing in Nike against Ricky Gasquet of France.

Much ado about Nike: Our buddy Darren Rovell at CNBC wrote about Novak Djokovic‘s silent switch in tennis shoes from adidas to Nike Air Max Breathe Cage IIs at this year’s Championships. Nole did a fine job white out the swooshes on his shoe.

Here’s a photo of the grass court shoe he wore the week prior at The Artois Championships in London (he lost to Rafa Nadal in the finals). He apparently slipped and slid too much and decided to give Nike a try…

the men and women of fila at roland garros

Fila had its stable of players flaunt the company’s spring offerings. We already showed you some of the women’s gear (Karin Knapp wore pink from the Center Court Group) but there are more bits. Unfortunately for the Fila, their men didn’t do so hot, so the collection was out of the picture by middle of week 1.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is being considered alongside Dinara Safina as the Russian who’ll take the final spot from that top half of the draw. (Check out who’s left in the Round of 16.)

The fourth seeded Russian will face Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round. She wears the bubble-patterned sleeveless top from the Spring Baseline collection.

Agnes Szavay wore the white version of the Baseline Sleeveless Top during her loss to Petra Kvitova 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 2-6 in the third round. We don’t have a picture of it here, but I can tell you that Agi’s shoes, which are also from Fila (a claycourt version of the Alfa), has her name embroidered onto the shoe.

Thanks to Tennishead for this photo of Agi…

Janko Tipsarevic, Marin Cilic, and Dmitry Tursunov all wore the key piece for the company’s men’s spring Centre Court collection. The Fila team came up with the yellow thumbprint pattern based on what the players wanted for spring — something fun and with more color.

The pattern also appears as more muted detail in a white polo, but none of the players wore this to their matches.

I got to see Dima’s customized shoes, too. (His name’s on them.)

Janko fell to Nicolas Lapentti 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-7 (7) in the first round. Cilic lost to ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4), 1-6. (How did he get to No. 9?!) And Tursunov bowed out to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (1), 3-6, 4-6 in the third round.

Andreas Seppi wears a perfomrance polo as he falls to Mario Ancic 2-6, 6-7 (1), 2-6 in the first round.

(photos by Getty Images and Tennishead)

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: it’s in the details

Now that there are only seven folks left standing in Indian Wells (both men’s semis still to be contested, plus one semi between Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, the winner whom will face Sveta Kuznetsova in the finals), it’s time to look back at some fun fashion from the tournament.

Dmitry Tursunov - Indian Wells 2008

ATP vlogger Dmitry Tursunov wore this textured white Fila cap during his match against Juan Ignacio Chela.

Donald Young - Indian Wells 2008

I saw the bracelets on Donald Young up close during a hitting session last weekend, and I’m glad there was a photographer who picked it up. Here he is in a match against Rafael Nadal.

Galina Voskoboeva - Indian Wells 2008

Galina Voskoboeva fell to Vera Zvonareva in the third round, but not before taking out 22nd seed Michaella Krajicek in the round prior. Nice smiley face dampener, and look at the floral pattern on that hem!

dmitry vlog from indian wells

Veteran ATP blogger Dmitry Tursunov turns to video at this week’s Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells. He has three up so far — one reaming stringers for effing up his racquets in the first round, another poking through the bag of chair umpire Cedric Mourier, and this one where he’s in a mad rush to get his laundry done.

Dmitry Tursunov - Indian Wells - vlog

He was freaking out about getting his shirts cleaned because he “can’t really play topless.” Are you sure? Tommy Haas pushed the envelope with sleeveless tees, and now everyone’s wearing them. Perhaps you can take the lead with shirtless campaign.

Cute vintage Mickey Mouse tee, btw.

Watch: “Chair Ump Bag Check” and “Laundry Limbo