filippo volandri: back to tennis (b)asics

Filippo Volandri‘s playing at this week’s BCR Open Romania in Bucharest. He’s through to the second round after beating Lukasz Kubot 6-3, 6-0. (Draw: BCR Open Romania site)

Meanwhile, it’s sad to see one of the more stylish Italians (he used to wear EA7 — that’s Armani sportswear — on the court) now dressed in Asics.

More: Two more pics after the cut…

A little bit of Italy, a little bit of France…

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Move over, Karl Lagerfeld; your Chanel stenciled tennis racquets are no longer the only ones for the glam set. French tennis company Babolat recently announced that they’ve partnered with EA7 — that’s Emporio Armani‘s performance line — to design their own gear. The oversize stick, with its 100-square-inch head, incorporates the brand’s current white/silver/black colorway (which can also be seen on Filippo Volandri, who wears EA7 on the court).

Buy: The racquet is available for $345 at all Emporio Armani stores. And FYI, there is only one grip size (“for medium-sized hands,” said the salesman at the store on Broadway). It also comes with a cover.

Another look: Take a peek at Volandri wearing the Spring 2008 EA7 wear (plus his classy accessories) at last week’s Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires after the cut…

more stripes: filippo volandri in EA7

Filippo Volandri lost in straight sets to Sebastien Grosjean in the first round of the Australian Open.

The Italian dressed up for his performance (of course!), wearing white from his sponsor, EA7 (that’s Emporio Armani‘s sports line). They’ve also jumped on that stripes trend, adding some diagonal black and white detail to Volandri’s polo. Nice and simple. We like it.

Flashback: See Filippo’s previous EA7 outfits here.

Shop: Everyone’s still doing winter clearance, including EA7. I loved the lookbook. Some highlights below the cut…

another look: filippo volandri in emporio armani's ea7

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Italy’s Filippo Volandri continues to wear shirts from EA7 — that’s Emporio Armani‘s sports line — at the Madrilena Masters in Madrid. Here he is losing to Feliciano Lopez in the 6-3, 6-2 first-round match.

We last saw this shirt at the BCR Open Romania in September. TSF’s a fan of the striped lining.

(photos by Getty Images)

tattoo watch: volandri doesn't have one

As much as we’re on the lookout for players who have tattoos, sometimes it’s nice to know when we can strike someone from the “already tattooed” list.

Italian Filippo “Filo” Volandri, in a quick bio on his site, says that he has neither tattoos nor piercings.

Other interesting bits about the highest-ranked Italian on the ATP tour:

  • Whom he considers the nicest guy on the tour: Carlos Moya
  • The rudest: Lleyton Hewitt (pre-Mia, perhaps)
  • Best crowd: the Romans
  • The crowd he can’t handle: the Chileans
  • One thing he can’t live without: Coca-Cola. (Bless!)

Volandri played the BCR Open Romania this week (in Bucharest). As the second seed, he lost to Gael Monfils in the first round. Today, he (along with doubles partner Sergio Roitman) were eliminated from the doubles draw by local faves Victor Hanescu and Andrei Pavel.

Fashion focus: For his singles match, he wore the same red shirt from EA7 — that’s Emporio Armani‘s sports collection — which made its quick debut at the U.S. Open. (We didn’t know about the curves on the back.)

And he wore a simpler blue polo for his doubles match while partner Roitman was clad in No Brand.

fashion focus: volandri in armani… on the court

It’s too bad 29th seed Filippo Volandri lost to Frenchman Michael Llodra 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6 in the first round of this year’s U.S. Open. At least the Italian crashed out in style; he partnered with Emporio Armani for the duration of the tournament, agreeing to wear a well-tailored red t-shirt from the company’s EA7 sportswear line.

What do you think of the shirt? Tell us!

This isn’t the first time Volandri’s flirted with fashion on the court. At this year’s Wimbledon he wore a simple-yet-cute Dolce & Gabbana shirt. (He got booted early there, too.) And he’s modeled for Armani before.

Perhaps he’s just getting ready to shake off the too-bland Sergio Tacchini. They can’t handle sponsoring a mod Italian!

Here’s a close-up of the EA7 logo (and I guess Volandri’s nipple).

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