los angeles: wednesday oop

FARMERS CLASSIC, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
STRAUS STADIUM start 12:00 noon
Rainer Schuettler (GER) vs Robby Ginepri (USA)
Not Before 2:00 PM
[6] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [Q] Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs [3] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)

Evening Session – Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Mardy Fish (USA) / Mark Knowles (BAH)
Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs [2] Sam Querrey (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
Andre Sa (BRA) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs [2] Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Horia Tecau (ROU)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) / Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Travis Rettenmaier (USA)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[WC] Carsten Ball (AUS) / Chris Guccione (AUS) vs Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO)
[4] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Aisam Qureshi (PAK) vs Colin Fleming (GBR) / Ken Skupski (GBR)

sa watch 2010: andre in los angeles

Andre Sa, in town for this week’s ATP tour stop on the courts of UCLA (aka the Farmers Classic), is in the doubles draw with teammate Horacio Zeballos.

He was on hand on Tuesday afternoon to help tourney top seed Andy Murray warm up. Lovin’ those gold Diadora shoes!

He even made a guest appearance at the Bryan Brothers concert last night at Molly Malone’s. (Thanks to Strawberries and Scream for the pic!)

short balls: california girls (and boys)

TSF takes over the West Coast this week as I made the drive from Cottonwood, Idaho, (yeah, it exists) to San Francisco yesterday for a little R&R and a day at the Bank of the West Classic tomorrow in Palo Alto, at Stanford. Meanwhile, Erwin is holding court in LA for the Farmers Classic, making sure that the boys adhere to the warm weather shining on SoCal and going shirtless on the practice courts.

This week’s version of short balls comes on Tuesday, a little earlier than usual. Enjoy!

I’ll make the drive down to Palo Alto tomorrow for a day at the 40th annual Bank of the West Classic, now the longest-running women’s event on tour. Bank of the West has been the title sponsor since 1992 at this event, something that is unheard of in the days of fast-moving money. (Remember the Lipton Championships? Or the Kraft WTA Tour? Seems like centuries ago… ) The Bank of the West has been at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Pavilion since 1997, and just this year announced partnership with Rebounces, a green company that runs a tennis-ball recycling program nationwide. Balls brought in by members of the public (and those used in the tournament) will be collected and recycled by Rebounces, with the help of FedEx to get them shipped and donated to a local youth tennis program. Thumbs up to that!

There’s always plenty of tennis action on the pages of Twitter, and this week a few more tennis names added themselves to the never-ending world of Tweets. Janko Tipsarevic asked his followers to “bare” with his bad English (gladly, Janko, gladly). WTAers Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Alisa Kleybanova have also joined the Twitter ranks. Anastasia is playing in Istanbul this week, whiles Kleybs was already dismissed from Stanford by a studious Ana Ivanovic. Before she was bounced outta the Bay Area, Kleybs sat down with Chris Oddo for an interview featured on On The Baseline.

The USTA announced yesterday that it is partnering with longtime supporter American Express for a program called Fresh Courts. The program will invest money in 17 different tennis courts in three urban centers, including Los Angeles, DC and New York. In NYC, the benefactors will be our friends over at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. The USTA will head up the fixing up of the courts themselves, as it oversees around 700 refurbishing projects each year.

For a little bit of a fashion fix, I’m digging this Lacoste v-neck (and the model!) I ran across yesterday. $40 online. Meanwhile, Serena might be questionable for the US Open itself, but that’s not keeping Nike from prepping itself for her outfit at said tourney. The Control Court dress (seen here via TennisConnected) is $85 and might – just might – be made famous by ReRe if she’s able to show at Flushing Meadows come late August. This is the black version of her Wimbledon get up, which helped her to her 13th slam title.

short(er) balls are happening after the cut. [Read more...]

los angeles: tuesday oop

Good call on showcasing that doubles match. It’ll be packed!

FARMERS CLASSIC, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
STRAUS STADIUM start 12:00 noon
Kristof Vliegen (BEL) vs [WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA)
[Q] Ilija Bozoljac vs Robby Ginepri (USA)
Not Before 4:00 PM
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs [WC] James Blake (USA)

Evening Session – Not Before 7:30 PM
[WC] James Blake (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Benjamin Becker (GER) vs [LL] Lucky Loser (TBA)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
[SE] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs Illya Marchenko (UKR)
[Q] Steve Johnson (USA) vs [Q] Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Karol Beck (SVK) vs Alejandro Falla (COL)
[Q] Tim Smyczek (USA) vs T Gabashvili (RUS)
Ross Hutchins (GBR) / Jordan Kerr (AUS) vs [3] Martin Damm (CZE) / Michael Kohlmann (GER)

in lacko, diadora lives on

Lukas Lacko is playing an opening round match against the Latvian Ernests Gulbis at this week’s Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. While it’s not as crazy as the days of Guga Kuerten, the Diadora kit still has a slew of the loud colors (blue, red, and yellow on the wristbands) with subtle accents (the gold logo, contrast placket), but subdued with a darker, dominant color. Extra credit for the shell spiral print on Lacko’s tee.

Meanwhile, Gulbis’ hair is almost feral.

P.S. Gulbis beat Lacko in straight sets — 7-5, 7-5. The tourney’s fifth seed next faces the winner of Beck vs. Fall. (Draw: Singles.)

(O.T.) P.P.S. He annoyed the #@*&$# out of us in Shortbus, but we can’t get enough of Jay Brannan soothing/haunting cover of The Verve Pipe’s “The Freshmen”.

(photo by TSF)

a date with muzz, lacoste jewelry, and off-topic galore!

Meeting Murray: Andy Murray might be back with girlfriend Kim Sears, but that shouldn’t stop you from working on getting up close to the top ATP Brit. adidas has started a raffle that could win you a meet-up with Andy in Miami (plus some Barricade-themed goods). It’s another part of their recent campaign (remember the adizine?) to toast this tennis shoe. Raffle: Enter here.

Street ping pong: From July 24 through August 22, Londoners can look out for 100 ping pong tables that will pop up across all across the city (including firehouses, apparently), all to be used for pick-up games. More info at ping.etta.tv/.

Updates for L.A.: The Bryan Brothers are playing two venues on the eve of their appearance at next week’s Farmers Classic in L.A. They’ll be at Air Conditioned Lounge in Venice and at Molly Malone’s on Fairfax. No word yet on where Nole will perform his burlesque act.

Lacoste jewelry: Lacoste will debut a line of jewelry at the same time it shows the Spring/Summer 2011 show this September. Expect to see necklaces, bracelets, and charms for bags and mobile phones. (via styelist)

Turn your two cents into $100k: From now until July 26, vote for the Best Tennis Town in the U.S.. The finalists are Beaverton, Ore., Atlanta, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Clearwater, Fla., Delray Beach, Fla., Manchester Center, Vt., Richmond, Va., Rome, Ga., Rosemount, Minn., and Snow Hill, N.C. With $100,000 up for grabs, everyone means business: Delray Beach temporarily renamed itself Tennis Beach, Fla., to get folks in the spirit. Vote: Place your vote in this USTA-sponsored contest at www.besttennistown.com.

(ot) Lego my buildings: The National Building Museum is currently showing Towering Ambition, the work of LEGO Certified professional Adam Reed Tucker. He’s built 15 large-scale replicas of famous structures, including the Empire State Building, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and Fallingwater.

(ot) we want — CDG: We’re on a year-long shopping diet that ends March 1, 2011, so consider this our version of chewing and then spitting it out. We love the Gossamer-esque Comme des Garçons v-neck sweater in black (via Tobi)

(ot) Is that a bone in your briefs…? The skeletal theme of Alexander McQueen‘s branding has now made its way to underwear — one of the British designers final projects. Bonus round: See a teaser ad for the line here). (via oki-ni)

(ot) etsy on our mind: Oakland, Calif.-based artist John Carling is busy dreaming up the cutest monsters this side of Where The Wild Things Are. We love this whale print, “Everything is Vibrating“. (via Thrillist SF)

(ot) CFDA homework: This year’s finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund are Joseph Altuzarra (Altuzarra), Christian Cota, Prabal Gurung, Robert Geller, Eddie Borgo, Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow (Loden Dager), Pamela Love ( Pamela Love Jewelry), Moss Lipow, Gregory Parkinson, and Billy Reid. Bone up with this cheatsheet from the just-turned-five Refinery29. (Happy anniversary!)

Nature, 1; humans, 0: The Horton Plains slender loris, a tiny Sri Lankan mammal thought to be extinct, was recently captured on film. Nature, 0; humans, 1: The last female rhino at South Africa’s Krugersdorp National Park died after poachers took her horn. R.I.P.

in los angeles, james blake takes you to the limit

James Blake, who’s slated to play at next week’s Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, will be stopping by a local Sport Chalet to meet up with fans. He’ll be available for pics and autographs; everyone who comes can win a J-Block shirt (by his sponsor, Fila) and other merch.

If you decide to pick up one of the fan tees, proceeds from the sale will benefit Blake’s foundation, The Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund.

The rest of the pack: Other ATP stags in the Farmers Classic barn include Novak Djokovic, Sam Querrey, and the Bryan Brothers. And the tourney’s Monday night extravaganza will feature Andre Agassi and John McEnroe. More info here.

(image courtesy of Fila)