volandri makes the quarters in belgrade

Italian Filippo Volandri beat Illya Marchenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to advance into the quarters of the Serbia Open in Belgrade. His next opponent is Marcel Granollers, who upset second seed Viktor Troicki in straight sets. Scorelines: Get updates on all the matches here.

Asics is pretty much sticking to solid white, yellow, and a royal blue (worn by Frederico Gil at Estoril) this season. Check it all out at Midwest Sports.

(image by Srdjan Stevanovic via serbiaopen.rs)

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…

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

filippo volandri - ea7 - emporio armani - madrid

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.

not so fast: footage from inside the u.s. open locker rooms

TSF had to up our Paxil intake after we got word that media would have no access to the U.S. Open locker rooms this year.

Thankfully, some goofsters were cool enough to film Nole Djokovic hamming it up yet again, this time folding more impersonations to his repertoire.

His latest victims are: Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, Andy Roddick, Filippo Volandri, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, and Roger Federer.

Nole pulls up his sleeve to do Ramirez and pulls down his shorts to get an authentic Nadal clamdigger look (left, middle). He ended the joke with a great impersonation of Roger.

And our favorite Italian, Potito Starace, laughs and eggs on the Serb throughout the video.

Watch: The clip is here, via segundosaque.com.

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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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roitman’s "no brand" clothing

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Sergio goes gaucho: The background behind Argentinian Sergio Roitman‘s clothing sponsor, No Brand: Roitman’s buddy runs the line, whose goal is low-key promotion of national icons such as cattle (on his bandana, above), Che Guevara, the bandoneón (pictured on his shirt, above), mate (the country’s favorite drink), and Carlos Gardel. Upcoming designs include Guillermo Vilas and Gabriela Sabatini.

Players like Nicolas Almagro, Filippo Volandri, Nicolas Lapentti, and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo are all fans of the line. At tournaments, Roitman usually brings extra gear to hand out as gifts.

(ATP Blog via Vivi el Tenis)

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wimbledon: volandri vs. kiefer

Correction: Apparently, recycled air gets to me more than I think, or the beginning of summer isn’t agreeing with me… or something. Because clearly I can’t read scorelines to save my life. Thanks to Bonifacio for pointing out that Volandri LOST to Kiefer in straight sets. Double le sad, because I was hoping to see more of his D&G gear at Wimbledon. Original post below.

Giant-killer Filippo Volandri translated his hot claycourt season (he beat Federer, remember?) onto grass with a straight-set win over German Nicolas Kiefer in the first round of Wimbledon…

..which is great and all, but we’re a little more interested in how he looked in his Dolce & Gabbana-designed outfit.

Let’s see the goods! Pictures after the cut…

wimbledon: the 'iron chef' of tennis fashion

As I mentioned to Rick Stiles last week, I like calling Wimbledon the Iron Chef of tennis fashion. The theme ingredient is white, and players step up to the challenge with well-designed ensembles: some choose accent colors (gold, blue, red), others accessories (blazers, bandanas, wristbands), while others lean towards varying their hemlines, dress patterns, and fabrics.

I’ve been previewing the outfits for the last two weeks, and there’s so much more to cover. (I’m so excited!) I’ll post pics as they come in, and you can always catch up through the archives. In the meantime, here are some fashion bits.

The Italians band together: Fashion house Dolce & Gabanna will outfit ATP player Filippo Volandri for the tournament, giving him a respite from being overshadowed by fellow Sergio Tacchini-sponsored Tommy Robredo. (via wtopnews.com)

Sharapova’s dress is “‘Swan Lake’-inspired”: Masha says that when her coach saw the Nike dress she’ll be wearing this year, he started feeding it bread. It should look closer to this than what Bjork wore to the Oscars, I’m sure. (Wimbledon website)

With Twags in tow: That’s “tennis wives and girlfriends” to those “NITK” (that’s “not in the know”). A brilliant style-focused piece by The Independent that gets us up-to-date on who’s dating or married to whom in the tennis world.

Don’t add insult to injury: Telegraph‘s Bee Shaffer knocks Andy Murray‘s look, saying that “Scottish flag wristbands don’t count as personal style”. While he hasn’t quite harnessed the full potential of being backed by Fred Perry, he was at least smart enough to start the alliance. Give him some time to blossom.

How will we know who’s who?: Stretch and Booty, aka Jamie Murray and Eric Butorac, per ITF rules, will be without their usual uniforms for the Wimbledon doubles tournament. Jamie blogged about it for the Guardian.

On ruffled, lace-trimmed knickers: Here’s a profile in The Herald of Gertrude “Gorgeous Gussie” Moran, the woman whose underwear launched a thousand shutter clicks (and a BBC ban to keep cameras from sighting below a player’s waist).

On short shorts: Profile number two is on Jack Kramer, the first man to win Wimbledon not in pants. (Telegraph)

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