fred perry 100th anniversary: gargyle

Those of you jonesing for that 100th anniversary Fred Perry stuff that Andy Murray demo’ed at Wimbledon can get the next best thing via gargyle. A black-and-white version of Andy’s PVC all-white barrel bag is available for $75, while white/green, red/white, and black/champagne versions of the brand’s signature polo (embroidered with “100” under the FP sixteen-leaf laurel) can be picked up for $95.

Enjoysies!

(screengrabs via gargyle)

who wore short shorts?

Fred Perry capitalized on what would have been the 100th anniversary of its namesake tennis pro by outfitting its current spokesathlete — Andy Murray — will a full kit inspired by company designs from the ’50s and ’60s.

Andy’s items all have his monogram stitched under Fred Perry’s iconic laurel logo. The pieces in white are the polo (with green laurel and tipping), the short shorts, and a leather bag; in ivory are a cable v-neck weather and a cable slip-over. We love that two other sponsors, RBS and Highland Spring, get real estate even on the sweater.

Fun fact: As a smoker, Perry originally wanted to use a pipe as the company’s logo but Tibby Wegner, his manager, said he “didn’t think the girls would go for it” so Perry agreed to go with the laurel instead.

Shoes: Andy and the folks at Nike dressed him in the non-RFed version of the Zoom Vapor VI. Buy: $115, nike.com.

Scoreline: Murray lost in the semis of Wimbledon to Roddick in the battle of the Andys. The four-setter was pretty tight: 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (5). Alas, the Brits will have to wait until next year to possibly crown one of their own as a Wimbledon title winner.

More: A few more shots, including a pic of his bag, his practice tees, etc.; all after the cut…

the french open is scot-free

fullerton: I have decided that Murray is going to win the French Open.
fullerton:and take his shirt off
fullerton:and it is going to be lovely

The newly minted World No. 3 Andy Murray didn’t get to this upper crust of tennis society by playing on clay, and it showed during his fourth round match against Fernando Gonzalez. Feña blew the Scot out of the water with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 upset.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to him,” said Murray after the match. “I’d played against him before and he hits the ball hard, but today he was hitting it huge. If that happens, sometimes you’ve got to say ‘Too good’. It’s quite easy sitting on the side to look and think ‘you could’ve have done this, you could have done that’ but the guy is hitting ball so hard — no one hits the ball that big.”

Looking ahead: Gonzo is set to play Robin Soderling, who solidified his victory over Nadal with a straight-set drubbing of Kolya Davydenko.

Kudos to Andy and his Fred Perry kit, btw. He mixed things up by alternating his v-neck crew between an all-black colorway (with a green laurel) and a navy/blue version. Buy: Fred Perry French Open Tennis Shirt, navy/scottish blue, £35.00.

More pictures: Shots of Andy during his 2009 French Open run after the cut…

practice makes perfect

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A quick look at the players’ practice gear as they get ready for next week’s Australian Open.

Ana Ivanovic wears a cute adidas trefoil tee (dotted with blue and white trefoils) as she hits under the watchful eye of “coach” Sven Groenefeld. (Buy: adidas Classic Trefoil Tee, $19.99, eastbay.com.)

More: See the rest — Rafa as our pick for Best in Show; plus Lleyton, Murray, Roddick, Jelena — all after the cut…

Andy Murray and his pasties

I know Andy Murray needs to psych himself up to be a contender at this year’s U.S. Open (and he’s done pretty well, making the semis at Toronto and winning Cincinnati over Novak Djokovic; he also tied Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open Series standings). I suggest a different post-win act, though. Showing off his pasty bicep isn’t doing it for me.

With this display of brawn, Murray joins a group of guys with some notable victory celebrations:

1) Radek Stepanek does the worm.

2) Mardy Fish gives himself a hug.

3) Mikhail Youzhny salutes, a move he debuted at the Open in 2006.

4) Petr Korda, retired, used to have a mean jump kick.

Scoreline: The sixth seed Scot shocked the new world No. 1 in their semifinal, which was played over two days. Murray was up 2 sets but down a break in the third before a rain delay forced tournament officials to postpone the rest of the match until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The final score: 6-2, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4.

Looking ahead: Murray has an advantage in the head-to-head (2-1) against Roger Federer, his opponent in the finals . He beat Roger most recently in Dubai this year, taking him to three sets. Let’s hope his tough draw through this tourney (four-setters against del Potro and Llodra; five sets against Melzer) doesn’t negatively affect his performance.

(photo via Getty Images)

checking in with fred perry

Fred Perry continues to rack up its amazing list of collaborations with a 12-piece men’s line to be produced in conjunction with Raf Simons, who himself is busy as creative director of Jil Sander. The all-black collection is inspired by Perry’s 1960s skiwear and will include a short-sleeve mohair turtleneck sweater (!!); a patterned, knit polo shirt; a full button-down long-sleeve pique polo; and sleek trousers. Dropping in the fall.

On the tennis front, their brand got decent exposure this last month because of Andy Murray‘s decent showing at Wimbledon (quarters) and at Toronto, where he made it all the way to the semis, losing to Nadal but not before taking down Nole 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the round prior.

Fall goods: The Fred Perry e-shop doesn’t have much to offer right now. That landing page is pretty cute, though.

(raf simon image via hypebeast; andy murray images by Getty Images; website screencap from fredperry.com)

andy murray’s backhand saves the day

12th seed and hometown hope Andy Murray exacted revenge over Tommy Haas for a loss at Indian Wells by beating the German 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2 in the third round of Wimbledon. As expected (and we were entertained!), Andy’s backhand produced some wonderful winners and passing shots throughout the match.

Thanks to San Diegan (and TSF reader) Matt Coin for snapping these two early-round photos of Mr. Haas at Wimbledon. His glory days are way past him (with that nagging shoulder injury of his), but his abs are very much alive and well.

Buy: Tommy wears the K-Swiss Ultracel Polo, $52.

Andy wears the Fred Perry Wimbledon T-Shirt (£35, fredperry.com) and the Retro Bag in Rover Brown (£45, fredperry.com).

(photos by Getty Images, Matt Coin, and fredperry.com)

a trimmed andy murray overcomes roger federer

Andy Murray has finally emerged from the brink of injury — the one that caused a family feud — with a convincing win over Roger Federer in the first round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. He grinded his way to a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4 win, using a playing style that Roger criticized. Is Roger offering advice or is he being a sore loser?

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Samson in reverse:
I’m all for letting men grow out their hair, but I am relieved that Andy’s finally cut down a little bit of that mop. He should buzz it all of for the summer swing.

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A black bag: Here’s a new, more muted Nike duffel for the World No. 1. And in case you’re keeping track: Federer has yet to win a title this year. And he’s unsure about participating in the Olympics. But wasn’t Beijing his excuse for not playing Davis Cup? Hmmm

fashion focus: fred perry spring ’08 men’s line

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The rest of Fred Perry‘s Spring ’08 line reinterprets the brands tried and true cuts. We’re talking about polos, v-neck sweaters, cardigans, and Harrington style jackets in muted colors (blacks and greys) harking back to the political and creative mileu of 70s and early 80s England. A few bursts of yellow and red blow up the palette, while tartan, argyle, and stripes also bring bring some pop to the line.

Browse: The Limited Edition Laurel Classic collection is available here. See a few more looks after the cut..