live blogging the FO finals

4:56 PM, Game, set and match, Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 (2) Well big props to Schiavone for closing out the match like she did. We really dig the whole kissing-the-clay thing. Upping Guga‘s classic heart by making love to the clay with your mouth, not your racket.

4:41 PM, Schiavone leads 6-4, 6-all There is now the potential for this thing to turn into a high-quality, dramatic three-set affair. Could the WTA actually see its saviors in the games of these two relative unknowns? It’s been dang fun to watch such good tennis for two sets and 90 minutes thus far. I’m also digging the extra-cheesy Geico and Billie Jean King commercial.

4:29 PM, Schiavone leads 6-4, 4-all Stosur is tightening up here as the Italian has won the last three games to even up the second set. Can we see the first three-set women’s final since 2001?

4:07 PM, Schiavone leads 6-4, 1-2 Loving the NBC editors for their choice of exit-out music for commercials, so far including the SATC2 theme song, Beyonce and Britney. Diva music for two non-divas.

Meanwhile, we’re thinking that the Franny Faithful would make a great Jersey Shore spin-off. The hair! The muscles! The sunglasses! Stosur has nothing on these boys.

3:57 PM, Schiavone wins first set 6-4 (Good news!) Schiavone is playing with heart and (bad news!) Stosur is playing with the weight of the world on her shoulders. Let’s see if a clean court can give Sammy a clean conscience. (BEST news!) Mary Pierce sighting in the first row of the far side of the court. Like a summer bride, she’s wearing all white.

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why ana’s coach is not sitting in her player’s box

Ok, stop staring at Justine Henin‘s cold sore and look over at Ana Ivanovic‘s player’s box. That’s right — there is no sign of her coach, Sven Groeneveld, hanging out next to her family. He’s been asked by adidas to stay neutral in this match because of his involvement in the company’s Player Development program (which both Dinara Safina and Ivanovic participate in).

The initiative, started in 2006, offers a unique mix of advice and support to both junior and senior players, from coaching tips to hitting partners to nutritional and career management plans. Other pros currently in its stable are Sam Querrey and Sania Mirza. Gil Reyes helps out with off-court training.

frills, drawstring, and gathered fabric for Fila Japan’s Spring line

Akiko Morigami had a tiny window of opportunity at the French Open to showcase the latest from Fila Japan‘s s/s 08 line. We already saw the separates she wore in Melbourne, but TSF really wanted to know what was under that white jumper from the photoshoot. Turns out they’re red separates with lots of gathered fabric and drawstring detail. Cute in theory, but it looks a little messy for the court.

Scoreline: Akiko lost 4-6, 3-6 in the first round to Petra Kvitova.

Browse: See the rest of the Fila Japan women’s line here. Our picks from the collection are above.

(photos by Getty Images and Fila Japan)

even on roger, nike stays prim and proper

Continuing with their conservative throwback theme, Nike dressed Roger Federer in a contrast collar polo as he faced the hard-serving Sam Querrey in the first round of the French. Roger came out the winner not only in tennis skills, but also in fashion:

Federer was decked out in a smart navy blue number and at the end of the match still gave the impression of a man who had just walked off the set of a photo-shoot, while Querrey’s red shirt hung over his broad shoulders like a tarpaulin covering a container lorry.

Ouch.

And Alberto Montanes took a set off the world No. 1 before being overwhelmed 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-0, 6-4. See Roger’s cute outfit from the back.

Buy: Nike Summer Pinstripe Polo, $65, Obsidian Blue/White. And for more casual contrast collar polos, check these out.

(photos by Getty Images)

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adidas & guerrilla tennis

So apparently there’s more to that street tennis booth that adidas set up at the French this year. It’s a part of their Urban Tennis campaign which challenges folks to “defie la rue”.

My rudimentary French leaves with little power to do research, but I think the premise is this: they’re doing a Parisian tennis tour with stops at landmarks such as the Place de la Concorde, the Palais du Trocadero, the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, etc. They bring their tennis courts with them. (See videos here.)

Brilliant! We should be doing that in L.A., too! Seeing that it costs $8/hr to use the courts near my house (when they really should be FREE), this doesn’t seem like a bad idea…

Check out the Urban Tennis team roster. Who’s your favorite? I’m all about Guillame and his faux hawk.

fashion: on Djokovic, Monaco, and Mathieu; adidas used white wisely

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Nevermind the crazy lime green they’ve put on Russians Marat Safin and Mikhail Youzhny; I can overlook that if adidas keeps working this clean, classic, white/gold (and black) look for Juan Monaco, Nole Djokovic and Paul-Henri Mathieu.

One could say that they should have saved the white for next month’s Wimbledon, but they eschewed color tastefully, unlike what Reebok put on Igor Andreev and what Nike forced on Oliver Patience.

What do you think of the look? Tell us.

short balls: a SECOND federer/sampras exhibition, a russian tennis flick, and more french open

Pete Sampras booked through the fall: Pistol Pete has already announced his second date with Roger Federer, this one at the Malaysian Open. (As we mentioned yesterday, the other exhibition will be in Macao.) (via The Star)

Hewitt’s chances at the French: The weight of an Australian Roland Garros title sits squarely on the shoulders of “Little Lleyton” Hewitt. (via The Age)

Some baguettes in the oven: The French Tennis Federation (FFT) hopes to crank out some Grand Slam champs in the near future. They’ve already got an amazing coaching infrastructure. They’re hoping that new facilities in Cannes and Aix-en-Provence will help the cause. (via Bloomberg.com)

Another tennis movie: The latest attempt at big screen success — From Russia With Racquet. Clips galore here. (via Talk Tennis)

Ready yourself for the water cooler: (or the Flavia machine?) Bone up on the French Open with SI.com’s quick preview.