spotted: floating orbs at the sap open



arena decor at the HP Pavilion - SAP Open 2013

What a fitting way to bid adieu to tennis in the Bay Area! The folks at the SAP Open in San Jose have decked out the HP Pavilion in floating tennis balls to fill the space within the arena’s vaulted foyer — looks like tennis is just floating away into the ether. The event’ll be missed, for sure.

Action-packed: Tonight, the Bryans face off against fellow Americans Steve Johnson and Jack Sock in the first match of the evening. They’ll be followed by Fernando Verdasco vs. Tim Smyczek. More info available on the SAP Open website.

(Photo via @nickmccarvel/instagram)

christophe lemaire’s lacoste shop-in-shop



We’re hoping to stop by the memorial service for Jack Kramer (it’s today at the UCLA Tennis Center @ 11am, for those of you in SoCal).

Lacoste and creative director Christophe Lemaire launched a store-in-store at the company’s Paris flagship store earlier this year, a space that carries rare Lacoste products for both sexes as well as one-offs created for the runway that never made it to the floor.

The details: The shop walls are covered in cork and felt; a leather punching bag hangs off to one side; a vintage tennis racquet juts out in front as the store’s sign — all “a decidedly luxurious take on sport,” says Lemaire. (See another interior pic here.)

Visit: The Lacoste in Lemaire shop is located at 28 rue de Poitou, Paris.

(screengrabs via christophelemaire.com; via vogue.co.uk)