Decisions, schmecisions: Wondering which accessory to put on? If you’re Sasha Vujacic, ignore that spirit of Coco Chanel that’s whispering sweet advice in your ear. Might as well slap on as many lucky charms while cheering on your fiancee’s attempt at a red clay title, right? I guess it worked out in the end. (Congrats, Maria!)
Potito Starace got tangled in Andy Murray‘s medusa at this week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Potito went down 2-6, 3-6 to the fourth seed, who next faces Florian Mayer. The other six quarterfinalists are Nadal/Cilic, Gasquet (who beat Federer in three with two tiebreaks going his way)/Berdych, and whomever wins these third-rounders: Soderling vs. Almagro and Djokovic vs. Wawrinka. (Draw: Rome Men’s Singles)
Tattoo watch: We hadn’t seen that one on his upper right arm before. Archives: Potito’s shoulder.
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Gluttons we are, so there’s still room in our hearts for wanting after this: it’s refreshing to see a sleeveless jacket to go along with the pieces from adidas‘ Barricade line, which includes Andy Murray‘s polo. Speaking of, the man survived his opening match at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win over Xavier Malisse. Up next is the winner of Troicki/Starace. (Draw Internazionali BNL d’ Italia Men’s Singles)
The clay version of Maria Sharapova‘s Statement Tank from Nike — the blue version of which was on Juia Goerges in her shot to prominence these last few weeks — makes it second appearance after Maria’s quick exit in Madrid. At this week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, Masha got ‘er done by surrending only one game per set against Ekaterina Makarova. (Makarova ousted defending champ Martinez Sanchez in the opening round.) Maria will face the winner of Kleybs vs. Peer (Draw: Internazionali BNL d’Italia Draws)
Bonus: Maria talks about her experiences going into Rome and the French — how she adapts her game, how she takes that into the grass season, and what she gets to do in Italy when it’s not about the tennis. (Video)
(interview photo by Robin Fenlon; product images via tennisexpress.com; match image via Getty Images)
Andy Roddick‘s strong start to 2011 — with deep runs into Brisbane, the Aussie Open, and Memphis — did nothing for him at Indian Wells and Miami, and it’s translated into more weak performances on clay. Last week’s flameout against Flavio Cipolla now sits alongside another first-round “L” against Gilles Simon, who took out the 12th seed 6-3, 6-3.
Draw: Sharing that quarter with Simon are Melzer, Troicki, Kolya, and Murray, among others. Who’s going to be the last man standing? (Browse: Internazionali BNL d’Italia draws)
Striped: The Spring 2011 Adipure line’s all about the collegiate look, putting these plain stripes on the Traditional Pattern Polo (in varying navy/green/white combo’ed colorways). There’s also some argyle and a faux cardigan. Our pick: The Traditional Cotton Tennis Polo — complete with a crest (img) — $42.99, tennisexpress.com. The rest: adidas Adipure Spring 2011.
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