friday fare: food from the exo… fashion, too

The James Blake exhibition Tuesday night in Manhattan didn’t just feature top-level tennis, it also featured top-level eats. Bringing in chefs from around New York, the event had tasting and drinks from some of NYC’s most well known restaurants, including the pictured chocolate truffle tennis balls, prepared by Brian Young of Tavern on the Green. Those look delish!

John Mooney, chef at the Highland Manor, was the host chef of the event, which some exhibition-goers attended following the tennis Tuesday night. Later on in the night, Wyclef Jean took the stage at Pier 94 to perform.

While we’re still waiting from images from the Fila Fashion Show that was to feature Blake’s Thomas Reynolds line, there wasn’t too much creativity happening on court earlier in the evening, as the Bryan Brothers and Sam Querrey all sported the same adidas garb, and Blake followed suit in a white shirt and black shorts by Thomas Reynolds.

While we weren’t too keen on the gent’s lack of creativity on the court when it came to their apparel, we’re still hoping that we’ll find this Thomas Reynolds zip hoodie under the Christmas tree in a few weeks. Yum! See the Peacoat Hoodie after the jump.

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blake exo brings in sam, andy MCs

Last night at Pier 94 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side a mostly-packed house watched James Blake beat substitute Sam Querrey before the two singles players paired up in a losing effort against Bob and Mike Bryan.

The event was an exhibition headlined by Blake and sponsored by Back Office Associates to raise money for the Thomas Blake, Sr. Cancer Research Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Andy Roddick, who was set to play Blake before having to drop out because of an on-going knee injury, made an appearance on court as “Sam Querrey’s coach”, but was visibly limping and in pain. Roddick took the microphone for much of the first set to entertain the crowd, quipping jokes at Querrey’s errors and generally entertaining the crowd with his dry, savvy humor.

The night also saw Melanie Oudin make an appearance, wearing a silver sequined skirt, black heels and a leather jacket. At one point TSF overheard Melanie say her feet hurt while on the red carpet. Pain is beauty, Mel.

Blake’s childhood friend, John Mayer was in attendance as well, wearing black pants and a black blazer, the pop crooner was looking just fine while sitting among Blake’s family members.

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wertheim speaks, blake goes live

Last night L. Jon Wertheim spoke to tennis fans at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo about his book Strokes of Genius while fielding questions from the audience about the legitimacy of Fed’s ’09 French win and why mainstream American sports fans just don’t understand the Rog.

Wertheim spoke on many topics, but one thing he drove home was how personable Federer is, even as a world class athlete. Not sure of it? Check out this clip the CNNSI.com writer said. It’s a laugh, literally.

No really, don’t read on until you watch that clip…

More watching can be done tonight as the James Blake exhibition in New York will be streamed on the USTA’s web site, Livestream.com and the event’s facebook page. Blake is set to play fellow American Andy Roddick in the event that will raise money for the Thomas Blake, Sr. Cancer Research Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Sam Querrey and the Bryan Brothers are also scheduled to appear.

Oh, and the Fed vid is posted after the jump, just in case you can’t stand to peel yourself away from TSF.

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new york calendar: l. jon, james and melanie

For tennis fans in New York, this week is going to be a grand one. The time of year that used to ring in the WTA’s Season Ending Championships has been frighteningly dead since the tour left early in the decade, leaving fans reeling after the excitement of the US Open.

On Monday, tennis journalist L. Jon Wertheim, author of Venus Envy and the more-recent Strokes of Genius, will be a part of a sports writers’ panel at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo. The night will also feature author Jesse Katz and New York mag’s Will Leitch. The three writers will each read a selection from their respective books and then take questions from the audience at the event, which starts at 7 PM at the Bookstore Cafe. Check it out for free.

Also on this week, on Tuesday, James Blake will host a tennis exhibition at Pier 94 downtown. The night will feature Andy Roddick and is rumored to also include upstart Melanie Oudin. Tickets can still be found here, along with a full list of events for the evening. 

(photo by Arancia Project via Flickr.)

blake plays in, talks about tr

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James Blake was in New York at the City View Racquet Club last month and hit around with a NY news anchor. The American, who debuted his Fila Thomas Reynolds line earlier this fall, will not appear in next week’s season-ending tournament in London, but will bring tennis (and Andy Roddick) to NYC for an exhibition on December 1st. 

We can’t decide who was better dressed: James or Sara. What do you think?

(screen grab via nbc new york)

holiday james

James Blake will give New York tennis fans a reason to love winter come this December: indoor tennis. The Billie Jean King Cup tried to fill the void this past March left by the WTA Championships, and even got snow for their early-spring event. But Blake and his crew have scheduled an exhibition for December 1st at Pier 94, and you bet the winter winds send people inside as fast as a Blake forehand.

Blake’ll be joined by one Andy Roddick at the December event, along with what promises to be a host of New York celebrities and well-known faces. The exhibition, BackOffice Associates Serving For A Cure with James Blake will raise money for the cancer research fund in his father’s name, Thomas Blake, Sr., who passed away several years ago.

pier-94

It wont just be a Roddick-Blake tennis evening, the event will also include an after party that will feature a celebrity musical performance, a selection of food from a variety of high profile New York City restaurants, and fashion show featuring Blake’s new clothing a press release said.

That clothing line, the Thomas Reynolds Collection by Fila, will be on our radar after Fila threw a high-brow event this past August prior to the US Open. Here’s hoping to James walking the catwalk…

Tickets for the exhibition can be found a few places online, but check this link to nab your own for the mid-winter tennis fest.

(pier 94 photo by bsblacky via panoramio)

thomas reynolds keeps on

James Blake and his Thomas Reynolds collaboration with Fila are keeping on, whether we like it or not. After debuting at the 2009 US Open with the Coolmax Crew in baby blue (“Campanula”), Blake has moved on to white and navy colorways of the TR Jersey Crew. (Buy: $37.99, TW)

That being said, we found the Fall Hoodie totally comfortable, and there’s some good detail in the contrast, unfinished seams.

On the court: James is still sputtering after his trip to the finals of the AEGON championships back in June. Since then, he’s lost in the first round twice (Wimbledon, Cincinnati Masters), second round (Beijing), and the third (US Open). Here’s hoping that he’ll make some sort of a mark at this week’s Shanghai Masters tournament.

(image via Getty Images)

chris’ note to james blake

Dear James Blake,

Why dont you try complaining about the ATP World Tour calendar when you’re winning and having to play a lot more (instead of when you’re losing)? It shouldn’t matter now that you have two weeks off! When was the last time you sucked at your job and were given two weeks paid vacay? Maybe you could use the time off editing all the spelling errors in your book!

xo,

C

Scoreline: The Fila-clad 17th-seed lost to Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-7 (5) in the first round of Wimbledon singles, 2009.

Buy: Fila Essenza Crew Neck Top, $45, fila.com. (C’mon, James — you looked so crisp and clean in that Nike polo you wore to Wimbledon last year. I’m sure you can drum up the same look with Fila!)

photo feed: leonardo mayer upsets james blake

If Argentina and Andy Roddick had a love child, qualifier Leonardo Mayer would be it. The 22-year-old upset James Blake in the first round of the 2009 French Open with a 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-2 win.

Someone get him in touch with the Roland Garros barber and he’ll be golden.

Scoreline: Leonardo will face Tommy Haas in the second round, and then the winner of the hotfest that is Simone Bolelli vs. Jeremy Chardy.

More: A few more pics of Mayer — who’s wearing Olympikusafter the cut…

trophy watch: estoril, serbia, and roma

One less salute: Fourth seed Tomas Berdych topped Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) in the final of the BMW Open in Munich. Tomas took home a Z4 Roadster along with two business class tickets from South African Airways and €71,700.

Blake falls down the Montanes: Spaniard Albert Montanes won the Portuguese bullfight against American James Blake 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-0. Didn’t help that James was wearing red Fila during the week-long event in Estoril. On the women’s side, Yanina Wickmayer took the title by beating Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-2.

Safina makes it real: In Rome, Dinara Safina proved to the world that her No. 1 ranking is legit by defeating former No. 1 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

He kinda had to: Over in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic‘s inaugural Serbian Open (formerly the ABN AMRO) turned out to be quite a success. Over 70,000 spectators saw him beat lucky loser Lukasz Kubot; the Polish player took out seeds Igor Andreev and Ivo Karlovic en route to the final.