2013 check-in: who are your tennis HOATs?



Hottest Tennis Players of All Time

Time Capsule: When we first shared our Hottest-of-All-Time Tennis Players list back in 2007, our list had Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy HaasMarat SafinPatrick Rafter, and Arnaud Clement (with runners-up Nikolay DavydenkoAndy Murray, and Mikhail Youzhny.)

Our tastes have evolved over the years (and there are players whose looks and tennis talent have catapulted them into the TSF orbit). And so our HOAT list, updated for 2013: Grigor Dimitrov, Tommy Haas, Janko Tipsarevic, and Juan Monaco.

Who’s on your list? Tell us!

trophy watch: sometimes, we like what we see



Pieces, people. Working. Sometimes the right trophies land in the right arms with the rights outfits covering the right bodies. That was the case last weekend, as the WTA wrapped up its regular-season play and the ATP moved toward its World Tour Finals in London set for the middle of November. Above, Gael Monfils complemented his globe-and-box trophy with a well-chiseled bicep and a head of looks-just-right locks. He downed Jarko Nieminen in Stockholm 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

Don’t harp on Vika. Seriously. We kind of love this one, too. The half tennis racket slash harp look works well with the stone texture. And, luckily Victoria Azarenka is wearing a well-matching dark tone. It was a bright week for the world no. 3 in Luxembourg, where she took care of Monica Niculescu in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Vika opens her Istanbul campaign tomorrow against Sam Stosur.

Double the fun. Since the US Open, Janko Tipsarevic has nabbed two ATP titles. Before it zero? Ever. Tipsy beat Viktor Troicki in the first-ever all-Serb final in Moscow, 6-2 6-4. Must be his new bod, right?

Saving the first for last. Last but not least: Dominika Cibulkova got her first trophy smooch of her career in Moscow. The pesky Slovakian downed Lucie Safarova, 3-6 7-6 (1) 7-5. | TSF Vault: More trophies to watch

(images by Getty; Azarenka photo by Fern Konnen via the WTA)

shirtless: rafa strips down (some more) for armani



Who’s got next? With Janko Tipsarevic joining the ranks of ATP fellas who have stripped down in front of the camera, Rafael Nadal needed to get his gusto back from the Serb’s sweaty six-pack. He did just that last week as Armani began to push out its fall campaign, full of swoon-worthy shots of a barely-clad Rafa. The ATP web site has the full set of Rafa photos here.


On court: This week has been a good one for Tipsarevic, who is into the semifinals in Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, a hurting Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the China Open due to a bad back.

For all you fans of good legs, check out the Spanish Davis Cup team from a couple of weeks ago. No Nair needed here.

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shirtless: bod by janko



Move over, Nole. And you too, Rafa… and Fernando. So Janko Tipsarevic made mention during the US Open that the reason for his recent success was that he had finally dedicated 100 percent of himself to tennis — and his body. The Serb isn’t joking around, appearing in a series of shots for the company Extreme Intimo, which makes underwear, nighties and other wear-at-home items. Janko and his total-toned bod can be seen on their Facebook page. Click the images below (or here) to visit the full gallery, which has 146 Facebook “Likes” and counting…

Oh right, and we couldn’t deprive you of the making-of vid, now could we? | TSF Vault: Shirtless

(via christopher phillips/photos from the extreme intimo facebook page)

SGs in the QFs



Os at the Open. While the persistent rain the last couple of days has left little room for sunshading gear — or play, for that matter — we couldn’t help but notice the fact that two of the game’s most popular sunglass wearers have made their way into the quarterfinals of the US Open: Janko Tipsarevic and Sam Stosur. While it wasn’t a great Open for fellow-Oakley teammates Bob and Mike Bryan, Tipsy and Sam have each had stellar weeks at Flushing Meadows, advancing to the final 8.

Sam didn’t much need her shades on Sunday night against Maria Kirilenko, outlasting the Russian in a three-hour grueling battle, 6-2 6-7 (15) 6-3. But when she does play under the bright glare of the sun, she opts for Enduring Edge glasses (see below), which you can find on Oakley’s site for $180 in both metallic black and pearl white, each of which Sam uses from time to time.

Janko switches things up from time to time with his sun-Gs, but lately has been sporting the Flak Jacket Transitions Solfx, which run for $220 on Oakley.com. Though these are a little pricier, we like their simple look — especially with all the brights happening in player kits these days.

Draw: Janko vs. Djoko in QFs | Sam-Vera

Above: Sam’s Enduring Edge glasses.

More browsing: Sunglasses on Tennis Express

(Stosur and Janko photos by Getty; Oakley screengrab)