trophy watch: robin's robin? & filo's furry fury

Is that a Robin in there? No but really: there’s a bird in his trophy. Swedish fella Robin Soderling played hometown hero yesterday when he fought his was past a tough David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 at the Swedish Open in Bastad. It was Soderling’s second title in three years in front of a home crowd, winning his fourth tour tournament of 2011. Soderling improved to an impressive 10-4 against Ferrer.

Furry fury. We guess Feliciano Lopez wanted to just head to the Colombian mountains, grow a little beard and unzip his JOma jacket — ahhh, the life! But FiLo played some tennis, winning in Bogota over Colombian Carlos Salamanca 6-4 6-3 at the Seguros Bolivar Open.

TSF Vault: Feliciano | Joma

That’s really her trophy. Remember that Andy Roddick commercial where he buys two tickets for the return flight? (Note: He doesn’t have to do that much these days.) This picture reminds us of said commercial. Here the folks in Bad Gastein, Austria, must have been upset that Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez took out their home girl Patricia Mayr in the final (6-0 7-5) so they gave her this giant, ridiculous trophy to PUNISH her. We think it may have worked.

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juan carlos ferrero: get it while you can

At least he looking better with age. 2003 French Open Champ Juan Carlos Ferrero got bounced out of this week’s Mutua Madrid Open in the first round by Thiemo De Bakker 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. This, after his recent return from seven months in the sidelines recovering from knee surgery.

“Physically I’m not very well,” explained the former World No. 1. “The situation is quite tough. I think it’s difficult to accept it but if the pain continues throughout the year, I suppose that in Valencia I will announce my retirement.”

Valencia: ATP Profile. Valencia is JCF’s hometown and he’s going to be the tourney director for the event.

Madrid: De Bakker is in the same quarter as Ferrer and Nole. See how it’s all playing out here.

(images via Getty Images and madrid-open.com)

you can buy joma (via the uk)

Thanks to reader Luke for this tip: Joma shirts can be picked up via UK Website Saltire Teamwear. They have this Joma “Pro” shirt in red/black/blue (pictured above) and in blue gold (seen here). Masochists can also pick up the half-baked shirt currently on Feli Lopez. They also have headbands, wristbands, and the rest of the Joma offerings.

Monte-Carlo: At this week’s clay event in Monte-Carlo, both Lopez and Granollers lost in all-Spanish beatdowns, with Granollers going down to Nicolas Almagro in the first and Feli bowing out to fourth seed Ferrer in the second round. Draw: See how the rest of the men are faring here.

Buy: Joma Pro Tennis Shirt, £21.99; Feliciano Lopez shirt, £24.99; Feli wristband, £4.99; Feli headband, £4.99.

eureka: gold in miami

No Aravanes were hurt in the making of these clothes: Even with Aravane Rezai out early at the Sony Ericsson Open — the 20th seed got upset by Peng Shuai in her opener — golden fashion lived on via Maria (Nike); in that flattering Sergio Tacchini dress on Dinara Safina; in the simple details of Radek Stepanek‘s normally eccentric clothes from Alea; and on Marcel Granollers‘ crew, by Joma.

(images via Getty Images)

feli lopez: spotty shirt, spotty record

No words for this Joma shirt on Feliciano Lopez. Was a half-erased whiteboard the inspiration for this print pattern? In their defense, the other tee floating around at this week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami — that blue crewneck on Marcel Granollers — gets high marks, esp. for that gold print on the collarbone.

Meanwhile, Feli’s out early again, this time losing to Rafa Nadal in the third round (and after two tight three-setters before that). And life goes on…

Browse: This shirt isn’t for sale (thank god?) but you can check out the rest of the Joma goods here.

(images via Getty Images)

flashback: for joma, asymmetrical hombres at the 2010 us open

Feliciano Lopez came into the 2010 US Open with a seesaw North American hardcourt record: he reached the semis at the Farmers Classic in L.A. (in style, of course) and followed that up with back-to-back first-round losses in Toronto in Cincinnati. Perhaps he just peaked too early? He rebounded in New York, making it to the fourth round before running into the Nadal juggernaut.

And along the way, Feli showed off a simple Joma Sport shirt that played with thick, asymmetrical lines across the chest (and shooting down the left arm).

Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who came into the Open fresh from a title in Umag (though on clay), lost in the third round to Jurgen Melzer. Ferrero went with v-necks peppered with graphics across the clavicle and shoulder.

Browse: At Joma’s site, a few more pieces. And below the cut, a few more looks of their US Open kits…

los angeles: saturday oop

FARMERS CLASSIC, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010
STRAUS STADIUM start 2:00 p.m.
[6] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [2] Sam Querrey (USA)
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs [4] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

Evening Session – Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] [WC] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [4] Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Ross Hutchins (GBR) / Jordan Kerr (AUS) vs Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO)

furliciano lopez

Wolverine, 3.0: Even the normally furry-licious Gilles Simon‘s beard was no match for that of Feliciano Lopez‘s patchy facial hair, which was showcased at this week’s Shanghai ATP Masters tournament. In today’s semifinal, Feli lost through retirement 1-6, 0-3 (right ankle). This was a sad end for the run of the unseeded Lopez, who upset seeds David Ferrer (16) and Robin Soderling (9) before facing Nadal.

Joma: Props to the subtle pops of blue all over Lopez’s crisp, white Joma outfit (especially the placket). While this Shanghai kit isn’t available for sale, you can check out some older styles — including his Davis Cup apparel — at the company’s website.

More: See more pics of Feli’s outfit: the bandana, the socks, the wristband, the shorts — all after the cut…

a budding bromance?

Nikoliano? … or maybe Lopydenko? Josh pointed out this quick Q&A by the folks at rolandgarros.org, who drilled quarterfinalist Nikolay Davydenko about a few things, including who he thought was the nicest guy on tour. Here’s how the world’s top Russian tennis player responded:

“They’re all really nice: Federer, Nadal. All of the guys in the top 100 are cool. But if you asked me which one was the best looking I’d say Feliciano Lopez. Everyone thinks he’s gorgeous, with his blue eyes and curly hair.”

Scoreline: Tenth seed Kolya just fell to real-deal Robin Soderling 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 a day after the Swede upset Rafa Nadal (and Nikolay beat eight seed Verdasco in straight sets). Meanwhile, Lopez dropped out in the second round after losing to Janko Tipsarevic.

More: A few more photos of Lopez’ Halloween costume, courtesy of Joma, after the cut…