oh, mirka!

Tennis wives …and girlfriend: As we move into the second week, the roster of glam wives and gfs are still intact, with Mirka Vavrinec, Kim Sears, Bec Hewitt, and Brooklyn Decker rooting for their respective men.

Hewitt still in it: We were convinced that the grueling match between Lleyton Hewitt and Gael Monfils resulted in an upset (yes, we are that cynical), but the 15th-seed (and former champ) won in three sets and will face Nole Djokovic in the fourth round.

Mirka recycles: On Mirka’s an old-school shoulder bag from Louis Vuitton‘s Antigua collection. Husband Federer barely broke a sweat against Nono Clement. He next plays 2010 French Open semifinalist Jurgen Melzer.

Brooklyn relaxes: Mrs. Roddick already has her major title of 2010 in the bag, so now it’s Andy’s turn to produce. He’s up against the sleeper Taiwanese player Yen-Hsun Lu in the round of 16.

Kim steps up: With all eyes on her boyfriend (even the Queen!), Sears has done a good job of mixing up her outfits worn to watch Murray play: off-the-shoulder black for the warm-up against Jan Hajek; a floral print dress for the second round against Nieminen; a big colorful necklace for the third-rounder with Gilles Simon.

Draw: See the 2010 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Draw here.

(images via Getty Images)

FV does LV — were we surprised?

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Consider our cockles warmed after learning that Fernando Verdasco is a suitcase-toting member of the Louis Vuitton club!

Kuala Lumpur up close: Head over to HC Foo’s blog for some in-the-trenches coverage of the inaugural Proton Malaysian Open. It’s even more intense via Twitter.

The top five seeds at this ATP 250 event are: Kolya, Verdasco, Soderling, Gonzo, and Metz winner Gael Monfils. Taylor Dent is one of the wild cards; he won his first-round match against Andrey Golubev and next faces Davydenko. How do you say gulp in Russian?

(photo via HC Foo)

oh, mirka!

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She’s no Serena: Unlike Serena Williams, second lady Mirka Vavrinec isn’t ready to downgrade just quite yet. Here she is toting a Louis Vuitton Shimmer Comete while watching her boo Roger Federer rub out Juan Martin del Potro in an embarassing 80-minute quarterfinal match. Del Potro, the 20-year-old Argentine, won only only 14 points total in the second and third sets.

“The last couple of games [were] not that much fun,” Federer said after the match. “You want to almost put him out of his misery because you know how tough it is for him to come back.”

This 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 performance brushes off any doubt that Federer is ready to face Andy Roddick in the semis. (Roger flubbed his previous match, needing almost 3.5 hours — and five sets — to take down Tomas Berdych.)

Buy: Louis Vuitton Monogram Shimmer Comete, $2,260, 866-VUITTON.

(image via Getty Images)

monica puts on some dancing shoes, steffi hawks some louis vuitton pumps

A tale of two legends: Recent retiree Monica Seles will join Marlee Matlin, Adam Carolla, Priscilla Presley and Kristi Yamaguchi in the latest season of Dancing With the Stars. Wow, that’s a “Who’s Who” if I ever saw one.

The sixth season of DWTS will premiere March 17 on ABC. On joining the show, the 34-year-old Seles says “I’m a tennis player. I don’t know a tango from a mango.”

Seles’ recent return to the limelight is likely a big push to move her away from “tennis star” to “celebrity”. If you remember, she followed an appearance on the CBS Morning Show earlier this week with the announcement of her retirement. And now, the dancing. She’s well on her way, but has to play catch up to her biggest rival on the court…

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Steffi Graf‘s PR machine continues to churn. Graf will have a guest stint on Oprah’s Big Give, a “pay it forward” reality show produced by Oprah Winfrey. (Remember when hubby Andre Agassi whacked her in the face? They were taping a segment for it.)

And page five of this week’s New York magazine has an ad from Louis Vuitton featuring the Narcisse Pump. The uppers on this two-tone three-inch heel are hand-stitched. Below the picture is this copy:

Walk with me. By Steffi Graf”

I look at my schedule and I just have to laugh. I’d need to be six people to get through it all. It seems I’m still running all over the place – only my footwear has changed.”

That’s deep. Do you think she wrote it herself?

Buy: Narcisse Pump, two-tone hand-stitched calf leather with three-inch heel, $1,120, louisvuitton.com.

(USA Today via Marie; photo from New York)

murakami + louis vuitton + marc jacobs + serena

All the frivolous things I love came together at last night’s event hosted by Takashi Murakami honoring current Louis Vuitton mastermind — Marc Jacobs. The party was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, where a retrospective of Murakami’s work opens today. (More info here.)

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Of course, just like during her last visit to this museum (which welcomed the Beckhams to Los Angeles), MJ fan Serena Williams looked beautiful in black.

What do you think of her outfit? Tell us!

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ralph lauren's U.S. Open storefront, le coq sportif, another case for shoulder tats, etc.

Polo at the Open: Ralph Lauren continues to sponsor the U.S. Open. They’ve dressed their Madison Ave. storefront for the event. Tidbit: “Polo replaced Fila, the Open’s official apparel sponsor for 22 years, after Fila was sold to Sports Brands International in 2003.” (amNY)

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More on the sponsor patch debate: American Michael Russell lost out on $3,000 because the ATP only allows sponsor patches on sleeves. But Russell prefers to go sleeveless. (I guess if he really wanted the money, he could’ve worn sleeves.) Still, I’m tellin’ ya, this could all be fixed by throwin’ shoulder tats into the picture. (Cincinnati.com)

The rooster crows: The North American arm of Le Coq Sportif, which has set up in Portland, is ready to make its move. CEO Tim Cool is looking to reconnect with those who grew up (and remember) the brand: “that’s 20- to 30-year-olds who travel and know us from abroad. Together these higher income young men and women make up the pillar of our target in the U.S. market.” (via DTL)

(OT) LV to set up shop at MOCA: You better believe I’ll be waiting in a crazy line with boppers on their Sidekicks (or are they all using iPhones now?) when the Takashi Murakami exhibit opens at MOCA on Oct. 29. There’ll also be a fully functional LV store on-site (!) selling handbags and coin purses customized by Murakami for the show.

Some people aren’t so keen on the fact that a for-profit company will be selling goods on the premises of a non-profit, and I agree: I hope that some of the proceeds would go back to funding the museum, but that likely won’t happen. (via This Heart’s On Fire)

(OT) Cavalli and H&M: This interview with The Times coincides with the announcement of designer Roberto Cavalli launching a collection for H&M in November.

On working with the Swedish clothing company:

“I said OK to H&M so that youngsters could have the chance to wear Cavalli, not just the beautiful stars on the red carpet. The style is very Cavalli — a little bit from the past but, more importantly, a vision of the future. I hope to see lots of girls queueing up to discover what I have created for them.”

On hiring Kate Moss right after her big cocaine scandal:

“People asked me why I used Kate Moss immediately after her drug scandal. I find her a great professional, and I have always liked her personality. I have never thought: ‘Does this person use drugs or not?’ I am anti-drugs, but what can you do? As designers we have to trust the models’ personality and professionalism. I don’t want to know about their private lives.”

(via JC Report)

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(RL photo via amNY, Murakami wallets via Eric Nakamura)

graf/agassi LV ad, becker sells estate, canadian tourney pampers

Magazine invasion: I stopped by the newsstand tonight and saw the Catherine Deneuve ad for Louis Vuitton in this month’s Vanity Fair. Which led me to dig up the Agassi and Graf ad, above.

I also saw the Masha Shape magazine cover story. (DTL)

The women are pampered: The Rogers Cup in Toronto has plenty in store this week, including an Aveda Spa in the players’ lounge and a three-day fashion show “featuring the history of women’s tennis fashions from the early 1900s until today, including a spoof on John McEnroe. (Toronto Sun)

Becker’s house for sale: Son Coll, the Mallorcan estate of Boris Becker, is on the market for £10m as he tries to straighten out his finances after a paternity settlement and a divorce. The estate has a Rebound Ace court. (Times)

(photo via all women’s talk)

checking in with stefanie and andre

The power coupling of Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf — I’ll humor her this one time — continues to make the news:

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Posing for Vuitton: I’m so excited that both will appear in the latest Louis Vuitton campaign where “bling is out” and the focus is on LV’s “heritage as a maker of trunks, suitcases and other travel-related items.” The Graf/Agassi ad shows them in a loose embrace in a New York hotel. Other photos show Mikhail Gorbachev riding in a Kruschev-era limousine along the Berlin Wall (photo above) and actress Catherine Deneuve with a Vuitton case in front of a steam locomotive at the Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris. All were shot by Annie Leibovitz. (IHT)

Steffi steps up: I pooped my pants yesterday when I read that Steffi and Justine Henin will be playing in an exhibition match in October to benefit Graf’s charity, Children for Tomorrow. I won’t be going to Mannheim, so someone post it on YouTube, ok?

Their post-tennis business ventures: This Bloomberg story goes over all their major projects, including San Francisco restaurants, furniture lines (with Kreiss), and real estate. The latest? A Fairmont Hotel near their Tamarack Resort in Idaho.

adidas collection – SALE: OTB tips us off about a sale at adidas for its Andre Agassi collection. Check out the goods and tell us what you think.

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