the boobs are back in madrid



Feminism? What’s that? The ladies of the Mutua Madrilena Masters Madrid are back for yet another seven days of bouncin’ and ball-retrievin’.

Thankfully, tourney organizers opted out of last year’s bejeweled tattoos (leave that for Mariah‘s back) and instead focused on more subtle accessories for these fashion models-cum-ballgirls: a muted slate tank top, a cute black mini-brim cap with a tie on the back, and a pair of bright silver Diadoras for some pop.

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sightings from the stands: almodóvar



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Cinematic genius Pedro Almodóvar (along with his amazing hair) made a cameo at last week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters bullfight between triumphant torero David Nalbandian and the slain Roger Federer.

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trophy watch: kissing crystal



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More boring trophies from this week’s tournaments: the Zurich Open and the Mutua Madrilena Masters in Madrid. David Nalbandian beat Roger Federer 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win his first title of the year. He equaled Novak Djokovic‘s feat of defeating the Worlds No. 1 and 2 back-to-back in the same tournament. (Nole did it at the Rogers Cup.)

And Justine Henin continues her dominance of the women’s tour with her ninth title of the year. (She racked up four of them in this latest 20-match winning streak.) Justine took on Tatiana Golovin in the Zurich Open and won in straight sets — 6-4, 6-4.

More photos — plus men’s doubles results — after the cut…

focus: other kids play in the accessory sandbox



Much ado has been made about Roger Federer‘s bags from Nike: there was his dominatrix duffel for this year’s U.S. Open and the poodle pouch from Wimbledon.

Feliciano Lopez - Nike - Heritage SI Boston bag

But just so you know, the other guys carry them, too. Here’s Feliciano Lopez after his loss to Roger in the quarters of the Mutua Madrilena Masters last week, carrying a take on the Heritage SI Boston bag. You can’t really see it from this photo, but the other side of the carryall has the Nike logo and a swoosh.

Rafael Nadal used the same bag at this year’s U.S. Open.

Buy: The Heritage SI Boston’s on sale for $34.99 (down from $50) at Nike.com.

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nadal gets the star treatment



There’s definitely someone at Nike taking care of Rafael Nadal. Of all the folks wearing this exact same Global Power Sleeveless Tank at this week’s Mutua Madrilena Masters — including Carlos Moya, Feliciano Lopez, Stefan Koubek — Rafa was the only one who made it work.

The key lies in the colors: the white headbands and the grey shorts worn Moya and Lopez wash out the shirt. On the other hand, Nadal’s light blue accessories mute the Dark Crystal Blue tank at the same time that his black Global Power Board Shorts help the same blue stand out.

(And it didn’t help the others that they were occasionally still wearing the same tank in the less-vibrant Argon blue shade from Fall ’07)

Buy: Board Shorts are $55 and the Global Power Sleeveless Tank is $55; both available at Midwest Sports.