sightings in the stands: gwen and gavin



Moral support: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale were on hand to watch their besty Roger Federer — top seed at this week’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. — lose to 27th-seed Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Roger had a match point in that twelfth game of the third set but couldn’t convert. TSF was on hand to watch Marcos smoke Arnaud Clement 7-6 (7), 6-1 in the second round and he’s playing pretty well this week.

Looking forward: Marcos next faces Tommy Robredo (in the fourth round) and possibly Andy Roddick in the quarters. (Men’s Draw [pdf])

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thomas reynolds for spring 2010



The second drop of the Thomas Reynolds collection — that’s James Blake‘s turn as a creative consultant for Fila — made its appearance in the hardcourts of Australia before heading to Europe for this week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis tournament in the Netherlands. He lost early (to Marcos Baghdatis) in the first round.

Brackets: The quarters for the tourney are now set: Davydenko plays Melzer, Soderling‘s up against Benneteau, Youzhny faces Monfils, and Djokovic will try to keep his top seeding with Leonardo Mayer taking a stab. (Men’s Draw)

Fila: The goods will drop later this month. Stay tuned!

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the blank slates of pennetta and baghdatis



From Cyprus, with love: Not that we ever gave him much ink as an adidas mascot, but worth noting that Marcos Baghdatis came to the Australian Open not wearing the company’s clothes — at least not openly. He’s replaced any visible logos with his own homage to Cyprus (there’s even a “Love Cyprus” badge on his left shoulder). As we mentioned earlier, he retired from his third-round match against Lleyton Hewitt.

Flavia of the month no longer: Meanwhile, Flavia Pennetta popped up for her Australian hardcourt swing in non-descript (and totally non-Tacchini) purple and white separates. Not sure where she’s headed next. FYI: Pennetta, as the 12th seed, got knocked out in the second round by Yanina Wickmayer. A minor upset, since Wickmayer would’ve been seeded 16th, but we all know that the Belgian was probably pissed (and warmed up by having to go through qualifying) and ready to take no prisoners.

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rafael nadal: green light, green shirt



After the doctors gave Rafa Nadal the green light to continue with his grueling style of professional tennis play for the rest of 2009, the Spaniard has decided to vie for the China Open title this week. He’s also slated Shanghai, Bercy, London, and the Davis Cup final (vs. the Czechs) for this year.

In Beijing, Rafa is through to the second round after taking out Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. He next faces James Blake. In his quarter of the draw is Fernando Gonzalez; in his half, Nikolay Davydenko. See the draw here.

The post-US Open version of his Nike polo is a green with navy blue and grey; it’s also available in a white with grey/green colorway. We’re totally wanting that polo, but the color contrast in those checkered shorts are a bit much. What do you think think? Tell us!

Buy: Nike Winter Woven Long Short, $55; Bold Master Polo, $60; both from TW.

More: More images after the cut…

french fhm



Enjoy these pictures of Michael Llodra, Nicolas Almagro, Fabio Fognini, Marcos Baghdatis, and Jeremy Chardy taken for the French FHM.

(scans via MTF)