Train Like a Pro

Equinox Fitness and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) teamed up to create a group fitness class based on the workout of Russian player Dmitry Tursunov. He and his trainer, Jason Stacy, stopped by the Equinox on 50th and Broadway in Manhattan to give us a little taste of the 45-minute routine.

Read on: See the rest of the posts (and more of my Tursunov pics!) at Men’s Vogue Daily.

a new custom

Customization and personalization are all the rage in clothing these days, and tennis is not above the fray. From Roger‘s “RF” monogram at Nike to the seal on Sharapova‘s tennis bags to the embroidery on many of the pros’ footwear (lest they get confused about whose shoes are whose — it’s a big locker room out there), everyone’s doing something to make their product unique. Up until now, these services have only been peddled to the pros — tennis is an elite sport, after all. But in time for the US Open, the rest of us get to eat cake.

Read the rest of this post at Men’s Vogue Daily.

For Blake’s Sake!

Men’s Vogue hosted a cocktail party on Thursday night for tennis player James Blake in honor of the recently established Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund. James’ father, after whom the fund is named, succumbed to cancer at an early age. Blake, dressed in Hugo Boss, expressed gratitude for Men’s Vogue’s help with setting up an online auction at Prizes include a chance to hang out with Blake at a 2009 tournament in Miami, a trip to the Evian Resort in France, a Maurice Lacroix watch, and a Niketown shopping experience.

Read the rest of this post at Men’s Vogue Daily.

(Photo of Jay Fielden, James Blake, and Marc Berger by Joe Schildhorn/

TSF exclusive: janko rests on a hammock

We got our hands on this previously-unpublished pic of Janko Tipsarevic from the photo shoot he did for Men’s Vogue‘s June issue. Enjoy!

More: Check out the MV slideshow with pictures of Janko modeling the summer essentials.

FYI: Janko is playing in this week’s grass tournament in London — The Artois Championships (Queen’s Club). He is the 13th seed.

(Photo by Matthew Brookes for Men’s Vogue)

Update: Why Janko?

TSF had a very Janko-centric trip in NYC, with the folks at Fila giving us a peek into what the eccentric Serbian will be wearing on the terre battue of Roland Garros (hint: thumbprints) — more on that later — and Men’s Vogue delighting us with a short profile.

So when we met with an editor at MV yesterday, we had to ask: why Janko? We understand why they wrote up Roger (because Anna‘s a fan) and Nole (because he’s a ham), but Janko, save for a thrilling five-setter at the Australian Open, has barely made a blip (is he even in the top 40?).

The answer isn’t so complicated: apparently, there are times when form comes before function. In the case of this magazine, which doesn’t use models for their fashion layouts, they were simply into Tipsy’s good looks and wanted to show it off. No complaints here.

If that’s the case (and at the risk of making MV too tennis-focused), I’d also like to suggest that they use Marat and Juanqui for a layout or two. What do you think?

(More: See all the scans here)

(scan of MV via DTL)

a little note from 4 Times Square…

Re: the Roger/Pete NetJets Showdown at Madison Square Garden, we just received a note from someone at Men’s Vogue.

The magazine’s raffling off a VIP package for the March 10 event. It’ll include tickets to the match, entrance for two to an exclusive pre-match MV cocktail party, and two special edition racqets from Wilson. (I’m not sure what the racquets are, but probably [K]Force?)

Link: Sign up for the sweepstakes here.

Non-New Yorkers take note — there’s no mention of airfare or a hotel stay (figures). But you should throw your hat into the ring anyway.