novak djokovic’s wood

We knew it was a cross hiding under that adidas shirt, but we just weren’t sure what it looked like.

Mystery solved.

Thanks for playing: The Serb, seeded second at this week’s Shanghai ATP Masters tournament, lost in the semis to Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1). Nole looked on track to beat the Russian, saving three break points in the first set and converting the second break point on Kolya’s serve. Davydenko broke in the second, using his speed to set up forehand and backhand winners from the baseline (but he showed some good net play, too). And by the time it got to the third set tiebreak, Kolya raced to 5-0 before ceding a point to Djokovic. He’ll face Nadal in the finals.

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off the rack: serena williams

Such an unassuming Nike kit from Serena Williams, no? It’s almost funny to think that she who is wearing off-the-rack is the one still left standing. It’s good to let her game — and what we can only assume are thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry — do the talking.

Buy: The Nike Women’s Summer Athlete Dress, Classic Charcoal w/Bright Coral Orange & Vivid Pink (swoosh), $95.

Close inspection: Let’s take a look at the blinding accessories — a ring, a few bracelets, giant earrings — shall we?

in dubai, marat continues to sputter

Writing the epilogue: The unpredictable career of Marat Safin has reached some consistency now that he’s steered himself toward retirement sunset.

At this week’s Barclay’s Dubai Tennis Championships, the eighth seed — bumped up by the absence of the injured Federer (back), Nadal (knee), Davydenko (ankle), Verdasco(ankle), and Roddick (Dubai slapped him in the face).

Too bad he fell in three sets — 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 — to Richard Gasquet.

“I struggled in the beginning with the serve, especially, and returns from the baseline, but I started to get used to it and I started to get better and better,” Safin said. “But unfortunately, it’s a lack of confidence and I didn’t play for a long time after Australia. I played in Marseille, and it’s my second match.”

Meanwhile, after giving his neck a little breather, Marat’s back in business with his charms. Is that the imperial crown?!

Scoreline: Djokovic and Murray are doing just fine in Dubai. We’re expecting these top two seeds to face each other at Sunday’s final.

(photo via Getty Images)

fashion focus: jewelry at wimbledon


Serena Williams goes Dionysian at Wimbledon 2008.

Let’s talk jewelry for a sec. I write about it once in a while when it looks good, but I’d like to address some folks out there who have come to me asking that their jewelry be featured on TSF.

God bless their entrepreneurship and knack for making things, but please — mini-bedazzled tennis balls as necklace charms and racquets as earrings — that’s just too easy. (As Samantha Jones once said, “Owning a hot-glue gun does not make you a hot designer.”) These designs might sell at the country club, but that’s not cutting it here.


For Venus, hoops to go with her new EleVen outfit.

People need to think outside the box. Tennis jewelry can be something other than racquets and balls. Just take a look at what the likes of Venus, Serena, Daniela, and Maria wear on the court. They have jewelry that are inspired by tennis or are appropriate for the rigors of competitive play. You’d never see a tennis ball from their lobes — it’d just be too much. And really, there would be no other appropriate occassion to wear’ em! Tennis overkill.

If you want to incorporate tennis iconography in your jewelry, some suggestions:

Charms sold by Links of London include strawberries, trophies, and ump chairs.

Other examples: A shop out of the UK created a strawberries and cream charm bracelet (here); a brooch of a tennis shoe (I once saw one from Marc Jacobs); a brooch made with shoe soles; rocks cut in the shape of tennis strings, etc.

This is how you do “tennis” jewelry.

red scare? more like red annoyance

TSF had concerns about Nikolay Davydenko facing Davis Cup teammate and v-neck posterboy Marat Safin in the second round of the French Open, especially after Safin dismantled Jean-Rene Lisnard in the match prior (granted, Lisnard is ranked 228th in the world). But it turned out to be a clay cakewalk for Kolya, who won 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-2.

Perhaps it was Marat’s lack of jewelry that did him in. Where are his necklaces?!

Buy: Marat’s adidas Spring Competition 6 Theme Polo in Scarlet Red, $44.99 at TennisExpress.

(photo by Getty Images)

le sad: butter’s bubble pops

The demands of the real world has led one of our favorite Marat Safin blogs, Butter’s Bubble, to hang up its keyboard after a good run in 2007.

Who’s going to keep watch over the Russian’s necklaces now?!

You did a great job, Butter. If ever you feel an itch to post something, you’re always welcome to do so on TSF…

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By the way, this is how Marat’s neck looked at this week’s Australian Open. He lost 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6 in the second round to fellow adidas-wearer Marcos Baghdatis.

(photo via Getty Images)

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jurgen melzer's necklaces

Austrian Jurgen Melzer throws his hat into the ring with this pair of necklaces at this week’s BA-CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna. He went up against countryman Alexander Peya in the first round, and came out with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

Other participants include top seed Novak Djokovic, who took out Gineps 6-3, 6-4; and JC Ferrero, who beat fifth seed Guillermo Canas 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). (Wow. Canas’ year sure fizzled out after starting the year with two wins over Roger Federer in March.)

Melzer has also been sporting the same Incredible Hulk-esque, tight-fitting Power Web Crew Neck adidas shirt worn by Argentinian Juan Monaco earlier this summer. See the photo after the cut

the women's final: henin wins but sveta shines

Congrats to Justine Henin for taking her second U.S. Open title (her first came in 2003) by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova — the 2004 U.S. Open champ — 6-1, 6-3.

Henin wore her ho-hum orange adidas separates, and Kuznetsova wore the same outfit from Fila that she’s been sporting all week.

We did notice a few more things this time around: Kuznetsova has a necklace with an “S” in cursive lettering, and her bandana was personalized with a monogram.

I love these little touches that make the ensemble hers. (Do you agree? Tell us!)

Bonus round: In case you’re wondering, that Mary Cohr badge on her red tank is from sponsor Baronesse Cosmetiques, whose stable includes Sveta, Thomas Johansson, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Paul Capdeville, and Tamira Paszek.

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svetlana's latest fashion move

Svetlana makes a bold style statement at this week’s Rogers Cup ladies’ tournament in Toronto. Thank god she stayed away from her hair, instead choosing to wear this Fila outfit above.

Like DTL, we love the stripe detail (in retro colors) on the back of the shirt. We also love the thick gold necklace which complements her blue skirt.

Our only problem? Fila needs to work on clothes that hide her sweat marks because, as Samantha Jones would say, “this is unappetizing.”

(photos via AP and Getty Images)

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