tatiana ditches dress, but keeps red knickers

Tatiana Golovin wasted no time ditching her Lacoste summer whites — but kept her red knickers — for the North American hard court season. She dons the dress version of the Bertille, made of super dry stretch jersey in White (with Cherry and Plomb dots).

I’m normally a fan of polka dots, but this dress takes the 80s fashion revival over the edge. Plus, those blue shoes look awkward with the dress. And Tatiana definitely hyper-accessorized:

Yes, there is such a thing as wearing too many bracelets.

What do you think of the ensemble? Tell us.

Buy: The Bertille tennis skirt and the rest of Lacoste’s fall/winter ’08 collection available here.

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short balls: venus' necklace, Sochi grumbles, tiger's lame, blake pens a tearjerker, etc.

Venus’ jewelry: A few of you asked about Venus‘ Wimbledon necklace. Unfortunately I have no information about where she got it from. Instead, I offer the New York Timesrecent slideshow on current necklace styles. Ellen Tien has an amazing eye for this stuff.

Venus and Reebok: CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks about the relationship between Venus and Reebok (basically, that her endorsement — the largest in women’s sports history — was not renewed in 2003 because of her erratic playing schedule; she still gets paid to wear Reebok even though she’s not on their athlete roster).

A tearjerker: Rovell also gives a great review of the new James Blake memoir, Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life. Blake has had a rough last couple of years…

Sochi grumbles: We’re all aware of Maria Sharapova‘s endorsement of Sochi as an Olympics site. Now the other side speaks up. (Spiegel)

More grumbling: This time from the All-England Club, who didn’t appreciate that London Mayor Ken Livingstone planned the beginning of this year’s Tour de France on the same Sunday as the Gentlemen’s Singles Championships. The cycling tournament caused road closures that hassled spectators trying to get to Wimbledon. And the AELTC didn’t want to share the spotlight with any other event with such an international focus (which make sense).

Tiger is lame: I think Tiger Woods is a great guy, but did he really need to be such a douchebag in that Gillette commercial that aired during Wimbledon? In it, Roger Federer strokes Tiger’s presumably smooth (post-shave) cheek, and Tiger turns to Thierry Henry with an awkward “uhh, did he just do that?” reaction.

For you French77 lovers, a treat: Puma is having an online sale (which includes items from the French77 collection); take 20% off your order when you use the coupon code PUMA20 during checkout. Expires July 23. (via Puma)

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photos: janko downs gonzo

The heavily-accessorized Janko Tipsarevic — with his piercings, tattoos, and necklaces — upset fifth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez in the third round today.

Janko, who took the match 6-8 in the fifth set, looked good in his white Fila kit peppered with the brand’s classic red, blue, and white logo.

See photos after the cut…

Tipsarevic d. Safin, aka why I love tennis

Two of the sport’s more mercurial players squared off in the second round at the French Open. Serbian (and Patrick Rafter look-alike) Janko Tipsarevicsans glasses — emerged the winner, beating Marat Safin 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. Judging from these photos, it looked like a tight match. Did anyone see it?

Clothing: Marat’s in adidas and Janko wore Fila.

Tattoo watch: For another view of Janko’s “Beauty will save the world” tattoo, make sure to click on the second picture from the left, below.

hewitt's necklaces

Marat Safin isn’t the only one sporting hot neckwear on the tour. Here are photos of Aussie Lleyton Hewitt‘s necklaces from the last two weeks:

hewitt necklace hewitt necklace hamburg

Photo from Hamburg (left) and Rome (right). Though the chain works better to hold his wedding band, I think the sporty necklace on the right is a better fit for the scrappy counterpuncher.

Which one do you prefer? Tell us.

SHOP: if you have an itch for a necklace yourself, let me suggest the Athletes For Hope dog tags, Erica Weiner’s rhinos, the match necklace at catbird, or this 10-charm (one of them’s a stamper!) necklace from Colette.

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dog tags for sale at AthletesForHope.org

Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Muhammad Ali all appeared on Good Morning America this morning to announce the formation of Atheletes for Hope. (Video here, article here.)

“Over the years we’ve helped each other with our particular passions … We can accomplish a whole lot more collectively,” Agassi said on GMA. “The thing we want to do is what really matters … One thing hope stands for is for caring.”

Athletes for Hope Dog Tags

Let’s give them props for pooling their celebrity power and their resources. Also, props for opting to start their online merch shop with dog tags. Does that mean the rubber bracelet craze is officially over?

Yessssssssssssss.

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fashion: men's necklaces + puma prints a catalog

puma catalog

Puma wrote me yesterday asking for a mailing address. They’re sending me printed catalog! It looks like it’ll have all the French 77 goodies that we’re all dying to see. I’ll let you know when I get it….

from the New York Times At Stylezilla!, they’re talking about a recent New York Times article on the latest trend for guys:

“All kinds of men — from the designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce to the tennis player Marat Safin — feel comfortable flaunting jewelry.”

(Here’s a photo of Safin’s necklaces.)

The best part of the article? The caption that goes with this photo on the left. It reads and flows like a prayer, to be recited nightly to the fashion gods. Take a deep breath and read aloud with me…