stylistically french



Style lady. While she barely escaped unknown Frenchwoman Caroline Garzia today on the tennis court (3-6 6-4 6-0), Maria Sharapova is easy to find on any newsstand in New York: she’s plastered on the front of the New York Times Thursday Style section. The article, a lengthy feature, talks about the brand Maria has grown (herself) and her work in fashion — Cole Haan being the highlight. | Draw: Maria survives

Is that a black eye? While Sharapova’s quarter was blown wide open with Kim Clijsters’ loss, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands sits on the top half of the draw and next has to deal with the always-testy Jelena Jankovic. The talk, however, has been less about BMS’ play (it’s been rather good lately) and more about her ever-famous face make-up (seen above). Everyone seems to be chatting about BMS’ face, and less about her game. Though, after her hard-fought second round win, the Times gave her this headline: “A Rising American Now Has a Game as Bold as Her Style.” Touche, folks. But what about in a few weeks’ time when BMS dons her Wimbledon players’ party Gaga-inspired dress? There will be no talk of her tennis, we predict. Or can she have her cake and eat it too? Either way, she’s happy.

TSF Vault: All about Bethanie

Soft core porn? And leave it to the eds at the Huffington Post to come up with this headline, teasing out the WTA‘s new “Strong is Beautiful” campaign: “Is This Ad Campaign ‘Soft Core Porn That Has Nothing To Do with Tennis’?” The headline itself was from a blog post from back in September, when the original Times photo shoot ran that inspired the campaign. The Post asked readers in a poll about the campaign, an overall response (through Thursday afternoon) is below:

(BMS image via the AP; Huffington Post screen grab)

street fashion photography at its finest



Make sure to check out the documentary on photographer Bill Cunningham, whose images have been gracing the pages of The New York Times since the late 1970s. He has two photo-heavy columns — one on street fashion, “On the Street“; another on society, “Evening Hours” — that appear in the newspaper’s Sunday Styles section.

Because he celebrates those who make a statement, we wonder: which players’ styles would make a tennis edition of “On The Street”? Venus? Nadia? Bethanie?

More info: Including trailers, bios, reviews, and other bits — Bill Cunningham New York.

nyt’s wta shoot: behind the scenes



The WTA’s release some fluffy behind-the-scenes footage from that photo shoot accompanying the long article on the current state of the women’s game in last Sunday’s New York Times (was that really just one week ago??). View: Click on that photo above to watch the YouTube vid.

Thankfully no one chose that mesh short-sleeved tank that was on the rack — though Kimmie got awfully close! And does anyone else think that this seems like an awful lot of glitter and powder for athletes to be inhaling?

(link courtesy of WTA)

finding grace and beauty in power



This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine has an article in this Sunday's edition about the power game dominating women's tennis. It's bundled with slo-mo video of top WTA players — Serena, Dementieva, Stosur, Clijsters, Jankovic, Zvonareva, and Azarenka — wearing designer dresses while hitting balls. Our fave is Jelena in Herve Leger. Meanwhile, wtf is Sam wearing???

Can’t wait to buy the paper on Sunday!

(image via NYT)

taylor makes a comeback



Two snaps for Taylor Dent, who’s still searching for his groove after a long-term absence from the ATP Tour to address a serious back injury (it left him in a body cast for nine months). He is also a wild card in the main draw of this year’s U.S. Open, which starts next week. In the meantime, he’s trying to get match-tough by working his way through the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament this week.

And two snaps for Nick, who got Dent’s story in the NYT‘s Straight Sets blog. Read it here.