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a little taste of europe in palm springs

bnp-paribas-open09

So long, humpback: We are still mourning the loss of Pacific Life as the title sponsor to the combined event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California. Theirs was such a great trophy…

For now we can be distracted by trying to drill the tournament’s new name — the BNP Paribas Open — into our minds and fingers when we blog about it every March. They’re in for the long haul, too: the bank is the event’s sponsor for the next five years.

As expected, there’s a new URL (bnpparibasopen.org) and the old Pacific Life one no longer works (delete it).

flashback: kolya at indian wells

In the next few days (maybe weeks) I’ll be posting some photos that Matt or I took while we were at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells….

Nikolay Davydenko - Indian Wells 2008

It was such a treat to see Nikolay Davydenko hitting on Saturday afternoon, especially because he wasn’t even scheduled to play that day! He looked nice and tan. Much sturdier in person than in pictures.

As expected, he didn’t have much of a crowd watching him (maybe 20 people, max). But that meant there was more room for us to move around.

Too bad I wasn’t wearing a “Free Kolya” shirt. I wonder what he would have thought of it?

Irina Davydenko - Indian Wells 2008

Of course, devoted wife Irina sat there quietly and patiently waited for Kolya to finish his practice. Her icy death stare was contained only by those enormous sunglasses.

One more: One more photo of Davydenko after the cut..

jelena, don’t fall to the dark side!

Okay. I must admit that I had a change of heart about Jelena Jankovic‘s Bjork-at-the-Oscars dress once I found out the context; basically, it’s a gown crafted by Kelly Kealy Mayton entirely out of cell phone parts (brilliant!) and she was to wear it accompanied by Dancing with the Stars alum Helio Castroneves.

But I’m sticking to my guns about her shopping with Bethanie Mattek at bebe. Janks, who knows what kind of fashion tips you’ll pick up even by just breathing the same air as her? Stay away!

Folks, you might have already seen the American’s silver sequined singles dress, but not many of you got a chance to see this pink prosty-worthy outfit:

Bethanie Mattek - Indian Wells 2008

She wore this playing doubles with Sania Mirza at Indian Wells. While Sania was busy covering most of her torso in that adidas Edge Cap Sleeve top, Bethanie was busy busting out. This was certainly one of the highlights of my trip to the desert.

From the back: See the dress from the back after the cut…

indian wells sightings: bud collins chats with charlie pasarell

Bud Collins and Charlie Pasarell in Indian Wells 2008

Unfortunately giving fodder for the argument that we don’t care about our elders (or the old), there was a sparse crowd at this casual chat between Bud Collins and Charlie Pasarell on the first weekend of the Pacific Life Open. (Pasarell, a former pro, is the tournament’s ATP director.)

As expected, Bud was in full regalia: green polo under a pink knit sweater paired with a pair of coral blue pants with big teal polka dots. Yowza.

For my fellow triviaphiles: The newest edition of The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book will drop on June 1. You can pre-order if you wish.

(photo by Erwin)

fashion focus: a lotta props to lotto for spring

During our almost hourly powows at Indian Wells last week, my friends Chip and Charge both chimed in on their favorite outfits from the desert. Their unanimous choice? The looks from Lotto.

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero was wearing a the Kontact Print tee in a white/maroon colorway (with matching shorts). This is the style with the metallic graphic on the right torso. (FYI: After a strong start Down Under, Juanqui’s record has been dismal, with back-to-back first round losses in Rotterdam and Dubai, followed by a loss in the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open to David Nalbandian.)

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

Yep, that’s a mock mandarin collar. I still like v-necks better, but this is genius!

Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008Juan Carlos Ferrero - Indian Wells 2008

A training sleeveless tee and a warm-up jacket.

Guillermo Garcia Lopez - Indian Wells 2008

Meanwhile, Guillermo Garcia Lopez wore a red/white/black polo. Very clean, and stood out very nicely in the green and blue courts in the desert.

Guillermo Garcia Lopez - Indian Wells 2008

Gigi on the stretch.

The flip side: Lotto’s casual Leggenda collection looks pretty good for spring/summer 2008 — they’re all about fleur de lis, which I’m currently into. I might do a post on it later with pictures, if I have time. For now, you should check out the Lotto site and browse.

(All photos by BabyAngelB1 via MTF)

trophy watch: one of the year’s best trophies gets doled out yet again

Ana Ivanovic - Indian Wells 2008Ana Ivanovic - Indian Wells 2008

Ana Ivanovic made quick work of Svetlana Kuznetsova in their final match at Indian Wells. (The scoreline: 6-4, 6-3.) Ana took home the $332,000 purse, a bracelet from Jeffrey Scott Fine Magnetics, and that cute humpback whale trophy. Kuznetsova, meanwhile, took home $163,000.

Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008

Novak Djokovic proved that he’s currently the best men’s tennis player in the world by taking his first Indian Wells title. He beat the en fuego Mardy Fish who, before Sunday, had beaten Roger Federer, David Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt, and Nikolay Davydenko in this tournament.

There were a few close calls (and Nole started to self-destruct), but the Serb pulled it together in the end for a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win. Props to Mardy for a good two weeks. I can live without his basketball shorts, though. Also: cover your ankles, and stop shaving your legs!

Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008Novak Djokovic - Indian Wells 2008

Nole took home a $555,000 paycheck while Mardy raked in $277,500.

Their humps: “The Pacific Promise” Perpetual Trophy is 30 inches tall. It’s a replica of an 18-foot sculpture of a mother humpback whale and her calf. The original resides in Pacific Life’s main office in Newport Beach, Calif. The sculpture was created by artist Randy Puckett, who’s known for his whale work.

More: See more pictures from the men’s and women’s finals, plus photos from the doubles finals, after the cut…

FYI: ana ivanovic’s spring adidas dress now for sale

adidas - edge dress - spring 2008 (neo red)adidas - edge tank - spring 2008 (neo red)adidas - edge warm-up - spring 2008 (neo red)

That Neo Red adidas dress Ana Ivanovic wore in the Middle East is now for sale.

Scorelines: Ana will face Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Pacific Life Open finals today. The Serb took out compatriot Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (3), 6-3 and Sveta needed three sets to down Maria Sharapova. Ivanovic has a 4-1 head-to-head advantage over Kuznetsova (including winning a title match in Berlin last year).

Buy: adidas Edge Dress, $54.95; Edge Tank, $33.95; Edge Warm-up Jacket, $54.95.

mardy goes gangsta

In this world of customization — gold tennis racquets, tuxedos, monograms — it only makes sense when players create their own post-match victory rituals. There’s the Youzhny salute, the Agassi/Srichaphan bow, the Venus twirl, and the Petr Korda scissor kick (good riddance!).

Mardy Fish - Indian Wells 2008

Mardy Fish gives us his own with this adorable “hug” to each side of the stands at Court 1 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. I’m sure he appreciated the crowd’s support in his 6-3, 6-2 win (his serve never got broken!) over Roger Federer.

(photo by Getty Images)

sightings in the stands: gwen stefani with mary joe

Gwen Stefani - Mary Joe Fernandez - Indian Wells 2008

Gwen Stefani was on hand at yesterday’s men’s semifinal match between her besty Roger Federer and American Mardy Fish. The World No. 1 was upset 6-3, 6-2 in what looked like an uninspired performance. This isn’t to take away from Fish (whose backhand Justin Gimelstob kept “lauding”, by the way) — I’d never seen a one-handed backhand picked on so much since Davenport took out Steffi Graf in that ’99 Wimbledon final!

In case you didn’t know: Mary Joe Fernandez is married to Tony Godsick, who is Roger’s agent.

Spotted, but not photographed: Will Ferrell.

(photo by AP)

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