fashion focus: maria at the wimbledon rooftop party

Maria Sharapova at the WTA Pre-Wimbledon party at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, held on June 16.

Red dress and black satin clutch by Alexander McQueen, black booties by Lara Bohinc; gold cutout collar and cuff by Lara Bohinc; yellow gold and ruby lite and diamond ring by Tom McEwan.

More images: A few more looks at Maria’s outfit after the cut…

masha: we can see you!

Here’s Maria Sharapova at last night’s players’s party for the upcoming Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Perhaps she’s using the outfit’s bright colors to wash away the memory of her semifinal loss at the IW semis — she only managed three games — to eventual champ Caro Wozniacki? Whatever her excuse, DtL isn’t buying it.

For the curious: Masha’s wearing a sheer striped top from Cynthia Rowley, a floral skirt by Chris Benz, and — of course — shoes and a bag from her own Cole Haan collection.

Buy: Cynthia Rowley Invisible Stripe Sweater, $230.

(image by Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

feeling boastful

It’s not often you see a clothing line come along and provide promotional shots that include an ATV (above), a guy trying desperately to manage a bloody nose and another spooning out cantaloupe while inside a vintage car. But Boast is doing just that, re-launching the classic 1970’s American brand with a new look and feel that screams The Royal Tenenbaums meets Lacoste meets MTV‘s Jackass.

While that might be a complicated description, Boast’s line of polo tees are as simple as they come. Simple and successful. The polos, which come in three styles — pinstriped, tipped and solid — all retail for $68 and are made with hand-picked Peruvian cotton, a high quality long-staple fabric.

Boast has a history that they can be pretty, well, boastful about. (Yes, we had to go there. It’s over and done with now, we promise!) In 1973, tennis instructor Bill St. John started the brand that mostly emulated the success of Johnny Mac and Jimmy Connors, turning true tennis style into an American thing. Eventually, the likes of Roscoe Tanner, John Updike and George W. Bush would don the threads of the company.

Boast’s return was marked at a re-launch party Wednesday night in NoHo, downtown Manhattan, where TSF caught up with Alexander Tiger, one of the partners in making the re-launch happen. While he was thrilled to have the site live and functioning, he promised that the clothes would be in stores soon, and that 2011 would bring a more diverse Boast, with performance wear and accessories to boot.

“We just wanted to get to today, to have the product here and everyone able to see it and touch it,” Tiger said while guests sipped on Southside cocktails with miniature tennis racquet stirrers. “This is a true American heritage brand, something Ryan Harrison could wear.”

While we can’t quite imagine Harrison in the $1,200 hand-crafted navy blazer for sale alongside the polos, our fave was the tipped polo with red and orange, just enough color to make us feel, well, you know… boastful.

Browse: Boast’s online store. We like this pinstripe polo in Kelly green. Also available in navy, Carolina blue and red.

(photos courtesy of boast)

the justine diaries

Justine with her fellow Barricade-wearers (Tsonga, Ivanovic, Murray) pose with the giant shoe cake at the adidas party Friday night in New York.

TSF got a chance to sit down with Justine Henin last night, a surprise guest at the adidas party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Barricade shoe. Henin injured herself at Wimbledon, and pulled out of the US Open earlier this summer before announcing that she wouldn’t be back to playing on the tour until 2011. We knew that Justine would be getting the run around about her injury, if she’s staying in New York to watch some of the Open and the like, so we thought we’d take a light-hearted approach and ask the Belgian a few off-the-wall questions and see if she might want to become NYC besties. -NM

TennisServedFresh: Justine great to see you. If you could own your own business after your tennis career, what would it be?
Justine Henin: I would like to have my own restaurant, I don’t know which kind, but I would have to have a place in Brussels. Maybe a place with nice wine, a place that I can go with my friends and have a nice dinner.
TSF: So maybe you could boss people around?
JH: Yes! Exactly! (Laughing.) I don’t know what kind of boss I would be. I don’t have that kind of experience so I’m not sure. But it interests me a great deal.

TSF: If you were stranded on a desert island, what one possession would you take with you?
JH: My phone. Even if it wouldn’t work. Me and my phone… I hate to be alone.
TSF: That’s surprising to me, since you seem so quiet.
JH: Right, that’s what you think! (Laughing.) I talk all the time. I always have my friends and family around. They are encouraging me to have alone time, but I love to be with them and to be social. I hate to be by myself. I know I look quiet, but that’s not the case. And maybe a book, too, I love to read.
TSF: What if you took an iPad? That way you could use Google phone and read your book.
JH: Perfect. I would love that.

TSF: What music are you listening to right now?
JH: I like French music. I listen to a lot of stuff from YouTube.
I really like a variety of stuff. I like Coldplay a lot, too.
TSF: Do you ever listen to yourself sing? You know, from your variety show days?
JH: Well I love to go sing karaoke and in the shower, yes.
TSF: What about having karaoke at your imaginary restaurant in Brussels?
JH: Oh yes! We’ll have karaoke after people have a few drinks. (Laughing.)

TSF: What’s your absolute favorite city in the world?
JH:
For me, it’s Paris. It’s the most beautiful place in the world. You can look in any direction in Paris and everything looks so beautiful. I love that place in terms of history – my mom was a history teacher – and it is a place of such great culture. I don’t think I could ever live there, but I love it. And I love Montreal, too.

TSF: You’re always so fit and eating so healthy. What’s one thing in New York that you’ll chow down on while you’re here?
JH:
I don’t know. I wouldn’t go for a big burger… maybe a nice big breakfast with waffles and pancakes. A big brunch? Or New York cheesecake sounds good.

(photo by TSF)

players manage balancing act while prepping for nyc’s big show

Kim Clijsters threw out the first pitch after meeting the Mets team in Queens on Friday in New York. A day earlier, she was the USTA’s guest of honor at the draw ceremony (AP photo via Yahoo! Sports).

RalphLauren.com pulled out all the stops on Thursday afternoon for an event featuring Venus Williams, in which Venus took questions from online submissions from around the world in a live clinic. At the Sportime Randall’s Island tennis center in New York, Venus was on court for the first time in a public setting since her eyebrow-raising loss to Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. But instead of thwacking errors and a look of confusion, Venus was all smiles and tennis knowledge in the clinic, which was hosted by the British TV personality (and former player) Annabel Croft.

Venus, who is the no. 3 seed at the US Open and one of the favorites though she hasn’t been on tour in two months, talked fitness, forehands and gave plenty of tennis tips from her 26 years of experience on the court. The event was hosted by Ralph Lauren and Mercedes Benz, based on RL’s homepage for viewers to log in and watch live while Venus answered questions relayed by Croft. (Watch a full replay of the clinic here or click on the image after the jump.)

“It’s good for me to remember the basics when I’m about to play a big tournament,” Venus said, referring to the Open. Venus partnered with Ralph Lauren in the design of the dress she wore, a white number emblazoned with the logo of Eleven, Venus’s clothing line.

Guests were greeted with sweet mint tea, pistachio ice cream sandwiches and caramelized popcorn on the upper deck at Randall’s Island, which hosts the New York Sportimes during the World Team Tennis seasons. Male models clad in red Ralph Lauren polos dished out the goods as Venus strode through the crowd on her way to hair and make up (this was a live, online clinic, after all).

The clinic was a part of a myriad of events happening in New York this week, which all lead up to the big show at Flushing Meadows starting on Monday.

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going stag

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This picture reminds us of painful high school dances when, as freshmen and sophomores, your band of friends would “couple up” with a group of the opposite sex and everyone would move as a massive clump. No one had “dates”; none of that “he’s with her and she’s dancing with him.” Just a buncha awkward adolescents doing the cool thing and dancing solo.

And the theme of this China Open dance? “An Evening of Stars”. Dress is semi-casual, of course, and no doubt these crazies will be out on the dance floor rockin’ to Miley in no time.

Wonder which player’s parents are hosting the after-dance movie night?!

(image via Bryan Bros. Twitter)

legends go ballin’

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(Legends Dick Savitt, Stan Smith, Monica Seles, Martina Navratilova, Buch Buchholz, Pam Shriver and Tony Trabert)

Last Friday night, while rain was wreaking havoc on the U.S. Open‘s schedule and a dramatic weekend of tennis had yet to be played out, the legends of the sport descended on the International Tennis Hall of Fame‘s Legends Ball in Midtown Manhattan for a night of celebration.

The event was held at Cipriani, across the street from Grand Central Station, a beautiful space with “towering marble columns and soaring ceilings” as its web site says. 

While there were plenty of celebs at such an event, the tennis legends themselves were really the ones who guests had their eyes on. TSF stole the ear of a few of the former tennis greats to ask a few questions and find out just what they were thinking about the current state of the sport of tennis.

Tracy Austin
TSF: What do you think of Melanie Oudin’s run to the quarterfinals?
TA:
What a fairy tale run for Melanie, a sweet girl that’s so spunky. She’s got a lot of speed and heart. If she continues to play like this for the rest of the year she can establish herself. It’s refreshing to see someone like her make such a run.

Martina Navratilova
TSF: Will a player as young as 14 or 15 ever make a big splash in tennis again? We saw it up through the beginning of this decade, but are those days over?
MN:
I don’t think it’ll ever happen again. There is too much power in the game right now for someone that young to come up and play with these women. I hope a girl like Hingis will come along again who has creativity variety in her game. 

Monica Seles
TSF: What is one thing you can NEVER leave home without while traveling?
MS:
My dog. Definitely my dog. It was the same when I was playing, I can never the poor thing at home. 

We weren’t too surprised Monica answered like that, and the recent Hall of Fame inductee was by far the most popular gal of the evening, having her shoulder tapped at every turn. She palled around with good friend Mary Joe Fernandez, sipped on Diet Coke and greeted everyone with a sincere “It’s so good to see you!”

Check out more of the legends’ attire after the cut. [Read more…]

tattoo watch: venus stays noncommittal in dubai

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Venus Williams applied an elaborate henna tatto for this week’s Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships party. It’s not the first time Venus has flirted with tattoos — remember the disappearing act of 2007?

Scoreline: As she had wished before the beginning of this tournament, Venus will get to play against sister Serena in the Dubai semis. Venus took out Elena Dementieva 6-3, 6-3 while top-seeded Serena had no problem overcoming the go-for-broke strategy employed by Ana Ivanovic (Serena won 4 and 4).

Browse: See the rest of our tattoo watch blotter here.

(image via Getty Images)

the sewta players’ party: wimbledon edition

Richard Branson hosted a pre-Wimbledon event for the ladies of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on Thursday night at his Roof Gardens in West London.

Serena Williams keeps her pets secure in a Matthew Williamson gown while wearing 2.5 million Euros in Duttson diamonds.

Venus Williams looking glam in black.

Dani Hantuchova poses in off-the-shoulder brown.

Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic (no cell phones died in the making of her dress), and Sania Mirza.

(photos by Getty Images, Wireimage, Belga Picture)

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