trophy watch: the swiss and swedes got it right + hall of fame

While the women of France were busy representing their country in a Fed Cup tie against Italy (alas, they lost), the men were busy in finals; three of the six ATP-ers vying for titles were French: Fabrice Santoro, Nicolas Mahut, and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Félicitacions!


At the Swiss Open orangefest, Mathieu (in adidas) lugs home a piece of rock for beating Andreas Seppi (wearing Fila)…


… and Santoro won the Hall of Fame Championships over mutton-chopped Mahut. (Mahut had a very good grass season… remember he lost to Andy Roddick in the Queen’s Club final? Here’s his very gracious post-match interview.)


David Ferrer (in Lotto) wins what looks like a deer enveloped in crystal at the Swedish Open. He dropped only three games in his final match against Nicolas Almagro.

See more trophy photos (plus the Hall of Fame induction) after the cut…

fashion: on Djokovic, Monaco, and Mathieu; adidas used white wisely


Nevermind the crazy lime green they’ve put on Russians Marat Safin and Mikhail Youzhny; I can overlook that if adidas keeps working this clean, classic, white/gold (and black) look for Juan Monaco, Nole Djokovic and Paul-Henri Mathieu.

One could say that they should have saved the white for next month’s Wimbledon, but they eschewed color tastefully, unlike what Reebok put on Igor Andreev and what Nike forced on Oliver Patience.

What do you think of the look? Tell us.

fashion round-up: nole, mathieu, clement, and the ladies in poland

paul-henri mathieu in estoril

Paul-Henri Mathieu goes for a Steve McQueen look at Estoril this week. He wore a very flattering adidas top all the way to the all-French semifinal against Gasquet. I could live without that seam running down the front of the torso, but the simplicity of the buttonless v-neck collar wins. (above, left)

— This might be old to you, but news to me: Arnaud Clement has cut off his mane. Good for you, Arnie. It’s about time you stopped hiding behind the sunglasses and the hair. (above, right; against Kohlschreiber, wearing Lacoste)

Novak Djokovic, ever the showman, went soccer-crazy for his fans. He won over the Lisboans by wearing a SL Benfica jersey earlier in the week (right), and he followed it up by wearing one from the Serbian national team for yesterday’s final (left). Portuguese soccer star Eusebio was even on hand at the trophy presentation.

nole and richard nole in sl benfica jersey

– And as Off The Baseline pointed out, some of the ladies in Warsaw were unprepared for the freakishly cold weather at the J&S Cup in Poland. They layered with long-sleeved shirts under their halter dresses. It did not look pretty.

Venus Williams playing against Michaella Krajicek:

krajicek vs. v. williams - poland v. williams vs. krajicek - poland

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