tattoo watch: potito starace



Potito Starace got tangled in Andy Murray‘s medusa at this week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Potito went down 2-6, 3-6 to the fourth seed, who next faces Florian Mayer. The other six quarterfinalists are Nadal/Cilic, Gasquet (who beat Federer in three with two tiebreaks going his way)/Berdych, and whomever wins these third-rounders: Soderling vs. Almagro and Djokovic vs. Wawrinka. (Draw: Rome Men’s Singles)

Tattoo watch: We hadn’t seen that one on his upper right arm before. Archives: Potito’s shoulder.

(image by Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

trophy watch: how sweet-ing it is



Sweet success: American Ryan Sweeting won his first-ever ATP title yesterday, capping a great week in Houston by beating Kei Nishikori in the final of the U.S. Men’s Claycourt Championships, 6-4, 7-6 (3). After his victory, Sweet took a little celebratory swim.

Moving up: Sweeting’s win vaults him from no. 93 in the world to no. 67, the biggest leap of any top 100 player this week.

Chasing Charleston: While defending champ Samantha Stosur continued to sputter, world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki had a solid week, including a this-should-be-the-final win over former world no. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the semis. Woz actually took out Russian Elena Vesnina in the title match, winning 6-2, 6-3 for the green clay vcitory.

After the cut: Vika wins in Spain and a Spaniard takes Casablanca. [Read more...]

caster bleige on the court



And in case you’re wondering, this is the Caster Bleige logo as it appears on Potito‘s kit.

(Umag pic via Getty Images)

atp players + italian clothing, pt. 2



It doesn’t smolder quite like Nole‘s photo shoot for the fall/winter 2010 Sergio Tacchini collection, but Potito Starace does his part to sell us the clothing of Italian brand Caster Bleige.

On the court: Potito lost in the first round of the 2010 US Open to 14th seed Nicolas Almagro in four sets. Earlier last month, he made it to the finals of the Croatia Open in Umag before going down 6-4, 6-4 to Juan Carlos Ferrero.

More: A few more looks at Potito — in a robe, with a cute tennis knapsack, wearing a t-shirt with tennis’ version of a bomber girl — all after the cut…

(ot) le coq sportif: joakim noah’s pro model replica



We never tire of hightops, and this one from Le Coq Sportif is no exception. Originally designed by the French company for Chicago Bulls forward-center Joakim Noah back in May, the Joakim Noah Pro Model switches from an all-red shoe to a Frenchified blue/red/white for the replica version, available in limited runs starting this week. The shoes went on sale September 10 at stores in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

More: Photos and stockist info here.

And as far as we know, none of the big-time ATPers are playing in LCS right now. Potito Starace was in it for a while, but now he’s wearing clothes from Caster Bleige.

(via lecoqsportif)