men in stripes: roddick, haase, and blake

The few: Only a handful of ATPers dared to venture into stripes for this year’s U.S. Open: Andy Roddick wore a piece from his Lacoste collection (Buy: Striped Polo, $88); Robin Haase, as the lone mascot for Robey, dared to go diagonal (Info: Top spin Polo); and James Blake tickled us with his Fila design (Buy: TR engineered polo, $55).

Draw: Roddick’s still in it after schooling American upstart Jack Sock in straight sets on Ashe. Up next for Andy is Benneteau, then likely a tough fourth-round match vs. Ferrer. If he survives that, it’s a QF date with Rafa!

Haase ground out Andy Murray before losing 6-7 (5-7), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 (yikes!). Muzz should be okay to beat Feli Lopez in the third round, but could run into trouble against Donald Young in the round of 16 or Isner (or Delpo, or Simon) in the quarters.

Blake lost to Ferrer in straight sets.

Scan: See the entire 2011 U.S. Open Men’s Singles draw here.

More: See pics of Roddick’s, Haase’s, and Blake’s polos — all after the cut…

r is for robin and robey

Here’s the landing page for Dutch ATPer Robin Haase‘s official site. He’s wearing clothes by Robey, a sportswear company that started in the late 40s and made a comeback in late 2010. More images and info to come as we dissect their offerings. (Can’t wait? Browse ahead.)

FYI, Robin’s been wearing Robey since the beginning of 2011, alternating between white and navy versions of this vintage-inspired polo (note the stripes on the sleeves). The logo on the chest is the company’s “R”, while one of their other logos — a four-leaf clover — appears on Robin’s sweatband. Much better than receiving the standard issue from adidas, right? What do you think of Robin’s new look? Tell us!

(images via Getty Images; Haase website screengrab from robinhaase.nl)

bec hewitt stands by her man

I root for Lleyton Hewitt during the grass court season because he’s pretty darn good on that surface. Another reason is that his wife, Bec Hewitt, looks pretty darn good sitting in the stands!

Lleyton’s Yonex kit, though, needs a makeover, stat. Those mini-rays of color bursting from the torso has had its run…

Now that the Australian has dropped out of the draw (a noble effort against Roger Federer), let’s review Bec’s ensembles from the grass season.

Bec watching Lleyton play at The Artois Championships in the Queen’s Club in London, where her husband is a four-time champion. (That “L” necklace is deelish!)

She wears a baby doll dress (with keyhole) during Lleyton’s marathon first-round match against Robin Haase: 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-2.

She switches to a jumper dress for the second round win against Albert Montanes: 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-2.

And horizontal texture makes a showing in Lleyton’s 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over Bolelli in the third round.

And finally, Bec wears red during Lleyton’s final match of Wimbledon 2008 — the fourth round loss to R-Fed: 6-7 (7), 2-6, 4-6.

(photos by Getty Images)

a world outside of indian wells

Chopped liver? Leave it to ZooTennis to remind us that there is a world outside of Indian Wells in early March. For instance, the early round men’s losers at the season’s first combined event had a chance to redeem themselves at the BMW Tennis Championships in Sunrise, Fla.

On the list: Kei Nishikori, Jarko Nieminen, Sebastien Grosjean, Gilles Simon, Potito Starace, Michael Llodra, Andreas Seppi, Nicolas Mahut, Janko Tipsarevic, Marin Cilic, Nicolas Kiefer, Marc Gicquel, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Vince Spadea, and Jurgen Melzer.

Robin Haase - Sebastien Grosjean - BMW Tennis Championships 2008

In singles, Robin Haase defeated Grosjean 5-7, 7-5, 6-1.

Janko Tipsarevic - Dusan Vemic - BMW Tennis Championships 2008

And in doubles, Janko and Desan Vemic beat Kristof Vliegen and Peter Wessels 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Scorelines: See all the results here.

More pictures! Janko (in sleeveless Fila), Jurgen Melzer, Jarko Nieminen, and Fernando Gonzalez after the cut…