gilles simon keeps roddick’s clay at bay



Andy Roddick‘s strong start to 2011 — with deep runs into Brisbane, the Aussie Open, and Memphis — did nothing for him at Indian Wells and Miami, and it’s translated into more weak performances on clay. Last week’s flameout against Flavio Cipolla now sits alongside another first-round “L” against Gilles Simon, who took out the 12th seed 6-3, 6-3.

Draw: Sharing that quarter with Simon are Melzer, Troicki, Kolya, and Murray, among others. Who’s going to be the last man standing? (Browse: Internazionali BNL d’Italia draws)

Striped: The Spring 2011 Adipure line’s all about the collegiate look, putting these plain stripes on the Traditional Pattern Polo (in varying navy/green/white combo’ed colorways). There’s also some argyle and a faux cardigan. Our pick: The Traditional Cotton Tennis Polo — complete with a crest (img) — $42.99, tennisexpress.com. The rest: adidas Adipure Spring 2011.

(Image by AFP PHOTO/Alberto Pizzoli)

tattoo watch: maria jose martinez sanchez



Tattoo Watch: Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in her first-round match against Ekaterina Makarova at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. She lost 0-6, 7-5, 4-6. Makarova faces seventh seed Maria Sharapova in the second round; they’re both in the same quarter as Vika and Pavs. (Draws: Internazionali BNL d’Italia)

Archives: Browse through the rest of the TSF Tattoo Watch blotter.

(image by Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

when in rome…



If you’re Maria Sharapova, there is really only one way to announce your withdrawal from the Italian Open in Rome:

First, you wear a tank designed by your gal pal Camilla Belle in collaboration with Brazilian designer Carlos Miele to benefit Rainforest Foundation US. FYI, the shirt reads “The death of the forest is the end of our life,” a quote by environmental activist Sister Dorothy Stang.

You round that out by carrying a Large Muse Two from Yves Saint Laurent.

Buy: The YSL bag, with croc-embossed leather and beige canvas, is available for $1,895 at YSL.com.

You can pick up the rainforest tee here (the tank version is also available). The pieces, along with those designed by actress Scarlett Johansson and model Caroline Trentini, are also for sale at Carlos Miele boutiques.

More: Learn more about Rainforest Foundation US.

(photo by Getty Images; additional info by The Purse Blog)