fashion focus: simone bolelli wears italian brand hydrogen

Simone Bolelli - Brasil Open 2013

Skeleton chic: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Italian Simone Bolelli (or any of the Italian men, for that matter — it’s been all about the ladies!), so it was fun times seeing photos of him playing at this week’s Brasil Open in Sao Paolo (aka Rafael Nadal‘s second tournament since MIA-ing after the 2012 Wimbledon event). The tattooed Bolelli‘s been wearing clothes by the Italian brand Hydrogen, and was written up as a Hydrogen player in a company blog post published during the 2013 Australian Open. Nothing schmancy about his kits, save for the brand’s skull logo making appearances here and there.

Hydrogen Jeans - Spring 2013 - Simone Bolelli

Browsing: Our faves from their spring ’13 offerings are the camouflage handmade gym skull trousers and the jersey skull polo. Everything’s on their website at

Brasil Open: Bolelli took out fellow pretty boy Tommy Robredo and will face third seed Juan Monaco in the second round. They share that bottom half with Nicolas Almagro. (Draw: Brasil Open Men’s Singles)

(Photo Credit: Bolelli via the Brasil Open photo gallery; hydrogen screengrabs via

tattoo watch: bolelli’s twofer

FYI, Simone Bolelli got his left forearm marked up (to go along with another new tattoo and his long-standing “S“).

Unconfirmed post at MTF says it’s his girlfriend’s name. Can anyone back it up?

Scoreline: At this week’s Barclays Dubai Championships in Dubai, Simone lost in straight sets to Richard Gasquet in the second round.

(images via Getty Images)

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fashion focus: lotto goes back to its roots

Lotto takes advantage of the Italian flag palette for its Wimbledon men’s gear. Red and green stripes adorn the shirts, shorts, and wristbands of Simone Bolelli, David Ferrer, and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Same goes for the shoes.

Juanqui wears the crewneck version of the tee, and joins the land of the double-wide wristband with his own slapdash version…

Ferrer adds a bandana to his outfit.

Meanwhile, Simone went with the polo version. Look at his jewelry!

Browse: This Wimbledon collection isn’t available for sale yet, but you can check out the rest of Lotto’s goods (including the fleur de lis-branded Leggenda collection) here.

(images by Getty Images)

shoes: the next frontier + novak’s nike switch

Venus Williams and her less-than-$20 shoes have a place in the finals tomorrow. The four-time (and defending champ) took out the grumpy (and possibly misinterpreted) Elena Dementieva in the semis.

No chances for a mix-up over at Fila, who marked Sveta Kuznetsova and Dmitry Tursunov‘s shoes this week.

And here’s a look at those Alfas designed by Fila especially for Wimbledon court staff.

While Nike gets top honors for its design of Roger Federer‘s shoes, we have to point out these Lotto kicks customized for Simone Bolelli. Notice the “Bole” (his nickname) incorporated into the shoe. The designers at Fila need to go in this direction…

Shahar Peer and Reebok bring back the Israeli flag, seen here in her match against Dinara Safina.

Andy Murray playing in Nike against Ricky Gasquet of France.

Much ado about Nike: Our buddy Darren Rovell at CNBC wrote about Novak Djokovic‘s silent switch in tennis shoes from adidas to Nike Air Max Breathe Cage IIs at this year’s Championships. Nole did a fine job white out the swooshes on his shoe.

Here’s a photo of the grass court shoe he wore the week prior at The Artois Championships in London (he lost to Rafa Nadal in the finals). He apparently slipped and slid too much and decided to give Nike a try…

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)

Tattoo watch: “S” is for…?

Simone Bolelli - Munich Open 2008

Italian Simone Bolelli took out top seed Paul-Henri Mathieu in the semifinals of the 2008 BMW Open in Munich with a 7-6 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (4) win.

Tattoo watch: He gave us a little peek into the gigantic gothic “S” inked on his upper right arm — just enough to make us want to see the whole thing!

Kudos, pt. 2: The man can teach a lecture at the next ATP University on how to be a professional tennis player… and have amazing hair while doing it.

Browse: He recently launched an official website; you can take a look at it here. The current version is only in Italian.

(Thanks, Saum!)