sightings in the stands: when in rome…

While there’s something to be said about skin and paint, it’s refreshing to see folks cheering for their favorite tennis players in other ways. Like the Italians. Leave it to this group of guys to class up the pedestrian spell-a-name-with-shirts scenario: a bold orange tee punctuated by clean silkscreened type. (We didn’t expect anything less than fashion perfection, though. Remember — this is the same tourney that gave us one of the best ballgirl outfits in recent memory.)

That being said, this doesn’t take the cake from the matador who cheered Rafa in Australia!

Scoreline: Unfortch for Roger Federer, his claycourt season hasn’t gone well so far this year. He got denied a spot in the quarterfinals by countryman Stan Wawrinka. And R-Fed lost in three sets to Nole Djokovic at the Masters Series Roma.

(photo via MTF)

eyes on the dc

While the Israel-Sweden tie has certainly brought a frown to our faces, you can’t help but love Davis Cup weekend. Check out some of the scenes from Day One of the year’s first DC weekend. 

Advantage, apparel: Lacoste was a winner in Birmingham, Alabama, where alligator-clad Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Roddick were victorious for their respective countries to draw the tie even at 1-1.


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practice makes perfect: the boys fight for flags

David Ferrer

See more Davis Cup practice tees after the cut…

eight men, five rubbers, one weekend…

Bulging biceps, tag teams, marathon sessions, tattoos, bears, Eastern Europeans, Brazilians…

Yes, my friends, it must be Davis Cup!

World Group 2008 – Semifinal
Argentina v Russia, 3 – 2
Tarpischev’s doubles trick couldn’t shake off del Potro.

Spain v USA, 4 – 1
America’s rich Davis Cup history gets blown to bits when a tie is contested on clay. Against Spain.

World Group, Play-offs 2008
Chile v Australia, 3 – 2
Gonzo distracted the Aussies with his chest.

Great Britain v Austria, 2-3
For British newbie Bogdanovic, playing in front of the home crowd at AELTC caused some performance anxiety against Peya.

Switzerland v Belgium, 4 – 1
The dream team of R-Fed and S-Waw cleaned up.

Croatia v Brazil, 4 – 1
Save for a clutch doubles match by Melo and Sa, Croatia takes all the matches.

Israel v Peru, 4 – 1
Harel Levy, Andy Ram, Noam Okun, and the Smurf-esque Dudi Sela all did the home crowd proud.

Netherlands v South Korea, 3 – 2
Hyung-Taik Lee swept his singles matches, but it wasn’t enough.

Romania v India, 4 – 1
As expected, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi win their doubles match.

Slovak Republic v Serbia, 1 – 4
Novak Djokovic kept his clothes on.

Poor Andy’s back

A clay curse continues to plague American Andy Roddick as he was forced to pull out of his semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka at last week’s Masters Series Rome tournament. The culprit? Back spasms.

We would never wish an injury on anyone (ever) and especially not against Andy, but if an injury can lead to photos like this…?

(Photo by Getty Images)