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For the curious: Steve Darcis is the tennis face for clothing brand J&Joy, whose logo is embroidered on the Belgian’s polos at this year’s French Open.

Gael force: Darcis couldn’t upset a second Frenchman — he took out Michael Llodra, the tournament’s 22nd seed, in the first round — in his match against Gael Monfils. Darcis lost in straight sets. (Draw: See how the rest of the guys are doing)

Lookbook: Just the basic stuff from this brand. Nothing to write home about visually, so let’s hope they make it up in fabric choice and quality construction. See more images from their Spring/Summer 2011 line after the cut…

the rest of team tacchini

While it can’t be argued that Novak Djokovic has upped Sergio Tacchini‘s profile a few notches (uhm, anyone who can do this to their moneymaker is a moneymaker), we’d like to point out what the other STers are doing their part to get the brand some airtime.

You say “Christmas,” I say “Gucci”: Belgium’s Olivier Rochus wore a white polo with green and red stripes as he weathered the collective sigh of tennis fans around the world — at the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok a few weeks ago, the munchkin took out Juan Martin del Potro in the Argentinian’s first match since the 2010 Australian Open. (Both Rochus and Hanescu wore this kit for the US Open.) [Read more...]

trophy watch: beijing goes big, orbs in japan, and a little slice of belgium

Frenchie Adrian Mannarino (Troy!) took out Steve Darcis in straight sets to take this little slice of the Ethias Tennis Trophy in Mons, Belgium.

At the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo, Rafael Nadal beat Gael Monfils 6-1, 7-5 to grab his first post-US Open title this year. (He lost to Gigi Lopez in the Bangkok semis last week.)

On the doubles side, Eric Butorac and former Bruin Jean-Julien Rojer won the final match against Fila boys Dmitry Tursunov and Andreas Seppi. Two snaps to Prince and Nike for coordinating the colors on the kits of the winning team.

And in Beijing, rain-delayed finals didn’t produce any upsets, with defending champ Djokovic and Wozniacki fending off Ferrer and Zvonareva. Caro takes her second trophy this week (the first for reaching the world No. 1 ranking by overcoming break advantages from Vera in the first set. (The Russian even won the second set.) Both ladies can take this performance as a confidence boost going into the women’s year-end championships, held in Doha.

(images via Getty Images)