SGs in the QFs

Os at the Open. While the persistent rain the last couple of days has left little room for sunshading gear — or play, for that matter — we couldn’t help but notice the fact that two of the game’s most popular sunglass wearers have made their way into the quarterfinals of the US Open: Janko Tipsarevic and Sam Stosur. While it wasn’t a great Open for fellow-Oakley teammates Bob and Mike Bryan, Tipsy and Sam have each had stellar weeks at Flushing Meadows, advancing to the final 8.

Sam didn’t much need her shades on Sunday night against Maria Kirilenko, outlasting the Russian in a three-hour grueling battle, 6-2 6-7 (15) 6-3. But when she does play under the bright glare of the sun, she opts for Enduring Edge glasses (see below), which you can find on Oakley’s site for $180 in both metallic black and pearl white, each of which Sam uses from time to time.

Janko switches things up from time to time with his sun-Gs, but lately has been sporting the Flak Jacket Transitions Solfx, which run for $220 on Oakley.com. Though these are a little pricier, we like their simple look — especially with all the brights happening in player kits these days.

Draw: Janko vs. Djoko in QFs | Sam-Vera

Above: Sam’s Enduring Edge glasses.

More browsing: Sunglasses on Tennis Express

(Stosur and Janko photos by Getty; Oakley screengrab)

fuzzy yellow (eye)balls: oakley x stpl

Oakley celebrates its 35th anniversary by collaborating with Staple on issuing new versions of the eyewear company’s designs, each tied to a sport in which Oakley has a solid presence.

First up (released July 13) is a tennis-themed version of the Eyeshade, a style that debuted in 1984. The entire frame’s coated in tennis ball fuzz; note the lines — inspired by a tennis court — over the right eye of the lens. They’ve only produced 150 of these puppies, unfortunately, so if you get a hold of one, feel free to gloat and drop TSF a line. (What do you think of the glasses? Tell us!)

A cycling take on the Jawbone (that’s the style Janko Tipsarevic wears) will drop on August 1. Golf, surfing, and snowboarding will also get their own makeovers. See the entire lineup here.

(images and info via Highsnobiety.com)

short balls: nearly french

Is that Mary we see?! Upon closer inspection, no… no, it isn’t. Does this mean Troy can tell the future?? (TSF illustration by Troy Venechanos)

We wonder if Aravane Rezai could become this decade’s Mary Pierce at the French Open? It’s been a decade since Pierce, the on-again, off-again French citizen (according to tennis enthusiasts), won the title at Roland Garros much to her fans’ pleasure. Rezai has already allowed controversy to swirl around her young career, and her Iranian heritage runs parallel to Mary’s history with Canada. Both are bigger-built girls who belt off the baseline and use their hard, flat strokes to make up for less-than-best movement.

It will be interesting to see if this really could develop. Rezai has been steadily rising in the WTA ranks for the last three years, and might use 2010 as her breakthrough year after winning in Madrid last week. In what has mostly been a lackluster year, Rezai beat Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Venus Williams to win the tournament. Rezai is a respectable 9-6 at Roland Garros, and this year is a guaranteed seed now that she is in the top 20. Could she be a week two contender? Guess we’ll see which Mary… we mean Aravane, shows up.

Looks like the USTA will have plenty of choices when it comes to this year’s Fed Cup final between the U.S. squad and the Italian team. 11 cities have entered bids to hold the November tie. Among the bidders are three cities in Texas (San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth) and two in California (Pacific Palisades and San Diego). Looks like Montgomery, Ala. decided to sit this one out (surprise!). Our guess: one of the Texas sites. No WTA event is held within a solid 1,000 miles of said state.

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sam stosur’s patriotic glasses

We’re all about Samantha Stosur‘s patriotic Oakley glasses, which show off Australia’s national sporting colors. Sam helped her country defeat Spain 3-2 in the 2010 Fed Cup World Group II first round by winning both her singles rubbers and the doubles with partner Renae Stubbs. Further reading: Read the Fed Cup write-up about the tie here.

Lacoste: This dress is part of the same spring collection that includes the orange separates Alize Cornet wore during the 2010 Australian Open last month.

(image via Getty Images)

practice: janko at the u.s. open

TSF stopped by the U.S. Open practice courts yesterday and spotted Janko Tipsarevic hitting with Victor Troicki and alongside Marat Safin.

Janko’s in the same quarter of the draw as Nole, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Haas, and Andy Roddick; he faces Florent Serra in the first round.

Are those Oakley Jawbones?

More: Two other shots after the cut…

i <3 wimbledon

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A fan at the Kunitsyn/Roddick second-round match. Roddick took it 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. He next faces 26th seed Jurgen Melzer, who beat Beni Becker in three sets (two tiebreaks).

Now that JM Del Potro has been ousted by perennial grass threat Lleyton Hewitt (yay! more fun pics of Bec Cartwright!), this is looking like the Wimbledon quarterfinal clash o’ the year.

shade yourself!

The current lot of Lacoste sunglasses leaves something to be desired (aviators: yawn), but if you feel like browsing — and seeing how they look on Andy Roddick and Tati Golovin — see the interactive site here.

I’m still lusting over the chunky sporty shades the French tennis brand released last year; particularly the model LA12602 (above).

You can find them in a few places (and in a few colorways).

Brown/Orange/Black at Amazon.com, $89.95; Grey/Green/White at Amazon.com, $89.95; Brown/White/Red, sold out.

vintage janko tipsarevic

Janko Tipsarevic - Miami 2008

So much for the clean-cut look of Janko Tipsarevic. After spending the first part of 2008 sans piercings, glasses, and breathing strip, he’s fallen back to his usual ways — likely to help deal with the heat and the humidity of Florida in the spring.

Yay: Tipsy’s on a roll so far, knocking out two seeds (No. 29 Fernando Verdasco and No. 11 Mikhail Youzhny) to get a spot in the quarters. He took out Yooz in three sets: 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

(photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)