merchant of tennis (channel)

Tennis Channel Sells Merchandise through Shop the TVThe folks at Tennis Channel launched an online store this week featuring network-branded merchandise and gear, accessible via tennischannel.com and shopthetv.com. The network partnered with Delivery Agent on this project.

The initial offering is standard branded fare — t-shirts, mobile phone cases, tablet cases, mugs with Tennis Channel logos and slogans — so we expect the store to step up its game after the marketing folks get their feet wet. (Jerseys, right?)

Our Pick: “Love Means Nothing” T-Shirt, $24.95, shopthetv.com

retail therapy: the sap open’s final merch tent

SAP Open - San Jose 2013 - Commemorative T-Shirt

Retail Therapy: There is only one way we know how to mourn the loss of a 124-year-old tennis event here in California, currently named the SAP Open and hosted at the HP Pavilion in San Jose: hitting up that merch tent. This navy varsity tee is the week’s best seller so far, but there are a few more offerings in the gallery below. Adult tees are $30-$35, children’s sizes at $25. None available for sale online, unfortunately, so snap it up on-site if you can!

(RELATED: TSF Picks from the 2013 Australian Open e-store)

Draw: No. 1 seed and two-time defending champion Milos Raonic plays veteran Michael Russell for a spot in the quarters. The rest of the top four — John IsnerSam Querrey, and Tommy Haas — are all still in the running. (Browse: Men’s Singles Draw) Also note that Saturday’s schedule includes a mixed doubles exhibition with Andy RoddickLindsay Davenport, and (ahem) Stefanie Graf before the evening’s singles semifinal match.

(Photo Credit: Nicholas McCarvel/TSF)

davis cup: are you in yet, juan monaco?

Juan Monaco practices ahead of the Feb 2013 Davis Cup tie against Germany
Practice makes perfect: Our besties at BATennis are all over the Davis Cup tie between Argentina and Germany, being contested in Buenos Aires this weekend. Top Argentine Juan Monaco, who was one of the earliest scalps at the 2013 Australian Open, leads the host team. Loving that practice tee from adidas.

Deets: See the roster for this World Group first round tie.

(Photo Credit: BATennis)

picks from the australian open e-store

australian open 2013 online store

Merch, merch, merch everywhere: The tournament organizers for the 2013 Australian Open are dialing in their merchandising skills, this year coming up with a few souvenirs we wouldn’t mind having around the house (clockwise, from the top left): player towels ($55AUD), girl’s heart t-shirt ($30AUD), player towel keychain ($10AUD), personalized mugs ($17.95AUD) Wilson jumbo pink ball ($35AUD), Men’s 2013 Event T-Shirt ($40AUD).

A Closer Look: This. Model.

Also: The hears in that girl’s tee is made out of players’ silhouettes — hitting groundstrokes, hosting a trophy, etc. Fun times.

The Tennis: Follow 2013 Australian Open live scores and results at Tennis Now.

(screengrabs via australianopenshop.com)

practice makes perfect: stan wawrinka

Buy: Lacoste Geometric Graphic Tee, $60.

No. 2 in the 2nd: Switzerland’s second-in-command, Stan Wawrinka, became Donald Young‘s first upset when he lost to the American 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (1-7) in the second round. Wawrinka, the tournament’s 14th seed, will be playing alongside Roger Federer in their Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against Australia later this month. Meanwhile, Young plays Andy Murray today for a spot in the quarterfinals (if the weather allows him).

(photo via Flickr by achartoff)

trophy watch: another rf tee from nike

Check out this Roger Federer tee being sold by Nike at their on-site U.S. Open booth. It wasn’t included in the preview they released, so I’m glad we ran across it!

Pop quiz: The images show Roger’s medal from the Olympics (albeit in doubles) along with 14 of his majors. He has 16 Slams in total; which ones did they leave out?

In a rush: Fed took care of things quickly against Juan Monaco in the fourth round of this year’s men’s singles event; between the late start (that Wozniacki/Kuznetsova took forever) and the threat of a rain delay, he wanted to finish ASAP. Roger only dropped three games against the Argentine and has booked a quarterfinal appointment with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the man who beat him in the final 8 of this year’s Wimbledon. (Draw: Men’s Singles)

(screengrab via ESPN)

practice makes perfect: roddick and fish

Keeping it cool: Isn’t it nice to have an un-cranky American be at the top of the sport? Perhaps Fish‘s reign as the No. 1 Yank will take the edge off for Andy

Regardless, both chaps are still in contention for the 2011 U.S. Open title, with Roddick defeating Benneteau for a spot in the fourth round (he plays David Ferrer next) while Mardy is set to play Tsonga for a spot in the quarters. How crazy would it be if they both got through their halves of the draw and met in the final? (Bracket: See how the men’s field is stacking up.)

(photo via Flickr by NickSixers)

merch is the word

You know how giddy we get at the merch booths, so we’re glad we could temper some of our energy with this preview of the U.S. Open-related merch that Nike‘ll be selling during the tournament.

The Nike Tribute Collection is “inspired by NYC and one of the most anticipated moments in tennis… Nike offers a unique collection that is fit for any enthusiast to express their loyalty to the mavericks of the court and sheer love for the game.” (Hmm, is that smashed-racquet logo an homage to McEnroe or Ryan Harrison?)

Which items are you eyeing? Tell us!

(images courtesy of Nike)