the nole tee is a reali-tee

We know you’ve all been waiting for this since the US Open and thank god – is god Srdjan in this situation?! – and it’s finally (FINALLY!) arrived. Just promise us, you won’t spend all of your Christmas money on these babies. At least save some for the China Open store. Novak, No Shirt Needed: The TSF vault is good for those moments when no tee is needed.

(screen grab via novakdjokovic.rs)

nike (re)brands johnny mac

Nike jumps on the latest John McEnroe renaissance by dedicating a line just for this tennis veteran. We saw the pieces first pop up in time for the 2010 US Open, and here he is (pictured above) wearing the polo at this week’s seniors event in Arizona.

The on-court attire has a white/red/grey/black palette, and the tees take advantage of McEnroe’s retro (headband/hair) bad boy (expletives) past — although his temperament is still as testy as ever. Our favorite is the Ace tee — the one with just his face — in grey.

Buy: Nike John McEnroe Collection Tennis Polo, $55, in grey/red and white/red; see the rest of the John McEnroe Collection.

The fogies: French Open champ Michael Chang is back on the Champions Series tour after an achilles tendon injury sidelined him beginning in 2006. At this week’s $150,000 Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Championships at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex (we can breathe while we type, but still — a mouthful!), Chang won his opening round-robin match against Jimmy Arias and McEnroe won his against Wayne Ferreira. Also in the field are Mark Philippoussis, Aaron Krickstein, Jim Courier, and Jeff Tarango.

More: Event goes through this weekend. Schedule and ticket info at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships at Surprise website.

(mcenroe images by Rob Loud courtesy of Champions Series Tour; product images via nike.com)

we really need a new davis cup logo

It’s too plain and generic (hmm… just like the guy wearing it?).

North and South: The American team (Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, John Isner, and Ryan Harrison) hopes to overcome the clay courts in Bogota as they go up against the Colombians (led by Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla) in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs. Get more details about the tie here.

(image via Getty Images)

nike’s us open tees

Didn’t get a chance to take a pic of the shoes, but here’s a glimpse of the tees available at the Nike store on the grounds of the US Open.

I’m glad they kept the Delpo tees up even though the defending champion has been sidelined with that wrist injury. And thanks for playing along, random guy at register!

Picks: If I wasn’t on a clothing shopping ban, Id’ve picked up that McEnroe-inspired Ace of Clubs tee (bottom row in the picture on the right).

(photos by TSF)

forever young

Maria Sharapova‘s part of “Babies on the Inside” campaign shot by Nathaniel Goldberg for Evian.

In time for Maria being in NYC for the 2010 US Open (which starts on Monday), they’ve set up shop at the Openhouse Gallery in SoHo between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, to promote the brand. Swing by to get your picture taken in one of the tees, play some ping pong, and perhaps even see Maria when she drops by! They’ll also be giving away the baby tees and tickets to the Open. More info about the giveaway via Facebook.

Buy: The shirts are available for just under $40 at Colette.

(Maria image courtesy of Evian)

quietly, dokic does the dirty work

Jelena Dokic has put together an impressive run in the minor leagues, winning three straight ITF circuit titles in the summer swing. Call it the I’m-Gunna-Make-This-Comeback-Work Series. And Jelena is the leader.

After losing in the second round at the Wimbledon Qualies, Dokic has won 15 straight matches in three different countries: France, Romania and Canada. Among those players, six were ranked in the top 200, including former top 20 player Virginie Razzano, whom Dokic beat in straight sets Sunday to win the tournament at Vancouver.

Dokic started the year at number 57 in the world, but slipped to as low as number 136 with a 7-10. With the 15 wins, she’s now at 22-10, and has reached number 82 in the world. She will still have to qualify for the main draw of the US Open in a couple of weeks, as her ranking was outside the top 100 when the entry list was made.

Catch a peek at our favorite this-is-how-I-feel tee from Vancouver after the cut. [Read more...]

eroddickly yours

Over the past few years, TSF has closely followed the path of Stick It Wear?!, a California-based sports apparel company run by designer Joe Durica. And for good reason: SIW has continuously churned out trendy tennis-inspired tees that feature a myriad of former and current tennis stars in classy illustrated stick form, including our all-time fave, El Toro.

Recently, Durica has expanded his coverage to the lower regions, revealing the aptly-named Eroddick women’s underwear line. The bottoms come in black or white and can be donned with a pink or gray Nadal, Agassi, Safin or Ivanovic illustration for just $16.99 a pair.

“Orders are non stop on this,” Durica said of the Eroddick, whose shop at Indian Wells is shown above.

But butts aren’t the only thing SIW is covering these days. In addition to the new Eroddicks and already-established t-shirts, a new line of zip-up sweatshirts called Rivalries. The Rivalries line centerpieces great rivalries (Borg/Mac, Sampras/Agassi, Roger/Rafa) with two stick characters divided by the zipper itself. A true fashion battleground.

See shots of the Eroddicks (we know you want to!) after the cut. [Read more...]

prettier in pink: rafa shanghai shirts?

Does anyone out there have info about these pink “Nadal” shirts (with swoosh, of course) that all the fans are sporting over at the Shanghai ATP Masters tournament?

Draw: Rafa Nadal will face Feliciano Lopez in the semis. His opponent, Ivan Ljubicic, retired with a back injury. Feli beat Soderling in straight sets. In the other half, Kolya Davydenko needed three sets to win over Radek Stepanek. So did Nole Djokovic in his victory over Gilles Simon.

(image via AP for Getty)