trophy watch: the green egg, the yellow car, and big silver cups; aka the winners keep winning

A few days late, folks, but here are the trophies doled out for the four tournaments contested last week.

The Open de Moselle in Metz, France awarded another Yoshi egg, this time to Spaniard (and top seed) Tommy Robredo, who beat Andy Murray 0-6, 6-2, 6-3. It’s good to see the Scot (however color-uncoordinated, in Fred Perry) shaking off the rust from his wrist injury. Welcome back.

And U.S. Open semifinalist David Ferrer continues his hardcourt success with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Richard Gasquet to hoist this ginormous trophy. I’ve heard a few people mention that Ferrer was in top-player could-beat-Rafa-on-clay form during this all-blue fest.

On the women’s side, Justine Henin — in her first tournament since winning the $1 million U.S. Open prize last month — takes out Tatiana Golovin 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Filderstadt. And with that victory, she goes home with a sleek trophy and a bright yellow 911 Turbo.

And in Japan, Virginie Razzano follows last week’s Guangzhou International Women’s Open title with a 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over Venus Williams, giving the Frenchwoman her second singles title in as many weeks.

More French success (but no photo): Pauline Parmentier upset top seed Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-2 to take the Tashkent Open title. Like a true professional, Azarenka has already rebounded by beating Masha in the first round of this week’s Kremlin Cup.

trophy watch: sunfeast is in the running

Congrats to the Sunfeast Open for being in the running for Most Innovative Trophy of 2007. Winner Maria Kirilenko received this traditional Indian painting (unveiled last week by Sania Mirza). Runner-up Mariya Koryttseva received her doorstop. The scoreline: 6-0, 6-2.

But the cabal behind all these stuffed tournament mascots needs to take a break. Don’t overdo it, people. Calcutta had the yellow sun, and Beijing had its own lime green version below…

In doubles, Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva beat Koryttseva and Alberta Brianti 6-1, 6-4.

At the China Open, Jelena Jankovic got a little karmic lecture when she lost in the finals to current hot potato Agnes Szavay (again dressed in her cute Marta Makany outfit). Szavay came from behind to defeat Jankovic 5-7(7), 7-5, 6-2.

As you may remember, Jankovic took out Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-5 in the semis and accidentally hit her with a ball. How funny that it was Lindsay who bore the brunt, since she channeled her fair share of Eeyore back in the day.

And on the other side of the world, Tatiana Golovin gets back to being match tough by winning against Katarina Srebotnik 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Slovenia. I love the orange Lacoste skirt!

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in slovenia, golovin earns her stripes

Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin has had a lackluster summer and fall so far — she’s still feeling the effects of that horrible ’06 ankle injury, I imagine — but she’s definitely earned her stripes at this week’s Slovenia Open, where she’ll face Katarina Srebotnik in the finals after beating Vera Dushevina 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Tati’s wearing a striped tank from her clothing sponsor, Lacoste, who (as we know) doesn’t shy away from that pattern. They put a blue version of it on Camille Pin earlier this year, and of course we can’t forget the crazy candy shirt Fabrice Santoro wore in his match against Blake at the Open.

We’re glad to see that she’s replaced the crazy bracelets with a more utilitarian two-colored sweatband.

Good luck tomorrow, Tati!

lacoste and roddick vs. nike and darth federer

Texan Andy Roddick heads into his U.S. Open quarterfinal match against Roger Federer with a 1-13 losing record.

This week, Andy added a darker version (above) of his Lacoste Short Block Polo. I prefer this colorway over the white version he debuted earlier this fall. If Roger wears his “Darth Federer” get-up to the quarters, it’ll be an all-black affair.

Flashback: The two last met at the semis of the Aussie Open, with Roger emerging victorious with a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 win (in 83 minutes). After the win, Mirka went up to the World No. 1 and said, “Darling, you are a maniac.” Haha, I can’t picture her saying that. (quote from Quest for Perfection: The Roger Federer Story; New Chapter Press, $24.95)

Other Lacoste: The French clothier don’t exactly innovate with their clothes, but we liked what we saw:

Richard Gasquet got his own shirt.

While Michael Llodra, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, and Sebastien Grosjean all wore the standard issue. (If Nike‘s looked like this, none of us would be griping, right?)

On the women’s side, Alize Cornet, Tatiana Golovin, Emilie Loit, and Camille Pin all competed in pieces from the polka-dotted and cerise-themed Fall ’07 Women’s Sport collection.

What do you think of Lacoste’s U.S. Open clothes? Tell us!

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tatiana ditches dress, but keeps red knickers

Tatiana Golovin wasted no time ditching her Lacoste summer whites — but kept her red knickers — for the North American hard court season. She dons the dress version of the Bertille, made of super dry stretch jersey in White (with Cherry and Plomb dots).

I’m normally a fan of polka dots, but this dress takes the 80s fashion revival over the edge. Plus, those blue shoes look awkward with the dress. And Tatiana definitely hyper-accessorized:

Yes, there is such a thing as wearing too many bracelets.

What do you think of the ensemble? Tell us.

Buy: The Bertille tennis skirt and the rest of Lacoste’s fall/winter ’08 collection available here.

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andy roddick's hat, masha's latest nike dress, marc jacobs at colette

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Andy’s Lacoste hat: Number one American (and fast food grubber) Andy Roddick has his fans hunting all over the country for his Lacoste hat and other gear. A gaggle of them at Talk Tennis figured out that a shipment of the AR collection will hit stores this month. (Tip: If you can’t find it on the Lacoste website, call a store. It’s surprisingly hassle-free to get items shipped to you.)

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Keeping it simple: The seesaw year of Maria Sharapova continues at the Acura Classic, where she appeared under the lights in a simple black and white Nike outfit. The layers in the upper back were secured at the neck; it wasn’t flapping in the wind like her Wimbledon dress. (Racqonteur loved it, too.) And someone needs to tell Tatiana that orange doesn’t look good on her.

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Bonus round: It made me so happy to finally see the August ’07 Harper’s Bazaar, which features the Simpsonization of major labels like Viktor & Rolf, Chanel, Lanvin, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Louis Vuitton. They showed off the prints at Colette and the designers posed next to their cartoon: that’s Hottie McHotterson aka Marc Jacobs (left; designing for LV) and Karl Lagerfeld (designing for Chanel). See the rest of the HB layout here. (photo via Hypebeast)

tattoo watch: tatiana golovin

It wasn’t written in the stars for Tatiana Golovin at this year’s Wimbledon. Instead, the star is inked on her hand. Tattoo Watch continues with this photo of the Frenchwoman during her loss to Austrian upstart (and 16-year-old) Tamira Paszek in the second round.

And I don’t show it, but fear not: Tatiana’s wearing her red Lacoste knickers in that photo.

A closer look at the tattoo here.

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golovin's red lacoste knickers… wait, she wore a dress, too.

By now you’ve heard of Tatiana Golovin‘s red Lacoste “knickers”, a part of her uniform for this year’s Wimbledon. The hot pants, embroidered with a crocodile logo on the right leg (cute!), caused a ruckus with the media but not with the All-England Club, who — even with their strict dress code — gave the outfit a stamp of approval.

(Edit: a Wimbledon official was quoted as saying that the underwear was “cleared with the referee in advance by the player. On the basis that they are underwear, they do not have to conform to the predominantly white rule.”)

Sadly, all the coverage didn’t even mention her classy dress: a low-cut number with trim (in red) that complements the green grass. The wristband I could have lived without.

Here are the questions journalists asked her at the circle jerk press conference:

Transcript.

amelia island: pretty in pink (and purple)

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The Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island brought out the pinks and purples. From left to right: Sybille Bammer in Erima, Nadia Petrova in Airness, Ana Ivanovic in adidas, and Tatiana Golovin in Lacoste.

(All four made it to the semis, with Petrova beating Bammer and Golovin–in her bumblebee outfit–edging Ivanovic in three.)

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