from fed to fed cup (with a spadeator in between)

Roger Federer is on the cover of ESPN The Magazine with tagline: Who’s the World’s Greatest Athlete? Roger Federer Looks the Part.

Click the image above to see a quality video of the photo shoot Fed did with the sports mag.

After the cut: Spadea shows us his t-shirt design skills and The Birmingham News captures some Fed Cup draw images you don’t want to miss. [Read more…]

fashion focus: when a frog turns to prince

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Eccentric American Vince Spadea is still in the running for an Australian Open title. He reached the third round by taking out Denis Gremelmayr in five sets: 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7. Spadea took out 30th seed Radek Stepanek in the first round.

Prince charmed him: Vince is cleaning up after all! He recently signed a sponsorship contract with Prince, which, along with a racquet deal, gives him official Prince tennis clothing to wear at ATP Tour events.

Le sad. We cringed at the sight of those (bedazzled) trucker hats from his own line, but they had a place at the table.

Going 2.0: “The Vindawg” has embraced the web full-on. Watch YouTube videos of his rapping (but really, more like spoken word). And now that I think about it, I hope his homepage layout doesn’t change. At this point, it’s so outdated that it’s hip again!

Buy: If you’re not in America right now, you probably still have money to spend. Browse the latest Prince goods here. Enjoy.

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fashion hit: spadea sparkles

As much as we rag on Vince Spadea for his prosti-totes, bedazzled trucker hats, or wearing basketball shorts on the court, we have to give credit where it’s due.

See how well this eccentric American cleans up? It’s like an episode of Extreme Makeover all up in hurrrr. Here he is playing a first round match at the Thailand Open (losing to Tommy Haas 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 in the first round). Put a non-obnoxious shirt on him (from his own line, of course) and he looks great. That hair is another story…

But we should enjoy this while it lasts. Back in May, Bethanie Mattek had the crazy notion that she’d tone down her on-court fashion style. It got her a title, but it didn’t last long. She was back to her old ways by the 2007 U.S. Open.

Buy?: You can check out some of Vince’s goods at his Pro Shop.

spotted: vince spadea's backpack

At this year’s RCA Championships in Indianapolis, American (and fashion, ahem, trailblazer) Vince Spadea was sporting this lovely leopard-print tennis bag.

Do he and Bethanie Mattek shop at the same hooker palace or what?

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vincent spadea: at least he's self-aware

Bedazzled trucker hats, basketball shorts — these are things you don’t normally seen worn during a tennis match (on the court, at least), but are staples of Vince Spadea‘s wardrobe.

Although I’m not sure if he’s trying to look crazy or doesn’t care enough to bother — the same question that goes through my mind every time I see Bud Collins — I have to say that I like approve of the logo on his caps.

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It’s a drawing of him wearing a trucker hat. How very meta.

Edit: Here’s a Spadea link from JNP to www.vincespadea.com (“recognized by the ATP as the Official Vince Spadea Website”). He’s selling socks and sweatbands with that same trucker logo, along with a shirt that says “SPADEA: Ain’t Afraid Of Ya”.

Jesus. Someone help him with a redesign, please? I’m sure he had a wonderful time making this website on AngelFire in 1997, but it really needs to go.

Photos by Alvaro Isidoro.