the hewitts: a family that dresses together…

Until they’re upstaged by the Federers, we’re expecting the Hewitts to rule the roost as the best dressed family of tennis.

Like father…: On Cruz, a black/green version of his dad’s limited-edition Yonex tee, available on the Hewitt site for AU$20 a pop.

Bec wears a salmon tank (with a zipper graphic) to Lleyton’s second-round match.

And for a family tennis session, she wears a boyfriend tank by Lauren Moshi. (You can pick one up here for $110.) And props to daugther Mia for rockin’ that badass cast.

Maybe it’s the faux hawk, maybe we’re feeling bad about his impending retirement (or about his having to face Roger Federer in the fourth round), or maybe it’s the red. Whatever it is, we are all thumbs up for Hewitt’s look at this year’s Australian Open. Good job, Yonex.

Buy: Yonex Aussie Open Crew, in white/navy/yellow/red, $49.95; and Shorts, black/grey/navy, $46.95; both from Midwest Sports.

Bracketology: Hewitt might be well rested after an easy win (at the expense of Marcos Baghdatis‘ shoulder), but the Aussie will need every trick in his bag if he wants to beat Roger. The odds are against him, of course; Hewitt has lost 13 consecutive matches to Federer (out of 23 played), including seven losses at the majors.

More: More Lleyton pics after the cut…

practice makes perfect: lleyton hewitt

Yep — after all these years, one of TSF’s original HOATs is still looking good.

Lleyton Hewitt has reached the third round after taking out Ricardo Hocevar 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round and American Donald Young 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-1 in the second.

Up next for the local (fave?) is a rematch with Marcos Baghdatis, whom Lleyton played in an epic 2008 Aussie Open match that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

Funny, fellow Australian Bernard Tomic complained after his second-round, five-set loss to Marin Cilic in this year’s tourney. Other players were asked to comment about this. Their response? “Suck it up, Bernie!”

(Bad) Luck of the draw: Sadly for Hewitt, his 2010 AO run will likely end in the fourth round, where he’s up against Roger Federer. It was fun while it lasted! See the men’s draw here.

More: Speaking of stretching out the fun, more pictures of Hewitt’s shirtless practice pics after the cut…

elena’s little black dress

Elena Dementieva played in her eighth WTA Tour Championships — dating all the way back to 2000 — wearing a little black dress from Yonex. Way to show off those gams!

The Russian failed to make it out of the event’s round robin stage, winning her match against Venus Williams but losing to Serena and Kuznetsova.

Looking ahead: In the semis, Venus will play Jelena Jankovic and Serena will go up against Caroline Wozniacki. In doubles, the team of Cara Black/Liezel Huber will vie for a spot in the final, and Stosur/Stubbs will try to down the second-seeded Williams sisters. More: Scores here.

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pimpim primps: joachim’s new look at stockholm

No more Yawn-ex: It seems that Swede Joachim Johansson has switched from Yonex to the much more prim-and-proper Fred Perry.

He’s competing in this week’s IF Stockholm Open as a wildcard — only his second tourney of 2009 — and has won his first round match against Peter Luczak 7-5, 6-2. He next faces Juan Monaco.

Bits: The event’s top three seeds are Soderling, Haas, and Ferrero. See the draw here.

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i snooze and i lose, but lleyton wins

We probably can’t teach old dog new tricks, so we’re stuck dozing off while looking at pics of Lleyton Hewitt languishing in Yonex. (Can he retire already? Please?)

The Aussie won his first rounder at this week’s Rakuten Japan Open, taking out wildcard Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 7-5. Couple this with top seed Juan Martin del Potro‘s first-round loss to Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Lleyton has a decent shot to get to the quarterfinals!

Buy: For those absolutely interested, you can pick up versions of the Yonex New York Crew for $44.99.

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hewitt’s dirty laundry

Lleyton Hewitt‘s former management, Octagon, has taken him to court for breach of contracts, and he’s fighting back with a countersuit, citing incompetence and deception on the part of the agency.

And while we feel bad that Lleyton can’t catch a break (he received a wildcard to play at Delray Beach this week. and lost. on his birthday.), it’s always interesting to get a look at what happens to the $60 I fork over for nosebleed seats.

In 2005 and 2006, Hewitt earned $6.75 million net in endorsements and appearance guarantees — including $3.5 mil from Nike and $2.3 mil from Yonex. He also received $340,000 in appearance fees for Sydney, Adelaide, and Queen’s Club.

Octagon wants a piece of this pie in the sky, but whether the agency was still representing Hewitt for those two years is in question.

Meanwhile, Hewitt’s smarting because of a 2002 legal scuffle with the ATP that could’ve been smoothed over by Octagon. After declining a on-camera interview as part of promoting the 2002 U.S. Open, Lleyton got slapped with a $100k+ fine. The ATP considered the interview compulsory; Hewitt thought he’d already fulfilled all his obligations. He spent another $100,000 only to have the ATP decision upheld, albeit with a much smaller ($20,000) fine.

Let’s hope he doesn’t bleed too much more money settling all these matters — he doesn’t have a lot of tennis-playing years left!

fashion focus: orange ya glad fer elena? i am!

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Aussie Open 09’s Most Improved Award goes to Ms. Elena Dementieva, who’s languished in Yonex‘s utilitarian and generic performance wear for a while now. The creatives seemed to find their stride late last year, first with the “denim” dress at the 2008 U.S. Open, and now this orange-heavy outfit for the first major of 2009.

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Mixing it up: What this dress lacks in color variation it makes up for in construction, detail, and fabrics. A keyhole breaks up the orange on the back of the v-neck top; and in the front, a fabric belt — it doesn’t quite cinch — aspired to give the outfit a more sophisticated look.

Scoreline: The fourth seed dashed Australian hopes by eliminating Sam Stosur in round three. She then took out fellow orange-wearer Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round. She blew through Carla Suarez Navarro with the same score and will now face Serena in the semis.

Buy: This Yonex collection is not quite ready for sale. (Why aren’t these items ready in time for such a big debut? There’s an editorial brewing there…)

More: Detail shots of the skirt and back after the cut

practice makes perfect

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A quick look at the players’ practice gear as they get ready for next week’s Australian Open.

Ana Ivanovic wears a cute adidas trefoil tee (dotted with blue and white trefoils) as she hits under the watchful eye of “coach” Sven Groenefeld. (Buy: adidas Classic Trefoil Tee, $19.99, eastbay.com.)

More: See the rest — Rafa as our pick for Best in Show; plus Lleyton, Murray, Roddick, Jelena — all after the cut…

fashion focus: elena denimentieva

Yonex decided to flex its design muscle by using “denim” — printed on a moisture-wicking synthetic — for its fall ’08 collection, which debuted in time for the fashion-forward U.S. Open. They even opted for orange thread as contrast stitching, giving the pieces a more authentic and rugged look.

Elena Dementieva played in the separates at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she lost to Katarina Srebotnik in the quarters. Notice the knot on th front lefft tank strap.

And this Russian wore the halter version during her semifinal run in New York. (She’s had a pretty good summer, following her semi @ Wimbledon with a gold medal from Beijing and the semi in NYC.)

More: See her kit from Beijing and the Yonex men’s denim line after the cut…

bec hewitt stands by her man

I root for Lleyton Hewitt during the grass court season because he’s pretty darn good on that surface. Another reason is that his wife, Bec Hewitt, looks pretty darn good sitting in the stands!

Lleyton’s Yonex kit, though, needs a makeover, stat. Those mini-rays of color bursting from the torso has had its run…

Now that the Australian has dropped out of the draw (a noble effort against Roger Federer), let’s review Bec’s ensembles from the grass season.

Bec watching Lleyton play at The Artois Championships in the Queen’s Club in London, where her husband is a four-time champion. (That “L” necklace is deelish!)

She wears a baby doll dress (with keyhole) during Lleyton’s marathon first-round match against Robin Haase: 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-2.

She switches to a jumper dress for the second round win against Albert Montanes: 7-6 (4), 6-0, 6-2.

And horizontal texture makes a showing in Lleyton’s 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over Bolelli in the third round.

And finally, Bec wears red during Lleyton’s final match of Wimbledon 2008 — the fourth round loss to R-Fed: 6-7 (7), 2-6, 4-6.

(photos by Getty Images)