Calling all Fed fans: Originally sold in limited-edition quantities for some serious dough, the Nike 'RF' cap worn by Roger Federer is finally available to all through Tennis-Warehouse.com. Here's the product description:
"The monogram of world No. 1 Roger Federer graces this unique hat. RF is embroidered on the face of the hat with silver thread. A velcro strap makes this hat adjust to fit most people. The underside of the bill is contrasting grey, and there's a mesh insert around the head to control moisture. The hat also features Dri-Fit fabrication to wick away perspiration. Swoosh design trademark embroidered on left side."
The hat is priced at a reasonable $20.00. To purchase one, click here.
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
James Blake joined the shirtless brigade last night, giving his fans a treat after his impressive come-from-behind win over the crafty Frenchie Sebastien Grosjean. Down two sets and two breaks in the fourth set, James rallied for a 4-6, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6(5), 6-2. He'll next play the rising Croat Marin Cilic for a place in the quarterfinals.
(images via WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic, doing his best Darth Federer impression, has been steamrolling his opponents at the Australian Open. The World No. 3 upended American Sam Querry with an easy 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win. He'll face the winner of the match between homeboy Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis that's still going on live this Saturday morning in the US.
We like this darker adidas gear for Nole's night matches, and we haven't seen the same clothing on anyone else (are you listening Nike?) The color really brings out his darker features - and we're definitely okay with that...
(images via PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Friday, January 18, 2008
Getting a break: Daniela Hantuchova enjoys shopping just like the next girl. The slender Slovak was spotted visiting the Versace boutique in the Crown Entertainment Complex on her day off from Australian Open competition. Dani looked stunning as she worked different outfits for the media that followed her around town.
The No. 9 seed fought off feisty Frenchie Alize Cornet with a 6-2, 7-5 win and reached the third round where she'll face Spanish veteran Virginia Ruano Pascual.
(images via Getty)
Thursday, January 17, 2008
"Well, I think Serena is the Williams sisters that is famous for her derrière. She makes all kinds of songs, Kanye West and Snoop Dog, all kinds of things. She's renowned. So I guess I'm getting a one‑up on her, maybe."Serena, always a big supporter of her older 'sis, gave her two cents when pressed about the comments on V's "posterior" saying,
"Oh, yeah, we say booty, [...] I'm not quite sure about 'posterior.' [...] I'll try to keep that in the back of my mind. 'What are you doing?' 'I'm shaking my posterior."' [...] Venus definitely has a great posterior. I'm sure it looked nice."Exactly - if you've got it, then by all means, zoom in please.
Bonus: Here's video of Rasheed's comments and fan reaction around Melbourne Park.
(image via AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
Poking fun: Apparently Novak Djokovic needs to get a new schtick - well, at least according to Maria "Shriek"apova. The sexy Serb and his imitations of other tennis ballers, most notably Maria, have become a world-wide phenomenon, with every on-court commentator at the Grand Slams requesting a performance.
But now the Russian has pushed back. She told former Jim Courier the imitations were "kinda boring" then went on to say,
"He's got his own little thing going on. So let him do it, I'm sure you guys are going to get bored of it. But it's fun any time you can get some entertainers out there."For his part, Nole has been hesitant to continue the antics. After again doing the "Sharapova" for the crowd following his 1st round win at the Australian Open, the World No. 3 told the press,
"I didn't [feel comfortable doing the imitation], 'cause there was a lot of talks in the last couple months about me doing these impersonations. As I was saying many times before, I wasn't really trying to, you know, make fun of anybody or offend anybody."Okay, people need to lighten up. Nole's just having a little fun at the expense of others. Plus, we don't mind seeing him in that pose.
(image via women's tennis blog & AP Photo/Rick Stevens)
Fashion fight: Here's a matchup that was surely easy on the eyes - fashionably speaking. Japan's Akiko Morigami battled No. 27 seed Maria Kirilenko for a spot in the third round at the Australian Open. Although the Russian dismantled Akiko 6-1, 6-1, the fashion scoreline was much closer.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Using a slow-motion shot of V's butt, Rasheed told fellow commentators Tracy Austin and Nicole Bradtke,
"Take a look at this now. Make or think as you will, ladies, but for me, that's a pretty good sight.''You see? This is the very reason we oppose those shorty-shorts. Well, not really, we just think they're f-ugly.
(image via The Daily Telegraph)
THE LOW DOWN: Sania Mirza struggles to focus amidst criticism, "A lot of thoughts went through my head...one of the thoughts was (quitting)."
"I wouldn't do anything to disrespect my country, I love my country, [...] I wouldn't be playing Hopman Cup otherwise. But other than that, I am not allowed to comment because it is before the courts."
"It does play on your mind, you do start to think that at the end of the day, I am not a politician to outsmart people, [...] That's not what I am trying to do, which is to play tennis. I'm 21 and trying to be the best I can be. [...] A lot of thoughts went through my head in the past couple of weeks, and one of the thoughts was (quitting). But I wouldn't say that they were serious enough that I would quit right now."
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
"[Lindsay is] a completely different opponent than the opponent I played today. You know, [she's] a big hitter, has a big serve. You know, she's more of a 1‑2 ball combination type of player. It's going to be very important to serve well and return well and hopefully get a good hit on the first ball. [...] Yeah, I do [have a good record against her.] Yeah, I do. But this is a completely different match. We haven't played in a while. It's going to be a new match."
"[Maria] will be the first grand-slam winner I've played since being back. [...] She's a great player. She's one of the few players I don't have a winning record against probably in the draw. We play very similar styles. She's outplayed me the last couple times we played."
"It was very noisy from both sides, but the police came in, [...] I don't know exactly what happened with them. I saw that they threw spray. [...] They (did) say a few things, but it's part of the crowd, [...] For me it's fun to play like that. It's like a Davis Cup match. I think the people enjoyed it."
(images via AP Photo/Rick Stevens)
Monday, January 14, 2008
"Gossip. Everyone loves it, and the tennis world is no different. The corridors of Melbourne Park, and all other tournaments, are full of people telling each other the latest rumours, especially when we haven’t seen each other for a long time. Who is dating who, who said nasty things about who, whose muscles just doubled in size…"
"For the best gossip, the player lounge/restaurant is the place to be. The majority of it is probably untrue, and the funny thing is that the media seem to be pretty much in the dark – they only find out the stories a couple of months later."
Damn! Ana makes the tennis tour sound like so much fun. We'd love to know which player's muscles just doubled in size, also. Do tell...
"I do like the occasional bit of gossip myself, so I would be a hypocrite if I complained when the stories are about me. I try to have a sense of humour about it. I guess I am still young, and it’s all very new to me. It’s hard to describe how it feels when you read a story about yourself and a player that you barely know, that claims that you are dating. You just have to laugh about it and not take it too seriously."
"The biggest gossips are the coaches and agents. The players themselves don’t gossip half as much as them, at least not in my experience. It’s no secret that the tennis world isn’t the friendliest of places, with a lot of rivalry, but the atmosphere in the women’s locker room is actually quite pleasant. Of course, there are some players who keep their heads down, avoid eye contact with anyone and never say “hello”, but there will always be someone in there you can have a chat with."
Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that players' lounge.
(image via AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
(images via WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
BTW - when did Joachim Johansson become so model-boy cute? We need you back!
UPDATE: Thanks to our readers for letting us know these images were from a previous year's event. We're on the search for this year's IMG party pics and will post them if we find any!
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The reveal: So as we could all finally see, Nike didn't pull a complete switch-a-roo of Maria "Shriek"apova's dress for the Australian Open. She's still wearing the 'Sharapova Australian Open Flora Dress' but, luckily, the Russian fashionista showed up on Vodafone Arena working a pristine white version for her 1st round match - not the bland, tan version that leaves unfortunate sweatmarks on its unsuspecting victims.
We like this one much better overall - clean + classic with a touch of elegance.
(images via AP Photo/Rob Griffith)