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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wear This, Not That! Fashion Highlights from the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami Part 2

Every young kid starting out in tennis dreams of a host of grand slams and a Nike sponsorship.  While they do cut an attractive tennis outfit, not every player is fortunate enough to be a part of the Nike “team,” and surprisingly, not all of them want to be.  This year’s Miami Sony Ericsson Open brought out the style in certain players and the unattractive in others.  Here’s a look at some of the players who “just do it” in non-Nike apparel.

Kim Clijsters - Sony Ericsson Open  

This grand-slammer is a true-blue Fila client and looks adorable in this two-piece tennis outfit.  A great color combination in Fila Center Court Cap Sleeve Tennis Top and  Center Court Skort brings out Kim’s fair complexion and the matching accessories are gravy – way to go, Kimmie!  



Dominika Cibulkova - Sony Ericsson Open 

Dear Ms. Cibulkova – pastels are not your friend!

Shuai Peng - Sony Ericsson Open 

This bright orange, sleeveless ensemble  and matching white visor by ANTA successfully sported by Shuai Peng embodies the three C’s – cool, comfortable and cute!! 

Francesca Schiavone of Italy reacts against Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida.

NOT THAT! Dear Ms. Sciavone – Not again!  PJs are for sleeping, and capped sleeves should be limited to girls aged twelve and under!

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France follows through on a return against Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida. 

There’s only one word for Jo-Willie in this form-fitting outfit by Adidas – “HOT!”

(check Adidas Adizero Theme Tennis Polo and Adidas Adizero Tennis Bermuda Short)

Feliciano Lopez of Spain looks on against Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida. 

NOT THAT! And here are two words for this bland “patchwork” design from Joma and matching headband worn by Feliciano Lopez:  “NOT HOT!”

Juan Monaco of Argentina celebrates after he won match point against Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 26, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida. 

WEAR THIS! Is that Jo-Willie’s shirt?  This is a great preppy look for Juan Monaco – in “all whites” with just a splash of color, he may just “sail” through this match! 

Jarkko Nieminen - Sony Ericsson Open 

Note to Jarkko:  You may want to de-emphasize your thin build with a better shirt design and less baggy shorts!


Whether a young kid just starting out or a grand slam-hogging professional – some tennis players just seem to “get it” when it comes to on-court fashion and others just don’t.  Most players however, are a work in progress – they will find their own unique style sooner or later!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Wear This, Not That! Fashion Highlights from the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. The New Nike Tennis Line

To wear or not to wear…that is the question. The new Nike Tennis line featured at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami served up some stylish and some not-so-stylish choices.  “Greats” like Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer and a few “up-and-comers” proudly sported Nike fashion at this year’s open.
Rafael Nadal - Sony Ericsson Open

WEAR THIS!  As is par for the course (or for the “court” in this case) Rafa once again did Nike proud with his choice of lively, bright shades for his tennis shirt that compliment his dark, Spanish skin tone.  Paired with a crisp, white short and sweet, lime green shoes - Rafa rocks the look!  

 Roger Federer Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Juan Monaco of Argentina during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 28, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida.

WEAR THIS AS WELL!  Is this Roger Federer sporting a v-neck t-shirt?? While we had developed a fondness for the classic “Federer polo,” sometimes it’s nice to change it up a bit, and we like this fresh, new look.  Still classic, the two-toned T with just a hint of peach, pairs well with the dark gray short and “peachy” accessories.  As always, Roger is calm, cool, collected.
Iveta Benesova - Sony Ericsson Open 

WEAR THIS!  A perfect choice for Iveta Benesova, she looks stylish and comfortable in this adorable Maria Sharapova Statement Tennis Tank and white Statement Tennis Skirt from Nike.  The robin’s egg blue with lined embellishment pops against her clean white skirt and accessories – nice work, Iveta!

Victoria Azarenka - Sony Ericsson Open 

A “one-shouldered pajama dress over a blue sports bra” is not a good look for anyone!  Also, Azarenka’s fair complexion cries out for more color! A big NO for Nike Set Point Flirty Women's Knit Tennis Dress.


Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after she won her match against Petra Martic of Croatia during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida. 

WEAR THIS!  The Nike Maria Sharapova Cross-Court Statement Tennis Dress features a body-shaping, comfortable look, and the matching visor completes the outfit.  Dri-FIT fabric and gold embellishment on the bodice offers on-court function and style!
Lucie Safarova - Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open - Day 2


NOT THAT!  Another “one-shouldered” top worn by Lucie Safarova, this style is part of last year’s Nike collection which may have been the inspiration for Ms. Asarenka’s outfit.   Giving the appearance of a wardrobe malfunction gone wrong, we think the one-shouldered look should be scrapped! 

With the exception of a few missteps on the women’s side, this year’s Nike Tennis Line is fresh and vibrant.  Their lightweight, breathable fabrics allow for freedom of movement and leave tennis players cool and comfortable on court.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Haute of the Month: Gisela Dulko

Gisela Dulko was born January 30, 1985, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to mother, Ana and father, Estanislao (now deceased).  She reached her career-high single’s ranking of #26 in the world in 2005 and now stands at #47.  Currently ranked by the WTA as the world’s#1 female double’s player, Gisela recently won her first grand slam double’s title at the 2011 Australian Open with Italian double’s partner and best friend, Flavia Pennetta.  
 26-year-old Gisela is the picture of beauty and grace on the tennis court.
Preferred Playing Surface:  Clay

After watching her brother Alejandro, Gisela’s interest in tennis was piqued at the tender age of seven.  Now Gisela’s coach, Alejandro travels with her on tour.  A dog lover, Gisela has three:  Nicole, Goran and Guga…sound familiar? 
FOOD – Pizza!
    MOVIES – Pearl Harbor and Good Will Hunting
ACTORS – Josh Hartnett and Keanu Reeves
MUSICIAN – Alejandro Sanz
PLACES – Buenos Aires, Paris, Hawaii

At 5 feet, 7 inches and 123 pounds, Gisela looks as fabulous off the tennis court as she does running, swinging and serving!
For all those Dulko admirers out there who wish they had a chance…sorry fellas!  Gisela is dating Argentine soccer player, Fernando Gago, and you cannot deny – they make a HOT couple!!!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Fashion Highlights from 2011 BNP Paribas Open

This year's BNP Paribas brought a lot of surprises - the early elimination of several top players like Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer and Ivan Ljubicic; the injury of Kim Clijsters which prevented her from going ahead in the tournament. The biggest surprise might be the win of Novak Djokovic. At least, it seemed like after not very successful Aussie Open Rafa and Roger will fight for the BNP Paribas trophy. And they fought... but still not very successful.

Anyway, we, as usual, were closely monitoring not only the sophisticated techniques of the players, but also their fashion, and want to present you several fashion highlights from 2011 BNP Paribas Open. Though the major brands haven't released new collections yet, there is a lot to see except what we've already spotted on Australian Open.

On the men's side best fashion was represented by Roger Federer. Bright colors are really hot this season. Yellow looked great on Roger, and matching headband and sweatband with white shorts made the last touch to perfection.
Roger Federer Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand in his match against Igor Andreev of Russia during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 13, 2011 in Indian Wells, California. 
The ruffles continue their fashion march on tennis court. Caro Wozniacki presented another outfit from Stella McCartney 2011 collection. However this dress might be an exception in ruffled "no-no-s". Here ruffles actually look rather elegant making an impression of a combined cocktail and tennis dress. Caro, as usual, went for contrast and paired it with bright red-orange panties.
The gray-orange version of Sergio Tacchini's outfit presented by Novak Djokovic is even better than what we saw at Australian Open (a white-blue version of the same outfit).
Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Andrey Golubev of Kazicstan during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 13, 2011 in Indian Wells, California.  Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Nicolas Almagro of Spain during day seven of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. 
The trophy for the worst outfit at 2011 BNP Paribas Open we would give to Aravane Rezai. Yes, we forgot to mention this very outfit in our Worst Styles of the 2011 Australian Open, may be because it wasn't that bad, and the real worst style was so obvious, that anything else seemed just okay. But here we are once again. Aravane, who doesn't have a clothing sponsor wears French brand Scheyda. The outfit she chose for Aussie Open and BNP Paribas Open 2011 in black and pink seems to be too much fancy. What do you think?
Aravane Rezai - 2011 Australian Open - Day 1

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Babolat - Roland Garros Official Equipment 2011

Babolat and Roland Garros announced a partnership for this year's French Open. This not only means that Babolat will supply the balls for the tournament, but we'll soon see a new line showcasing those two brands.
Babolat introduced several new rackets and bags featuring colors of this Grand Slam. One of the rackets is a new version of Aeropro Drive (racket of Nadal and Tsonga) - Aeropro Drive French Open ($199 unstrung), others are E Sense Comp French Open ($99 strung) and  Aeropro Drive Junior French Open ($104 strung). The bags come as six and twelve pack ($59.95, $79.95). Babolat also introduced backpack ($40) as well as over grips, dampeners, and new themed balls.

The new collection will be available in May.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fashionable Federer

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”  Roger Federer

Name:  Roger Federer
Birth Date:  August 8, 1981
Height:  6’ 1”
Weight:  177 lbs.
Current Residence:  Munchenstein, Switzerland

With a record of 16 Grand Slam singles titles under his belt, Roger Federer is undoubtedly one of the best tennis players of all time.  He has one older sibling (a sister, Diana) and married a member of the Swiss Women’s Tennis Team, Miroslava (Mirka) Vavrinec.  In July of 2009, they celebrated the birth of twin girls, Charline Riva and Myla Rose.  During his down time, Roger enjoys the beach and playing cards, ping pong and cricket.  A renaissance man, Roger speaks fluent English, German, French and little Swedish and Italian.

His first Grand Slam win in 2003 marked the development of Roger Federer - both in his game and in his sense of fashion.   He has evolved from a young tennis player void of any particular style into a man with very specific tastes.  

 2003 Wimbledon 
Sports Illustrated
2003 Wimbledon
2006 U.S. Open
Roger Federer Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day eleven of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
2011 Australian Open

Roger’s current on-court appearance blends comfort and class.  He enjoys bright colors in small doses, and his tailored garments perfectly fit his toned physique.  Light, breathable fabrics and tasteful accessories enhance the appearance of a cool, calm and collected tennis professional.

Federer has said that fashion helps him to understand who he is.  For instance, when he collected his sixth Wimbledon trophy beating Pete Sampras’ grand slam record, he wore the track jacket below boldly displaying the number 15, which was symbolic of the event.  Many thought this showed a certain level of arrogance, as Pete Sampras was in the audience at the time.
Off court, Roger Federer sports a clean, classic look featuring tailored jackets and preppy sweaters. He is frequently seen at fashion shows with his friend and Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour and reportedly asks her for fashion tips. 
Wintour also provides Federer with on-court style tips, as when he displayed this “all white” pre-match outfit at Wimbledon in 2009, featuring full-length trousers and a mackintosh jacket embroidered with the familiar "RF" monogram.
Though during practice Roger looks like a "regular guy".

Check 2011 On-Court Roger Federer Apparel and Accessories
Nike Spring Trophy Roger Federer Jacket - $120 Nike Spring Trophy Roger Federer Polo - $80
NIKE TENNIS Men s Trophy Roger Federer Jacket NIKE TENNIS Men s Trophy Roger Federer RTE, 70 Polo
Nike Lunar Vapor 8 Tour Shoes 
Wilson BLX Tour Federer Super Six Pack Bag - $109.95
NIKE TENNIS Men s Lunar Vapor 8 Tour - White/Grey/Yellow Tennis Shoes
Wilson BLX Tour Federer Super Six Pack Bag

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