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Nadal: Grunting His Way to Greatness

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I’m really into Nadal’s grey and pink outfit this year.

The talk at the start of the U.S. Open was all about the possible Rafa and Roger showdown in the quarter finals. Sadly this never came to pass as Fed’s disappointing year ended by him being thrown to the curb by some guy named Tommy Robredo.

It’s probably for the best though, as it would have been too painful to watch Federer endure another Rafa beat-down. I am starting to believe that by 2017, many will acknowledge Rafa, and not Roger, as tennis’s G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).

Tonight, Rafa squares off against Djokovic once again, continuing the biggest and longest head-to-head rivalry in the modern age of tennis. Rafa is arguably the hottest player in tennis and holds a 21-15 lead in match-ups with Djoko. It’s not a huge advantage, but Rafa still has the upper hand.

With Rafa being healthy and in his full-on beast mode, I like his chances of lifting his second U.S. trophy tonight. Now, let’s look at the tennis landscape as the dust settles after the year’s final major: Rafa is your player of the year with two majors, the No. 1 ranking and his health.

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Rafa celebrates his U.S. Open win in 2010.

But more importantly he now has 13 MAJORS! (13!) Why is no one talking about this? If he can pull this last major out, the great Fed and his 17 majors will finally be in Rafa’s reach. Four majors is a lot (just ask that whiny bitch Eldrick Woods) but I think we can bank on Rafa winning two more French Opens in the next few years. This puts his total to 15 majors and counting, and still leaves him 3 to 4 more years of playing majors at a high level.

By the way, I believe this fear is what keeps Roger going. Everyone talks about him walking away, but I think he feels that one more, just one more major, could put things a little more out of reach. But if Rafa wins tonight and with his dominance on clay, his march towards Federer (and all-time greatness) should become the game’s biggest plotline.

Be afraid Roger, be very afraid.

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How To (Not) Wear a Baseball Cap

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I saw a woman wearing a leopard-print jumpsuit, heels and a cobalt blue baseball cap in the bathroom at work last week. It wasn’t a good look. Then I saw the Max Mara Resort 2014 collection where every look included a colourful cap. I got annoyed.

I used to like caps on women. Or, maybe I just thought I did because they were meant to be ironic in that, here I am in my lace dress and stilettos completing my look with a baseball cap because I don’t really care even though I spent five hours getting ready way.

Now, I think unless you’re wearing a cap solely to protect your head and face from the sun and are looping your ponytail through the back old-school style, you just look obnoxious. Yes, I’m even looking at you, Dree Hemingway in your gorgeous white lace dress, sandals and your New York Yankees cap. And usually, you can do no wrong.

What did you do to me, leopard-print girl?

Oh and Nadal (a.k.a. Ocho) obviously gets a free cap pass today even though he looks so much better in the headband. Congratulations on your eighth French Open title, Rafa!

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Max Mara Resort 2014

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This is Caroline

What does the former world No. 1-ranked female tennis player do to make herself feel better after another disappointing loss at the French Open? She announces she’s launching an underwear line and reveals smoking sexy photos of herself of course!

That’s exactly what Caroline Wozniacki did on her website two days after losing to 25-ranked Kaia Kanepi at Roland Garros. Collaborating with Danish underwear brand JBS, Wozniacki will launch her line this September and as per her site, the collection will include hipsters, g-strings, bras and tops in either cotton or microfiber.

According to some blogs, Wozniacki’s website crashed yesterday morning after she posted the photos of herself modelling the underwear. Rory must be so proud.

As a fellow Pole and the only one who says Wozniacki’s name correctly, I too think, good for her. If you’re not going to beat Sharapova on the court this time, you might as well beat her at the modelling game. Wozniacki is hot and you can never go wrong with black-and-white underwear shots, right Becks? The only thing that bugs me is the “this is me” tagline. Yes, Caroline, we can see it’s you.

-MG

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Game Changer

How fast times change. Just two days ago we were venting about Novak Djokovic’s clothing sponsor Sergio Tacchini. Well then! Only hours after our post went up on Tuesday we discovered Djokovic had ended his relationship with Tacchini two years into his 10-year sponsorship deal with the sponsor stating that Djoko had outgrown the Italian brand. Translation: we can’t afford this guy.

His new clothing sponsor is none other than UNIQLO and Djokovic will be sporting the popular Japanese brand’s logo on the clay at Roland Garros. A subsidiary of Fast Retailing Company, UNIQLO also sponsors Japan’s top-ranked player Kei Nishikori, currently ranked 18th in the world.

I’ve been a huge fan of UNIQLO since MG introduced me to the brand a few years back and a trip NYC is never complete without a visit to the SoHo location.

It will be interesting to see how UNIQLO tackles its tennis line with the world’s top-rated player on board. With promises of collaboration on future product lines and co-developing UNIQLO functional wear, it is a huge opportunity for Novak to expand his personal brand across the globe. Our first peek is only days away.

In the meantime, here are a few of Kei Nishikori’s looks:

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The King of Clay

After an off year, Rafa looks to be back in control heading into Roland Garros this week. Nadal out-sneered World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to take back his Italian Open title and gain even more momentum heading into the French Open. After being dominated by Djokovic in 2011, Rafa has taken down Djoko in their last two matches. Nadal has to be the favourite to walk away from Paris with a record-breaking seventh French Open title (besting legend Bjorn Borg’s six titles).

Editor’s Note #1: GoS ‘s own MG met Borg when she was just a young girl at an airport in Europe. Not yet the sports fan she is today, she had no idea who he was but her parents sure did and they convinced her to go ask him for an autograph. “He won’t refuse a little girl,” they told her. All she remembers is a pretty brunette on his arm and him being nice enough to indulge her pretend sports interest. Sadly, the autograph is nowhere to be found these days.

Now, back to style. Normally, I am more in favour of Roger Federer’s Nike outfits than Rafa’s, but I have to say I am into this peach look above. It looks great against the clay court and reminds me of one of my favourite sports looks ever.

I can’t say the same for Djoko and his latest look from Sergio Tacchini. This company should be killing it right now with the exposure they’ve been getting from Djokovic’s rise, but it’s just the same every tournament (yawn). For a sneak peek at Rafa’s French Open outfit go here  and for Novak’s, here.

Editor’s Note #2: I want to give a shout out to GoS faves Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They closed out the Lakers with highlight reel shots like this and continue to make us proud with their awesome post-game attire.

-CH

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