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Nadal: Grunting His Way to Greatness


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.


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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Wimbledon Wears

Via Vanity FairNike just released images of what Federer, Rafa, Serena and Maria will be wearing at Wimbledon later this month. Nothing shocking although, they did forget to add a pair of long, dangling earrings to Sharapova’s outfit and serious bling to Serena’s. And if you go to the VF link , read the paragraph below the images. Pippa Middleton is now a contributing editor to Vanity Fair? I sigh.


Roger Federer

Roger Federer


Serena Williams

Serena Williams


Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal


Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova






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How To (Not) Wear a Baseball Cap


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!


Max Mara Resort 2014


Max Mara Resort 2014


Max Mara Resort 2014

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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.


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Top Form: Game of Style Editors’ Workout Routines Revealed

I loved MG’s take yesterday on the Vogue editors’ routines. Polo, really? So without further adieu, here is my routine:

How do you stay in shape?
Tennis and yoga are my go-to workouts; yoga helps me keep my sanity, while tennis allows me to lose it occasionally. When my match is going poorly, I typically go Richie Tenenbaum. (The best part is when he throws the racket at the 40 second mark, just classic.)

What do you wear?
My tennis outfit is built around a Joe Fresh top that runs around $12 as my parents raised me to be cheap, or as they like to say “thrifty.” I love these vintage tennis shorts from Fila, and you can’t forget the wrist and headband. My racket is the Babolat AeroPro Drive GT which also happens to be Rafa’s weapon of choice, as lefties have to stick together (nice, subtle name drop). I like to cram everything off the court into the affordable Babolat Team Line 3 Pack Bag, and it’s even on sale at tenniswarehouse.com (you can thank us later). Shoes are straight from the Nike Outlet store. I’m not sure when it exactly happened, but I’ve slowly turned into my parents: If it’s not on sale, I’m not interested.

What do you do to replenish?
I’m a big fan of tap water, and sushi with MG is my favourite post-game meal. The Fred Perry zip-up helps me get to-and-from in style. My serve and volley game needs some work, but my frequent tennis partner tells me I have a pro-tour backhand. Always fear the lefty.

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Buff, Beautiful and in a Bikini

Sportsnet magazine’s March 12th issue is the “Beauty in Sport” edition where the mag features “the hottest 30 athletes on the planet.” Obviously, we’re all for the beauty/sport connection here at Game of Style since beauty and fashion go hand-in-hand, but we found the choice of photos the magazine put up on its site, well, interesting. It’s more of what you would call “hot athletes in swimsuits,” than a portfolio to showcase beauty. I already know athletes have great bodies so I’d much rather see their beauty in a different way.

The magazine is not out yet so I am not sure if the photos inside will be the same ones as on the site but if so, it’s too bad. Obviously, it’s a logistical nightmare trying to round-up 30 athletes for a photo shoot if you’re not Vogue or Vanity Fair, but I would have loved to see a spread with at least some of the athletes, maybe even the six Canadians together, styled in an unexpected way. (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s a print-only surprise.)

Yes, (eye roll) we know sex sells but some of the predictable images include NASCAR racer Danica Patrick, not in a car but on it. In a bikini. Skier Lindsey Vonn on a mountain. In a bikini. And finally another skier, Julia Mancuso, not skiing but surfing. In a bikini. Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler is also in a bikini. In a hot tub. And ironically, swimmer Natalie Couglin, the only one of two athletes that should be in a bikini (surfer and cover girl Alana Blanchard is the other one), is in a one-piece bathing suit. There’s plenty of male flesh to go around as well including shirtless wonders Adam Scott, Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal.

If you want to see our favourite images (Lolo Jones, Sheldon Souray, Natasha Hastings, Jon Jones and Natasha Kai) scroll through the slideshow  on the magazine’s website, but for a peek at some of the more, let’s say, awkward photographs, see below.

High jumper Blanka Vlasic shows us where the sun shines.

We want the name of Tessa Bonhomme’s waxer.

“What? You never row wearing a wolf?” asks Canadian rower Cristy Nurse.

Photos: Vlasic by Matko Stankovic, Bonhomme and Nurse both by Matt Barnes.


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The Aussie Open in Questions

As winter reared its ugly head in Alberta this week, we set our sights on warmer climates. The Aussie Open kicked off this week and the we’ve got some burning questions:

Can Novak maintain his ridiculous form from last year?
Is Rafa healthy and ready to challenge?
Can Roger win one more major?
Is Andy Murray finally going to win one?
There’s a Canadian threat?
(No, seriously. Canada has a new young star in Milos Raonic. Fresh off his second ATP title, the young gun has a legitimate chance at going deep into the tournament.)
Is there anyone more unlikable right now in tennis than Andy Roddick?

If this wasn’t enough to get the excitement going, there seems to be a rift in the Rafa/Roger rivalry. Rafa called Roger out this past weekend on not being vocal enough on player issues, especially the grueling schedule the professionals have to put up with.  It seems this friendly, respectful rivalry has taken an ugly turn. If the tennis Gods are listening, is it too much to ask for a Roger/Rafa semifinal? That and maybe throw in an early Roddick exit.




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