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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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12 Love

As MG pointed out, we’re on a very brief hiatus here at GoS. Who knew moving continents would require a little bit of work?

We’re close to landing on our feet here in the U.K., but with the U.S. Open starting today, we wanted to pass on some New York tennis fun courtesy of Vogue. The mag asked 11 designers and one tennis star (we wouldn’t call her a legend just yet) to customize a tennis ball. Check out all the creations here. (It’s almost as much fun as watching Roger and Novak battle it out for another major. Almost.)

As for favourites, we’re partial to the  Tennenbaums-inspired creation by the boys of Warby Parker and Eddie Borgo’s lethal design.


-CH

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U.S. Open Primer: The English Are Coming

Luke Donald: pretty in pink.

Golf’s toughest test kicks off today as the U.S. Open begins at The Olympic Club and we think the time is right for one of the game’s great Englishmen to claim his first major. Our picks are the world’s top two ranked players, Luke Donald or Lee Westwood. I know, really going out on a limb here, but hear me out. With most of the talk centering around Tiger, Phil, Rory and Bubba, this could be an ideal opportunity for both to sneak under the radar with a big win for one of them.

And what are the world’s best wearing this week? After Eldrick’s big win at the Memorial, he is a favourite heading in, as well as a lock to bore us with his NIKE outfits. With Tiger starting to peak, we’ve also noticed NIKE has been pushing the new TW shoes which we covered a few weeks back. Rickie Fowler will be looking for his first major and PUMA has him covered. Ian Poulter also impressed us with some of his best at IJP Design.

I see the smooth world No. 1 Luke Donald leaving The Olympic Club with the U.S. Open trophy in tow. Let this be a lesson to all: look good and you will play better.

NBA side note: Oklahoma City looked the part of future NBA Champs last night. Outside of LeBron, OKC is younger, faster and deeper. Russell Westbrook raised the bar again in his Game 1 presser with this tremendous shirt. (His shirts are starting to remind me of many of my vintage looks in high school.)

If you’ve missed Russell’s recent looks, Bleacher Report did a nice slideshow of his best shirts. A very sombre LeBron James and Dwyane Wade looked razor sharp as well, and you can check out their attire here.

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If This Shoe Fits, Don’t Wear It

Eldrick’s shocking Sunday outfit: a red shirt and MC Hammer pants.

MG and I are the founding members of the A.T.C. (Anti-Tiger Club) but we’re also man (and woman) enough to give credit where credit is due. The Eldrick Woods we knew pre-scandal made a comeback to take his fifth Memorial Tournament in stunning fashion on Sunday. Nike executives must have been thrilled with their biggest star’s victory, as it times out nicely with the June 8th public release of the TW ’13 Golf Shoe.

On top of that, Eldrick’s game looks to be in good form as the U.S. Open approaches at the historic Olympic Club in San Francisco. Woods has been wearing this shoe for over a year now and while we don’t doubt it’s comfortable, it’s also just ugly.

Designed by Nike’s Tobie Hatfield, the shoe was “inspired” by the Nike Free shoe meaning he basically took a running shoe and added spikes. Functional? Sure. Stylish? Not so much. Obviously style would be asking too much from something associated with Tiger. I wouldn’t wear these shoes jogging let alone bring them out on the course.

-CH

FYI from MG: The course is CH’s runway.

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