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The theme for the player party in Linz was “Black Swan” so… tutus! And Ana Ivanovic in a sleek black dress as the prima ballerina, of course. See more photos here.

Rafael Nadal was announced as a “Friend of the Australian Open” and will collaborate with Tennis Australia on a charity event on January 14 at Margaret Court Arena. He also has appendicitis.

Novak Djokovic stars in a new ad for Gerble Sans Gluten.

Maria Sharapova is back to the number 2 ranking after winning in Beijing. She also did some sightseeing in China:

Some great pink products for women from Adidas, Under Armour, New Balance and Wilson for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

(Photos: WTA Linz)


Fashion Focus: Djokovic Branded Apparel For Good Cause

Novak Djokovic announced today the launch of his official online store to purchase products with his trademark logo. Novak has always understood the power and importance of his fans and is now giving them access to support him and his foundation. Novak said in his blog, “All the royalty fees that I would otherwise receive from the sale of these items, I will direct towards my foundation. It brings me great joy to invite you to support this initiative. Together we can be very much involved in improving lives of children in Serbia.”

Fans will be excited about the wide array of choices. T-shirts, long-sleeve polos and jackets are some of the apparel choices (check out all the fashion options here). And the details are there, with the Djokovic logo and his foundation logo.

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The shop also has branded watches and smartphone and tablet covers (for iPhone, iPad and the Samsung Galaxy).

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On of my favorite items in the collection is the Celebrative Polo, which commemorates Djokovic’s 7 Grand Slam titles.

Novak DJokovic Apparel

(Images: Novak Djokovic Official Store)


Nishikori Wins Tokyo, Hugs Baby Chang


Kei Nishikori defeated Milos Raonic 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 to win the Rakuten Open in Tokyo on Sunday and celebrated hugging a little lady who, is no doubt, his number one fan: Coach Michael Chang‘s daughter. Nishikori is still hopeful for London and, after the end of season he’s been having, I hope he makes it. And brings the little girl too.


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Fashion Focus: Federer & Nadal Nike Winter 2014

Rafael Nadal is already wearing his new Nike Winter kit in Beijing and Roger Federer will join the fashion party in Shanghai. Take a look at what the two greats will wear for the rest of the season.

Roger Federer Nike Winter 2014

Nothing makes more sense than Roger in red so his Winter Advantage RF Premier Polo will be just that. Red. And for those chilly air-conditioned indoor courts, Roger can warm up with the Winter Premier RF Sweater, which contains 30 percent wool (below in team red with medium ash, also comes in medium ash with dusty cactus). Casual Roger will wear the Winter RF V-Neck T-Shirt in medium ash, red (below) or white, with a large RF logo on the sleeve. Oh, and there’s a red RF Hat too.

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Is Rafa a Miami Dolphins fans? The colors of his Winter kit suggests this, but I think that might just be a coincidence.

Rafael Nadal Nike Winter 2014

Rafa’s already in China and wearing the Winter Premier Rafa Crew in, what Nike calls, dusty cactus (turquoise) with cooper flash (orange). And, of course, Rafa’s kit has the Winter Rafa Icon T-Shirt with a giant bull logo and comes in black and turquoise (below). Don’t forget a hat to match.

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(Images: Nike, Tennis Warehouse, Getty Images)


Fashion Focus: Serena & Sharapova Nike Winter 2014

Despite it just being the first few days of October, Nike has released its “Winter” collection for tennis stars such as Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. The two have already been seen on the courts in China wearing their new kits, but here’s a detailed look at what they’re wearing.

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Serena’s been wearing the Winter Burnout Tunic in Beijing in a color called dusty cactus (aka turquoise). She loves the tunic trend on court and has been pairing it with the cheetah-print wristbands she lifted the trophy with at the US Open.

Sharapova Nike Winter 2014

Maria’s collection goes back to separates for the rest of the season with the Premier Maria Tank (which comes in catalina, below, and ivory, seen above in Beijing). The Nike Premier Maria Skirt in medium ash with dusty cactus and silver wing with hyper punch (above and below) are worn to complete her look. Maria will likely wear the blue hue in Singapore at the year-end championships.

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What would Winter be without wool? The Reversible Wool Sweater is cozy and warm in black and white, perfect for a chilly night.

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Shop the entire women’s Nike Winter collection here.

(Images: Nike, Tennis Warehouse, Getty Images)


Quick Hits

Kei Nishikori got a nice welcome back in Tokyo, his first time home since reaching the US Open final.

Sports Business Daily reports that Grigor Dimitrov has signed a deal with Rolex, to be announced in Shanghai.

In the Stand Up To Cancer telethon on UK’s Channel 4 later this month, Pharrell, Rory McIlroy and Ed Sheeran will be among the celebrities vying for the lead role in “Andy Murray: The Movie.” And Britney Spears will audition for Kim. Ok.

Caroline Wozniacki isn’t the only WTA star on the run: Vera Zvonareva recently completed a 10k in Moscow.

Brisbane International Tennis Tournament announced Wednesday Lleyton Hewitt, Grigor Dimitrov, Sam Stosur and Maria Sharapova will join the field in 2015.

The Hopman Cup also announced their field on Wednesday, including Serena Williams and Jack Sock for Team USA, Radek Stepanek and Lucie Safarova for the Czech Republic and Aga Radwanska and Jerzy Janowicz for Poland.

Tickets for Match For Africa 2 in Zurich featuring Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka went on sale Wednesday morning. Then they sold out before Wednesday afternoon.

(Video: ATP)


WTA Gives Li Na Retirement Ceremony In Beijing

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There wasn’t a dry eye in Beijing on Tuesday, or anywhere where anyone was watching Li Na‘s retirement ceremony, featuring the WTA, her fellow players and a special cameo by Rafael Nadal. Watch the entire ceremony here, but keep tissues close. Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova tweeted after:


So many great things have been said about Li Na after she announced her retirement. I urge you to read this interview with SI‘s Courtney Nguyen on what’s next for her.

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Wozniacki, Serena Get Manicures In Beijing

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It was girl time for Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in Beijing this weekend. Serena posted the above photo to Instagram with the caption: “Hair, nails, tennis… Talk @carowozniacki”

Of their lengthy hangout time, Caro said: “We had our nails done. They turned out pretty nice. But we were sitting there for like four hours. We were over it by the end of it.”

Monday night, the pair were back together again and this time, Aga Radwanska joined them for a little fun at the China Open player party.

And Caro said in press, like any girl, she’s still dreaming of a chocolate sponsorship (which she briefly mentioned in a recent interview with WSJ): “I haven’t gotten one yet. I’m still waiting. But saying that, I haven’t talked to my agent for a few days. I’m hoping he’s working on it.”

Get on it, agent.

(Photo: Serena Williams)


Players Attend China Open Party In Beijing

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It was a long day of matches in Beijing for most, but the players still came out Monday night for the China Open player party at the InterContinental hotel. Ana Ivanovic (who won earlier) and Caroline Wozniacki looked stunning as usual, all dressed up for the event. Novak Djokovic, who never loses in Beijing, looked great in blue while Rafael Nadal, in his first tournament since Wimbledon, posed with some traditionally-dressed women.

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ATP Players Attend Tokyo Party

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The men scrubbed up nicely for the Rakuten Open welcome reception Monday in Tokyo. Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kevin Anderson and Bob and Mike Bryan were among those who attended. And later, a few of them, including  Jo, Gilles Simon, Federico Delbonis, John Peers and Go Soeda tried out a little traditional saké.

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