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GogoGirl
Aug 30th, 2002, 05:08 PM
I should say so. Haas and Keifer were wearing the same shirt.
I love JB's shirts btw.

Of course, John McEnroe is happy w/James' shirt - because it has the same design and is of the same style Mac wore back when/then. JB's shirt is a much longer shirt though - in keeping w/today's fashion on the ATP tour.







http://www.iht.com/articles/69212.html




Is it a court or a catwalk?

Selena Roberts The New York Times Friday, August 30, 2002

Haas' muscular display is the latest in fashion statements

NEW YORK Tommy Haas simply took the dare to bare. If Anna Kournikova could expose her tanned hipbones in a low-ride skirt, if Serena Williams could pack her dangerous curves in a Lycra cat suit, Haas saw no reason he could not follow the skin-is-in trend at the U.S. Open by showing a little...biceps.
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His sleeveless shirt was breathable and built for range of motion, but completely illegal in the discriminating eye of Brian Earley, the tournament referee. In his opinion, Haas' attempt Wednesday to inject a little zing into the moribund men's Tour, to employ the same sex-appeal strategy the women have used so well, was out of step with Earley's interpretation of the rules for customary attire.
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So the Puma cat suit was in, the Nike muscle shirt was out. Haas found this out minutes after his arrival inside Louis Armstrong Stadium, when a tournament official scurried onto the court during his warm-up to deliver the news: Take it off.
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Not about to argue before a match that would require Haas' full attention, the third-seeded player pulled on a polo-type shirt as fans grumbled. By the end of the day, it was the least of the young German's problems.
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Converting a match point against David Sanchez was the issue. Both were cramping despite the cool weather, both were wilting despite the cloud cover. But after three straight double faults, blowing two match points along the way, a grimacing Haas managed to conjure up two more opportunities. On his fourth try at match point, Sanchez blocked a serve return wide, aiding Haas' escape, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, in 3 hours 23 minutes.
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"First double fault you start to think," Haas said, standing in his news conference to stretch out his cramping calves. "Then, double faulting three times. How many times does that happen? Not much. My legs wouldn't push off anymore. I was lucky."
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Haas was glad to be alive and moving on in the draw, but he is not done in his effort to eliminate a double standard. Given some time to think it over, Haas hopes the tournament's headmaster of the dress code will reconsider.
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"If you see some of the stuff they've been wearing on the women's side, you have to give them credit," Haas said. "They're probably ahead of us."
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The television ratings in the major finals this year are proof of that. Doing his part to turn heads, Haas, 24, posed nude with his girlfriend almost two years ago, a photo that was reprinted on Wednesday in a New York tabloid. Haas saw it over breakfast and could not be more pleased.
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"It's a very nice picture," Haas said. "It makes me miss her a little bit."
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As a cardholder of boldness, Haas stood in contrast to the workmanlike style of a 31-year-old former champion with a pregnant wife. In conservative white shorts, with shirtsleeves to his elbows and a playing style found in vintage stores, Pete Sampras on Wednesday looked like a man who had been sucked through a wormhole and fallen into the future.
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He defeated Albert Portas in classic straight-set form, in a refresher course on the serve-and-volley, giving his yearlong struggle a break. If he was going to be cast as an old-school player with throwback ideas, it was fine with Sampras.
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"There's no question we've been hearing a lot of not-so-flattering things about the men's game compared to the ladies," the 17th-seeded Sampras said. "Maybe it's an effort to do some different things. That's not the way to do it, in my opinion. You know, it's about the tennis."
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It is about court coverage, ground strokes and strategy - all of which were revealed as players with high seedings like Tim Henman and Justine Henin advanced before rain postponed the Wednesday night sessions - but as far as the health of the game is concerned, tennis is tied into the power of marketing.
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"Basketball players wear sleeveless jerseys, so why not?" said Patrick McEnroe, the U.S. Davis Cup captain. "Men's tennis has got to get with the program. Goodness gracious, this is what we need to be doing. Let the men wear outfits out there. Of course, it's a double standard."
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Once considered a drag on the Tour for his vanilla style, Sampras had to concede that the women know how to draw an audience.
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"There are some interesting outfits out there," Sampras said with a smile. "Pretty revealing. You see all the curves."
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Williams has a few, and is proud to display them. But she is also the No. 1 player in the world, with two majors in three months, all coming through her commitment to the game. After she overwhelmed Marat Safin's 16-year-old sister, Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-1, to advance to the third round on Wednesday, Williams discarded the battle of the sexes and stuck up for Haas' fashion savvy.
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"It's definitely not fair," Williams said. "You should be able to make statements if you want to, I think. I think for guys and ladies, you should wear whatever you please. Someone can't tell me what to wear."
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Not so fast. If Williams crossed the line on taste, Earley said he would not hesitate to demand a change in her wardrobe. He just did not know where that line would be and admitted there was no science to his decision on Haas.
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"It's fraught with implications," Earley said of his discretionary role.
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Earley tried to defend himself on his snap judgment by explaining how women's attired had evolved at a faster pace than the men's. Midriffs are the norm, flesh has been the fashion.
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Although Andre Agassi once wore denim shorts, and Michael Chang began the collar-less look, Earley was not ready to approve a sleeveless shirt for men.
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Even if, like Williams, Haas had submitted his outfit for approval in advance of the U.S. Open, Earley was not convinced that he would have given it his approval.
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"As the envelope is pushed, customary attire is redefined," Earley said. "I can't tell you ahead of time what will be acceptable next."
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For now, almost anything goes in the women's game. The men can go only so far. It's not that Haas is trying to be a rebel - most see him as a sensitive player who has been attentive to his parents since a motorcycle accident nearly took their lives three months ago - but he wants equal treatment.
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"Basically, they told me it was not appropriate," Haas said, referring to tournament officials. "I asked them what is appropriate to wear, what's appropriate on the women's Tour? You see Serena and some of the ladies wearing tight stuff. It's interesting. It looks good. It brings something else to the game."
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So Haas dared to push the envelope and show a little skin. He found out this was not the time or the place for change in the men's game.
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Heavy rain stops play Steady rain forced a delay to the start of play Thursday at the U.S. Open, Reuters reported from New York.
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Tournament officials announced that play would not begin before 2 p.m., three hours after the first matches were scheduled, but the delay was extended. The local forecast calls for rain through Sunday, which could cause havoc in the tournament schedule.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Aug 30th, 2002, 05:58 PM
What would you recommend they wear then?! LOL! Many of the female players have the same outfits too.

We all know the only men's player who has his own outfits like Anna, Serena and Venus is: GUGA!!!!

MinskLynx
Aug 30th, 2002, 06:29 PM
"If you see some of the stuff they've been wearing on the women's side, you have to give them credit," Haas said. "They're probably ahead of us."

Probably ahead of the men. :)

That's not the way to do it, in my opinion. You know, it's about the tennis."

Do you think his implication is that women don't have the tennis men have, and have gained/are gaining greater popularity than the men's tour because of clever marketing and risky outfits?

elektra 4 u
Aug 30th, 2002, 07:33 PM
addidas should be shot. those shirts nearly all the male players are wearing are so yuck and shapeless.That is the problem with all mens' shirts and shorts, there is no shape to them and so they look so cheap and boring.Only male player who seems to make an effort is Andy Roddick, I love his visor and the bright colours he wears,GOOO ANDY!!!

MinskLynx
Aug 30th, 2002, 08:24 PM
The men don't even bother to match. They look even as though they try not to on purpose.

GogoGirl
Aug 30th, 2002, 08:41 PM
I meant to say Safin & Keifer wore the same shirt in first post. See Spot run.

I'd wager some male players will start to care more about their individuality, as it pertains to what they want to wear on a tennis court, and what we'll be seeing out there. Times a changing all the time. It's coming.

Don't get me wrong - cause I don't mind tradition. I just think that what Serena wore, for instance, was not as bad as all that. Look at what track stars wear. Now I'm all for the PsTB have a limit - and ultimately it is their call on what will be acceptable.

I'd like to see the men in either shorter shorts or biker capris - or something in between if you know what I mean.

Giuliano
Aug 30th, 2002, 08:43 PM
I'd agree with Sampras on this one. It's a bit disappointing that they need to make such a big deal about outfits...

the cat
Aug 30th, 2002, 09:45 PM
Absolutely Megan! Women's tennis isn't played nearly at the high level of men's tennis. But the women have style and star power! :D And that equals ratings. The men on the other hand look like they are playing in their Pajamas! :eek: