Nair-y a word about it
One of our sharp-eyed colleagues noticed that Bobby Reynolds
, the only U.S. man to advance on Wimbledon's opening day, had shaved his arms. Reynolds actually blushed as he disclosed to a small group of reporters that he began practicing the art of depilation a few years ago as a gag for a New Year's Eve masquerade party, though he wouldn't say whom he was trying to emulate. Some male players actually shave their limbs to facilitate therapeutic massage, but Reynolds said he just does it for luck.
Too bad Venus Williams
and Nadia Petrova
are in different quarters of the draw, making a potentially historic meeting somewhat unlikely. The statuesque Russian is wearing clothing designed by Williams for her EleVen line. "She was doing me a favor," said Williams, who added that Petrova's outfit is different from her own elegant dropped-waist skirt, halter-top dress inspired by Norma Kamali.
She knows better
India's Sania Mirza
has had more than enough personal criticism in her young career, and she wasn't about to get enmeshed in another clothing controversy. Asked politely whether she, as a Muslim, found it "difficult being on a circuit where women do flaunt themselves with their clothes," she just as politely replied, "I don't think I would like to answer any questions about my religion or anything of that sort."
Stat of the week
Number of dollars, at the current exchange rate, it would cost you to acquire Federer's sweater.
Quote of the week
"It's definitely not athletic attire. But it's ladylike, and I'm very ladylike.
It's very movable. It's very light. It's just delectable." -- Serena Williams, on her cropped trench coat.