Fug File: athletes

WTF: Serena Williams, But Also Well Played


First of all, I am a huge fan of Serena, and I am delighted that she was named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.  She is an exceptional athlete — she could easily be named Sportsperson of the Decade — and she had an amazing year, even without the Grand Slam. She also looks awesome on the cover, even though I have no idea what sport you play in a formal leotard and heels:

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Actually, Serena could probably easy play tennis in a formal leotard and heels, now that I think about it. So that answers that. But I would ALSO like her to explain to me what she is wearing to the event celebrating said honor:

2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year Ceremony

As far as I can tell, it’s the lingerie Rachel wore that time she thought she was going to seduce Josh-you-a, but she was actually meeting his parents, as accessorized with a tearaway skirt. But that can’t be right.

[Photos: Getty, Sports Illustrated]

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Fug.S. Open: Maria Sharapova


Presumably, Maria has a lot to worry about this week – like her U.S. Open draw, and whether she’s going to thwart Serena’s run at a Grand Slam.

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She maybe could have channeled some of that stress into some retail therapy, instead of wearing the embodiment of bleak stress: tangled, dark, shapeless, consuming. Maybe it seemed edgy and Fashion-With-A-Capital-F on the hanger, but in practice the pants are dumpy and the top is funereal. There isn’t really a sense of fun to the proceedings. Will that foretell her U.S. Open run? Time will tell. Insert ominous music cue here.

[Photo: Getty]

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Fugs and Fabs: Various Recent Tennis Events


The US Open is on the horizon — Heather and I had a long conversation last night (post-wine) about how we’re VERY NERVOUS FOR SERENA — and ergo, New York is aflush with tennis fever: Tommy Hilfger launched his new campaign with Rafa by having a faux tennis match in Bryant Park (this is VERY TOMMY; last Fashion Week, he turned the Park Avenue Armory into a football field [honestly, it was AWESOME]), and Nike finagled a variety of stars to come play tennis in the street, surely as a promotional event for the Open. Let’s eyeball everyone. Bonus shirtlessness and cute tennis outfits abound.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]

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Fugs and Fabs and WTFs: Serena Williams at the US Open


We’re LIMPING toward the VMAs, so I actually decided to take advantage of a curated photo album, and present to you: Things Serena Has Worn To Flushing Meadows In The Aughts. Very few of them are worthy of her.

[Photos: Getty]

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Fugs and Fabs: The Women of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards


I guess Nickelodeon thought, “well. While all these people are in town for the ESPYs, let’s throw another awards show!”

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]

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Fugs and Fabs: The Men of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards


It will be hard to top the glorious delights of Mr. Nick Cannon. But a variety of ADORABLE children, including Riley Curry (not a man, but her date is) and a passel of Beckhams, will try.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]

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ESPYs Fugs and Fabs: The US Women’s Soccer Team


It was nice seeing the ESPYs celebrate a lot of women last night who are at the tops of their games – like nominee Serena Williams and winners Ronda Rousey and the US soccer team — and future stars like Mo’ne Davis. It’s starting to feel like the world realizes sports truly are for all.

[Photos: Getty]

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