Enjoy the latest TV spot with Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters, Melanie Oudin, Andy Roddick…. and get ready for this year’s Olympus US Open Series:

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During the Davis Cup final last year, Adidas had a campaign featuring Fernando Verdasco, and some players of La Roja, the Spanish national football team.

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I guess tonight Verdasco, Nadal and co will all be in front of their TV to watch the World Cup semifinal between Spain and Germany.

And in case you were wondering what Verdasco was up to after his defeat in Wimbledon… he was on vacation with his boyfriend Feliciano Lopez in Ibiza.

“For years lots of archive Wimbledon footage has been kept under lock and key. Most of it is owned by four companies, so that the public only see it when program producers at channels choose to licence it from these various companies and private owners like IMG.

However, the British Pathé film archive has now opened itself up to the public online, meaning that lots of brilliant Wimbledon videos have surfaced for the first time, including a rare interview with Fred Perry, not to mention numerous films of finals, and the public can watch all of these for free.

Here is a YouTube video showing previews from some of the clips. There are also fantastic crowd shots, shots of celebrity spectators and behind the scenes footage of court maintenance as well as an interesting piece on the manufacturing of tennis balls.”

I don’t know about you but I really like watching these old videos with champions like Suzanne Lenglen, René Lacoste, Fred Perry and so on. You can watch some previews online or buy clips (30£, pretty expensive).

French DJ Martin Solveig took part in the traditional charity event Children’s Day at Roland Garros a month ago, as he filmed the video for his single Smah (see some photos here).

Solveig’s video is now online. Let me know your thoughts…

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adidas: we bring you Stan Smith

At a height of 6’4”, his perennial mustache and that iconic smile, Stan Smith looked more as retired coach on the sideline, a guise Smith happily served up till he steps onto the tennis court. As formidable as he was in the 70s, when the Wimbledon and U.S. Open champ racked up 54 titles during his professional career, along with the #1 world ranking position in 1972. It was also the year adidas approached Smith for his own signature sneaker, forever known as the Stan Smith.

Followed the blueprint of another adidas styling, the Haillet, Stan Smith (the shoe) was, and still is, a simple fare of premium white leather with green accents on the logo patch and heel tab, as if not to upset the stringent dress code of Wimbledon. One other feature, or the lack of, are the adidas 3 stripes. Instead, 3 rows of perforation take its place along the sidewall.

adidas Originals created 2 videos to celebrate the man, his shoes, and most of all, his accomplishments.

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