Roger Federer Loves, Aces Pete SamprasAnna Wintour looked quite the chic cheerleader last night. Poised next to Rupert Murdoch, she watched her favorite Fashion Week buddy, Roger Federer, battle it out against tennis hero Pete Sampras at the sold-out Madison Square Garden. In fact, an assortment of celebrities —Tiger Woods, Chloë Sevigny, Regis Philbin, and a fresh-from-court Barry Diller —showed up to watch the dashing Federer and the legendary Sampras fight it out on the court. But while the two tennis greats were fierce during the game, they were friendly before, during a Q&A session in front of a VIP crowd in the NetJets private lounge, where they compared Wimbledon wins, private-plane experiences, “favorite strokes” (they both like their serves), and training schedules. Federer says he plays for four to five hours a day, in addition to body conditioning and routine massages. “Yeah, it’s pretty much the same for me,” the now-retired Sampras agreed, then paused and said he was kidding. “To be honest, I get bored after about an hour.” When asked if he had any advice for the reigning champ Federer, Sampras smiled: “Sure. Quit now.” Then Federer beat him. —Katie Goldsmith
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Anna Wintour Dresses Roger Up in Her LoveAnna Wintour’s crush on Roger Federer extends to sending him expensive clothes, reports “Page Six.” (The Post gossip column also coins the phrase “comely cougar” to describe the steely Vogue editor, which is just so catty and, you know, accurate.) But a Condé Nast rep protests, “Vogue certainly helps a number of people with fashion, but Roger’s style is all his own.” We have to beg to differ on this one. The fashion bible has repeatedly featured Federer, dressing him up in all kinds of outrageously luxe clothes. In one Men’s Vogue spread alone (shot by Annie Leibovitz), Wintour draped Federer in over $4,000 worth of Prada, $2,500 worth of Gucci, $1,500 worth of Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors, and $2,500 worth of Dior Homme. Since much of that shoot took place at sea or on the beach, it wouldn’t be outrageous if some of the clothes didn’t get returned to the designers. Not that we object — handsome men deserve to wear expensive clothes. We’re just wondering whether Wintour has taken to calling Federer “my pretty” yet.
Roger’s Stylist [NYP]
Earlier: Roger Federer Makes Anna Wintour So Very Happy
Fashionistas Mad Wintour Likes Federer BetterAlice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet took offense to Molly Sims’s comment that the label was “lower end” by claiming that Sims begged for free pants and a plane ticket to the show when she modeled for her last February. Tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova claim to be just friends, but they were out singing karaoke together till 5 a.m. the night after Djokovic lost in the finals. In other tennis news: Some designers were annoyed that Anna Wintour spent more time with Roger Federer at the U.S. Open than at Fashion Week shows. Details editor Dan Peres is expecting his first child with Aussie wife Sarah Wynter. Walmart competitor the Wholesale Department Store Union bought out a showing of Off Broadway show Walmartopia. Chef Todd English, of Olives fame, may open up a new place on 98 Kenmare Street. Liz Smith’s sources tell her that Rudy Giuliani is “a bad man and an erratic personality” but would make a good chief executive.
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Fugging Federer Steals the De la Renta ShowAnyone claiming to be unmoved by the Oscar de la Renta show is a liar. No matter what your take on his clothing is, the setting — at the Third Church of Christ Science on Park Avenue — was frankly kind of spectacular. Add to that an exuberant live performance from the Polyphonic Spree (who surely could never have predicted playing for a roomful of uniformly blonde Upper East Side matrons) and a spontaneous standing ovation for U.S. Open champ and the future Mr. Wintour, Roger Federer, and you’ve got yourself a hell of a morning.
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Roger Brings Fashion to Its FeetThis just in from the tents — Anna Wintour brought Roger Federer (you remember her fevered crush on him?) to the Oscar de la Renta show this afternoon, where the Polyphonic Spree played [Ed. note: WTF?]. Federer, who triumphed over Novak Djokovic yesterday in the Men’s Final at the U.S. Open, got a standing ovation upon arrival. Now, we’re pretty sure that these fashion people didn’t even know there was a sporting event going on elsewhere in the city last week, so it makes us wonder: Did Anna send out a memo in advance? That’s a risky maneuver among all those models near the end of Fashion Week. Clapping, after all, could burn all the calories they have left.
Earlier: At ‘Men’s Vogue’ Dinner, Roger Federer Makes Anna Wintour Giggle
Roger Federer Makes Anna Wintour So Very Happy
Roddick Calls Federer a ‘Robot’Nicole Kidman may be playing Vanity Fair–style arbiter Amy Fine Collins in the film adaptation of her memoir. Rupert Murdoch may be trying to lure CNBC “Money Honey” Maria Bartiromo to his new Fox Business Channel, though the Post isn’t making matters easy by writing negative items about her. The Suffolk County D.A. has seized over 45,000 pages of legal papers in its investigation of the Fire Island double voting scandal. Mischa Barton may or may not have had a wardrobe malfunction at a Save the Children event at Lincoln Center. Andy Roddick referred to Roger Federer as a “robot.” Authors of a book about Doris Duke are claiming that Bob Balaban, director of an upcoming movie about the tobacco heiress, may have committed copyright infringement. Rudy Giuliani played golf — though presumably not well — sans Secret Service at the Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor.
Roger Federer Makes Anna Wintour So Very HappyThe most interesting thing about Anna Wintour’s intense crush on Roger Federer isn’t just that she’s showing up at the Tennis Center for even his early-round matches — Miss Anna was there again yesterday, to watch her man beat Paul Capdeville of Chile in straight sets — but that, even more remarkably, she seemed to be happy. What’s come over her?
At ‘Men’s Vogue’ Dinner, Roger Federer Makes Anna Wintour Giggle
Anna Wintour Fails to Lighten Up, Even Under Blazing Sun
The U.S. Open started today. Roger Federer, the No. 1 seed, played Scoville Jenkins, an American. Federer won in straight sets. These are his shoes. We can only imagine what parts of Federer the AFP will be offering by the time this thing ends, in two weeks.
At ‘Men’s Vogue’ Dinner, Roger Federer Makes Anna Wintour GiggleWhile Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal were preparing dinner at the W last night, Roger Federer was busy eating at the Gramercy Park Hotel, where Men’s Vogue put on a dinner in his honor at Wakiya. Federer was there with his girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec, but he was Anna Wintour’s man for the night; she took him on her arm and flirtatiously accompanied him around the room, introducing him to friends like Diane Von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, and Oscar de la Renta. We asked Miss Anna about her favorite tennis couture this season. “Anything that Roger wears,” she replied with a girlish giggle. If we were Shelby Bryan, we might be getting nervous. —Brett Amelkin
Earlier: Andy Roddick Cooks Dinner (With Help From Marcus Samuelsson)
Bonus Party Lines: Read more about Anna Wintour’s tennis habits in our coverage of the Men’s Vogue dinner.
It’s Not Easy Playing Graydon CarterJeff Bridges has to wear a coiffed wig to play Graydon Carter in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, but he didn’t wear a fat suit. Roger Federer told Anna Wintour that he will be wearing blue and white during the day and black at night for the U.S. Open, and Andy Roddick says that Elton John actually has a good backhand. Vivica Fox was allegedly drinking at their birthday party Tuesday night despite a court mandate forbidding her to on account of her March DUI. “Obama Girl” Amber Lee Ettinger is actually more enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton. Christiane Amanpour and other CNN staffers often saw Ted Turner in a bathrobe when he lived above CNN Center in Atlanta. Elizabeth Taylor will star in a play with James Earl Jones in December to raise $1 million to fight AIDS. Bill Clinton ate at Serendipity. Justin Timberlake’s manager got him a round of golf at Glen Oaks Country Club on Long Island.
Reliving HistoryJeff Gerth and Don Van Natta’s Hillary bio will come out in August and may cause ethics problems for her in the Senate. Bonnie Fuller worried she showed too much chest on TV; also, she was cold. Hooters won’t host a PETA book party, prompting bad jokes from a PETA exec. Newt Gingrich and Lally Weymouth ate lunch. Thora Birch’s dad watched her shoot sex scenes. Martin Scorsese wants Leo DiCaprio to play stock swindler Jordan Belfort. And he’s also making a movie about Queen Victoria, says Liz Smith, with Sarah Ferguson as a co-producer. Sean Penn spoke at an antiwar rally in Oakland, didn’t make much sense. Whoopi Goldberg and Kiefer Sutherland had brunch.
Meet Pawpaw for Dinner Tonight at SavoyThere are some southern specialties all the world loves, as our guide to local gulf-shrimp dishes makes clear. But some of these regional foods rarely make it past the Mason-Dixon line. Tonight, New Yorkers get the chance to sample an obscure treat: pawpaw, a large, tasty fruit, used in a variety of dishes. Savoy is hosting the second annual Betsy Lydon Slow Food Ark USA Award dinner. (Appropriately enough, the name’s a real mouthful.) Southern preparations like rabbit burgoo and Kentucky ham will complement pawpaw daiquiris and ice cream, as well as other recipes made with North America’s native tropical fruits. (The dinner, which costs $150, including tax and tip, starts at 6:30 p.m.)
In honor of the pawpaw, here’s our list of five of the most delicious southern foods you’ll find in New York.