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Insider: U.S. Open Edition

Athletes prep for the tennis tournament with fashion appearances around the New York City.

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James Blake in Fila

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Take It to Court
It was all about the U.S. Open this week in NYC, and Thursday night was no exception (see expanded coverage of U.S. Open events in Monday’s column). At the launch if his new clothing line with Fila at Manhattan’s Lord and Taylor, U.S. Open contender James Blake gave Insider the scoop on the footwear component of the collection, called Thomas Reynolds, set to debut next year. “I just wanted [the line] to be functional,” he said. “Shoes, to me, are the most important piece of equipment on court. Your feet are always moving and the guys who are the best in the world have the best footwear. So [the shoes had] to be something that perform well — a lot of traction so you’re not slipping on the court. These shoes will be very stable and very functional, and any athlete out there could wear them.” So will viewers and spectators at Monday’s Open get a chance to see the new kicks in action? The jury is still out. “I’m hoping they’re going to be ready!” he said. “We’re getting down to the deadline. I think they will be ready in time, but it’s going to be one of those last-minute things.”

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