After Stan Wawrinka's impressive victory over Novak Djokovic, people can't stop talking about the French Open champ's shots -- and shorts.

Mind-bending shots like this one led Djokovic to call Wawrinka's backhand "one of the best" he's seen in the game.

As for the shorts, well, it doesn't take a tennis enthusiast to appreciate them.

Throughout the tournament Wawrinka wore a pair of red, white and grey checked shorts that quickly became the talk of Twitter. Lots of people loved the shorts, including one mom who knows a thing or two about tennis:


But not everyone had nice things to say:





Wawrinka himself didn't approve of the shorts initially but came to cherish them by the end of the tournament:


He even brought a pair with him to his postmatch press conference:


Fans looking for another colorful Grand Slam outfit from Wawrinka will have to wait until the U.S. Open, as Wimbledon has a strict all-white rule.

By Ben Keeshin
Maxim.com

First, let's define our terms: Though a "Speedo" is technically any swimsuit made by the Australian Speedo brand, colloquially, a "speedo" is a men's aquatic brief. A Speedo is a swimming costume with a minimum of fabric baring a legal maximum of skin. As with its cotton underwear cousin -- the much-maligned "tighty whitey" -- the Speedo is often an object of ridicule, except perhaps when worn by an Olympic champion (Ryan Lochte is certainly mockable, but not for his suit), a child, or the French. As conceived of in contemporary American culture, the Speedo is unacceptable -- too small, too tight, too European.

But we reject such an assessment. In truth, the Speedo is a prideful, taut and glorious garment. Here's why.

Bodily Honesty

Wearing a Speedo forces a clear-eyed reckoning with your body, whatever its shape. Baggy board shorts (in our eyes, a more legitimate object of ridicule) are clumsy and sartorially lazy, obscuring cellulite and uneven thigh hair. A Speedo, magnificently, allows the summer air to caress your weird, bulgier bits.

What a Speedo gifts its wearer -- an honest bodily regard -- is valuable not in that it serves as a precursor to a weight-loss regimen, but because wearing such a revealing suit is freeing: a Speedo lets it all hang out, and affirms whatever's hanging. As testimony from toupee-wearing men or, recently, Caitlyn Jenner underscores, obfuscation of a part of oneself is a stressful, losing game. Embracing and baring those parts of ourselves that society deems unruly -- be it a transgender identity or a lumpen butt -- is an important step towards personal freedom. While the dream might be to flaunt rippling abs in a Speedo, the achievable reality -- and more accessible pleasure -- is flaunting whatever-shaped self you have. The presentation, not the body, brings the joy.

Plus, a Speedo demands at least a modicum of bravado. In long, bedraggled trunks, you can shuffle down the beach -- in a Speedo, you've got to proudly present your wares. It's good for the posture.

Hygiene

As generations of flustered American tourists have discovered, most municipal French pools do not allow swim trunks in the water. Luxuriant, Bermuda-style shorts collect dirt and debris, and make for a dirtier swimming environment. In addition, the French rightly assume that men wear trunks as street-wear, which brings in further detritus. (Anyone who has seen a forlorn, chlorine-soaked pack of Trident a the bottom of the deep end will understand.) The French law was legislated in 1903 and is going nowhere fast, but fortunately for tourists who arrive unprepared, most French pools feature Speedo vending machines.

Plus, the tight hold of a speedo takes much of the flop and slop out of walking -- a visual clean-up any pool or beach-goer can appreciate.

Technology

You will never see a professional swimmer in a trunk. Long shorts are, literally, hydrodynamically, a drag. After the 1956 Olympics, in which the Speedo-sponsored, Speedo-wearing Australian team won 8 gold medals, the Speedo became standard-issue for serious sporting events. At the 1968 Olympics, 27 of the 29 gold medalists wore Speedos, as did 22 of the 23 swimmers who set world records. Similar statistics held true at the Munich Olympics of 1972 (21 of 22 records set in Speedos) and have at every proceeding Games. While the company has recently released more comprehensive suits, like its Fastskin and LZR racer series, the message is clear for more amateur, but competent, swimmers: if you want to swim quickly and unencumbered, wear a Speedo.

Go forth, men, and allow yourselves to be held tightly in the comfortable nylon grip of a flashy aquatic brief! Life is too short to wear long.

In another example of how Ronda Rousey has become a cultural phenomenon, the latest media profile of her appears in Rolling Stone magazine. Consider that the writer who tackled this feature, Erik Hedegaard, has written in recent issues about Danny DeVito, Marilyn Manson, Sons Of Anarchy and Jack Nicholson.

Hedegaard covers plenty of ground in this 4,500-word feature with a look at her childhood, career, sex life and more. One unexpected angle involves potential wardrobe malfunctions for female MMA competitors. Here's Rousey talking about a near accident while fighting Liz Carmouche in 2013:

"I have a weigh-in bra that's smaller and lighter and I'm a girl, so it's cuter, too, and I wanna look cute. But on fight night, who cares about looking cute? It needs to be effective, only on that particular fight night, I didn't have an effective bra. I just had two cute bras, so I had to wear one of them."

"At one point, I was perilously close to showing everyone my nipples, so the second I got her off my back, my mind shifted to 'Cover yourself up, girl!' And when Liz saw that, she kicked me right in the chest. Which she was entirely right to do. I would have done it if I was her."

And it's not just the bra that can cause problems as Rousey learned during her first bout against Miesha Tate in 2012.

"The first Miesha fight, she got her hooks in from behind, and I was like, 'Oh, I can get out of here easy.' But if I did, I would flash everyone, so I had to figure out a way to pull her feet out where my business was facing down, not facing the world."

"And then I have a phobia about camel toe. I swear to God, every time after I win, even before I take my mouth guard out, I pull my shorts down, and it's because I have a phobia of high-def camel toe, people zooming in on the Internet and everything. It's always, first thing, fix the camel toe!"

Fortunately for Rousey, Rolling Stone also reports that Reebok, a major UFC sponsor, is working with her on designing anti-camel-toe gear. Check out the full feature on RollingStone.com.

Here's a story you wouldn't expect: Portland's famous airport carpet is getting its own basketball shoe.

If you've never been to Portland, this probably makes no sense. But to locals, the vintage 1980s carpet at Portland International Airport has become a cult hit, with travelers frequently stopping to take pictures of their feet on the dated but loved carpet.


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That vested interest in the airport's flooring has inspired the popular hashtag #pdxcarpet, which documents the hundreds of pictures PDX visitors have taken. Now, as the airport slowly trades out this old carpet for a more modern look, its signature pattern is being preserved in a new basketball shoe from Adidas.

The shoe will be a part of Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard's collection, and its mock-ups are fantastic: Bright teal with subtle geometric patterns all across. But scrap concerns about the design for a moment and just consider this: an airport now has its own basketball shoe.

Design fiends have to be in love with this, and the shoes can add themselves to an already-impressive collection of shirts and other online goods that prominently display the PDX carpet pattern.

Lillard's shoe will hit stores Saturday. Expect them to be a huge hit in Portland.

Brad Hall is such a dedicated reviewer of Air Jordan sneakers that he tells people not only what the shoes look like and how they feel, but also how they taste.

Hall is a YouTube personality who has uploaded three videos in which he unboxes and reviews a new pair of Air Jordans. His deadpan style and bizarre affectation have made him quite popular. Each of Hall's first two videos got more than 100,000 views on YouTube and his third is already the most watched.

In his most recent release Hall is reviewing the Air Jordan XIs, which he claims is the "greatest of all time Michael Air Jordan sneaker." He even wears gloves so as not to scratch the shoes.

Watch Hall review the shoe, taste it and "try it on":

If you like what you saw, here are Hall's first two videos.

During a series in which his superstar status was constantly questioned, James Harden certainly dressed like an elite player after the Houston Rockets' Game 7 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Harden finished an up-and-down series, in which he recorded a triple-double in Game 5 before being benched for the fourth quarter of Game 6, with a strong 31-point, eight-assist effort Sunday. After the game Harden met with reporters while wearing a $1,385 shirt.



The oversize shirt is designed by Alexander McQueen and available online. Judging by the reactions of people on Twitter, it doesn't appear as though Harden's endorsement of the shirt led to many sales.






Harden is no strange to expensive, abstract shirts. In March he wore this colorful number:


Harden earned $14.7 million in salary in 2014-15, so he can afford to drop thousands of dollars on an entire closet full of abstract shirts.

Despite a rough Game 6 in which he went 5-for-20, Harden is still having a strong postseason. Only Anthony Davis (31.5) and Steph Curry (28.2) are averaging more points in the playoffs than Harden (26.7). The Rockets will need Harden to keep up his strong play if Houston is to have any chance to upset top-ranked Golden State in the Western Conference Finals.

Drake loves the Toronto Raptors, and the Toronto Raptors love Drake. The romance has been well-documented on the team's sideline, with the Raptors even running Drake-themed nights during the regular season as an homage to their most famous fan.

Now, that relationship is getting a little more defined. According to Chris Creamer at SportsLogos.Net, the Raptors showed their upcoming jersey redesign to him, and one of the four options is affectionately dubbed "Drake."

The Drake jersey will be gold and black, a departure from the team's standard colors.


Creamer doesn't specify whether the "Drake" name was applied to the jerseys by himself or by the team, but it's unlikely he made that association all by himself. The odds seem pretty good that the team will use it in some Drake-related way, although it's unclear when or how that will happen.

One other notable feature of the jerseys: None of them say "TORONTO" on the front. The Raptors have been pushing a "We are North" brand for the last few years, ostensibly to involve the larger Canadian fan base. These new jerseys only further that objective.

And thus, Drake moves one step closer to becoming king of Canada. He started from the bottom, and now he's here.

When athletes want to look their best, they turn to fashion experts skilled at guiding those dress decisions. The experts at Elevee Fashion have years of experience working with professional athletes across all major sports, most recently choosing the attire for a number of NFL Draft picks earlier this month. In this collaboration between ThePostGame and TYT Sports, Elevee's experts dish on the tricks and challenges they face in dressing pro athletes to the nines.

Playing in his first tournament since getting married on April 11, Andy Murray found an interesting way to keep his wedding ring close.

While some athletes, like quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Fitzpatrick, wear their wedding ring on their finger, others prefer to find other places to put the band.

Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison wears his ring on a necklace while former Indiana Pacers guard Mark Jackson wore his on his shoelace.

At the BMW Open in Munich, Murray followed in Jackson's footsteps and tied his band to his adidas kicks.



If Murray felt the weight of the ring, or his new marriage, he didn't play like it. The 27-year-old became the first British player to win a clay title since 1976. He defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final, 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 7-6 (7-4).

It is perhaps for the best that Murray elected not to wear the ring on his finger, as that might have caused him serious pain. Serena Williams once got a "bling blister" after wearing a fashionable ring at the French Open.

Murray didn't waste any time after the match, and when he was presented with his prizes (a trophy, some Bavarian Lederhosen and a BMW i8) he had put his band back on his finger.


Despite all the colors, flash and bling of the NFL draft, perhaps the most noticeable fashion choice came from a player who did not even wear a suit.

Danny Shelton's mother is Samoan. In fact, Shelton lived the first three years of his life in Samoa with his grandparents.

The former Washington defensive tackle honored his roots Thursday night. When the Cleveland Browns made Shelton the 12th pick of the draft Thursday in Chicago, he took the stage wearing a long maroon skirt, a matching maroon and white vest, and special neckpiece.

"I've got the chief necklace on right now," Shelton said. "It's called the Ula Fala, and my uncle is the chief of the family, and he let me borrow it for this night."

The neckpiece is made of pandanus fruit dried and painted red. Shelton's decision to go with a traditional look was a follow-up to his wearing a black and gold lava-lava, a Samoan skirt, at the Senior Bowl.

Shelton, listed at 6-2 and 339 pounds, also has a series of Samoan tattoos as well as a special one he got as a freshman at Washington that reads for "Search for the Truth." The words were inked on Shelton's upper chest just a few months after he witnessed his brother Shennon shot to death in a gang fight. His brother Gaston was also shot but survived. Shelton wore a pin for Shennon on Thursday.


A few short years after Shelton nearly quit football as a reaction to his brother's death, the 21-year-old became a Cleveland Brown and did so in style.

"I want to be all about my culture and represent," he said. "Back in the day, this is what they wore at home and at work."

One guy who may be around Shelton in Cleveland is Johnny Manziel LeBron James, a noted Browns fan.

"I'll be excited if he actually comes down and sees me, but that's going to be one thing I want to do," Shelton said. "I want to go out and watch a game, me and him hopefully, but big fan."

As for his football idol, Shelton has an affinity for a fellow Pacific Islander star who now plays in Detroit.

"I just try to outwork everybody, but somebody who I've looked up to a lot is Haloti Ngata," said Shelton, who also mentioned former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu as an inspiration.

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