When Li Na lifted the French Open trophy in March she not only became the first Chinese tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title, she also sent advertisers scurrying for the telephone. Now, just two months later, Li has been rewarded for her efforts with long-term endorsement contracts worth a collected US$42 million. … Continued
During his visit to Nike headquarters last saturday, Ronaldo received a pair of golden Mercurial in honour of his winning football history and his help in developing the fastest boot on the planet.
Luxury hotel chain Fairmont is to roll out BMW bikes to all of its worldwide hotels, it confirmed this week. The bikes program, which was introduced last year at some of the chain’s North American hotels, appears to have proved so popular that it will now be rolled out around the world in time for … Continued
Abu Dhabi is to construct a new sailing village to boost the Emirate’s appeal to watersports fans, the country’s tourism authorities announced June 13. The new “Destination Village” will be completed in time for the abu dhabi Volvo Ocean Race’s stop in the Emirate, which is currently scheduled for January 1, 2012. While the Volvo … Continued
In order to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Italian brand created the very special FILA FX2 limited edition shoes, covered with 1,000 Swarovski crystals. Available in two colors and eco-safe (with anti-fur design), the collection is limited to only 100 pairs worldwide. Perfectly combining sportiness and elegance, the FILA FX2 sport shoes also boast the … Continued
China seems to be caught in a conundrum. While the country has over the past decade actively encouraged the rapid rise of its middle class, it now seems quite unsure of how to handle the trappings that go with their newfound wealth. First the hammer came down on billboards advertising luxury brands — from March … Continued
We’ve seen Maserati, Audi, McLaren, Range Rover, Lexus, and even Shelby come out with their own bicycles in the past few months. And now German automaker Mercedes is getting ready to jump on the bandwagon. In its Bike Selection 2011, Mercedes-Benz combines uniquely attractive and innovative frames with dedicated, up-to-date components. For those racing on … Continued
Manchester United has been named as the world’s most valuable football club for the seventh year in a row by Forbes. Real Madrid is again No. 2 with a value of $1.45 billion, followed by Arsenal at $1.19 billion; Bayern Munich at $1.1 billion; and Barcelona, with a value of $975 million. It uses data … Continued
The island nation of the Maldives is poised to build a 18-hole floating golf course, luxurious accommodations and a convention centre.
Sports fans are well catered for by a new hotel design which popped up in China this month — shaped like a ping-pong racket. The wacky design, which will reportedly be built in the city of Huainan, in East China’s Anhui province, is perfectly modelled on an upside down table tennis racket and is designed … Continued
McLaren has teamed up with US bicycle manufacturer Specialized to create an aerodynamic road bike called the Venge. The racing road bicycle has been designed by Chris D’Aluisio and features an aerodynamic frame built entirely out of carbon fibre. The launch took place at the Formula One team’s HQ, two days ahead of Milan-San Remo, … Continued
Luxury SUV maker Land Rover will be making headway into the cycling market this year with the Range Rover Evoque Concept Road Bike. Built in cooperation with Karbona, the bicycle uses Formula One-derived technology, featuring a carbon fiber frame with an integrated seat tube, alloy handlebars, black chrome trim, a leather saddle, and a 20-gear … Continued
Odyssey Golf have unveiled a stunning one-off 2-Ball putter encrusted with rubies and diamonds to be sold in world-renowned department store Harrods. The putter comes complete with an 18-carat white gold head, 240 rubies and 378 diamonds – as well as a price tag of £100k.
Bell & Ross watches and Shaw Harley Davidson have teamed up to develop a one-off custom motorcycle: the Bell & Ross-inspired Nascafe Racer. Shaw Harley Davidson approached Bell & Ross about a bike design project that was inspired by the watchmakers’ vision on performance, precision and engineering. The same technical exactness that Bell & Ross … Continued
Ducati in collaboration to Cigarette Racing Team has unveiled at the Miami International Boat Show the new Cigarette Racing 42X Ducati Edition. The new boat is powered by two 1,100hp Mercury Racing engines that will sprint it to a top speed of 120 mph. The 42X is painted in white with a Ducati Red racing … Continued
Hublot and ECAL, the Lausanne University of Art and Design, have teamed up for this limited edition limited edition sledge that is perfect for hitting the slopes on. Following on from the Hublot skis and the Hublot All Black Bike, the Hublot Sledge unites these “sporting heavyweights”, genuine jewels of technology and design, just like … Continued
The Audi Concept Design Munich designed and developed the Audi Carbon Ski concept that combines technology from the motorsports and winter sports industries. The Audi Carbon Ski has wooden core plus layers of aluminum and titanium, all covered in a carbon case. At 1,550 grams (with a ski length of 170 cm), the ski will … Continued
Kicking off the 2011 ATP World Tour, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played the most unique round of tennis ever , in the waters outside of Doha, Qatar. The tennis stars faced off on a floating court in Doha Bay Sunday, just ahead of the first tournament of the year, the Qatar Open. The two … Continued
AC Milan reached dizzying new heights on Friday, when they played football at the top of the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa. With a pitch specially created on the towering 828 metre-plus structure, the AC Milan team took their game to levels never seen before. The AC Milan squad were in Dubai for their … Continued
Westin has become the latest global hotel chain to partner with a sportswear manufacturer, announcing a collaboration with fitness brand New Balance. The luxury hotel brand said December 14 that it will provide guests with New Balance sneakers and sportswear to use when staying. In-room exercise programs that include stretching, cardio and yoga will also … Continued