If you play tennis, and I mean, really play tennis, then at least one of these will apply to you. Comment below on how many you nodded your head at and tell us what other signs that we might’ve missed.
1. Tan lines
Unless you play indoors 365 days a year, you’ve probably rocked some mean tan lines in your day. For us guys, it’s all about the farmers tan and sock tan. You’ve probably gotten the “why are you still wearing your socks?” line thrown your way before. And for the ladies, if you’re anything like our playtesters, then you’ve had the pleasure of modeling the “I wore 4 different sports bras in 1 weekend” tan line.
Andy Murray proudly sporting the farmers tan.
2. One arm bigger than the other
One handed backhand, two handed backhand, it doesn’t matter. One will look like Arnold Schwartenager from Terminator and the other arm looks like it belongs to Tom Hanks from Castaway. Continue reading →
Today during my lunchtime hit, I took the game outdoors. Today looked like fall had arrived with cooler temperatures and softer light. The official start of fall is Sunday so we’re right on schedule. I love this time of year, and fall fashions are among my favorites. I love the rich, deep colors. One of the fringe benefits of tennis is the fashion. We get to play the game we love, plus we get to play around with fashion, too. As if I needed an excuse.
The fall EleVen by Venus Williams collection brings an extra element of fashion to athletic wear. Venus is right on trend with her floral print — the high fashion runways showed some for the season. Just check out Dolce Gabbana’s fall-winter collection. You’ll find a variety of florals, and plenty of them go back to black just like the EleVen line.
Venus wore my favorite piece of the collection — the Rose Mesh Dress — at this year’s US Open. It’s just the perfect dose of pretty and sweet. I also love the depth of color in the pink in the group for fall, and it mixes well with both solid black and the floral print. If an all-over floral print just isn’t your cup of tea, you can still get the look by pairing one floral piece with a solid piece. It’s also worth noting that the Flutter Skort comes in two lengths (12″ and 14″) so you can further customize your look.
This fall, Prince is introducing seven models with super open string patterns. Using its new Extreme String Pattern technology, or “ESP,” Prince is seizing on the trend toward spin-friendly string patterns. Claiming that this ESP technology will add 30% more spin to your game, Prince is helping players gain a higher net clearance for consistency and heavier shots to penetrate the court with these ESP racquets. The open pattern allows the strings to stretch farther before snapping back with great force and loading the ball with extra RPMs.
This ESP technology is coming to the Warrior, Premier and Tourfamily of racquets. When I asked Chris what his initial thoughts of the new ESP racquets were, he said, “I think the thing that sets them apart from other spin racquets is that EXO3 and ESP seem to amplify each other. The result is a very soft and forgiving stringbed that is also very lively. Obviously they are very spin-friendly, too, but they can also make even the stiffest poly feel pretty soft and lively.” Continue reading →