One Size Fits Small

Hi, my name is, Kana, and I’m vertically challenged. I’m 5’1”, 3 inches shorter than the average American female. Brittany, who stands 11 inches taller than me, previously blogged on apparel that was right for her. Well ladies, the shorty is in to reveal apparel fit for people of my stature.

Bottoms seem to be the hardest for me to find, specifically in length. I usually feel like a toddler trying on my mother’s old tennis skirts. Luckily, Roxy has entered the tennis market with a new fit appealing mostly to younger females. The Team Court Skort sits low at the hips and measures at 10.5” skort length in a size small. It comes in a variety of colors making it fun to match up with any top!

Roxy Skort

Roxy Skort

My next favorite is Nike’s Flirty Set Point Skort. Like the Roxy skort, this sits low on the hips and measures at 10.5” skort length in a size small as well. The asymmetrical ruffles give it a fun look and not to forget the fabric feels amazing!

Nike Flirty Set Point Skort

Nike Flirty Set Point Skort

As the average height of female professionals keep growing, I feel saddened when I “Ooo and aww” at an outfit seen on tour as I know it would not be flattering to my height. Luckily, Maria Sharapova’s Statement Skort comes in at 11.5”, short enough to give a flattering look to my legs. The pleated detail on the front and back give a playful look and comes in different colors.

Nike Maria Statement Skort

Nike Maria Statement Skort

When it comes to tops, I’m not the bustiest of folk. If there’s a built-in bra, I’m usually left with excess room that makes it bulky in the front, extra material at the arm holes make it look like my tank has wings, or it’s so long it might as well be a dress. Nike and Fila have joined my wardrobe becoming some of my favorite tops.

The Flirty Smash Classic Tank from Nike has a built-in bra that comfortably hugs and supports smaller chests but still offers stretch for those more endowed. The open back keeps you cool and gives it a sexy style.

Nike Flirty Smash Classic Tank

Nike Flirty Smash Classic Tank

For those who favor a lighter top with thinner straps, the Fila Spring Center Court Cami Tank is just right! It has a built-in shelf bra that is thin yet supportive, and I love the cross back style with the spaghetti straps.

Fila Spring Center Court Cami

Fila Spring Center Court Cami

There you have it. My favorite pieces that fit my body type. Spread the word if you find more articles of clothing that we offer for the smaller community.

Peace Sign,
Kana

Tennis Bags Galore

I’ve been doing product videos for quite some time now. I’ve learned the ins and outs of products including their technologies, materials, designs, and how they fit. Specifically, I’ve come to know most of the bags in our stock very well.

I’ve come across a few that have made an impression. One of my favorite bags I’ve come across is the Head Elite Series All Court 3 Pack Bag. The average 3 pack bag usually consists of one main compartment and accessory pocket. But this is the king of 3 packs. This is for the player who wants a duffle bag design with the ability to store racquets. (Click here for product video.)


For the traveling player, the Prince Tour Team 6 Pack can hold up to 6 racquets and plenty of gear. It’s comfortable, durable, and great for those needing a lot of storage space.


The Babolat AeroPro Backpack protects its contents with its stiff shell. This is great for traveling to and from the courts as it is lightweight and can hold up to two tennis racquets. What’s great about this is that it was once $64.00, but is now $49.00. Yay for money savings! (Click here for product video.)


When it comes to traveling long distances, you need more than just your racquet bag. In and out of cities, you want something that’s easily transportable. That’s where the Dunlop Biomimetic Pro Bag with Wheels comes in. (Click here for product video.)


We have plenty of bags to choose from! Please check out our bag page to search by brand or type.

Peace Sign,
Kana

Team Unity

As I woke up Sunday morning and went to hike Bishop’s Peak, I was thinking about how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place and do something I truly love. The season is already half over and could not be going any quicker. It was just six months ago when I met our five incoming freshmen, and I have seen them transform into much more confident tennis players and people.

They came in as timid girls with different personalities, cultures (one is from Belgium, another from Israel) and interests. Yet they have created such a strong bond with each other and have become the closest of friends. This is one of the rewarding parts of coaching: watching the girls grow into their identities and coming together as a team. When I was a player, I never really noticed these subtle changes that I or my teammates made, but now that I am outside the box, everything is much more clear.

Hiking to Bishop's Peak

On Friday after practice, I decided to do a fun activity to keep up the team morale. Because it has been a hard week with finals, Hugh and I have tried to make the last 15 minutes of practice really fun and different. So far we have played a competitive doubles game, a game of tag, a relay race and made sure there was lots of laughing and joking around. This way they can come to practice and use it as a release (from studying) rather than finding it a burden. Our hope is if we make it fun in practice that they can head back to study in better moods, be relieved of stress and feel confident about their tennis games.

For my activity, I had the girls sit in a circle, and I picked someone out. I said something I admired, was thankful for and how she has been a positive influence in my life. She then picked another girl on the team and complimented her. The girls kept doing this until everyone on the team had received and given a compliment. It was pretty emotional, and the girls left practice in a better mood, while feeling positive about themselves and their teammates. As simple as it sounds, it really works. Hearing something nice or saying something positive about someone you care about is really refreshing and rewarding.

The girls carried this positive energy and momentum to our Saturday morning match. We played an easier team in our conference, so we were able to mix up our line-ups and give other girls on the team an opportunity to play. It is good to give everyone a chance (especially the ones who normally cheer) so they continue to stay inspired and eager to improve. The girls are very selfless in this sense that they support whoever is out on the court. It is fun to watch the leaders on the team sit out and support the girls who are at the bottom of the line-up and are normally the ones doing the encouraging.

The girls finished the dual match with great vocal support, lots of energy and improved team unity. I see us continuing to improve and striving to reach our goal of becoming the most improved team in the country!

Living the Dream,
Suzie