Like a typical female fashionista, shoes are one of my biggest weaknesses! Everything from cute sandals to wedges, boots to flip flops, running shoes to flats…and of course, tennis shoes!
So when I put on the new Speed Star K W IIs by Diadora…let’s just say, I was one happy lady! Plush cushioning enveloped my feet in a sleek black and purple design. I was officially obsessed! And by obsessed, I mean I couldn’t take them off! I proudly wore them all over the TW explaining to everyone how amazingly comfortable these cute shoes were. I wore them down the hall, I wore them for a hit and I wore them in the gym…I even took them out for a walk to get some coffee because there was no way I was taking these shoes off! Nothing can beat the plush perfection of these shoes!
So comfort and cosmetics aside, why else do I love these shoes? They are quick and low to the ground, yet still stable and have a good grip on the court. Everything I’m looking for in a tennis shoe and more! While they work great on the court, I must admit that I find myself slipping these shoes on whenever I can! With a six month outsole guarantee, I know I will be getting a lot of use out of these and can look forward to a new pair if I happen to wear them down in the next 6 months.
These are quickly climbing up the ladder to be a new favorite shoe of mine…ladies, trust me on this one…check these Diadoras out!
Maybe it’s because my next birthday is inching up…or that lately some of the things I see and hear make me feel old (I’m pretty sure I still don’t know exactly what twerking is?!). But I feel like the world is all sorts of retro lately, even hitting the tennis world…and I like it!
Even watching the Oscars last weekend, actors I grew up watching were on stage winning awards (shout out to Jordan Catalano for any “My So Called Life” fans — who knew we would see Jared Leto up there winning an Academy Award?!). So seeing some of my favorite tennis players make their way back on to the scene (in one way or another), makes me excited for the future of tennis! Continue reading →
I’m incredibly antsy and eager counting down the days till I get to enjoy the BNP Paribas Tournament this year! Always an absolute favorite for me, this year is even more exciting with all of the new additions (Stadium 2, lots of new restaurants, added practice courts, etc.)! So, while I count the hours until I get to be basking in the sun and tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, I thought I’d share with you another new feature the BNP has for us this year (even if you don’t get the chance to venture out to the desert for tennis, this might be worth a download so you can keep up with all the action)!
First things first. Wifi! Yes, the Tennis Gardens has updated its technology this year and is offering wifi throughout the venue! So whether it’s checking scores on one of the courts you aren’t watching or sending a quick “out of office” email, you will find quick internet access.
Here at Tennis Warehouse we are anxiously counting down the days until the BNP Paribas tournament in Indian Wells! So to pass the time until then, we are keeping tabs on the ATP and WTA tournaments going on, but have also found ourselves fixated on the Winter Olympics around here! You may have heard the shriek from our office that we let out when we watched Shaun White’s two runs in the Half Pipe the other day! Not to mention, we have all been rocking some red, white and blue apparel and are learning about new athletes, not to mention we are intrigued by the winter sports and determined to try and perfect them ourselves.
So I asked some of my fellow playtesters 3 questions about this year’s Winter Olympics:
Favorite Winter Olympic Sport to watch?
Favorite Olympic Athlete?
If you could compete in any winter sport, what would it be?
Check out their answers and be sure to check out some of our patriotic gear!
If you are anything like me or my tennis friends, your life is busy and you are usually juggling your outfits with your daily activities — from the gym, to work, to the court, to running errands, etc.! So we wanted to help you out and grabbed 10 super cute pieces from Nike and made several different outfits perfect for all areas of your day — from sporty to sassy to strong looks — we’ve got you covered!
Like the professional athletes of our sport, today’s tennis players don’t just play tennis anymore to get their exercise in — you can find them in the gym, running, hiking, taking barre classes, kickboxing, cross-fitting, etc. Which is why this blog is a shout out to those dynamic ladies out there who find themselves on the court, off the court, in the gym and every where in between on a daily basis. These are the looks the active, athletic tennis ladies live in. Continue reading →
If you are a longtime tennis player, like myself, when you hear the word “barricade” you instantly think of a very stable adidas tennis shoe…or is that just me?! Launching in the year 2000, adidas has created a legacy in the Barricade line of shoes for being one of the top tennis shoes for aggressive tennis players of all ages.
My first run in with the Barricade line takes me back to my college tennis days. Back in 2001, our team was sponsored by adidas, and our shoe of choice (along with several other teams across the country) was the Barricade. The ideal shoe for a college team, our Barricades held up great with the 20-hour practice weeks and tournaments and matches every weekend — not to mention they were easy to move in, yet provided the ultimate support and stability. Continue reading →
I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for tennis season to be back in full force! I am counting down the days until the Australian Open! But until then, let’s discuss some player/coach relationships as it seems like lately there has been an influx of new relationships being formed.
It’s not new to see former pros on the coaching end of things, but it seems like lately, all of our favorite players from the past have made their way back to the circuit via coaching. Brad Gilbert has worked with the best of them — everyone from Agassi, Roddick, Andy Murray to Nishikori and even Sam Querrey. Some of those relationships blossomed in chemistry, and some were duds. In 2013, we saw Sharapova hire, and quickly fire, Jimmy Connors — but let’s be honest, there wasn’t enough room on the court for those two superstars. Then there was Martina Hingis’ stint in coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova…until Martina realized how much she missed the limelight and competition.
So, who do we have paired up in 2014?
Federer and Edberg are working together in 2014 — photos by Cynthia Lum
If you are looking for the tackiest grips of them all…look no further! After playtesting Tourna Grip Mega Tac Overgrip ourselves and running a playtest on our message boards, Talk Tennis, we are confident in saying that if you are a fan of tacky grips, this one is definitely the one for you!
This new Mega Tac grip from Tourna is the tackiest grip to ever have been created. Not only is it tacky, but it also lasts longer than any other grip you’ve used — retaining its tack for up to 14 hours of play.
Being that the chilly fall days are here and winter is right around the corner, this is the grip for the brisk season of tennis playing! During the summer, you probably want a grip that will absorb the most sweat (think Tourna Grip), but in the colder temps and with less sweat, tacky is what you want when it comes to finding the perfect grip for your game. Hot or cold weather aside, we ran a playtest on Talk Tennis (our message board) and found that players are really loving this grip no matter the temperature outside! Check out some of the feedback we received from the Talk Tennis playtesters: Continue reading →
Being that tennis has consumed a good 95% of my life, you can assume that means my family and friends eat, sleep and breathe almost as much tennis as I do on a daily basis (and I certainly make sure they get their daily dose of tennis). Even the members of my family that don’t play tennis anymore still love the clothes and accessories that tennis players adorn from the hoodies to headbands to tops and capris, etc. And don’t even get me started on the obsession from my brother-in-law-to-be with the sour candy from Sugarpova.
With that being said, although I am slacking slightly this year in my gift buying, there’s a good chance most of my presents will be bought where? Where else but the Warehouse! So while I can’t disclose too much on the specifics of my shopping cart because I know I have snoopers in my family…I can offer some pretty awesome stocking stuffers (I’m talking some seriously fun swag for under $20!) for you guys to contemplate for the tennis lovers in your life! Continue reading →
Another year in the ATP is in the books. Four majors have been played, 3 separate men have captured those titles. The pros are busy preparing for the year to come. So, who can we crown the GOAT of 2013? Rafa? Nole? Murray? The discussion is on the table!
our Tennis Warehouse GOAT
Rafael Nadal. After receiving the “Legend Award” this week in Spain, Nadal proves to be possibly the GOAT of 2013…and possibly of all time. With his domination on most surfaces he competes on and his all-out physical game, we have seen Rafa take a new approach to tennis this year with taking chunks of time off to properly train and rehab. With the French Open and US Open titles under his belt plus 8 other titles, it’s an impressive feat indeed. But can we really give the GOAT award to a player with an early 1st round exit from Wimbledon? Continue reading →