October has begun! And while we are all enjoying pumpkin flavored everything, another great thing that happens this month is the explosion of pink things and Breast Cancer Awareness. An annual campaign starts every year on October 1 to not only help create awareness of this disease, but also work on finding cures and raising money to do so.
In a sport like tennis that is dominated by strong women at every level, this cause hits home for tennis players all over the world. There is a good chance you know someone who has fought a battle or had a scare with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Behind skin cancer, it effects the highest number of women. However, since 1989, the death rates from breast cancer have been declining as a result of better treatment and earlier detection through screening and increased awareness. Right now, according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
September is here! And summer is winding down, which means everyone is making their way back to campus and gearing up for tennis season. Whether you’re a seasoned scholarship player or looking to make the high school or club team, we’ve compiled some of our favorite fall campus items you should check out. We also know what it’s like to be an athlete on the go, so we’ve added a couple workouts to keep on hand and a simple snack recipe to keep you loaded with energy during your crazy activity filled days!
For our active ladies, we have tons of great items to fill up your bag of choice, we particularly are enjoying this cute, easy-to-carry Asics Fit Sana Bag. Since we are active athletes ourselves, we always like to have a couple cute tops and tanks on hand for changing into or out of depending on what activity is next on our agenda. Headbands are perfect for any outfit and anywhere — giving you a touch of color to help tame those locks. The Asics Gel Solution Speed 2s are the perfect option whether you are running balls down, walking campus or hitting the gym. Looking for a new frame to show off on the court? Check out the Drive Z Lite (available in yellow or pink) from Babolat. For more must haves, be sure to check out more of our campus picks here!
In an unlikely turn of events at the US Open, two players who had never made it to a Grand Slam final found themselves taking the stage to battle on Monday.
Croatian sensation and Head player, Marin Cilic closed out an amazing two week run by defeating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in a routine win. With 17 aces and 35 winners, Cilic saved 8 of the 9 break points he faced and played like he belonged at the top. The 25 year old credited his win to all of his hard work and his team, including former Wimbledon Champion, Goran Ivanisevic. Nishikori also had a tournament to be proud of, left his heart on the court but just didn’t have enough to put away the big hitting Cilic on Monday.
On the women’s side of things, off court besties, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced each other in the finals. Serena proved to be too strong again and was running Wozniacki all over the court — even her marathon training wasn’t enough to upset the number one seed. Serena captured her 6th US Open title and 18th Grand Slam title to add to her impressive resume.
The Bryan Brothers hit 100 titles last weekend at the Open taking the men’s doubles, while the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, long time Fed Cup partners, captured the Women’s doubles title.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already missing the tennis…good thing we have some Davis Cup action to look forward to this weekend!
Play with heart,