Yesterday, the tennis world lost a legend. Chances are, if you have picked up tennis in the last 50 or so years, you have learned a thing or two from Vic Braden – player, instructor, author, innovator and lover of all things tennis.
It was no secret that this man loved every minute he spent on the tennis court. And if he could help you out with a forehand or backhand, his smile beamed even bigger. Famous for making his students laugh, Braden leaves a legacy of devotion to the sport and tennis innovation.
The list of contributions he made to the sport is endless. A co-founder of the Jack Kramer Club in California, Braden was known for creating interest and enthusiasm with tennis. He had a way of teaching that made tennis fun and kept players in the sport for life. He used video analysis to really break down fundamentals with his players and had an interest in studying everything about tennis. He created a tennis college and research center in Coto De Caza and then followed up with more of them in Utah and Florida. He also founded the Junior Tennis Ambassador Program, which helped younger kids learn at a young age how to coach others.
Braden, who passed away at the age of 85 of a heart attack on Monday, was still teaching his “Laugh and Win” style of tennis up until March of this year. The world of tennis is better because of him and we will miss his infectious smile.
Play with heart,
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!