Our 3 favorite spring women’s tennis fashion trends

Spring tennis fashion

1. Let’s go nautical!

Yacht or no yacht, you can wear stripes. Lots of brands are doing them, and they’re mixing it up by laying them out in a chevron pattern or mixing directions from horizontal to vertical. This playful take on stripes keeps it modern and sporty. From Fila to Jofit to EleVen, stripes are everywhere.

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Nike’s 2014 summer tennis collection plays with print, color

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Unless you’re a Nike faithful, you might not know that Nike launches new apparel collections at the start of each quarter. Today the summer 2014 collections roll out, and on May 1, we’ll get a few more pieces when we’ll see what Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and the rest of the Nike athlete crew will wear for this year’s French Open.

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One Strings Spin Deeper racquet delivers on that promise

It seems like all the racquet brands are telling me that spin is in. It’s time to add our newest racquet brand to the list. One Strings has a couple of racquets called Spin Deeper, and they feature a 14×19 string pattern.

Because I tend to hit flatter, I haven’t quite found my spin racquet companion, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying all sorts. I’ve been testing the Spin Deeper 300, although it is offered in a heavier 315g version as well. As with most spiny racquets, this one took my flat strokes and I a bit of an adjustment period, but I’m glad I stuck out the hour or so of misfires.

I am certainly spinning the ball deeper as the racquet name suggests, and I’m really enjoying the easy response of this one. The 14×19 string pattern isn’t as wide open as Wilson Spin Effect racquets so the spin hasn’t been quite as extreme, but it’s more than enough for me. What I’m noticing more than spin from the string pattern, however, is its responsiveness. The ball just flies off the stringbed. That’s helped me to hit a deeper shot with more spin and pace when pushed back deep off the baseline.

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Men’s tennis shorts for spring 2014: print is in

Print are on trend for shorts this spring. Roger Federer showed off the look at the Australian Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Print are on trend for shorts this spring. Roger Federer showed off the look at the Australian Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Prints are in for men when it comes to shorts this season. Notable pros to step out in printed shorts at the start of this season include Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro. Here are my top five printed men’s tennis shorts.

1. Travis Mathew Men’s Spring Curtis Short – $68.00

Plaid shorts have been around the courts for ages. Everyone has done them, Nike, adidas, Fila, the list goes on. But no one has done it better than newcomer to the tennis scene Travis Mathew. Looking at the Curtis Short from a distance, you’d think this is a casual cotton short. Up close, you realize that this is a performance stretch woven short.

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Throwing a tennis-Oscar party, 6 easy ideas!

It’s Oscar time! The Academy Awards show doesn’t start until 7 p.m ET/4 p.m PT on Sunday, so that leaves plenty of time to get some tennis in beforehand. But because this isn’t just any Sunday — I mean, it is Oscar Sunday — we can have a little extra fun. My idea? Make it tennis Oscar brunch party.

I am no party planner, but I do love a get-together. Add in tennis and a theme? You had me at Champagne brunch. Here are six easy ideas for an informal tennis-Oscar brunch.

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Tennis, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways …

Love the game!

Love has a special meaning for tennis players. We love our game, and all the puns (intended or not!) that come with being a tennis player and fan. Valentine’s Day is upon us so let’s celebrate our love of all things tennis with a few fun tees.
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Australian Open 2014′s best dressed

This time of year Hollywood has its Golden Globes and red carpet. We tennis fans have our first Slam of the year and its blue courts. I know which of those I prefer to watch!

We of self-proclaimed tennis fashionista status chose a few of the outstanding outfits from the 2014 Australian Open. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites (in no particular order) …

Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Photo by Cynthia Lum.

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Our picks for best tennis pro outfits of 2013 in pictures

We already picked our personal favorite apparel pieces of 2013, but here’s one last nod to the year in apparel. This time we chose some of our favorite looks of the year as seen on the pro tour. For more, check out our Talk Tennis message board, where tennis fans have posted their favorites in this thread. In no particular order, here’s a look back:

TENNIS: AUG 31 US Open

Maria Kirilenko is adidas by Stella McCartney at the US Open.

TENNIS: AUG 28 US Open

Laura Robson is adidas by Stella McCartney at the US Open.

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Best of 2013: Tennis apparel

We tennis players are a good lookin’ bunch! Our sport of choice would certainly win the “best dressed” award when put up against the competition. Our Tennis Warehouse playtesters have picked their favorite racquets, shoes, and strings of 2013, and now we’re looking at clothing. So without further ado, here are our favorite apparel pieces and brands for the year.

In late 2013, we introduced a new men’s brand called Travis Mathew. It outfitted James Blake in the latter years of his career. After retiring, Andy Roddick also signed on as an ambassador as well as an investor. It’s all about great style and feel for this Southern California-based brand. Count Jason and our own Andy Gerst as fans.

Travis Mathew

Travis Mathew

Jason: “I’m a classy guy and this is a classy brand. ‘Nuff said.” (Editor’s note: Plus he’s the biggest James Blake fan of all time!)

Andy: “It looks awesome, and it feels even better than it looks! The apparel pieces have a ‘classed-up California surfer vibe’ going on, which, growing up in a Southern California beach town, really appeals to me. This stuff looks great on and off the court!”

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Best of 2013: Tennis strings

List mania continues today with some of our playtesters weighing in on their favorite strings of 2013. In case you missed them, check out our picks for racquets and shoes.

Our TW playtesters sure love their poly strings, and it shows with their choices. Head was the runaway winner in this category with three people choosing Sonic Pro Edge.

Andy: “It’s crisp, lively response and exceptional spin potential is right up my alley for a co-poly string. It’s a great poly for a wide variety of users, from players looking to try a poly for the first time to longtime poly users who are looking for something softer and more responsive.”

Brittany: “I’m normally not picky when it comes to strings, so this category is tough for me. However, there is one string that was released this year that stood out to me: Head Sonic Pro Edge. When I put this string in my  more powerful racquets (like Babolat Pure Drive, Donnay Formula 100, Yonex VCORE 100 S), it gives me the perfect balance of power and control. I appreciated the extra bite I got on the ball from the string’s shape especially when going for sharper angles to pull my opponents off the court. I was also surprised with how comfortable the string was to play with.”

Karly: “With all the bite, control and comfort for a polyester, for me Sonic Pro was easily a top contender of 2013. I loved the grip pf the distinct edges on the string. I felt like I could control my type of shots well because of it. Then there was also the feel of the string. For a polyester the string was livelier and softer than most, which I was a big fan of.”

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