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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading →
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:
Maria Kirilenko is adidas by Stella McCartney at the US Open.
Laura Robson is adidas by Stella McCartney at the US Open.
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.
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!”
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.”
We started with racquets, but the shoes we tennis players put on our feet are just as important as the racquets we put in our hands. So next up is our playtesters’ picks for their favorite shoes of 2013.
Ladies first. Hands down it looks like Nike ruled with the release of the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour. Three of our female playtesters chose this as their favorite shoe of 2013.
Women’s Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour
Brittany: “All I can say is … finally! I have been watching/listening to our male playtesters rave about Roger Federer’s shoe of choice for almost two years. And this year, I finally got to see what all the fuss was about. And, boy, I was definitely not disappointed. This shoe lived up to my expectations; it was lightweight, stable, stylish and comfortable. In my playtest review, I rated it my highest scoring shoe of all time. If I had to go play a tournament right now, this would be my shoe of choice.”
Karly: “This shoe blows the competition out of the water. The Vapor 9 Tour is easily the lightest shoe I’ve played in, but it’s not just the weight that makes it my favorite shoe. It’s the combination of durability and stability that puts it above the rest. Most of the time you can’t have a shoe that’s lightweight and durable or lightweight and supportive. Well this isn’t the case with this high performance shoe, no siree! Nike set the bar high with the Vapor 9 Tours by disproving that a lightweight shoe can’t be durable or supportive.”
Tiffani: “Easily my favorite shoe of the year, the Vapor 9 Tour is one of few shoes that have made me think women’s tennis footwear has taken a step forward. The Vapor 9 is low profile, light and supportive. I move better with this shoe than in any others in the current crop of shoes and am more confident on the court as a result. It doesn’t hurt that this is one of the best looking court shoes either. Now I can’t wait to try the Lunar Ballistecs in 2014!”
It’s about time to say goodbye to 2013, and this means it’s time for our Tennis Warehouse playtesters to weigh in with some of their favorites from the past year. First up, we asked some of our testers to pick their favorite racquets released this past year. Drum roll, please ….
It was the year of spin for our playtesters. Three playtesters chose Spin Effect racquets — those with wide open string patterns — from Wilson.
Wilson Six.One 95S
The Wilson Six.One 95S is the only racquet this year to get multiple votes. Both Jason and Chris love this one, and Chris has made the switch!
Jason: “More control than my current Steam 99S but still offers tons of spin!”
Chris: “I love this racquet! I get great spin with it and more control than most other spin racquets thanks to the 18 main strings. It offers a nice crisp feel and I can go from defense to offense with it with one swing.”
Here at TW we’re gearing up for 2014, and it’s coming fast! adidas always gets a jump on things and releases its spring collection at the end of December. But you don’t have to wait that long to get a sneak peek at Ana Ivanovic‘s Australian Open dress. If you follow her on Twitter, you may have already caught a glimpse of this blue ensemble.