Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal were the two left standing with the champions trophies, but they weren’t the only winners from the 2013 US Open. Let’s take a look at this year’s best dressed, as determined by your faithful Tennis Warehouse bloggers.
Serena Williams. Photo by Cynthia Lum.
Ladies first. First up, we should start with the champion herself. Karly found herself partial to the night look of Serena Williams. I can’t help but think of ballerina when I look at her Heathered V-Neck Dress. I think it’s the flouncy skirt on the dress and snug leotard-type top. The night version wins out with its pop of pink on a greyish-blue base.
Maria Kirilenko and Laura Robson in action during the US Open. Photos by Cynthia Lum.
Laura Robson and Maria Kirilenko in adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade impressed Brittany and Jason (yes, the guys weighed in, too!). Brittany liked the beige top to ground the ultra bright orange skirt and shoes. Jason is a big Kirilenko fan, and I have to admit, if someone can pull off an entirely neon orange outfit, it’s Kirilenko.
Whenever Serena Williams steps onto the court, she’s a force to be reckoned with. It’s no wonder that she’s the No. 1 seed in the 2013 US Open. Let’s take a quick look at the gear she’s been using to dispatch her opponents.
Serena Williams in action during the US Open tennis tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. Photo by Cynthia Lum.
He’s known as the King of Clay, but he’s been on a bit of a tear this summer on the hard courts so watch out for Rafael Nadal as he makes a bid for another US Open title. Let’s take a look at Rafa’s gear from the 2013 US Open.
Rafa in action at the 2013 US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.
I just want to start out by thanking everyone who’s made the past couple of weeks such an incredible experience. The outpouring of love and support has been both humbling and heartwarming. It’s such an amazing feeling to have so many people behind you.
Tim Smyczek at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
Saturday night was a three and a half hour adrenaline rush. I’ve never been a part of something that special on a tennis court. I found it impossible to feel tired with a crowd like that carrying me the entire way. I can tell that feeling is addictive and I can’t wait to be in that same position again. I got chills every time the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA!” I wanted so badly to win that match for all the people cheering me on, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
There’s a reason that Pete and Andre and Andy used to love coming to New York every summer and I feel like I can in some small way relate to that. And I can’t wait to be back next year to do it all over again.
I have had a couple of incredible days in New York. Friday was an amazing experience!
Tim Smyczek is into the 3rd round! Photo by Cynthia Lum
The morning flew by and before I knew it, it was time for my match. I had a bit of a shaky start. Bogey came out playing great. Very aggressive and he didn’t give me much opportunity to get into the match. At 1-1 in the second set, I finally got my teeth into the match a bit and was able to break him. I got broken back a few games later, but I did feel like I was settling in. We both held out until a tiebreaker, and although I didn’t convert my first three set points, I finally took the second set 8-6 in the breaker.
Bogey jumped out to an early lead in the third and I went down 6-2. I battled back and won the fourth 6-4. I broke early in the fifth, but was broken back at 3-2. Finally at 4-4 I was able to break again. Before I served out the match and I was walking up to the line, the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA” It was an incredible feeling. I got goosebumps.
I’m third match up on grandstand on Sunday and I can’t wait to do it all over again!
Well obviously I’m disappointed with the result of my first round match against Hewitt. However, I am proud of the way that I competed and felt that my level was pretty solid for the most part (especially for being my third tournament back after over 6 months off). I think my biggest issue was that I haven’t been able to train quite as hard as I’ve wanted to, and that forced me to play too aggressive in the final set. My legs just weren’t quite there and didn’t feel like I could extend a ton of the rallies. Another huge factor was that I didn’t serve well. I probably broke him enough to win two matches, but just never got a good rhythm on my serve. He obviously returns well, but I should never lose my serve that many times.
Brian Baker at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
On the bright side, I’m still alive in the doubles with my good friend Rajeev Ram. We won our first match against the youngsters who won Kalamazoo earlier this month (Ronnie Schneider and Paul Oosterbaan). It was definitely an interesting match because Ronnie and Rajeev are good friends from Indianapolis and share the same coach, Bryan Smith. It was all business during the match, but I’m sure it was tough on Rajeev to play his good friend in his first US Open experience.
Today we play the 7 seeds, Benneteau and Zimonjic. They are a great team who has been in good form lately (won DC). However, Rajeev an I are a confident team and truly believe we can beat anyone out here if we play well. If we take care if our service games, we should be in good shape.
Time to go get on the bike and see my trainer before our 10:45 warmup. We play 2nd after women’s doubles, so we will probably go on around 12:30.
Ana Ivanovic is wearing one of my favorite looks this week at the US Open in her adidas Adizero line of clothes — I’m loving the bright color combos in this collection! She takes the court in the next round against American, Christina McHale (who also is wearing pieces from the adizero Fall collection). So, let’s take a quick look at what Ana is styling on the courts of Flushing Meadows.
Ana Ivanovic at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
Her apparel: The colors in this collection absolutely pop out there on the court and I love the reddish-orange combo with the dark blue. Ana is wearing the Fall Adizero Dress in the Hi-Res Red (orange) with Hero Ink color. This bold, lightweight adidas dress features a scoop neck, racerback straps, mesh inserts at the chest and upper back for increased ventilation. Also, this dress comes with a matching sports bra and compression short so you don’t have to worry about finding coordinating pieces! On her feet, she is wearing the adizero CC Tempaia IIs in a colorway that matches her dress perfectly. These lightweight, fast shoes offer extreme breathability and have been designed with maximum ventilation, which for sure help keep Ana’s feet cool on the hot NYC days. She shields the sun from her face, with her matching adizero II visor.
Her gear: Ana’s racquet of choice is the Yonex E-Zone Xi 98 which provides a stable, yet flexible, soft feel offering excellent power and a flexible, forgiving feel. From the baseline, this racquet feels very maneuverable allowing easy access to fast swings for power and spin generation. Shy hybrids her string with Solinco Tour Bite 16 with Wilson Natural Gut 16. She carries her gear on court with her Yonex Pro Bag.
Tim Smyczek battled the rain delays and up-and-coming Aussie, James Duckworth, to win his first round match at the US Open. In his second round, he had to grind against fellow Athletic DNA player, Alex Bogomolov Jr., pulling out the win in five sets proving he was “born for this!” As he makes his way into the third round, let’s take a look at what this Athletic DNA athlete is wearing this week!
Tim Smyczek at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
His apparel & gear:
For his matches, Tim is wearing the Athletic DNA Spring Victory Polo — a classic look with a modern edge. This polo features a ribbed knit collar with contrast tipping, three-button placket with a fun custom print, raglan sleeves and contrast mesh insets on sides to keep cool. He has paired that with the ADNA Summer Tournament Short in red. This lightweight woven short features an elastic waistband with an internal drawcord, an inner print and pockets for balls. Rounding out the look, with a hint of blue, Tim is wearing the adidas adizero Feather II’s. These shoes are comfortable, quick and high performing with a focus on multidirectional speed and support for aggressive movements — if you have watched Tim play, then you know why these are his current shoes of choice!
Tim’s weapon of choice on the court is the Dunlop Biomimetic F3.0 Tour. This racquet offers advanced players exceptional control from all areas of the court with a tight 18×20 string pattern that provides an extremely predictable and precise response. Baseliners with big swings are rewarded with controllable power with this one and it’s clear why this racquet works so well for Tim’s game.
Tim Smyczek defeats James Duckworth in the 1st round at the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum
Yesterday was an extremely long day for me. It started off with another first — our tournament car ran out of gas on the highway! Thankfully, we were able to make it over to the shoulder and not hold up traffic, but it was still a bit unnerving. And luckily someone who works at the US Open operations desk just happened to be driving by! He pulled over, popped his head out the window and said, “Do you guys need a ride?”
After we got to the site, I went through my usual routine (albeit a bit abbreviated). Then I had a quick bite to eat and started to prepare for my match. For me, this means gripping racquets, mixing electrolyte drinks and seeing the trainers for some treatment and stretching. Pretty soon it was game time.
My day started pretty early this morning. I woke up at 7:15 and caught my tournament car at 8am. I don’t play until the third match on after 11, but I had a warm up on Louis Armstrong at 10 (I wanted to hit on my match court and that was the time I had to do it). I made it to the site around 8:45 and saw my trainer from 9-9:30 (basically just getting stretched and some light soft tissue work). From 9:30-9:45, I got on the bike and did some dynamic stretching. Then it was time to walk a few hundred yards to Louis Armstrong from Ashe.
I had a great warmup from Ronnie Schneider, a freshman at UNC who I actually playdoubles against in the 1st round here this week. I typically go really light for pre-match warmups, but since I was hitting several hours before my match, I went for a full half hour. I probably have not sweat that much in a warmup in a long time!
After the warmup, I got a quick stretch in from my trainer, showered, and went to the dining room to grab some food. For a 3-5 set match I try to eat quite a bit, so I grabbed a plate and a half of pasta (with a small amount of sauce), some pretzels, and a few cliff bars (for the match). While I was relaxing after lunch, rain suspended all the matches. I’m currently just sitting in the player’s lounge just trying to relax and stay comfortable. I still have one more match to wait out before going on once play resumes.