Yonex-sponsored pro Stanislas Wawrinka shocked the tennis world when he won the 2014 Australian Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum
It began with surprises at the 2014 Australian Open. Stanislas Wawrinka rode his momentum from a strong 2013 season and captured his first ever Grand Slam title, supplanting all-time great Roger Federer as the #1 ranked Swiss player for a short while. Let’s also not forget Ana Ivanovic taking down the overwhelming favorite for the women’s title, Serena Williams, in the round of 16, beating her for the first time in their careers.
Fast forward to summer when Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios became the first player born in the 1990s to beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in the round of 16. One month later, Sabine Lisicki smashed a 131 mph serve, the fastest recorded serve in the history of the WTA tour.
What do these four players and some of the biggest stories in tennis from this year have in common? They’re all using Yonex tennis racquets!
Raise your hand if you like to mix and match items in your wardrobe to turn one outfit into two, three or four. My hand is up, way up. I practice this with my tennis and workout gear, too. In that spirit, I thought it would be a fun exercise (pun intended?) to see how far I could take this concept with a tennis tank top.
To do this, I chose the new Nike Premier Maria Tank in the ivory color. I liked the feminine neckline, and let’s be honest, white — or off white in this case — is an easy candidate for tucking seamlessly into new ensembles.
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,