Before the two big events in Indian Wells and Miami, players often like to get ready by practicing for a week or 10 days somewhere preferably not in the city and the club where the tournament will take place but in the same climate to prepare physically and mentally. Even though the season is still young, it does feel to some of the players as if it has been going on and on already.
Before Indian Wells, adidas invites some of its tennis athletes to come to Las Vegas and work with my colleagues (Sven Groeneveld, Darren Cahill and Gil Reyes) and me. Sven Darren and I do the work on court, and Gil focuses on the work in his gym with machines that he created himself especially for the need of tennis players.
In a tennis world full of bright colors and patterns, the best way to stand out from the crowd is to wear white. Yes, white. Just think, have you ever worn all white to a tennis match only to have someone say, “Are you ready to play Wimbledon?” Well, in honor of the 2011 Championships at Wimbledon, which is taking place right now, I picked out some of my favorite all white outfits.
I will start with the ladies first. My three favorite dresses out on the grass have to be the Nike Fall Maria Lawn dress, Nike Fall Set Point Knit dress and the adidas Fall adiZero Feather dress.
Another of my favorites is the Nike Fall Set Point Knit Dress, which can currently be seen on Victoria Azarenka. It is simple and understated, yet is flattering in all the right places. The empire waist and halter-inspired neckline give this dress extra oomph.
Lastly, the adidas Fall adiZero dress has a bold design for a white dress. Featuring a tonal design on the bodice, shiny fabric insets, and pleating on the front, the dress comes with matching compression shorts and sports bra. This dress can be seen on tennis pros Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova at Wimbledon.
If dresses are not your thing, here are two top and skort combos. First, try the classic look of Julia Goerges in the Nike Fall Smash Classic SS top and Smash Pleated Skort. With navy piping on the neckline and waistline, this outfit is ready for any country club tennis match.
If more bold contrast colors is your thing, look no further than Maria Kirilenko’s outfit. She sports the adidas Fall Barricade top and skort with bright blue and pink contrast binding on the top and pink logos on both pieces.
Check back in a couple days for my top picks on the men’s side.
Standing at about 5’11″, I am 7 inches taller than the average female, which in return makes finding clothes seven times harder. I am constantly struggling with the fit of tennis clothes.
My clothing size is somewhere in between a medium (often too short in length) and large (almost always too wide). I love wearing tennis dresses and cute tennis tops but often find them to be extremely short. With spring in the air, summer fast approaching and a plethora of new apparel at Tennis Warehouse, I thought I would pick a couple of my favorites that are flattering to female tennis players who are on the taller side.
My favorite dress right now is the adidas Spring/Summer adiZero Dress. It is available in two bright colors of Fresh Pink/Orange and Collegiate Purple/Intense Green and includes matching compression shorts and sports bra. Though the dress is a little short on me (my long torso being a disadvantage), the cute contrast compression shorts make it easy to pull off the look. The upper back is made of mesh and has a cute keyhole to keep you cool on the court. The side slits add for easy movement on the court whether playing a match or intense practice. In addition, WTA pros such as Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic and Flavia Pennetta can currently be seen wearing this dress on tour.
Roxy’s fun new spring line combines a sporty beach style with tennis clothes. One of my favorite pieces is the Zero Period Tank. This tank is on the longer side, which is perfect for taller players or players with longer torsos. The two available colors have a solid color on one side and a striped print on the other. The lightweight top feels like cotton but is actually a performance fabric, great for training in hot days. The back has an interesting racer style with straps.
Another dress on my radar is the Lija Summer Solace Dress. The dress is simple and understated but has details that make it unique. Available in both black and white, this dress is perfect for summer matches. My favorite part of the dress is the bow detail with cutout feature on the back showing just the right amount of skin. I find this dress extremely flattering on taller figures. Some additional details that I love are the ruching on the chest and pleats on the hem.
When not playing matches, I still like to look respectable. A cute yet sporty top to work out in is the Puma Spring Lifestyle Graphic Tee. The fit is on the longer side and is loose fitting. You can match it with shorts or dress it up a little bit with a skort. You can kill two birds with one stone with this tee, as you can wear it off the court as well.
These are just some of the clothes that work well with taller figures. Check back next week with Kana to find tennis clothes that fit the more petite player.