Fourth of July tennis fashion!

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What better way to celebrate Independence Day than putting together some patriotic tennis outfits?! Our TW Fashionistas (Brittany, Karly and I) took to the warehouse to come up with 3 stylish outfits that scream U-S-A! Take a look at what we have for you for to help get you in the American spirit!
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Guys can look sharp and stay warm this winter

Baby, It's Cold Outside - Men's Edition

Cold weather is upon us, not to mention holiday shopping, and so ’tis the season to think about what to wear to keep warm and what to get your husband, boyfriend, son, etc. I’ve put together a few of my favorite pieces to suit different occasions and styles for men.

Casual

The hoodie is great for the court and for a laid-back look off the court. It was hard to choose just a few, but these three hoodies ooze style.

adidas Men’s Holiday Originals Hoodie
With the trefoil logo, adidas Originals Hoodie has retro flair, and the colorblocking makes it stand out from the pack. In black and grey, it’s going to make a statement.

Athletic DNA Men’s Fall Hoodie
The Athletic DNA logo itself is a pretty sweet take on the double helix, and in this blue/red color combo, the logo stands out even more. Plus, this is made of a performance fabric but still looks cool off the court.

LI-NING Men’s Fall Hoodie
Li-Ning is a brand out of China that has a growing presence in tennis but is known more widely in basketball circles. I chose this hoodie because the lime green just pops off the black, and because it’s a relatively new brand, you might just be the first guy on your block to rock anything by Li-Ning. It never hurts to be the trend setter.

Athletic

These styles also work for both your on-court and regular wardrobe, but these have a sportier, athletic feel and are a little less casual than a hoodie.

Nike Men’s Winter Fanatic Hoodie
Now technically, this one does have a hood, and some might argue that this belongs in the category above, but the Nike Fanatic Hoodie also has a woven polyester overlay on the chest, which in my mind dresses up your average hoodie. Camo is on trend this year, so this one really hits the mark.

Puma Men’s Holiday Essential Microfleece
Puma’s Essential Fleece is, like other fleece jackets, super comfortable and easy to wear. The full-zip feature means it’s easy to get on and off, and side pockets offer storage. The small Puma logo is embroidered for a clean, sporty finish that’s not in your face.

Nike Men’s Holiday LS Half Zip
The Nike Long Sleeve Half Zip is a tennis specific warm-up piece that offers cross-sport appeal. I like the contrast zipper and the tonal mesh insets. This one looks sharp on the court or with jeans.

Classic

For the guy who loves tennis tradition, nothing but a sweater will do. Sweaters are going to look sharp wherever you go, so in my mind, if you want a sweater, you might as well go lux.

Lacoste Men’s Holiday Cashmere Crew Sweater
For guys who like the crew neck style, we have the Lacoste Cashmere Crew Sweater. This is blended with cotton, but the cashmere adds softness that nothing can match. Details at the shoulders and neck add style.

Fred Perry Men’s Fall V-Neck Sweater
Another iconic tennis brand that cannot be ignored, especially when it comes to sweaters, is Fred Perry. The Fall V-Neck Sweater is a layering essential. This one is a merinio wool-cotton blend for added warmth. I love merino because it adds a lot of warmth without the bulk. Another bonus is that merino is not scratchy like wool can be, and because it’s mixed with cotton here, the sweater is going to be plenty soft.

Those are just my picks for outerwear this season. Check out our entire selection of men’s apparel.

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW


Britt’s Playtester Spotlight- Siobhan Cavan

This week we are interviewing Siobhan.  As we start nearing the beginning of 2013, we are getting the opportunity to hit with all the upcoming racquets.  Siobhan not only is hitting with some Wilson and Babolat racquets but also is hitting the courts with some shoe and string playtests as well.  Let’s check in with her.

Siobhan Cavan

Hours Spent Playtesting this week: 5
Playtesters you hit with: Carol, Britt, and Chris and Andy in doubles.
Type of Playtesting (singles, doubles, drills): Crosscourt drilling, point play, sets
Playtesting Court: Indoor Tennis Warehouse Court

Wilson Blade 104

What racquets are you playtesting?

Wilson Blade 104, Babolat AeroPro Drive and AeroPro Drive +, Wilson Steam 99 and 99 S

I just finished the Wilson BLX Blade 104 playtest, which holds a special place in my heart because I played through college with the Team (the previous model, that doesn’t have the new name, paint job and Amplifeel that the new 104 does). It’s a great racquet and although I feel like I have moved on as a player and it’s not my #1 racquet of choice anymore, I still really love playing with it. With my fast swings, it’s maneuverable and it whips through the air really quickly. It allows me to access great power and spin and as I’ve always previously been drawn to the bigger head size, the sweet spot is large and comfortable. May I also mention, the new paint job is sick. Sick, as in: This. Is. Boss. It’s black and silver and is so cool it doesn’t even need another color. The entire line is actually really slick. Trust me on this one.

I’m also playtesting both the new Babolat AeroPro Drive and AeroPro Drive+ which I am really enjoying. Both of these racquets have new technology called Active Cortex which adds a cleaner, less interfered response to your shots. I’ve played a bit with the older AeroPro Drive GT a little, and this is more comfortable too. I definitely prefer the new model over the old, as the improved feel, response, and comfort are top notch (skating over the original reason I love this racquet, such as the power, control and spin potential).

I’ve also had a little play around with the Wilson S racquets (I’m on the playtest for the 99, and the 99 S). I need to put a lot more court time in with these but the response from these racquets is really cool. The 15×16 string pattern really gives you that extra spin – I was able to really rip my baseline balls, and where some shots would normally fly out, this time they drop in. They really respond to my faster swing-speed and heavier spin style of play and I can’t wait to get out on the court more with them.

Editor’s note: Siobhan just gave you another sneak peek at the new Blades that will be available on our site for pre-sale Nov. 15. The Babolat AeroPro Drive and AeroPro Drive+ go on pre-sale November 23. The new Steams will pre-sale Jan. 1, 2013.

Gosen Polylon 17 String

What strings are you playtesting?

Gosen Polylon 17

I haven’t been playtesting any strings recently, but I just got put on Gosen Polylon 17 string with Mr. Edwards himself. I’m really excited to give this poly a good run because the last couple strings I used were multifilaments (I am a hardcore poly fan. Hate me or love me. I can hit with as much pace as I like and my shots drop in the court.) Keep posted for any updates on this phenomenal control poly that offers an incredible price to value ratio. That’s right people, Chris and I are trying to save you dollars.

Are you playtesting any shoes?

Lacoste Repel 2

Right now I am in the long process of playtesting the Lacoste Repel 2s. They are a great looking shoe, and I love the color. I also really liked the lightweight aspect of the shoes and they provide me with adequate support. I’m struggling a little bit with the comfort. I think these shoes would benefit from an insole, because I feel like I’m playing so close to the ground I’m basically on it. The cushioning is lacking, and this is especially difficult when playing outside because the heat just sucks right up through the sole into my foot. I love the stability though, and like I said, they look sharp! Give me a little bit more time with them, and then wait for the playtest video.. Early next year is probably when it’s all going down.

Editor’s note: The Lacoste Repel 2s Women will be available at the beginning of 2013.

Nike Holiday Hyperply Jacket and Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip Top

Anything else you are playtesting?

I am not playtesting anything else as such, but with Winter approaching I recently purchased the Nike Women’s Holiday Hyperply Knit Jacket. Ah ha, winter, I thought, I will be ready for you… Which I was. For a week. Either the California weather gods or global warming decided to punish me because, with today as a good example,  it is currently 95 degrees and sweaty out. But, the nights (few and far between) that have been chilly this jacket has been great. The lining is soft, I can fit another long sleeve under it, it’s warm enough for a chilly night and it fits like a dream. Winter, bring it on!

I also bought the Nike Women’s Thunder Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip Top. You say, “styling”, I say, yes thanks, thank you, that’s me. It’s a really slick looking long sleeve, it’s got a great fit that I love, the hood makes it super cute, it’s warm, and it looks super sharp under the Hyperply Jacket I bought. I can wear it off court because it’s stylish, but I also like playing in it a lot. Both these tops come in great colors, and I really suggest checking them out: I totally recommend them and I have, dear friends, bought them myself so I practice what I preach.

Peace and love! Or as us Kiwis’ say, cheers mate.

Check back next week for more sneak peeks and playtesters’ comments for the newest member of our playtest team, Andy.

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Brittany