Get Your Head in the Game

Have you ever had a bad hair day? Have you ever had a bad hair day playing tennis? I happen to have a lot of hair on my head and playing tennis with it isn’t always easy. It gets in my face and eyes, sticks to the back of my neck when I sweat and never seems to stay put. I also play in both outdoors and indoors so sun/wind or having a roof above my head are all additional factors I have to deal with. I have tried pretty much every trick in the book to solve my hair dilemma, and luckily I have options.

Hats

Hats

A hat is the most basic head gear I can think of. Tennis Warehouse has a large selection of hats in a variety of colors and styles (check them out here). Hats are perfect for people who want full coverage from the sun and to keep the sun out of their eyes (unless you wear it backward as a fashion statement). I personally like it for two reasons: It keeps all my hair out of my face and hides my hair if it’s a little dirty. You can choose from your traditional cotton (60% cotton, 40% polyester) hat, like the Lacoste Trucker Hat that is more on the casual side, or you can choose a performance hat that is lighter and made from polyester, like the Nike Featherlight Hat.  A bonus is that there is specific fit for women.

Visors

Visors

A perfect alternative to the hat, the visor not as bulky as a hat and personally I like the fit better. Another plus is that I am able to put the height of my ponytail at any position (whereas the hat has limited positioning). It has many of the same perks as the hat, including keeping the sun out of your eyes and hair out of your face. Most visors are made of polyester. We have a wide selection of colors and styles at TW that are gender specific (check them out here). The visor (especially the adidas Women’s adizero Visor Super Cyan) is my go-to head gear for match play.

Headbands

Headbands

Some call the headband retro, some call it a staple. Nevertheless, our TW playtesters are known to break it out on some hot days (Spencer is the biggest fan!). The variety of colors and widths can please any tennis player.   found the headband the most helpful when playing indoors and trying to keep the sweat out my face without wearing my hat. Check out TW’s selection here!

Tie Headbands/ Bandanas

Tie Headbands/Bandanas

Players like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the men’s side and Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams on the women’s side have made this a popular option in the past year. It is similar to the headband except it is adjustable and thinner.  My top choice comes from Nike in the Fall Tennis Swoosh Bandana in volt for men and the Nike Dri-Fit Head Tie in blue glow/volt for women.

Hairbands

Hairbands

The lightest, most basic tool to keep the hair out of your eyes, the hairband is thin and keeps your hair in place. Two of my favorites here at TW are the Nike Sport Hairband 6-Pack and the Under Armour Sport Hairband 6-Pack.  Each 6-Pack comes in a variety of colors to match any outfit. I am a big fan of these both on and off the court.

Whether it is for function or style, head gear always makes an appearance on the court. What is your head gear of choice while playing?

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Brittany

What’s Roddick wearing to the party in NYC?

Andy Roddick in first round action during the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, dear Andy….. Yup, Mr. Roddick turns the big three-O today. The US Open gave him a birthday gift of having the day off. The schedule of play isn’t out yet for Friday, but I would guess he will play tomorrow. He faces Bernard Tomic in the second round.

Let’s take a quick look at what the birthday boy wore in his first round match against Rhyne Williams, the 21-year-old American making his US Open debut.

He’s sporting a classic tennis look by Lacoste. Andy has a signature line with Lacoste, so of course he’s wearing some items from that collection. His polo is the Roddick Stripe Polo. It has a pinstripe on the body with horizontal stripes across the chest. In red, navy and white, it’s classic and quite patriotic, which handily tie in with those shoes — we’ll get to those in a minute. The two-button placket is a nice change up. It’s neat and tidy. Don’t miss the Andy Roddick signature logo on the right hem. The Lacoste Stretch Fly Short in white finishes this classy outfit. If Andy gets scheduled for a night match, will we see him in the Roddick Check Polo or Johnny Collar Polo? He could also go for the Stripe Polo in blue with the navy short. Andy is always seen in a hat, too. His specific hat isn’t available currently, but there are plenty of Lacoste hat options to be found. Check out the rest of the Fall Lacoste line here.

As long as I can remember Andy has worn ASO ankle braces. If you’re also in need of extra ankle support, check out the ASO braces. With stabilizing straps and a lace-up boot, this is one of the most supportive braces available.

Now on to those patriotic shoes. They’re hard to miss. The Babolat Propulse 3 Stars & Stripes made their debut as Andy’s Olympic shoes. This special colorway of the Propulse 3 does its best to steal the show. This shoe screams US pride, perfect for the only Grand Slam on US soil. But it’s not all about looks. The Propulse 3 is one of the most supportive, performance-oriented shoes out there. Heel straps, forefoot straps, durability guarantee… the shoe is built to please the competitive player who doesn’t mind to show off a bit of flair.

What’s next? His racquet, of course. And it needs no introduction. The Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus is well known for the screaming power it can deliver. Any doubts? Have you seen Andy serve? It’s not exactly what anyone would call a powder puff. For a limited time, this racquet comes with a free set of Addiction or Hurricane Feel strings with purchase.

Let’s all send Andy a big happy birthday!

Happy hitting!
Tiffani, TW

Tennis outfits: Lacoste Fall 2012

Tennis outfits: Lacoste Fall 2012

 

When you think Lacoste, classy and classic might just come to mind. The women’s Fall 2012 collection certainly falls into those categories. Preppy? Maybe. But it’s undeniably fashionable. I threw in some Maui Jim sunglasses as a fun accessory because these look great both on and off the court. Check out the details below.

Lacoste Fall Pique Skort
I love that this waistband is elastic to keep it sporty but has a belted look to keep it classy.

Lacoste Low Cut Ped Socks
Just say no to sock tan lines with low cut socks! Plus, the Croc is just so cute on these must-haves.

Lacoste Headband
Another great piece that translates to your off-court life, this headband keeps your hair neatly (and stylishly) in place.

Maui Jim Thousand Peaks Sunglasses
Yes, please! These are super lightweight and so cute. Maui Jim does style and performance. Everything looks so sharp through these lenses.

Lacoste Fall Sleeveless Polo
When I think Lacoste, I think pique polo. Here’s the tennis version! Sleeveless to keep you cool and allow full swings, this one is still full of Lacoste’s timeless style.
Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW