Hello from Paris!

Hello from Paris!

I got here yesterday and it is a very cold and partly cloudy today. We have been at a club offsite (approximately 15 minutes walking distance from Roland Garros). Due to the qualification matches on site, the players go to other clubs in order to get some practice hours in on court. Thiemo De Bakker practiced with Grigor Dimitrov this morning. Other players such as Laura Robson, Ashley Barty, Caroline Wozniacki, Marin Cilic and

rgwozi many others are here as well.

There are several clubs where players go and train on their days off during the tournament and I will give you some more information over the coming two weeks.
It’s not an easy day for the players with all the rain. But dealing with it is part of the job!

Mats Merkel
@matsmerkel

Best new gear at the 2013 Australian Open

As the first week of the 2013 Australian Open comes to a close, I want to spotlight some of the great new gear we have seen introduced at the tournament. There’s tons of new racquets, shoes and apparel being released at the beginning of the year, so I want to dish out some awards to the best introductions of new swag at the first Grand Slam of 2013…

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Best men’s outfit (shirt/shorts only, no shoes):  Lotto

I’m going with a surprise in this category, but I think the new Lotto outfit is awesome. The bright yellow design is super eye-catching on TV, and they have quite a few guys still going in the draw, like Kevin Anderson, Nicolas Almagro, and David Ferrer. They are wearing the Lotto Men’s Spring Graphic LED Crew and the Spring LED Short (and Bermuda Short).  Look for this gear to become available from TW next month.

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Watch for more adidas by Stella McCartney on court

adidas by Stella McCartney barricade

adidas has just released its spring/summer collection, and to kick off the season the color palette is a refreshing combination of yellow and white. Look for some blues coming in March.

adidas has given its top-of-the-line barricade collection a more high fashion twist this year by turning the design reins over to Stella McCartney. Prices have come down with this move, too, making the line more affordable to a broader range of fashionable tennis players.

This year the adidas by Stella McCartney collection will have some new faces. Joining Caroline Wozniacki in the Stella McCartney-designed apparel will be Andrea Petkovic and Laura Robson.

Wozniacki is expected to wear her signature dress. The Stella McCartney Spring Dress is based on another of the designer’s most famous dresses. Followers of celeb fashion will remember the so-called Miracle Dress worn by Kate Winslet and so many other stars. The colorblocking on the dress is incredibly slimming, earning the dress the Miracle Dress moniker. The tennis version of this dress is slim fitting and also comes paired with the matching ball shortie.

The separates, scheduled to be worn by Petkovic and Robson, are high on style and performance as well. The tank is especially cute with its wide (and adjustable!) tank straps and zig-zag finishing stitches. A good built-in bra and plenty of mesh for ventilation keep this one ready for the court. They’ll pair that with the fitted skort, which has the zig-zag stitching to tie in nicely with the tank.

Watch for your favorite pros Down Under as they prep for the Australian Open…

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW