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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2012 Gift Guide: Karly’s picks

As the time ticks away to find the perfect present, let’s take a look at some of our staff’s picks for the season. We asked them to pick a racquet, string, pair shoes, apparel piece and one “wild card” they would like to get as gift this year. Check out the entire Staff Picks. Below, Karly explains her choices.

Racquet: Wilson BLX Six.One Team

I’d like to say I’m not the clingy type, but that doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to tennis racquets. I’m having the hardest time letting go of my Wilson nCode nTour. I mean, we’ve been through a lot together. It’s been there for me during the good times and the tough times. Although if there’s a racquet the nTour should be jealous of, it’s the Wilson Six.One Team. This is one racquet that has tempted me to make the switch! The Team is easier to swing, it’s softer on the arm and I get a great combination of power and control. In my opinion it’s a great all-around intermediate racquet that’s extremely easy to use.

String: Head IntelliTour

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s surprises (just ask Brittany, Jason, and Siobhan about the time they tried to persuade me to go through a haunted house). However, I will say that the Head IntelliTour string was an exception and came as a pleasant surprise. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to feel so soft! And not only was it softer than I expected, but it also offered good control, which isn’t usually the case for multifilament strings. A softer string that offers control? Now that’s what I call a great surprise!

Shoe: adidas adizero Tempaia II W (Pink)

You know that feeling you get when you put on a brand new pair of shoes? For about the first week or so you can’t stop staring down at them, almost as if checking to see if they’re still on your feet? Your walk has a little more pep in your step. You strut around with a whole new confidence because you’ve got new shoes and you look awesome.

That’s how I felt about the adidas Tempaia II shoes when I first put them on. Only that feeling hasn’t faded yet and I’ve been wearing them for three months now. It’s great! And not only do I move with confidence because they look good but, I can also move really well in them. They’re lightweight and stable — the perfect mix for great movement on the court. These shoes make you move great and look great. There’s not much more I could ask for from a pair of shoes!

Apparel: adidas Women’s Autumn Sequential Tank (Gold)

What are some perks of living in California you ask? Well, aside from The Beach Boys and Katy Perry writing songs about me, one benefit is not having to check the weather that often. 98.714 percent of the time (give or take) it’s sunny here on the Central Coast. I know that when I wake up in the morning, the sunshine is going to be radiating throughout the day, which brings me to one of the reasons why I chose this top. Growing up in the warm Southern California weather, I’m used to playing in tank tops. They’re what feels the most comfortable to play in to me. My most recent favorite tank is the adidas Autumn Sequential Tank, and I love how it looks on! It’s fitted at the chest, and long and loose at the waist. The racerback straps also leave my shoulders free of getting an attractive farmer’s tan. Not to mention I love the bright gold body – the cheery color will brighten anyone’s day!

Misc: Jelfin Tennis Ball Mouse

I’ve come to realize I’m the happiest when I’m playing tennis. Put a tennis ball in my hand and you’ll never see a smile wider than mine. So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw the Jelfin Tennis Ball Mouse for the first time. Think you’ll catch me with a frown on my face when working at my desk with this mouse? Guess again. How can you not smile when you see this?!

Ivanovic shines at the US Open

Ana Ivanovic in action at the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Ana Ivanovic’s third round match is set, and she’s set to play the rising American teen, Sloane Stephens. They’ve played only once before, and it’s an eerily familiar situation. Last year, Ana and Sloane met in the same round with Ivanovic winning 6-3, 6-4. It’s a new year and a Open, we’ll see how this one plays out. The crowd is sure to be backing the young American, though it’s hard to cheer for a smiling Ana Ivanovic, too.

When Ana steps onto the court, one thing is for sure: She’s sure to look stylish. Here’s a quick look at how you can get her look.

It’s been all about the bright neons this summer, and her adidas adizero dress is ready for the electrifying energy of the US Open. It’s a bright Lab Lime. A unique feature to this dress is that it’s actually a three-piece set that includes the dress, coordinating sports bra and shortie.

On her feet, Ana is wearing the adizero Tempaia II in White/Pink. This is a lightweight shoe that’s built for speed. At Tennis Warehouse, we just started our review process for this shoe. So far the feedback is that the fit and comfort is improved over the previous version. Ana keeps those sock tan lines at bay by choosing some adidas no-show socks. Get a similar look with either the ClimaLite II 2-Pack or the Sport No-Show 2-Pack.

For accessories, Ana goes for cute and functional. To keep the sun off her face, she wears an adidas visor. We have several to choose from, but the adidas Match Visor is easy to mix and match with any outfit or go for an all pink ClimaLite Visor.

Her racquet of choice is the Yonex EZONE Xi 98. This midplus racquet packs a big punch off the ground, making it a great choice for baseliners like Ana.

Sloane will step onto court in her Under Armour gear with Head Prestige racquet, ready to take out another seed. She beat took out 22nd seed Francesca Schiavone in the first round in straight sets. We’ll see if history will repeat itself this year or if Sloane will advance to the fourth round, which would make it her best US Open to date.

Happy US Open Watching!
Tiffani, TW