US Open 2013 Gear Check: Li Na

2011 French Open Champion, Li Na has her eye on a US Open title this week at Flushing Meadows. Between her sassy personality when giving interviews, to her on court demeanor and text book groundstrokes, it’s hard not to love this woman’s personality and game. This year, her US Open gear happens to be my favorite, so let’s take a look at what she’s working with.

Li Na at the US Open -- photo by Cynthia Lum

Li Na at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum


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US Open 2013 Gear Check: David Ferrer

The Spanish grinder, David Ferrer, is making his presence known at the US hard court major this year. Despite losing a tough battle against Richard Gasquet, let’s take a look at what he’s been wearing and using this year at the US Open.

David Ferrer in action at Flushing Meadows -- photo by Cynthia Lum

David Ferrer in action at Flushing Meadows — photo by Cynthia Lum


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US Open 2013 Gear Check: Andy Murray

After winning Wimbledon for the first time this year, Andy Murray enters the US Open as the defending champion and is looking to get another Grand Slam title under his belt in 2013. Already into the round of 16, let’s see what gear he is using  that has got him this far into the tournament.

Andy Murray at the US Open -- Photo by Cynthia Lum

Andy Murray at the US Open — Photo by Cynthia Lum

His apparel: Andy is keeping his look sharp and simple on the court during the Open by wearing the adidas Barricade line. The Adipower Barricade Crew has a two-piece crew neck with contrast inserts, mesh along the upper back for increased ventilation and colorblocking with the Band of Power across the chest. This crew does a great job of keeping Murray cool despite the NYC summer sun and humidity. The Fall Barricade Woven Short in the 9.5″ length keeps this look simple and focuses on ventilation with the added mesh panels. To keep the sweat off his face and away from his grip, Andy uses adidas Large Wristbands. As far as shoes go, Andy is in the Barricade 7.0 to ensure stability, traction and support for all of his quick on-court movement.

His gear: Andy finds the perfect blend of feel and stability with his Head Youtek IG Radical Pro. This racquet gives him a lively, spin-friendly response from the baseline with a crisp controlled feel at the net. He has it strung up with the very popular ATP tour string, Luxilon ALU Power 16L, which gives him added controlled power and is a durable option. He uses Tourna Grip XL as his overgrip of choice to make sure he has a soft, yet absorbing grip throughout his matches. To carry all of his gear to the court, Andy uses his very own Head Murray MonsterCombi bag which is big enough to carry all of his racquets, apparel, and more.

Play with heart,

Michelle

US Open 2013 Gear Check: Victoria Azarenka

Vika in action at Flushing Meadows -- photo by Cynthia Lum

Vika in action at Flushing Meadows — photo by Cynthia Lum

Vika always has a fun look on the court and this year’s US Open is no exception. Let’s take a look at her gear for the US Open 2013!

Her apparel: Vika is setting a style trend while wearing the Autumn High Waisted Skort from Nike which features a high waist, longer length, flouncy feathered knit skort. She pairs that with the Autumn Advantage Solid Tank that has a subtle v-neck, built-in bra, and fun racerback. Her look wouldn’t be complete without her Nike Dri-fit Head Tie and wristbands adding a few more splashes of color. On her feet, she sports the ever-so-comfortable and quick Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tours in Atomic Pink and Grey.

Her equipment: Vika’s racquet of choice is the Wilson Juice 100 which offers her a dynamic blend of power and spin. She strings her Juice up with Luxilon ALU Power 16L strings which help her gain some control on her big groundstrokes. Throw on a Wilson Pro Feel Dampener and she is set. She carries her Wilson Tour 15 Pack Bag on court which is just big enough to hold her racquets, accessories, and extra gear.

Play with heart,

Michelle

Amazing US Open Experience!

Hi everyone,

I just want to start out by thanking everyone who’s made the past couple of weeks such an incredible experience. The outpouring of love and support has been both humbling and heartwarming. It’s such an amazing feeling to have so many people behind you.

Tim Smyczek at the US Open -- photo by Cynthia Lum

Tim Smyczek at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum

Saturday night was a three and a half hour adrenaline rush. I’ve never been a part of something that special on a tennis court. I found it impossible to feel tired with a crowd like that carrying me the entire way. I can tell that feeling is addictive and I can’t wait to be in that same position again. I got chills every time the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA!” I wanted so badly to win that match for all the people cheering me on, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

There’s a reason that Pete and Andre and Andy used to love coming to New York every summer and I feel like I can in some small way relate to that. And I can’t wait to be back next year to do it all over again.

Tim

US Open 2013 Gear Check: the Bryan Brothers

The Bryan Brothers are always the team to watch in any major, but being on US soil, you know the twins want to add another US Open title to their already amazing career. Let’s take a look at what Mike and Bob are wearing and using during this year’s US Open.

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Bryan Brothers in action at the US Open by Cynthia Lum

Their apparel: Mike and Bob are the perfect ambassadors for the California grown company, KSwiss. This year at Flushing Meadows, they are flourishing on court in lots of color in the KSwiss Fall Spliced Crew in the bright yellow color. This 100% polyester crew is lightweight and keeps them cool on the court. They pair this crew with the KSwiss Basic Training Woven Short which are lightweight and comfortable on court. Under their shorts, they are wearing a compression short from Under Armour that keeps their muscles warm and helps with a quick recovery. They round out their look with the KSwiss BigShot II in the black and yellow colorway. This durable, yet lightweight shoe is more stable, more breathable and more comfortable than its predecessor.

Their equipment: When it comes to finding a racquet that serves the twins aggressive net play, solid returns, and dynamic doubles play, the Bryan brothers find the Prince EXO3 Rebel 95 to do just that. The tight 18×20 string pattern provides control from all areas of the court with a stable feel. At net, this racquet helps provide precise control with quick access to touch; while on serve, this faster feeling racquet is easy to generate both pace and spin. They keep their hands nice and dry with Tourna Grip Original Overgrip. They string it up with Prince Beast XP 17 blended with Prince Natural Gut 16 for the perfect feel for this doubles duo.

Enjoy the Open! And play with heart,

Michelle

Into the 3rd Round @ the US Open!!

Hey everyone,

I have had a couple of incredible days in New York. Friday was an amazing experience!

Tim Smyczek is into the 3rd round! Photo by Cynthia Lum

Tim Smyczek is into the 3rd round! Photo by Cynthia Lum

The morning flew by and before I knew it, it was time for my match. I had a bit of a shaky start. Bogey came out playing great. Very aggressive and he didn’t give me much opportunity to get into the match. At 1-1 in the second set, I finally got my teeth into the match a bit and was able to break him. I got broken back a few games later, but I did feel like I was settling in. We both held out until a tiebreaker, and although I didn’t convert my first three set points, I finally took the second set 8-6 in the breaker.

Bogey jumped out to an early lead in the third and I went down 6-2. I battled back and won the fourth 6-4. I broke early in the fifth, but was broken back at 3-2. Finally at 4-4 I was able to break again. Before I served out the match and I was walking up to the line, the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA” It was an incredible feeling. I got goosebumps.

I’m third match up on grandstand on Sunday and I can’t wait to do it all over again!

Tim

From Flushing Meadows

Well obviously I’m disappointed with the result of my first round match against Hewitt. However, I am proud of the way that I competed and felt that my level was pretty solid for the most part (especially for being my third tournament back after over 6 months off). I think my biggest issue was that I haven’t been able to train quite as hard as I’ve wanted to, and that forced me to play too aggressive in the final set. My legs just weren’t quite there and didn’t feel like I could extend a ton of the rallies. Another huge factor was that I didn’t serve well. I probably broke him enough to win two matches, but just never got a good rhythm on my serve. He obviously returns well, but I should never lose my serve that many times.
Brian Baker at the US Open -- photo by Cynthia Lum

Brian Baker at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum

On the bright side, I’m still alive in the doubles with my good friend Rajeev Ram. We won our first match against the youngsters who won Kalamazoo earlier this month (Ronnie Schneider and Paul Oosterbaan). It was definitely an interesting match because Ronnie and Rajeev are good friends from Indianapolis and share the same coach, Bryan Smith. It was all business during the match, but I’m sure it was tough on Rajeev to play his good friend in his first US Open experience.

 

Today we play the 7 seeds, Benneteau and Zimonjic. They are a great team who has been in good form lately (won DC). However, Rajeev an I are a confident team and truly believe we can beat anyone out here if we play well. If we take care if our service games, we should be in good shape.

 

Time to go get on the bike and see my trainer before our 10:45 warmup. We play 2nd after women’s doubles, so we will probably go on around 12:30.

 

Brian

US Open 2013 Gear Check: Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic is wearing one of my favorite looks this week at the US Open in her adidas Adizero line of clothes — I’m loving the bright color combos in this collection! She takes the court in the next round against American, Christina McHale (who also is wearing pieces from the adizero Fall collection). So, let’s take a quick look at what Ana is styling on the courts of Flushing Meadows.

Ana Ivanovic at the US Open -- photo by Cynthia Lum

Ana Ivanovic at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum

Her apparel: The colors in this collection absolutely pop out there on the court and I love the reddish-orange combo with the dark blue. Ana is wearing the Fall Adizero Dress in the Hi-Res Red (orange) with Hero Ink color. This bold, lightweight adidas dress features a scoop neck, racerback straps, mesh inserts at the chest and upper back for increased ventilation. Also, this dress comes with a matching sports bra and compression short so you don’t have to worry about finding coordinating pieces! On her feet, she is wearing the adizero CC Tempaia IIs in a colorway that matches her dress perfectly. These lightweight, fast shoes offer extreme breathability and have been designed with maximum ventilation, which for sure help keep Ana’s feet cool on the hot NYC days. She shields the sun from her face, with her matching adizero II visor.

Her gear: Ana’s racquet of choice is the Yonex E-Zone Xi 98 which provides a stable, yet flexible, soft feel offering excellent power and a flexible, forgiving feel. From the baseline, this racquet feels very maneuverable allowing easy access to fast swings for power and spin generation. Shy hybrids her string with Solinco Tour Bite 16 with Wilson Natural Gut 16. She carries her gear on court with her Yonex Pro Bag.

Play with heart,

Michelle

US Open 2013 Gear Check: Tim Smyczek

Tim Smyczek battled the rain delays and up-and-coming Aussie, James Duckworth, to win his first round match at the US Open. In his second round, he had to grind against fellow Athletic DNA player, Alex Bogomolov Jr., pulling out the win in five sets proving he was “born for this!” As he makes his way into the third round, let’s take a look at what this Athletic DNA athlete is wearing this week!

Tim Smyczek at the US Open -- photo by Cynthia Lum

Tim Smyczek at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum

His apparel & gear:

For his matches, Tim is wearing the Athletic DNA Spring Victory Polo — a classic look with a modern edge. This polo features a ribbed knit collar with contrast tipping, three-button placket with a fun custom print, raglan sleeves and contrast mesh insets on sides to keep cool. He has paired that with the ADNA Summer Tournament Short in red. This lightweight woven short features an elastic waistband with an internal drawcord, an inner print and pockets for balls. Rounding out the look, with a hint of blue, Tim is wearing the adidas adizero Feather II’s. These shoes are comfortable, quick and high performing with a focus on multidirectional speed and support for aggressive movements — if you have watched Tim play, then you know why these are his current shoes of choice!

Tim’s weapon of choice on the court is the Dunlop Biomimetic F3.0 Tour. This racquet offers advanced players exceptional control from all areas of the court with a tight 18×20 string pattern that provides an extremely predictable and precise response. Baseliners with big swings are rewarded with controllable power with this one and it’s clear why this racquet works so well for Tim’s game.

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Play with heart,

Michelle