Our 3 favorite spring women’s tennis fashion trends

Spring tennis fashion

1. Let’s go nautical!

Yacht or no yacht, you can wear stripes. Lots of brands are doing them, and they’re mixing it up by laying them out in a chevron pattern or mixing directions from horizontal to vertical. This playful take on stripes keeps it modern and sporty. From Fila to Jofit to EleVen, stripes are everywhere.

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Australian Open 2014′s best dressed

This time of year Hollywood has its Golden Globes and red carpet. We tennis fans have our first Slam of the year and its blue courts. I know which of those I prefer to watch!

We of self-proclaimed tennis fashionista status chose a few of the outstanding outfits from the 2014 Australian Open. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites (in no particular order) …

Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Photo by Cynthia Lum.

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EleVen Summer Apparel

EleVen Summer Group

Summer is just around the corner which means long days, warm weather, and lots of tennis. What better way to update your game than with some fresh apparel from EleVen! My favorites of Venus William’s new summer collection have to be the tie dye-inspired dresses, skorts, tanks, capris, and more. Tennis Warehouse just got these in stock and I have to say I absolutely love them! As a bonus, the tie dye pattern is more subtle with peaceful navy and orange hues than the normal neon colored shirts you made a summer camp .

You might have even see Venus Williams rocking the EleVen Summer Miami Dress at several tournaments. This dress has a ton of super cute features like the stylish halter and cross-back straps to side pockets to hold balls (Yes, you heard me right. This is a dress with pockets!). Wear the matching Summer Perfect Bra and Summer Power Short underneath to complete the outfit. I even think this dress is cute enough to wear to the beach!

If that is not enough tie-dye for you, fear not! You can also get the Summer Straight Sets SS Jacket, Summer Flutter Skort, Tie Dye Slice Tank, and Tie Dye Power Capri in the fun tie dye pattern.

Whether you are soaking up some rays on the tennis court or the beach, check out the latest apparel available at Tennis Warehouse.

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Brittany

Now available for pre-sale: New Wilson Blades for 2013!


We think the new Wilson Blades for 2013 are the best yet! Get a demo and give them a try for yourself!

The highly anticipated new Wilson Blade racquets are here, and now available for pre-sale!

Wilson has built upon the success of the Blade line and re-engineered the racquets to make them more solid and more comfortable than ever. The new versions include Wilson’s Amplifeel technology, a handle system designed to provide a clean, more enhanced feel for the player upon ball contact. In addition, the frame has been re-designed with a new construction, making it more stable on impact and off-center hits.

When Wilson presented these new racquets, we were told these were the best Blades ever. We took them to the court, and sure enough, our playtest team felt these were a huge improvement upon previous generations. The improvements that Wilson set out to make were exactly that – noticeable improvements!

The biggest difference we noticed was in the construction, where the new Blades significantly outplayed the previous ones. The new Blade 93 offers superior comfort, feel and a larger sweetspot compared to the BLX Blade Tour it replaces.

In the 98s, the new Blades are rock solid! The Amplifeel in the handle is an improvement, making them softer and more comfortable, providing a better connection between the ball and the player. Furthermore, we were excited to see the open (16×19) string pattern being offered in the 98 square inch version. We found it to have a much livelier feel than the 18×20 version, offering both more power and spin.

All in all, these new Blades are everything they are hyped up to be. The improvements Wilson set out to make are real, and our whole playtesting team loved hitting the new sticks. Be sure to check out our full written and video reviews by clicking on the review links on the product pages for each new Blade.

Here is some additional info and in-house specs about each racquet in the new Blade line:

Blade 93 (click to see our TW review): 

  • 93 sq.in head, 18×20 string pattern, 6.5 pts HL, 12 oz strung, 68 stiffness, 333 SW, 21mm beam
  • Terrific precision weapon for the advanced player
  • Replaces the BLX Blade Tour

 

Blade 98 16×19 (click to see our TW review):

  • 98 sq. in. head, 16×19 string pattern, 1 pt HL, 11.2 oz strung, 66 stiffness, 331 SW, 21.5mm beam
  • Open string pattern for added power and spin
  • Control for the modern, aggressive game

 

 

Blade 98 18×20 (click to see our TW review):

  • 98 sq. in head, 18×20 string pattern, 2 pts HL, 11.2 oz strung, 65 stiffness, 328 SW, 21.5mm beam
  • Racquet of choice for touring pro Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils
  • Replaces the BLX Blade 98

 

Blade 104 (click to see our TW review):

  • 104 sq. in  head, 18×19 string pattern, 3.5 pts HL, 10.7 oz strung, 60 stiffness, 308 SW, 22mm beam, 27.5″ extended length
  • Racquet of choice for Grand Slam champions Serena and Venus Williams
  • Replaces the BLX Blade Team

Thanks for reading!

-AG

WTA Year end championships kick off in Turkey

World #1 Victoria Azarenka leads the pack into the WTA year end championships in Istanbul, Turkey

The WTA year end championships begins today in Istanbul, Turkey, with the top 8 players competing in a round robin format.  There are two groups (Red and White) of four players each, with the top two from each group moving into the semifinals.  The Red Group is loaded up with world #1 Victoria Azarenka, red hot Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber (the tour’s leader in match wins this year), and Na Li.  In the White Group, Maria Sharapova headlines with Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani.

In other news…

Venus Williams won her first WTA title this past weekend since the beginning of 2010.

-Venus Williams won her first title since February of 2010, defeating Monica Niculescu in the Luxembourg final 6-2 6-3 this past weekend.  It’s her 44th career title, the second-most among active players behind only her sister Serena.

-Caroline Wozniacki won her 20th career title at the Kremlin Cup last week, defeating Samantha Stosur in a riveting final, 6-2 4-6 7-5.  Caroline built up a 6-2 4-3 lead, but the Aussie came storming back, winning five straight games, winning the second set and taking an early lead in the 3rd.  ‘Woz hung tough and battled back to take the deciding third set.

 

Caroline Wozniacki won her 2nd title of 2012 at the Kremlin Cup.

 

 

Stay tuned this week as the world’s best battle it out in Turkey for the year end championships!  Thanks for reading!

 

 

-AG

Venus goes high style in the Big Apple

Venus Williams in first round action during the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Venus Williams will be back in action today at Flushing Meadows. In the first round she took out fellow American Bethanie Mattek Sands in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Tonight she faces a formidable opponent in Angelique Kerber, who has rocketed in the rankings this year and is the sixth seed at the US Open. They’re scheduled to be tonight’s second match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

What she’ll choose to wear tonight is a mystery. Unlike her peers, she has her own brand, giving her plenty of options when it comes to outfits. Check out the latest entire line here at Tennis Warehouse.

For her first round match against Mattek Sands, Venus chose to wear one of her EleVen dresses. The Fall Rose Garden Dress is a modern floral print. The pink roses keep it girly but the black and grey accents give it a modern edge. The dress is full coverage on the back and has an elegant silhouette that Venus wears well.

She entrusts her footwork in the Nike Zoom Breathe 2K11 in a neutral White/Grey colorway. The 2K11is a great mix of lightweight, comfort and support. What’s even better? This shoe is from last season so is on sale! She’s wearing some no-show socks that we can’t see. If you like the no-show sock look, you can have your pick of brands and colors form our wide selection.

In her hands, Venus chooses to swing the Wilson BLX Blade Team. The Blade Team offers comfort, power and easy spin from its generous sweet spot. Looking for just a little extra reach? Check this one out. At 27.25″ there’s a little extra leverage and reach, but it doesn’t take a huge adjustment period if you’re used to playing with standard length racquets (27″).

When they walk onto court tonight, the head to head series favors Kerber. She’s won both match-ups this year, but their only hard court match went to Venus in 2009. Whatever, the result we’re sure to see some great tennis and some great tennis fashion!

Happy Hitting,
Tiffani, TW

Tennis Pros Make Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities List

Forbes.com recently released the World’s Most Powerful Celebrities List, and five professional tennis players are on it. Let’s check them out!

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

The Federer era may be dwindling as Nadal and Djokovic have bumped him down to No. 3 in the world, but on the Forbes list Roger Federer comes in at the highest out of the five players at No. 25.

Federer’s breakdown:
#30 in Money – $47 million
#48 in TV/Radio – 519 appearances
#1 in Press – 57,155 press clips
#23 in Social – 6,914k+ Facebook friends
#64 in Web – 514,000 Google news results

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

The King of Clay may begin to slide down the ranks because of Djokovic, but then again, Djokovic didn’t make the Forbes list. Rafael Nadal comes in at No. 46.

Nadal’s breakdown:
#58 in Money – $31 million
#29 in TV/Radio – 917 appearances
#3 in Press – 48,691 press clips
#24 in Social – 6,223k+ Facebook friends
#35 in Web – 1,130,000 Google news results

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Engaged to NBA player Sasha Vujacic, the rock she sports on her hand didn’t weigh her ranking down: She comes in higher than the next two females. Former No. 1 player, and top-earning female athlete in the world, Maria Sharapova comes in at No. 80.

Sharapova’s breakdown:
#72 in Money – $24 million
#87 in TV/Radio – 81 appearances
#34 in Press – 13,877 press clips
#32 in Social – 4,158k+ Facebook friends
#67 in Web – 467,000 Google news results

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

It’s been almost a year since this player began recovering from foot surgery and a blood clot in her lungs. Her latest appearance has been on the Forbes Most Powerful Women List at No. 55. On the celebrities list, Serena Williams comes in at No. 84.

Serena’s breakdown:
#94 in Money – $12 million
#38 in TV/Radio – 711 appearances
#18 in Press – 20,111 press clips
#39 in Social – 2,018k Twitter followers & 456k+ Facebook friends
#65 in Web – 513,000 Google news results

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Following in her sister’s footsteps (minus the cut foot) is Venus Williams, who comes in at No. 86. Venus also made an appearance on the Forbes Most Powerful Women List at No. 60.

Venus’ breakdown:

#90 in Money – $13 million
#52 in TV/Radio – 464 appearances
#29 in Press – 15,065
#46 in Social – 716k+ Twitter followers & 759k+ Facebook friends
#76 in Web – 307,000 Google news results

Well that’s it! Congratulations to the professional tennis players who have made the Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities List!

Peace Sign,
Kana

Aussie Open Predictions

Can you feel it? It’s almost palpable.

All that pent up energy and excitement is starting to get unleashed. It’s been building for nearly 5 months now. That’s how long it’s been since the last major championship. But now it’s finally here, the first major of the New Year. The best players in the world are going to bring the thunder from down under.

Crikey! The Australian Open is upon us. Throw another shrimp on the barbie mate!

A number of things are bound to happen in the next two weeks. One, once again, my sleeping schedule is going to be thrown off so I will most likely be a walking zombie in the morning. Two, I’m going to be so pumped/inspired from watching that I’m going to go out the next day and try to hit shots that aren’t in my repertoire, eventually hurting myself. (Picture Nadal’s forehand or Federer’s tweener). Third, I’m going to lose a lot of friends with my constant and terrible attempt at an Australian accent.

If you’ve been following my blogs during the past few Major championships (and why wouldn’t you), then you know a few of us here at Tennis Warehouse like to stare into our crystal balls and make predictions. Sometimes we’re right, but realistically, most of the time we’re wrong. Here are our thoughts of how things will shake down, down under. Winners are in bold.

Brittany
Men’s Final: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
Women’s Final: Kim Clijsters vs. Caroline Wozniacki
My Take: On one hand, we have the undisputed best player in the world, on the other, we have Roger Federer. Ooo, ouch! Sorry Fed fans. Another dream match up in the women’s final. Experience versus It’s-About-Timeness. Gotta go with experience.

Jason
Men’s Final: Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic
Women’s Final: Venus Williams vs. Kim Clijsters
My Take: With the win, he would complete the “Rafa Slam”, holding all 4 majors. Little ole ‘Nole isn’t going to stop him from accomplishing that goal. I expect this to be very similar to the US Open final.

Kana
Men’s Final: Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic
Women’s Final: Kim Clijsters vs. Victoria Azarenka
My Take: A Clijsters/Azarenka final should be pretty ho hum.  Clijsters owns a 4-1 head to head record against Azarenka. If this is the final matchup, they can start engraving the trophy during warm-ups. Just sayin’.

Spencer
Men’s Final: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
Women’s Final: Kim Clijsters vs. Caroline Wozniacki
My Take: If you’ve ever seen the show “Millionaire Matchmaker,” then you’ll get this analogy. At the beginning of the show, the matchmaker lady sets up multiple suitors for the millionaire guy, and in the group, there’s always this one girl that he knows is a bad choice, but he picks her anyways. That’s pretty much Spencer with his men’s pick. He knows well and good that he shouldn’t pick Federer, but he went with it anyways. And just like in the show, it won’t work out at the end. And at some point, there will be awkward silence.

Suzie
Men’s Final: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
Women’s Final: Kim Clijsters vs. Caroline Wozniacki
My Take: If you’ve ever seen the show “Millionaire Matchmaker,” then you’ll get this analogy. Just kidding. As the only person to pick Wozniacki, I must respect the boldness and audacity of the pick. Although Wozniacki has exactly as many wins over Clijsters as I do. Yea, that’d be 0.

Chris
Men’s Final: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal
Women’s Final: Venus Williams vs. Kim Clijsters
My Take: I really like both these finals and the winners. This Chris guy must know at thing or two about tennis. Hopefully both matches go the maximum amount of sets.

Tiffani
Men’s Final: Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic
Women’s Final: Kim Clijsters vs. Caroline Wozniacki
My Take: Have you noticed a trend with our picks? In case you couldn’t tell, we love Clijsters and Nadal! What’s not to like? One has gorgeous flowing hair with great strokes and the other is Kim “The Sweetheart” Clijsters.

The best players in the world are already battling it out in Melbourne, so what are you still doing here? My blog is over! Turn off your computer and turn on your TV. And if you’re in the US, prepare to start losing some sleep. I know I will. Crikey!

G’day mate,

Jason, TW

New York, New York…..

“New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do….”
-  Jay-Z. He’s not a businessman; he’s a business, man!

Tennis is in an Empire State of Mind right now as the US Open is currently underway. Yes, the quote might be talking about New York, but it certainly applies to The Open. So let’s break down that short verse.

Flushing Meadow’s concrete jungle holds 22,500+ fans and cost more than $250 million dollars to build, making it the world’s largest tennis-specific venue. Some of the biggest most memorable matches and were played under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

And you want to talk about “where dreams are made of” and “there’s nothing you can’t do”? How about Pete Sampras beating Andre Agassi in the 1990 finals to become the youngest champion? Or in 1994 where Agassi became the first unseeded player to win the Open?  What about the 5-setter between Blake and Andre that ended at 1am with Agassi famously saying, “I wasn’t the winner tonight, tennis was.” And let’s not forget 2005, when Kim Clijsters made her comeback complete with her first Grand Slam title. And most recently, American Melanie Oudin made a Cinderella-like run; upsetting the likes of Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova before the clock struck midnight and she lost to Caroline Wozniacki. As you can see, the list can go on and on.

The US Open might be only one of four Major tournaments in the year, but for me, it’s the best. There’s something electric about having the rowdy New York crowd, 22,000 strong, cheering late into the night that makes this tournament special. I’ve only experienced the excitement through my “window to the world,” also known as my television. I can’t imagine what the energy level would be like in person. Needless to say, I’ve cleared up plenty of room on the DVR for the next 2 weeks. Sorry “Jersey Shore,” but you’ve just been fist pumped out of the top spot. As much as it’ll hurt me to do so, I’ll need to postpone the GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) for a few weeks.

Here at Tennis Warehouse, a few of us have grabbed our Magic 8 balls and made our predictions of what the final match ups will be. Winners are in bold.

Tiffani
Men’s Final: Andy Roddick vs Andy Murray
Women’s Final: Kim Clijsters vs Maria Sharapova
My take: I like both of these match-ups and the winners. Roddick is obviously a fan favorite and it’d be nice to see him explode back into the top 10 with an Open win. Plus, you can count on at least 8-15 shots of Brooklyn Decker by the camera crew. Who can root against Kim Clijsters? She’s such a sweetheart. Kind of like Sammie from the “Jersey Shore.”

Chris
Men’s Final: Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer
Women’s Final: Kim Clijsters vs Venus Williams
My Take: I think most people would agree the Rafa vs Fed final would be a dream match-up. And not just for Nike, although I think I can hear Phil Knight counting the Benjamins now. Women’s final would be a fun one with two big hitters and one of them being American.

Brittany
Men’s Final: Andy Roddick vs Rafael Nadal
Women’s Final: Caroline Wozniacki vs Venus Williams
My Take: Interesting men’s final. On one hand, I’d love to see Rafael Nadal complete the career slam, but on the other hand, Brooklyn Decker. Toss up! The women’s final would be a snoozer because I think Venus would roll through Caroline.

Kana
Men’s Final: Rafael Nadal vs Robin Soderling
Women’s Final: Na Li vs Kim Clijsters
My Take: I think this would be déjà vu of this year’s French Open final. Nadal wins it in straight sets with a running forehand passing shot on the final point. Crowd goes crazy. Nadal drops to the ground in tears. End scene. I think Kana’s Magic 8 ball was defective when it came time to making the pick for the women’s final match-up. Na Li goes out in the 1st round. Oopsie.

Spencer
Men’s Final: Andy Murray vs Roger Federer
Women’s Final: Maria Sharapova vs Kim Clijsters
My Take: Will Murray finally win his first Grand Slam? Not as long as the guy standing across the net has anything to do about it. Between the both of them, a total of 16 Grand Slam titles. Roger has 16, you do the math. This could be Sharapova’s comeback tournament versus a former Comeback Player of the Year.

Jason
Men’s Final: Andy Roddick vs Rafael Nadal
Women’s Final: Kim Clijsters vs Maria Sharapova
My Take: The men’s final is so tough! My mind says Nadal, but my heart says Brooklyn, err, I mean, Andy. I can’t pick against Clijsters, although I think this match would go to 3 hard fought sets.

So whose dreams are going to come true this year? What matches are going to make it out of the court and into the history books?

You know what they say: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Flushing Meadows, that is.

Where does the US Open rank on your list of favorite Grand Slams? What match ups are you most looking forward to?

Jason, TW