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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Tennis Shoes Under $100: our top 5 women’s shoe deals!

Last week we had a look at some of the hottest shoe deals on the men’s side, so today let’s take a look at what deals are to be had for the ladies! I wanted to keep the price down and under $100 and then rank these based on overall performance, value, durability guarantee and cosmetics. Here are our top 5 current deals on tennis shoes to make sure your dollar goes far!

Women's Tennis Shoe Deals!

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Tennis racquet bags for any budget!

Tennis Bags: Save vs Splurge

This week’s installment is the true definition of save vs splurge as we dive into the world of tennis bags. For those who want to indulge, the Wilson Black Leather 6 pack will meet all of your needs and then some. The luxurious full grain leather bag features a racquet compartment that holds up to six racquets, several accessory compartments and an adjustable/removable leather shoulder strap with luggage tag. My second pick is for savvy shoppers who are wanting a similar look at an affordable price. The Head Original Series Combi 6 pack includes Climate Control Technology to protect your racquets from extreme temperatures as well accessory compartments and two padded shoulder straps. The bag comes with a $69.95 price tag.

Stay tuned for another save vs splurge blog next week on shoes!

Ad Out,

Brittany

Winter Update

After taking some time off this fall, I was getting back into playing and training hard. Unfortunately, I have not had good luck as for the last 3 weeks as I have had pretty bad plantar fasciitis. I had a mild case several years ago, but this is really uncomfortable and limits my movement. I’m trying to do different things to heal it, but I am always on my feet coaching. Hopefully, something will work to get me back doing what I love. In the mean time, I tried a few of the new racquets and have feedback on that as I’m sure many of you are looking at some of the newer racquets out there.

PT98-3As some of you know, I have been using Head Radical racquets since I was in middle school. The first racquet I playtested this fall was the Prince Tour 98 ESP. I chose this racquet as it was a similar weight to my Radical and is also pretty flexy. I tend to like racquets that are not too stiff. I could definitely tell a difference in spin on my shots from the 16×16 string pattern! I had nice control in a very comfortable package, but felt I was just not quite getting enough sting on my serves and forehands that I am used to.
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Pink is in

When Michelle kicked off our Breast Cancer Awareness series, she said there’s a good chance you know someone who has fought breast cancer. In my case, it’s a college friend. Though not a tennis player, she leads an active, outdoor lifestyle. She is in her 30s. I knew that breast cancer didn’t just wait until you hit XX age, but I didn’t know. She fought and is a survivor. Her spirit is so inspiring.

UnknownIn honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we have chosen some of our favorite times from our Shop Pink page, which features apparel and gear that supports the cause by donating some proceeds to cancer research. Michelle posted her look last week, but now it’s my turn.

For my look, I went with pieces that work for on- and off-court training. First I chose the New Balance Hope Courage Love Tee. I love a good tech tee, and I love ombre. The message is inspirational. Awesome! Plus, New Balance has been a Susan G. Komen Foundation partner for 25 years and will donate a minimum of $500,000 this year to the cause. I love to mix-and-match, and our weather promises to cool off soon (got our first rain of the season finally!) so I went with the adidas Pink Ribbon Tight on the bottom. This three-quarter tight is great for cool days on court, and I can easily wear it for running or gym workouts. adidas donates 10% of profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

We all chose the Prince T22 in pink and white because this specific color is to raise awareness. Prince teamed up with Bright Pink and will donate some profits to this nonprofit group. When it comes to performance, the T22 is among the best out there. It’s a great fit for my wider foot and offers loads of comfort and durability. It’s pretty much has everything a girl could want!

Stay tuned for the other TW Stylists to chime in with their Shop Pink outfits.

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW

Think Pink!

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, all of the TW Stylists have chosen some of their favorite items from our Shop Pink section that feature apparel that support the cause (be on the lookout for more looks to come). We are loving the fun, pink styles from New Balance, adidas, Prince, Wilson and Under Armour that all benefit finding a cure and preventing breast cancer!

Here’s my look — I started with these super fun shorts from adidas, the Pink Ribbon Short. I saw these the day they first came in and loved them — then I found out that part of the proceeds go toward All Fight, the organization that adidas has paired up with this month to make sure funds go toward finding a cure. These lightweight shorts are perfect for me because I can wear them on the court, in the gym, on a hike, or just because! I paired the shorts with this sassy, fun tee from New Balance. This Don’t Get Busted tee adds a bit of lightheartedness when dealing with a serious subject and is 95% polyester which makes it a great moisture wicking tee for any activity and it’s a great price for a tee that goes toward a cause! Continue reading

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

There is a good chance you know someone who has fought a battle or had a scare with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Behind skin cancer, it effects the highest number of women. However, since 1989, the death rates from breast cancer have been declining as  a result of better treatment and earlier detection through screening and increased awareness. Right now, according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

3_TennisBalls_Cropped_RibbonWith all of that being said, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. People around the country, organizations, associations, brands, etc. will be working together this month to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services as well as raise money for funding programs and helping to find a cure. In a sport like tennis that is dominated by strong women at every level, this cause hits home for tennis players all over the world. For me, the cause is a personal one. In 2009, one of my favorite people passed from breast cancer — she was an amazing person, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a sister, a pillar of strength, and a tennis player. Rosemary, a 4.0 player from Palm Desert, one of my Mom’s best friends and USTA teammate, and someone I considered family. Watching her battle the cancer made me realize how scary and devastating this disease can be and how it can hit anyone. Throughout it all, she kept a smile on her face and a racquet in her hand, whether it was playing when she was feeling strong, watching her granddaughters take lessons, or enjoying tennis at the BNP Paribas — Rosemary was a tennis player through it all. Sadly, in the last 5 years, the number of tennis players that I personally know that have been diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up significantly. Breast cancer has even hit the WTA when tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, an image of strength and health was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. What she described as her “own personal 9/11.”

So you can imagine why I proud that here at Tennis Warehouse, we are excited to be carrying a handful of awesome products that not only look great, but help raise funds for a great cause!
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Keeping Up With The Playtesters…

It is playtest season here at Tennis Warehouse! Which means we are furiously playtesting new racquets daily! Which brings about this week’s question for my fellow playtesters,

“If you can’t use your ‘go-to’ racquet of choice, what racquet will you use?”

Here’s how they answered…
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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

Five Things I Love This Week @ TW!

As always, a bunch of new items are always coming in to TW, so here are my favorite things this week at Tennis Warehouse!

5 things I love this week

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