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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tennis Fashion on WTA Championship

2010 WTA Championship in Doha looks like a competition not only among tennis players, but among brands which each of them represents. At least this year all of the 8 best of the best represent different brands. So I decided to rank them according to my liking. Lets see who wins.

8. The last place goes to Yonex. It seems that something is always wrong with their clothing. When they don't miss with the color, they miss with shape. Still can't get why they made this dress so wide on a waist.

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7. Fila's style this time is not much better, even awesome play of Kim Clijsters doesn't help it.

Kim Clijsters - WTA Championships - Doha 2010 - Day Three
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6. Italian Lotto brand worn by Francesca Schiavone, is rather classy, nothing too fancy, but not too bad.

5. Lacoste. Nice color, a bit conservative design, but some may like it.
4. Is purple a hip color? Considering that it's also worn by Vera Zvonareva, may be. KSwiss clothing with rather interesting back strap is on the fourth place.
Vera Zvonareva of Russia returns a shot to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during day two of the WTA Championships at the Khalifa Tennis Complex on October 27, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
3. I hate to put Nike (which is personally my favorite brand) on the third place, but Victoria Azarenka's choice makes me do so.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot to Vera Zvonareva of Russia during day two of the WTA Championships at the Khalifa Tennis Complex on October 27, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
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2. Hard choice... But I have to give second place to Adidas by Stella McCartney. Though Caroline Wozniacki would be great in any dress.
Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark waves to the crowd after beating Elena Dementieva of Russia during day one of the WTA Championships at the Khalifa Tennis Complex on October 26, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
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1. And the winner is... Jelena Jankovic in her awesome "little black dress" from ANTA. Well, at least the winner in my ranking, if the Championship itself is not very successful for Jelena :)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tennis Diet

Some general tips for nutrition and diet for athletes, and same will apply for people who want to lose weight. This will NOT apply to weight lifters and those who want to gain mass and muscle. 

 


- Always eat twice as much fruits and vegetables than any meat 
- Eat twice as much chicken and fish and pork than red meat 
- Red meat is still needed in your diet, but make sure it is mostly lean and in small portions 
- Try to have 5-6 meals per day, in 2-3 hour intervals... this makes up a good breakfast, then a snack, then lunch, then snack, and then dinner and/or supper 
- Never go more than 3-4 hours without eating, ever, even if it is just a croissant or health bar 
- Drink plenty of fluids whether it is water or juice 
- If it is jiuce then make sure it is diet or water it down at least 30%, too much sugar in juice will be detrimental 
- Eat your biggest meals after a good workout, when your metabolism is at its peak 
- Never workout less than 1.5 hours after eating a regular meal, and 30 minutes after eating a snack, unless it is a small fruit or part of a bar. 
- Check your weight and fat % (need a fat % weight scale) to make sure you are steady and not fluctuating too much 
- The younger you are, the more protein you will need because your bones are still growing as well as other body parts. Add more portions of low fat milk, dairy products, and other sources od lean protein. Egg whites are the most perfect forms of protein for the human body. 

Tips are taken from answerway.com given by Tennis Expert Dathaeus


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tennis Fashion Evolution

1528
King Henry VIII builds a tennis court at Hampton Court Palace and commissions suits—most likely “tall stockings, short blist’red breeches,” as in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII—for the ensuing matches. 

An illustration of a game of Real Tennis being played during the time of King Henry VII, circa 1500.

An illustration of a game of Real Tennis being played during the time of King Henry VII, circa 1500

1867
A sturdy canvas and rubber shoe called a croquet sandal is introduced and sells for six dollars a pair, making it too expensive for all but the very wealthy. The shoe later became known as the tennis shoe. The original sneaker offers players a solution to unsightly grass stains. 

 



1886
Women dress in aristocratic style—ground-grazing skirts with voluminous bustles, corsets, high necklines, and floppy hats. The game is rechristened “pat ball” as women gingerly tap the ball over the net. 

 


1919
Suzanne Lenglen wins Wimbledon in a knee-length dress with three-quarter sleeves and a widely imitated bandeau. (Women reportedly walk out, calling the display “shocking.”) Suzanne was the first woman to play without a corset under her tennis dress
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 Bare-armed Suzanne Lenglen was a trailblazer

1920
Big Bill Tilden ushers in the golden age of tennis sporting a preppy array of cable knits and V-neck sweaters

 
Sandy Wiener and Bill Tilden on the courts in 1923 (Library of Congress)

1927
René Lacoste earns the nickname “the Crocodile” after he makes a pre-match bet over a crocodile-skin suitcase. He later has a croc emblem embroidered onto his shirts and blazers. 

 
René Lacoste wearing the first "crocodile" which will become an icon. Forest Hill, 1927

1933
Helen Jacobs breaks out Bermuda shorts at Forest Hills. The Prince of Wales later weighs in: “They are ... quite the most practical costume for the game, and I don’t think the wearers lose anything in looks.”

Helen Jacobs at Wimbledon, 1933.  

1949
“Gorgeous” Gussy Moran asked the Wimbledon organizers if she could wear colored clothing. Her request was turned down, so tennis fashion designer Ted Tinling created a dress incorporating lace-trimmed knickers which even triggered a debate in parliament.
Photographers lie flat on the ground in order to shoot her knickers.
 
Gertrude "Gorgeous Gussy" Moran
Gertrude "Gorgeous Gussy" Moran

1958
Karol Fageros was raising eyebrows at the All England Club - with her gold lame underpants. She was immediately kicked out of the tournament, but earned a reprieve when she agreed to cover up her sparkly undies with some more demure white lace.

 Karol Fageros (Pic:Getty Images)

1968
Arthur Ashe wins the first U.S. Open sporting an ahead-of-its-time hipster ensemble: short shorts and bookish black-rimmed glasses.

 

1970
Television viewers complain that they can’t tell the players apart in their all-white suits. For the first time, the U.S. Open permits pastel

1976
Sweatband-wearing Swedish heartthrob Björn Borg takes the first of five consecutive Wimbledons. Later, he founds a clothing line known for its boldly patterned underwear

diadora elite bb retro bjorn borg 2 Diadora Elite BB Retro 

 

1981
An unusually festive John McEnroe wins his first Wimbledon singles title on the Fourth of July wearing a blue-and-white striped polo shirt, matching tube socks, and a red sweatband.

  
John McEnroe winning his first Wimbledon in 1981

1985
Leggy blonde Anne White takes the court at Wimbledon in a curve-hugging white unitard, distracting her opponent, Pam Shriver. Though the attire satisfies requirements, officials request that she dress more traditionally the following day.

 

1987
Chris Evert halts play at the U.S. Open when she loses her diamond-studded wristlet on the court. Jewelers like Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari promptly create their own versions of the “tennis bracelet.”

 

1990
Andre Agassi plays the French Open in hot pink. The tournament’s director says he might institute a white-clothing rule. Agassi calls him a “bozo” and segues, briefly, into a lime-green phase.

 

1991
In a hotly anticipated moment, Agassi removes his warm-up suit at Wimbledon to reveal an all-white ensemble, with white Lycra shorts peeking out from under white denim; the crowd erupts in applause.
 

Andre Agassi in action at Wimbledon in 1991

2002
U.S. Open champ Serena Williams plays in a shiny, skintight black bodysuit: the infamous “catsuit.”

 

2004
Bethanie Mattek arrives at the U.S. Open poured into a formfitting leopard-print ensemble. She loses, but continues to dress for future Opens as though attending a Halloween party.

 
2007
Maria Sharapova fails to defend her U.S. Open title despite wearing a Nike dress encrusted with 600 Swarovski crystals, inspired by the Manhattan skyline. The bright red-flame color represents the Big Apple.

 

2007
Tatiana Golovin became the forth woman (after Gussie Moran, Karol Fageros and Anne White) who shocked British public, as she broke the rule of "mainly white" Wimbeldon dress code by wearing red knickers.

Tatiana Golovin

2010
Venus Williams has been constantly raising eyebrows by wearing skin-colored hotpants during Australian Open, then wearing the same hotpants with the dress which according to Examiner.com "better suited for a dancer at the Moulin Rouge", and choosing to wear form-fitting pink, sequined dress with matching bedazzled shorts during the US Open.

January 26, 2010. Venus Williams (USA) plays against Na Li (CHI) during day 10 of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Venus caused quite the stir when she chose to wear flesh colored shorts underneath her dress during her match. Venus took to her twitter to say, "I am wearing undershorts the same color as my skin, so it gives the slits in my dress the full effect". 

 


Used info from http://nymag.com/fashion/08/fall/49260/ and www.mirror.co.uk pictures from different sources from the web.

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