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Friday, April 29, 2011

Nike Introduced 2011 French Open Collection

Nike introduced its 2011 Roland Garros collection - new looks for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. After experimenting with T-shirts, Roger will return to his classic polo, Rafa will sport a bright blue T-shirt with a bright blue updated version of his current Nike Air Court Ballistec 3.3 Tennis Shoes, and Maria will go yellow, sporting a dress inspired by Eiffel Tower. Have a look at Nike videos presenting all three players' French Open fashion and check our blog to know when the new collection will be available for purchase.

Rafael Nadal's Nike 2011 French Open Look


Roger Federer's Nike 2011 French Open Look


Maria Sharapova's Nike 2011 French Open Look





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Monday, April 25, 2011

New Shoes for Adidas by Stella McCartney Collection

While watching No.1 Caroline Wozniacki playing at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany we not only admired the big fight of Julia Goerges and Caro in final, but noticed something we can write about - new shoes from Adidas. If you remember, Caroline wore Adidas Court Ace Shoes earlier this year, but those were available in Europe only. Now we all have opportunity to try shoes from new collection. Pink Barricade Adilibria Tennis Shoes designed for clay would perfectly match with Adidas by Stella McCartney and regular Adidas line.  


Adidas Barricade Adilibira Tennis Shoes which have MSRP price of $109.95 are equipped with Torsion system which provides better surface adaptaion and stability. AdiPRENE insert in heel provides comfort and shock absorption while offering full-length forefoot cushioning. The outsole  of the shoe is made of the wildly strong adiWEAR 6 for durability in high-wear areas.

And though Caro did not win the final of Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, we should admit, that she looked amazing, as always.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Rock-Star Style of Rafa Nadal!

“I'm still happy with my season. I've won a lot of tournaments and that gives me confidence. I'm improving every year. It's a normal evolution.”  
Rafael Nadal

Name:  Rafael Nadal-Parera
Birth Date:  June 3, 1986
Height:  6’ 1”
Weight:  188 lbs.
Current Residence:  Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Current ATP Ranking:  #1

Rafael (Rafa) Nadal was born in Mallorca, Spain to parents, Sebastián and Ana María. At the age of 15, Rafa won his first ATP match in Mallorca against Ramon Delgado to become the ninth Open Era player to win an ATP match prior to his 16th birthday.  Since that first match, he has collected one gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and nine Grand Slam titles (five at Roland-Garros, two at Wimbledon, one at the US Open, and one at the Australian Open). 

In the beginning, the Rafa Nadal style was one of most young tennis players – all about comfort – featuring roomy lightweight apparel that helped keep him cool while wheeling around on court.  Young Rafa was completely unaware of the millions of eyes that would eventually be feasting on his beefcake physique.  
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bb Rafa’s first Major: Wimbledon, 2003. He became the youngest man to reach the third round since Boris Becker in 1984

Awww!!!
Wimbledon 2003
With a busy year in 2005 which included a Grand Slam win at Roland-Garros, Rafa and his “peeps” began paying a bit more attention to his on-court style, and he had millions of mothers purchasing “clam diggers” and sleeveless sports T’s for their racquet-wielding sons.
 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during day eight of the Australian Open Grand Slam at Melbourne Park January 24, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia.
Australian Open 2005
 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand during his third round match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on day six of the Australian Open 2007 at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia.
 Australian Open 2007
This trend continued for a few years, but in 2009 Rafa naturally and gracefully “graduated” to short-sleeved shirts and adult, zip-up tennis shorts – although as some may have noticed when observing Rafa’s play, it is hard for him to find shorts that properly fit his massive lower-body musculature without a bit of “adjustment.”
Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning a point in his fourth round match against Fernando Gonzalez of Chile during day eight of the 2009 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rafael Nadal 
Australian Open 2009
 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal of Spain serves in his first round match against Marcos Daniel of Brazil during day two of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
 Australian Open 2011

Part of Rafa’s continuing appeal lies in the fact that he still seems so completely unassuming – even with his extensive accomplishments at such a young age!  He looks just as natural signing autographs for young children as he does posing shirtless for Armani ads.  He admits to dressing casually when he is not playing tennis – in jeans, a t-shirt and a jacket – whatever feels comfortable.  He also confesses to taking fashion advice from his mother from time to time…what boy doesn’t, after all?
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 Rafael Nadal spotted at ABC studios to promote 2010 US Open victory

To purchase your favorite Nadal gear, check out the Rafa Nadal Pro Shop at www.RafaelNadal.com. Or check our picks from Rafa Nadal's 2011 collection.
Nike Summer Rafa Jacket - $90Nike Rafa Bull Feather Light Hat - $22
Nike Men's Summer Rafa JacketNike Rafa Bull Feather Light Hat White/Green
Babolat Aero Line 12 Pack Bag - $89.95Nike Air Court Ballistec 3.3 Tennis Shoes - $125
AERO RACQUET HOLDER X12MENS AIR MAX COURTBALLISTEC 3.3 SHOES

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Where to Find Adidas by Stella McCartney Bright Underwear?

Want to sport Adidas by Stella McCartney style like Caroline Wozniacki does pairing clothing with bright underwear, but can't find those bras and shorties in tennis stores? Sometimes the perfect find can be in a place you would never expect. Check your local BEBE SPORT store, or shop online at bebe.com.

BEBE SPORT line features bright staff perfectly suited to "cheat" Adidas by Stella McCartney bright accessories which are impossible to find in stores.

Bebe Seamless Power Bra in blazing sun ($29.99) and matching Bebe Basic Boyshort ($19) would be perfect for those who was in time to buy dark slate dress from Stella's 2010 collection presented by Caro at U.S. Open.
 Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a shot against Vera Zvonareva of Russia during her women's semifinal against day twelve of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Bebe Seamless Power BraBebe Basic Boyshort
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Besides they would be a perfect match for any blueprint clothing from 2011 Adidas by Stella McCartney collection.

Those girls who want to recreate Caroline's look from the 2011 Australian Open or BNP Paribas Open know that Adidas by Stella McCartney Tennis Ballerina Performance Dress and  The Body-Conscious Adidas by Stella McCartney Tennis Ruffle Dress are not enough. 
 Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a backhand in her third round match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during day five of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. Caroline Wozniacki Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates match point against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 18, 2011 in Indian Wells, California.

Check pink Bebe Boy Short ($19) and Bebe T-Back Bra ($19) to compliment these beautiful dresses.
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These accessories will also go perfectly well with white skirt and tops from 2011 Adidas by Stella McCartney collection.

Be sure to check other stylish finds to sport on court from BEBE SPORT. Here are our picks. What are yours?
Bebe Heather Track Pant - $79 Bebe Ruched Funnel Jacket (also available in yellow and white) - $69
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer on Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

While all of us are still shopping for new Nike tennis line featured on the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, two favorites surprise us with new colors of the same collection.

Rafa Nadal who stylishly sported lime green tennis shirt in Miami, opened clay court season in Monte-Carlo in yellow version of the same shirt pairing it with gray shorts and the same Air Max Courtballistec 3.3 lime green shoes. The green wristbands and bandana created the finishing touch to his look.
Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Richard Gasquet of France during Day Five of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 14, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Roger Federer who had an unfortunate defeat in a quarterfinal presented a blue version of Nike Trophy Tennis Top we saw in Miami pairing it with white shorts and same black-white-n-gray version of infamous Nike Lunar Vapor 8 Tour Tennis Shoes.
Roger Federer plays his quarterfinal match against Jurgen Melzer at the Monte Carlo Masters with wife Mirka watching in the stands. 
What do you think about Monte-Carlo styles of these two players?

Who sported a better look?
Rafa Nadal
Roger Federer


  
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Monday, April 11, 2011

René Lacoste. Tennis Trendsetter Extraordinaire!

Jean René Lacoste was born into a wealthy French family on July 2, 1904.  He played his first tennis match at the age of 15 and became passionate for the sport with hopes of building a career in tennis.  His father allowed him a mere five years to become a world champion.  Lacoste didn’t have a natural ability for tennis, but he did have an obsessive work ethic.  He was the first tennis player to make bodybuilding, running and skipping a part of his training routine, and he spent hours hitting balls against the walls of the family home. 
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René Lacoste quickly became an important member of the French tennis team and made regular trips to America for Davis Cup matches.  He was one of The Four Musketeers, a powerhouse of French tennis stars in the 1920s and early 1930s. His fellow musketeers were Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet.  Lacoste ranked number one on the French team in 1925 and catapulted to world number one in 1926 and 1927 – well within his father’s time limit.  He won seven grand slam single’s titles in the French, American and British championships but never played in Australia. 
 
Fellow players were not impressed with Lacoste’s on-court style.  His technique was purely based on consistency and outlasting his opponent At one point, a bet was made with the Captain of the Davis Cup team, in which Lacoste was promised a suitcase made of crocodile skin if he won a particular match. He never got the suitcase, but he did receive the "crocodile" nickname from the American press due to his on-court tenacity and unwillingness to give up his prey. His friend, Robert George, designed a crocodile which was then embroidered on his tennis blazer.
 
In 1929, Lacoste became ill with chronic bronchitis and suddenly retired, which was a great loss to the French team.  He returned to competition in 1932, made it through three rounds at the French Championship, and again fell ill, giving up tennis for good. He became Davis Cup captain in the 1930s and President of the French Tennis Federation until 1942. 

In 1933, René Lacoste founded La Société Chemise Lacoste with André Gillier, the owner of a large French hosiery company.  As an alternative to the men’s long-sleeved, starched cotton shirt of the day, they produced a shirt which is now the classic polo.  This simple shirt was designed with all of the elements of tennis in mind:  it was made with breathable knit piqué cotton, short sleeves, and a comfortable, soft collar which could be turned up to prevent sunburn. The back of the shirt was longer than the front, which kept it more securely tucked into the pants while serving.  Embroidered with an alligator logo (similar to the original crocodile), it was one of the first items of apparel to have a brand displayed on the outside.  The shirt quickly became popular among tennis players, and the company grew - expanding internationally in 1952. 

René Lacoste was a creative and shrewd businessman who also invented the ball throwing machine in 1927 and the anti-vibration pad in 1960.  In 1963, he designed the first steel tennis racquet, featuring a revolutionary round head and a split shaft.  With a unique delivery of mass and maneuverability and a system for fixing the strings, the racquet had better performance than many wooden racquets of the day.  Distributed by Wilson in the U.S., the steel racquet was popular with Jimmy Connors and Billie Jean King and won 46 grand slam titles between 1966 and 1978.   
Lacoste married French golfing champion, Simone de la Chaume, and their daughter, Catherine, was also a champion golfer.  René Lacoste died at the age of 92, on October 12, 1996. Roughly twenty years prior to his death, the Four Musketeers were simultaneously inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
 
Unlike many fashion companies, Lacoste is one that can boast a truly recognizable brand which is impossible to confuse with any other.  For now, the Lacoste name and logo is associated with fashion, fragrance and sports – but who know what may develop in the future!
 Current Lacoste Tennis and Casual Wear
 


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Thursday, April 7, 2011

7 Quick Tennis Hairstyle Ideas

Female tennis players with medium to long hair often face a challenge when it comes to controlling their tresses on court.  It can be difficult to find an attractive and comfortable style that requires minimal maintenance.  Here are a few styling ideas for tennis or other active outdoor sports! 

Mini-braids – Separate the bangs or front portion of hair into small sections and braid each section as far as you like, securing with very small hair bands.  Gently brush back the remainder of the hair, and secure into a neat pony tail.  Practice makes perfect in determining how many sections are right for your hair.  Make use of hairspray to strengthen the hold! 

Braided Pony Tail - Another great and very easy style often used by Anna Kournikova, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka. Pull hair into a medium-high pony tail, and secure with an elastic band.  Then braid, and secure with another elastic band.  
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These styles simply require pulling hair into a pony tail – add bobby pins or clips to control flyaways if desired.

High Sleek Pony Tail High Pony Tail with Headband


Mid-Pony Tail with Visor
  

The French Braid
This is a beautiful style to sport on the tennis court!  Here are the steps to achieving this look with diagrams!

Apply a control serum to clean hair, and brush out any knots or tangles. Brush your hair back so that there is no part. 

Separate a section from the top of the head into three strands, crossing the right over middle and the left over middle, as in a standard braid.
 1.Picture 1 French Braid your hair2.Picture 2 Keep the strands separate  
Gather a small section from the right side of the head with your right hand, adding it to the right strand.  Bring that strand over to the middle and bring the middle strand to the right.
3.Picture 3 Gather a small section4.Picture 4 Bring the middle strand to the right
Switch hands (keeping all strands separated) so that the left hand is free.  Gather a section of hair from the left side and add this to the left strand.
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Bring the left strand over to the middle and the middle section to the left.  While braiding, try to keep your hands close to the head so the braid will be tight.  Repeat these steps on the right and on the left and so on, until there is no hair available to add.  Fasten with an elastic band.
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Messy Bun
 A hairstyle often sported by Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands - Hopman Cup - Great Britain vs USA
To do it, pull your hair into a loose ponytail and secure it with an elastic at your crown. Twist and wrap your hair into a messy bun, then loop the ends through the elastic. Run your fingers through the front of your hair to loosen it from the elastic, and add texture. Slide in a thin headband two inches from your hairline. Slide a second thin headband three inches behind the first one (you can also use visor instead of the headbands).
Additional Hair Care Tips for Sports
  • Sprits hair with spray gel before styling into a pony tail or braid for better control!
  • Check out your local dollar store for hair clips, barrettes, pony tail holders and stretchy or plastic headbands for a very reasonable price! 
  • To help get your hair into a neat, high ponytail, hang upside down on your bed, brush it smooth and secure!

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