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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ten Fantastic Tennis Quotes

Even tennis enthusiasts sometimes need inspiration, especially when engaging in tournaments and when feeling down about their game. After all, such inspiration can give a great boost to one's game. Furthermore, the sport of tennis sometimes represents similarities to real life situations. Hence, it can provide a glimpse of life's ups and downs, uplifting your spirits and giving consolation when the world seems upside down.

Here are the top ten fantastic tennis quotes that can touch your heart and nourish your soul as you move along your tennis career and as you continue to embrace this sport:

In life, there are very few people who truly and sincerely serve others. These people are usually the ones who are blessed more. The same goes for tennis players who know how to serve greatly on the court. 

2. A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.  ~Billie Jean King, about tennis

Indeed this quote seems ironic, but is certainly true. What's great is that it is possible to be vicious on the court while maintaining a peaceful ambiance. Playing tennis certainly requires great passion. 

Doing something with love brings out amazing passion and rigor. When tennis is done with love, it brings out the best in you. 

4. Speed in tennis is a strange mixture of intuition, guesswork, footwork and hair-trigger reflexes.  Many of the players famed for quickness on court would finish dead last in a field of schoolgirls in a race over any distance more than ten yards.  ~Eugene Scott

One of the most important skills you ought to develop in tennis is speed. However, this does not mean just being fast in a race. It requires a lot of other sub-skills rolled into one, so you can be an effective and proficient tennis player. In life, quickness in achieving your goals also entails many different things in order to be successful. 

In tennis, it is not the falls that matter but how well one rises. Therefore, you should never give up because of temporary failures. Surely the success that follows will make you a champion. The same goes in life. 

6. Tennis belongs to the individualistic past - a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.  ~Jacques Barzun

Your mindset when playing tennis must be like a hero of the past, striving to survive and to win the war. When you are playing doubles, pretend that you are friends or lovers fighting against the world. This way, you give every game your best shot!

In order to be successful in tennis and in life, you must first feel and believe it. This is why confidence is key. However, great preparation is necessary. Start preparing now. 

8. Why has slamming a ball with a racquet become so obsessive a pleasure for so many of us?  It seems clear to me that a primary attraction of the sport is the opportunity it gives to release aggression physically without being arrested for felonious assault.  ~Nat Hentoff

Tennis can be an effective venue for releasing all your pent-up emotions, especially the negative ones. When playing this sport, you can release all your stress and anger, and bring out your animalistic tendencies without feeling guilty. 

Do you really understand what true heroism stands for? More than beating others, what counts the most is serving others. 

10. The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst. - Martina Navratilova

This fantastic quote gives emphasis not only on skill, but on the character of a person. It is said that a wonderful person is seen and tested when he is in the worst situation. In a similar way, when you are out there on the courts, being able to overcome your negative disposition is a true mark of your greatness. 

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Five Fashion Flops of the 2012 U.S. Open

While there are many tennis traditionalists who hold firm that fashion “has not a thing to do with tennis” (or any other sport for that matter), we espouse that - in fact - it does! Why? Simply put:

1. People generally are more confident when they look and feel attractive.
2. Confidence = better performance in sports.

That said, not everyone has good taste, and that’s where we come in. We keep hoping that certain individuals will take note (and some of them have), but alas…others continually find themselves on our worst-dressed list. Without further ado, here are our Five Fashion Flops of the 2012 U. S. Open:

These “tops” (below) are cute, but as dresses they are not. We dub this choice…DUELING DIAPERS!
Varvara Lepchenko, U.S. Open 2012

Pauine Parmentier, U.S. Open 2012

Head-to-toe FIASCO…it’s not just the blue braid – this shade can be pretty in a short, sleek bob. It’s the whole enchilada…hair, knee socks, ill-fitting tank, high-top shoes. Continual note to Bethanie: You are a grown woman, not a teenaged boy!
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, U.S. Open 2012

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, U.S. Open 2012

Radek Stepanek, U.S. Open 2012

It’s one thing to give a nod to the USA, but this is going just a tad overboard! Just wondering Radek, do you have Roger Federer’s phone number?

Santiago Giraldo, U.S. Open 2012

Here we have a whole lotta nothin’ going on! Recommendations: 1. Smaller sponsor logos. 2. Plain, white hat. 3. Shorter underwear or longer, all-black shorts. That’s it.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

U. S. Open Fashionistas – Fab Five in 2012

We miss you, Rafael Nadal. We miss watching you zip back and forth across the court, we miss your good nature, but as a regular on our Fab Five list, most of all…we miss your style! Nevertheless, we did find five deserving candidates for this year’s list, and our apologies to the Williams sisters. Because they were mentioned in another of our U. S Open posts, we wanted to give accolades to additional deserving candidates – but again, you did look terrific this year ladies…please keep up the good work! All of our lucky choices this year looked great, so here they are in no particular order.

Roger Federer, U.S. Open 2012

With a nod to the good old US of A, Roger Federer looks dapper in this red, white and blue ensemble. As usual, Roger’s attention to detail - with the bright-red accented sleeves and pockets - is phenomenal…ACE! Check out Roger's styles in more detail here.
From day to night, Maria’s
choices this year were spot on!! 
 We particularly love the light
pink day outfit…a lovely
complement to her rosy
skin tone!
Check out Maria's style in more 
detail in our fashion review.
Angelique Kerber, U.S. Open 2012

A Fab Five first-timer, Angelique Kerber is bright (but not too bright) and lively in this smart getup from Adidas! Sadly, it takes more than a cute outfit to defeat the feisty Sara Errani!

Na Li, U.S. Open 2012

With a tasteful blend of bright color and crisp, clean white, Na Li is pretty in pink! Check out her style here.

Sporting a stylish combination of white and navy with subtle orange accents, Andy Murray is comfortably classic…well done, old chap! Check out Andys' adidas style in our review.

Andy Murray, U.S. Open 2012

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

US Open 2012 Tennis Fashion. Day 12: Maria Sharapova's Day And Night Fashion

Maria Sharapova hasn't advanced to the final of 2012 U.S. Open defeated by Victoria Azarenka. Victoria and Maria have played 3 times already this year before the U.S. Open and Vika won two of those matches, including a shocking win at Australian Open, when she bageled Maria in the second set winning 6:3, 6:0. Since we won't see Maria in the final, it's time to review her outfit created by Nike especially for Maria.

As usual, Nike created two styles - one for day plays, and the other for her night matches.

Create Maria Sharapova's 2012 U.S. Open Day Look
Maria Sharapova, U.S. Open 2012

Nike Lunar Speed 3: Nike Women's Tennis Shoes White/LiquidPink

Create Maria Sharapova's 2012 U.S. Open Night Look
Maria Sharapova, U.S. Open 2012

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Friday, September 7, 2012

US Open 2012 Tennis Fashion. Day 11: Rafael Nadal. Honorable Mention

Today we would like to make an honorable mention in our 2012 U.S. Open fashion review, and show you Rafael Nadal's outfit. Unfortunately Rafa missed the tournament because of the injury so we weren't able to see this bright style on New York courts. But it doesn't mean you can't sport it while playing tennis.

Create Rafael Nadal's 2012 U.S. Open Look

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

US Open 2012 Tennis Fashion. Day 10: Roger Federer Loses to Tomas Berdych While Andy Roddick Retires

Day 10 was a real shocker for all tennis fans. Not only it was the last day for Andy Roddick on tour (after his loss to Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy retires), but also an outrageous loss of Roger Federer to a young Czech Tomas Berdych just in 4 sets... After Roger's win of Wimbledon, he was the main favorite of this year championship... So... though we hoped to do this review on the final day, we have to do it now. Let's have a look at what Nike have created for Roger Federer this year.

Create Roger Federer's 2012 U.S. Open Look
Roger Federer, U.S. Open 2012

Nike - N.E.T. 9 Woven Short (Obsidian/White/White) - Apparel

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US Open 2012 Tennis Fashion. Day 9: Samantha Stosur

Day 9 of 2012 U.S. Open Tennis Championship became last for Australian Samantha Stosur, who lost in a very tough match to Vika Azarenka. Samantha is Asics' ambassador and though this dress is not yet sold in stores, you can check other Asics apparel.
Samantha Stosur, U.S. Open 2012

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US Open 2012 Tennis Fashion. Day 8: Agniezska Rawanska

One of the favorites Agniezska Radwanska unexpectedly lost to Roberta Vinci in just two sets. So today we want to present Agniezska's fashion choice. She is sporting Lotto purple dress which is unfortunately not sold in the U.S.
Agniezska Radwanska, U.S. Open 2012

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Fashion Battles: 2012 U.S. Open Tennis

The last Grand Slam of a very long season – due to the extra excitement of Olympic tennis – leaves us feeling bittersweet to say the least. The retirement of Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick will certainly give us less to dish about when it comes to tennis fashion. And there are other reasons we will miss these two memorable phenoms.

In addition to the Aussies, Americans too have adopted “our Kim” as one of our own – we have enjoyed her winning personality and amazing on-court flexibility. And Mister Roddick? Well, in spite of ourselves sometimes, we enjoy his feisty attitude and sharp wit, not to mention that serve…we will miss that serve! 

That said, let’s get back to fashion… Bold color seems to be the trend at this year’s open with a favorite being bright pink! With a host of bright colors and patterns, we thought we would make a few comparisons for your amusement. Presenting…

Lacoste vs. Lacoste
Tobias Kamke, U.S. Open 2012
Benoit Paire, U.S. Open 2012
In one corner…Tobias Kamke of Germany. In the other…Benoit Paire of France. While we admire the design and lined detail on both shirts, we prefer the contrast of the bright orange against the black pants – the WINNER…Herr Kamke (check out Tobias' style in Lacoste fashion for U.S. Open post!!

Serena vs. Serena

While it may be hard to believe, it appears that both Venus and Serena (at the same time, in the same tournament) have gotten the memo...finally! The sisters looked TERRIFIC at this year’s open, although we are singling out Serena here. While her doubles (left) AND singles (right) outfits appear trendy, bright and comfortable – the WINNER is the SINGLES style, due to its flattering vertical lines. Also, the sleeveless look better features her trimmed down, well-defined guns!

Battle of the “Classics” 

Lastly we have two of our favorite tennis fashion plates: Maria Kirilenko and Anna Ivanovic in a battle of the “classics.” Both girls sport simple yet very pretty tennis dresses paired with bright white visors, shoes and wristbands (check out their styles in the post dedicated to Adidas fashion at U.S. Open). Both are so fetching that we simply cannot choose a winner. Our DECISION: It’s a draw!
Maria Kirilenko, U.S. Open 2012
Ana Ivanovic, U.S. Open 2012
Check out our daily fashion reports from the U.S. Open and stay tun for our “Best Dressed” and “Worst Dressed” picks for the 2012 U. S. Open!

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