Sunday, October 5, 2014

2014 US Open - Best Dressed Men - Fashion Aces

We can't forget to take a look at the gentlemen's stand-out fashions at the 2014 US Open.

1. Grigor Dimitrov




GlamSpinTennis was eagerly anticipating the return of Rafael Nadal's sleeveless kit, but was horribly disappointed when Rafa withdrew from the tournament.  In Nadal's absence, Grigor's blue-on-blue kit was the king of Queens (....Queens, NY) for Nike men. 

2. Gael Monfils

2014 provided Asics with redemption after the 2013 Roland Garros fiasco. Gael Monfils looked young andfun in his matching lime green outfit. LaMonf looked good during his strong run through the tournament (notwithstanding his shocking exit after holding match points versus Roger Federer) and we hope that the Asics team and Gael can find the way to win a major title in 2015.  

3. Kei Nishikori



Kei made it all to way to the finals at the 2014 US Open, losing in straight sets to Marin Cilic. His red-white-and black Uniqlo kit stood out for its stylish fit and subtle use of stripes and piping. 

4. Tomas Berdych



H&M brought its A-game to NYC and outfitted Tomas Berdych in well-fitting duds that oozed sartorial flair. A mayor improvement for the Swedish design shop at the final major of the year.  Here's a closer look at some of H&M's previous tennis designs.     

5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga


Two thumbs up (or rather, sideways?) for Tsonga's bold, statement-making, red-and-black outfit. 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

2014 US Open - Best Dressed Ladies - Fashion Aces

Can you believe the 2014 Grand Slam season is already over? We had a blast attending the 2014 US Open.

Without further ado, here are GlamSpinTennis' picks for top 5 best dressed ladies:

1. Ana Ivanovic


The Serbian stunner had a disappointingly short stay at the US Open. However, her little-black-dress was oh-so appropriate for NYC. Too bad she didn't get to play at night, under the lights in the City. 

2. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 


Mirjana had one of the most surprising wins of the tournament. The 32-year-old knocked out the Second seed and had her strongest performance at a major in 16 years. Unbelievable! She also looked great wearing this purple Nike kit. Most of the Nike ladies were wearing blue outfits, suggesting that Lucic-Baroni was slumming it by purchasing her purple kit off the rack. 

 3. Venus Williams



This EleVen design featured a fun pattern which looked lovely against New York's blue courts. 

4. Vania King



Vania sported a fun, youthful design from Minx, a newcomer in the tennis-apparel scene. Unfortunately, the young American had to take-on the World no. 1 and eventual champion, Serena Williams, in the 2nd round.

5. Serena Williams



All hail the Queen! Serena won her 6th US Open crown and 18th overall major at the end of the fortnight in NYC. She did it Cheetah-print. One day, we'll need to do a fashion retrospective of Serena's bold Grand Slam outfits.  Remember the denim outfit at the 2004 US Open? Or, the gladiator look at Wimbledon 2004? 

The Cheetah dress brings to mind Serena's last cat-inspired outfit; the infamous cat suit from the 2002 US Open.  In any case, Serena looked glam as she claimed her 18th major title and $4 million paycheck. 

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Fashion Aces - 2014 US Open - Best Dressed Men 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

US Open 2014: Closer Look - Tomas Berdych

It's been exciting to see H&M, a new entrant in the tennis apparel market, try to shake things up.

The Swedish retailer fired a couple mishits and head-scratchers at the 2014 major tournaments. (See Argentina inspired shirt in Melbourne; Tropical/Floral Pattern w/stripes in Paris; and Red on White at Wimbledon). 




However, H&M finally lived up to expectations outfitted its marquee and only sponsored tennis player, world No. 5, Tomas Berdych, with some stylish duds. 

According to Tomas, "it’s probably not the most bold, but the simplest, outfit of this season."

Let's take a closer look:


Here's a bonus video from H&M and Tomas set to brooding, foreboding music:



US Open 2014: Closer Look - Venus Wiliams

Venus Williams's EleVen line has come far this year. The fabrics appear to be sturdier and the overall designs look more elegant and sophisticated.

Venus saved the best for last at this year's US Open. As Venus moves into the 3rd Round of the final Major tournament of the year, let's take a closer look at her outfit:




The blue and white print complements the Open's vast blue courts.

She's wearing the Closed Grip dress in Vintage Floral, a design that doesn't appear to be on sale yet.
























The keyhole cut-out in the back of the dress is the real standout and gives the dress a hint of flirtiness.




Sunday, August 17, 2014

US Open 2014: Style Preview - Nike

It's finally time for the final major of the year and the one GlamSpinTennis looks forward to most of all! 

The apparel providers usually save their best stuff for last. 

Let's take a look at Nike's offerings: 

Rafa Nadal will be back in sleeveless (if his wrist heals in time for NYC). 

 


Roger Federer looks cool as a cucumber in teal and blue. 


Grigor Dimitrov (aka Mr. Sharapov) is getting prime-time billing from Nike these days. His kit is reminiscent of Federer's, isn't it?


Maria Sharapova's tunic inspired outfits continue to be a head-scratcher. 















Serena Williams in cheetah print reminds us of the good old wild days when Ms. Williams used to sport catsuits. 

Her night-time kit has the potential to be awesome, though....

 

Vika Azarenka will hopefully avoid last year's batgirl sweat swains in her casual shorts and sleeveless top. 



Genie Bouchard surprisingly didn't get her own Nike promo. Guess we'll have to wait and see. 

We can't wait to see how this will all look under the lights. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Citi Open 2014: Grand Marnier Craft Happy Hour

On Friday evening, Citi Open attendees were invited to indulge in happy hour while waiting for the start of the night session. 


Cameron Thaney with Lagardere Unlimited, the sports agency that operates the Citi Open, explained that the spirited event is in its first year.  The happy hour was designed to serve as a creative way to highlight Grand Marnier and Kappa Pisco's sponsorship of the Citi Open. 

According to Thaney, the tournament partnered with Restaurant Associates DC to invite five restaurants down to the grounds to create specialty craft cocktails featuring Grand Marnier and Kappa Pisco.  Attendees were then invited to sample the drinks and vote on their favorite. 

At the end of the night, Cuba Libra DC's Putaway Punch was declared the winning cocktail. 


Recipe:
Kappa Pisco
Grand Marnier
Cuba Libre Spiced Rum
Orange Juice
Lemongrass Infused Pressed Cane Juice (Guarapo)
Hierba Buena
Orange Peel
Club Soda

Honorable Mentions:
Tonic Quigley's The Arthur Smashe



Ri Ra's Georgetown - This drink was on fire....

Friday, August 1, 2014

Citi Open 2014: (North) Americans Storm into Men’s Quarter-Finals in DC

Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey were expected to perform well in the nation’s capital.  Sadly, neither player was able to make into the third round of the Citi Open.

Thankfully, their compatriots Donald Young and Steve Johnson are carrying the banner for fans of American tennis. 

Donald and Stevie both beat seeded players to move on to the quarter-finals in Washington, DC.  Stevie served as a giant killer, knocking out the ninth-seeded Ivo Karlovic.  Donald prevailed over Denis Istomin, the fifteenth seed, in three sets.

Our Canadian friends Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil also made the final eight at the Citi Open.  After winning the Wimbledon doubles trophy in early July, Pospisil continued his breakthrough summer in DC.  Vavek played aggressively to dispatch ATP World no. 5 Tomas Berdych in straight sets on Wednesday night.
Milos defeated Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3).

After the match, Milos credited his booming serve with getting him out of trouble during key points in the match, “I know that if I am struggling, [I] take care of [my] serve because I can always pick up free points…I sort feel like its gives me a little bit of an edge, the fact that I can finish with that one shot,” said Raonic.  He added, “It’s nice knowing that in an important moment that if I hit my serve well that’s normally going to give me an ace or a free point.”

Raonic anticipates a difficult QF match against Johnson on Friday evening in DC, “He couldn’t have had any better preparation to face me.  He’s fac[ed] the top three Ace leaders and leaders in the serving categories, so, it’s going to be very difficult,” said Raonic.

Milos also took some time to discuss his recent practice session with Serena Williams.  He described practicing with her as, “interesting and fun and a completely different experience.” Milos had the opportunity to hit with Serena in Toronto in preparation for the upcoming Rogers Cup.  


Milos further admitted that Serena played better than expected, “I thought there would be a bit more of a difference from the center of the court from a guy’s racquet to and from a women’s racquet,” he said.