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. 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Citi Open 2014: Sloane Stephens Disappoints in DC

Sloane Stephens tumbled out of Washington, DC’s Citi Open late Tuesday evening in a desultory three set loss to fellow American player Christina McHale.  

Christina prevailed over her compatriot in three sets, winning the deciding set at love.

After rising star Genie Bouchard withdrew from the DC tournament, many expected Sloane to be in the winner’s circle this weekend.  But Sloane, who has yet to win a title on tour and whose performances outside of the majors have disappointed, was unable to make it past the 1st round.

Sloane was pensive after the match and attributed the pressures of, “being an American, playing the US Open Series,” as one of the reasons for her less than stellar performance in the nation’s capital.  “Honestly, I didn’t play my best and honestly, I don’t think she played her best,” said Stephens after the match.

Sloane has some familiarity with winning in the District.  She was a key member of the World Team Tennis (WTT) Washington Kastles team that won its fifth WTT title in six years on Monday night.
However, Sloane was unable to find a way to win at the Citi Open, “she [Christina McHale] played a great third set. I made a lot of errors and obviously that doesn’t work well.  I played really poorly in the third set,” said Stephens.

Next, Sloane will head up north to Canada to compete in Montreal.  She’ll spend the rest of the week working with her new coach and trying to learn from what went wrong in DC, “I’m just going to go back and regroup and get ready,” she said. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tennis Life: Washington Tennis & Education Foundation Tennis Ball

GlamSpinTennis had the honor of attending the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) Annual Tennis Ball on May 9, 2014.  

WTEF raised over $1 million to provide academic support to kids in the District of Columbia!



WTEF is an amazing organization that uses tennis and education to serve kids in Washington, DC.  WTEF reaches low-income children across the District and offers them an opportunity to learn life skills through the great game of tennis. 

This year's Tennis Ball honored recently retired tennis pro and former top-ranked American, James Blake, as well as former top-ranked junior, Taylor Townsend






















Taylor attended the Tennis Ball wearing a glam tennis racket shaped necklace. 



Taylor recently secured a wildcard into the main draw of the 2014 Roland Garros tournament.  She told GlamSpinTennis, "I love clay. I really love it," and expressed her excitement about heading over to Europe for the clay court season. 

GlamSpinTennis also spoke to Jeff Newman, the Tournament Director of Washington DC's Citi Open. 

WTEF is a Citi Open beneficiary and according to Jeff, "It's always good to see a tennis community come together for a good cause."

Jeff also promised to announce player commitments to the Citi Open very soon over the next few weeks sometime, "...before Roland Garros."

In addition to WTEF and the Citi Open, the District of Columbia also plays host to the Washington Kastles, the city's World Team Tennis (WTT) franchise. 

According to Jeff, "We support [WTT's] efforts. The more people we can get to be interested in tennis the better."

Overall, the Tennis Ball was a fantastic event and showcased the strong values, such as leadership, planning, strategy, and patience, that tennis can impart on kids.