Friday, August 24, 2018

US Open 2018: Rafael Nadal in Practice to Defend Open Chamionship Title

Rafael Nadal took an hour to work on his forehands in the new Louis Armstrong stadium at the US Open, today. 

Accompanied by his champion coach, Carlos Moya, Rafa spent the session working on down-the-line forehands and serves. 

Rafa appeared to be at ease during the practice session but tensed up during as he practiced serving.  Overall, this was one of the more aggressive practice sessions this blogger has seen and one the first times seeing a male tennis pro with male hitting partners and not other pros. I suppose this is one of the benefits of having a Grand Slam winning coach. 

US Open 2018: Welcome Back & New Logo's been 2 years hasn't it. That's what heading to grad school will do to a person. Sometimes the axiom, 'the more things change, the more they stay the same,' rings true. But sometimes, as with the case of the US Open's new logo, one steps away, and comes to find that things have gone completely awry.

Is this Arial font? Are these letters lower case? Really, in this political climate, lower case US? Is lower case an affront to becoming great again?

Also, is this logo actually in Arial Italics?

According to the USTA, "the logo created by renowned graphic design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, is a streamlined and modernized version of the tournament’s iconic flaming ball logo, which was first introduced in 1997."

The old logo had a solid 20-year run. This logo probably won't make it this long because it lacks pizzazz and lacks the distinction the previous logo offered. 

And here's a look at an earlier version of the US Open's logo behind Steffi Graff from the mid-90s. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

US Open 2016: Best Dressed Ladies - Loves

Here are the ladies looks who aced the 2016 US Open

The NYC tournament featured a number of ladies who stood out in neon hues and bold designs. 

These ladies showed up in their very best looks for the last major tournament of 2016. 

2016 US Open Loves

1. Angelique Kerber

Angelique showed up in NYC ready to claim the #1 ranking that eluded her earlier in the summer.  The 2016 US Open champion, Olympic silver medalist, Australian Open champion, and Wimbledon runner-up, had a stand-out year and  stood out under NYC's bright lights. 

2. Venus Williams

Venus designed a great kit for her 18th US Open run. She was defeated in the Round of 16, but was able to showcase her evolving style for 4 rounds in NYC. Looking forward to seeing what Eleven by Venus design she'll be wearing at the 2017 US Open. 

3. Madison Keys

Madison rocked Nike Court's neon look at the tournament. 

4. Garbine Muguruza

The 2016 Roland Garros champion had a short stint in NYC after being eliminated in the 2nd round.  Garbine wore one of the more flattering Adidas by Stella McCartney kits which featured soft pastels in contrast to the neon which was prevalent on the court. 

5. Karolina Pliskova

The 2016 US Open runner up looked classic and cool as a cucumber over the fortnight in NYC.  Karolina's ink suggests a wild-side and we look forward to see what she'll be sporting in 2017.

6. Alison Riske

Allison had an abbreviated 1-match stay at the US Open. However, her black and white accentuated with hot pink accessories made her standout under the lights of Arthur Ashe. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

2015 US Open Preview: Gabbing with Genie Bouchard

GlamSpinTennis had the pleasure of speaking with Genie Bouchard at the W Hotel at the Taste of Tennis NYC. 

Genie looked amazing in a cute dress from Night Cap, available at Blue and Cream in NYC.

Taste of Tennis is a tradition taking place in the days leading up to the US Open. The event pairs tennis fans with fine dining, cooking demonstrations, and tennis mega-stars.

On the day of the event, the world discovered that Genie Bouchard was being coached by Jimmy Connors when they showed up on the US Open practice courts together.

Jimmy Connors is a former ATP World No. 1, multiple slam winner, and the ex-coach of Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova. 

Genie said, "we were training elsewhere for a few weeks," to explain how she kept her new partnership with Jimmy under wraps. 

She also confirmed that they did not color coordinate their practice attire. 

Both were sporting lavender hues during her practice session, "I noticed that when we were on the court, but that was not planned," said Genie.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GlamSpinTennis Giveaway: FILA Ready, Set, Glow! Dress

GlamSpinTennis will be giving away one "Glow Dress" in "navy heather" from the FILA Ready, Set, Glow! collection. 

Current WTA Top-20 player, Jelena Jankovic, sported the Glow Dress from the FILA Ready, Set, Glow! collection in "knockout pink" in her runner-up appearance at the 2015 Indian Wells tournament. 

According to FILA:

"Sophisticated silhouettes paired with design details like bright contrast stitching and surprising pops of color, give the Ready, Set, Glow! styles an upbeat boost. The Glow dress, in knockout pink/navy heather/green gecko/white hues, features a racerback silhouette with contrast color cover stitching, an inside bra, and the silver cut out F-Box logo." 

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We have finally made it to the spring 2015 clay season! Before we turn our attention to Europe and Roland Garros, let's stop to take a closer look at FILA.

FILA-sponsored tennis players have been ascendant over the past couple weeks. At Indian Wells, Jelena Jankovic was the runner-up at the BNP Paribas Open.

Sam Querrey was a Finalist in this weekend's U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship held down in Houston, Texas.

Jelena and Sam rocked FILA's latest, brightly-hued designs. Jelena wore a pink dress from the very popular Ready, Set, Glow! collection, while Sam sported a top and shorts from the Suit Up collection this Spring.

In addition to outfitting tennis pros in hi-tech, stylish designs, FILA also served as a sponsor at both tournaments.

GlamSpinTennis spoke to Lauren Mallon, the Senior Marketing Manager/Tennis at FILA, to get some insight into FILA's partnership with the BNP Paribas Open.

Ball Kids in the FILA Uniform Collection at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open
Photo Credit: FILA/Ray Giubilo

FILA has been an Official Supplier to the Indian Wells tournament since 1998.  The apparel-maker works with the tournament to design a uniform collection for the ball kids, lines persons, and volunteers at this desert stop on the WTA and ATP tours.

Indian Wells is a premier destination for the tennis pros, fans, and television broadcasters from across the globe. Watching matches in-person, on TV, or streaming on the Internet, one is hard-pressed to miss the FILA logo, featured conspicuously on linesmen, ball kids, and court-side officials.

As the official apparel and footwear provider at the tournament, FILA designers work with tournament officials to design a uniform collection that is "athletic and figure-flattering," and in a "unique color-palate"according to Mallon.

According to Mallon, the Uniform Collection design and production process takes approximately 10 months.  Discussions between FILA and the tournament about the color palate and designs begin May of the preceding year while production begins in early August.

This year's Uniform Collection featured a flirt skirt-bottom with flounce in pink and contrast color shorts in navy for Ball Girls.  Ball Boys were outfitted in a high v-neck in "scuba blue, twilight and white."

Ball Kids in the FILA Uniform Collection at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open
Photo Credit: FILA/Ray Giubilo

This year, as an Official Supplier to the BNP Paribas Open, FILA promoted its new  #startaracket campaign.


FILA held a clinic and Q&A session with Sam Querrey for local children, had an official unveiling of new FILA designs with at an on-site fashion presentation, and held a Q&A with FILA's head designer for attendees.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Australian Open 2015: Best Dressed Ladies - Loves

Here are the ladies looks that aced the 2015 Australian Open

Across the board, the tournament featured a number of ladies in neon and electric colored designs which boldly contrasted with Melbourne's blue hard courts. 

2015 Australian Open Loves

1. Maria Sharapova 

Maria, the 2015 Australian Open Ladies Finalist, dazzled in red down under. Glad to see she's moved past her tunic phase. 

2. Madison Brengle

Madison rocked Nike's raspberry outlier look all the way to the Quarter-Finals. 

3. Angelique Kerber

Angelique had a short stay in Melbourne, but her navy/orange Adidas kit impressed during her unexpected first-round loss. 

4. Aga Radwanska

Lotto seems to be succesfully following the "if it ain't broke" line of design with Aga. 

5. Martina Hingis

Marina partnered with Leander Paes to win the 2015 Australian Open Mixed Doubles crown. She rocked her own Tonic Tennis by Martina designs and was perfectly in sync with Leander's style and play. 

6. Elina Svitolina

Elina's Ellesse kit looked like a burst of sunshine against Melbourne's blue courts.  

 7. Vika Azarenka

Vika dazzled her way to a fourth-round appearance in this lemon-lime Nike kit. 

8. Coco Vandeweghe

The 23-year-old American stood out in her bold orange and tangerine Asics outfit. Coco knocked out two of her similarly attired Asics-mates (Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur) to advance to the 3rd Round of the tournament. 

9. Serena Williams

Serena stole the show and claimed her 6th Australian Open title this bold hot pink/electric yellow Nike kit. Will 2015 see the return of the catsuit?  

Which look did you love