Saturday, January 10, 2015

Australian Open 2015: Style Preview - Fila

GlamSpinTennis was thrilled to hear from Fila's marketing rep to get the scoop on Fila's 2015 Australian Open Platinum Collection. 

According to Fila the "Platinum collection features INVISTA’s THERMOCOOL ™ fabric, designed to optimize the body’s natural thermal capabilities through smart fiber cross-sections: Duoregulation ™ adapts to the wearer’s needs."

On the women's side, Jelena Jankovic, Julia Goerges, and Vera Zvonareva will be sporting the platinum designs which feature pink accents in both Jelena's and Julia's kits. 

Francine Candiotti, Fila's tennis design expert explained exclusively GlamSpinTennis (by email), that the "diva pink" highlights were selected "...as an invigorating, luminous color that would flatter all skin tones." 
Jelena Jankovic

"This playful feminine pink was paired with white and shadow black. We used THERMOCOOL™ fabric in this collection, which absorbs the color beautifully! 

When you use technical fabrications the color appears brighter. So the end result is smooth and sleek. Pink is always a popular color choice. You have to choose the right shade to make it fresh and effective."


Julia Goerges

Fila collaborates with its sponsored athletes to develop innovative and functional tennis designs. 

According to Fila's Francine, "the feedback they give me is priceless. They tell me what silhouette fits best or what bra gives them the best support."

On the men's side, Sam Querrey and Andreas Seppi will battle for the Australian Open crown in Fila's Platinum Collection which features two crew silhouettes and a polo shirt. 

GlamSpinTennis is a fan of Sam's crisp, athletic look. 

Sam Querrey

Andreas Seppi

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hopman Cup 2015 Superlatives

Happy 2015! Thank goodness the tennis season has begun! The nearly 2 week break was rough, wasn't it? 

As we journey Down Under to the Australian Open, we have arrived at one of the best stops of the year in Western Australia - the Hopman Cup

When watching the Hopman Cup, don't you wish every tournament and slam had a mixed doubles tournament? GlamSpinTennis sure does. 

Alas, other that this detour to Perth, we only get to see official mixed doubles pairings at the Olympic Games every 4 years. 

Hopman Cup 2015 Superlatives:

Most likely to be hometown heroes if they can make it to the final round:
Team Australia - Casey Dellacqua & Matt Ebden














Most excited to play in their first Hopman Cup:
Team Czech -  Lucie Safarova & Adam Pavlasek


Most likely to ride a win at the Hopman Cup to Australian Open victory
Team Canada - Genie Bouchard & Vasek Pospisil










Most awkward pairing/best rebound:
Team Great Britain - Heather Watson & Andy Murray
(Andy Murray chose to play with Laura Robson over the higher ranked Heather Watson during the 2012 Olympic Games. Andy and Laura went on to win the silver medal). 














Most are they or aren't they? and most attractive:
Team Italy - Flavia Panetta & Fabio Fognini










Most likely dark horse team of the tournament
Team Poland - Aga Radwanska & Jerzy Janowicz














Most theatrical and best dressed
Team France - Alize Cornet & Benoit Paire











Most stressed, jet-lagged, and in need of a cup of coffee: 
Team USA - Serena Williams & John Isner
 
Recent Spin:
 2014 Hopman Cup Superlatives




Sunday, October 5, 2014

US Open 2014: 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. 

Recent Spin


Sunday, September 21, 2014

US Open 2014: 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. 

Recent Spin:
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.