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.