Just a quick look here at Maria Sharapova's tennis dress for the Paris Open courts. It's called the Nike Women's Summer Premier Maria dress. All performance, molded cups in the built-in bra and no-sew seams make for a statement look that really moves without chafing anywhere. $110 USD.
The only colorway is this one, canyon purple with pure violet side panels and volt straps. Thin straps tend to cut in and bother my shoulders but haven't tried this one myself. Knowing Nike, they've worked this out.
John McEnroe took today's lunch hour to discuss the French Open before taking to the Tennis Channel booth there May 27.
Winning predictions? Serena and Rafa take it if they stay healthy and don't get caught off-guard.
On clay play. "...the
most difficult aspect is the footing, the inability to make that quick first
step that you're able to do on a surface where you can stop and start on a
dime. You can't do that on clay."
Tennis players under-appreciated for their talents? "In the other major sports, like basketball, I always make
the comparison that the game would be far different if they were to play on
clay, as well. They would be unable to
make the type of quick moves that you see them do so easily on a wood surface...
...I think in some way
tennis players are under-appreciated because they play on three different
surfaces which can be rather difficult."
On break-out teens? "It does seem
because of the physicality of the game, it's difficult to see those 18, 19, 20‑year‑olds
be able to jump and win majors....
hopeful that someone comes along that will shake things up, particularly if
he's American and sort of brings some juice back to what's going on in America,
bring some more interest. Obviously
right now you're just talking about sort of the other four guys, who if anyone
can possibly win a major."
On changes since he played Paris? "In my day they were
watering the courts virtually after every set, and they don't do that now. May go through a whole match or two or three
sets. Generally the rallies are shorter,
more similar to what you see at other surfaces."
McEnroe as well as fellow lead analyst Martina Navratilova and others will opin over matches during Tennis Channel's 200 + hours of French Open coverage. Can't wait!
Here's what Fila has planned for Janko Tipsarevic and Andreas Seppi at Roland Garros 2013.
Tipsarevic will wear the Tour short sleeve crew in two ebony/lemon combinations with the Tour piped short. Seppi will wear the Tour piped polo (only polo above) and Tour short sleeve crew in white.
The group as a whole is a youthful, body conscious collection with a modern color palette. The contrast piping and taping was inspired by the movement of the body during play. Fila’s design team highlighted areas of the body which correspond to movement on court. Strategically placed jacquard mesh panels insure good ventilation.
TennisIDENTITY's preview of Roland Garros 2013 tennis fashion starts here with the looks Fila is serving up for Jelena Jankovic, Nadia Petrova and Julia Goerges. Pinkophiles will lean to their beloved bright but I for one am happy to see navy, a color that looks great on everyone.
Fila's Summer 2013 Baseline collection is highlighted by artistic laser cut mesh that adds movement and a subtle 3D effect when laid over a good dose of shocking pink.
The Baseline Dress (3) is Jelena Jankovic's choice for Paris and features a cute athletic cut racer-back silhouette, with a slim fit though the torso and drop waist peplum-inspired skirt. Julia Goerges and Nadia Petrova will wear the baseline fashion skort (2) and racerback tank (1) in pink (Julia) or navy (Nadia).
The collection includes a navy hooded jacket (4) and warm up pant (5) combination in stretch jersey. Laser mesh on the hood adds a whimsical twist to a classic sihouette. White versions of some of the pieces and a cap sleeve top and cami tank complete the group.
The collection retails from $52 - $76 and is available at Fila.com, Tennis-Warehouse and Fila tennis retailers worldwide.
Philipp Kohlschreiber is wearing new summer collection Wilson in Rome. An orange based version of this look is planned for Roland Garros but I do LOVE this ace of a flint grey and lime combo.
The so-called "Well-Equipped Crew" and short are made of ultra light, liquid stretch fabric and zoned mesh which work to keep you well cooled. I'd like this top with white or black shorts even better. The polo, left is a more conservative option.
Any amateur photog. who has tried to shoot tennis action knows it's really hard. While owning a monster lensed $1000+ camera would certainly make a difference, there are lower priced options and techniques that will reward with great images.
Photographing Tennis by photo pro Chris Nicholson offers easy to follow tips on protocol, gear, positioning, light, exposure, composition, timing and more. Nicholson is a sixteen year tennis photo veteran whose captivating images are featured throughout the book.
Read up before heading to the courts and keep the paperback in your bag for a quick refresher between matches.
Marche, Italy is home to Cecilia Marchegiani, recreational tennis player and designer of the beautiful tennis dresses you see here.
Marchegiani started playing tennis as an adult and was quickly bored with what she felt was a sameness about the fashions women were wearing. She began making styles for her own game and soon after for admiring friends. C'mon tailoring shop was born.
Fresh, fun and custom cut, Marchegiani's stand-out styles are designed for the movement, grace, energy and power so inherent in womens tennis.
Cmon fabrics are all performance, breathable microfibra in polymide and elastan. Bras for smaller chests can be built in upon request. BYOB for those more amply endowed. Garment prices range from approx. $80 - $120 USD.