Cheers to the USTA’s US Open: Queen of the Court Essentials
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Today marks Day 5 of the 2013 US Open! The two-week tournament is played at the magnificent Arthur Ashe stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, New York and is the final major competition comprising the coveted Grand Slam each year. The preliminary matches are typically uneventful, especially since most of the power players have byes to a higher round, but the Federers and Sharapovas start to make their appearances around days 2-3.
The US Open is already shaping up to be a much more predictable tournament than Wimbledon, with all key competitors still in play. 5-time Champion Roger Federer, whose 7th seed was his lowest since 2002, just breezed into the next round, and Serena Willliams, defending champion, is dominating her way through the women’s tournament. If my predictions are correct, we’ll see another Djokovic vs. Murray final and another win from Serena. Nadal typically doesn’t excel on hard court, and Federer hasn’t made it to the finals of a major in quite some time… but who doesn’t love a Nadal/Federer showdown?!
If you’re a fellow tennis lover, be sure to watch the Women’s Final at 12PM on September 8th ET and the Men’s Final on September 9th at 5PM ET.
Basically, as summer rolls around, my brain goes in tennis overload, since Wimbledon and the U.S. Open occur between just a few months of each other. This year, I’ve been working on perfecting my serve (to little avail) and stocking up on all the cutest tennis gear to look the part. Pleated tennis skirts, collared shirts, ribbons… it’s all golden. Here are a few of my Queen of the Court Essentials (Check out my Pinterest board for my full list):
As you can probably tell, I’m partial to Lacoste when it comes to tennis attire. Their clothes are durable, functional, and classically fashionable. I also adore Nike, Adidas, and Lululemon for my athletic wear, although stores like Target and Kohl’s can carry great (inexpensive) stuff, too. I’m also a huge fan of tennis traditions. Ergo, I try to abide by the strict dress code of “prominently white clothing” and the “preference towards pastels” enforced at The All England Club during Wimbledon. Likewise, I always treat myself to strawberries and cream while watching matches. Gotta do as the Royals do.
Shout out to my fellow tennis queens! What are your tennis essentials? Any predictions for the US Open this year?!