Love all: 5 ideas to bring order to court
With royals in courtside boxes, celebrities in the stands and classic white attire on the court, the quintessential English event opened earlier this week at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The two-week Wimbledon tournament takes place on hallowed grassy courts and will host some of the fiercest females rocking the tops in tennis tech. Plenty of what the pros use can be purchased by us regular folks. Take a look!
This white tennis dress was designed by Venus Williams and is what she planned to wear at Wimbledon before she withdrew. While she's all about style, performance was not overlooked: It's constructed of spandex designed to let you move freely, and mesh panels along the back increase breathability. If you're more of a tank-and-skort type, EleVen offers those styles, too.
The all-white tennis shoes are making their debut at Wimbledon on the revered feet of Britain's own Laura Robson. Designed to handle extreme lateral movements, the shoe has an all-mesh upper to hug the contours of a woman's foot and provide enhanced breathability. And the abrasion-resistant outsole and plush mid-sole cushioning mean your dogs won't be barking, even during the most frenetic rally.
When Francesca Schiavone wallops the ball with ripping speed and serious spin, it's off the face of this racket. Launched 10 years ago, the fifth generation has an aerodynamic frame profile, which creates better penetration through the air. That means you have excellent control on each and every shot. It's also known for its Cortex Expert technology, which translates to more control on every shot.
Used by Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka, who was the No. 2 seed at Wimbledon before withdrawing with an injury, Wilson's Juice 100 racket has a big frame, which makes it more forgiving and powerful, but also lets you put extra spin on your shots when you're feeling aggressive. At the same time, it's a user-friendly featherweight at 11.3 ounces (unstrung) due to its graphite and basalt materials, so it's the ideal stick for a wide range of players and skill levels.
The EXO3 Tour Team 100 racket, wielded by Daniela Hantuchova, is lighter (10.2 ounces unstrung) and more powerful than the existing, heavier EXO3 Tour 100 so you can swing more aggressively on groundstrokes and serves. Another bonus: EXO3 technology uses open ports in place of traditional grommets, netting you a larger sweet spot so you're always in the zone.