Last year, after watching tennis a few years later, finding that my interest in watching was growing, the sighting was becoming strangely inadequate, and I decided to start playing the game. tennis too. I have not played sports since I stopped football to walk the streets of the mall around 15 hours. So it was a surprise for myself and my family.
I have just realized that getting dressed before doing is a recurring theme for me, but yes, in any case, before taking my first lesson, I thought a lot about what I would wear. There is a gap between mid-century soft and simple court styles that I gravitate around to emotion and the technical performance garments and logo-stricken that almost all tennis pros are wearing today. Almost no one is making a current version of the vintage stuff well right now (I've said almost, Tory Sport!) And I just do not like the way the new manic logo makes me feel like a billboard.
Aditionellement! If you want to hear my speech about the number of women's tennis shorts with one-eighth-inch pockets too small to slip a tennis ball in, you just have to buy one glass at a time.
All that to say that I know how difficult it is to find something cool, acceptable, or even to wear tennis in 2019. But two of the most exciting new stars of the sport, Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka, the only one in the world. have already done. on the courts of the US Open this week in their own way. And I take notes …
First: Naomi Osaka, defending champion, has a nice collaboration between NikeCourt and Sacai. Every Nike x Sacai piece I've ever seen has been a pleasure to watch in motion – Chitose Abe, designer of Sacai, understands something of inertia that, in my opinion, does not fit any other creator of fashion. Combine this with the pleasure of watching the hard blow imposed by Osaka and you live an experience that resembles that of witnessing the final blossoming of a magician on an infinite loop.
For her part, Coco Gauff, a 15-year-old woman, has adopted a less visceral and narrative style approach. For her clothes, New Balance and Gitman Brothers took aerial views of New York's public courts and used these images to create a pattern printed on a tank and a matching skirt. Gauff told Hypebeast that as an athlete who played on public property herself, the design appealed to her not only visually, it was also an important part of her story. And this story – that of growing inclusion in a sport that has long been considered exclusive by many – is one that everyone should be thrilled to see at the US Open, as fast as they can be. he is.
As for me, I'm inspired, but no closer to a tennis-style character. It's probably for the better. Experts, more than one, have suggested that I give priority to improving my setback anyway.
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