For Black Friday I decided to buy myself some tennis apparel that I wouldn’t normally have chosen as it didn’t include a tennis skirt or dress. The reason was mainly because I wanted to start getting used to wearing clothing that covers more of my skin when playing tennis (given my concerns about exposure to the sun, as I also wrote about in my guest blog post for Women’s Tennis Blog). In the end I selected the outfit in the photo above from Naffta, which is a Spanish tennis and Padel clothing company that one of my Instagram followers recommended to me. I have now played…

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If there is one thing that I am especially terrible at, it is cleaning out my handbags. Much like the drawers in my house, they are full of things I really should have already thrown away. If you delve inside any of the bags stored in my wardrobe you are likely to find most, if not all, of the following: A number of scrunched up receipts An old lip balm At least one hard boiled sweet (probably stuck to the lining of the bag) A couple of tampons Coins (usually pennies from my last trip to the UK) A USB key About 5 or…

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Have you ever gone for a run in winter? If not, why not – is it the cold that puts you off, or perhaps the dark mornings/evenings? Before I went for my first run in the winter, I was a bit apprehensive. I knew I hadn’t enjoyed doing sports at school during the winter and I couldn’t see why it would be any different now. But I wanted to go running, as it is so easy to put on a pair of trainers, step outside the door and run. From getting my kit on to stepping out of the shower after a run, it usually…

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I am a bit rubbish at buying Christmas presents. I have given up trying to think of imaginative presents for my mum, 3 brothers and their other halves, 6 nephews/nieces, my partner and his 2 kids…and so most of them get a bottle of Italian wine (not the kids), some handmade pasta or an Amazon gift voucher. However, I do like to try and treat my partner with a special present to thank him for putting up with me all year. Now that we are both tennis lovers, I have been thinking about the best tennis-related gifts that I could…

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I recently organised my activewear wardrobe as it had got a bit out of hand after I took up tennis and started investing heavily in tennis fashion. I keep my activewear in a chest of drawers which has large deep drawers and although I would try and separate the sports bras from the leggings, and the racerback tank tops from the hoodies, it would inevitably all jumble up into a pile of mess after I rummaged through it for the nth time, late for tennis training, looking for a particular top to wear with my tennis skirt. I think I give the impression of being a tidy…

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