After playing tennis with my partner’s 10-year-old son a few weeks ago, he asked his dad before going to bed “How does the tennis ball stay up Helen’s dress without falling down?” I had been wearing my Oysho black and white tennis dress (see photo here), and he just saw me magically extracting the ball from under my skirt before each serve and couldn’t understand the trick. Well, of course, they come with a pair of black Lycra shorts that have a holder for the tennis ball. All of the tennis skirts I have so far purchased (from Oysho, Lucky…

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Four months ago I found myself home alone during the weekend with just my cat Lulu for company. Yet again. It finally dawned on me: I had become a tennis widow. Now, you may have heard of golf widows, women who are left alone while their spouse spends a long Saturday or Sunday on the golf course (including the 19th hole). In tennis the situation is generally not so dramatic, as games between amateur tennis players typically last a couple of hours. However, for me that stopped being the case when my other half heard about Tennis Fight Club, where…

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There is something about tennis and fashion that goes perfectly hand in hand. Nowadays so many tennis players are getting involved in designing their own “tenniswear”, which is something you don’t see so much with other sports. Perhaps it is because tennis players, and female players in particular, get to experiment so much with the styles and colours of their tennis dresses / skirts / racerback tops and tanks / skorts / shorts. They have more freedom to express themselves through their tennis outfits, whereas the sportswear in other disciplines can be limited by high-performance requirements (think swimmers or track…

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Tennis is special. Can you think of any other sport that is played from infancy to retirement (and beyond)? It is fun, keeps you fit and agile, and can even be used as a concentration exercise to train and focus the mind. I took up tennis for the first time 3 months ago, at the age of 38, without having really played any sports at all since my school days. Nevertheless, it soon became clear to me that with motivation, determination, patience and practice, I would be able to slowly improve my technique, whilst at the same doing some cardio…

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The US Open 2016 has further confirmed that tennis is “having a fashion moment“. If you didn’t catch much of the tennis this summer, then take a look at Tennis Identity‘s blog post about the best of women’s tennis fashion at this year’s US Open. Despite the many great tennis outfits on show, in my opinion we saw way too many tennis players wearing Nike’s neon yellow offerings, and it must be pretty distracting to turn up to your match to find your opponent wearing exactly the same outfit (right down to the visor and sweat bands). In fact, once…

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