Take 5! Five Tennis Majors all with fashion, flair and fun!

#5 Tribute to Bethanie Mattek Sands & Lucie Safarova by Wristpect Sport

We've found ourselves taking MORE than 5 minutes to reflect on the...

EPIC 5 major tennis titles that Bethanie Mattek Sands and Lucie Safarova

...recently amassed with their win during the finals of the 2017 French Open!

Bethanie Mattek Sands and Lucie Safarova communicating

Their fun, smiles and quirky ways on the women's pro tour tour leak into our minds here and there throughout our days as we man the fort at Wristpect Sport and further our journey in tennis and sweat!

Sure these two professional tennis gals have taken 5 major tennis titles BUT we've learned as they collect the hardware...

...They are truly GIVERS in so many ways!

Bethanie and Lucie (known as 'Team Bucie') are GIVING to the sport of tennis by:

  • Showing women and little girls that sports can indeed become a BIG part of life!
  • Letting us (as well as their pro tennis peers) in on their behind the scenes moments.
  • Demonstrating that a US born athlete can team up with a CZECH born athlete proving that there are NO barriers between people, athletes and countries!
  • Displaying their courage to play against others as a untied doubles team BUT also to show that same courage AND respect when they have to battle against each other in singles play AND when their respective countries have to compete against one another in sport.
  • Learning to merge their distinct court styles of: Bethanie as Spider Man at the net and Lucie as the Czech Wall on the baseline; all the while switching it up and challenging themselves to both be good EVERYWHERE on court!
  • Maintaining healthy athletic body types which in turn allows them to enjoy wearing unique cuts and styles in tennis apparel and accessories! 
Bethanie Mattek Sands hails Lucie Safarova in French win!

    (Bethanie Mattek Sands giving props to Lucie Safarova post their 2nd French Open doubles title 2017) 

    Here's to Bethanie and Lucie...may they continue to TAKE more titles and reap reward for their hard work and talents because they've GIVEN us so much!

     

     Like houndstooth patterns and the color red? CLICK HERE to shop the 'Tide' wristband (from the Crimson Tide set) shown on Bethanie in the top 2 pictures above.

    Like black and white neutrals and pretty designsCLICK HERE to shop the 'Alley' wristband shown on Bethanie in the picture directly above.

    (ALL photos taken by Wristpect Sport --even if it has to be off a television screen) 

     

    The Good, Bad and Ugly of What to Say to Your Tennis Partner

    What To Say

    We'll get this out of the way right from the beginning!

    As proficient athletes here at Wristpect Sport, we enjoy the positivity of tennis and sports, and have built a brand name based in the word respect. We would never say anything bad OR ugly to our tennis partners! It just doesn't compute as decent people nor as athletes (and it actually feels odd to even type this common sense way of being).

    Today, I'm sharing some of the GOOD that I have personally said to the various doubles partners I've played with over the years. The GOOD that helped motivate my partner and I, or the humor that helped keep us loose during tense moments.

    But BEFORE you check out my list, please think about offering the GOOD things YOU and your doubles partners say by commenting below and/or commenting in the Facebook post tied to this blog story! We can all learn/borrow from one another!

    Some GOOD Things to Say to Your Doubles Partner:

    Arctic Tigris wristband pattern with link to Wristpect Sport NOTHING:

    I'm a social creature/athlete that likes feeling super connected to my teammate, friends, etc BUT I'm also an observant athlete and recognize what my partner may need from me. And sometimes, they need me to say NOTHING!. Maybe they are super nervous. Maybe they are being tough on themselves. Let it be.

    Spring tennis wristband pattern by Wristpect SportLET'S DO THIS!

    This popular phrase may have started from the Home Depot as they have it plastered (all puns intended) on paint buckets to motivate do-it-yourself folk BUT athletes love this and it works! IT commits the mind in hopes that the body will follow.

    Viper tennis wristband pattern by Wristpect Sport BE EVERYWHERE- IT PISSES PEOPLE OFF!

    Sorry for the lack of class with that one word but I'm an athlete that speaks from the heart and a place of adrenaline when in the battle! I think I coined this phrase---and maybe no one would want to claim it---BUT, I've said this so many times I can't count and EVERY doubles partner responds positively! They laugh, relax a bit and feel a nudge of motivation, knowing intuitively, if we CAN indeed run down nearly every ball, we stand a better chance OR will at least keep the opponent honest.

    Alley tennis wristband pattern by Wristpect SportRUN LIKE THE WIND!

    I like doubles play at the net (where it should be played) because I like to volley but many partner's I've teamed with, do not. But there are times when we all need to volley and poach and get out of our comfort zone to gain the advantage, or keep a good returner honest. So often I say, "I'm serving at the body, you RUN LIKE THE WIND to cut off the return!" The phrase brings humor to the poaching strategy and takes the 'big bad wolf' out of the uneasiness one may feel while poaching.

    Viper tennis wristband pattern by Wristpect SportWE'RE CLOSER TO CHIPS AND SALSA!

    Yeah, I know you're probably thinking she shouldn't tell people she coined this, it's weird. BUT, I've said: "Get this point and we're that much closer to chips and salsa" during many a 3 set teeter totter match when I sensed my partner and I are waining in mind and nutrients, and it works! Food motivates us all and good athletes will eeek out that extra reservoir of effort to get the point/s that lead to the WIN knowing it makes a basket of tiny triangular goodness (topped with tangy salsa) taste that much better!

    So all that is said between me and my doubles partners is GOOD!

    My words may not even include tactical play diagrams, physics or mathematics BUT I do know the game of tennis, and I do speak from the heart and a place of lightness in such a way that I can keep myself and my partner motivated, relaxed and connected!

    And that my friends, will get any doubles team --or any two people through a battle on court or life! 

    PS- Of course I try to deliver my messages of GOOD to my doubles partners while also looking fashionable on court! If you like any of the unique numbered patterns shown above click each and they'll open a door to the GOOD in tennis fashion!

     

    Can your wristband do more than wipe sweat?

    I wear a wristband when I play tennis. I have in previous writings admitted that I did not always wear one, but as one of the proud owners of a wristband company, I felt it a bit disingenuous not to wear one! And believe it or not, I have become addicted to wearing them! (Slight exaggeration but only slight.)

    wearing wristbands to hide tan and wraps

    I have to admit that at first I was afraid of the unsightly tan line. Here is the skinny on that: while there is a tan line, it can be seen as a badge of tennis honor like sock tan lines OR it is easily suntanned away by enjoying a float in a pool, while watching teammates play, or just by enjoying the outdoors.

    It’s funny but now I am lost without my wristband. I really use it to wipe the sweat from my eyes on really sweaty days. It might be useful on really cold days to wipe a runny nose. -_-

    Jayci wiping face

    Along with those two revelations, I have found one more really great function for a wristband. It covers up the tape I sometimes wear around my wrist to help absorb the shock of hard hitters. I don’t mean to imply I am an old lady (though I just might be depending on how you score age) who can’t handle a little pace. It's simply that hours of using a computer and mouse plus some inadvertent wrist tweaks in the gym make my wrist a little sore on any given game day. AKA functional wear and tear to the wrist of a seasoned vet. And, I'm just vain enough that I really don’t like showing my weaknesses to opponents so, I tape at home and slide on my wristband prior to getting onto the court. Voila, my sore wrist is hidden and no weakness shown! And for those of you who wear the rugged Velcro wrist braces, I happen to know that our wristbands do go around them and provide a MUCH softer feel when brushing up against one’s face

    All in all I have found that wearing Wristpect Sport wristbands gives me a fashionable and functional flare! I just love matching them with my tennis attire and or my tennis partner!

    Besties dynamic duo

    Dynamic/Duo pictured above is currently unavailable

    30 Seconds of Fantasy Tennis with the #1 Doubles Player in the World- Bethanie Mattek Sands

    Life is short so you gotta grab the gusto and speak from the heart with your best friends, family, business partners, teammates AND the #1 women's doubles player in the world when you can! 

    And that's just what I did with Bethanie Mattek Sands on a recent trip to the BNP Paribas in Indian Wells!

    For those that follow our sweaty journey, you know we're fortunate to have Bethanie wear our fashionable wristbands and sweatbands as accents to her maverick-esq tennis style on tour. For those of you that don't know this, where have you been?!! 

    Bethanie and her prime doubles partner and amiga, Lucie Safarova now have 10 professional doubles titles to their credit. Big one's! Like most of the majors! This duos real gift though comes in the form of their communication both on and off the court. They keep it real. They have fun and they communicate extremely well! Watch them and you'll see this type of pose--hands to mouths masking their subtly uttered strategies to one another.

      Bethanie Mattek Sands and Lucie Safarova as captured by Wristpect Sport

    (Image taken by Wristpect Sport)

    But I say, Bethanie and Lucie are NOT always talking strategy!

    I say they're horsing around with various code words, comments and inside jokes!

    And guess what? That's what makes them successful! That's what keeps them relaxed during stressful moments of any top major tennis tournament in the world.

    So, while at the recent BNP Paribas tournament...

    ...I humbly requested not only a photo opp with Bethanie Mattek Sands BUT I requested a moment of fantasy doubles tennis together!

    Bethanie didn't hesitate and we immediately started laughing and leaning in shoulder to shoulder right there on the sidewalk. We were at the US Open for all we knew!

    I recall I started by saying: 'I'm serving down the T, you cut it off at net!' This felt natural 'cause Bethanie is the bomb at net and I love to serve (and volley as well).

    But, then I hesitated realizing I told the #1 doubles player in the world what our next play was! So I said, "OR, you can serve and I'll cut it off at the net!" Gosh how we laughed!

    For those 30 seconds or so, Bethanie didn't care, she just knew we were doubles partners. Our energy and vibe was spunky and positive and she went right into communicating and listening to her partner, me. And, by the way, she has excellent listening skills so that's attractive and honestly, quite charming!

    What else did Bethanie and I say to one another during my fantasy doubles moment? Mostly we just laughed but I do distinctly recall bringing the color purple into the moment. Reason being, is Bethanie is seemingly drawn to the color purple as she has a custom purple BMW! And, purple has been my favorite color my whole life. So it was comfortable to suggest our, 'purple razzle dazzle formation' for our next point---to which we both laughed as well!

    (This pic captured the Purple Razzle Dazzle moment of doubles strategy I had with Bethanie Mattek Sands)

     Bethanie Mattek Sands & Janelle Sideris share a moment at the BNP Paribas

    My 30 seconds of Fantasy tennis with Bethanie during 'our doubles match' was one of the best in my tennis career and...

    ...we won 'the match' together by seizing the moment through good communication and because we're two souls that gravitate towards humor and good vibes!

    A double thank you to Bethanie, for her support AND this moment!

     

     

     

      

     

     

     

     

    Our Tennis & Sports Wristbands/Sweatbands Hide Make-up & Tints Better!

    We wish we had an impressive long scientific explanation for how Wristpect Sport wristbands hide make-up and face tints better than the traditional solid terry cloth wristbands and sweatbands but truth be told, we try not to complicate things here at Wristpect Sport! 

    Your tennis and sport accessories should support you (yes like a bra), make you feel and look good-- then you should forget about them during play! Cause tennis and other sports are hard enough as it is! You don't need 1% of your brain thinking:

    'Can everyone see these horrible ruddy, dirty makeup stains on my wristband?! 

    So we present to you THE reason our wristbands hide make-up and face tints better:

    Rainbow Heart with PRoduct Feature statement

    From animal prints, to words, and a whole host of geometrics like those shown below, Wristpect Sport wristbands are engineered (that word makes us feel nerdy and smart) to not only wick AND absorb sweat for athletes of all levels, the patterns are such that we intended to aid in masking face make-up and tints better! 

     

    6 To Love Tennis Wristbands and Sweatbands

     

    Mr. Sunshine Face is our mascot in charge of making you feel good about this function of our wristbands.

    Smiley Face Product Feature

    An here's a look at all the product features that make Wristpect Sport wristbands and sweatbands both unique, AND a leader in sweat accessories:

    Whimsical Product Features for Wristpect Sport wristbands

    We hope our non-complicated ways here at Wristpect Sport make you feel more comfortable but more importantly we also hope you gain even more comfort when you try our super fashionable and functional tennis and sport wristbands/sweatbands!

    Because you're not just a pretty face- you're an animal on court and in sport!