Wristpect Sport Serves Tennis Fashion but the Returns Prove Greater

 

Indian inspired tennis wristband by Wristpect Sport

Looking at this picture today, from a recent Wristpect Sport photo shoot made us most definitely think of the serve! And, it made us key in on the cool summer citrus colors of this particular wristband (Indian Wells double wristband set) that is now part of our line of accessories. We wondered:  How will this color and pattern be received by ladies league players? Teams? Doubles partners? Pro's on tour? More importantly as we looked at the poetry of the image it made us also think of looking up, and of all things positive and it...

...made us reflect on how tennis has served us in our lives.

With every service motion, there is an opportunity to put heart in every actual serve you make on a tennis court. How you throw the ball, where you strike it on the string bed and where you place it on the court, the upward thrust of your legs, etc. They all determine the focus and heart you put into each serve.

But there is more to the heart of the tennis serve:

  • There is the literal chance to serve your body well with sweat and aerobic goodness
  • There is a chance to serve a partner, a coach and a whole team with your own energy each time you step on court or into the club.
Think about it, you can positively affect the lives of those you play and sweat with! You may not know if someone is struggling outside of tennis but the court is a place where you can leave others with the best that you have on that given day. That could make a big difference in someone else's life.
  • There is a chance for you to introduce another person to the game (young or old...be on the lookout to tell someone, you think would benefit from this game, all about it).
  •  There is a chance for you to get involved with various tennis charities. 

    In fact, we'd like to know your favorite tennis charity (comment below)

    This business of tennis fashion is proving super satisfying for us here at Wristpect Sport. And though we haven't invented the iPad or a cure for anything, we've vowed that when we do create our products for others that each detail and brush stroke should come from a place of knowing the game, enjoying color and being moved by the whimsical. We have challenged ourselves to serve others with the very best that we have! 
     

    Tennis has returned in kind to us by way of meeting interesting and talented people, affording us the chance to create, travel and delve into the inner workings of this yellow fuzz, pop top, 'thunking', beautiful sport!

    Do you wear wristbands?

    Yes! At least now I do. I did not always wear one but since I’ve co-owned a wristband company I started to wear one! Maybe a better question is why do I wear wristbands? That answer has changed over time.

    In the beginning-I wore a wristband because I started a company about wristbands and thought it disingenuous not to wear one! (And I always wear only one on my dominant playing arm even though we sell our colorful wristbands in pairs-except one time when I played in Tyler, Texas and it was the hottest and sweatiest match I have ever played.)

    After wearing one for a while, I started to like the way a wristband felt on my playing arm. (Like a hug for my wrist.)

    Now I've begun to rely on it to wipe the sweat from my eyes/face. (In the middle of a game when I cannot get to my towel.)

    Jayci wiping sweat with Infinity

    (pictured above Jayci Goldsmith wearing Infinity)

    More and more I've grown even more fond of the accessory aspect of how a Wristpect Sport wristband compliments my tennis ensemble. In other words, I initially liked its function but the fashion is what really grabs me now. Believe it or not, sometimes I pick my playing outfit based upon which wristband design I feel like wearing. (This is especially true when we have a new series of wristbands just in from our factory.) But I almost ALWAYS pick which wristband I will wear before I leave my house headed to the tennis court. AND anymore I literally feel naked trying to play without one! When I don’t I rely on the fact that I keep a bag full of different ones in my tennis bag—just in case, because I cannot play worth of darn if I'm feeling naked or let's just say unprepared.

    collage of wristpect sport wristbands

    I used to worry about the tan lines. Isn’t enough that we have to suffer those from our socks? Why make more? But my best friend and tennis partner has always worn a wristband and she has never had wristband tan lines that were unmanageable. So too I have found it not too difficult to manage tan lines from my Wristpect Sport wristbands though I still struggle with my sock tan.

    If you are reading this I bet you wear a wristband. Maybe even two! If you feel like chiming in I would love to hear your answer to why do you wear a wristband?

    Are You a Grass-Fed Tennis Player?

    Black and white tennis wristband by Wristpect Sport

    Is this an antibiotic free, no preservatives, non- GMO, low salt, no dyes, no artificial flavors kind of story?

    I can assure you it's not!

    Though we aspire to good nutrition here at Wristpect Sport, we've actually gotten eager for Wimbledon to begin!

    Thinking of Wimbledon garden greens and the grounds ignited a reminiscent moment from our junior tennis days.

    Wimbledon logo shared by Wristpect Sport

    Ahhh, the good ol' days of mom shuttling you from one tennis venue to another to take lessons, hit with your buddies, play a tourney or just to serve a million balls on a court, alone...

    I can see so many courts in my minds eye-- both indoor and outdoor-- from my days in the Chicagoland area tennis scene. Indoor carpet courts downtown, rubberized courts mid-town to basic outdoor hard courts at our local club, high school, etc. Each surface forced me, personally, to figure out how to storm the net FAST so I could end the point!

    But there is one court that stands alone (literally) from my junior days.

    Thought Bubble

    It's when my dear friend, Kenny set out to build a grass tennis court in his backyard, in Illinois. I'm not joking! Ken, a talented and more tenured tennis hound than I, could not get enough of the sport. He hooked me in and we partnered both as doubles players and as training buddies. We quickly rose to become top juniors at our local club and aspired to college and the pro's!

    Kenny and I were, and still are, BIG dreamers!

    Yep, we were the one's who would hit shopping cart after shopping cart full of tennis balls, run to Burger King for our lunch (Whopper, large fries, chocolate shake, AND a Coke- o.k., that's not the best nutrition but we were young) then come back and do it all over. 

    Light Bulb

    So, Ken gets the idea to etch out court lines, rig up a net and play at the All England Club on grass IN HIS BACKYARD IN ILLINOIS!

    His mom couldn't stop him. She knew her oldest son was severely infected with the sport. She also had a large lot set in a wooded area and actually should receive awards for her ingenious parenting. She could keep an eye on us for hours and knew the snow would eventually erase any trace of Wimbledon with seasonal change.

    So that's it! I am a grass-fed tennis player who...

    ...HAS played on the grass of Wimbledon--that it was in Illinois is not the point! Kenny and I (along with a few other juniors) went to Wimbledon in our minds and like Dick Enberg used to say while commentating at Wimbledon, "Oh my..."

    The blades of a good tennis grass are deep rooted in me. This game has served me well and continues now with the journey we are living out here at Wristpect Sport! 

    Do you have tennis memories?

    Write them down, tell them at your next tennis party, or share them with a junior player for encouragement and fun. Or, comment here and join the grass fed group!

     (Like the Black and White wristband shown above? Find more my clicking here)

    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!