Long-time readers know a few things about me:
1. Iâ€™m a little wacky.
2. Iâ€™ve loved New Balance since they were a client of mine a few years ago. I think itâ€™s a truly amazing company with amazing products and amazing people. (I got to tour their factory and totally geeked out.)
3. I loved tennis far before I loved running or any other fitness activity.
Also, I LOVE causing rackets. Er, racquets?Â
So off to the Vanderbilt Tennis Club I went yesterday morning with my coworkers.
First of all, the Vanderbilt Tennis Club is kind of confusing to get to. Itâ€™s above Grand Central and the elevators are weird, and yeah.
I remember when I worked with NB a few years ago and the tennis line was launched, and it was a big deal.
HELLO AND WELCOME TO MY NATURAL HABITAT. Seriously, before I knew what meditation was, when I wanted to calm down, Iâ€™d close my eyes and just imagine hitting the ball back and forth, back and forth in a long, slow rally with a friend. Is that weird? Probably.Â
In the summers in high school, Iâ€™d play all day, everyday, and I loved it. Indoors, outdoors, you just couldnâ€™t get me off the court. Itâ€™s kind of a pain to play in NYC, so I rarely do, but every time I play, I want to play more and more. I have a standing bet with my COO to beat him in tennis (and the 800m), so I better get practicing.
So much of my misspent youth was spent convening around a basket of yellow balls, piling balls on my racquet or filling up a hopper.
But I digress. Yesterday, they took us through a number of drills, and I felt like I was 14 again.Â
I knew nothing technical about tennis shoes when I last played seriously, and I donâ€™t play seriously enough to know much now, but we were given the 996s to try out. They felt lightweight, and it was easy to move laterally in them. I made the mistake of grabbing a pair of old white sneaks that WERENâ€™T tennis sneaks a few weeks ago, and yeah, no. I donâ€™t know how I didnâ€™t twist an ankle.
Itâ€™s like they knew. I can never have enough tennis whites, Jordan is mortified about the idea of wearing a tennis skirt, and Amy loves bright colors. They outfitted us in the Tournament Sleeveless PoloÂ and the Challenger Skort, which at $39, is an amazing price point. I really liked the top and liked the cut of the skirt, but the shorts under were a little short for me and creeped up a bit.
These kidsâ€™ shoes are TO DIE FOR. Gia, Iâ€™m kidnapping the Gs, ok?
Their tennis line came in colors as well as the traditional tennis whites.Â
Milos RaonicÂ is one of their athletes. Heâ€™s 23, seeded 5th going into the U.S. Open, is 6â€™5â€, and has a serve of 155 mph. Just slightly impressive.
We watched him serve a few times and then had the opportunity to chat with him a bit. DUDE PLAYS 10-11 HOURS PER DAY at the top of his training; otherwise he â€œonlyâ€ plays 6-8 hours. Wow.
Who loves tennis? Whoâ€™s going to watch the Open? How am I going to watch without cable?