The 2013 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest, run by the USTA and their National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) arm, is now under way. Contest participants are asked to answer the following question: “If you could follow in Arthur Ashe’s footsteps and ‘give back’ to tennis, what would you do to give back to the game, and how would it impact others?” The winners will receive a trip to New York City around the time of the U.S. Open.
Details: 2013 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest
(Photo Credit: Ashe Wikipedia)
Hypebeast shows us these TBG hoodies constructed with two jersey layers (in contrasting colors) and with a screen print on the inside back panel. Besides featuring Arthur Ashe, they’ve also created pieces Crazy Horse and Biko. Cute!
Nike keeps up with the vintage shirts for Roger and Rafa‘s off-court appearances. Some love it, some don’t. What’s your take? Tell us. (If you need another look, here’s a white hoodie Roger wore for the Battle of the Surfaces.)
Two more items from Hypebeast…
For your kicks: Check out these shoelaces from Starks Laces.
Adding to my look book: Japanese brand Uniqlo provides my fashion inspiration for the fall.
Tennis Hooligans: Here’s a fan’s take on attending both the Tennis Channel Open and the Pacific Life Open to
see some good tennis stalk Marat Safin. And another one of the Lady Hooligans posted her ode to Marat. Make sure to click on the second YouTube video, to see a goofy clip.
Finding Africa’s next great hope: Jeanne Ashe reopened the South African tennis center named for (and co-founded by) her late husband, Arthur Ashe. The country needs get back on the tennis map; it’s been a little while since Wayne Ferreira retired. (via espn.com)
Self-serving patriotism?: The Russian Fed Cup team added Maria Sharapova to their roster for the first round tie against Spain. She’s never played Fed Cup before, and is likely participating to make herself eligible for the Beijing Olympics. (via espn.com)
Roaming the grounds of Roland Garros: DirecTV announced its plans for the French Open. Like the coverage it provided in partnership with the Tennis Channel for last year’s U.S. Open, DirecTV will “offer multiple live channels from the tournament, as well as a special ‘French Open Mix’ channel that will feature all live feeds.” (via Multichannel News)
More info about the red-striped 2007 Roland Garros poster here.