Long known for running shoes and casual footwear, New Balance has recently branched out into football, baseball, tennis and cricket. They signed Milos Raonic in 2013 and Heather Watson early this year.
Heather will face Serena Williams in the third round tomorrow.
Ralph Lauren celebrates a decade as the official outfitter of Wimbledon with a brand new collection, featuring limited edition styles you can wear on and off the court.
A few of our favorite pieces from the collection:
– the Wimbledon color-blocked polo, a striped ribbed polo collar, flag screen-printed at the left sleeve:
– the Wimbledon cotton jacket, a preppy cotton jersey jacket featuring a “P.R.L. All England Club” and crossed-rackets crest.
– the Wimbledon ball boy jacket, this cotton jacket features a “The Championships Wimbledon” logo patch and Ralph Lauren signature embroidered Big Pony:
– the Wimbledon canvas duffel, with a Wimbledon W Tennis 15″ screen-printed at the front.
You can buy the collection online, at Ralph Lauren Bond Street store and Wimbledon on-site shop.
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Roger Federer Wimbledon outfit
The Nike Lunar Ballistec 1.5 “Safari” is available at select Nike retailers and on nike.com/nikecourt.
Engineered specifically for Serena Williams, the NikeCourt Flare delivers stability through a lightweight, minimal design. The shoe, designed by Aaron Cooper at Nike, was created in response to Serena’s ankle issues.
“At the time, I was having issues rolling my ankle,” Williams says. “So I wanted to create a shoe that would give me a lot of stability and make me a better player.”
According to Cooper, the silhouette was inspired by the collection of KOBE signature shoes, kung fu masters and the idea of footwear being an extension of the body.
“Serena was looking for a shoe with more stability that was bigger and more built up,” Cooper says. “What she actually needed was the complete opposite; something that was less built up and with a lower profile. She needed something that would really work with her as a second skin.”
The NikeCourt flare will be Serena Williams’ tennis shoe for Wimbledon.
“This shoe really is an extension of my foot,” Williams says. “And when you think about it, if you’re at home in your house and you don’t have shoes on, you just don’t think about anything else. It’s just your body. And that’s what this shoe is all about.”
Learn more about the design process:
The NikeCourt Flare, a women’s only model, is now available in select Nike retailers and on nike.com/nikecourt.
I stumbled upon those pictures a few months ago, and with Wimbledon kicking off tomorrow, I guess it’s more than time that I share them to you. Those pictures were taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt who covered the 1971 tournament for Life Magazine. Enjoy: