Li Na

‘Dare to aim higher than the sky’ means daring to set higher expectations for myself. I believe where there is determination, there will be self-transcendence. Dare to make a breakthrough and dare to challenge all is my call for our young generation. Self-transcendence is success.

Nike had a T-shirt printed with this message ready for Li Na to wear at post-match events. The message was also seen on Nike’s social channels and will be on the front pages of newspapers throughout China, including in Li Na‘s hometown of WuHan.

Li Na

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Li Na Nike Olympic kit

Specially designed for the China Open, the new China National Tennis Center is located in the Beijing Olympic Zone. As a last addition to the group of national stadiums built before the 2008 Olympic Games, the Center will become Beijing’s largest stadium for tennis games with its state-of-art facilities after the completion in June 2011.

China National Tennis Center
China National Tennis Center
China National Tennis Center

In order to stay flexible for the weather change during games and various conditions required by other activities, a collapsible roof is designed to have a maximum opening of 60x70m towards the sky.

China National Tennis Center
China National Tennis Center
China National Tennis Center

Besides the regular seating rows spreading around the stadium, a two-floor box is specially designed around the bottom part of the grandstand to create more exclusive seats for a better view within the limited space.

More pics in our Tennis and Architecture group.