| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The following products represent just a few of the hottest new trends and accessories to hit the court this spring and summer.


The French Open is the world’s premier clay court tournament and the second of the four Grand Slam events contested annually by members of the ATP and WTA tours. The French Open will be played at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, from Sunday, May 24-Sunday, June 7. Today’s grand slam tennis matches are more then just prestigious, action-packed tennis events. These tournaments have evolved into important fashion events, where the world’s top players display the latest sports apparel from their sponsors on a global stage.

At this year’s French Open, Adidas will use its cutting-edge technology, combined with vibrant colors and flashy designs, to assure that their players are not only comfortable, but fashionable as well. Here are a few of the world’s top players and exactly what they’ll be wearing when they hit the courts of Roland Garros Stadium in Paris.

Novak Djokovic
Edge Polo
SRP: $50
Colorway-401602-Pool, Black, Running White

ClimaCool polo with full mesh panel back and sides of garment for optimal cooling and ventilation. Djokovic-inspired falcon graphic.

Men’s Edge Bermuda
SRP: $50
Colorway-E15442-White, Phantom

ClimaCool 10” Bermuda-style short. Internal drawcord and side-seam pockets.

CC Genius
SRP: $130
Colorway-401602-Pool, Black, Running White

Low on the ground and well-cushioned, so you get the best of both worlds on the court. Carbon composite technology used in lateral strips on the upper gives added forefoot support while the rubber sole provides excellent grip.

Ana Ivanovic

Women’s adilibria Dress
SRP: $50

ClimaCool V-neck tank dress with a drop waist and pleats on the shoulder and bottom of skirt for movement and ease of the garment in motion.

Barricade V
SRP: $120
Colorway-041978-Running White, Light Onix, Metallic Silver

Along with its perfect blend of durability, cushioning and support, the Barricade V is even lighter with a snug, more supportive fit. Featuring adiWEAR, a durable, non-marking rubber, the barricade avoids early wear and tear.


Caroline Wozniaki
Women’s adilibria Tank
SRP: $45

ClimaCool tank with medium impact shelf support bra.

Women’s adilibria Skort
SRP: $50

ClimaCool 12” pull-on skirt with seamless inner short tight attached.

All in all, the 2009 French Open tennis tournament is sure to be one of the greatest sports events of the year. Paris in the spring is the place to be to see the world’s top tennis players dressed for grand slam success.

For more information, visit www.adidas.com.

BaNGG! Inc.
BaNGG! Inc. is a fresh alternative sports apparel line launched locally on Long Island. Whether you want casual tank tops, velour sweat suits, hoodies or shorts, BaNGG! has it all. With the tagline: “Bring It!,” BaNGG! Apparel will make you stand out from the crowd.

For more information, e-mail banggnyc@hotmail.com.






Bionic Tennis Gloves
“Every player should wear a glove. But not just any glove. Tennis players need the Bionic Glove because it will improve their game.”
—Dan Santorum, CEO of the Professional Tennis Registry

That’s a strong statement from someone whose life is tennis. Dan Santorum represents 13,000 of the world’s top tennis coaches and teachers. “I was skeptical when I first heard about the Bionic Tennis Glove,” Santorum says. “Tennis is among the last sports to embrace wearing a glove. But after a few volleys they felt very comfortable and after a set I was in love with them.”

The world’s former number one doubles team of Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis fell in love with the Bionic Tennis Gloves too. Bionic Tennis Gloves are endorsed by The USTA Southern Section and are the Official Glove of the Professional Tennis Registry.

“After we tested them, we were convinced,” said the five-time Grand Slam event winners. “The Bionic Tennis Gloves are really good. The grip and feel are totally great,” Eltingh said.

Now Eltingh, Haarhuis and ATP singles player Marc IJzerman of The Netherlands are all wearing the Bionic Tennis Glove in training and competition.

Designed by a leading orthopedic hand surgeon, Bionic gloves are from Hillerich & Bradsby Company, the 125-year old makers of Louisville Slugger gloves, bats and other high end sports equipment. Bionic’s patented scientific and anatomical design and construction are unique, making them feel like a second skin.

“The fit is amazing. Bionic’s scientific design provides players with a light grip that relaxes your forearms,” Santorum said. “Relaxed hands and forearms increase racquet head speed for more power, and in tennis we all want more power.”

Bionic’s system of anatomical relief pads and other scientific features provide many benefits, prompting Santorum to develop a list of the Top 10 reasons tennis players should wear the Bionic Tennis Glove:

1. Increased racquet head speed as a result of a secure grip.
2. Better grip on the racquet due to increased head surface.
3. Superior grip on the racquet in hot and cold weather.
4. A lighter grip on the racquet helps avoid muscling the ball and makes for easier grip changes.
5. Reduces calluses and blisters.
6. Reduces hand fatigue.
7. Do not have to spend money on new grips or overwraps.
8. Sun protection on the most exposed part of your body (provides SPF 50, protects 95 percent).
9. Form-fitting wrist closure supports the wrist to give added stability without sacrificing flexibility and motion.
10. Takes very little time to get accustomed to and once you use it you will never play tennis again without the Bionic Tennis Glove.

For more information, call (877) 524-6642 or visit www.bionicgloves.com.

Two New Jersey moms, Meredith Kasun and Ernabel Demill, hit a winner with the must-have tennis accessory of the season. It’s called the TennisRAQ (pronounced tennis rack) from BodyStyleAthletics, and it’s a fashionable way to hold your tennis balls while playing.

“We were tired of picking up after our kids and husbands,” said Kasun, one of the creators. “Who wants to bend over and pick up tennis balls?”
The creators say it doesn’t hamper play, in fact, it speeds it up. With the TennisRAQ, players wearing pocket-less pants or shorts won’t have to worry about repeating the drop-and-dash exercise to fetch balls around the court.

“We wanted to create something functional,” said Demillo, “but it also had to be fashionable.”
Demillo is a former New York City reporter and anchor, and Kasun worked as a fashion buyer in Manhattan. Their company, BodyStyleAthletics, is now a year old and to celebrate its one-year anniversary, they just rolled out a new product—a neoprene backpack, called the RAQpack for your tennis racquet.

There is plenty of space for a can of balls, cell phone, keys and of course a TennisRAQ.

The TennisRAQ comes in five cool colors, with a matching carrying case, all for just $19.99. And it comes in a kid’s version too. The RAQpack comes in two colors and costs $24.99.

For more information, e-mail info@bodystyleathletics.com or visit www.bodystyleathletics.com.





Whak Sak
If you love fashion and fitness rolled up into one, then Whak Sak are the bags for you. The Whak Sak line consists of five styles which are offered in a pallet of over 30 fun patterns and colors.

The features of these bags are second to none, with removable coolers, convertible straps, integrated fence hooks, and a multitude of pockets to store all of your accessories. Made with high quality PVC material, the bags are not only durable, but stylish.

With witty bags names such as “Tell It to My Heart,” “Boogie Wonderland,”, “Pretty in Pink” and “Captain Jack,” just to name a few, finding the right bag for you is a fun experience that’s just a click away at www.whaksak.com. Coming from Long Island, Whak Sak Industries Owner Heather Combs has focused on creating bags for comfort and style.

“It was very important to me to introduce a product to the industry that would be original, affordable, and allow everyone to have fun with the product.”

Voted the hottest tennis bag in fashion magazines for 2008, these bags are available at the finest tennis pro shops in the U.S. and abroad. New patterns and colors are offered every season so start your Whak Sak collection today. For more information, call (888) WHAKSAK (942-5725) or visit www.whaksak.com.