Trading Places: Michelle Wie & Genie Bouchard

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNE MENKE

When two of the biggest stars in tennis and golf, Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard and Michelle Wie respectively, met for the first time last week, you would have thought they were lifelong friends. Both Nike athletes, they had been brought together for a promotional event and quickly hit it off, literally, hitting golf and tennis balls, and exchanging coaching tips. Their rapport was instant and their ability to pick up each other’s sport didn’t lag too far behind. 

Korean-American Michelle Wie, 27 years old, has been on the LPGA tour since just before her 16th birthday and is currently #34 in the Rolex Ranking. Though at age 10 she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship, Wie actually had dreams of becoming a professional tennis player. This phenom’s golf game was better than her tennis game, however, and so the clubs beat the racquet. Wie won her first major at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. Though she doesn’t get much of a chance to play tennis these days, after a few pointers from Genie, she quickly showed she’s still got some game.

Canadian Genie Bouchard, 23 years old, is currently ranked 57th in the WTA and has been a force to contend with since she hit the tour: named WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and WTA Most Improved Player in 2014. She was the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up, and semi-finalist in both the Australian and French Open that same year. Though Bouchard has virtually no golf experience, she was swinging like a pro after just a few tips from Michelle.
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Summer Reading

 

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From new bestsellers to old classics, hanging on the beach or

curled up on the porch, here is your sporty summer reading list for 2017! Baseball, football, basketball, tennis and more, we’ve got all your favorite sports covered with enticing reads — even if you’re not a sports fan.

 

THE CUBS WAY:

The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball

and Breaking the Curse

By Tom Verducci (2017)

 
After 108 years, it finally happened. This New York Times bestseller tells the tale of the 2016 Chicago Cubs and their transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball. With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst, Tom Verducci, reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team to break the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.
 

PAPER LION: 

Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

By George Plimpton (1966)

 
The book for which perhaps George Plimpton was best known, Paper Lion set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experiences in talking his way into training camp with the Detroit Lions, practicing with the team, and taking snaps behind center. His breezy style captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks that pervade when sixty high-strung guys live together in close quarters, and a host of football rites and rituals. One of the funniest and most insightful books ever written on football, Paper Lion is a classic look at the gridiron game.

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W.O.W! Working Out With Lucy Sykes

 
LUCY SYKES AND YOUR EDITOR, CLAUDIA LEBENTHAL, GETTING OUR SWEAT ON AT FLYBARRE

 

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Fitness Junkie is an irresistibly fun novel set in the fitness landscape of NYC, that takes a hysterical look at our body obsessed culture. Written by fashion veteran Lucy Sykes, and award winning journalist Jo Piazza, bestselling authors of The Knockoff, the book tells the story of Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, whose fat-phobic business partner gives her an ultimatum to lose weight or lose her job.

On a mission to drop 30 lbs. fast, Janey throws herself into the boutique fitness scene: sweating it out at “Soarbarre”, primal screaming at “The Workout”, and going topless at “Nipple Yoga”. Though the comparison to many popular workouts may seem obvious, Lucy Sykes swears the similarities are purely coincidental. Nevertheless, the spoof leaves readers speculating about who’s really who, and makes Fitness Junkie a page-turning romp through the crazy landscape of our weight consumed society.

We caught up with Sykes at an “Abs & Arms” class at FlyBarre, her go-to workout of choice, for a special Fitness Junkie class. Wearing Fitness Junkie tees made for the occasion, we sweated together through this fast-paced, body-sculpting barre class that incorporated weights, resistance bands, and core balls. After class, with Sykes rushing to the next stop on her promotional tour, we jumped in a taxi and found the nearest brownstone steps to chat about her inspiration for Fitness Junkie.
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Here Comes The Judge

 

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Maybe you’re not a Yankee fan, or a baseball fan, or even a sports fan, but every now and then a player comes along that captures your attention regardless. Last night baseball fans across the country watched as the Yankee rookie phenom, Aaron Judge, effortlessly crushed baseball’s best hitters to win the Home Run Derby — highlight of the MLB All-Star Game festivities.

While his victory might have seemed a foregone conclusion after the season he’s had, he is just 21 years old and it was his first time at the big game. Though he led the American League in All-Star votes, Judge exceeded expectations, pummeling homer after homer, with four rockets of more than 500 ft, and put on an epic show for the fans and his fellow All-Stars alike.

Larger than life, standing a massive 6-foot-7 inches tall and 280 lbs, Aaron Judge’s humility looms just as large. It’s part of what makes his greatness so great. In his rookie season, he is leading the league in home runs with 30 thus far, having blasted one 495 ft. into the left field bleachers at Yankee Stadium a few weeks ago — the longest home run in a regulation game so far in 2017. Regardless, he was as giddy as any fan meeting their baseball heroes at the Home Run Derby last night, though many of them were there to see him.
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Wimbledon 2017: Be In The Know Like A Tennis Pro!

 

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Now in the 4th round of play, let us turn our attention across the pond to The Championships, Wimbledon! As the tournament gets into full swing, here are the 10 things you need to know to be a tennis pro…

CONGRATS TO 2017 LADIES’S SINGLES CHAMPION GARBINE MUGARUZA

 & 8-TIME MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION ROGER FEDERER!

1. The Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
The first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877 when only Men’s Singles were played. Ladies’ Singles and Men’s Doubles events came on the scene in 1884.

2. Wimbledon is the only major played on grass… today.
Prior to 1975, three of the four majors — the US Open, Australian Open, and Wimbledon — were all played on grass. Only the French Open was not. Wimbledon is played on the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and during the event, the grass is cut to a height of exactly 8mm. As the tournament progresses, the wear and tear becomes obvious as the baseline gets browner and browner. This used to appear at the T, when the game was more serve and volley, but the style of play has shifted over the years to a baseline game. There is usually no play scheduled on the middle Sunday to allow the courts to recover from Week 1 and be thoroughly watered for optimum performance in Week 2.

3. The dress code is all white… and they mean it!
That includes no off-white or cream either. It is strictly enforced from head to toe, as Venus Williams learned in her first match. With a hot pink sportbra peeking out beneath her shirt, she was forced to change mid-match. Maybe it was good luck because…
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Entwine

 

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From sneakers to leggings, bikinis to totes, backpacks to skirts –

braids, crochet and macrame interweave that sexy 70’s style with

summer’s sporty vibe.

 

LEFT COLUMN: NIKE MAYFLY WOVEN WOMEN’S SHOE $120; J.CREW WIDE BRIM PACKABLE STRAW HAT $55; SHE MADE ME ESSENTIAL HALTERNECK CROCHET BIKINI TOP $87; ANNA KOSTUROVA BAJA CROCHET SHORTS $160

CENTER COLUMN: SEE BY CHLOE CROCHET BLOUSE $210; ROXY BOMBORA CANVAS AND CROCHET BACKPACK $52; SELF PORTRAIT HIGH RISE CROCHET KNIT SKIRT $445

RIGHT COLUMN: KIINI CROCHET TRIMMED TRIANGLE BIKINI $285; CARBON 38 SAYANG COLLECTION TANJUNG LEGGING $165; ANTONELLO TEDDE CAPRICCIOLLI WOVEN COTTON TOTE $570

 

Game, Set… Style!

 

 

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Competing in front of sold out stadiums and on television sets worldwide, the professional athlete has to look as good as she plays. She needs a hairstyle that will keep the hair off her face while still showing off a little personal style. Ponytails and braids, headbands and visors are just a few tricks of the trade and favorites among tennis players — and no one knows more about that than Julien Farel, namesake of the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa.

Every year since 2007, Julien Farel and his team of stylists open a pop-up salon for the players and their VIPs at the US Open tennis tournament. They cut and style the on and off court looks of such players as Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, and Rafael Nadal. “What I love about it”, says Lucie Ducrot, one of the salon’s top stylists, “is you get to meet all the players intimately because you cut their hair. They are always so low key and down to earth, and you create a relationship because you see them every year. The first year I cut Novak Djokovic’s hair he won! I was so proud!”

With the tennis season in full swing, who better to create some sporty summer hairstyles for Style of Sport? We brought Lucie Ducrot out to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at SPORTIME, located on Randall’s Island in Manhattan, to style the tresses of a few of their top players and coaches. The John McEnroe Tennis Academy offers advanced level tennis training, under the guidance of one of the sport’s greatest players and his staff of world-class coaches — while still providing young players the opportunity to live at home, continue their education, and participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. Of primary importance is the maintenance of balanced and healthy lives…
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FourPlay

 

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From bold stars and stripes, to red, white and blue, we’ve got the 4th of July covered on all your favorite sports gear, apparel and accessories! 

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LEFT COLUMN: TORY SPORT EMBROIDERED V-NECK SWEATER $225. Channel vintage varsity style in this classic red and blue trimmed v-neck tennis sweater. It’s knit with a performance blend of merino wool and Coolmax® yarns. URBAN OUTFITTERS USA SOCKS $8. Kick up the celebration and wave the flag in these playful stars and stripes socks. FILA WOMEN’S HERITAGE PLEATED TENNIS SKORT now $35.99. Play to win in this white pleated skort trimmed in patriotic blue and red, with wide comfy wide waistband and built-in shorts. Pair it with any top from the Heritage Collection to complete the look. TEVA ORIGINAL UNIVERSALS 4TH OF JULY $50. Star spangled and red, white and blue, this all-American take on the iconic Original Universal is made to celebrate this 4th of July. 

MIDDLE COLUMN: GOLDEN GOOSE DELUXE BRAND SUPER STAR DISTRESSED METALLIC LEATHER SNEAKERS $495. Worn-in silver leather sneaker highlighted with a red star, make for a cool sporty look this 4th. MOLTEN STARS & STRIPES VOLLEYBALL $19.95. Keep the ball in play, bumping and spiking with this patriotic volleyball. FOURLAPS SIGNATURE TEE $39.50. From hot new men’s athletic apparel brand Fourlaps comes their signature tee, perfect for running errands or running laps, and emblazoned on the back with a flag-like 4. EBBETS FIELD FLANNELS USA NATIONAL TEAM 1956 VINTAGE BALLCAP $48. Ebbets Field Flannels makes authentic reproductions of vintage baseball hats, flannels, jackets and more. This cap hails from the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympic Games when baseball was first a demonstration sport.

RIGHT COLUMN: SOLID & STRIPED THE MOLLY BANDEAU TOP $88 & BIKINI BRIEFS $88. This chic and sporty white bikini, is accented with a blue and red trim for more understated patriotic style. TEREZ SALUTE PERFORMANCE LEGGINGS $78. Sweat it out this holiday in vintage-washed stars and stripes performance leggings — full-length, compression fit, and moisture-wicking. LACOSTE FRENCH OPEN TERRY TENNIS WRISTBANDS $20. Vive la France and their red, white and blue, that echoes our own flag colors on these stylish wrist sweatbands.

 
 

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