An active USTA amateur tennis player residing in Miami, FL, Karen A. Freiman-Fishman is a certified Life Coach and Transformation Coach who enjoys empowering others and watching people grow mentally and spiritually. After a 20-year-plus career as a teacher, Karen successfully transitioned into the digital marketing realm and has built a strong personal social media brand centered around tennis, fitness, fashion and an active lifestyle. Her Facebook tennis community has more than 29,000 active members, and her health/fitness/activewear community is approaching 700 members.
Q. Besides staying hydrated and stretching, dressing appropriately for cold weather is important for tennis players who don’t have access to indoor courts. Do you have any advice related to layering and dressing for tennis success when it’s cooler outside?
A. For all players, it’s really important to realize that when the temps dip your muscles will be tighter and more prone to injury. The best way to regulate your body temp is to LAYER. If you do choose to wear only ONE warm piece over your tennis outfit, your body will get too warm and freak out!! Several layers allow you to EASE into your warmup and prevent cold-related muscle strains and tears (those are not fun!).
For women, let’s start with the BASE layer. This is the foundation, so to speak. It’s important to have a breathable piece – the thinner, the better. Otherwise, as you warm up, the sweat will stay NEXT to your skin, and you will get damp and cold. Think lightweight, odor-blocking tanks.
Over this layer, add a tennis top. Personally, I like to wear a thin, lightweight, long-sleeved shirt that wicks sweat and dries fast! Now, let’s talk about the last layer on top. I prefer wearing a vest as a long jacket RESTRICTS movement. Fleece is my vest of choice. Down is my second.
And, for the bottom…we have to worry about where to place the balls right? Why not wear a legging that has pockets for holding the balls? Or, wear a tennis skirt that has built-in shorts and ball holders? Make sure that you wear leggings that can hold several balls as you don’t want to be holding them in your hand.
Last, but not least, cover your head and hands…my hat of choice is a beanie! There are so many cute ones to choose from. Your head is very sensitive to temp changes. Make sure your hat is cotton or microfiber. I find wool to be itchy – ha!
I hope these tips helps you. If you need more tennis attire or activewear advice, please visit my website or reach out to me via my Facebook community site. I can provide you with many cute options that will keep you FASHIONABLE, FUNCTIONAL, and SMART!