Beats Powerbeats Pro
These completely wireless earbuds were one of our favorites from last year. (Click here for the full review). The adjustable earhooks provide absolute security, battery life is first-rate—up to nine hours of listening on a full charge—all functions are housed in the earbud, and sound quality is what you’d expect from Beats. They’re also IPX4 certified, making them sweat and water-resistant. And being an Apple product, you can shuffle seamlessly between your iOS devices signed into your iCloud. While all the technology remains the same, four new fun colors have recently been added to line: spring yellow, cloud pink, lava red and glacier blue. If you’re in the market for dependable workout headphones with some flair, these will not disappoint. They’re available now at the apple website and authorized resellers.
The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery
Between trailblazers such as Althea Gibson and dynamos like Maureen Connolly, the accomplishments of Alice Marble sometimes get overlooked. But not only did she win 18 combined singles and doubles Grand Slam championships, the circumstances of her life would make a binge-worthy Netflix series (maybe Evan Rachel Wood in the lead?). The details of which are littered throughout Robert Weintraub’s soon-to-be-released (July 14) biography of the colorful all-time great. Some of the highlights include Marble challenging the norms of the sport; hobnobbing with Hollywood royalty; a tumultuous, and likely romantic, relationship with her controlling coach; and possibly spying for U.S. intelligence during WWII. Tennis history buffs and anyone who likes to read about larger-than-life personalities should have this book on their summer reading list.
Lucky in Love
If you’re one to turn heads with your on-court attire you’re probably already familiar with Lucky in Love. This summer marks the company's 10th anniversary. The Miami-based women’s apparel brand produces performance tennis and golf clothes in a wide range of stylish, innovative and vibrant designs. They want women to be bold and confident on and off the court—just take a look at collaborator, Bethanie Mattek-Sands. That’s why the label has started the #SeeMeRoll campaign to bring awareness and fashion to the extraordinary women who play wheelchair tennis. To check out the gear for those remarkable athletes, as well as all the other collections, visit the Lucky in Love website.
Price: $55/starter kit
Launched in May, lumasol is a broad-spectrum 50 SPF sunscreen mist. The vial is housed in a sleek 4.5-inch “engine” that won’t take up much room in a racquet bag or purse, and can even fit in a deep pants pocket. Not just an applicator, the engine—and accompanying wristband—change color when exposed to UV light, reminding the user to reapply after the recommended two-hour timeframe. And lumasol can be misted post-makeup, providing all-day protection. It has a pleasant, citrusy smell and the initial slightly slick feel subsides quickly. However, since the mister is intended to be applied directly to the face and neck, it won’t grease up your hands before or during play. The starter kit—available for purchase on the company website—comes with one color-changing engine and wristband, three 10 ml vials of sunscreen and a lanyard for easy portability.
Solinco Confidential 18g
Price: $12/set; $160/reel
The latest co-polyester from Solinco got its name from its extended time as a prototype in stringing rooms. It was such a mainstay that the label just stuck and the mystery string was officially revealed earlier this year. For those familiar with previous Solinco polys, the playability falls somewhere between Hyper-G and Tour Bite—not as lively and more precise than the former; friendlier and less crisp than the later. The firm, four-sided construction offers respectable pop for a poly with top-notch control and spin potential. The recently released 18g version is thinner and more elastic, producing more comfort, pace and a tighter bite on the ball. It doesn’t have the durability as the thicker models—it may not be suitable for serial string breakers—but is a great alternative for poly players who still want excellent control in a softer and friendlier option.