On the Ball: Lacoste Launches New Tennis App

You’ve witnessed a home run at Yankee Stadium and seen Carly Rae Jepsen star in Cinderella. All that’s left to do? Find a free New York City tennis court to play on, obviously.

Preppy brand Lacoste’s latest app, City Tennis, aims to get you onto the courts of NYC by mitigating the where-to-play stress of private-club costs, public-court wait times, and limited court availability. Check out its court locator (with options in all five boroughs), or take in some between-set entertainment like player bios, an interactive game, and a shopping portal. 

There’s no word yet on whether the posh service will branch out to other cities. But if you simply can’t make it to the Big Apple, there’s no harm in downloading the free app and pretending you’re about to crush an opponent in Manhattan, right?

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 19, 2014

Game, Set, Match: The Tennis Tournament to Watch

Rancho Valencia tennis

After months of working out indoors (thanks but no thanks to this never-ending winter), I’m more than ready for some outdoor activity. Topping my list? Hitting the tennis courts, of course. And this month, I’m feeling even more inspired to pick up a racket and serve away. Why? The Sony Ericsson Open. Below, peep the details on this must-watch tennis tourney.

What it is: The Sony Open features the top men’s and women’s tennis players in the world. Other than the four Grand Slam tournaments, this is one of the only events on the Association of Tennis Professionals calendar where the main singles draw involves more than 64 participants and extends beyond a week of play. It’s become a “see and be seen” destination – featuring high fashion, celeb-studded musical performances, and some seriously enviable shopping opportunities.

Who participates: Some of the biggest names in the tennis world – everyone from Andy Murray to Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.

Where to watch: The 2013 Sony Open is happening now, March 18 – 31, in Miami.

Tickets are still available, but if you’re in for a different kind of escape, how about watching from the acclaimed California tennis resort, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa? Who knows – after you work on that serve, maybe a spot in the Sony Open 2014 is in the cards.

Our Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Boutique opens Tuesday, March 19, at 3PM ET. Both the men’s and women’s finals are broadcast live on CBS.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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March 19, 2013

Game-Set-Match: The Champions Series Tennis Tour Goes Local

Champions Tennis Tour

We’re studying up on our tennis rules in preparation for the Champions Series Tour that’s on it’s way to cities across the country. To help us get warmed up, we had the opportunity to ask an insider at the tour some of our biggest questions.

Rue La La: Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Bjorn Borg, Michael Chang, Mats Wilander. We’re a little starstruck. What can we expect on the court from these names?
Champions Series Insider: First and foremost, you’ll see great tennis from these legends of the game. All of these champions are active players who love to compete with their rivals and given their competitive nature and the bonus pool of $1 million on the line, you should expect to see some great tennis. Don’t be surprised if you get a little chatter between the players between points though – they do like to needle the other player or engage with the audience when they get a chance.

Rue La La: So you’ve been organizing the Tour for the past five years – you must have seen some great moments. Any particular favorites?
Champions Series Insider: The best moments have been when the great rivalries get together again, like Borg and McEnroe. Seeing those icons across the net from each other is magical.
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August 29, 2011