This time of year is always busy for families getting ready to go back to school: summer fun comes to a close, and everyone is shuffling around to find the required school supplies, and restock their closets with clothing that actually fits. Though this year’s back to school rush may look a bit different, and your kids may be starting the school year online, chances are good that your young athlete has still grown since the last time he or she stepped foot in a classroom. Nike and Adidas are up to the task of helping your star find the perfect pieces to wear from the court to the virtual classroom and everywhere in between. With the U.S. Open coming up next month, it’s no surprise that both brands have mixed hues from the red, white, and blue color families into their new collections.
Nike does the boys right with a range of style choices that will please every young player. Whether he’s the quick-change artist who prefers no-fuss fashions – like the Court Dry Short Sleeve Tennis Top in vibrant, color block colors – or likes to sport the more traditional button-up polo shirts with rib knit trim – like the classic Court Dry Team Tennis Polo. The Court Flex Ace Tennis Short will go a long way no matter how he likes to play it. With a comfortable 6” inseam, and stretch woven Nike flex fabric for maximum range of motion, your budding tennis phenom can wear this when cutting on court or climbing a tree. Nike’s fabric technology is developed to keep up with the young athlete, wicking away his sweat to keep him comfortable no matter what task he’s conquering. Of course, Nike also delivers their classic, cotton-blend logo tees and even pays homage to his tennis idol, the King of Clay himself, with the Rafa Court Dri-Blend Tennis Tee. And don’t forget one of the most important accessories kids own: The Nike USA Stadium Backpack. With adjustable straps, a side water bottle pocket, and a spacious interior with a padded laptop sleeve, this is one of the most functional organizational tools he’ll find.
Notable: The Nike Court Challenge Tennis Polo that modernizes the classic cut with a funky, fun print that reflects his youthful energy.
No matter what she prefers to play in, Nike has her covered for chasing the fuzzy yellow ball or going back to school. Skirt or shorts, sleeves or tank, she can mix-and-match the Court Flouncy Skort, Court Flex Shorts, Court Dry Short Sleeve Top, and Court Dry Tank to create limitless looks. With the collection’s styles in predominantly solid colors, make the look uniquely hers by adding accessories such as the Nike Young Athletes Elastic Cross Stitch Headband to keep sweat and hair out of her face while at work and play. Better yet, the timeless solids will take her from season to season without the fashionista ever feeling like her tennis wardrobe is dated. Tried-and-true Nike design and construction means bottoms are outfitted with built-in modesty shorts for added coverage and security. All pieces sport the patented Nike Dri-Fit technology – so she’s just as comfortable leveling her opponents during match play as she is at lunch.
Notable: The adorable Nike Court Dry Tennis Dress is designed for maximum comfort – and twirl power! This dress is modeled after the style that her idol Simona Halep was slated to wear for Wimbledon tennis 2020.
Since 1949 the world has been reaching for athletic designs by adidas – and for good reason. Even for the young athletes, adidas offers simple designs, but with details that allow the wearer to make a statement, as seen on fan favorites like Alexander Zverev. The iconic tri-striped apparel sticks to the many shades of blue this season in casual shirts like the Club Tennis Top in Tech Indigo and Sky Tint, and the dressier Club Tennis Polo in Tech Indigo. Both offer adidas’ Aeroready fabric technology that absorbs moisture to keep your kids from getting sweat-soaked, and are constructed with recycled polyester to support adidas’ sustainability efforts. The neutral Club Shorts are a versatile addition to his tennis wardrobe while the Club 3 Stripes Shorts sport a logo in contrasting color for subtle flair. The Club 3 Stripes Tennis Top in Royal Blue is another option for pairing with the 3 Stripes Tennis Shorts for high style from head-to-toe. The adidas Tour Tennis Racquet Backpack completes the look with plenty of storage, a padded laptop compartment, water-resistant HydroShield protection, and UltraRide padded shoulder straps and back panel for a comfortable fit.
Notable: adidas Youth Performance Boxer Brief 3-Pack is a comfortable base on which to build, with a tagless waistband, smooth seams, and a soft, poly-spandex blend that won’t chafe or otherwise rub him the wrong way.
For the young female athlete, adidas has really outdone itself with this year’s fall collection. Classic pieces like the Club Tennis Top in Tech Indigo and the Club Tennis Skort in Tech Indigo offer clean styling that stands the test of time, while pieces with prints – like the Frill Tennis Dress in Semi Flash Red – allow her to really express her personality. Contrasting adidas’ stripes and logos, pops of a bold and bubbly print, and cuts that are conscious of how a body moves are hallmarks of the fall line that make the pieces as functional as they are fashionable. As with apparel for her male counterpart, the girl’s line also features Aeroready technology to offer superior moisture protection throughout the day, and recycled polyester for sustainability, making it great for her and the environment. It’s no wonder why adidas is the apparel choice for pros like Angelique Kerber!
Notable: The Keyhole Tennis Tank in Team Royal Blue with the Frill Tennis Skort in Team Royal Blue is the cutest ensemble for kids on the court, allowing her to look truly feminine while trouncing her opponents.
If you like what you see here, be sure to check out these junior tennis styles right now at TennisExpress.com. And don’t forget to treat their feet to new tennis shoes that match their wardrobe! Ample support and a good fit are imperative for proper development as girls and boys grow. Both Nike and adidas offer a vast array of styles and colors to suit your young athlete’s needs, many in models identical to Mom’s and Dad’s favorites!
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