Future Tennis Champions Series: Bethanie Matteck-Sands

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Tennis
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Tennis

BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS started her tennis career in 1999 when she played in her first WTA tour event.  She experienced moderate success for twelve years then her luck started to change in 2011.  That was the year she got the biggest win of her career by defeating world no. 7 Francesca Schiavone. She later teamed with John Isner for the USA and reached the Hopman Cup final defeating the Belgian team of Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans.

Anyone who has followed tennis and Bethanie over the years, is aware of her penchant for unusual court attire.  She has received a great deal of  publicity as a result of her eccentric fashion sense.  In fact, the media went so far as to label her ‘Lady Gaga of the tennis world’! For example, some of her outfits have included leopard print outfits at the 2004 US Open and 2007 US Open, a striped cowboy hat that cost her a fine at the 2005 US Open, a “soccer theme” at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships that included soccer socks, dangle earrings, a tube top worn over a strapped vest top, tiny running shorts and a headband,  pink knee-high socks at the 2006 JP Morgan Chase Open, and a loosely draped beige top, with a crocheted waist and split sleeves that resembled a toga and beige knee-high socks at the 2006 US Open. That all sounds pretty cool! You can say she sports her own distinctive style and she has developed a huge fan base as a result.

Over the past three years, Bethanie has competed against the top players in the world reaching her highest ranking of 30 in the world.  She is currently ranked 58h. In 2014 she started the year with an injury and has undergone hip surgery that will sideline her for the rest of the year. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the court with her outrageous outfits soon!

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