NAIL­ING IT with Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska

Athleisure - - The Art Of The Snack -

The month of Aug and Sep are not just about sum­mer frolicking - but the US Open comes to NYC with a num­ber of events on and off the court to con­nect with your fa­vorite ten­nis play­ers who will be per­form­ing at Arthur Ashe Sta­dium as well as iconic greats who are still associated with the sport.

We took some time to catch up with Ag­nieszka "Aga" Rad­wańska, who is ranked #11 to find out how she got into the sport, how she trains through­out the year, her per­sonal style and of course, her part­ner­ship with Inglot Cos­met­ics which has an ar­ray of nail pol­ishes that are a great way to show­case your style.

ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us your jour­ney on what it took to be­come a ten­nis player.

AGA RAD­WAN­SKA: I started very young with my fa­ther in Krakow, Poland. My sis­terand I started hit­ting bal­loons with mini rack­ets. Once I re­al­ized I could be a good player, we started trav­el­ing in Europe and play­ing ju­nior tour­na­ments. When I won ju­nior Wim­ble­don, I re­al­ized that I could make a good ca­reer in ten­nis.

AM: What is it like to train for each match and what work­outs do you do?

AR: The ten­nis sea­son is very long (11 months), so my main train­ing block is usu­ally in De­cem­ber. The fo­cus can vary from strength, con­di­tion­ing, aer­o­bic and speed train­ing. There can be a lot of in­ter­val train­ing, weights and long runs. I pre­fer be­ing on court than in the gym so we try to tie in a lot of the rou­tines with some ten­nis drills. All my train­ing is mon­i­tored with a heart mon­i­tor to mea­sure per­for­mance and im­prove­ment.

AM: What does the US Open mean to you and how have you been pre­par­ing for it?

AR: New York is one of the best cities in the world so the at­mos­phere is al­ways elec­tric. There is such a buzz. I have been pre­par­ing by play­ing warm-up events in Toronto, Cincin­nati and New Haven.

AM: What is your ten­nis style ver­sus what you wear when you're go­ing out with friends?

AR: Lotto nor­mally pro­duces cool dresses for me to play ten­nis and I have some in­put in the de­sign. When I go out with friends I like to mix things up, though typ­i­cally a ca­sual look - jeans, sneak­ers and a sweater or tee shirt. Pol­ish win­ters can be pretty harsh so I like to layer.

AM: Tell us about your part­ner­ship with Inglot and more about the line.

AR: Our col­lab­o­ra­tion is a per­fect fit as we both share the same val­ues and out­look. We both share a her­itage in Poland, but here we are to­gether in Times Square, NYC; look­ing to con­quer the world. I have been a fan and con­sumer of their prod­ucts for a long time so the col­lab­o­ra­tion is truly a great honor. I hope that the looks we have pro­duced have a broad ap­peal and can be mixed with many out­fits.

AM: Why did you want to have a nail line and what can we ex­pect in fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tions with this brand in nails as a cat­e­gory or even other prod­ucts that they of­fer?

AR: Sim­ply, I love nails. Any­one that knows me will tell you that I spend more time on my nails than any­one else I know. I even like to paint my nails be­fore matches and tour­na­ments – they are a part of my life on and off court. Stay tuned for more great color and looks.

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