Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Art by Bruce Quiroz

Draft in progress . . .

“GLOW”

Her long flowing dress like a graceful Greek column with its subtle curves and fluting. Her two graceful arms completely revealed and perfectly balanced, one arm up reaching up towards the heavens with the perfect ball toss, the other one tattooed—a little grunge–with the black weapon in hand waiting to strike the ball with tremendous force. A pinkish swirl of energy animates her figure as if from a fairy godmother’s magic wand, creating a sense of magic, wonder, dreams, wishes . . . Is there a greater dream/wish for an athlete than hitting a perfect shot while in the process of hitting that perfect shot? Poised in the classic trophy position, her eyes half-closed in bliss, BMS might both adorn the trophy as work of art as well as win it and take it home.

“Lotus,” Design by Bruce Quiroz

“LOTUS”

“Lotus” echoes all those famous Birth of Venus paintings where Venus floats on the sea. Here Quiroz presents BMS as a contemporary Venus in black knee socks and ballcap (both BMS trademarks.) This modern day Venus, surrounded by lotus flowers, leans into and rips a two-handed backhand. All the mud and dirt and work and time and effort and guck beneath the surface is what produces the lotus flower as a symbol of spiritual beauty. All the mud and dirt and work and time and effort and guck we never see is what goes into producing the athlete as well and each perfect shot she hits . . .

“Americana,” Design by Bruce Quiroz

“AMERICANA”

“Energy is eternal delight,” writes Blake. And if you watch BMS play doubles or celebrate a point or comment on matches, energy as joy is what she always brings to the table.

AFTERWORD

Fashionista or Anti-Fashionista? Tennis Traditionalist or Anti-Traditionalist? For many years now, BMS has pushed and pulled and rocked and rolled the world of tennis fashion: her iconic long socks, her various hats and head gear, her endless variety of dresses: leopard skin, zebra stripe, toga, metallica . . . anything imaginable or unimaginable by the tennis status quo. For pics, check out this article from Sports Illustrated: “Bethany Mattek-Sands Fashion Odyssey.”

Bethanie Mattek-Sands Website.

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