MEET THE LEGEND BEHIND THE TENNIS BRACELET
18-time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert will be in Singapore for the WTA Finals next week, and you’re invited to meet the legend in person at BOSS.
- Bring It: A young Chris Evert in the ’70s with her game face — and tennis bracelets — on.
A BOSS + The Canary Diamond Co Collaboration
Have you ever wondered why a tennis bracelet is called a tennis bracelet? It’s clear as day how a horseshoe necklace or a Birkin bag got their names — the former has a, well, horseshoe on it, and the latter was inspired by Jane Birkin. By that line of reasoning, you would expect to see a tennis racquet charm on a tennis bracelet, or conjecture that it was perhaps made for the stylish game, right?
Before a tennis bracelet was known as a tennis bracelet, it was the eternity bracelet — a simple, classic piece of wrist jewellery that is pavéd with diamonds. But alas, eternity ended in 1987, and a new trend was born. Yes, on a tennis court. By Chris Evert, 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, aka “arguably the most stylish tennis player in history” (who, by the way, will be in Singapore next week for theBNP Paribas WTA Finals, and making a special appearance at BOSS Store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands to chat with us about her inspiring journey to the top.) But first, here’s how the story reportedly goes:
The scene is set in New York, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. It is the quarterfinal match between the Number One player of the time and Lori McNeal. In the middle of a long, gripping rally, something snaps — and it’s not a string. Evert’s George Bedewi-designed diamond bracelet has come loose and gone whooshing away from her like a power serve that was not coming back to her. What ensues is such a dramatic and indelible moment in tennis history that a genre of jewellery is renamed forever. Evert hits pause on the match, requesting a timeout normally reserved for medical or weather conditions (can someone say “bling break?), so that she could search for it.
That day, Evert lost the match, but she found her bracelet and founded a new trend — and possibly a new tradition. Which, in hindsight, is probably a bigger triumph. Because almost three decades on, the reigning queens of tennis — everyone from Serena Williams to Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki — are still bringing bling not only to their game but also to their style, left, right and centre court.
So, as the WTA Finals smash into Singapore (it’s happening from October 22 to October 29), we thought this might be a good story to have up your sleeves, along with a new tennis bracelet.
The Tennis Bracelet: A Crash Course
What is it? According to Collins dictionary (uh-huh, “tennis bracelet” is a dictionary entry), it is “a bracelet consisting of a single strand of small stones, usually diamonds, in a plain setting”.
How to spot one? The 1987 event not only led to the change of the eternity bracelet’s name, but also its design. Since Evert’s case of the flying bracelet was caused by a broken clasp, many jewellers started including a safety chain along with the clasp to up security. Other than that, the modern take of a tennis bracelet can run the gamut of a classic diamond one to anything with your favourite gemstones.
How to style it? The first rule of styling tennis bracelets is to make your own rule. No one tells a champion how it’s done, right? That said, if you’re new to this, you might consider starting with one bracelet for a classic and classy look. Think Charlotte York or Blair Waldorf for inspiration. But if you’re more like Carrie Bradshaw or Serena van der Woodsen, we have a three-word mantra: Layer, layer, layer.
Et voila! Now, go ace it like Evert.
Did we mention that Chris Evert will be in Singapore?
Meet the tennis legend, as well as world Number One doubles team Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan, on October 25, 2017, at 6.30pm, at the BOSS Store, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B2-222.
To RSVP, email email@example.com or call 6908 5246.
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