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By Marc Friedland
Most of us show our spirit for tennis with our choice of apparel. The ubiquitous T-Shirt or cap usually says it all. But Julie Bruntz has taken the tennis fashion statement a step further. The tennis manicure has arrived.
Julie, a co-captain with the Missouri Valley 8.0 team from Iowa, decided to paint her toenails in tennis-court lime green at the Sectionals. The luck of the Leprechaun color served her team well, with a win and a ticket to the 2008 USTA League presented by Chrysler National Championship—Western Mixed Doubles. So for the Nationals, Julie decided to show her tennis colors a little more prominently with an avant garde manicure.
“At first I painted my fingernails green,” says Julie. “But it wasn’t the best look.” So then, with the help of manicurist Pamela Merino of the West Glen Spa in West Des Moines, Iowa, she got creative, and not in an abstract direction. With a more surreal look she had Pamela decorate her eight extended fingernails with tennis nets, and divided her thumbnails with a tennis ball on one hand and a couple of crossing rackets on the other. If the effort doesn’t bring her and her team luck again, it certainly will foster compliments. What better conversation piece to bring to Nationals?
Is a tennis tattoo next?