Even the most gung ho tennis fans may not be aware that tennis stars Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams faced off in a special exhibition match on Monday night.
Held in Copenhagen, Denmark’s Telia Parken stadium, the match was a historic one—the two athletes first met at this same stadium 16 years ago, when Wozniacki was 12 years old and Williams was in the throes of her world domination. They hit some balls together, the world’s No. 1 showing kindness to a young Danish fan who hoped someday to follow in her footsteps.
Now a champion herself—after winning this year’s Australian Open, Wozniacki is currently ranked No. 2 in the world—she also won Monday’s match against Williams. Wins are always sweeter when you’re on your home turf; there, Wozniacki was fittingly honored with a gift from Shamballa Jewels, the jewelry company headed by fellow Danes Mads and Mikkel Kornerup.
While Wozniacki’s Shamballa bracelet is one of a kind, a version of the design will be available by special order from the brand’s New York City boutique.
About that gift: Based on a design worn by Princess Mary of Denmark, the one-of-a-kind “tennis bracelet” is crafted in 18k gold and features a diamond-pavé-encrusted tennis ball accent. It’s a variation on Shamballa’s signature gemstone bead and macramé bracelets, which are worn by a number of celebrities and tastemakers, including Jay-Z, Karl Lagerfeld, and Diane von Furstenberg.
But despite Shamballa’s cult following and support from key retailers like Barneys and Twist, the brand’s U.S. following could use a boost, something JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky observed when she met with the brothers Kornerup last fall.
The recent opening of a flagship boutique in New York City’s SoHo certainly indicates that the brothers are ready for prime time.
And think about what tennis great Chris Everett did for diamond line bracelets in the 1970s and 1980s. Maybe it’s time for a new style of tennis bracelet to hit the court.
We can already hear the crowd cheering.
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