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Adidas Men’s Fall Preview: Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco

Adidas has released its men’s fall preview outfits, complete with more vibrant colors for the Adizero line as well as newly-refined colorblocking for the Barricade line, and athletes such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andy Murray, and Marcos Baghdatis will be wearing these kits throughout the fall and US Open series.

Andy Murray: The Scot keeps it simple once again in this adidas Men’s Barricade Murray US Open Crew, fully equipped with a “Band-of-Power” across the chest and rubberized stripes on the sleeves. It comes in Hi-Res Red (left), Blue Beauty (middle), Black (right), as well as two version of White.

Andy Murray Fall 2013 adidas

Marcos Baghdatis, Gilles Simon, Mikhail Youzhny: The polo version of the Barricade crew takes on a bit of a soccer or polo club feel with the partial “Band-of-Power” across the chest, and is simple yet inventive. It comes in White with Black, or Black with Hi-Res Red.

All of the men wearing the Barricade line will also be sporting the adidas Men’s Fall Barricade Woven 9.5″ Short in Black, White or Blue Beauty, as well as the adidas Barricade 8 White/Silver/Blue Men’s Shoe.

Baghdatis, Simon, Youzhny adidas Fall 2013

 

Andy Murray Fall 2013 adidas Barricade 8 shoes

 

Novak Djokovic: The Serb recently signed with adidas for a footwear deal (as his clothing sponsor Uniqlo does not make tennis shoes), and he’ll be exclusively sporting the adidas Barricade 7 Novak Men’s Shoe in Red/White for the US Open series.

Novak Djokovic Barricade 7 US Open men's shoe

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Monaco: The Frenchman and Argentine are slated to wear the adidas Men’s Fall Adizero Polo in either Hi-Res Red w/Hero Ink and Orange (top, below), Hero Ink with Hi-Res Red and Orange (second below, left) White with Hero Ink (second below, right).

The blue as well as the vibrant colors and lines are an extension of adidas’ spring/summer line seen most recently at the French Open, except that this time, the designs are more contained to the upper chest and back.

Tsonga and Juan Monaco Fall 2013 adidas
Tsonga and Juan Monaco Fall 2013 adidas 2

Fernando Verdasco, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Jurgen Melzer: Most of the other adidas athletes will be sporting the adidas Men’s Fall Adizero Crew in various colors. The bold styling of the tee once again matches today’s aggressive game, with the graphics only on the chest and upper back.

All of the athletes wearing the adizero tops will also be donning the adidas Men’s Fall Adizero Bermuda Short as well as two color combinations of the adidas adizero CC Feather II Men’s Shoe in Red/Blue (left, bottom) or White/Blue/Red (right, bottom).

Verdasco, Dolgopolov, Melzer adidas Fall 2013

Verdasco, Dolgopolov, Melzer adidas Fall 2013 2

 

Adizero 2013 Fall Men's Shoe

 

What do you think of the adidas men’s fall and US Open styles?

Roland Garros Fashion Grades: Ivanovic, Wozniacki, Lopez Stun, Nadal, Stephens Double Fault

As Roland Garros gets underway, it’s time to dissect the Slam’s many fashion hits and misses, and assign grades. We cover Nike, adidas, Wilson Tennis, Asics, Fila, Uniqlo, Lotto, Lacoste and Under Armour, and include athletes such as Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Sloane Stephens, Dominika Cibulkova, Feliciano Lopez and many more.

Adidas: Same Styles, New Colors, Two Exceptions

Ana Ivanovic: I cannot get enough of this dress. This is my favorite dress that adidas has put on Ivanovic in recent years. Yes, years. The creative directors finally put down the highlighter and Jackson Pollock filter, and created an exquisite dress with a feminine skirt fringe and just the right amount of red-pink lining to complement the navy. The continuation of the diagonals around the shoulders and back is also nicely implemented on her wristbands. My only issue with this look? The fact that Ivanovic is clad in a BLACK visor with a NAVY dress. Did adidas forget she loves visors?
Grade: A+ (for the dress sans visor)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Adidas’ second new style adorns the top Frenchman, and boy did they deliver. In contrast to the asymmetrical lines seen on Monaco (further down), designers opted for balance with grey and white, splashed with sometimes deep yellow accents. The ever so subtle ribbing seen near the thigh of the shorts give it some spunk. There is also a black-and-yellow version instead of this grey-and-white version available, but I hope they keep this color palette on Tsonga.
Grade: A

Caroline Wozniacki: Stella McCartney is finally doing Wozniacki right this season. It’s the same dress she’s been in since January, but why change something that ain’t broke? The details seen on the lining add dimension, the illusion of a higher feminine waistline are a nod to couture, and the color balance is near perfection for her athletic body.
Grade: A++++

Other Women: Nearly every other adidas female is wearing the two-piece set below, including *deep breath* Sorana Cirstea, Shelby Rogers, Angelique Kerber, Christina McHale, Bojana Jovanovski, Paula Ormaechea, Flavia Pennetta, Arantxa Rus, and Monica Puig, and several others are wearing the capped-sleeved version. Ana Ivanovic was also on this list as recently as last week, and it’s the same style we’ve seen from adidas since January as well. Next, please.
Grade: C+

Juan Monaco, Fabio Fognini, Daniel Brands: Last December in my 2013 preview, I mentioned that I couldn’t wait to see the blue version in action, and I wasn’t disappointed. There is something wonderfully retro about the color blocks and asymmetrical lines that just works. The white version on Fognini is a bit simple, but the white (as with black) is a nice contrast to the background of Roland Garros.
Grade: B+

Viktor Troicki: Oh, adidas. I guess you can’t get them all right at the same time. This shirt is a strain to look at and just a complete fail. Andy Murray sported a similar style recently that saw many polarizing opinions, but even his colors were more toned-down than this.
Grade: D

Nike: Back to (Too Plain) Basics

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer: Rarely does Nike get both of their top players wrong at the same time, but they have achieved the impossible and Just (Did Not) Do It this time. The accents are too subtle, the shirts too neutral and the shorts too plain, though the color of Nadal’s shorts could look great on a different colored surface. These kits are meant for players outside of the top 100, not those in the top 5.
Grade: D

Maria Sharapova: Did Nike and Stella McCartney get together to collaborate on Sharapova’s and Wozniacki’s dresses? Regardless, the silhouette is slim and lightweight but I don’t think many others can pull it off. Though it looks great on Sharapova, the double straps at the bustline are completely unflattering even on the modelesque Russian.
Grade: A-

Serena Williams: We’re used to seeing Serena in all sorts of colors, so putting her in a deep rich navy and an orange that camouflages into the clay was a risk, but luckily it paid off. The dress hangs off her body perfectly and they have kept her in her signature higher waistline. However, much like with Sharapova, the bustline is drawing my attention for all the wrong reasons. It seems Nike forgot that Serena was voluptuous and had to sew her up (bottom picture). Other than that small mixup, it’s Nike’s best look this Slam.
Grade: A

Sabine Lisicki, Petra Martic, Li Na: See note for Nadal and Federer above. The colder weather brought out some longer sleeves, but the kits are just too conservative for one of tennis’ biggest stages.
Grade: D

Wilson: Orange Starbursts

Men: Wilson is not know for their clothes line. However, this is an exquisite exception. Normally, orange should not work on this red-orange clay, but it’s just warm enough to pull off, and the stripes on the top break the visual just enough to be flattering. The grey shorts (instead of black) keep it well away from Halloween, and actually balance the bright colored top. But what pulls this look together are the black-and-orange shoes. “More Win” indeed.
Grade: A

Women: As good as the men’s kit is, the women’s dress is the complete opposite. A full-bodied dress in this color — accented with an even brighter blue — won’t work on any skin tone, any body type, anybody, period.
Grade: F

Asics: Patterns In, Solids Out

Joao Sousa: Portuguese player Joao Sousa has been sporting this kit since the Australian Open on and off, but given his lower ranking, has often escaped visuals. It’s Asics best kit within the past two years, with just enough green set against the black base. Just a perfect kit and flattering on any surface.
Grade: A

Gael Monfils: Admittedly, Asics probably didn’t think that Monfils would wear that monstrosity of a combination with the sleeveless top and undershirt for the cold weather, but it’s how everyone remembers his impressive first round win over Tomas Berdych. Without that small hiccup though, it’s nice to see sleeveless back on tour.
Grade: B

Rest: While the black base works when strewn into a pattern as with Sousa, it doesn’t work in simple solids next to screaming yellows and blues as seen on Johnson/Pospisil and Montanes. The green is also the wrong shade on Matosevic. If his shirt were more the color of his wristband, it would be passable. And Montanes just looks like a crossing guard with those shoulder and cross-chest lines.
Grade: C-

Fila: Pipping it up

Men: Fila has stayed with solids and eye-catching accents for its men this season, and it’s paying off. The lime tops worn by Bedene and Levine have just enough character, with the black and white stripes continuing into the shorts. Seppi’s grey polo holds well against the clay, and the lemon pipping moves with the body giving the kit a kick.
Grade: B

Uniqlo: Done Right

Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori: Uniqlo scores big with both kits. The pale teal top on Djokovic is finally not trying too hard — as some of his past Uniqlo kits have. And the red, white and blue palette for Nishikori has just enough kick and detail on the wings.
Grade: A

Lotto: Mixed Nuts

Women: Lotto has never shown much character in their dresses and separates due to poor color choice or lack of accents. However, this is a new beginning (I hope!) for the brand with two-toned kits and the peek-through colors at just the right places on the dress and skirt. It finally doesn’t look like hanging loose fabric, but actually has a bit of a waist.
Grade: B+

Men: Suffice it to say, several of the Lotto men didn’t fare so well. Perhaps it’s because I can’t look at flaming colors anymore this year, but the orange and green shirts are even turning the player’s skin tone orange (Istomin and Almagro) and green (Ferrer).
Grade: D

Lacoste: Color and Style Confusion

Women: Dominika Cibulkova simply should not be put in sleeves. Her petite and curvy body construction beckons for skin exposure, and this … dress, two-piece? — What is it anyway? … makes her look like a 10-year-old who raided mom’s closet. The skirt runs up more awkwardly than is typical with Cibulkova, and the shirt is oversized and bunching in all the wrong places. Alternatively, the dress on Halep is what Cibulkova should have worn. I don’t mind this dress — in fact, the skirt is girly and fun — but the white line down the middle makes this nearly faultless dress less of a statement.
Grades: D; B

Men: I’ve been staring at this kit for several days now, and I still don’t know whether I like it or not. Guess that should already be enough of a sign. Depending on how the players’ bodies move and what angle the camera captures, the kit looks less and more flattering all at once. Though Lacoste usually does a good job in this line, the color blocks aren’t quite as charming this time around.
Grade: B-

Under Armour: Highlighter Overload

Sloane Stephens: This is the highlighter to cap all highlighters (pun intended). Once again, Under Armour has over-styled her ensemble and made it too matchy-matchy. And don’t get me started on the actual color. Actually, if UA had flipped the accent jade color for the flaming hot yellow, it may have worked better — but she’s already sported that look, so nevermind. Ok, I give up.
Grade: F

Agree, disagree? Give us your take in the comments!

Australian Open Fashion Grades: Williams, Ivanovic, Wozniacki, Sharapova

By Lauren Smyczek

Now that the Australian Open is in full force, it’s time to step back from the scorelines and enjoy the players’ on court fashions a bit, shall we?

Though tennis players are typically far more concerned with their job to win matches than with their outfits, the same won’t deny that it’s important to feel comfortable on court. Some of the top players even hand-pick their colors and styles with a team of experts, so let’s see what all the buzz is about at the start of the tennis season.

Maria Sharapova: The day dress is, to put it simply, underwhelming. The silhouette is a bit skimpy on top, and looks more like a slip than the finished product. The yellow (which looks a little green against the blue courts) and light gray combination is decidedly pretty.

However, Sharapova could have gone for a different hue more along the lines of her orange David Koma dress from the “Sugarpova” launch. That color would have stood its ground against the mighty azure blue of the Melbourne courts. (The Koma dress looked like an art deco mermaid goddess dress. Complete with fin-pleats on the hips. Stunning choice unlike this Nike dress.)

B-

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Caroline Wozniacki: The young Dane continues her experimenting with Stella McCartney by adidas and she’s getting really close. From the tragic early days of McCartney’s tennis design, things are finally headed in the right direction. Though as a fashion aficionado, I have to admit that Stella McCartney is one of my favorite designers but her tennis/athletic line never quite resembled her ready-to-wear line. If it did, merchandise would be flying off the rack from popularity. If only McCartney herself were more involved with the tennis line design process … sigh.

This dress though is pretty, if maybe a little understated. The color sits nicely, but timidly, next to the blue courts. The pleats on the back are just the right touch though. And it’s good to see Wozniacki has gotten away from the likes of her 2010 look.

A-

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Serena Williams: In charge as always, Serena’s purple and orange ensemble is strong — as in athletically strong. But the color combo is lacking pop and freshness. Serena looks lethal and beautiful no matter what she wears, but she practically blends right into the backdrop in the photo below. It’s like playing the female version of “Where’s Waldo?”

But be not dismayed, the orange shoes ensure us we won’t miss her, and they just might be stealing the show here.

A-

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Venus Williams: Venus never disappoints with the extravagance of her on court clothing choices, and this outfit from her own Eleven line is mature. Her hair though is what really caught my attention, with the streaks perfectly matching the watercolor design of her dress.

Overall, however, the ensemble is lacking the energy of what you expect from a brand new 2013 season that the Australian Open offers, and it looks more like an off-court summer dress. But this is definitely a grown-up Venus and that’s refreshing. And her necklace is really lovely. She has a lot of poise and grace out there, and the ensembles are living up to that.

A

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Agnieszka Radwanska: The Polish beauty went for a fairly strong color, but the silhouette proved to be quite boring. She is fresh-faced, has a flawless figure, and could probably pull of just about anything. How about some risk-taking once in a while, Lotto?

B

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Ana Ivanovic: Just stunning. But she would look good wearing a brown sack. The yellow and light gray combination isn’t that interesting though, and as you can see, too many players are wearing lemon yellow. I wish she had chosen a color that played with the color of the courts more rather than outright fighting the blue. She epitomizes the balance between ultra-feminine and incredibly athletic. Yet I wish adidas would put her in something by Stella McCartney.

A

Video: Wozniacki, Robson, Kirilenko play on mirrored court for adidas launch

January 13, 2013 — Prior to the start of the Australian Open, WTA players Caroline Wozniacki, Laura Robson and Maria Kirilenko took part in the launch of the adidas by Stella McCartney tennis collection by playing on a a very unique surface — a mirrored court!

To globally launch the collection and bring to life its core benefits of style and performance functionality, adidas ambassadors Wozniacki, Kirilenko and Robson played tennis in an environment like no other – the world’s first mirror court. At 11.4m long x 8.5m wide x 3m high, the court offered a living kaleidoscope of moving reflections.

The range will be worn by these ladies (and injured fellow WTA player, Andrea Petkovic) during the 2013 Grand Slams, showcasing its leading design qualities, standout aesthetic and performance functionality.

“I always play better when I feel good, that is very important to me,” says Caroline Wozniacki. “The new adidas by Stella McCartney barricade range makes me feel secure and comfortable on court. The bright color blocking and advanced technology presented in each item I’m wearing gives me the confidence to focus solely on my own performance on court.”

Inspired by the ready to wear collection, the range plays on Stella McCartney’s use of feminine lines that flatter and enhance the female form on court. Prices range from $80 for the adidas by Stella McCartney barricade Tank and Skirt which Andrea Petkovic and other players will wear; $150 for Caroline’s Wozniacki’s Dress, and $180 for the adidas adipower barricade footwear.

Below is the video from the event, where the three ladies hit around on the mirrored court and talk about the importance of a good and flirty fit while playing on the tennis court!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAZrRUXRmd8

(Video courtesy of adidas tennis)

Behind the Scenes: Launch of adidas by Stella McCartney with Wozniacki, Petkovic

January 11, 2013 — Adidas’ popular barricade tennis line is taking new inspiration from designer Stella McCartney and will be accompanying the launch with a fan competition which runs from the 14th-27th January on the adidas Women’s Instagram page. The debut of her collection at the year’s first Slam at the Australian Open is only the first chapter of the 2013 adidas women’s campaign to be launched in March.

WTA pro Caroline Wozniacki was already wearing Stella’s exclusive adidas line, but the expansion into the barricade collection will include new designs for fellow adidas-sponsored players like Andrea Petkovic, Laura Robson and Maria Kirilenko.

Last month, we hinted at what the adidas ladies could be wearing for the Australian and French Opens, and it has now been confirmed with these beautiful-captured behind the scenes photos and video of the line. (Full gallery at bottom.)

Comprised of structured dresses and separates, the adidas by Stella McCartney barricade range comes in a palette of yellow, blue and white, with accents of silver and grey. Highlights of the collection include a tank and skirt combination as well as the all-in-one dress in white and run yellow for the Australian Open, and white and legend blue for the French Open, with feminine color blocking and sharp pleats.

The launch would not be complete without a competition. So the good folks at adidas tennis are running an accompanying contest for the duration of the Australian Open, which begins on January 14th. The competition asks you to capture your adidas tennis look for a chance to win some of the new kit, so stay tuned to their Instagram page!

Check out the full video teaser and gallery of behind the scenes footage below!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HygEo8VnDlU

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(Photos and video courtesy of adidas tennis)

Adidas, Nike tennis outfits for US Open 2012 with Federer, Ivanovic, Sharapova and others

By Romi Cvitkovic

The US Open is underway and the top players are on fire — not only with their games, but also their on-court tennis apparel. Curious about what your favorite players are wearing and where to buy it? Well, wonder no more and check out this year’s US Open Nike and adidas tennis outfits for both men and women. Serve it up!

NIKE

Top women’s seed Victoria Azarenka is sporting Nike’s Volt Graphic Tank and flirty Black Flounce skirt. The tank design is just the right amount of flashy, and the fit is one of the best this season.

Na Li is pretty in pink in this Liquid Pink Jersey shirt and White Pleated skirt by Nike. A little more conservative with a dash of detailed stitches.

Maria Sharapova has been on tour for more than eleven years and her outfits are always stunning. This year, she’s flaunting Nike’s Back Court Day dress and Back Court Night dress. The day dress scores, but black on a slender and tall Sharapova seems counter intuitive. The Spiderman-esque matrix in gold on the back of the night dress is quite an intense contrast.

Nike has spiced up the normal white tank for Petra Kvitova and given her strategically-placed pleats with their Statement Pleated tank and mutli-colored Pleated skirt.

Nike has kept it solid and mostly simple for Roger Federer, dressing him in University Blue Hard Court crew tee for day, and collared Obsidian Hard Court Polo for night. What is of note is that the typically-collared Federer will be sporting no collar during his day matches. It seems they are keeping the same setup as last year.

The always unpredictable Serena Williams is giving us punches of color in her’ Statement Pleated dress in Fireberry for day and in Obsidian/Volt for night. Interesting color to highlight … there.

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adidas

Ana Ivanovic, as well as good friend Sorana Cirstea, are both sporting the spunky adiZero dress in Lime. Note: you must be tall, tan and beautiful in order for this to look fab on you.

Scot Andy Murray in equipped in his typical Barricade line but with a bit more edge as seen in the Urban Sky/Bright Gold details here. It is like a kaleidoscope?

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco complements the adiZero dress in his own adiZero Crew tee in Lime. Why the screaming colors always, adidas?

adidas keeps Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their collared adiZero Theme Polo shirt in Dark Blue and does a nice job with light blue and orange accents.

Stella McCartney always dresses up Caroline Wozniacki in something questionable in photos that turns out great on Wozniacki herself, so I will reserve my comments. Stella McCartney Performance Rose Tan/Black mesh dress.

Adidas tennis fashions for Roland Garros with Verdasco, Ivanovic, Rus and others

By Romana Cvitkovic

Just in time for the tennis season’s second Slam of the year, the adidas team has revealed the fashions that will be on display at Roland Garros for their top athletes, including Ana Ivanovic, Fernando Verdasco, Andy Murray, Gilles Simon and their youngest sensation, 21-year-old Arantxa Rus from Holland.

A few things of note:

1. I like lime and I like orange, but I’m not fully sold on the combination for Ana Ivanovic’s dress. Even with the red clay, it might be an eye sore…

2. Fernando Verdasco’s face in his second photo below is absolutely priceless. Compare that with the first saucy photo, and I laugh every time I see it. But somehow both are fitting for his personality.

3. Arantxa Rus looks like a mini-Wozniacki in these photos, but I love the air around her as a player. Great potential, and the yellow and  blue kit combination with the ruffled tank works. I also LOVE the accents on her shoes.

4. Andy Murray, is that you? Looking more like a gladiator than a tennis player, he doesn’t have a knack for posing. While I like the orange shorts, the grey color seems a bit too muted on him.

5. Andrea Petkovic, oh, how I miss you … already. Skipping Roland Garros to nurse an injury, her blue and orange kit will probably be worn by Maria Kirilenko among others, but the German’s fire will be missed in Paris.

6. Gilles Simon’s baby blue collared shirt looks more fitting for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but I’ll let it slide because of the Frenchie smile.

All in all, the kits and colors look great and I’m excited to see them on the red clay of Roland Garros. For larger higher quality photos, click on the photos to expand.

(photos courtesy of adidas tennis)

Daniela Hantuchova on beating Martina Hingis, her love for tennis and partying with Roger Federer

Daniela Hantuchova is considered by many to be a veteran of the women’s WTA Tour in tennis. But at only 29 years old, the striking Slovakian beauty still has years left of passion for the sport. Looking chic and casual, Dani took time out of her schedule during a recent stop in Germany to answer a few questions from Tennis Grandstand. She shared her most memorable moment on court where she defeated Martina Hingis, her love for tennis and the three tennis players she would most want to party with.

After receiving the “Newcomer of the Year” award from the WTA Tour back in 2001, twelve years later, Dani is still solidly in the top 20. She has reached two doubles slam finals at the Australian and French Opens and is only the fifth women in history to win the mixed doubles championship at all four grand slams. Her first mixed doubles win came at the tender age of 18 and she won her most recent singles title in February at Pattaya City. Clearly, age doesn’t matter to a champion.

With the tennis world recently having seen a resurgence of the veterans on the women’s tour sweeping the grand slams, it is perhaps Dani’s turn for her own singles title-winning two weeks at a slam. Only time will tell, but in the meantime, enjoy the video below as she answers questions about her most memorable moment on court, her love and dedication to tennis and the three players she most wants to party with. Hint: one is Swiss, one is Polish and one is Danish! 

(video via adidas tennis)

Win an Adidas Shirt Autographed by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

In celebration of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s ascension to the top five in the ATP World Tour rankings for the first time in his career, Tennis Grandstand has teamed up with adidas to give away TWO signed Tsonga adidas shirts to lucky fans!

Are you the ultimate Tsonga fan and want a piece of tennis royalty? Well, this is your chance! Tsonga will take part in an adidas photoshoot at the start of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California next week where he’ll have the opportunity to answer two questions from Tennis Grandstand fans! Questions will be chosen from the comments section below and he’ll answer your questions on video! We’ll then post the video after the photoshoot for all of you to enjoy.

All you have to do to win a signed shirt is comment below with the question you would most like to ask Jo! Only questions (and not comments) for Jo will qualify you to win a signed shirt, and please submit no more than two questions per person. Be creative, be funny, be intriguing!

The contest is open now and will run until Monday, March 5th at 7PM EST. Kindly remember to provide a contact email address with your comment as we will notify the two winners by email.

Get the word out and get thinking on what you would want to ask Jo!