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enough on her game to make her high school team and take it to the next step, playing throughout her college days at Manhattan College, in Riverdale, New York. But it wasn’t until she was an adult that the tennis bug bit her hard. “As a child I played tennis but didn’t have formal


lessons per se,” said Nussbaum, a resident of West Chester, NY. “I joined the USTA and took lessons to improve as an adult and that’s where it really became a more than a simple hobby.” Nussbaum was so good that she got to compete three times nationally, twice in mixed doubles and later played at Indian Wells in the amateur 4.5-level competition. It was around that time that she arrived on an idea. “I’ve always loved nice jewelry as most

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women do, and I remember trying but failing to

find a fine tennis-related piece, everywhere I looked.” Nussbaum said. “You can find jewelry for $30 or less at a lot of places, but I wanted something that I thought reflected my style and also the passion that I have for the game.” From this “Love Tennis by hazel” jewelry was born.

Nussbaum’s Love Tennis by hazel features four

jewelry lines, each with its own style that takes after one of the four major tennis Grand Slam tournaments.

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ewelry designer Hazel Nussbaum has been in love with tennis her entire life. She played pretty consistently as a child and even worked hard


By Andy Frye


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Each line consists of necklace pieces, bracelets and other pieces in the contour and design of rackets, balls and tennis shapes such as the court. And each line, Nussbaum said, to be classy enough for dressy outfits but also, as wearable art, to compliment a woman’s tennis outfits. Love Tennis features some men’s pieces like cufflinks too. The “New York” line, which takes influence from

the US Open, for example, is made up of mostly silver and gold pieces whose style is bold and unapologetic. Meanwhile, the “Paris” line, influenced by the French Open, is made up of more petit, dainty pieces that channels what Nussbaum calls the “romantic, artsy, and slightly whimsical feeling that’s very Parisian” in nature.

Starting next year, Love Tennis will release its

two other lines. The “Melbourne Collection” is edgy, off the cuff, and slightly more masculine, and will combine silver and leather among other materials. And June 2013 will see Nussbaum’s final match point in the “London Collection”, a very stately and royal line of jewelry pieces with classic designs combining silver and pearls. While much of Love Tennis by Hazel’s jewelry is constructed of sterling silver, everything can be made in yellow, white gold, or platinum by custom order. And with a background in brand management at the a major Fortune 500 company, Nussbaum used her business sense to approach this new venture. “I knew it wasn’t going to be just me in my


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