Monthly Archives: November 2011

Congrats to Federer!

Roger Federer claimed a record 6th title at the ATP World Tour, defeating competitor, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who had beaten him earlier in the season at the Wimbledon quarter-final. Federer admits he was having doubts after some crushing loses this season, “Same as Rafa (Nadal) at the French Open in the final, Novak in the semis of the US Open. It’s fine to respect that. But I feel when it happens that often, I do have to question myself that maybe I did something wrong.

According to an article in, The Telegraph, the 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 triumph moved Federer`s record since the US Open to 17 wins and no defeats. In an interview, Federer answered questions regarding his mental state and what was going on in his head, “I think I’m mentally good right now. That was also one of the reasons why I did take some time off, to actually think it through, get into the right mental mindset.

“There is a lot of time that goes by out on tour, during a match, you’re just trying to stay positive, but you can’t always be positive out there. It’s just too difficult.

“That’s where maybe the doubts were just a bit too strong during certain important moments. I wanted to get that out of my system during the six-week break, and I was able to do that.”

Congratulations to Roger Federer on his exciting victory and hopefully there are many more to come!

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Santa Claus Loves Giving Tennis Gifts

This Christmas season has snuck up once again and it’s now time to start thinking about what you and your loved ones want from Santa. For a person that loves tennis, you can never go wrong with a new tennis bag, shoes or a racquet. Also, don’t forget that accessories, string, and grips make great stocking stuffers!

SHOES 

If the shoes are worn down, a new pair of shoes would be a great gift for any player. The new Adidas Barricade 7, available in men`s and women`s sizes, is a perfect gift. It is stylish, comfortable and really is the gift that keeps giving with the how durable this shoe is. It will last even with the most active tennis player, not to mention, it comes with a 6-month outsole guarantee which won`t be needed, however, it`s nice to have that peace of mind.

Another perfect present for a tennis player is the Asics Gel-Resolution 3, enhanced with a new Flexion Fit Upper which makes for a flawless fit along with comfort and support. The Babolat Propulse 3, worn by tennis pro, Andy Roddick, comes in men`s and women`s versions and includes a Kompressor System cushioning for maximum comfort.

Head offers a great variety of tennis shoes including the Head Insane Pro Junior for the younger players with a 6-month outsole guarantee. This shoe was engineered with a rubber outsole and EVA midsole offering perfect grip on any surface.

RACQUETS 

Racquets are another great gift option for tennis lovers with a very broad price range for any budget.  Ideal for players with moderate, powerful strikes is Prince`s EXO3 Red 105 tennis racquet. This racquet is enhanced with Prince`s new Thermocarbon string suspension inserts for a larger sweet spot.

The Wilson Blade 98 BLX Tennis Racquet is one of the top selling performance racquets in the world, perfect for players with aggressive, long strokes, recommended for the 4.5 + NTRP level players (available in Pink!).

The Volkl Power Bridge 10 325g Tennis Racquet is on the cheaper end of the spectrum and is proof that you don`t have to break the bank for a top performance racquet. This racquet is made for players with a high-skill level, recommended for players with aggressive, long strokes. It is integrated with high-level DNX technology being used in the bridge of the racquet head for the first time.

BAGS

There is a wide range of bags from totes, racquet holders, backpacks and women`s bags. Tennis bags are great gift because they come in all different styles depending on the player`s personal fashion sense.

My personal favorite is the sleek and stylish, Cortiglia Marina Nero Tote, which was featured in Tennis Magazine and Daily Candy, made in Italy. It is a tennis tote but can easily double as a travel bag, purse or whatever the wearer chooses. It`s exterior has 2 zip compartments with magnetic protective flaps, top zip main compartment, side port hole for racquet handles and metal feet for protection. The interior has 1 zip pocket and 2 Tech pockets.

The Wilson Tour 9 Pack Tennis bag fits up to 9 racquets but the extra storage space can also hold clothes, accessories and whatever else you need to carry to and from the court. It has Wilson`s Thermoguard technology in both racquet compartments for ultimate racquet protection against heat and moisture.

The Volkl Team Pink Tennis Backpack is a perfect option for any budget. It`s great for racquets but can be used for anything. It is incredibly durable and holds up to 2 racquets.

Tennis equipment and accessories are perfect gifts for any tennis player, young, old, pro or beginner. Racquets, shoes and bags all offer the perfect combination of technology and style to allow any player to be the best at the game and express their fashion sense. Any tennis player will be overjoyed Christmas day when they find that Santa left them a great surprise under the tree!



Use Your Head…Head Tennis Shoes

Head tennis shoes provide excellent support and comfort for your feet; feet are an extremely important piece of your body`s support system. But where is their support system? Dogs, tootsies, paws, soles; whatever you call them, it`s important to take care of them; after all, they take care of you.

The main thing every person, athlete or not, needs to do to take care of your feet is have the right shoe. If you are a tennis player, I have the perfect brand that offers an extensive line of tennis shoes; all made to suit the tennis player`s foot.

Head tennis shoes are made of top-notch materials like the lightweight microfibers and synthetics along with soft lining that make up the Head Women`s Prestige Pro.  The men`s Speed Pro is the top performance pair composed of a flexible TPU shell for maximum stability and durability and Head`s Vi-Pod technology that absorbs shock. Head`s Insane Pro Junior models (also available in men`s and women`s styles) is made with perforated synthetic leather and a molded EVA midsole for added comfort with a 6-month outsole guarantee!

Head tennis shoes made with superior materials and technology, making the time on the court that much better! Take care of your feet and use your head…tennis shoes.


The K-Swiss BigShot Doesn`t Need Kenny Powers

K-Swiss has made a huge effort in promoting their product, Tubes, with actor, Danny McBride, playing his character, Kenny Powers, from the show, “Eastbound and Down.” No matter what celebrity they choose to use to endorse their product, the K-Swiss BigShot promotes itself.

The K-Swiss BigShot is available in both men’s and women’s styles, but both versions offer incredible technology that helps every tennis players achieve stardom on the court. The BigShot was designed with the help of the P3 Sports Science Institute with a Superfoam foot bed for added cushioning. The shoe also offers a Ballistic Propulsion Plate which aids competitors in staying on the balls of their feet. The Aosta 7.0 high abrasion rubber outsole provides traction and durability. Not only is the K-Swiss Bigshot perfect for tennis, it is stylish as well.

The K-Swiss BigShot is built with the tennis player in mind, be in lady or gentlemen. This shoe is perfect for any match on any surface; as Kenny Powers put it, “changing the sports world.”


Noah`s Comments on Doping

In an article posted on ESPN.com, it is clear how angry Rafael Nadal is about the recent comments made by Yannick Noah.  Noah made remarks about French athletes not having a chance against Spanish athletes because they, “don’t have the magic potion.” Noah was clearly insinuating that Spanish competitors are doping in order to win. When Nadal was asked about Yannick`s comments he fired back,  “This guy deserve not (to) write anymore in the newspaper.” Nadal also said that Yannick Noah`s comments don`t hurt the image of Spanish players, however, the they do reflect poorly on Noah`s native country. 


Adidas Barricade 6.0: Not Just a Shoe

The term “barricade” is defined as, “to shut in and defend,” which is exactly what the Adidas Barricade 6.0 was designed to do. Just like Nick Hardwick, lineman for the SD Chargers, guards his quarter back, Rivers, or the sweeper on the soccer field defends his goalie; the Barricade 6.0 protects the foot. The updated version of the original Adidas Barricade has been improved and Adidas has implemented many technological advances in order to shelter and defend the foot, just like a barricade. The Adidas Barricade 6.0 is offered in both men`s and women`s versions; both varieties offer maximum comfort and protection and accommodate for different styles between genders.

The Upper
Designed with a textile lining, both versions of the 6th edition Adidas Barricade 6.0 offer the adiTUFF™ TPU toe protection guard to save the toe from abuse on the courts. They are designed with perforated leather and a padded mesh tongue for maximum breathability and comfort. Adidas has also employed stability claws to ensure steadiness throughout lateral movements and quick direction changes during an intense match. The external heel counters deliver added support of the foot.

The Midsole
The midsole of the Adidas Barricade 6.0 contains a molded EVA insole that can be removed if needed. The EVA insole along with the adiPRENE insert in the heel contributes to added relief on the foot and also provides impact protection. The TORSION System assists the foot with surface adaptation and extra support.

The Outsole
The outsole of the Adidas Barricade 6.0 is comprised of non-marking rubber and adiWEAR 6 for toughness on the court. The full herringbone pattern along with a forefoot pivot point ensures traction on all different court surfaces.

A serious tennis player requires quickness, agility and power; but none of that would be possible without the right shoe. With all the technology that Adidas has poured into the Barricade 6.0, it has taken on a new identity. It is not just a shoe, it’s the defensive line. That is the kind of protection that you can count on with the Adidas Barricade 6.0.


Serving You Tennis News

My name is Courtney, I am a San Diego native and a lover of all sports; a varsity soccer player on my high school team and a charger fan for life. Now on to something extremely important to me; tennis. Although I am not an expert at the game, I love the sport. Sports are not only great for physical health but challenge the mind as well. On the soccer field you have to be tricky, although not always the quickest, I could tackle the ball away from any opponent. Football requires pure force from the defense and great mental ability from the quarterback to place the ball right where he wants it under extreme pressure. Tennis is a game that depends on agility, speed, intelligence and finding that “sweet spot.” Nothing is more satisfying than swinging that racquet and hitting the ball with the perfect amount of power that you know will make your competitor’s head spin; all in good sportsmanship of course. As I said earlier, tennis is a game that requires intuition, skill, agility and speed. Any activities that you choose to participate in, you need the right tools. Tennis is no different; the game depends upon having the right equipment to ensure that the player is performing to best of their ability.  Racquets, shoes, bags, string, grips, accessories and gear are all key elements to the game. Here, I will tell you all you need to know about these components; the best racquet for you, how to choose the right pair of shoes, the bags that will protect your racquet and much more.