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Tennis News and Court Shoes

Tennis players that make headlines and are loved by millions get to the top because of their natural talent and competitive nature, but many wouldn`t be where they are today without the proper gear; Technologically advanced racquets, training equipment and of course, the right court shoes.

This year, the Masters Series event for men and women at the Madrid Open will be played on a blue clay court instead of the classic red. While Venus Williams feels as though it is a fashion statement, another player calls it a “Smurf clay” and Rafael Nadal says it  “…is a mistake.”

Whether the players agree with the new shade or not, the Madrid Open isn’t going back on their decision and instead of worrying about the color, pros should focus on the type of shoe they are going to wear because clay courts, blue or red, require specific court shoes.

Unfortunately, Andy Murray had to pull out of the Madrid Open due to a back injury saying “I always love coming to Madrid so it is a big disappointment. I look forward to returning next year.”

The good news is that his feet are safe and sound thanks to his court shoes. Murray prefers the Adidas Barricade 7 which offer durability, extra cushioning and support needed for hard court surfaces.

What is interesting about Andy Murray is that he won the event in 2008 when it was played on a hard-court surface but has had no such luck since the Madrid Open decided to change to clay. This could be due to the fact that Murray doesn`t have the right shoes.

Although the Adidas Barricade 7 shoes are some of the finest court shoes on the market, there are others better suited for a clay surface. The Adidas Barricade Team tennis shoes, for instance, are designed to offer maximum traction on all court surfaces.

Babolat also offers a court shoe specifically made for playing on clay surfaces; the V-Pro Clay Tennis Shoes. The V-Pro Clay has a sole designed for ideal grip and slide balance with a Michelin twin chevron clay court pattern.

I`d have to say that what makes the pros as successful as they are is predominately skill but we can`t ignore the equipment that assists them throughout every match. Footwork is one of the most important aspects of the game and the proper court shoe enhances the natural talent, making every player the best player they can be.

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New Courts and Tennis Nets Improve Experience at San Diego`s Roosevelt IB Middle School

The Greater San Diego Tennis Council is a charitable association with goals of restoring and resurfacing tennis courts all over San Diego County. Over the recent school break, the council held a ceremony celebrating the future renovation of the tennis courts at Roosevelt IB Middle School. The Greater San Diego Tennis Council plans to make many improvements including resurfacing the courts and replacing metal nets with traditional tennis nets.

Past NBA pro, TV sportscaster and local resident of San Diego, Bill Walton was a huge supporter of the initiative and attended the ceremony. “I am proud, privileged, honored, humbled and most fortunate to be directly involved in this wonderful project,” said Walton. “We owe our children the best, and this is a huge step in the right direction.”

Not only does the Tennis Council plan remodel the run-down tennis courts, they want to change the sand-surface field to a more multi-purpose grass park. The renovations will hopefully deliver an improved environment for the students as well as the public.

The principal of Roosevelt IB Middle School expressed his excitement for the project, “It’s an honor to be a part of this collaborative effort to support academics and athleticisms.  We encourage our students to find a sport they like and become good at it so they might compete for academic and athletic scholarships to college one day.”

As of now, the tennis courts are asphalt-surfaced and the tennis nets that are presently installed are metal and possibly unsafe.

The tennis courts will be transformed into the advanced,  two-toned hard court surface and the metal nets will be replaced with conventional tennis nets. The new courts will also be lined in accordance with the USTA`s “10 and under tennis” guidelines to give the younger children a chance to learn and enjoy the game.

Ben Press, president of the Greater San Diego City Tennis Council stated, “As an alumnus of Roosevelt Middle School, I remember playing on two white cement tennis courts.  Now four tennis courts will be renovated for the enjoyment of students and community members for many years to come.”

Thanks to the generosity of the Greater San Diego Tennis Council, the San Diego District, foundations and private donors, students and community members are going to be able have an enriched experience at Roosevelt IB Middle School. Hopefully this initiative will spark the renovation of other tennis courts in San Diego and other cities.