March 8, 2011

The Boxing / Tennis Connection

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I've loved boxing since I was a kid, and in my mind I always felt boxing and tennis were related. Obviously not in the sport itself, but in the 1 on 1 and mental aspects of the sports. Well, I finally took the plunge and took up boxing. What I can tell you is this...not only has my tennis experience helped my boxing, but the boxing has helped my tennis. My tennis footwork and jump rope experience gave me a head start on the boxing fitness (which is the hardest workout I've ever done by the way. And when I got back on the court, my cardio was stronger, my feet faster, and my focus better.

I just got my own gloves and wraps, wasn't loving the heavily used gloves at my gym. Boxing Depot has cheap shipping on all orders.

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November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Tennis Equipment Deals

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Dunlop Sports OS Aerogel 4D 700 Tennis Racquet
Designed for tournament/advanced players with a long powerful swing, the Dunlop mid-size Aerogel 4D 700 delivers exceptional touch and feel whether you're hitting ground strokes, volleys, or lobs. The 100-percent graphite racquet combines Dunlop's Aerogel and 4D Braided technologies. Aerogel racquets incorporate the world's lightest solid into the racquet design, with a strength of up to 4,000 times its own weight.

This three-dimensional nanometer-sized molecular network produces an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio, creating enhanced stiffness and increased power with every stroke. Dunlap then added Multi-Filament (M-FIL) materials across the hitting zone to soften the ball impact, generating a frame that expertly balances power and control. Finally, the company employed 4D Braided technology at strategic locations to improve the stability of the racquet and further boost the touch. The technology consists of four-directional braided material at 5 and 7 o'clock on the racquet frame, where it minimizes frame torsion and increase control, and at 3 and 9 o'clock, to increase stability and enhance the feel. The ultimate control-oriented racquet, the Aerogel 4D 700 will help you take your game to new heights.

Technical Information:

* Length: 27.25 inches
* Head size: 108 square inches
* Strung weight: 9.7 ounces
* Unstrung weight: 9.17 ounces
* Stiffness/RA: 70
* Balance: 350mm
* Beam width: 25/28/25.5mm
* String pattern: 16 x 19
* String tension: 55 to 65 pounds

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Klip K-boom Reel
Advanced Co-Polymer technology. Providing outstanding durability and tension hold, compined with excellent response time off the racquet, second only to natural gut.

Need more gift ideas? Check out our Holiday Tennis Gift Guide

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November 26, 2010

Black Friday Ping Pong Gift - The iPong

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iPong Table Tennis Training Buddy
Sweet mamma we want one of these.
iPong is a portable table tennis practice machine that plays with you all day long. From casual to a blistering ball-feed that will give you a world-class workout. Adjust the iPong to give you underspin, topspin or heavy topspin balls and blast away. No more waiting for a practice partner. More like a live opponent rather than a 'playback feature,' iPong can continuously shoot more than 100 balls before reloading. It assembles in minutes.

Check out the rest of our Holiday Gift Guide for more great ideas.

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November 26, 2010

Black Friday Deals on Tennis Equipment

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The Boris Becker racquets are made by Volkl, so the quality is definitely there. Its got flexible frame construction and control properties. The increased use of hightensile DNX (in the racquet head clasps and on the handle sleeve) will knock your socks off. "That's just the right blend for modern hard playing styles."

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Dunlop Sports MS Aerogel 4D 500 Tennis Racquet
The Aerogel 4D 500 junior tennis racquet offers the same great and look and feel as Dunlop's full-size racquets but in a compact, lightweight frame. The racquet is outfitted with Dunlop's O-beam aluminum construction, a durable yet maneuverable material that's perfect for the beginning player. Just choose a length--the racquet comes in 19-, 21-, 23-, 25-, and 27-inch sizes--and hit the courts in confidence. The Aerogel 4D 500 junior racquet is designed for players of all ages, from 3 to adult.

More Ideas in our Holiday Tennis Gift Guide

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October 8, 2010

2010 What's All The Racquet Holiday Gift Guide

THE GIFT FOR THE WESTERN FOREHAND IN YOUR LIFE

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Nadal wouldn't choose a racquet that didn't allow for heavy top spin, so if you know someone who puts some action on the ball, this is a good gift idea. The Aero Modular Technology minimizes drag through the air and increases hitting power. And the Cortex System filters and dampens the vibrations that interfere with feel.



THE GIFT FOR THE ADVANCED PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE

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This racket is designed for increased racket head speed. Couple that with solid control, great stability and nice feel and you have a great choice for advanced players. It has the Karophite Black material in K Factor racquets is used to make the KSix-One 95 a stiffer, more stable racquet. By making a denser string pattern the racquet will play with more control since, on impact with the ball, the strings will not flex as much.




A TENNIS GIFT THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY

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Our favorite of all the ball machines, mostly because of its durability and value for the money. This machine can give great workouts to anyone from novices to advanced players. It has triple oscillation and 2-line feature with variable depth. Put another way...it shoots up to 50 degree lobs to practice your overhead, speeds of up to 80 miles per hour to challenge your ability to react with thinking, and heavy top and back spin choices to perfect your ability to return whatever comes your way.

TO KEEP YOUR TENNIS PLAYER WARMED UP


Viva Vitas Hoodie

viva vitas hoodie.pngLightweight Hooded Sweatshirt for Men, 50% cotton, 50% polyesteR. Vitas Gerulaitis was known for winning the men's singles title at one of the 2 Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. He also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975 and was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978. In 1977, he lost a long Wimbledon semi-final to Björn Borg 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6. Gerulaitis was known for his exceptionally quick hands at the net and for his outstanding court coverage. With his dash of long blond hair he was a precursor, in style at least, to Andre Agassi. Vitas was taken from us much too soon, we miss you Vitas!

TENNIS T-SHIRT GIFT FOR GUYS

Viva Arthur Tshirt
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TENNIS T-SHIRT GIFT FOR GALS

Martina Navratilova Charcoal T
martina pink.pngMartina Navratilova is a former World No. 1 and as Billie Jean King said, "She's the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived." Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Slim-fitting Soft Jersey Tee, 100% cotton, Brand: American Apparel. BONUS: 50% OF ALL AFTER TAX PROFIT FROM THE SALES OF THESE TSHIRTS WILL BE DONATED TO BREAST CANCER RESEARCH @ SUSAN B. KOMEN FOR THE CURE (KOMEN.ORG)

WHAT TO GET THE NEWBORN TENNIS PLAYER


"What Would Mac Do?" Baby Onesie

2010-11-08_0815.pngIf you're a baby, the answer is clear...you cry, scream and yell. With his success on the court, and his legendary personality, this is perfect for your aspiring tennis players. The envelope neck and three snap leg closure allow for easy dressing. The fabric is made from 100% cotton baby rib knit, 30 single combed ring-spun. And its garment washed so its super soft...unlike McEnroe's personality...

If you aspire for a more collected personality for your baby, there's also a "What Would Borg Do?" Onesie as well.

STOCKING STUFFER - TENNIS BALLS

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Penn ATP Regular Duty Tennis Balls are the Number 1 choice of ATP Players. It's the official ball of the ATP, is used in 10 of the top 14 tournaments worldwide, has a long-wearing woven felt covering with high-elastic seams that reduce cracking and a technical grade hevea rubber core for precise bounce. Smart Optik Felt for greater visibility


STOCKING STUFFER - TENNIS STRING

51AAN6Fx9NL._SL500_AA300_.jpgBabolat Pro Hurricane Tennis String

Arguably the best string on the market. The Babolat Pro Hurricane's exceptional flexibility and resistance comes from the new material Xtrem Futur Polymer (XFP). It can stay at the initial tension for months and provide the same feeling and power it did when strung. The flexibility makes it shock absorption pretty special. Your tennis playing gift recipient will thank you.

STOCKING STUFFER - TENNIS GRIPS

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Wilson Pro Overgrip Tennis Racquet Grip

Unique Tourna Extra Long Original Dry Feel Tennis Grips

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August 31, 2010

August 20, 2010

Tshirts w/ quotes from tennis legends might just inspire your game

quotes tshirts.png"People don't seem to understand that it's a damn war out there." - Jimmy Connors. Shown on a lightweight, 100% jersey cotton ringer tshirt from American Apparel.

"Tennis has given me soul."
- Martina Navratilova. Shown on a semi-Sheer Spaghetti Strap Tank for Women. 100% cotton from Anvil.

"A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid or winning." - Billie Jean King. Shown on a short sleeve crew neck heather jersey tshirt, 50% cotton, 50% polyester, from Bella.

"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy."
- Arthur Ashe. Shown on a mélange jersey gym tShirt. 70% cotton,30% polyester from American Apparel.

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August 19, 2010

New Hoodie Collection from Old School Tennis showcases the VIVA Collection

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These hoodies speak for themselves, but we really love that they are paying tribute to two legends who we lost too soon - Arthur Ashe and Vitas Gerulaitis. They're lightweight, 50% cotton, 50% polyester, from Hanes. Perfect warmup sweatshirt for when the weather breaks a bit and its a little cooler outside.

from Old School Tennis

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August 18, 2010

Volley Canvas Trainers Provide Alternative to Rod Lavers & Stan Smiths

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Don't get us wrong, we love Rods,Stans,and Jack Purcells(although he's technically badminton). But these are a nice, more unique alternative from Volley, an Australian brand. They features the distinctive herringbone tread with excellent grip. Cotton canvas with rubber sole

from Selectism

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August 10, 2010

VIVA VITAS Tshirt Immortalized the Beloved American Tennis Star

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The great American tennis player, Vitas Gerulaitis, is immortalized in this tshirt from Old School Tennis.

Vitas was known for winning the men's singles title at one of the 2 Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. He also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975 and was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978. In 1977, he lost a long Wimbledon semi-final to Björn Borg 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6.

Gerulaitis was known for his exceptionally quick hands at the net and for his outstanding court coverage. With his dash of long blond hair he was a precursor, in style at least, to Andre Agassi.

Gerulaitis died in an accident on September 17, 1994, at age 40. While visiting a friend's home in Southampton, Long Island, a malfunction in the heating system caused odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide gas to seep into the guesthouse where Gerulaitis was sleeping, causing his death. Gerulaitis is interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.*

I was too young to appreciate his play as much as I'd like. But I do follow his contemporaries quite a bit - McEnroe, Borg, Connors, etc. You will never hear anyone say an ill word of Vitas, he's one of the good guys in tennis, beloved and greatly missed by all.

VIVA VITAS!

Check it out at Old School Tennis.


* via Wikipedia

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August 9, 2010

Martina Navratilova Tshirts Sales Used to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

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The former World No. 1 and as Billie Jean King said, "'the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived." Is adding a new battle to her 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles...breast cancer.

If there's one person who will whip cancer's ass, its Martina. We're sure of it.

Old School tennis has a super cool charcoal tshirt design of Martina, which is awesome enough in its own right. But...they've recently announced that to further commemorate Martina, 50% of the profits from the sales of these shirt will be donated to Susan B. Komen For the Cure.

You can learn more about Martina's journey and battle with breast cancer at CNN.

Buy the shirt at Old School Tennis.

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August 7, 2010

Tshirt Immortalizes Epic Wimbledon Match

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This unique tshirt commemorates the craziness that happened at this year's Wimbledon. American 23rd seed John Isner beat the French qualifier Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history, measured both by time and number of games. After 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days, the match finished 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(9-7), 7-6(7-3), 70-68 (183 games). The match began at 6:13 pm British Summer Time (17:13 UTC) on Tuesday 22 June 2010.

At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended at two sets each. After resuming on Wednesday 23 at 2:05 pm, the record for longest match was broken at 5:45 pm. The light faded again, and so play was suspended at 9:10 pm, with the final set tied at 59 games each. Play resumed at 3:43 pm on Thursday 24, and Isner won at 4:48 pm, the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes. (via Wikipedia)

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Check out this cool, unique tshirt from Old School Tennis.

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July 31, 2010

VIVA ARTHUR Tshirt Celebrates the Great American Tennis Champion

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This t-shirt from Old School Tennis celebrates a player whose impact on the world and on tennis is difficult to sum up, Arthur Ashe. Let's start with him being one of the best American tennis players ever. As a player, a career record of 818-260, 33 titles, #1 in 1969, Australian Open champ, Wimbledon champ, US Open champ, 18 double titles. And Davis Cup winner when he was captain.

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But more than that he was a graceful champion at life. A civil rights leader and activist, he was part of a delegation of 31 prominent African-Americans who visited South Africa to observe political change in the country as it approached racial integration. And despite two rounds of heart surgeries and contracting AIDS through a blood transfusion, Ashe never lost his grace, dignity or class.

Which is why we say VIVA ARTHUR!

You can put the design on just about any shirt in the store. But we like how it is shown, on an American Apparel jersey t-shirt, 100% cotton.

Check it out at Old School Tennis.

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July 5, 2010

Isner and Mahut's Longest Tennis Match Ever, Immortalized in a URL?

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Wimbledon's over, but the history that John Isner and Nicolas Mahut made in their 11 hour, 5 minute match lives on. This is a record that will never be beaten, which is why we're posting about something we've never posted about before...URLs, domain names, website addresses.

Specifically: 11hrs5min.com and 11hrs5mins.com

If you have an idea on how to turn these URLs into something amazing, or if you just collect URLs, check them out here.

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July 4, 2010

2010 Wimbledon Tennis Gear Notables - The Women

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We have but one big observation regarding the equipment of this year's Wimbledon on the ladies' side of things. And that observation...K-Swiss has arrived.

Of course, K-swiss has been around for a long long time, and they've been the choice of many a club player including yours truly forever. But they've only been going into the pro game for a few years. Yes, the Bryan brothers are K-Swiss head to toe which is amazing. But let's be real, doubles doesn't sell product. Singles does, which is why Vera Zvonareva's final appearance was noteworthy to us.

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First, the apparel. Very sharp, classic yet modern. Not too flashy. Contemporary tennis threads. Check it out at Do It Tennis or Tennis Warehouse.

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The Shoes: K-Swiss Women's Defier RS
The Defier RS is engineered to stand up to the most intense game. The TecTuff high-abrasion toe wrap creates a durable barrier between the court and the foot. The abrasion-resistant DragGuard is placed in the toe and the heel of the Aosta 7.0 rubber outsole. The Defier RS outsole features non-marking and a clay-friendly herringbone tread pattern for multi-surface traction.

Check out K-Swiss gear at Amazon.and Do It Tennis

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