January 31, 2008
Yep...the lucky person who caught Djokovic's winning adidas shirt at the Australian Open is doing what any red-blooded capitalist should do...sell it on eBay!
The starting bid is AU $ 4,999 (US $4,445.61). The description:
This shirt was worn by new Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the Men's Final on Sun 27 January 2008. Caught (full of sweat!) in the audience Row A Seat 108. Comes with the ticket as a proof of authenticity, plus any photos as needed. Collectable Value - Novak is the first Serbian to win a Grand Slam final and the youngest ever winner at Melbourne Park.
from Down the Line
January 30, 2008
January 29, 2008
Friday could be a $13 million day for Roger Federer.Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal reports that Fed's 10-year extension with Nike could be worth as much as $13 million a year. Its not yet clear whether that amount is performance based or not. In addition to being the biggest tennis deal ever, it would also make Federer one of the top-paid at Nike in any sport. Putting it in perspective, Maria Sharapova’s Nike deal is believed to guarantee her around $6 million a year, and Agassi’s Nike deal from 1995 was more than $100 million and was royalty-based.
With tennis a secondary sport in the United States, the deal is seen as more about branding than selling shoes and shirts. The article also says that adidas and Polo were sniffing around Federer, seeing if they could steal him from the swoosh.
January 27, 2008
At long last, one of the Serbian contingent has a Grand Slam tennis title. Novak Djokovic, after beating Roger Federer in straight sets, took down Jo-Wilifried Tsonga (the Cinderella story of the tournament) in 4 sets - 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6. Tsonga, who in the semis beat the stuffing out of Rafael Nadal in straight sets, put up a noble fight but came up a little short. We're sure to see more from him. Congratulations to Novak!
It was also a big night for adidas and Wilson, who sponsor both players head-to-toe.
Both wear the adidas Barricade V.
Djokovic wears the white version
Tsonga wears the black version
Both swing the Wilson K Blade Tour
Djokovic wears adidas YOC Group
Tsonga wears the adidas Edge Group
January 26, 2008
Maria Sharapova Leads O3 Dominance Down Under En Route to Third Grand Slam Title
Bordentown, NJ – January 26, 2008 – At only twenty years old, Maria Sharapova has already captured three of tennis’ four Grand Slam titles. With her Prince O3 White in hand, Sharapova soundly knocked off the No.1, No. 3, and No. 4 seeds on her way to capturing her first-ever Australian Open title.
From the moment she took to the court for her first round match carrying her new gold racquet bag over her shoulder, Sharapova was completely focused on the task at hand. The fifth seed, who dedicated much of the off season to her fitness, showed no signs of an ailing shoulder that plagued her for much of 2007. Rather, over the course of two weeks, Sharapova made clear that she was the one to beat – wowing crowds with a display of power, shot-making and the controlled intensity she is known for - ultimately defeating Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3 in the finals.
Continue reading: "Sharapova Wins Third Jewel in Grand Slam Crown - Prince O3 Wins Too"
January 24, 2008
It is getting down to the nitty gritty now at the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova took care of Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-1 in the first women's semi.
Ana Ivanovic recovered from an awful start to beat Daniela Hantuchova in the other women's semi-finals.
But the big story - underdog Jo-Wlfried Tsonga beat world #2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 6-2 6-3 6-2. Tsonga awaits the winner of the Federer/Djokovic match.
Today at the Aussie Open Shop?
Womens Floral Singlet
A celebration design with plastisol and glitter print on our ladies v-neck singlet with kangaroo pocket and wide waistband. Available in white and light blue. US$30.62
Imagine yourself, actually in Oz next year - taking in all the non-stop action of the year's first Grand Slam, and all the sun, surf and beauty of Australia, in person! Make that dream a reality. Prince, the presenting sponsor of Tennis Channel’s “Heating Up Down Under” sweepstakes, is offering a chance to win a trip for two to the 2009 Australian Open, complete with a special trip to the McWilliams’ winery outside of Sydney.
Log onto Tennis Channel's website, fill out the entry form and keep your fingers crossed.
Official Rules can be seen at the Tennis Channel website.
For more information on Prince products, click here.
January 23, 2008
January 21, 2008
We're running some maintenance on our blogging system, so I can't post the live results, sorry. Here is the link to find all the good news from the Australian Open.
But, here is probably our favorite Australian Open product so far, the Mens 550 Tee, which runs US $26.37. The green tee tells the story of the competition with overlayed plastisol (whatever that is) and gel print. 100% combed cotton jersey, garment washed for a soft handle.
Feliciano Lopez got ousted early this year at the Australian Open by Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. But that gave just enough time to notice his new threads. Lopez used to be with Nike, but he is now apparently with Spain-based Joma Sport.
From DownTheLine; images from Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
January 20, 2008
Today and tomorrow we'll be running some maintenance on our blogging system and I won't be able to post live. So here is the link to find all the good news from the Australian Open.
Today's Australian Open product? The Performance Wristband. It better be a performance something, it costs US $11.42. It also sports the Australian Open logo.
January 19, 2008
It is Saturday at the Australian Open...or Sunday...or Monday...or whatever the hell day it is there. But its Saturday here in the U.S. The two big stories of the past day: Federer got pushed to the limite, enduring 5-set match against Janko Tipsarevic, prevailing 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-1 10-8. And James Blake staged a big comeback to defeat flashy Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean 4-6 2-6 6-0 7-6(5) 6-2. More News
So if you're wandering around the AO, you need something to hold all your stuff. So how about the Canvas Womens Tote for USD $26.37? The canvas bag has a flower graphic and australian open branding, but not the logo, which makes it an understated look.
January 18, 2008
OK...I woke up at 4 AM this morning and could not fall back asleep, so I watched the Australian Open, what the hell else is on? The silver lining of this situation is the match I just finished watching - Andy Roddick vs. Phillip Kohlschreiber. I don't think I'm the first to observe that the Oz Open is sometimes a little boring, but that all changed with this match. Kohlschreiber won 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 8-6 in a match with perhaps the highest level of play I've ever seen. Both players were swinging out on the ball and making very few errors. A bummer for Roddick, who played extremely well, and a great win for Kohlschreiber, who I think will break into the top 15 or 10 soon.
Well, due to sleep deprivation, that's the news for today. If you want more news click here.
Our product for today? The Australian Open Vibration Dampener. Comes in a 2-pack for US$8.78.
OTHER AUSTRALIAN OPEN STUFF AT AMAZON.COM
January 17, 2008
When one door closes another opens. So too does Day 4 at the Aussie Open end and Day 5 begins. Here are some of the Day 4 highlights:
- 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Alun Jones
- World No.2 Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (7-0) 6-2
- Russian No.27 seed Maria Kirilenko had an easy win over Akiko Morigami of Japan.
- Venus Williams, the No.8 seed, defeated Camille Pin of France 7-5 6-4.
- Women's No.9 seed Daniela Hantuchova won over France's Alize Cornet in straight sets.
- Indian No.32 seed Sania Mirza pulled out a close 6-1 4-6 7-5 win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.
- Dmitry Tursonov lost to American Sam Querrey in four sets 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 6-2.
We also have the AO Backpack for US$39.73
A great looking backpack with room to store everything you need for a big day at the tennis or even a great school bag.
OTHER AUSTRALIAN OPEN STUFF AT AMAZON.COM
January 16, 2008
Day 3 Australian Open highlights:
- Men's 6 seed Andy Roddick breezed past Germany's Michael Berrer.
- Nicole Vaidisova beat Alicia Molik in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena, 6-2 6-3.
- Women's Top seed Justine Henin is safely through to the third round with a 6-1 7-5 win over Russia's Olga Poutchkova.
- Men's No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal beat the stuffing out of Frenchman 6-0 6-2 6-2.
- Serena Williams beat Meng Yuan in straight sets
- Australian Casey Dellacqua stunned No.15 seed Patty Schnyder 4-6 7-5 8-6
- Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat American qualifier Sam Warburg 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.
- Maria Sharapova easily beat Lindsay Davenport in their second round match.
The AO Men's Brush Drill Cap
Mens Brush Drill Cap has spliced panels, full Australian Open logo and Grand slam feature piping in front peak. Available in navy and platinum gray - we like the navy personally. US$26.37 at the AO Shop.
January 15, 2008
Highlights from Day 2 in the land of Oz:
- China's Shuai Peng lost to Russia's Alisa Kleybanova.
- Daniela Hantuchova proved to be too much for the USA's Vania King, beating King 6-3 7-5.
- World #3 Novak Djokovic has defeated Germany's Benjamin Becker 6-0 6-2 7-6 in a fairly easy romp.
- Japan's Akiko Morigami pulled a straight-set upset over Michaella Krajicek.
- Australian Joe Sirianni has lost a tough five-setter in the first round against Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.
- Aussie crowd favorite and overall feisty individual, Lleyton Hewitt, beat the stuffing out of Belgium's Steve Darcis.
- Marcus Baghdatis from Cyprus fought through his leg injury to beat veteran Thomas Johansson.
- Top qualifier Robin Haase defeated No.17 seed Ivan Ljubicic in a match lasting nearly 3 hours.
Australian Open Womens Signature Tee
This attractive tee has floral graphics at front flocked, is cap sleeved with ties, and has a longer length for a flattering look and comfort. Comes in blue and pink, and runs US$31.48.
Lateral movement's important for just about all court sports, which makes it dangerous territory if you have weak ankles. Due to the sheer speed of the exchanges, this is particularly true with Racquetball. Which is why you might want to check these out. The Ektelon T-9 Roadster has a durable upper. But its easy to break in and breathable due to the synthetic leather AIRMesh panels. The added technology in the linings, Dri-Lex, deliver serious moisture management. And as we mentioned, the contoured, thickly padded collar hugs the ankle for comfort and lateral support.
Ektelon T-9 Roadster Indoor Court Shoes
January 14, 2008
Day 1 of the Australian Open is in the can, and here's a summary of how things went down:
- Jelena Jankovic moves on after thriller, beating Austria's Tamira Paszek 2-6 6-2 12-10
- Defending champion Serena Williams has opened her tourney with a 6-3 6-3 win over Australian wildcard Jarmila Gajdosova
- World No.1 seed Justine Henin has made a successful return to Oz, beating Japan's Aiko Nakamura in straight sets.
- Australia's Brydan Klein lost to Chile's Paul Capdeville in straight sets.
- Australian wildcard Jessica Moore has won her first round match against Julie Ditty of the US, 6-3 6-2.
- Lindsay Davenport started her journey to become only the fourth mother to win a Grand Slam, winning against Italian Sara Errani.
- Men's No.9 seed Andy Murray bought the farm against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
- Women's No.5 seed Maria Sharapova won 6-4 6-3.
- Women's No.11 seed Elena Dementieva beat Israel's Tzipora Obziler in straight sets.
Our Day 2 Product - The Mens Training AO Long Sleeve Tee
A "technical" long sleeve tee, made from 100% polyester with mositure management making it suitable or a variety of sporting activities. Keeps you dry and comformtable. Co-branded with diadora and Australian open logos. AUD $59.99 (USD $52.85)
We've been following the "drama" around Maria Sharapova's Nike, Australian Open dress for the last week or two, thanks to DownTheLine. Now, the rumors are over and we're seen Sharapova officially in action. A clean, classic dress...not the tan, somewhat unflattering dress we've seen lurking around. Nice work Nike.
Read more about Sharapova's Aussie Open apparel on What's All The Racquet:
Did Nike let Hantuchova wear Sharapova's signature threads?
More on Maria Sharapova's Oz Open Nike dresses
Maria Sharapova Australian Open Outfits - FIRST LOOK
(images via AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Are you a tennis fan and a tech aficionado? Then you need Kindle, Amazon's new wireless reading device and these great tennis books.
Tennis Beyond Big Shots
"Tennis Beyond Big Shots is one of the most unique books I've read. A must for every player's library." - CHRIS EVERT, 18-time Grand Slam Champion
"Greg's book could be a blueprint for how I've approached the game from my junior days through my career on the professional and senior tours. Tennis Beyond Big Shots will permanently improve your game." - MATS WILANDER, Former No.1 Pro Player
"Greg Moran shows how you can win many more matches simply by making small changes to your game!" - CLIFF DRYSDALE, ESPN TV Tennis Analyst, Former World Top Ten Player
In 2004, James Blake's life was getting more perfect by the day. A rising tennis star, with each passing year his game seemed to improve. In 2002, he was named Sexiest Male Athlete by People, and along the way he continued to gain in the rankings and earn respect on the court. Each day seemed to offer a new milestone, a new achievement; he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of the ride. But that life came to an abrupt halt in May 2004 when Blake broke his back in a freak accident on the court. A few months later, as Blake was recovering from his injury, he suffered another tremendous setback when his father -- the man who had raised him and provided the inspiration for his tennis career -- lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Blake's situation was further complicated when he contracted Zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized tennis career. Breaking Back tells the story of the tumultous year that followed these three devastating events, detailing how Blake persevered through hardship to become one of the best tennis players in the world. Here Blake explains how the wisdom and words that his father imparted to him over the years gave him the ability to succeed in the face of these seemingly insurmountable odds. Though these trials proved the most difficult of his life, ultimately this trifecta of tragedy became the culmination of all his father's lessons, showing Blake that even in death, his father was still teaching him how to be a man.
You Cannot Be Serious
McEnroe, the feisty New Yorker whose brilliant serve-and-volley style of play was at times overshadowed by his on-court antics, captured 17 Grand Slam championships during a 15-year "wild ride" on the professional tennis tour. Now, he and journalist Kaplan take a candid look back at this colorful career. Smashing racquets and screaming tirades against linesmen and umpires only cemented McEnroe's role as the explosive bad boy of tennis. Yet the Hall of Famer shows surprising insight here. He explores why matches were constant battles against "the other guy and myself," admitting that the relief of not failing was at least as strong as the joy of winning. McEnroe fully details his most significant triumphs and losses (e.g., the 1984 French Open final, in which he held a two-sets-to-one lead over nemesis Ivan Lendl, and the classic Wimbledon five-set defeat by Bjorn Borg). His three Wimbledon and four U.S. Open singles titles were special, but perhaps his proudest achievement was the five Davis Cups he helped to secure at a time when other top players were more interested in the money to be made in tournaments and exhibitions. McEnroe also writes openly about his turbulent former marriage to actress Tatum O'Neal, and current status as father to six and husband to pop star Patty Smyth. Readers will be happy to learn that his anger-management counseling seems to help him defuse "certain situations" effectively. Recommended for sports and general collections.
Holding Serve: Persevering On and Off the Court - by Michael Chang
Often characterized as David facing Goliath on the tennis court, at 5'9" and 150 pounds Michael Chang is used to playing with the big hitters. What he lacks in stature, he makes up for in determination. A serious contender at any Grand Slam event, his bold statement of faith in God makes him a role model we can all look up to. "What's nice," Michael says, "is that, as long as my priorities are straight, I'm able to go out with the mentality to really leave the winning and losing up to the Lord." In Holding Serve readers get a unique glimpse at Team Chang, Michael's powerful family unit that he credits with much of his success. Michael also shares the story of how he became a Christian and the central role his faith has played in his achievements.
Check out Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device
January 13, 2008
Day 1 at Australian Open 2008, and defending champion Serena Williams is kicking things off, taking on Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia on Rod Laver Arena. No.3 Jelena Jankovic is first up on Vodafone Arena, against Tamira Paszek from Austria. Andy Roddick goes against Lukas Dlouhy after that on Vodafone.
The first night sessions on Rod Laver have Aussie Alicia Molik taking on Kaia Kanepi, followed by world No.2 Rafael Nadal against Viktor Troicki. Margaret Court Arena's night match has Carlos Moya and Stefan Koubek squaring off.
On to our first look at the Oz Open products. We love big tennis towels, especially when they are from the Grand Slams. This is the Oz Open's Official Players Towel. Its 100% Cotton and comes in a rope tied bag. 75cm x 125cm. It runs AUD $54.99 (USD $48.45). Click here to check it out.
There is an excellent, thorough review of Lleyton Hewitt's new stick at Tennis-Warehouse. Better yet, its in video form, a new feature of their site. Click here to see the video.
If you're busy and just want the bottom line to see if you want to play test it, here you go:
-A little lacking on power
-Excellent access to spin
-Flexible in the throat
-Overall, a control-oriented racquet that would be well-suited for the advanced player (4.5+) that likes to really tee off on the ball with a long, fast swing.
Heard enough and want to buy it? Buy the Yonex RQiS 1 Tour here.
The Butterfly Amicus 3000is one, if not THE, big dog in the table tennis robot world. It has a wide range of capabilities, including the ability to program balls for speed, spin, and placement - making it perfect for drills and practice.
-Timer runs the table tennis robot for 1-10 minutes, then pause for up to 2 minutes before continuing
-Frequency setting up to 100 balls per minute
-Remote on/off switch
-Step and Sample buttons, used together allow you to test settings before running the sequence
-The AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) function simulates a ôreal game experienceö, when drilling between topspin and underspin
-Step and Sample buttons, used together allow you to test settings before running the sequence
-The AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) function simulates a ôreal game experienceö, when drilling between topspin and underspin
-Memory storage that can store up to 99 separate routines
-Adjustable Height that allows balls to shoot from different trajectories
-Side mount is now included (Save $81.99)
Check out the Butterfly Amicus 3000 Plus Table Tennis Robot
January 12, 2008
Back on January 7th, we covered E-Force's "Murderer's Row" of racquetball racquets. We have an addition, the very fittingly named "Lethal."
Power is the name of the game with the Lethal. The larger cylinders in the hitting area make the racquet stiffer where it counts for increased power. The frame is 30% thinner than normal, and has E-Force's LongString technology, so you know the power is going to be there. The dual cylinder technology reduces frame twisting and distortion - which is simply marketing speak for even more power.
Check out all TWELVE patents in this racquet.
E-Force Lethal NXT Gen 160 Racquetball Racquet
Every "lethal" weapon needs a holster, no? The E-Force Large Racquetball Bag measures 33.5 in. x 14 in. x 14 in. so it can carry your full racquetball arsenal.
We love the major tennis brands, we really do. Nike, adidas, Reebok, etc. But those products, unless you hit the sales just right, can be pretty expensive. So what do you want to do if you want well made, stylish, yet classic performance apparel? You check out Champion's C9 brand. Here we have great tennis wear for men, made of performance materials, all for about $22! Now, if you're looking for the status of the swoosh, this won't help you. But if you're looking for great tennis apparel that doesn't hit your wallet as hard, Champion C9 is something to check out.
C9 by Champion® Tech Polo for $8.99
The Tech Polo from C9 by Champion is a short-sleeve polo with a 3-button closure, comfortable fit and straight hem. And it has moisture-wicking materials to keep the sweat away.
C9 by Champion Woven Shorts for $12.99
Pair your polo with the C9 by Champion Sports Athletic Shorts. Knee-Length shorts, made from "Duo Dry" for fast evaporation to keep you dry. Drawstring closure, elastic waist, straight hem, and slit front pockets.
January 11, 2008
We were reading Bob Larson's newswire and saw his "One of a Kind" store which includes a plethora of vintage tennis ball cans. Not only are these vintage (the Rod Laver can is shown in this post), he has cans from all over the world including Mexico and Czechoslovakia.
These are collectors items, not for the casual fan, they're a little pricey. But for unopened cans of this vintage and in great condition, sometimes you have to pay to play.
Check out Bob Larson's Tennis One of a Kind
Ashley Harkleroad (born May 2, 1985), is an American tennis player. Born in Rossville, Georgia, Harkleroad reached a career-high ranking of No. 39 on June 9, 2003. As of November 19, 2007, she is ranked 67 in singles and 88 in doubles, as well as 89 in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships. Her career prize money to date is $848,426. Ashley Harkleroad turned pro on June 12, 2000, and was quickly "billed" as the next American tennis superstar. Her debut was at the ITF tournament in Largo, Florida, in 1999. The following year she played her first WTA qualifying event in Miami, Florida and her first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. In 2001, she returned to the same events while improving her status on the ITF Circuit. In 2002 she won her first tour matches, reaching the second round at San Diego, Hawaii, and Bratislava, where she made her first doubles semi-final with partner Maria Emilia Salerni. She ended 2002 in the top 200 for the first time. More at wikipedia
Ashley Harkleroad's Gear:
Racquet: Babolat New Pure Drive
Apparel: adidas Tennis Apparel
Shoes: Adidas ClimaCool Divine II
January 10, 2008
I don't think the adidas website has included this outfit on their site, but they have other nice looking apparel here.
adidas Women's Tennis Apparel at Amazon
images via Ezra Shaw/Getty Images & GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images, and heads up from DownTheLine
Wilson has applied its [K]Factor technology to its new 2008 badminton racquets. There are 5 such racquets that were just launched in Sweden: [K]Lite, [K]Blade, [K]Power, [K]Tour and [K]Pro.
But what's a good racquet without a good shuttlecock? Wilson's been working on shuttlecock technology for awhile now, and feel they've finally found the line they're happy to produce. Its called the Top Line series and it has everything for the players looking for perfection as well as the player that expects great quality at a fair price. Top Line shuttlecocks aren't yet available, but will be soon, so we'll be watching and will post when we see them.
Learn more about [K]Factor here.
Wilson [K]Factor Badminton Racquets:
Wilson '08 (K) Blaze Badminton Racquet
For the advanced player - it provides power, speed and control. Flex is Medium Stiff, weighs 82-86gm, and has Center Balance.
Wilson '08 (K) Tour Badminton Racquet
This is meant for the advanced, aggressive players, providing great feel and control. Stiff on the flexibility scale, weighs 85-89gm, and it slightly head heavy.
Wilson Classic Badminton Shuttlecock
Medium grade goose feathers, 12 shuttlecocks, the smart tube lid controls humidity inside the tube.
Wilson Matchpoint Shuttlecocks
Made from nylon, these shuttlecocks are durable and lightweight and come in a 6-pack container.
Wilson Tournament Gold Goose Feather Shuttlecock
12-pack of top grade goose feather shuttlecocks. The smart tube lid controls humidity inside the tube.
January 9, 2008
The Oz Open is less than a week away, and we've already made some posts about what we'll be seeing the players wearing and playing. We've learned some new news - that 6'9" American John Isner and No. 3 ranked Serbian Jelena Jankovic will both be swinging the new O3 Speedport White. It is clear that the design and feel of Prince’s new racquet is clearly appealing to a wide range of elite players on the pro tours.
From a Prince spokesperson:
It is interesting and rare to have two completely different player body-types, with very different styles of play, both responding to the same frame and a further testament to the increasing popularity and universal appeal of O3 racquet technology.
Here is the press release:
Bordentown, NJ – January 9, 2008 – One is 6’9”, routinely fires off serves in the 140’s and is one of the most promising up-and- comers on the men’s tour. The other is a slender, consistent baseliner ranked #3 in the world who has her sights set on reaching #1. Two very different body types with very different styles of play, yet next week, at the first Grand Slam of 2008, American John Isner and Serbian Jelena Jankovic will both be carrying the same racquet in their bags - the O3 Speedport White.
As with many other ATP and WTA touring pros, the benefits of the O3 Speedport White were undeniable for Isner and Jankovic. Both knew immediately after playtesting it that it was the frame they needed to take their games to the next level.
“The fact that both John and Jelena - players with completely different playing styles and physical attributes - responded immediately to the benefits of this racquet, is remarkable, and very unique,” said Linda Glassel, Vice President of Marketing for Prince. “The response that the O3 Speedport White is generating from elite level, knowledgeable players is further testament to the universal appeal O3 technology has among a broad range of players.”
With the introduction of the O3 Speedport White, Prince expands its increasingly popular Speedport series, continuing its approach of providing players with frames that are proven to succeed on Tour. The racquet incorporates features that serious players are looking for in their racquets and is available in two string patterns, the O3 Speedport White (16 x 19) and the O3 Speedport Pro White (18 x 19) for players wanting a racquet with a denser string pattern.
Isner, will go with the 16 x 19 open string pattern of the O3 Speedport White. He had used the O3 White - the continued racquet choice of Maria Sharapova and many others - to capture the 2007 NCAA championship for the University of Georgia and reach the third round of his first-ever US Open last summer,.
“Making the switch was an easy choice for me,” said Isner. “I love the O3 White, but I wanted, and got, a little extra racquet speed with the Speedport White. It has a very comfortable, solid hitting feel allowing me to really hit out, but also put great touch and spin on shots when I need to. I am very impressed with its composition and overall feel and am pumped up to head into my first full year on tour with this racquet.”
Jankovic, who wanted a little more pop on her serve and groundstrokes, and who previously played the O3 Red and playtested the Ozone Seven, wanted the denser string pattern of the O3 Speedport Pro White.
“It is funny to think that I am using the same racquet as a guy who is 6’9”, and hits serves and groundstrokes as hard as John does, but I am not surprised,” said Jankovic. “It is such a great frame with exceptional weight and balance and provides incredible control and racquet speed, that I am sure the decision for John was as easy as it was for me. It is rare that a racquet can appeal to so many types of players, but I think this is one of those instances and I know there are already a number of players with this in their bag.”
Both the O3 Speedport White and Pro White, along with Prince’s other new Tour Proven frames, the Ozone Tour and Pro Tour are currently available wherever Prince racquets are sold. Below please find additional information on the specs of the O3 Speedport White and Pro White. For more information on all Prince products, or news on John Isner, Jelena Jankovic or any other Team Prince players, check out www.princetennis.com.
Check out Prince Speedport Products here
Read our other posts about Prince's O3 and Speedport products
This thingamajig claims to consistently place a player’s wrist and racket in the optimum position throughout the hitting zone. What Square Hit Tennis, the maker of Wrist Assist, aims to accomplish this this consistent placement is to enable a player to lock the correct stroke into their muscle memory.
I believe in muscle memory. And frankly I think Brad Gilbert's a great coach. So I might give this a shot if I were a beginner trying to get my initial stroke down. Then I'd drop it, seems to me it would only become a crutch.
Check out the Wrist Assist at Square Hit Tennis
Books by Brad Gilbert
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master
I've Got Your Back: Coaching Top Performers from Center Court to the Corner Office
January 8, 2008
OK...you know we often look to DownTheLine to provide us with the latest in tennis fashion assessment. But in a recent post regarding short shorts, we respectfully disagree... :) Hey, I agree its not proper pro tennis wear. But neither are the sleeveless shirts which show off the guns of Nadal, Haas and Blake. So as long as the proper apparel is out the window, why not have the short shorts for the fellas?
Rbk Women's Statement Stretch Knit Short
Rbk Women's T-Back Tank
Reebok Tennis Women's Match Point
(images via AP)
Prince is launching the Sharapova Gold Collection of bags - which will debut next week during Sharapova's first round match at the 2008 Australian Open. We've grabbed a first look at one of the bags, and have the full press release below:
Maria Sharapova Goes Gold Down Under
World’s Most Recognizable Female Athlete to Launch New On-Court Bag Collection at Australian Open
Bordentown, NJ – January 8, 2008 – 2008 is an Olympic year and Maria Sharapova already has her mind set on gold. Next week, when the sports world watches the 20 year-old tennis superstar take to the court for her first round match at the Australian Open, she will be debuting, over her shoulder, the first piece from her new Sharapova Gold Collection of bags. Designed by Maria, and produced in partnership with Prince, the Sharapova Gold Collection will unite cutting-edge and top quality design features with stunning and luxurious aesthetics never seen before in a bag collection.
“I absolutely love working with Prince and had the best time taking this collection from initial drawings to final product,” said Sharapova from Melbourne. “First, they are supreme quality tennis bags and totes designed specifically to meet the needs of players. Second, they are gold and who doesn’t love gold? It is always in style and these bags look fantastic when they are over the shoulder or in your hand.”
Aside from being both a Wimbledon and US Open champion and the world’s most recognizable female athlete, Sharapova is also establishing herself as an international fashion icon and respected designer. Her unmatched understanding of player needs and keen fashion sense combined with Prince’s obsession with delivering the most innovative, performance-driven equipment, resulted in a world-class line of bags, available in a six-pack, triple, tote, mini tote and backpack.
“In my opinion, players should head to the court with equipment that not only delivers in terms of quality and design, but also looks great,” said Sharapova. “This collection accomplishes both and I am excited to unveil the first piece when I take the court next week in Melbourne.”
Made primarily of heavy-duty gold nylon, the outside of the bags also feature accents of black in the strap and quilted black patent leather for the Prince logo.
“Maria is the rare combination of someone who pays close attention to the intricacies of performance equipment and also has a trend-setting sense of style and fashion,” said Linda Glassel, Vice President of Marketing and Brand Image for Prince. “She helped usher in the future of racquet design with O3 technology, and always has her finger on the pulse of the fashion world. With this collection, she has once again shown her abilities in both areas and it couldn’t be more perfect that we are launching it during an Olympic year, when gold is on everyone’s mind, including Maria’s.”
The Sharapova Gold Collection will be available internationally beginning in March wherever Prince tennis products are sold with suggested retail prices ranging from $50 - $120US.
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FogDog.com (who rejected us for their affiliate program BTW, WTF?), is having a clearance sale right now through January 31, 2008. There are some serious deals on clearance, our favorite being the adidas YOC Dress for $49.97.
Prince Triple Threat Scream Tennis Racquet for $59.97
Fila Essenza 2 Button Polo for $19.97
adidas Response Court Bermuda Short for $24.97
adidas Stabil 6 Racquetball Shoe for $49.97
Check out the sale here.
Looks like Nike may have pulled a switcheroo on the dress we previously thought Maria Sharapova was going to wear in the Australian Open (Maria Sharapova's Oz Open Nike dresses). Daniela Hantuchova was wearing the dress at the Medibank International Aussie warm-up event. It looks like it gauzy, which is causing it to stick when it gets sweaty. I don't think Hantuchova or Sharapova want to turn the Oz Open into a wet t-shirt contest...although who would complain??
January 7, 2008
Interesting post from hypermediate today, via AdRants.
Lacoste, makers of the famed polo shirts, just lost a trademark court case with a UK-based dental practice. Apparently its been going on for four years, with Lacoste saying people could get confused and think the dental practice is Lacoste-endorsed...In the correct decision, the court ordered that Lacoste pay the dentists owes the dental practice £1450 pounds for legal costs.
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We make no bones about the fact that we're tennis players first, but that we love all racquet sports (and paddle sports). Of those sports, the one we have the most experience with is racquetball. Why do we like racquetball? Truthfully, because we can smack the living s#$% out of the ball. Its a great workout and an even better way to relieve stress.
Which is why we love E-Force. They understand this view of the game - that racquetball is a sport of aggression, not just of health club people looking for something to do. And this view of the sport is reflected in their products' technology, performance, graphic design and marketing. Case in point, check out this "Murderer's Row" image, which was a recent print advertisement. What more needs to be said. E-Force's racquets are built with crazy 12-patent technology, they are some of the best out there. Not to mention, they have killer names (no pun intended).
E-Force '07 Bedlam Dagger 175 Racquetball Racquet
The E-Force '07 Bedlam Dagger 175 has incredible power with frame stability, great racquet response and twist control. Weight-175g.
E-Force '07 Launch Pad Judgment 165 Racquetball Racquet
The E-Force '07 Launch Pad Judgment 165 is an extremely powerful and controllable racquet. Take control of the game with this racquet. Weight-165g.
E-Force New Bedlam 185 Racquetball Racquet
You can crush the ball back at your opponent with more velocity when using the E-Force Bedlam 185 racquetball racquet. The dual cylinder power zones in the corners stabilize the head of the Tri-Carbon frame for increased stiffness, more power and an overall solid feel at impact. Other features include the bypass string system that provides livelier ball response and the zero richter tubes that reduce string vibration.
E-Force Bedlam Lite 170 Racquetball Racquet
The E-Force® Bedlam Lite 170 racquetball racquet boasts a 170-gram extra-light frame for increased power, swing speed and maneuverability.
Check out the E-Force website.
Serious about your table tennis game? I mean are you REALLY serious about your table tennis game? If so, it might be time for the ultimate playing partner...a robot. The Robo-Pong 2040 robot captures your returns and recycles the balls, so you never have to stop playing. It also has an optional Pong-Master target game to hone your accuracy and consistency.
Included with the Robo-Pong 2040:
-Ball Thrower (w/Oscillation)
-Recycling Net System
-Side Net Extenders
-Rubber Tips Packet
-Full Size Control Box
-48 Orange 40mm Balls
Buy the Robo-Pong 2040here.
Eastbay.com and Amazon are both offering the Fila Men's Torneo IITennis Shoes in White/Red for $29.99. Even with shipping, this is a great deal if they have your size, these shoes typically run in the $79-$100 range.
The Fila Torneo IIis a beefed-up version of the original Torneo, with added support and stability. Built on a slightly wider last, this speed-oriented shoe focuses on lasting comfort, durability and stability. Excellent traction is offered thanks to the deep tread pattern on the Evergrind outsole. A substantial external heel stabilizing unit combines with the lightweight, perforated microfiber and mesh upper for out-of-the-box comfort. The heel, tongue, vamp and forefoot contain moisture-management airmesh for increased breathability. An abrasion-resistant toe guard covers the top of the toe area and extends down the medial side of the shoe to protect the upper toe from dragging. Dynamic and responsive cushioning is provided by a full-length Superaction midsole and insert in the heel.
January 6, 2008
Another great video review from Tennis-Warehouse is here.
Here's the What's All The Racquet Bottom Line:
-Added stability from its predecessors.
-A good choice for intermediate to advanced, aggressive all-court players
-Provides decent control and low to moderate power
-Light weight - again why it might be good for intermediate levels
Heard enough and want to buy it? Buy the Head MicroGel Instinct here.
We have some more pics from DowntheLine from the Hopman cup, this time featuring Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva:
And Serena Williams in 2 outfits:
If you'd prefer the wife-beater look Serena's sporting above click here for the plain 'ole white undershirt tank top.
Yonex Women's Summer Skirt and Tank Combo
Yonex Women's Summer Polo
Yonex Ladies Summer Dress
Yonex Ladies Fall Dress
Manhattan's Madison Square Garden will stage the next installment of the Roger Federer - Pete Sampras exhibition series. The pre-sale starts at noon TOMORROW, Monday, January 7. The pre-sale ends on Wednesday, January 10 at 11 a.m. EST. To purchase pre-sale tickets, visit Ticketmaster and use the promotional code "HPSHOWDOWN" in order to participate in the pre-sale.
January 5, 2008
Andy Murray won the fourth title of his career by beating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 4-6 6-2 in a low key final of the Qatar Open in Doha.
Racquet: Head Flexpoint Prestige
Apparel: Fred Perry
Shoes: Nike Air Max Breathe Cage
Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Have you made a New Year's resolution to get back into shape, or at least get your tennis game back into shape? I have, and luckily I live in Arizona. But if you live in a colder climate and you can't always get to or pay for indoor tennis, this is a great option.
The Bakko Indoor Free Standing Net is 12.5' wide and 7.9' high allowing it to fit in garages, basement, etc. with 8' ceilings, and the support feet project 4' forwards and backwards. This makes it perfect for winter practices for colder climates. Also preferred for driveways by those who do not like elevated nets.
I grew up in the middle of Pennsylvania and would have loved this thing - it sure beats getting frostbite on your hands hitting against your garage door...
Bakko Indoor Free Standing Net - $419
January 4, 2008
Bottom line, Balle de Match puts out nice, clean (usually) designs. You're not going to be wowed by their items, but if you're interested in well designed, interesting yet classic looks for your tennis apparel, Balle de Match is one to check out. 80% nylon, 20% spandex with Yip-Dry. A bonus, it has UV 40+ protection.
Balle de Match Women's Strawhut Tank at Do It Tennis for $19.99
The GV Special shoes, from the PUMA archive in 1982, are one of the cornerstones of PUMA's past. Worn by G. Vilas during his successful career, this style features a PU midsole for comfort.
January 3, 2008
The holidays are officially over. You've been pounding eggnog, chomping cookies, partying and enjoying delicious meals for the last month.
Now, its resolution time. It doesn't matter if you play tennis, racquetball, squash, platform tennis, badminton or ping pong - you won't be able to do any of these if you're woefully out of shape. And it doesn't matter the weather. Maybe you can't play the sport(s) you love, but you can certainly stay fit in the off season.
Want to tear the band-aid off all at once, painfully but effectively?
Then get into shape with Jillian Michaels kick-your-ass weight loss and fitness plan
Here is what I've used to get back into shape for tennis. Killer cardio, builds your calves and thighs, and boosts your foot speed on the court.
Harbinger Adjustable, Speed Jump Rope - 9 Feet
You have to have a good jump rope, and I personally like this one. Its fast and its adjustable so it'll work no matter your height.
Leather Weighted Jump Rope
Another great option is a leather jump rope. These are the ropes you see boxers using with such precision and speed. I used to have one and loved it. They aren't adjustable, though, so get one that fits.
Other Jump Ropes
Need something else?
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What about weight training?
The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Tennis
When I was growing up, we didn't do a lot of weight work as tennis players. Dumb. We were always told it would make us too big and inflexible. C'mon, do you know how much you have to lift weights to become that big? Either at the gym or in your home, weight training is one of the best things you can do for overall fitness, health and strength on the court.
We showed you some sketches of Sharapova's dresses for the Australian Open on 12/20/07, but thanks to DownTheLine we have the real thing.
The first pic is likely the day match dress, and the slightly more formal, pleated dress is likely for night matches.
Maria Sharapova Australian Open Outfits - FIRST LOOK
January 2, 2008
DownTheLine caught some pics of Maria Sharapova at the JB Group Classic in Hong Kong. Sharapova won, but we're really not interested in that. What we're interested in is the weird outfit. What's up with the leggings? It just looks like a practice outfit, not tournament match wear. If you buy a ticket to see Sharapova play, you want dresses, skirts and sleeveless shirts dammit!
Tomorrow is January 3, 2008...the long awaited day of the Iowa Caucus. We have officially kicked off the 2008 Presidential elections. What the hell does this have to do with racquet sports? As it turns out, not a whole lot. I went searching for footage of any of the candidates playing their favorite racquet sport. I only found one thing that I would like to share. It is a funny video of Mike Huckabee, Republican candidate for President, playing ping pong with an NPR reporter. While not the most compelling ping pong, Huckabee's sense of humor and the editing of the video make this pretty darn entertaining.
We will continue our search throughout the race. If anyone has any ideas, please let us know.
Check out the video here.
Check out Huckabee's campaign site here
Wilson Sporting Goods Extends Contract as Official Stringer of US Open
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The United States Tennis Association has extended Wilson’s contract as the Official Racquet Stringer of the US Open. The contract extension has given Wilson the exclusive on-site stringing rights through the 2009 tournament.
The Wilson Stringing team assembles every year in New York to string for the world’s best tennis players during the three-week event in Flushing Meadows. The stringing team is comprised of 14 world class stringers who fly in from 7 different countries to string for the Wilson team. In 2007, Wilson had a 15% increase in racquets strung (2,726 racquets) over the previous year. This increase is a testament to the quality service provided by the Wilson team.
The US Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, the most prestigious events in tennis. The US Open is held annually in late August/early September at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. In 2007, Wilson athletes Roger Federer and Justine Henin won the US Open men’s and women’s singles titles, respectively.
Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world's leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. Wilson's core sport categories include: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis). For more information, visit www.wilson.com.
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January 1, 2008
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Balle de Match Tennisland Running Short - On Sale
Dunlop, Fischer, Head, Technifibre & Volkl - All for $129.99
KILLER AFTER-CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE DEALS ON TENNIS GEAR
REALLY REALLY LAST MINUTE TENNIS GIFTS
REALLY LAST MINUTE TENNIS GIFTS
LAST MINUTE TENNIS GIFT IDEAS
HOLIDAY SALE ON TENNIS GIFT CERTIFICATES!
Buy a Head Airflow Racquet, Get a Very Cool Racquet Bag
HOLIDAY DEALS ON TENNIS STRING - Gamma, KLIP, Prince, Head
Closeout Alert - Balle de Match Skirts
Save $56 on a Head FXP Flexpoint Racquet
Holiday Deals on adidas apparel at Midwest Sports, 25-50% off
Tennis, Squash, Racquetball & Table Tennis Gifts - Delivered by Christmas!
Use PayPal on Shoebuy, get 40% off your order
Tecnifibre T Feel 305 - On Sale + $5 off Technifibre Bags
Balle de Match - CLOSEOUT
TENNIS STOCKING STUFFERS
Free Racquet Bag, 4-pack of balls & $.01 Shipping on Prince Ozone Racquets
A PERSONALIZED TENNIS GIFT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Great Deals on Champion Apparel
Free Shipping and $20 Off @ Footlocker.com on Tennis Gifts
HOLIDAY DEALS ON ADIDAS APPAREL & FOOTWEAR
2007 is a Record Year for Tennis According to USTA
17 Year Old Professional Tennis Player Kei Nishikori Signs Endorsement Agreement with Wilson
Wilson NXT 17 and NXT OS Strings Rated #1 - 2008 RSI String Survey/Member Choice Awards
Peter Burwash International and Prince Announce New Strategic Global Partnership
Jelena Jancovic to star in IFC documentary
Prince Captures 1/3 of the Top 10 Spots in 2007
Animated Holiday Card from Prince
Anna Kounikova K-Swiss Sponsorship & Ad Shoot
HEAD partners with Tennis Europe
Boris Becker to join European Poker Tour, Joins Team PokerStars
Prince Expands O3 Line - NEWS ALERT!
Prince Introduces Strung-Thru-Stringing System™ - NEWS ALERT
Team USA Wins Record 32nd Davis Cup!
More on the historic USA Davis Cup Win
Apparel, Footwear & Accessories
Yonex Fall Tennis Dress is a Welcome Surprise
Ame & Lulu bags at GiftItWomen.com
Nike Stocking Stuffers + Free Shipping
Holiday Bag from PUMA and Model Lydia Hearst
K-Swiss Men's Ultrascendor Mid Tennis Shoe
RACQUET JARGON - Texalium Technology
Tennis Jargon Watch - DNX Technology
Tennis Jargon Watch - Sensor Handle System
Prince Speedport in WIRED Magazine
Products of the Pros
Sania Mirza's adidas apparel - First Look
Sania Mirza signs with adidas
Nicole Vaidisova's Australian Open Outfit - First Look
Maria Sharapova Australian Open Outfits - FIRST LOOK
Anna Ivanovic drops Wilson, picks up Yonex sponsorship
When is a Nike cap worth $217?
Haas Picks up K-Swiss Sponsorship
New Nike Apparel for the 2008 Australian Open
Vintage Tennis Friday - Evonne Goolagong gets No. 1 ranking after 30 years!
Boris Becker Tennis Gear
Becker 11 (295 g & 325 g)
Becker V1 Oversize
Becker V1 Midplus Racquet
Boris Becker Sports his Signature Line at Exhibition in Germany
The Weekly Butt Cap - Head Shock Stop
The Weekly Butt Cap - The Generic Butt Cap
The Weekly Butt Cap - Dunlop
The Weekly Butt Cap - Prince Gold "P"
Ping-Pong & Table Tennis
Ping Pong, Maria Sharapova, Ellen Degeneres and the Ketler Stockholm Ping Pong Table
Chicago Olympians win National Table Tennis Championship Titles
PING-PONG TABLES FOR EVERY HOLIDAY BUDGET
Racquetball & Squash
Racquetball Gift Pack Deals
RACQUETBALL & SQUASH STOCKING STUFFERS
How to string a squash racquet
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