March 31, 2008
It was in with the old and in with the new this past month. Yes, I said "in" with the new, not "out," because there were a lot of great retro tennis items such as the Puma Guillermo Vilas GV Special, the adidas Tournament Pack, and the beginning of what appears to be a string of McEnroe/Borg spoofs. But there was plenty new to see as well, including the Spring Nike lines for Sharapova, Serena, Federer and Nadal.
More adidas Stan Smith styles - Sleek & Superstar Vintage
Vintage Tennis Fridays - adidas Tennis Pro
Adidas Tournament Edition Forest Hills
Vintage Tennis Thursdays? Perforated Stan Smith II
Vintage Tennis Wednesdays? Roddick Sports Vintage Lacoste for Photo Shoot
Vintage Tennis Fridays: Nike Air Tech Challenge II, Hot Lava
Vintage Tennis Fridays: McEnroe & Borg in Fake Marc Jacobs Ad
Aaron Krickstein Goes Retro at Outback Tournament
What gives? Puma Guillermo Vilas GV Special not in the US?
adidas Tournament Pack brings the tennis classics back!
Vintage Tennis Fridays: Ilie "Nasty" Nastase
Vintage Tennis Fridays: GrassCourt.com
New Spring Apparel
Serena Williams Nike Apparel for Spring
Nadal's Nike Gear for the French Open
Another Possible Nike French Open Dress for Sharapova
Federer's Nike Apparel for the Spring Season
Nike previews Sharapova's French Open threads
Balle de Match Women's Cap Sleeve Shirt on Sale
$20 off K-Swiss & Wilson Tennis Shoes for Spring
Superb Deals Going On at RacketMan.com
Tennis Grips on Sale - Head, Gamma, Prince, Tournagrip & more
Spring Tennis Buyer's Guide
Great Deals on Fischer Tennis Racquets
Deal Alert: $10 off adidas, K-swiss, Wilson tennis shoes
Products of the Pros
Janko Tipsarevic breaks out the breathing strip again
Maria Sharapova Ad Campaign Photos for Tag Heuer
Djokovic wins Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells
Ivanovic Wins Pac Life Open at Indian Wells
Ivan Ljubicic get custom racquet from Head, shoes from Li Ning
Bonderenkos sport K-Swiss threads at Pac Life Open
Maria Sharapova ties on OTZ Band Dampeners
Serena Williams helps HP launch limited edition laptops
Bethanie Mattek sports a retro tennis look
New Proshop Items at AndyRoddick.com
Periwinkle Blue, Sergio Tacchini shirt donned by Flavia Pennetta
Tennis Ball Machines, Hoppers, etc.
Lobster Elite 2 Ball Machine
Easter Baskets...Tennis Style
The I-SAM Model 1
Playmate Super Deluxe Tennis Ball Mower on Sale
The Tennis Tutor Ball Machine
Tennis Fashion & Apparel
TraciBag Tennis Bags - Racquet Bags with an Animal Attraction
Stella McCartney / adidas Tennis Dress
dTL Women's Tennis Apparel - Fashion Meets Function
Tacchini Does Turquoise
Lacoste Celebrates 75 Years with Spring/Summer 2008 Collection
Tennis News & Views
Prince Sport, Inc. - President of Prince Americas Doug Fonte Retires
Fila & Wimbledon Partner Up for Five Years
Thorlo gets consumers in on their marketing
HEAD Pros Continue to Win on WTA and ATP Tours
HEAD/Penn to Continue as Sponsor of Beach Tennis USA
24hTennis.com Launches Social Network for Tennis
Tennis Racquet Shipments up 42%
Luxilon and The Sony Ericsson Open Extended Their Partnership on a Multi-Year Basis
Wilson Open II - Lighter, Cooler, and Redder (is that a word?)
Fila Alpha Wimbledon shoe
K-Swiss uses tennis babes to sell sneakers
Don't miss your court time with the adiStar GT Midsize Watch
Dunlop & Fischer Tennis Backpacks
New Georgio Armani Tennis Racquet from Babolat
Random Tennis Stuff
Tennis Balls can help your clothes dryer work better.
Novak Djokovic Yo-Yo
Tennis Ball Chair
March 31, 2008
March 31, 2008
I'm not personally a watch-wearer on the court, but if you are, this is a good option. Stylish, sporty and lightweight. The adistar GT features a digital dial with 100-lap memory, shadow race mode, enhanced interval timer, touch sensor plate/button, world time mode and race calculator functions. It has digital movement and is water resistant to 100 meters. The strap is a black and sliver polyurethane with a polycarbonate and aluminum case. Styles are available for both men and women.
Check out the adistar GT watch here.
From Daily Racquet
March 31, 2008
We're digging the "conservative and feminine look" that Serena Williams is sporting with this season's NIke threads. Nice colors, clean design, classic looks with understated detailing. And the bow on the shoulder really caps off the look.
Check out Serena's Nike Volley Top in Lilac and Rally Skirt
From Tennis Served Fresh
March 29, 2008
Check out this "life hack" - putting tennis balls in your dryer to speed up and fluff up the laundry. Just toss a few in the dryer. Lifehacker notes some dissent in the idea, though, from "The Laundry Alternative" website:
"Some manufacturers recommend putting new tennis balls in the dryer to keep the down from clumping. However, the Soap and Detergent Association does not recommend this practice. The neon dye on the tennis ball could transfer to the down-filled item, or the tennis ball might not be able to withstand the heat. To avoid clumping, it is safer to periodically remove the item and shake vigorously. Adding clean, dry towels to the dryer load can also help."
Need tennis balls? Click here.
From Lifehacker; image from Life Hackery
Two new color-ways for the ever-evolving Stan Smith line - the Sleek and Superstar Vintage.
"The upper (of the Sleek) is composed of Brown leather, gold accents and brown satin. A very stylish and modern look. The Vintage Superstar which featured a vintage styled heel cap and a Black suede upper."
Interesting side point, adidas will also be selling matching apparel for the Vintage model.
Read more of WATR's coverage of Stan Smith sneakers:
Vintage Tennis Fridays - Stan Smiths
Stan Smith II - Camo
adidas Tournament Pack brings the tennis classics back!
Vintage Tennis Thursdays? Perforated Stan Smith II
Check out Stan Smiths of all styles here.
March 28, 2008
Balle de Match Women's Capfull Cap Sleeve
This is a classic cut shirt, with the Balle de Match edge - so its not stuffy or up-tight.
UV 40+. 90% poly, 10% lycra with Yip-Dry.
For $24.99, its a great shirt for the Spring tennis season.
Think breathing strips can help your game? Then check them out here.
From Tennis Served Fresh
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
The adidas Tennis Pro was originally designed for sand courts, believe it or not. This model was launched in 1979 for professional tennis players. It comes with leather upper that features extensive forefoot perforation and rubber outsole with pimpled pattern.
Check out the adidas Tennis Pro here.
It's about time in our opinion that Wilson gets a little more stylish with their kicks. They have one of the highest quality tennis shoes, but they always look so plain. The Open II is one of the best lightweight, cushioned, and breathable shoes around. We love the red, its time to make a non-white tennis shoe statement that isn't black.
"The direct-injected TPU Quarter Stable Wrap keep feet stable when moving laterally, important for the advanced player having to make quick changes of direction. Dual layer toe protection with Duratex adds durability while the 360 degree ventilation and perforated EVA sockliner help keep your feet cool."
Check out the Wilson Open II here.
From Daily Racquet
Just two days ago we posted about the Fila/Wimbledon partnership. Today, thanks to Tennis Served Fresh, we have learned about the Fila Alpha Wimbledon shoe and some new tidbits about the partnership. Some details about the partnership:
- The hard court shoes will be worn by the ball crew, the court covers, and all staffers of the Wimbledon Shop. Line judges are not included in this group.
- The grass court version of the shoe will be worn by all British players sponsored by Fila.
- Since this is only a footwear license, Polo Ralph Lauren will continue to outfit all the officials and staff. From the looks of the shoe, the two companies' products will find a way to beautifully coexist for the fortnight.
(photo courtesy of Fila)
March 27, 2008
The Pac Life champ just launched his official product line in partnership with adidas. This is our favorite, the Nole Yo-Yo. The products will all be sold via his website.
Image from novak-djokovic.com, heads up from Down the Line
We touched on the adidas Tournament Edition line back on March 13, telling you about the release of the adidas tennis shoe models that we based on the originals worn by tennis legends when they were competing. The first pair seems to have hit the market - the Forrest Hills (the namesake of a past site of the US Open). Premium white leather, metallic gold and a kelly green mid-sole with a suede toe cap.
Thank you SneakerFiles!
It looks like greens and olive khaki's for the world's #2 (#3 if Nolo keeps it up). As usual, it will be the Nike Dri-Fit Sublimated Sleeveless shirt and the Dri-Fit Capri (capris being something we're still on the fence about). On the footwear, Nada will be in the Nike Air Max Breathe Cage II in classic green/white/black metallic. And the obligatory wrist and headbands.
From Down the Line (images via tt.tenniswarehouse.com)
Classic, clean Stan Smiths, an icon of the sneaker world. This time with tan highlights and perforation everywhere, adding a little interest to the otherwise simple looking shoe. If you want these kicks, SneakerFiles says they'll be available soon at adidas Original retailers.
Here is one of the stills from the new Tag Heuer ad campaign with Maria Sharapova. In this pic she's holding her Prince O3 Speedport Pro White.
If you want to see all the photos, click here.
From Tennis Served Fresh, all photos from Fantasticus
March 26, 2008
Doug Fonte Retires...This Time Permanently!
Bordentown, NJ - March 26, 2008 - In the spring of 2005 Doug Fonte came out of retirement to help rebuild the Prince brand in the United States. A little more than a year later he added responsibility for Canada and Latin America and took on the title of President - Prince Americas. His timing was wonderful.
Prince had just launched O3 - the Company's award-winning racquet technology - and was in the early stages of its rebirth.
Today, with Prince on a positive upward path, he is going back into retirement, effective May 1, 2008.
"This time it's permanent" Fonte said. "Getting back in the tennis industry, contributing to the revival of Prince, working with George Napier (the Prince Chairman and CEO) and the terrific Prince team over the past three years has been a lot of fun and very rewarding, but now is the right time to let a younger generation take the company to the next level. Our brand is in great shape, we have several exciting new products and growth initiatives, either in the pipeline or underway, and the team is fully engaged."
Commenting on Doug's retirement, and the future, Napier said "Doug's a strong competitor, a clear thinker, and a good friend. Working with him the past three years has been really good for our team and a privilege for me. Although Doug is leaving his management role, he will stay connected to Prince as a consultant - through 2009 - and as a Prince ambassador to several organizations including the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center (AAYTE) in Philadelphia and the International Tennis Hall of Fame."
Napier went on to thank Fonte for his contributions and leadership and wished him much happiness in retirement. "I'm expecting to get a few more strokes when we play golf," Napier said.
As for the future, Napier commented, "I fully expect to fill Doug's role when the time is right. In the meanwhile I'm proud of the team we have in place at Prince - they are a terrific group of managers and leaders - and I'm looking forward to working directly with each of them...hopefully contributing something to their on-going, tireless pursuit of making Prince the best sporting goods company on the planet."
About Prince Sports
Prince Sports, Inc., based in New Jersey, is a recognized leader in game-improvement technologies and engineering-based, high-performance sports equipment. Since 1970, Prince and Ektelon have revolutionized tennis, squash and racquetball with innovations including "Oversize," "Longbody" and "Extender" racquet technologies, Natural Foot Shape footwear technology, Synthetic Gut String and Electronic Ball Machines. In 2005 the Company introduced its O Tech platform building the brand with O3 Original (2005), O3 Hybrid (2006) and O3 Speedport (2007) racquets which give players speed, stability and a larger sweet spot. Since then, the Company has licensed, under the O Tech trademark, its award winning O Technology to leading brands in other sports as a product performance booster. In 2006, Prince introduced M Series footwear with Precision Tube Technology, and in 2007, Prince introduced AeroTech apparel, an advanced technology based fabric system, designed specifically for players. Most recently, Prince added Viking Athletics, the leader in platform and paddle tennis, to its existing portfolio of racquet sports brands. Prince Sports has operations on three continents and distribution in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.princesports.com.
March 25, 2008
We just looked at what we thought might be Maria Sharapova's Nike French Open threads. We saw this number onTennis Served Fresh...could this be the one instead?
You can't cover Sharapova's new nike threads without also talking about Federer's, so here we go. I don't know where Down The Line digs this stuff up, but it never fails to impress, so thank you.
Looks like Fed will be sporting the Nike Sphere React Cool Polo in white + dark obsidian and the Dri-Fit Control Short in black for the Sony Ericsson Open.
For the European clay-court season, it will be the Sphere React Cool Polo in blue chill.
And the really interesting possibility, a lilac (yes, lilac) polo for Roland Garros.
From Down the Line
March 24, 2008
Serbia's Novak Djokovic ended the Cinderella story of American Mardy Fish yesterday 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to win the Pacific Life Open - his second title of the year after the Australian Open. Nolo is without question a force to be reckoned with, and definitely needs to be in the mix with Nadal and Federer in the rivalries.
Check out Nolo's gear:
adidas Edge T
adidas Barricade sneakers
Wilson K-Blade racquet
And my goodness, congratulations to Mardy Fish. He came up a little short in the finals, but beat Federer and Nalbandian, among other serious players, on his way to the final. Great play, great heart, good for you Mardy! And I'm sure K-Swiss couldn't be happier either.
Check out Mardy's gear:
K-Swiss Glaciator sneakers
Wilson K-Six One 95
K-Swiss Men's Reinforcer FL Crew
K-Swiss Men's Accomplish Court Short
Congratulations to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, who beat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-3 in the Pacific Life Open final yesterday. The win marks Ivanovic's sixth career title and the first one of this season. Ivanovic recently reached the finals of the Australian Open.
On a related note, the adidas threads Ivanovic wore in the Middle East are now available for sale.
Check them out:
adidas Edge Tank
adidas Edge Dress
adidas Edge Warm-up Jacket
adidas Edge info from Tennis Served Fresh
The least expensive machine that has spinning wheel propulsion and adjustable depth and height within the random oscillation. With random oscillation, its as close to a real point as you're going to get. The machine isn't heavy, but weighs more than some, 44 pounds, but it is on wheels for portability. It holds 150 balls, and its hopper acts as a protective cover. It offers a wide range of ball speeds and times, electronic elevation control to feed lobs, topsin and underspin. What's this mean? It means that you can simulate match play, throwing balls throughout the entire court left, right, short and deep. And it has a wireless remote control. Keep in mind, it is battery-only.
Lobster Elite 2 Battery Ball Machine
March 22, 2008
We can't talk about candy or any other Easter products on our blog, but we can talk about Easter baskets...tennis ball baskets that is. Here are some various types, sizes and prices of tennis ball baskets, depending on your needs. And they're all on sale!
HOAG 350 Ball Teaching Cart - $179
Holds 350 balls. A solid steel shank eliminates the easily breakable plastic inserts. Ball bearings on axles and casters are sealed to resist dust, dirt and clay. The chrome frame is welded together as one piece, requiring only the basket and handle to be bolted on. Solid one-piece welded frame. Black heavy-duty plastic coated basket and storage tray for holding racquets, lesson books and teaching accessories. Tray is recessed into bottom support arms, eliminating sharp corners and increasing storage capacity.
Racquets can be locked inside cart: handles fit through corner openings.
HOAG 100 Ball Basket with Lid - $44.99
Holds 100 balls. This basket includes a stand option that allows you to swing the handles down, raising the basket to waist level for ball access, and swing the handles up, lowering the basket for ball pick up. Hoag's patented design revolves around a "floating" center rod that moves as you pick up balls, eliminating bent wires and broken welds. The unbreakable basket bottom is constructed without welds, and bottom wires have plastic wear feet for added protection along the entire contact points (not just at corners like other ballhoppers).
TBR 85 ballhopper - $29.99
Holds up to 85 balls. Handle adjusts up to 5" to accommodate various heights of players. Ideal for use with teaching cart. Wear feet included for added protection.
TBR 45 ballhopper - $19.99
Holds up to 45 balls. Ideally sized to fit into a locker or car trunk. Detachable handle reduces storage space requirements. Attached lid prevents ball spillage.
March 21, 2008
It has been a big week for people who love retro tennis looks. SneakerFiles clued us into Nike's re-release of the Air Tech Challenge II to hit a handful of stores. The specific design is the "Hot Lava" colorway. If you remember, Andre Agassi wore these and the yellow colorway during his mullet and denim jean shorts days.
In the "wish we would have found this" category is a fake Marc Jacobs print ad campaign spoofing retro McEnroe and Borg stand-ins. The spot was produced by someone called Mr. Teller and features the rivals in various scenes. Click here for the full campaign.
Check out Mac Jacobs stuff here.
Check out McEnroe stuff here.
Check out Borg stuff here.
From Down The Line
March 20, 2008
We love retro tennis, as anyone who reads this blog knows. So we were thrilled when we saw that Aaron Krickstein, 80's American tennis pro, was seen playing with the Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 he had back when Reagan was still President. We haven't seen someone playing high level tennis with a racquet that dated since Jimmy Connors wouldn't let go of his Wilson T2000!
From Tennis Served Fresh
Peter Bodo sits down with Luby in a recent post in Tennis Magazine, talking about all sorts of stuff, among which is the situation with his racquet, apparel and shoes. Luby recently dumped his Babolat Pure Drivefor the Head Extreme, and he feels the stick is performing well. To get a racquet he felt good about he called the HEAD, and ended up spending 11 days there play-testing custom-made sticks. According to Bodo, the racquet has larger grommet holes, which give him a wider string pattern on his verticals (that is, there's a string closer to the side of the racket head on either side).
"Most days, I played with three new rackets, so over that period Head made about 35 new rackets before I said, 'Okay, this is it. This is the one I like.' I have to thank them, a lot. They were ready and keen on doing something for me, and it was fantastic to go to the factory and actually watch the rackets being made."
"This contract with Head is fantastic. It's one of the first I really felt this is what I deserve. In the past, it was nothing. If I was making money, it was just because I was earning bonuses (for hitting certain ranking and result benchmarks). I felt Head really wanted to invest in me, and I knew they were a serious company."
He's also hit a winning partnership with Chinese apparel and footwear maker, Li-Ning
"I said to them, guys, for me, good shoes is not good enough - it has to be great shoes. So they sent me to Belgium to one laboratory where they really measured my foot and did all kinds of testing until they could make perfect shoes for my body. It took them a month to make them."
From Peter Bodo's Tennis World via Tennis Magazine
An inexpensive but quality machine. It adjusts the speed of the balls and the time between shots, but doesn't have topspin or underspin feeds, and elevation control is manual. Only 29 pounds, it can hold 250 balls, and its ball hopper acts as a protective cover. Battery powered with an option to plug it in.
I-Sam Portable 1 Ball Machine
March 19, 2008
Alona and Katerina Bonderenko, both sporting their K-Swiss threads at the Pacific Life Open this week at Indian Wells. Unfortunately, Alona lost to Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, and Katerina lost early as well. But they are in the doubles action.
Check out Alona's top, the K-Swiss Empire Seam Top here.
Check out Katerina's dress, the K-Swiss Racerback Dress here.
Photo by Antonio Bernal via Tennis Served Fresh
Liz Horan at TIA wrote a piece recently about the creative and engaging marketing technique being employed by Thorlo.The campaign was conducted earlier this month, and Thorlo invited the public to vote on sock colors, among other things.
"We sent this e-mail to our database so our tennis consumers could vote on their favorite colors and help us decide which ones we take to market," says Tracy Harris, Thorlo's tennis market coordinator. "The information we get in the comments section will help us for 2009 Spring colors, too. We've already received a ton of feedback since the e-mail went out."
Check out Thorlo socks here.
We are very intrigued and interested in dTL Sport's (Down the Line Sportswear) women's tennis clothing. Functional, fashionable, unique styles, and affordable! What a novel concept!
We're no experts on women's fashion, but we know what we like. And we like designs that are flattering, unique (i.e. not the same old same old from the big apparel makers), and able to be worn during matchplay.
They are aspiring to enter a market that's dominated by some very powerful players - not the least of which are Nike, adidas and Reebok. Very smartly, dTL has taken a page our of the Tupperware book, facilitating what they call Courtside Parties, which are "informal gathering(s) at a home, business or even at the tennis courts after a match." Holding such a party allows people to earn credits towards future dTL purchases. Brilliant.
Thank you to Tennis News Blog for alerting us to dTL.
Check out the dTL website
Photo from dTL website
March 18, 2008
PBZ Zagreb Indoors: Sergiy Stakhovsky def. Ivan Ljubicic 7-5, 6-4. Stakhovsky plays with a MicroGel Prestige MP and Ljubicic plays with a MicroGel Extreme Pro.
Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Memphis: Robin Soderling, made it to the finals, and plays with a a MicroGel Radical Midplus. In doubles, top seeds Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and partner Mahesh Bhupathi of India captured their first ATP title together in Memphis. Knowles plays with a MicroGel Prestige MP.
Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco: Jose Acasuso reached the semifinals and plays with a FXP Prestige Mid. In doubles, Agustin Calleri, of Argentina, reached the finals with partner Luis Horna, and plays with a MicroGel Prestige Mid.
Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships: Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the finals, falling to Elena Dementieva, 4-6,6-3,6-2. Kuznetsova plays with a MicroGel Extreme.
Abierto Mexicano, Acapulco: Alize Cornet got to the finals and plays with a FXP Radical MP, had never passed a WTA quarterfinals until this week.
Read the full press release.
Back in 2005, we blogged about beach tennis (Did you say "Beach Tennis?"). Well, the tennis derivative keeps moving forward, and in fact has its own professional tour. HEAD Penn Racquet Sports and Beach Tennis USA have renewed their partnership for another year. Read the full release here.
24hTennis launched its social networking and information site for tennis players, parents, coaches, clubs and schools today. (Read the press release)
The idea is to enable tennis players, tennis fanatics and enthusiasts to keep in touch with each other and the tennis buzz of the day. As with any social network, you can share photos and videos, create personal groups and even maintain a daily, weekly or monthly journal using your blog or forum. It is running on ning, the social networking service.
This isn't the first tennis social network, however. Mesh Tennis has been around for a couple years now, in fact we blogged about it back in August of 2007.
Check out 24hTennis
According to the Tennis Industry Association, tennis racquet shipments (units) have increased 42.1% since 2003. The fastest growing segment within the category is youth racquets; shipments have increased 80 percent.
Check out youth tennis racquets here.
From the Tennis Industry Association
As Tennis News Blog says, "...the current trend in tennis apparel is now more than just something you wear when you play tennis. It is also about turning heads and looking great." I have no idea how well this apparel performs in actual match play, but it certainly is a beautiful design.
Check out Stella McCartney at adidas
Check out more adidas tennis gear here.
March 17, 2008
RacketMan.com is running a special on shoes and rackets. There are some really great deals:
Prince 03 Hybrid Spectrum MidPlus - $99.99
Prince O3 Hybrid Hornet MP - $99.99
Prince O3 Hybrid Spectrum OS - $99.99
Wilson n Tour Two 105 - $109.95
Men's Wilson Tour - $79.99
Men's Wilson Open - $69.99
March 16, 2008
According to Roddick's blog, his site's Proshop is chock full of new items - from posters to shirts to autographed items. The great thing, all proceeds benefit the Andy Roddick Foundation. We're not crazy about all the items - you'd have to be a Roddick fanatic to be into all the stuff - but our favorite is the Ladies Black T-shirt. It sports the logo of the Andy Roddick Foundation. Cool logo, nice t-shirt, great cause.
Or more accurately, Olivier Rochus does turquoise by Sergio Tacchini.
Want some Turquoise Tacchini for yourself? Here are some nice options.
Sergio Tacchini Men's Oto Sleeveless Crew
Sergio Tacchini Men's Oscar Polo
From Tennis Served Fresh
photos by Getty Images
Wearing a monogrammed visor and a sequined skirt, Bethanie Mattek is looking like she stepped out of a time machine from 1976. Nice work (at least better than that metallic gold number she sported last year).
From Tennis Served Fresh
photos by Getty Images
March 15, 2008
An affordable, value machine. Unfortunately, don't look for it to send you topspin or underspin. You can, however, adjust speeds and elevations, which is a plus. You can also program it to hit 4 different shots. It can hold 150 balls - enough to wear you out, and has wheels for easy movement. It has a chargeable battery and also can be plugged in, and it has a wireless remote control.
Check out Tennis Tutor ball machines.
March 14, 2008
We happened across GrassCourt.com and were amazed at the selection and authenticity of their products. They sell traditional apparel for tennis, squash, lawn bowling, yachting, and generally any other snooty sporting endeavor. So if you always wanted to look like Bill Tilden, this is your chance!
At the recent Fed Cup match between Russia and Israel, the Sharapova is reported to have taken several OTZ Band Dampeners for a test drive. She won her matches easily, so they must not have hurt!Read more at Women's Tennis Blog.
Check out OTZ vibration dampeners in yellow and black. or at their website.
March 13, 2008
I know it is a limited edition, and I understand Vilas may not be the household name in the U.S. like McEnroe, Connors, Smith or Ashe. But tennis fans know who he is, and those who love classic tennis kicks would love to get their hands on these special Pumas, which sport the year Vilas was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame on the back (1991), a photo of Vilas on the tongue, and a gold bull image (his nickname was "Young Bull of Pampas"). Read more at SneakerFiles.
Photo from SneakerFiles
Be still our heart...and be ready our wallets...adidas is bringing back five, count' em, five of their original tennis sneakers from the 1970s and 1980s. Of course, this means Stan Smiths and Rod Lavers. These classics are being reintroduced in their original silhouettes, which is indeed very cool, but we're even more excited about the other styles included in the limited-edition "Tournament Pack."
Included in the "pack" are the G.S. original (1981), Forest Hills Vintage original (1977), Stan Smith vintage original (1977), Nastase Master original (1976), and Rod Laver vintage original (1970). We covered the more current versions of the Nastases last week, but these are MUCH cooler. These are looks no one has seen in years, edgy but classic. Must haves, they don't make tennis sneakers like this anymore.
As far as we can tell, they're only available at Hanon Shop, but we will be on the lookout and would love to hear from other sightings!
From Sneakerfiles.com via Down The Line
March 12, 2008
Shoebuy.com is offering a Spring sale - $10 off purchases of $50 or more, plus free shipping, free returns and no sales tax - here.
Here are some of the tennis kicks we would check out:
Wilson Tennis Pro Staff Leather - a classic, but Wilson's shoes are rock solid, especially for hard courts. Goodyear Indy 500 Plus rubber outsole, polyurethane footbed with heel and forefoot pads, and full grain leather upper.
K-Swiss Ascendor SLT - The DuraFlow upper combined with lightweight EVA and TPU Cushion Board provide a lightweight yet stable shoe. Plus they have a high-abrasion toe guard and DragGuard so you don't wear the shoes out so quickly if you happen to be a toe-dragger like myself.
K-Swiss Ascendor SLT - DuraFlow upper combined with lightweight EVA and TPU Cushion Board provide a great lightweight and stable shoe.
adidas CC Feather III - This shoe is chock-full of funky-named technologies - the upper is made from adiTUFF®, ClimaCool® provides 360-degree cooling, the lining is ClimaLite® to wick moisture, the inlay is Perforated ClimaCool® sockliner for increased airflow and the midsole is 3-D TORSION® for best midfoot integrity. There's more but we're getting bored.
Check out the deals here.
March 11, 2008
Serena Williams shilled for HP this past weekend, helping them launch three new limited-edition computers with Imprint designs. The three designs include Verve, Thrive, and Asian Odyssey and were unveiled during Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week.
Check out the limited editions here, or if you'd like to see regular old HP Pavilion products, click here.
From Down The Line
March 10, 2008
Sick of chasing after practice balls whether your own or people you're teaching? And it only helps a little bit with baskets and hoppers, you still have to run all over the place. We feel your pain, which is why we're bringing the Playmate Super Deluxe Ball Mower to your attention. It has aircraft aluminum construction, and the arms fold in to push through doorways easily. Caster prevents tipping and scraping. It holds 350+ balls and weighs only 30 lbs.
And it is "Super Deluxe"...so it must be good! :)
Check out the Playmate Super Deluxe Ball Mower on sale here.
March 9, 2008
Lacoste's Spring/Summer collection was announced this week. It is designed by Christophe Lemaire, and pays tribute to the brands 75th anniversary. The themes of the collection are many and varied, to say the least. But we're sure they will stay true to the Lacoste brand of classic style and quality.
- Tonic - a theme full of "refreshing" colors
- Newport - the timeless elegance of a nautical theme, with black, white and the American flag colors.
- Club - a subtle colorful theme based on ageless patterns, noble materials and the golf wear spirit
- Memphis - washed monochrome colors inspired by romanticism of Memphis deserts (whatever that is...)
- Club 75th - refined patterns and the elegance of the 30's
- Active - symbolic Lacoste models with large crocodile embroidery, classic stripes and vintage spirit for clothes in the sports styles.
- Tanger - a sunny theme of warm spicy colours with subtle shaded colours reminiscent of Moroccan deserts and handcrafted pottery
- Tennis, Golf & Rolland Garros - themes for Lacoste champions in tennis courts and golf courses (does that mean I have to be Andy Roddick to wear them?)
- Club 1 - for women, this theme takes cricket style elegance and graphic patterns to renew the "Sport Chic" look
- Bermudes - for women, this line has delicate patterns, light materials and especially the soft monochromatic colors.
Check out Lacoste products here.
From IndiaPRWire via Down The Line.
March 7, 2008
March 6, 2008
Sometimes you need a bag that can carry your racquet and a change of clothes, but you don't want a big duffel. These backpacks will do the trick, they look great and since they're from Dunlop and Fischer, you know they're well-made.
Dunlop Aeorgel Backpack
Used by the Dunlop Tour Team players - great for a few racquets, books, footwear, or clothes. Its very durable racquet pocket will hold one racquet. The branding is in line with the Dunlop G-Series racquet line. It measures 11" x 19.5" x 12", there is a large main compartment, two accessory pockets and an Integrated shoe/wet pocket
Fischer Magnetic Thermobag Backpack
Perfect for a few racquets, books, footwear, or clothes. This very durable racquet pocket will hold up to 2 racquets. It measures 21" x 8" x 14", has 2 large main and 1 racket compartment, a mobile phone pouch, Integrated rain protection, 3D mesh material back padding, padded shoulder straps and a reflective stripe.
March 5, 2008
A "readymade" tennis ball chair. Its made from the chromed steel frame from the popular line of Galaxy stacking chairs by office furniture company GGI. The person who made this chair modified it by replacing the original cushions with a new seat and back made of laser-cut, high quality, quarter-inch oak veneer plywood over an MDF substrate. Each cushion has a grid of twenty-five tennis balls contoured to fit the body, trapped in place by the carefully sized holes in the plywood. All for a mere $400.
From bookofjoe via our friends at Super Cool Pets
March 4, 2008
Luxilon Extends Contract as Official Racket Stringing Service and Official String of Sony Ericsson Open
Luxilon has extended its contract as the official racket stringing service and string of the Sony Ericsson Open. Luxilon has been the official stringing service and string since the 2004 tournament, and is pleased to announce their continued commitment to the event with a new multi-year agreement. The Luxilon stringing team, consisting of 10 world class stringers from 5 different countries, will be on site stringing for the worlds elite tennis players for the entire two weeks the tournament is held.
"We are extremely pleased that Luxilon has extended its partnership with the Sony Ericsson Open and will remain the tournament's official string and stringer." stated Butch Buchholz, the tournament Chairman and Founder. Buchholz also added that "The Sony Ericsson Open is committed to offering the best in customer service to its players, guests and sponsors, and over the past four years Luxilon has consistently provided the highest level of service to our world class clientele. We would like to thank Luxilon for their participation at the Sony Ericsson Open. We value their partnership and look forward to their continued support of our event."
For more information visit the Luxilon website.
Check out Luxilon products here.
March 3, 2008
Babolat, one of the leading manufacturers of tennis products, announces the launch of the new EA7 Emporio Armani tennis racquet, marking the first time that Babolat has entered the world of sport fashion.
Babolat developed the exclusive new EA7 tennis racquet for Emporio Armani 7, the sports technology brand of Giorgio Armani. Branded the Emporio Armani by Babolat, the EA7 racquet is the perfect marriage of key technologies from Babolat, French specialist in tennis technologies and exceptional design from Emporio Armani, world famous Italian fashion designer. These industry leaders have combined their know-how into this prestigious tennis racquet resulting in the perfect balance of fashion and performance. This is the first time Babolat has entered this luxury market.
High tech materials and key technologies make the EA7 model a high performance racquet. With an aerodynamic structure, the EA7 racquet provides power with each stroke and a better penetration through the air. A lightweight racquet, the EA7 is maneuverable and appropriate for competitive players as well as club players.
"Dressed" by Emporio Armani in a white, silver and black color combination, this racquet will entice anyone with its design.
The EA7 Emporio Armani tennis racquet by Babolat is now available exclusively at Emporio Armani shops.
Spring is in the air, time to get your gear back in shape, including new grips. Here are some great deals.
Gamma Hi-Tech Gel for $4.99
Gamma Pro Wrap 30-Pack for $19.99 - a steal.
Head Pro Grip Perforated for $3.99
Prince DuraTred + Replacement Grip for $5.99
Unique Tournagrip 10-pk Original for $9.99, this is a great deal.
Volkl Super Grip for $3.99
Yonex Super Grap 30-pack for $27.99, another great bargain for 30 rolls of grip.
Spring is in the air - time to get your tennis house in order for another outdoor season! Here are our top picks across the tennis equipment spectrum.
Prince O3 Speedport Blue
The O3 Speedport Blue is one of the top 10 best selling racquets of last year. It is more aerodynamically refined than past models. And don't forget, it has the largest sweetspot Prince offers. Its a powerful stick, with an adjustable dampener that can be moved up and down the main strings at the throat. Its good for baseliners and net-rushers.
K-Swiss Men's Ultrascendor-Mid - We don't just like these shoes, we wear them every day to play! They features a Secure-fit Lacing System that provides exceptional ankle support. The comfortable, padded Achilles Support with heel-Grip lining grips the sock to minimize heel slippage. These features, combined with lightweight materials, work together to optimize support and comfort.
Head Women's Prestige Tennis Shoes
These are a new release from HEAD, and they're designed with lightweight, quality materials and top performance technology throughout. They have mesh windows bound by TPU to reduce weight and maximize breathability and a apecially molded TPU shank that encapsulates the heel for excellent stability. And the radial contact rings and pods provide superior traction and maneuverability. As with most HEAD shoes, they offer a 6-month outsole durability guarantee.
Dunlop Aerogel 6 Pack Bag - Two zippered main compartments for racquet storage or to keep clothes separate from equipment; Adjustable backpack straps and padded handle for easy carrying; Thermo technology to protect contents from heat; a handy accessories pocket.
Whak Sak The One Large Sak Red - a true carry all, the front has two individually zippered compartments that hold as many as four rackets. Dual magnetic closure pockets keeps your stuff easily accessible. And the extra large interior provides room for a change of clothes, shoes, whatever you need. In fact, there is a shoe compartment on the back as well. And our favorite feature - the magnetic, insulated, detachable beverage cooler that comes standard on all Whak Sak bags.
March 2, 2008
Tennis Equipment Deals & Offers
Instant $5 off Diadora tennis shoes
Prince women's apparel on sale
Big sale on Prince men's apparel
Deals on Tennis Shoes - Nike, KSwiss, Lotto, Reebok & Prince
50% off custom tennis racquets from Vantage
Prince Named Official Racquet, Ball & String of Nike Junior Tour
Prince Sports to Acquire Platform Tennis Leader Viking Athletics
Prince Sponsors Tennis Channel Open
Prince Tennis Asks Players to Show Their "O Face"
Prince Recoil Demo Movie
Prince Recoil String Finally Hits Shelves
Top U.S. juniors switch to Prince O3 Speedport Black
Prince O3 Racquets Capture Four of the Top Ten Best Selling Spots in Tennis
HEAD Introduces New Performance Tennis Footwear
HEAD MicroGel Prestige - Win the new Legend!
HEAD Continues Legendary Prestige Series
Wilson Finishes 2007 as the #1 Racket Brand, Again
5 Questions with Jon Muir, GM of Wilson Racquet Sports
Other Tennis Brands
Bälle de Mätch Gaining Momentum in Canada
Nike, Sergio Tacchini and Fila turning yellow this Spring
Get Fit for the Tennis Season - Go Running with Serena Williams
Tennis fitness products - Stretch your hamstrings
Finally a better water bottle to take on the tennis court
Finally pro-quality tennis bags from Head, Wilson, Prince & Dunlop
Random Tennis Stuff
Tennis debuts at the Academy Awards...Wii style
Could Andy Roddick beat the average guy in tennis with only a frying pan?
More on the Lacoste/Dental Practice Logo Battle
Tennis Strings & Stringing Machines
Hybrid Strings - Moving downstream to the recreational players
Prince, Gamma & Technifibre Stringing Machines
Mini String Reels from Wilson and Luxilon
Customizing your tennis racquet
Tennis Magazine's Best Gear for 2007
Ramy Ashour Wins Bear Stearns Squash Tourney
Need a new stick and like what Fischer has to offer? Of have you always thought about getting a Fischer racquet but never had the chance to get one? Now is your chance. We've found the best Fischer has to offer on sale, some as low as $49.99 and $79.99!
Fischer Beat TI
The Fischer Beat Ti is a sporty comfort racket for beginners and recreational players. Fischer Beat Ti is a perfect balance between weight and balance point for good ball acceleration and excellent maneuverability. On Sale for $49.99
Fischer GDS Vision
Part of the Comfort Series, this racquet is great for novices, recreational players and club players who appreciate maximum ball acceleration. With a 107 square inch head size and the Magnetic Speed Technology, the GDS Vision offers increased acceleration and power. The GDS, or Grip Dual System, offers less shock and vibration at impact resulting in a more comfortable, solid feel. On sale for $109.99
Fischer GDS Vision FT
The Fischer GDS Vision FT is an extremely lightweight racket with a fresh new design for the athletic woman. The shape and color of the GDS Vision FT is not only practical but sporty. GDS maximizes vibration dampening. On sale for $79.99
Fischer Magnetic Twin Tec Motion
The Fischer Magnetic TwinTec Motion features the ultimate in power and comfort in the Fischer Tennis line of racquets. Features include Twin Tec (twin tube construction in the shaft prevents vibrations reaching the grip area-offers maximum arm protection) and Dual Grip System (divided grip design decouples vibrations which reduces the shock of impact and completely eliminates torsional vibrations generated by off-center hits.) 112 sq. inch head size gives greater power, while lighter weight increases maneuverability. On sale for $99.99
Fischer Pro Tour SL
A new star. Perfection in sport and technology. The 100 sq. inch racquet with enlarged sweet spot for optimum control for team and club players. Its standard length ensures straightforward handling. Available in two weight classes (10.4 oz (UL) and 11.3 oz (SL)). On sale for $119.99
Fischer Pro Tour UL
A new star. Perfection in sport and technology. The 100 sq. inch racquet with enlarged sweet spot for optimum control for team and club players. Its standard length ensures straightforward handling. Available in two weight classes (10.4 oz (UL) and 11.3 oz (SL)).On sale for $119.99
Fischer Strike Ti
Part of the Club Series, this racquet is great for the all court player. The Fischer Stability System makes the sweet spot as large as possible and gives great stability. The perfect blend of power, comfort and control. On sale for $79.99
March 1, 2008
Yep, that's right, they use them to sell sneakers...how dare they! Just kidding, tennis babes have been around since tennis began, its about time someone made some hay with that fact. Now, the blog posts (here and here) were so wooed by the eye candy that they didn't see the shoes. They didn't see that Alona Bondarenko (shown above) is shown wearing the K-Swiss Classic.
OK, now that we've established that we DID notice the shoes, we have to go and stare at this ad...
Flavia Pennetta is the top seed at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico and reached the quarterfinals yesterday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over German Julia Schruff. But that's not what this post is about. What this is about are her apparel - a fitted polo-style sleeveless shirt from Sergio Tacchini. While a nice cut and shirt altogether, we particularly like the color...more specifically Down The Line's astute observation of "periwinkle blue."
If you saw our post just yesterday, this isn't DTL's first color catch - they saw the yellow trend happening as well. Looks like Sergio Tacchini is going the blue-ish route instead of yellow, and we think they've done a really nice job.
Check out all sorts of Sergio Tacchini apparel here.