May 31, 2008

May Monthly Roundup

Accessories

Adidas Products

Apparel

Babolat Products

Ball Machines

Footwear

French Open

Grips

Head Products

Lacoste Products

News

Nike Products

Prince Products

Products of the Pros

Racquets

Random Tennis Stuff

Squash Racquets

Strings

Tennis Babes

Tennis Balls

Tennis Books & Magazines

Tennis Equipment Deals

Tennis Videos

Tennis Websites

Vintage Tennis

Wilson Products

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May 30, 2008

The Champions Program Partners with HEAD Penn Racquet Sports

COLLEGE PARK, MD -- The Junior Tennis Champions Center, a not-for-profit junior development program located in College Park MD, today announced an official partnership with sports equipment leader HEAD Penn Racquet Sports. The three-year agreement will see Penn become the official tennis ball of the Junior Tennis Champions Center, and HEAD Racquets become an official program
racquet sponsor.

"HEAD Penn has consistently been one of the top tennis racquet and equipment manufacturers over the past 30 years," said Martin Blackman, Director of the Champions Program, "Our players love HEAD racquets, and Penn is a great ball. A partnership with an industry leader like HEAD Penn brings us one step closer to our goal of establishing our program as the best in the world. Whether it is on the court or in the classroom, our program is all about excellence."

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May 29, 2008

Prince O Series Performance Footwear Hits Shelves

prince o series.pngNew Line Delivers "Hole" New Look and Makes Immediate Impact at Tour Level

Bordentown, NJ - May 29, 2008 - Tennis players are continuously faced with equipment choices. When it comes to their feet, the right shoes can lead to better footwork, which leads to more wins. Over the past few seasons, Prince has brought to market some of the sport's most popular, high-quality footwear and now has more models among the top 15 best-sellers than any other brand*. Now, after months of exhaustive design and validation trials among competitive players, Prince is launching O Series and in the process is taking footwear to a "hole" new level.

O Series builds on the success of the original M Series line by delivering improved Precision Tube technology which rounds the tubes for maximum energy return - providing quicker acceleration and improved footwork. This second generation Precision Tube technology also provides greater shock absorption for a smoother, more stable ride. O Series is available in two versions: the OV1 for a slightly firmer ride while optimizing ventilation and breathability and the OC1 with lighter gauge Precision Tubes for a softer, more cushiony ride.

"Prince continues to succeed in footwear by understanding what tennis players need," said John Embree, President of Prince Americas. "Today, more players around the world are walking into tennis shops or looking online for Prince footwear. We are excited to introduce O Series as we look to bring the best quality products to players and continue to grow our footwear category."

O Series saw immediate on court success when Nikolay Davydenko, who is extremely particular about his equipment, decided to lace up a pair of OV1's for the Sony Ericsson Open after trying many other brands. Davydenko went on to capture the biggest title of his career - making for quite an on-court debut for the new line. More recently, at the start of this year's French Open, approximately twenty ATP and WTA players took to the red clay of Roland Garros wearing O Series footwear.

Both the OV1 and the OC1, for men and women and the OC1 for juniors are now available in the United States wherever Prince tennis products are sold.

Men's
OV1 - Black/White/Red
OV1 - Navy/White/Silver
OC1 - Black/Silver Red
OC1 - White/Navy

Women's
OC1 - White/Silver
OV1 - White/Light Blue
OV1- White/Navy
OC1 - White/Lilac

Junior's
OC1 - Black/Silver/Red

Pricing
- Men's and women's OV1 and OC1 - SRP: $110
- Junior OC1 - SRP: $60

"Players should be careful about what equipment they put on their feet since the right footwear can not only make the on-court experience more enjoyable, but can be the difference between winning and losing," said George Poulos, Senior Category Manager for Footwear at Prince. "Some players like to "feel the court" more than others. Some like a shoe with more ventilation. O Series provides options for players depending on personal preference. In the end, the shoe needs to fit perfectly, look great and enable players to achieve their best results."

Check out Prince Footwear here

*SMS/TIA survey data for Q1 2008

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May 29, 2008

French Open womens yellow top

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We're digging the Roland Garros Abilene women's yellow top. Contrasting black and white edging.Roland Garros printed on the front in black lettering. 100% cotton and a great cut.

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May 28, 2008

Hot Deals on Tennis String

Gamma ESP 16g
Gamma ESP 16g - $21.99 $15.99
Gamma Live Wire Revelation 17g - $14.99 $8.99
Klip Excellerator 16g
Klip Excellerator 16g - $19.99 $11.99
Klip Blast 16g - $11.99 $7.99
Klip Screamer 17g- $34.99 $19.99
Head RIP PerfectControl 16g
Head RIP PerfectControl 16g- $19.99 $13.99
Prince Premier with Softflex 17g
Prince Premier with Softflex 17g - $22.99 $12.99

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Tennis Equipment Q & A - How to grip a tennis racket

Q. How do I grip a tennis racket? How do I hold a tennis racket?

A: There are 4 widely used types of tennis racket grips.

1. Eastern Forehand Grip: Most beginners are taught this basic, but classic, grip. Start by placing your palm on the side plane of the handle on a parallel plane to the strings and grip the racket. Keep your wrist straight but not stiff. Hold the racket out to your side, even with the hip, and notice that the face of the racket is vertical but ready to tilt (by rotating your wrist) for slicing the ball. With a classic swing style, the Eastern Forehand Grip works quite well for hitting topspin, lending versatility to this grip style. It should be noted, however, that the Western and Semi-Western grips have become more popular among pros.

2. Semi-Western Forehand Grip: This grip style is replacing the Eastern Forehand Grip on the pro tour thanks to its ability to create topspin and return balls with a high bounce. If slicing the ball is what you're after, you may find this grip to be a bit uncomfortable. The reason is that the plane of the strings assumes a natural down angle because you grip the racket handle on the lower slant 45-degree bevel. This forces you to hit the ball farther forward and more sharply upward in comparison with the Eastern Forehand Grip, resulting in natural topspin. Look closely the next time you view a pro match on TV and you'll notice how much topspin the players put on the ball.

3. Western Forehand Grip: Looking for a really big down angle to the racket face to create lots of topspin? Try the Western Forehand Grip. You actually grip the racket on the bottom plane of the racket handle so you are forced to swing upward in a fast, sharp manner, far out in front of your body as compared with the Eastern Forehand Grip. Some drawbacks to this grip are the inability to hit the slice and extreme difficulty to hit flat. Also, hitting low balls is tougher than hitting high ones with the Western Forehand Grip.

4. Continental Forehand Grip: The Continental Forehand Grip takes your palm to the upper, rather than lower, 45-degree bevel (basically the opposite of the Semi-Western Forehand Grip). Rather than tilt down, the racket face will tilt up, making it easier to slice the ball but difficult to place topspin on the ball. One drawback is that hitting the ball flat means you have to meet it farther back, putting you in a weaker position. Given the prominence of topspin in the modern game, the Continental Forehand Grip is less popular on the pro tour than it was when the US Open and Australian Open, in addition to Wimbledon, were played on grass - the ideal surface for the Continental grip.

Do It Tennis

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Adidas Names a Line After Sania Mirza

sania_adidas_4677695.jpgAdidas is going to launch an apparel and accessories collection named after Indian tennis up-and-comer Sania Mirza - the aptly named "Sania Mirza collection" will come out under the 'adidas' brand. This is the first time that Adidas will globally roll out a dedicated merchandise line after a tennis star. The Sania Mirza line will include apparel, headgear, accessories, bags and sporting gear; and it will be targeted at consumers in the 15-27 years age group.

This could be a really big win for adidas is Sania continues to perform well I think.

Check out adidas women's tennis gear here.

From Tennis Served Fresh

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May 27, 2008

Nadal vs. Aliens Video for Kia

Check out this Kia ad. If you're a sci-fi geek you'll notice the Voltron references big time. Apparently Kia is recalling it's ad for containing some innappropriate content. I don't see it. The content is weird but I don't see it as inappropriate. Then again I suppose Nadal shoving his foot up the a#$ of a mini Nadal midget while transforming into a anime style super robot was a little over the top...

What do you think?

From NotCot.org

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The Latest Look of Lacoste

lacostelogo.jpgAt AndyRoddick.com, there is a blog post about his new Lacoste threads. Obviously written by a Lacost representative, or someone in Roddick's camp who doesn't understand how to communicate about clothing on the Web, there are no pictures. Yawn. Read the post

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French Open white poster t-shirt - Roland-Garros

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Who doesn't like a little artwork to go along with their tennis? We do.

Visit the French Open Store

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May 25, 2008

Tennisopolis - New Tennis Social Network

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We joined last week and have been enjoying the conversations, connections and general tennis-goodness. Check it out, join today and get into the community. Click here for more

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Chanel Tennis Racquet - Stop the Madness

We'll let Tennis Served Fresh decide whether Karl Lagerfeld is trying to kill us with his carbon fiber racquet. All we know is that Chanel has no business making tennis racquets.

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French Open green polo-shirt - Roland-Garros

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We like the earth tones, the embroidered, classic emblem, and the fact that its pique - you don't see too many tennis polos these days like that.

Visit the French Open Store

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May 24, 2008

What's All The Racquet's French Open Picks

The French Open starts today (may have already kicked off), here are my picks:

Women: Jelena Jankovic

Men: Roger Federer (yes, you read it right I said Roger Federer...I believe the bear has been poked one too many times, and with the new coach he's still the best player in the world)

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May 23, 2008

Sharapova's French Open Dress from Nike

nike-dress-paris08.jpgIt wouldn't be a grand slam without the Nike/Sharapova fashion show. Here's her new dress - its very nice, clean lines, classic. We like it a lot. Looks like Sharapova was on a bender the night before this photo was taken, but we're not complaining...

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From Womens Tennis Blog

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HEAD Re-Signs Tennis Sensation Murray

murray.png05/23/08 - Kennelbach, Austria - HEAD announced that the company has re-signed an agreement with tennis star Andy Murray. The partnership will continue through end of 2011.

The contract signing took place on May 20th in London with Executive Director of Global Sales Jeremy Sherwood in attendance.

Murray, who plays with the MicroGEL Radical MP, holds a current ranking of No. 11 in the South African Airways ATP rankings.

"I've enjoyed tremendous success on the ATP tour with my HEAD racquet," said Murray. "I'm looking forward to playing with the Radical for years to come."
Murray added: "I trust my racquet. HEAD produces fantastic products and is the most used brand among the top 100 players on the ATP tour. HEAD's technical competence fulfils the needs of today's pros and I look forward to continuing this successful relationship."

"HEAD is one of the most well-known tennis brands in the world and has a long tradition of success with pros such as Arthur Ashe, Guillermo Vilas and Andre Agassi. We know Andy will continue this tradition," said Johan Eliasch. "Pros like Andy help us continue to develop innovative products and strengthen the brand."

A native of Dunblane, Scotland, Murray began playing tennis at the age of three. The 21-year-old has five ATP titles under his belt, including recent wins at the 2008 Doha and Marseille championships.

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May 22, 2008

Retro Nike Air Tech Challenge II Set for June

nike-air-tech-challenge-2-clay-blue.jpgIf you liked the new/old Nike Air Trainers I posted about recently, you'll love these - Nike Air Tech Challenge II Limited Edition in White / Tart - Clay Blue - Granite. They're expected to release in June.

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From SneakerFiles

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Lacoste Ad Gives Us A Glimpse Into Tennis' Future

This is a very cool ad for Lacoste. Still pushing its 75th anniversary, they're launching a new "Lacoste Future" website which juxtaposes the old (Rene Lacoste footage) with the video below of what tennis might be like in 2083.

From DownTheLine

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May 21, 2008

New Pro Penn+ Features Encore Technology and LongPlay Felt

propennhead.pngPenn introduces its new Pro Penn+ tennis ball, featuring new LongPlay® felt for 25% longer wear* and 19% greater visibility*. New Pro Penn+ also continues to feature Encore Technology™ for a 33% longer lasting core*, making the ball play like new longer. This new innovation takes this popular, tournament-quality ball and makes it even more technologically advanced and beneficial for tennis players.
LongPlay Felt is Pro Penn's new felt that lasts 25% longer* than original Pro Penn. It also has a stain-resistant property, keeping the ball cleaner longer. A key benefit to the new LongPlay felt is that it plays exactly the same as original Pro Penn felt, but just wears longer - therefore maintaining all the positive properties that have made this ball a top-performer from Penn - America's #1 selling ball. In addition, this ball still features brighter felt for ultimate visibility on-court. You can see from the chart details below how LongPlay felt is longer lasting than original Pro Penn.

This ball continues to include Encore Technology™ - Pro Penn's unique core compound that uses a proprietary blend of natural and man-made polymers to limit ball softening. The core stays fresher longer and therefore "plays like new" longer.

"Penn continues to lead the market in innovation with the introduction of new Pro Penn+. We now offer the complete package of a ball that lasts longer from the inside out - from core to felt. The clear benefit to tennis players is to have the ball they know and love last even that much longer - through the most rigorous of lessons, practice sessions or tournament matches," says Jennifer Parker, Business Manager for Penn Tennis Balls.
Pro Penn has been the official ball of the USPTA for over 35 years and is the longest running endorsement in tennis history. Pro Penn+ will be available in July 2008 and will be sold exclusively at pro/specialty shops around the country. Penn continues to be the only tennis ball Made in the USA.

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Tennis Equipment Q & A - What string tension should I use?

Q. What string tension should I use?

A: Are you looking for more distance on your shots or more control over them? Generally, if you string at the lower end of your racquet's recommended tension range, the same stroke will make the ball fly farther. Adjust string tension according to desired effect. Low tension = deeper shots. High tension = shorter shots.

At any given swing speed, higher string tensions improve control. High tension = better control. Low tension = less control.

Do It Tennis

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Tennis Sees Big Gains in Participation

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, tennis participation in 2007 (as measured by playing at least once a year) is up 28.1% from 2003. In 2003 there were 9.6 million tennis participants, in 2007 there were 12.3 million.

From BusinessWeek

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Nike Air Zoom Tennis Trainer - McEnroe redux

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I am sooooo getting these.

I wore the originals back in the 80's, they looked a little different and weren't the most durable, but they were super comfortable and I loved the look. The next gen of these came out in 2004 and retailed for $110. These will be at $80 (nice) and it has Johnny Mac's face embroider on the tongue.

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The original is below:
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From SneakerFiles.com

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May 20, 2008

Prince PPI Program Crowns First World Team Champion

princertc.png05/15/08 - Bordentown, NJ - The inaugural Prince Plugged In (PPI) World Team Championships have come and gone and the first academy name is now engraved on the World Championship team trophy. In four years, the ground-breaking PPI program has revolutionized junior competition, training, education and overall development, by connecting nearly fifty of the world's most elite high-performance tennis academies into one seamless network both on the courts and on-line. Last week, for the first time in the program's history, Prince brought together five of the world's most elite junior training academies to Rome for a week of competition, training, education and cultural exchanges - a way for academies to measure themselves against other parts of the world and to truly determine which academy deserves the title "best of the best".

Competing were:

• United States PPI Champion: T Bar M Academy, Dallas, Texas
• Spain PPI Champion: Tenis Val, Valencia, Spain
• Italy PPI Champion: Club Sant' Agnese, Rome, Italy
• United Kingdom PPI Champion: Totally Tennis, Basingstroke, England
• United States PPI Runner-Up: IMG/Bollettieri Academy, Bradenton, Florida

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Self-Designed Black Knight Racquet and Ashaway String Help David Palmer to 4th British Open Crown

Palmer-BritishOpen2008Web.jpgAshaway, RI -- The fourth time was the sweetest for Squash great David Palmer. Confounding critics who said the 31-year-old Australian would no longer be able to compete for major titles, the fifth-seeded Palmer beat England's James Willstrop in an epic final to claim his fourth British Open men's squash title in Liverpool. The match proved to be one of the most dramatic in the 80-year history of the prestigious event and a major boost for the Lithgow, NSW, native, who had slipped from No. 2 to No. 6 in the world rankings after moving to the US with his young family.

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Wilson Thanks Justine Henin for Her Dedication and Success

Justine-Henin-0508.jpgFirst adidas, now Wilson - Henin's top sponsors say their piece regarding the retiring champion:

Top Wilson athlete, Justine Henin announced her retirement from the game of tennis and went out on top as not many can-- #1 in the world. On Wednesday, as Henin's abrupt departure suprised the tennis world, it only left an appropriate moment to reflect on a player who has no doubt left a mark in the history of tennis. Henin leaves with an exceptional record including 493 wins in her 10 year professional career, and 41 titles. There have been 7 Grand Slam wins: Australian Open in 2004, French Open in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and the US Open in 2003, 2007.

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Another Nike Classic Variation - Sweet Perforated White/Black

nike-sweet-classic-perforated-wht-blk-4.jpgLight, lets your foot breath, and a clean look. Very nice.

From SneakerFiles.com

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Youth Tennis Apparel: LMT Boys Tennis Shorts

Lots of colors (White, Black, Navy, White with Black Side Stripes, White with Navy Side Stripes) and 100% micropoly. These short rock - I want a pair for adults!


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May 19, 2008

Nike Sportswear (NSW) Tshirt

NSWt-shirt.jpgCool Hunting clued us in on this cool Nike t-shirt. It is double layered--Nike's high tech Dri-Fit is used on the inside to wick away sweat and odor and 100% organic cotton on the outside. The logo is "soft-hand inks" that will become softer and more comfortable with each washing. And it has a new cut provides a modified more comfortable fit. Good fit, cool materials, better technology...what could be better?

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May 18, 2008

AG 602F Tabletop Racquet Stringer w/ Floating Clamps

ag tabletop2.jpgLast week we covered the AG 601F Tabletop Stringer, so we thought it might be useful to see just a slightly more advanced version, the AG 602F as well.

The 602F has a professional mounting and clamping system (the same that AG provides on its floor models), a 6-point mounting system, universal v-shaped side supports, an adjustable head and throat mounting posts. They are throwing in free AG string with this machine as well. with the AG 601F Tabletop Stringer it was $50 worth, with the 602F its $70. Not bad.

Check out the AG 602F Tabletop here.

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May 16, 2008

Vintage Tennis: Nike Classic Panda

fragment-nike-tennis-classic-panda-pack-main.jpgRecently, Southeast China was hit with a major earthquake, leaving many injured and killed. To help restoring the areas destroyed and help with the bills, the Fragment x Nike Tennis Classic Panda Pack will be auctioned off, with the proceeds helping victims due to the earthquake. No date has been announced yet.

From Sneakerfiles

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Vintage Tennis Friday - Nike Classic Woven

tenniswoven.jpgThese are more "classic" than "vintage," but who cares? We like them.

From SneakerFiles:


Earlier this month, a collaboration between Nike and Fragment Design was previewed along with a few other styles.

Here's a look at the latest pack which consists of two different Tennis Classic Premiums featuring a woven upper. Both sport the woven design on the toe box and tongue. Release is slated for May 17th at Atmos.

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Adidas Tennis TC - White / Black / Light Blue / Grey

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Youth Tennis Apparel: LMT "Play Tennis" T-shirt

Little boys and young kids alike, all want to look like the 'big boys on the professional tour', and this sporty cotton t-shirt allows them to do just that. The t-shirt is 100% cotton and comes in Boys sizes: XS(6x-7), S(7-8), M(8-10), L(10-12), XL(12-14)
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May 15, 2008

adidas will continue to keep Justine Henin on their sponsorship roster even after retirement

From an e-mail to TSF from the Sport Performance division:

adidas would like to wish the WTA World Number One all the best in her future endeavors.

adidas has been side-by-side with Justine Henin since 2003 during which time she won seven Grand Slams, including a record-equalling four French Open titles at Roland Garros, and Olympic Gold in Athens.

Justine Henin has been an outstanding player for adidas Tennis and will remain an ambassador of the adidas brand, continuing to inspire and enable young athletes worldwide.

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New Power Loaded Racquet Technology from HEAD

Head_CrossBow_10_6.jpgPHOENIX, AZ (May 14, 2008)-- HEAD Penn Racquet Sports, one of the industry leaders in forward-thinking racquet design and technology, has launched its latest revolutionary technology: CrossBow. This Power Loaded technology features the world's first and only dynamic bridge racquet construction.

The new CrossBow Technology will be found in five new racquets from HEAD for the coming season, including the CrossBow 10, the CrossBow 6, as well as the next-generation of Airflow racquets designed for women including the Airflow 7, Airflow 5, and Airflow 3.

Power loaded for players with shorter more compact swings, CrossBow Technology features a bridge suspended from the frame that moves independently, allowing the racquet to store energy in both the stringbed and the bridge. The two-piece design acts like a spring or bow that is loaded during ball impact and is released as the ball accelerates off the stringbed for maximum power.

"With the CrossBow technology, a new-found energy is unleashed in every shot, which provides incredible power to the player," said Kevin Kempin, vice president of sales and marketing for HEAD Penn Racquet Sports.

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The CrossBow lines will also include HEAD's newly re-designed stabilizer to eliminate racquet vibration, resulting in some of the most comfortable racquets available today.

CrossBow also uses 10 main strings though the bridge, offering a larger sweetspot than is found on conventional fixed-bridge racquets.

The new CrossBow Technology will be available in the following racquets:

CrossBow 10: The lightest and most powerful CrossBow
racquet offers optimal maneuverability for superior
performance.

CrossBow 6: A powerful, evenly balanced racquet with
great pick-up feel appealing to a large range of players.

Airflow 7: The most powerful Airflow racquet incorporating
CrossBow Technology is lightweight with perfect balance.

Airflow 5: An oversized, lightweight racquet with the perfect
balance of power and control complete with CrossBow
Technology.

Airflow 3: Offering extra control for longer swing styles, the
Airflow 3 is perfectly balanced for excellent maneuverability.

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TennisRAQ Makes Holding Your Tennis Balls Easier and Better Looking

tennisraq.jpgWe can't remember exactly where we first learned of TennisRAQ, by BodyStyles, but it seemed like something we ought to cover.

Basically, its a neoprene belt that holds practice balls. You wear it around your waist while you play, and in the back there are three pockets to hold tennis balls.

It's sleek, slimming, extremely comfortable, you won't even realize you're wearing it during play, and it looks fantastic. With all of the great colors available, you'll definitely be able to find something that complements your favorite outfit.

tennisraq2.jpgHmmm...I think its a better option that the odd, plastic, single ball holder used by many lady club players. However, it seems to me that the TennisRAQ would be awfully hot. Also, while its better than some other ball-holding accessories, it still makes you look like you have a tumor sticking out of your back.

For holding tennis balls during play, we prefer (1) pockets if you're wearing shorts (if its good enough for the pros, its good enough for us, or (2) if you're a lady, tucking the extra ball into the elastic of your tennis panties (plus it is generally nicer for the men to watch).

They have a FAQ if you have further questions...I know I do...

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Prince PPI Program Crowns First World Team Champion in Rome, Italy Heads to Tulsa for PPI All-American Individual Championships

Revolutionary Junior Program Set to Showcase U.S Talent in front of Division I Coaches

Bordentown, NJ - May 15, 2008 - The inaugural Prince Plugged In (PPI) World Team Championships have come and gone and the first academy name is now engraved on the World Championship team trophy. In four years, the ground-breaking PPI program has revolutionized junior competition, training, education and overall development, by connecting nearly fifty of the world's most elite high-performance tennis academies into one seamless network both on the courts and on-line. Last week, for the first time in the program's history, Prince brought together five of the world's most elite junior training academies to Rome for a week of competition, training, education and cultural exchanges - a way for academies to measure themselves against other parts of the world and to truly determine which academy deserves the title "best of the best".

Competing were:

· United States PPI Champion: T Bar M Academy, Dallas, Texas
· Spain PPI Champion: Tenis Val, Valencia, Spain
· Italy PPI Champion: Club Sant' Agnese, Rome, Italy
· United Kingdom PPI Champion: Totally Tennis, Basingstroke, England
· United States PPI Runner-Up: IMG/Bollettieri Academy, Bradenton, Florida

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May 14, 2008

Lobster Tournament Electric Ball Machine

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This machine is more akin to the ball machines I grew up with - the pneumatic tube that acts as a tennis ball cannon, and enough ball storage to make you beg for mercy if you try and finish them all yourself.

Without question, this is a little clunkier in design that some other models, especially the Lobster Elite Grand Slam, Lobster Economy, or the Playmate Ace, this is a workhorse of a ball machine, and would serve any player/coach quite well.

Check out the Lobster Tournament Ball Machine.

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Penn Introduces New Pro Penn+

headpennball.jpgPHOENIX - May 12, 2008 -- Penn introduces its new Pro Penn+ tennis ball, featuring new LongPlay® felt for 25% longer wear* and 19% greater visibility*. New Pro Penn+ also continues to feature Encore Technology™ for a 33% longer lasting core*, making the ball play like new longer. This new innovation takes this popular, tournament-quality ball and makes it even more technologically advanced and beneficial for tennis players.

LongPlay Felt is Pro Penn's new felt that lasts 25% longer* than original Pro Penn. It also has a stain-resistant property, keeping the ball cleaner longer. A key benefit to the new LongPlay felt is that it plays exactly the same as original Pro Penn felt, but just wears longer - therefore maintaining all the positive properties that have made this ball a top-performer from Penn - America's #1 selling ball. In addition, this ball still features brighter felt for ultimate visibility on-court. You can see from the chart details below how LongPlay felt is longer lasting than original Pro Penn.

This ball continues to include Encore Technology™ - Pro Penn's unique core
compound that uses a proprietary blend of natural and man-made polymers to limit ball softening. The core stays fresher longer and therefore "plays like new" longer.

"Penn continues to lead the market in innovation with the introduction of new Pro Penn+. We now offer the complete package of a ball that lasts longer from the inside out - from core to felt. The clear benefit to tennis players is to have the ball they know and love last even that much longer - through the most rigorous of lessons, practice sessions or tournament matches," says Jennifer Parker, Business Manager for Penn Tennis Balls.

Pro Penn has been the official ball of the USPTA for over 35 years and is the longest running endorsement in tennis history. Pro Penn+ will be available in July 2008 and will be sold exclusively at pro/specialty shops around the country. Penn continues to be the only tennis ball Made in the USA.

www.pennracquet.com

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DecoTurf Chosen for NCAA Division I Tennis Championships

decoturf.pngAndover, MA, May 2008 -- DecoTurf, the most recognized tennis court surfaces in the world, is pleased to announce that this year's NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships will be played on DecoTurf tennis surfaces.

This year marks the second time that the University of Tulsa has hosted NCAA championship tennis at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in the last five years. The Center's 12 outdoor and 6 indoor courts are all surfaced with DecoTurf and DecoColor tennis surfaces.

"DecoTurf is proud to be the tennis surface of choice for the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, and excited to be a part of the competitive energy and spirit that is the NCAA Men's Division I Championship," says John Graham, Managing Director of Decoturf

DecoTurf's multi-layer cushion tennis surface has been selected for use at the world's most prestigious events including the US Open since 1978, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches, and at many of the finest facilities around the world. DecoTurf tennis surfaces are Court Pace Rating classified by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). DecoTurf has authorized applicators around the globe that are trained to install the surface that is known for its consistent speed of play, true ball bounce, durability, low maintenance, vibrant long lasting colors, and overall customer value.

www.decoturf.com

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Tennis Equipment Q & A - How do you rate the best tennis racket strings?

Q. How do you rate the best tennis racket string?

A: With over 450 different types of string on the market, the average tennis player doesn't know where or how to begin the search for the best tennis racket string. Choosing the wrong string type and inappropriate tension can make a $250 racket feel like a wooden club even to the most skilled of players. Here is a breakdown of the most common types of strings available:

Natural Gut: The undisputed champion of tennis strings. Gives both power and feel. Good choice for injury prevention and vibration dampening. Retains performance as it wears though is vulnerable to the ill effects of moisture.

Synthetic String with Solid Core: Offers a wide range of playability, power, or control. Its low cost is an attractive feature to players who go through lots of string.

Synthetic String with Multifilament Construction: Offers the most performance for the money. Aims to replicate natural gut at a much lower cost. Natural vibration dampening is a characteristic as it minimizes arm and wrist fatigue. Use these with textured surfaces for increased spin capability.

Polyester and Polyester Hybrid String: Excellent durability and power. Can be hard on the arm, however. Frequently used as the mains in a hybrid set-up.

Do It Tennis

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May 13, 2008

Kournikova re-launches website/social network

Anna Kournikova and SportsMates, Inc., a sports social network, today announced the relaunch of Kournikova.com, Anna's official website. Visit Kournikova.com
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Youth Tennis Apparel: LMT Boys Classic Tennis Polos

Made of 100% tech micropoly, and available in both Little Boy's and Boy's sizes, these polos will make your munchkin the fashion plate of the local tennis club.

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May 12, 2008

AG 601F Tabletop Racquet Stringing Machine

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This is a minimalist stringer - if you want your own stringing machine but don't want to spend too much money or take up your whole garage, this is a good option.

It has a 2-point mounting system, universal v-shaped side supports which allow it to handle all racquet types and prevents frame damage, adjustable head and throat mounting posts (so you don't need any adaptors), 2 Le Clamps included, 360 degree roation, and a linear ball gripper.

Bonus: You get $50.00 in AG String and an awl automatically included if you get it through Amazon. Check out the AG 601F.

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May 9, 2008

Vintage Tennis Friday, Part Deaux - Rene Lacoste 75th Anniversary Sneaker Pack

renelacoste.jpgWhile we don't think the famed member of the Four Musketeers, Rene Lacoste, wore brightly colored sneakers, we appreciate the thought Lacoste has put into their Rene Lacoste sneaker pack to mark the company's 75th anniversary. The pack has six different single-colored sneakers named after the founder, Jean Rene Lacoste. According to SneakerFiles, each sneaker will retail around $75 - yikes, for canvas sneakers? The power of branding!

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Vintage Tennis Friday: Adidas Rod Laver Low Weave Black / White

adidas-rod-laver-low-weave-blk-wht-1.jpgAnother new take on a classic, this pair of adidas Rod Laver's features a black and white color scheme. And like all Rod Laver's, they are mesh, so they breath. SneakerFiles.com tells us we should be able to get them at a local adidas retailer.

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May 8, 2008

Harrison Brothers Choose Babolat Racquets and Strings for Next Four Years

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for babolat.jpg05/07/08 - Lyon, France - Babolat, one of the leading manufacturers of tennis products, today announces Ryan Harrison and Christian Harrison have chosen to use Babolat racquets and strings for the next four years. Babolat has had a relationship with the Harrison brothers since 2004, having provided racquets and strings to Ryan in 2005 and 2006, and to Christian from 2005 to present.

Ryan Harrison (age 15) and Christian Harrison (age 13) have signed an international agreement with Babolat that assures they will be equipped with innovative Babolat tennis products through 2012. Jean-Christophe Verborg, Babolat International Sports Marketing Manager commented, "The fact that they wanted a long-term agreement instead of the standard one-year contract shows the confidence they have in the Babolat brand. We're very happy to have them as a part of Team Babolat."

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Wilson Grows #1 Market Share in 2007

Thumbnail image for wilson.png05/08/08 - Wilson Racquet Sports has continued to grow its market share in 2007 to continue its leadership as the clear #1 racket brand.

According to the latest year to date (SMS) survey, Wilson's market share has increased to over a 31% unit share of performance rackets in 2007 with 7 of the Top 12 selling rackets ytd 2007 in dollar sales as well. In addition, SMS shows that Wilson continues to lead in the following areas for 2007:

• #1 in Unit Sales
• #1 in Unit Share
• #1 in Dollar Sales
• #1 in Dollar Share

In addition, Wilson's [K]Six.One 95 is the #1 selling new racket for combined head sizes, that began shipping in 2007. Wilson also had 4 of the Top 7 "Hot New Rackets," a notable distinction, as this list measures the impact of new models that have only been shipping over the last 12 months. While these numbers are a testament to how [K]Factor has greatly impacted Wilson's strong growth, the numbers also speak to the ongoing strength of nCode, with Wilson now having a 36.9% unit market share in rackets selling between $100 - $149, where nCode is primarily positioned.

Wilson is also the #1 tennis brand globally in market share, with Europe and Asia also reflecting strong growth behind [K]Factor. In Japan, the second largest tennis market behind the USA, Wilson is also #1 in share in both units and dollars, and the
[K]Six.One 95 is the top selling racket to date for 2007. (Yano data, Jan/Feb. 2007).

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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May 7, 2008

Tennis Equipment Q & A - What's the history of wooden tennis rackets?

Q. What is the history of wooden tennis rackets?

A: Early racquets date back to the 14th and 15th centuries and were used in games that resembled squash more than modern-day tennis. The heads of these racquets were more oval in shape and smaller than today's racquets, and the handles were very long. The game of tennis as we know it today and its equipment got started in the late 19th century in London, England. In 1874, Major Walter C. Wingfield patented the rules and equipment for a tennis game played outdoors on grass lawns. From 1874 to 1967, tennis rackets were made of wood and did not change very much in design, though their construction improved dramatically.

Rather than craft a tennis racket out of large pieces of wood, lamination allowed racket makers to glue layers of wood together. The wood tennis rackets of the period were heavy (many weighed in at an impressive 14 ounces), lacked maneuverability (thanks to their weight and balance) and were low in power (the head size was only 65 sq. inches).

Then came the T2000 from Wilson in 1967 and everything changed. Starting with aluminum and then switching over to today's composites of graphite, carbon fiber and titanium, rackets have never been the same. In 1976 Prince came out with the Prince Classic, distinguished for its light weight, oversized head, bigger sweet spot, higher power and general playability, especially for beginners and intermediates. This essentially marked the end of the age of wooden rackets, as aluminum and high-tech composites took over the industry as the materials of choice. But hold on to those old wooden tennis racquets you have lying around the attic, they may be worth some money as an antique.

Courtesy of Do It Tennis

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May 6, 2008

Tennis is still the fastest growing traditional sport

According to the Tennis Industry Association:

Tennis participation has grown 12.2 percent from 2000 to 2006, according to the SGMA's Sports and Fitness Participation Report (2007). The only other sports to grow were golf (2.4 percent) and football (2.1 percent).

More than 25 million people played tennis in 2007, which is the first time that threshold has been broken since the 1990s, according to the TIA/USTA Participation Study. And, play instances are up among frequency of players.

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Lobster Elite Grand Slam IV Ball Machine

lobster-elite-grand-slam-iv-ball-machine.jpgThe Elite Grand Slam IV is a really nice, advanced battery operated portable tennis ball machine.

Features include:


  • Fully Random Oscillation Revolutionary design allows the machine to throw balls throughout the entire spectrum of the court mixing up speed, spin, trajectory and oscillation.

  • 2-Line Function Offers the most extensive 2-Line function found today with its three versatile positional settings; Narrow, Medium, and Wide.

  • Pre-Programmed Court Drills Equipped with three pre-programmed six shot drills that simulates the most popular styles of play - grinder, all courter, and power baseliner, these incredible drills mix up speed, trajectory, and spin.

  • Digital Control Panel & Wireless Remote Control Comes equipped with a digital control panel and optional 15-function wireless remote control. The control panel utilizes "touch-buttons" and has a digital LCD screen which allows you to view all menu selections and settings. The compact controller provides instantaneous changes in functionality like; play/pause, oscillation sweep, fully random, 2-line, speed, feed, spin, and much more.



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  • Oscillation: random horizontal, random vertical, fully random horizontal & vertical

  • Two-line function: 3 settings: narrow • medium • wide

  • Programmed drills: 3 drills: grinder • power baseliner • all-courter

  • Ball speed: 30-80 mph

  • Ball capacity: 150

  • Feed rate: 2 to 12 seconds

  • Battery Life on Court: 4-8 hrs

  • Elevation: Electronic, 0-50 degrees

  • Weight: 44 lbs

  • Spin: topspin & backspin

Lobster Elite Grand Slam IV Ball Machine

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May 5, 2008

Babolat Extends Aero Storm and Pure Storm Ranges

Thumbnail image for babolat.jpg05/02/08 - Babolat, one of the leading manufacturers of tennis products, announces the launch of two new expert tennis racquets, Babolat Pure Storm Limited and Babolat Aero Storm 2008 as well as the relaunch of the Babolat Aero Storm Tour.

The new Babolat Pure Storm Limited is a mid-size racquet designed to meet the needs of experienced players with a wide, fast swing. Expert players will appreciate the accuracy and stability offering total control. Babolat has also extended the Aero Storm range to include the mid-plus Aero Storm 2008, a newer, lighter version of the Aero Storm 2007 model. In keeping with the Babolat naming convention, the Aero Storm 2007 model is being relaunched as the Aero Storm Tour indicating that it is the heavier version in this range. Both racquets are designed for well-rounded expert players with a full swing, who master a wide variety of tactics with technical expertise.

Olivier Bailliard, president and CEO of Babolat USA commented, "Babolat has been a leader in the expert tennis racquet segment providing innovative products for serious players. These new control racquets complete the Babolat offering for experts." The Babolat Pure Storm Limited, Babolat Aero Storm 2008 and Babolat Aero Storm Tour will be available in tennis specialty stories starting April 2008.

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Book Review: Jimmy Connors Saved My Life

PhotobucketThere are books about tennis that teach you how to hit a forehand. There are books about tennis that teach you how enhance your mental toughness. There are books about tennis that report the inside scoop of the pro tour. And there are biographies about tennis players. Then there is "Jimmy Connors Saved My Life," which is part biography, part history book, part memoir and part self-help book, but ALL good.

Full disclosure, I grew up loving Jimmy Connors. He's still my all time favorite. But I can honestly say that the author, Joel Drucker, did not sugar-coat this most fascinating character in the American tennis tapestry. Connors is not a saint, in fact, Peter Bodo called him "that American barbarian" just recently. Barbarian is a little overstated, and shows the bitter disdain Bodo feels for Connors after all these years, but we understand his point.

For the first few chapters, I was a little iffy on the tome - it seemed a little too forced how Drucker was weaving his life into Jimbo's career. And I still think it may be a hair too much at times. However, as it went on it made more and more sense and I liked the intermingling more and more. There is a lot about Jimmy's odd relationship with his mother and grandmother. While the oedipal analysis is interesting, its not what I enjoyed about the book per se.

Here is what you can expect, and why I loved this book:

1) By the time I was watching tennis in a meaningful way, Connors was past his bad boy days and well into the days when he was the happy warrior and crowd favorite. You get plenty of this era in the book, but you get even more of the earlier days, which was a great history lesson. From the days playing doubles with Ilie Nastase to dating Chris Evert, to the Prince Valiant haircut. You'll get it all in amazing Technicolor.

2) Related to #1, you get to see in clearer focus where Connors stood amongst the generations of tennis - starting with Rosewall, Laver, Ashe and Newcombe, going through Borg and Vilas, then McEnroe and finally Lendl. You don't realize Connors' range, not to mention, you get to relive some of the great matches in tennis history, like the 1991 US Open.

3) This book is as much about Drucker as Connors, which is to say this is a personal journey for Drucker. And from that journey, and from the lessons Drucker pulls into his personal life from how Connors lived his, so to can you the reader. One of the main themes of the book is how life is meant to be attacked and maximized. "The lines are meant to be hit," says Connors. Never quitting and going for it, no matter what you do - wise words. "Don't count me out. I come from a small town in Illinois. You people have no idea where I'm from. Now let me show you," he says.

4) Related to #3, Connors tells Drucker "In your own way, in your own time," when discussing Drucker's career. Again, wise words from one of the original bad boys of tennis. I think when people like Bodo call him "barbaric," they are merely lashing out in envy of a man who has unapologetically taken control of his own life.

5) Some great match descriptions. Want to live (or relive) the great matches between Connors & Ashe? Connors & Borg? Connors & McEnroe? Connors & Lendl? Connors & Krikstein? This is the place. Tennis, in my view, is hard to convey in print. This book does it well.

If you believe that tennis is a bloodsport, if you believe its boxing without the gloves, and if you believe that the best players (pro or otherwise) leave it all out on the court when they play, and if you believe that tennis is a microcosm of life...then this book is for you.

Jimmy Connors Saved My Life: A Personal Biography

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Prince Reports More Racquet & Footwear Models in Top 15 Than Any Other Brand & #1 Position in String

Prince 361.jpgBordentown, NJ - May 5, 2008 - The first quarter 2008 SMS/TIA industry survey's for racquets, string and footwear returned some positive news for Prince in all categories.

According to the report, and based on the continued demand for racquets with O3 technology, Prince saw a market share increase over the quarter and claimed seven of the top fifteen best-selling racquets in the industry - two more models than the next nearest brand. Those racquets are:

In addition, Prince has more than one-third of the top thirty best selling racquets in tennis and four of the top ten "Hot New Racquets"** - again, more than any other brand. Those "Hot New Racquets" are:

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According to Prince Sports, Inc. Chairman and CEO George Napier, "We have good news to share this quarter according to SMS audit information and based on what we are seeing around the world. Globally, our revenue increased five percent year-to-date and April registered twenty-two percent growth, with all regions contributing equally. We are encouraged heading into the heart of the tennis season and look forward to introducing our new products in weeks to come. "

Other key findings from the Q1 survey showed:
·Prince is leading all racquet manufactures in three price points - less than $70 racquets, between $200-$249, and $250 and over.

"In addition to the growing popularity of Prince racquets in store, the presence of O3 continues to grow on both the ATP and WTA tours as well," said Linda Glassel, Vice President of Sports Marketing for Prince. "Earlier this year, Maria Sharapova won the Australian Open with her O3 White, followed by a remarkable title run from Nikolay Davydenko at the Sony Ericsson Open - often referred to as the 'Fifth Grand Slam' by players - with his Ozone Pro Tour. Heading into the French Open later this month, some of the games brightest up and comers, Jelena Jankovic, Sam Querrey, the #1 men's doubles team, Mike and Bob Bryan, and the #1, #3 and #4 ranked women's doubles players will all be taking to the court playing racquets with O3 technology."

prince-womens-qt-scream-2-whgry.jpgString and Footwear:

Information from the SMS/TIA Audit showed that Prince is #1 in tennis string with the highest market share and also has #1 string in the sport, Prince Synthetic Gut with Duraflex.

In footwear, Prince currently has more models (five) in the top fifteen best sellers ranked by year-to-date dollar sales than any other brand. This includes two models in its T Series and two models in its M Series.

prince-mens-mv4-blacksilver-tennis-shoes.jpgThe five Prince models in the top 15 are:

The company is looking to increase unit share moving forward with the introduction of its O Series (OV1 and OC1) line this year. Both the OV1 and OC1 are designed specifically to meet the needs of men, women and junior players. In fact, Nikolay Davydenko ushered in the O Series line by wearing the OV1's en route to his Sony Ericsson title.

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May 4, 2008

Wilson Continues to Lead Industry as the #1 Racket Brand

wilson.png05/02/08 - Chicago - Wilson increased their market share lead in First Quarter 2008 compared to year end as the #1 racquet brand according to the Sports Marketing Surveys first quarter 2008 results just released.

According to the first quarter sell-thru results, Wilson has 4 of the top 7 "Best Selling" rackets (in YTD dollars), including Wilson's new [K] Blade which is now one of the top ranked sellers of all rackets in the market. Beyond having 4 of top 7 sellers in the market, Wilson is once again the clear #1 selling brand in both units and dollars. The data above are based on the First Quarter 2008 Sports Marketing Surveys/TIA audit of retail sales at tennis specialty stores.

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May 2, 2008

Using Tennis to Sell a Job Search Website

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May 1, 2008

Nishikori Adds Sony to Endorsement Portfolio

nishikori+sony.jpg18-year old Kei Nishikori (the youngest in the top 100) just signed a 3-year deal with Sony. A big, non-traditional tennis endorsement for sure. But Sonyis betting that this solid, young, photogenic player is good enough to be around for awhile, this is likely to be a good invesment.

From their press release:

IMG today announced that professional tennis player Kei Nishikori has signed a three-year global sponsorship agreement with Sony Corporation.

Nishikori, 18, will endorse a wide range of Sony electronics products. In addition, the Japanese-born tennis player will wear a Sony logo on his right sleeve during official competition. Nishikori currently has worldwide endorsement agreements with Adidasand Wilson.


Thanks DownTheLine!; Image via NicksTennisPicks.com

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April Monthly Roundup

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Adidas Products

Apparel

BORIS BECKER EQUIPMENT

Babolat Products

Ball Machines

Balle de Match

Diadora Products

Dunlop Products

Fila Products

Footwear

Gift Guides

Head Products

K-Swiss Products

KLIP Products

News

Nike Products

PING PONG PRODUCTS

Ping Pong Tables

Polo Tennis Products

Prince Products

Product Reviews

Products of the Pros

Racquets

Random Tennis Stuff

Reebok Products

Sergio Tacchini

Squash Racquets

Strings

Technifibre

Tennis Balls

Tennis Equipment Deals

Tennis Fashion

Tennis Fitness

Tennis Videos

Vintage Tennis

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