September 30, 2008

What's All The Racquet - Monthly Roundup for September

Adidas Products

Babolat Products

Ball Machines

Dunlop Products

Fischer Products

Footwear

Head Racquetball

K-Swiss Products

KLIP Products

News

Nike Products

PING PONG PRODUCTS

Products of the Pros

Racquets

Strings

Tennis Books & Magazines

Tennis Equipment Deals

Tennis Fitness

US Open

Vintage Tennis

Wilson Products

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September 26, 2008

Mirror Ping Pong Paddle

paddleMirror.jpgWhen you're a ping pong playa, you have to look good...which is why this ping pong paddle mirror can come in so handy. Between hits you can make sure you're still coiffed to perfection.

The paddle is on exhibit at Character in Manhattan this week.

From CoolHunting

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September 26, 2008

Tennis Tutor Ball Machine Week - Tennis Twist Ball Machine

tennis-tutor-tennis-twist-ball-machine-ac-powered-3261ac.jpgTennis Tutor Twist Ball Machine

Tennis Twist is simple to use, just turn it on and it shoots a ball every five seconds. The arc of the ball can be adjusted anywhere from 12 to 20 feet in length. The unique spiral design holds up to 28 balls. Tennis Twist is available in AC and battery-powered models. The Battery Model will operate up to ten hours on six "D" size batteries (not included).

Tennis Twist's adjustable range makes it practical for use in driveways, backyards, and even basements. And since it weighs just 11 lbs., it's easily transported to the local tennis courts or park.

A high-impact plastic case, with convenient built-in carrying handle,will stand up to years of use. And its single motor design is engineered to provide years of trouble-free service.

Ball capacity.........................28 Balls
Max. Ball ejection speed.........10-20 ft toss
Ball feed rate.........................5 seconds
Playing time (Battery Model)...5-10 hours, typical
Weight (w/ Battery)................11 pounds

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September 25, 2008

Tennis Tutor Ball Machine Week - Shot Maker Deluxe

tennis-tutor-shot-maker-deluxe-3193.jpgTennis Tutor Shot Maker Deluxe #3193
The Shotmaker Deluxe comes with all the features of the Standard model plus these additional features: Quick Set-up, Player Mode, 6-shot pattern programmability, 6-shot location programmability, shot program memory and 2-function remote control.

Quick Set Up
The Quick Set-up feature provides one-touch shot selection based on playing ability. Just push the button corresponding to your skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), and Shotmaker will automatically deliver a pre-programmed shot to the middle position at an appropriate interval. If you want something other than the pre-programmed shots, you can use the Quick Set-Up buttons as a convenient starting point, and then adjust the shot characteristics and shot positions as usual.

Player Mode
With pushbutton simplicity, PLAYER MODE (patent pending) simulates a player on the other side of the net. Just push PLAYER MODE, on either the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced buttons, and the PLAYER MODE automatically picks an appropriate speed and spin, then changes both the side-to-side position and the depth of shots just like you were playing someone of that ability. The side-to-side position and depth of each shot are not simply changed in a random or sweeping motion, but are computer programmed to simulte the shot patterns of real players. For instance, beginning players will see more shots towards the middle of the court and more variation in depth of shots than will advanced players. And you are not stuck with only the standard settings, you can customize the settings by adding or subtracting more speed, spin, or elevation as you like.

Programability
The Deluxe model can be programmed to shoot balls in a pattern of up to six shots (SHOT 1 thru SHOT 6), with each shot directed to any of seven different court positions (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) shown on the tennis court diagram, or to a RANDOM position. If a shot selector switch is set to OFF it will not be included in the shot pattern. Indicator Lights show the active
shot position.

For instance, if you want Shotmaker to shoot one ball wide to your forehand (for right-handers), then one ball down the middle, followed by a randomly placed shot, then set the six switches as follows: SHOT 1 to 'B', SHOT 2 to 'D', SHOT 3 to 'RANDOM', and the rest of the switches to OFF.

Shot Program Memory
The Shot Program Memory lets you store shot sequences for your favorite workouts or drills, and then recall them with the touch of a button. The Shot Program remembers every setting on the control panel including Speed, Elevation, Spin, Interval, and Shot Pattern. You can store up to nine Shot Programs that can be recalled at any time. This feature is especially useful in situations where there is more than one user for the machine, as each user can program in their own favorite settings.

Two-Function Remote Control
The Deluxe model includes a two-function wireless Remote Control. The 'Ball Feed' button alternately starts and stops the ball delivery. The 'Oscillator' button alternately starts and stops the shot program. When the shot program is stopped, Shotmaker throws balls only to the one position where the program was stopped. See the Standard Model for additional features.

Specifications

Ball capacity...........300 Balls
Trajectories............Groundstroke to Lob
Max. speed.............95 MPH
Ball feed interval.....1 to 6 seconds
Spin Control...........Topspin/Underspin
Dimensions............38.5"H x 31"L x 21.5"W
Weight...................96 pounds
Power....................120 watts maximum

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September 24, 2008

Tennis Tutor Ball Machine Week - TT Plus Dual 2-Line Ball Machine

Tennis Tutor w. Remote & Dual 2-Line Ball Machine
Tennis Tutor Plus w. Remote Control & Dual 2 Line Ball Machine includes all the features of the standard Tennis Tutor Plus with a wireless remote control and added 2-line functionality that automatically shoots to two preset court positions. This model also adds topspin and underspin capability. A simple dial controls the amount of topspin or underspin you desire. The Tennis Tutor Plus measures about eight inches taller than the standard Tennis Tutor.

A 2-line function that automatically shoots to two preset court positions. This feature allows you to practice alternating forehand and backhand shots, or allows an instructor to automatically shoot to two lines of students. There are two 2-line settings to select from,'2-line narrow' and '2-line wide' for added versatililty.

Tennis Tutor features counter-rotating wheel operation and an electronic control panel which gives you fingertip control of ball speed, trajectory, and ball feed rate (the time interval between ball throws). Ball speed ranges from a gentle toss for children to world-class speed. Ball trajectory can be set anywhere between groundstroke and lob, while ball feed rate adjusts anywhere from 1-1/2 to 12 seconds.

You can set Tennis Tutor to repeat shots you need to practice, or to oscillate and direct shots randomly across the court. Tennis Tutor also features an exclusive anti-jam ball feeding mechanism, and a 10-second start-up time delay to give you time to get to your side of the net.

Tennis Tutor has a towing handle extended, it tows just like luggage. The ball hopper opens in seconds to hold 150 balls, which is more than two standard pick-up baskets full of balls.

And because Tennis Tutor is battery-powered, you can take it to any court without worrying about finding an electrical outlet.


Features:

Ball capacity: 150 Balls
Trajectories: Groundstroke to Lob
Ball ejection speed: 10-85 MPH
Ball feed rate: 1 1/2 to 12 seconds
Spin control: Topspin/underspin
Oscillator: Built-in
Battery Type: Lead-acid, solid sealed
Playing Time: w/heavy duty battery 4 to 6 hours typical
Recharge Time: 12 hours, typical
Dimensions (hopper closed): 20"H x 19.5"L x 20"W
Weight: 46 pounds
Total Spin Control

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September 23, 2008

Tennis Industry News

Tennis Life Magazine Named Official Magazine for USTA Southwest
Tennis Life Magazine with the USTA Southwest Section has entered into an agreement to be the official magazine of the USTA Southwest section. Beginning in 2009 members of the USTA Southwest will receive a regionally customized edition for the Southwest section. The Southwest section consists of Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas; a real hotbed of tennis. More >>

Check out Tennis Life Magazine

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Wilson and ITF Expand Partnership - Wilson Extends Sponsorship as the Official Ball of Davis Cup and Fed Cup

Wilson Racquet Sports and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have extended their sponsorship agreement to include Wilson as the Official Ball of Davis Cup, Fed Cup and other ITF initiatives for multi-year deal.

Wilson has been involved in Davis Cup since 2002 and has experienced fantastic on-site presence at every Davis Cup tie throughout the world. In the last six years, Wilson has been able to harness the passion, emotion and heritage associated with the event when delivering their excitement for the game of tennis. More>>

Check out Wilson tennis products here

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Tennis Tutor Ball Machine Week - Tennis Tower Professional Player Model

tt3157.jpgTennis Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player Model
The Tennis Tower was designed with the home court owner in mind. For starters, its intuitive control panel design means you don't even need to read the instruction manual if you really don't want to (although officially we still have to recommend reading it).

The Professional Player Model. With the push of just one button, the Player model simulates a player on the other side of the net. Just push either the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced buttons, and the Player model automatically picks an appropriate speed and spin, then changes both the side-to-side position and the depth of shots just like you were playing someone of that ability.

The side-to-side position and depth of each shot are not simply changed in a random or sweeping motion, but are computer programmed to simulate
the shot patterns of real players. For instance, beginning players will see more shots towards the middle of the court and more variation in depth of shots than will advanced players. And you are not stuck with only the standard settings, you can customize the settings by adding or subtracting more speed, spin, or elevation as you like.

The Player model also contains all the features of the Tennis Tower Professional, including the dual two-line feature, conveniently available on an easy-to-use touch overlay control panel. The two-function wireless
remote control is included.

Standard Features Include:
- Speed ranges from 10 MPH to 85 MPH.
- Spin is adjustable from heavy underspin, to flat, to heavy topspin (except Competitor Classic).
- Ball Feed (interval) control adjusts the time between shots from 1-1/2 to 8 seconds.
- Trajectory is adjustable between groundstroke and lob.
- Random oscillator.
- All-in-one control panel.
- 225 ball capacity.
- The Tennis Tower displays the elevation setting right on the control panel.
- A simple 10-segment display shows the elevation setting so you can set it to your favorite spot before firing any balls.
- Comes with a protective all-weather cover.


Specifications

Ball capacity.....................225 Balls
Trajectories......................Groundstroke to Lob
Max. Ball ejection speed....85 MPH
Ball feed rate....................1 1/2 to 8 seconds
Spin Control.....................Topspin/Underspin
Oscillator..........................Built-in
Dimensions.......................44"H x 23"L x 22"W
Weight..............................60 pounds
Power...............................100 watts maximum

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September 22, 2008

adidas Tennis Racquets To Make a Comeback

adidasracquet.jpgThe last time we saw an adidas tennis racquet, it was in the sawdusty grip of Ivan Lendl. This time, to get a little branding jumpstart, adidas will be introducing three lines of racquets, each named after one of their shoe lines - Barricade, Response and Feather.

The Barricade Tour is designed for the "Tournament Player." It is the heaviest at 330g and the stiffest of the new adidas rackets, meant for players who can generate their own power and look for additional control.

The Barricade Tour Light is 30g lighter, suiting good juniors, but it offers the same control with every swing. Both the Barricade Tour and Tour light come with and 18/20 string pattern to give excellent control and a crisp feel.

The plain old Barricade is lighter and less stiff version with a 16/19 string pattern to ensure a forgiving and playable racket for competition players.

There is also a Barricade Junior model.

Barricade racquets will have adidas POWER STRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY (PST). Three structures at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock act like the claws on the Barricade shoe to improve torsional stability.

The Response racket has a higher frame height gives greater power while the stiffness and string pattern bring control.

The Feather is the lightest of the adidas Tennis Racket range just like the Feather shoe. However the Feather actually has the thickest frame offering a little extra power for the recreational or older club player seeking an easy to handle racket.

The adidas racquets are slated to be in stores in early 2009.

From Daily Racquet

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September 19, 2008

Fischer Racquet Deal Week - Fischer Strike Ti

Fischer Strike Ti
Fischer Strike Ti
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.

Ideally suited for players with medium, powerful strokes.
Recommended for the 3.0-4.5 NTRP level players.

Fischer Stability System:
Metal platelets add weight to the sides of the head and, as a result, improve stability. This means maximum ball control, even in the case of off-center hits. Directional control of the ball is enhanced in all situations.

Fischer Strike Ti on sale for $59.99

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September 18, 2008

Gastao Elias signs with adidas

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Seventeen-year-old tennis standout, Gastao Elias of Portugal, has signed a multi-year endorsement contract with large clothing and shoe manufacturer, adidas International. The 2007 B18 Eddie Herr Champion and former top-10 junior, Elias is now competing full-time on the men's ITF and ATP Tours and has already broken into the top 500. Elias lives and trains full-time at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida where he is part of the Elite Group and works full-time with coach, Ricardo Ycaza.


>> More at Nick's Picks

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Babolat's New XS Racquets Hit the (Sweet) Spot

babolat.jpgBabolat, a leading manufacturer of tennis products, announces the introduction of a new range of high performance tennis racquets-the XS line-featuring Babolat's new Xtra Sweetspot technology.

To meet the needs of intermediate players, Babolat engineered the new XS line of lightweight and maneuverable racquets for optimal playability. The Babolat XS 102 and Babolat XS 105 are enhanced with Babolat's Xtra Sweetspot technology featuring an exclusive grommet design that significantly increases the sweet spot while providing a dampening affect and a longer contact time between the ball and string.

Babolat Xtra Sweetspot Technology
Babolat's exclusive Xtra Sweetspot technology employs a high-tech Pebax® material known for its lightweight, flexible, and resilient properties. The Pebax® grommets are positioned on each side of the XS racquet head to substantially enlarge the sweet spot. This combination provides for greater tolerance and power.

Folco Canonico, Babolat Senior Product Manager - Racquets explained the benefits saying, "Babolat's new grommet design gives you a visible advantage over other mid-plus racquets because you get the benefit of a larger sweet spot without having to enlarge the racquet head. So if you're a strong junior player or skilled intermediate, you can have the extra power with greater maneuverability and control without having to go to an oversize. You'll produce more forgiving shots with increased power."

Babolat XS 102 Racquet specifications:
Accessibility and tolerance for intermediate and strong
recreational players; lightweight, high-performance racquet

Head size: 102 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 9.3 oz.
Length: 27 in.
Composition: 100% High Modulus Graphite
Stiffness: RA: 68
Balance (unstrung): 345 mm
Stringing pattern: 16 x 20
Recommended strings: Addiction (comfort)
Technology: Xtra Sweetspot

Babolat XS 105 Racquet specifications:
Tolerance and all-around performance for intermediate,
recreational players and juniors; versatile, powerful racquet

Head size: 105 sq. in.
Weight (unstrung): 9.3 oz.
Length: 27 in.
Composition: 100% High Modulus Graphite
Stiffness: RA: 68
Balance (unstrung): 345 mm
Stringing pattern: 16 x 20
Recommended strings: Addiction (comfort)
Technology: Xtra Sweetspot

The new XS racquets will be priced at $119.00 (sold unstrung) and available in pro and tennis specialty stores starting in September 2008.

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Fischer Racquet Deal Week - Fischer Pro Tour UL

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)).
Fischer Pro Tour UL

Ideally suited for players with medium to long strokes.
Recommended for the 4.5+ NTRP level players.

Air Carbon:
Ultra lightweight and ultra strong. The carbon fibers, which are up to 50% stronger, were originally developed for aerospace engineering. Using this technology, Fischer is able to make rackets with remarkable torsion stiffness and minimum weight.

Vacuum Technic:
In this unique production process the racket is produced under outer space conditions. Air pockets created when the various layers are wound are extracted in a vacuum. This creates a homogenous and stress-free frame, ensuring a better feel for the ball with every stroke.

Fischer Pro Tour UL on sale for $59.99.

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September 17, 2008

Fischer Racquet Deal Week - Fischer Magnetic Twin Tec Motion

fischer-magnetic-twin-tec-motion.jpgFischer 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.

Best suited for players with shorter, compact strokes looking for power. Recommended for the 1.5-2.5 NTRP level players.

Magnetic Speed Technology:
When the ball hits the strings the racquet frame is naturally deformed as both sides move together. In a Magnetic Speed racquet, equally polarized magnets at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions return the frame to its original position faster than conventional frames. The result is more power returned to the ball and greater ball speed off the stringbed.

Air Carbon:
Ultra lightweight and ultra strong. The carbon fibres, which are up to 50% stronger, were originally developed for aerospace engineering. Using this technology, Fischer is able to make rackets with remarkable torsional stiffness and minimum weight.

Frequency Tuning Inside:
The latest technology in vibration control! A specially calculated matrix structure harmonizes irregular vibration patterns and converts excess energy into higher velocity rebounds. The feedback in these rackets is unprecedented and tuned to perfection.

Fischer Magnetic Twin Tec Motion on sale for $79.99.
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September 16, 2008

Fischer Racquet Deal Week - M Vision

fischer-m-vision-tennis-racquet.jpgFischer M Vision Tennis Racquet
The M Vision is the lightest racquet on the market for the athletic woman who values a fresh, appealing design in a fast and accurate racquet. The Fischer Stability System (FSS) stabilizes the racquet even in the case of off center hits. The racquet also features a flattened grip end cap to reduce the risk of blisters forming, which often happens to women who do not play very often. The Magnetic Speed technology gives the racquet excellent acceleration and the grip damping system (GDS) rules out tennis elbow.

Best suited for players with shorter, compact strokes looking for power. Recommended for the 3.0-4.5 NTRP level players.

Magnetic Speed Technology: Normally, when the ball impacts the string bed the racquet frame bows in on both sides, temporarily deforming the racquet. Most frames regain their shape soon after the ball leaves the strings. With Magnetic Speed, the frame reverts back to its original shape faster, creating a catapult effect that generates more pace than with traditional frames. Unipolar magnets placed on opposite sides of the head repel each other, snapping the frame back into its original shape at a much faster rate. M-Speed Technology helps the player generate more power than could be generated from competitor frames while maintaining playability and feel.

AirCarbon: Material tested and approved by the aerospace industry. The space age material guarantees 100% reliability with minimum weight.

Grip Dual System (GDS): The grip dampening system that absorbs it all. The divided grip design decouples vibrations which reduces the shock of impact and completely eliminates torsional vibrations of the kind generated by off-centre hits.

Fischer Stability System: The Fischer Stability System gives the sides of the racquet face greater stability. This means maximum ball control, even in the case of off-center hits. Directional control of the ball is enhanced in all situations.

Fischer M Vision Tennis Racquet on sale for $79.99.

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September 15, 2008

Fischer Racquet Deal Week - GDS Vision FT

fischer-gds-vision-ft.jpgFischer 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.

Ideally suited for players with medium, powerful strokes.
Recommended for the 3.0-4.5 NTRP level players.

Air Carbon:
Ultra lightweight and ultra strong. The carbon fibers, which are up to 50% stronger, were originally developed for aerospace engineering. Using this technology, Fischer is able to make rackets with remarkable torsion stiffness and minimum weight.

Frequency Tuning Inside:
The latest technology in vibration control! A specially calculated matrix structure harmonizes irregular vibration patterns and converts excess energy into higher velocity rebounds. The feedback in these rackets is unprecedented and tuned to perfection.

Grip Dual System:
The grip dampening system that absorbs it all. The divided grip design dampens vibrations which reduces the shock of impact and completely eliminates torsion vibrations which are generated by off-center hits.

Fischer GDS Vision FT on sale for $59.99.

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September 12, 2008

HEAD Racquetball News

Legendary Cliff Swain Returns to HEAD Penn Racquet Sports
HEAD Penn Racquet Sports is proud to announce the return of one of racquetball's all time great players to its family of playing professionals. Six-time Men's Professional World Champion Cliff Swain (Boston, Mass.) has signed a long term contract to exclusively use equipment from HEAD.

...Read more at RSi

Junior Racquetball Champion Sharon Jackson Signs Contract with HEAD Penn Racquet Sports
HEAD Penn Racquet Sports is proud to announce the signing of Sharon Jackson to a long term contract to exclusively use equipment from HEAD. Jackson (Shelbyville, Indiana) is the reigning USA Racquetball 18 & Under Junior Champion in Girls Singles, Girls Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The titles earned her a spot on the USA Racquetball Junior National Team, which will take to the courts against the rest of the world in December at the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Tempe, Arizona.

...Read more at RSi

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Wilson Dominates US Open

08USOpen-Poster_Serena.jpgSerena Williams outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 Sunday night to win her third U.S. Open championship and ninth Grand Slam title. By capturing the US Open title, she returns to the #1 ranking in the world.

There were four times Williams was a single point from heading to a third set but she was simply relentless with her [K] Blade Team. She took the final four games, and 13 of the last 19 points. Williams took the title without dropping a set the entire tournament. The fourth-seeded Williams finished with 44 winners, 29 more than Jankovic, and smacked serves at up to 120 mph, a 14 mph edge over her opponent's fastest.

It was Williams' first conquest at Flushing Meadows since 2002, and it guaranteed that she will lead the rankings for the first time since a 57-week run ended in August 2003. Williams' previous Grand Slam title came in January 2007, at the Australian Open.

08USOpen-Poster_Federer.jpgRoger Federer used his [K] Six.One 95 and rolled past Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to win his fifth consecutive U.S. Open championship and 13th major title overall. Federer had 36 winners to Murray's 16, as well as winning 31 of 44 points at the net, compared with 7 of 11 showing by Murray. Federer is the first man since 1924 to win five straight US Open titles as well as the only player to win five consecutive titles in 2 different Grand Slam tournaments─US Open and Wimbledon.

Wilson had many other notable achievements at the 2008 US Open including: Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals with [K] Blade Tour and Venus Williams made it to the quarterfinals with [K] Blade Team. Mardy Fish, Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Muller all reached the quarterfinals with a [K] Six.One 95 racket. Kei Nishikori reached the 4th round with his [K] Tour and Flavia Pennetta reached the quarterfinals with [K] Blade 98. Juniors also went far with [K] Factor: Melanie Oudin reached junior girls semi-finals with [K] Tour, Filip Kraijnovic and Tsung-Hua Yang reached junior boys semi-finals both with [K] Blade Tour.

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Tennis Shoe Deal Alert - K-Swiss Ultrascendor

K-Swiss Men's Ultrascendor (Wh/Nvy/Slvr)
K-Swiss Men's Ultrascendor

The Ultrascendor combines performance features with lightweight materials and design elements that minimize the weight of the shoe. From the skeletalized outsole with exposed EVA to the unique design of the Cushion Board, each feature of the Ultrascendor was engineered to elevate the level of game play.

Check out the K-Swiss Men's Ultrascendor here.

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September 11, 2008

Tennis Racquet String Deal Alert - Klip Excellerator 16g

Klip Excellerator 16g
Klip Excellerator 16g

A MultiFilament synthetic with 30% more fiber than other multi-fibers. A unique way of bonding the filaments with less glue provides more of a gut-like feel.

DoItTennis is also offering a volume discount.


  • 1-5 sets = $12.99/set

  • 6-12 sets = $12.50/set

  • 13+ sets = $11.99/set

Check out Klip Excellerator 16g string.

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September 10, 2008

Killerspin Launches Kids Versions of its Table Tennis Apparel

duo large.jpgKillerspin, probably the most leading edge company for ping pong gear of all sorts, has just launched kids versions of its Raya and Duo shirts. Like the adult/pro versions, they have an engineered microfibre piped neck and a soft feel that makes the shirt feel very. Not to mention they are non wrinkle wash and wear, and feature the Poly-Dri Moisture Management to keeps you dry.

While both are sharp looking shirts, we prefer the Duo. The Raya reminds us too much of a soccer/football jersey.

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Even better, they are only $10 at killerspin.com. You can also check out all sorts of Killerspin gear here.

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Tennis Racquet Deal Alert - Dunlop Aerogel 300

dunlop-aerogel-300-tennis-racquet.jpgDunlop Aerogel 300 Tennis Racquet

The Dunlop Aerogel 300 is ideal for advanced players seeking exceptional touch from a lighter weight, control oriented racquet. The Next progression of the best selling 300G. The new Dunlop Aerogel 300 has a large sweetspot and stable feel ideal for the aggressive all court player. A 16x19 open string pattern allows for easy topspin and smooth slices.

Ideally suited for players with aggressive, long strokes. Recommended for the 4.5-6.0 NTRP level players.

Aerogel Technology: Aerogel is the world's lightest solid and has a strength of up to 4,000 its own weight. The three-dimensional nanometer-sized molecular network delivers an unmatched strength to weight ratio for enhanced stiffness and increased power. Combined with M-Fil (multi-filament) technology across the hitting zone to 'soften' ball impact, Aerogel frames deliver the perfect balance between power and control.

M-Fil (Multi Filiament) Technology: Carbon, S-Fibre and Magnesium are combined into the hitting zone of the racquet head to enhance the touch and feel of the racquet where and when you need it most = at the moment of ball contact.

Check out the Dunlop Aerogel 300 Tennis Racquet

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September 9, 2008

New Billie Jean King Book Shares Life Lessons for Tennis and Beyond

51j5p6I9t2L._SL500_AA240_.jpgTennis legend Billie Jean King has just released a book, Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexesthat talks about her remarkable life...and for readers gives you some insight that we can apply to our own lives.


Book description from Amazon:

Billie Jean King's victory over Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" was a pivotal moment in gender relations for generations of American women and men. But her journey to the "Battle of the Sexes" was no accident. Now, for the first time ever, Billie Jean shares the life lessons that led to her success in that match, in sports, and in the world at large. Published in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of this monumental event, Pressure is a Privilege uses the Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs match to illustrate what she learned in her early life that brought her to that event and the lessons that she learned from it.

Packed with the common-sense lessons by which Billie Jean has lived her remarkable life, as well as words of wisdom and inspirational advice for how you can use these lessons, Pressure is a Privilege is an invaluable tool for any person in any profession who wants to achieve a richer, more fulfilling life.

Check out Pressure is a Privilege

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US Open Winners & Losers - Sticks & Kicks

uso_nt_00000g1.jpgOne more US Open is in the can - it was a tournament of royalty regaining its throne. Federer wins his 5th straight Open after a tough summer. Serena Williams grabs her 3rd title and the #1 ranking. The Bryan Brothers win the title after losing at the Olympics and also having a bumpy summer. And Huber/Black winning the ladies doubles, which was expected but an awesome achievement nonetheless. Here is the breakdown of their sticks and kicks.

Men's Champ - Roger Federer
Stick - Wilson [K]Six-One Tourstarts at $199 from Amazon
Kicks -
Nike - Air Zoom Vapor V


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Men's Runner-up - Andy Murray
Stick - Head MicroGel Radical Midplus
Kicks -
Nike - Air Max Breathe Cage


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Women's Champ - Serena Williams
Stick - Wilson KBlade Team
Kicks -
Nike - Air Max Smash


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Women's Runner-up - Jelena Jankovic

Stick - Prince O3 Speedport Pro White - found at DoItTennis and Amazon.
Kicks - Reebok Women's KFS Pump Advantage
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Men's Doubles Champs - Bryan Brothers
Sticks - Prince o3 Speedport Black
Kicks - adidas Barricade V

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Women's Doubles Champs - Huber/Black
Stick - Liezel Huber - Prince Ozone Pro Tour - see more at DoItTennis and Amazonfor $179.
Kicks - Liezel Huber - K-Swiss Women's Ascendor SLT

Stick - Cara Black - Wilson [K] Six-One - see mroe at Amazon.
Kicks - Cara Black - K-Swiss Women's Ascendor SLT

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September 8, 2008

Tennis Ball EZ Lift Has Arrived

IMG_3836.jpgOur Tennis Ball EZ Lift has arrived for review. The EZ Lift is a simple rubber racquet accessory that looks a little like a narrow plunger head. It attaches to the bottom of your grip, giving you a means by which to pick up tennis balls. Push the "plunger" down on the ball, bring it to you, and remove it. Easy peasy.

The idea behind the product is by negating the need to bend over to pick up balls, you can reduce back pain and muscle pulls, and conserve energy. Makes logical sense to us, plus, it is "Doctor Recommended."

Having held one, it definitely is lightweight, so I don't see any issues there. The claim is that it won't interfere with one's game, which is our biggest concern. Stay tuned for our play test of the EZ Lift from KALPAL.

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September 5, 2008

Vintage Tennis Fridays: The Plainest Tennis Shoes Ever

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know we like not only vintage tennis looks, but classic tennis looks. In general, "classic" means whites, simple, etc. Well, these sneaks by Erik Schedin actually have NO details whatsoever, just white sneakers. They're Stan Smith-esque, but without any design elements at all.

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http://www.erikschedin.com/

From CoolHunting

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September 4, 2008

Tennis Europe & Polar Team Up For Player Performance

teurope.jpgTennis Europe, the largest regional association of the sport's governing body the International Tennis Federation, and Polar Electro Oy, based in Finland and the pioneer and leader of heart rate training systems, have announced a three-year partnership agreement recognising Polar as the 'Official Training Computer Partner of Tennis Europe'.

The deal is effective immediately, and represents Polar's first step into the European tennis market. The partnership focuses on Tennis Europe's strong ties with the coaching and junior tennis communities, and is designed to benefit coaches and young players through education and the promotion of the use of Polar equipment in order to maximise performance and technical analysis.

Check out Polar products here.

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September 3, 2008

Wilson Kicking Butt & Taking Names at the US Open

Wilson's [K] Factor Sweeps Through Week 1 of US Open

Wilson athletes soared through week 1 of the 2008 US Open with their [K] Factor rackets. With his [K] Six.One 95, Mardy Fish beat No. 32 seed Gael Monfils of France 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in just under 2 hours. Fish soared past Monfils by winning 80 percent of first serve points and hitting 49 winners in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Fish also converted 6 of 13 break point opportunities, as opposed one break of serve for Monfils. He improved to 30-20 on the season (24-12 on hard courts).

18-year-old, Kei Nishikori playing with his [K] Tour, ranked No. 126, is the youngest to reach the round of 16 at the US Open since Marat Safin did it in 1998. To get there, Nishikori knocked out No. 4 seed David Ferrer, a US Open semifinalist last year. Nishikori snatched the first two sets but had to battle to come back to win the hour-long final fifth set. The victory over Ferrer was Nishikori's second over a top-20 player. Earlier this year Nishikori, ranked No. 244 in the world, his earned his first career ATP title, beating James Blake in the final of Del Ray Beach. Nishikori also managed to take a set off Nadal at Queen's Club, just two weeks before Nadal captured the Wimbledon crown. He is also the first Japanese man to reach the US Open's final 16 in the Open era.

No. 17 seed Juan Martin del Potro, with his [K] Six.One 95, became the first teenager to reach the US Open quarterfinals since 2001, as he defeated a fellow Wilson athlete, Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. This was the first time two teenagers met in the fourth round at the US Open since Andy Roddick beat Tommy Robredo seven years ago.

Check out Wilson [K] Factor Racquets here.

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