July 28, 2009

Apres Tennis - Women's Sandals for After You Play

We checked out a few sandal's for the guys after they play their tennis match. Here are some great sandals for the ladies.

adidas Women's Tureia Sport NM SandalThe classic adidas Women's Tureia NM Thong combines a soft thong upper with a padded EVA footbed for sporty comfort. The updated synthetic upper and footbed design add a fresh new look. Get great cushioning with a molded EVA midsole. Durable, lightweight injected EVA outsole.

41CLPGorxiL._AA280_.jpgFitFlop Women's Walkstar Classic Thong Sandal
Sure you want to give your feet a rest after your match, but why not continue the workout? FitFlops are engineered with a multi-density midsole that stimulates your muscles more while you're wearing them. In independent University testing, FitFlops have been shown to trigger increase gluteal muscle response, increased hamstring response, increase rectus femoris (thigh) response and increased calf muscle response.

41rDUuIMYWL._AA280_.jpgNew Balance Women's SDW992 Slide
New Balance, is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their goals. It's been their mission for more than a century. It's why they don't spend money on celebrity endorsements. They spend it on research and development. It's why they don't design products to fit an image. They design them to fit. New Balance is driven to make the finest shoes for the same reason athletes lace them up: to achieve the very best.

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July 27, 2009

Apres Tennis - Men's Sandals for After You Play

I don't know about you, but after I'm done playing a match all I want to do is get my sneakers and socks off and get my feet into something more comfortable and that breaths more. Here are some of the best apres tennis sandals around.

413F6D5JQ0L._AA280_.jpgadidas Men's Calissage Sandal
adidas' Calissage sport slides for men are the perfect after-sport treat for your hard working feet. Featuring a hook-and-loop closure across the vamps, clear TPR foot-beds with a massaging effect and lightweight EVA injected out-soles, these comfortable slides are just what your hard-working feet deserve.

41v8u0+mJLL._AA280_.jpgPUMA Men's Aqua Cat Slide
Puma's Aqua Cat slide is specially designed for post-shower use. A thick tread on the footbed and sole provides traction while drainage channels allow water to escape, further helping to prevent slips.

41Oc95BwU5L._AA280_.jpgOakley Men's Supercoil 2 Sandal
Oakley takes the sport flip-flop to the next level with the supremely comfortable Supercoil 2. This water-friendly sandal is built on a molded EVA footbed with RED CODE™ technology for superior cushioning and energy return. It features a comfortable synthetic and quick-dry microfiber upper with a soft nylon toe post. The traction sole is grippy on wet or dry surfaces, and the Microban® antimicrobial treatment keeps odor at bay.

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July 23, 2009

Brilliant Ping Pong Table is Also a Door

This amazing concept was designed by Tobias Franzel. From what we read, the concept has caught on and they'll be producing these. What a great idea, especially for those in small apartments or offices who want to get their ping pong fix but don't have the space.


via Ohdeedoh

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July 19, 2009

Get Your Game in Shape with the Best Tennis Ball Machines

41hj257qAeL._SL500_AA280_.jpgWilson Portable with Remote and 2 Line Feature Tennis Ball Machine
The Wilson Portable Ball Machine combines state of the art portability with the performance you expect from Wilson. This model includes a remote control with two line ball feed capability. The 2-line feature automatically shoots one ball to the forehand court and then one ball to the backhand court. This allows two players to play with the machine at the same time, or allows a single player to practice alternating forehand and backhand shots. The keychain-sized remote unit starts and stops the ball throws, and also starts and stops the oscillator to position ball throws anywhere across the court.

416WR8MB60L._AA280_.jpgTennis Battery Twist Ball Machine - Battery Powered Model
An excellent opportunity to work on your stroke, the Tennis Tutor Tennis Twist Ball Machine provides a unique spiral design that delivers up to 28 balls in five second increments. It shoots a ball every 5 seconds, the ball arc can be adjusted anywhere from 12 to 20-ft in length, its unique spiral design holds up to 28 balls, the adjustable range design makes it practical for use in driveways, backyards, and even basements, and it weights just 11-lbs weight for easy transport.

41DUX7r3cuL._SL500_AA280_.jpgLobster Elite Grand Slam V Ball Machine
This bad boy offers customizable drills. You can program shot locations, speed, spin, and feed rate... the shot sequences are infinite. While the Elite Grandslam IV offers 3 pre-programmed drills, the Elite Grandslam V offers three additional drills, approach, attack/defend, forehand plus. Full Programmability The Elite Grandslam V offers cutting edge technology allows you to program shot locations, speed, spin, and feed rate, too. The variations of shots are infinite. Create personalized drills capable of simulating true match play. Anyone can transform the weak points of their game into areas of complete domination. Fully Random Oscillation with variable Speed & Spin The Grandslam V offers a revolutionary design allows the machine to throw balls throughout the entire spectrum of the court mixing up speed, spin, trajectory and oscillation. This fully random technological advancement allows for the Grandslam V to realistically simulate true match play, a feature that is unsurpassed by any portable tennis ball machine on the market. Pre-Programmed Drills The Grandslam V is also equipped with three pre-programmed six shot drills that simulate the most popular styles of play: grinder, all courter, and power baseliner. These incredible drills mix up speed, trajectory, and spin to prepare you to play against the world's elite! With the press of a button, you can now practice against the playing style of your choice.

41YWCCK96DL._SL500_AA280_.jpgMaster SAM Model 4 Court Equipment Ball Throwing Machines
eatures variable speed control (15 - 85 mph), variable spin control, variable ball feed rate (1.5-13 second intervals), electronic elevation control, random oscillation, electronic width control, 300 ball capacity, and heavy duty rechargeable battery (4-6 hours). Wireless remote to control ball feed. 2-line drill function.

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July 18, 2009

"Baiardo" Stringing Machines Hit the U.S.

Website-Interface.gifWilson dealers began receiving the first US shipment of Baiardo machines in mid-June. The much anticipated release of Baiardo has Wilson dealers across the country excited to be stringing on the industries most innovative and user friendly machine. Baiardo machines are now in stock and available for immediate shipment.

Adjusts-Height-to-User_article_4_columns.pngBaiardo is the first stringing machine designed using multiple ergonomic features provide unprecedented user comfort. Baiardo automatically adjusts height and tilt 3 times during the stringing process (mounting, mains, crosses) putting the string bed in a biomechanically perfect position. Stringers experience less stress on to lower back, shoulders, neck, arms, etc.

"Outstanding piece of equipment! It looks like Wilson spent extra time to look at every aspect of the stringing process when making this machine," said George Wrigley of Wrigley's Tennis in Punta Gorda, FL.

Lance Holm of Player's Racquet Shop East in Portland Oregon says, "One of the best features of our new Baiardo is that it offers the ability to customize the position for each of the stringers in our shop." The names below are dealers across the country who are already enjoying the benefits of the Baiardo stringing machine.


via RSI

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Babolat and John Newcombe Extend Marquee Partnership

Boulder, Colorado -- Babolat announces that the company has extended its partnership with The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch. Since 2002, Babolat has been an exclusive partner for tennis racquets and strings and sponsor of the John Newcombe Tennis Academy and adult tennis programs. With the new agreement, Babolat will continue to be a marquee partner for another three years.

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July 16, 2009

More on Head's YOUTEK Radical Series Launch

We covered the launch a couple weeks ago - click here to read - so we won't bore you with the YOUTEK racquets.

But we will tell you there are new YOUTEK radical bags that we've just learned about. The new bags are designed with extreme abrasion and dirt resistant material on the bottom; longer, padded shoulder straps; metal buckles; and a detachable, adjustable, convertible shoulder strap system.

In orange and blue, we must say they're looking pretty snazzy.


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July 15, 2009

Get a free racquet bag when you buy a Prince EXO3 Blue 110

main_photo_bag_promo_c_1.jpgPrince is celebrating the recent introduction of the new EXO3 Blue 110 by giving away a premium racquet bag to anyone who purchases the new racquet. The EXO3 Blue 110 features both the patented Energy Bridge™ and Energy Channel™ technologies and is specifically crafted for the club player looking for that incredible EXO3 feel in a lightweight, classic, 110 square inch oversize frame. This racquet is perfect for players who have moderate to slower swing speeds and want that large sweetspot for a really comfortable ride.

The offer runs July 15 - Sept 15, while supplies last.

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Tennis Racquets on Sale - Wilson K Pro Tour

41I12CsyJPL._AA280_.jpgWilson [k] Pro Tour Tennis Racquet
The Wilson [K] Pro Tour tennis racquet is made using [k]arophite black technology, a proprietary next-generation structure that results in better feel and a stronger, more stable performance. As a result, it's easier than ever for players to shape their shots and hit the corners with accuracy. And control is a crucial tool, as players who had the fewest unforced errors have won a combined 74 percent of the most recent Grand Slam tournaments. As a whole, the [K] Pro Tour is ideal for the next generation of aggressive baseliners who like to take full, powerful swings at the ball.

The [K] Pro Tour also boasts Wilson's [K]onnector-2 external wings, which are molded into each side of the hoop to increase the dwell time of the ball upon impact. This further improves your control on the court. Other details include extra weight compared to other [K] line racquets, enhanced stability, and a slightly smaller headsize, producing greater precision overall.


* Head size: 96 square inches
* Length: 27 inches
* Weight: 11.6 ounces (strung)
* Stiffness: 67
* String pattern: 16 x 19
* Balance: 7 points, HL
* Cross section: 24 mm flat beam
* Grip: Wilson True Grip
* Grip sizes: 2 to 5
* Wilson Stiffness Index: 5

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July 14, 2009

Tennis Racquets on Sale - Head Microgel Extreme (New)

31oYS9wsppL._AA280_.jpgNEW Head MicroGel Extreme Pro Tennis Racquet
Brand new, this is a GREAT deal. Plus the full original racquet cover included. The racquet comes unstrung.
String Pattern: 16/19
Swingstyle: L3
Beam: 24 / 26 / 23 mm
Head size: 645 cm² / 100 sq. inch
Weight: 315 g / 11.1 oz
Balance: 310 mm
Length: 685 mm / 27''
Colors: yellow/black

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July 13, 2009

Tennis Racquets on Sale - Head Liquidmetal 8

21A83X8JM4L._AA280_.jpgHead Liquidmetal 8 Tennis Racquet
The Head Liquidmetal 8 is the most powerful offering in the Head Liquidmetal line, with a very forgiving sweetspot and significantly lighter weight. More forgiving than any of the other Liquidmetal racquets, the Liquidmetal 8 is geared toward a beginning to intermediate level player with a slow to moderate swing who requires a larger sweetspot. Open string pattern further enhances spin and size of the sweetspot. NoShox handle reduces vibrations by 27% without dampening feel.

* Racquet SpecificationsHeadsize: 112 sq. in.
* Length: 27.33 in.
* Weight (strung): 10.10 oz.
* Stiffness (Babolat RDC): 66
* Balance: 13.98 in. Head Heavy
* Cross Section: 28mm/26mm Tapered Beam
* Swingweight: 312 kg*sq. cm
* String Pattern: 16x19
* Grip: Head HydroSorb

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July 8, 2009

Tennis Racquets on Sale - Head MicroGel 12

head-microgel-12-tennis-racket.jpgThe Head MicroGel 12 Tennis Racket is on sale for $99 - quite a bargain.

The MicroGel 12 is a light, powerful racquet for the beginner to intermediate player with a short stroke game. It also is quite head heavy so it has good weight behind your swing. It has a humongous sweet spot and excellent control for a racquet with this power.

The MicroGel material is infused through the hoop. This distributes shock around the frame, eliminating vibration and making this a very comfortable racquet to play with.

MicroGEL Technology: MicroGEL is a revolutionary silicone based material with the lowest density of any solid known on the planet. This incredible "Super Material" weighs only about 3mg per cubic centimeter, but is able to support up to 4,000 times it's own weight. HEAD has combined MicroGEL with stiff and strong carbon composite fibers to create a racquet with incredible responsive qualities. On ball impact, HEAD MicroGEL uniformly distributes the impact load around the frame circumference providing a rock solid feel and unique touch that has to be experienced to be believed.

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July 6, 2009

Tennis Racquets on Sale - Dunlop Aerogel 200

dunlop-aerogel-200-tennis-racquet.jpgDunlop Aerogel 200 Tennis Racquet is on sale for $99.99. But if you buy two it drops to $89 and if you buy three it drops to $79.

The Dunlop Aerogel 200 is part of the next generation of players racquets that combines proven M-Fil technology with Aerogel to deliver an unmatched strength to weight ratio for enhanced stiffness and increased crispness. Expect the same great performance found in the M-Fil series of racquets, now with the improved feel and feedback provided by Aerogel. Great for advanced players seeking exceptional touch and control for the ultimate in precision shot-making.

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.

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Get $10 in Free MP3 Downloads with Asics Tennis Shoe Purchase

Endless.com is running a special on ASICS sneakers - if you spend $80 or more you get $10 in free MP3 downloads - through July 27, 2009.

ASICS doesn't get much attention on the tennis front, which is unfair. Check out these quality kicks that live up to ASICS reputation for being technically superior to many athletics shoes out there.


ASICS Men's GEL-Challenger 7 Tennis Shoe,White/Marina/Black,8 D US
* Synthetic and mesh upper
* Rubber sole
* GEL Cushioning System attenuates shock during impact phase and toe-off phases
* PGuard toe protector enhances toe durability
* PHF (Personal Heel Fit) features a Memory foam lined heel collar that molds to the athlete's heel, creating a personalized fit
* Solyte midsole material is lighter than ASICS' standard EVA and SpEVA, combined with improved cushioning and durability

ASICS Men's GEL-Game 2 Tennis Shoe,White/Rain/Sun,13 D US
* Synthetic and mesh upper
* Rubber sole
* GEL Cushioning System attenuates shock during impact phase and toe-off phases
* Dynamic Cradle supports and guides the foot
* Trusstic System links the rearfoot and forefoot and shores the midfoot
* Removable sockliner is washable and compatible with orthotics

ASICS Men's GEL-Dedicate Tennis Shoe,White/Malina/Lightning,9 D US
* Synthetic and mesh upper
* Rubber sole
* GEL Cushioning System attenuates shock during impact phase


ASICS Women's GEL-Dedicate Tennis Shoe,White/Faded Denim/White,7.5 B US
* Leather and synthetic upper
* Rubber sole
* GEL Cushioning System attenuates shock during impact phase

ASICS Women's GEL-Resolution 2 Tennis Shoe,White/Cargo/Abyss,6.5 B US
* Synthetic and mesh upper
* Rubber sole
* Impact Guidance System (I.G.S.) enhances the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off
* Solyte midsole material is lighter than ASICS' standard EVA and SpEVA, combined with improved cushioning and durability
* GEL Cushioning System attenuates shock during impact phase and toe-off phases
* Biomorphic fit upper provides a superior fit and function
* PHF (Personal Heel Fit) features a Memory foam lined heel collar that molds to the athlete's heel, creating a personalized fit, PGuard toe protector enhances toe durability

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July 3, 2009

Tommy Haas wearing Nike shoes for Wimbledon, not K-Swiss

b_09_haas_06_getty_i_walton.jpgTommy Haas is supposed to be head-to-toe K-Swiss but looks like he's laced up his old sponsor, Nike, for Wimbledon. Haas isn't the first pro to switch up shoe brands for a given occasion, but I'm sure K-Swissisn't too happy.

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Check out SciFi's 'Caprica' Tennis Court

caprica.jpgA slight departure from our normal fare, especially during Wimbledon. But we're scifi geeks at heart, and thought this was a cool interpretation of an alternative world's tennis court.


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July 1, 2009

More on the New Nike Trainer 1

athletic-02.jpgMore on the new version of the classic Nike Air Trainer in WWD today. Looks like they're calling it the Trainer 1.

Some of the new specs for the mid-top versions (men's and women's) which are coming out this month:

  • 11.5-ounce men's and women's mid-top style features a

  • flexible, patent-pending DiamondFLX outsole

  • new lacing system

  • inner Dynamic Fit sleeve for forefoot lockdown

  • Max Air heel

  • $90 retail

High-top and low-top versions are scheduled to come out later in the year, as well as limited editions with special colorways and materials.

via WWD

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Head Launches YOUTEK Racquet Line

generic_jpic.jpgHead has a new line of racquets out there called Youtek (odd name if you ask me). YOUTEK racquets are designed to adapt to all levels of tennis skill, YOUTEK technologies focus on individual playing styles to enhance performance and bring out the best play in "YOU"...

31gO3mUMadL._AA280_.jpgThe Head® '09 YOUTEK Speed Pro Tennis Racquetis the racquet used by Novak Djokovic. Its heavier frame with very thin beam provides excellent touch for exceptional feel. Technology and Construction: Head® YOUTEK - d3o/Teflon®. Beam: 18mm, Head Size: 98 sq. in., Weight Unstrung: 11.8 oz. Balance Unstrung: 1-1/3"HL/310mm, Length: 27", Grip String Pattern: 16/19, Swing Style: L5.

31B1bEGm+oL._AA280_.jpgThe Head® '09 YOUTEK Speed Lite Tennis Racquetis the lightest racquet in the Speed Series and is an excellent option for players with a moderate swing style. This racquet provides the perfect combination of power, maneuverability, control and feel. Technology and Construction: Head® YOUTEK - d3o/Teflon®. Beam: 24mm, Head Size: 102 sq. in., Weight Unstrung: 9.2 oz. Balance Unstrung: even/340mm, Length: 27", String Pattern: 16/19, Swing Style: S2.

Check out all the Head Youtek Racquets

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