January 21, 2010

Prince Introduces New Lightspeed Footwear Series to Tennis Players

Lower, Lighter, Faster Shoes Puts Players More In Touch with the Court for Enhanced Balance and Unwavering Stability - Debuts on Pros at Australian Open

January 21, 2010 - Bordentown, NJ, - Prince, a global leader in performance tennis equipment, announces the arrival of Lightspeed footwear for competitive players. Designed to be lower, lighter and faster, Lightspeed models feature sleek silhouettes on a low-profile platform that keeps a player's center of gravity low for enhanced balance, agility and responsiveness on the court. The new shoes, which hit shelves globally beginning in February, debuted Monday at the 2010 Australian Open on the feet of Marcel Granollers, who raced around the court in the new shoes during his five-set, first round upset of No. 8 seed Robin Soderling.

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January 11, 2010

Stick It Wear?! Tshirts - Part 2, John McEnroe "Being Serious"

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We can't talk about Jimmy Connors' design from Stick It Wear?! without taking a look at the other American tennis bad boy, Johnny Mac. I've come to really love the older McEnroe, but in his younger days, with the wild afro, headband and horrendous attitude, I had trouble rooting for him. This younger persona, though, is nailed in this 100% cotton t-shirt.

McEnroe may not have thought the line judges were being serious, but this shirt is seriously cool. Ok...that was a lame play on words but what can I say...?

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January 11, 2010

Stick It Wear?! T-shirts - Part 1, Our Savior JC

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Jimmy Connors, that is...what did you think we meant? :)

There are few tennis strokes as distinctive as the straight-armed, lefty, two-handed backhand of Jimmy Connors. Which is exactly what the newest Stick It Wear?! design captures perfectly. Add to that the Dutch boy haircut, the Wilson T-2000 racquet and the short-shorts, and you've got the persona nailed.

As with all the Stick It Wear items, the stick figure graphic is augmented by the dates of the player's most noteworthy accomplishments. In this case, Connors' U.S. Open wins, when one of the original bad boys of tennis was dominating the sport. Not to mention, Connors is the only player to win the U.S. Open on all three of its surfaces - grass, clay and hard.

You can get the JC shirt on a variety of apparel items, but the image shown is a 100% cotton t-shirt. Its soft and not overly thick cotton. That coupled with the reasonable cut (not too slim, not too baggy) makes it a very comfortable shirt.

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January 7, 2010

Maria Sharapova Heads into 2010 With New Prince Racquet and Limited Edition, Signature Racquet Bag Collection

3-Time Grand Slam Champion to Showcase Newly Launched EXO3 Black and New Limited Edition Sharapova Bag Collection at 2010 Australian Open

Bordentown, NJ - January 7, 2010 - When 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova steps onto the hard courts of this year's first Grand Slam event later this month, she will be sporting some new equipment. In her quest for her fourth Grand Slam title, the 22 year-old will be wielding a new racquet - the recently launched Prince EXO3 Black - and carrying the first piece from her new Limited Edition Prince Sharapova Bag Collection.
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"I am so excited to walk onto one of tennis' biggest stages with the new racquet and my 2010 bag line. What better place to introduce them than the first Grand Slam event of the year?" said Sharapova.

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January 6, 2010

Review: Nike McEnroe Air Trainer 1

IMG00014-20091204-1505.jpgIf you've been reading What's All The Racquet for very long, you've probably noticed I'm in love with Nike Air Trainers - specifically the old ones I (and McEnroe) used to wear but also the new versions (See old posts here and here). Well, I finally bought a pair of the new Nike McEnroe Air Trainer 1's.

What can I say...I love them. I wear them nearly constantly.

Design-wise, they don't have the velcro strap of old, but that's ok. I actually think these are more stylish than the old ones. For the nostalgic among us, you can see below the details paying homage to Johnny Mac - from the inside of both tongues to the ranting McEnroe stick figure on the outside of the heel. Also, Nike throws in two additional pairs of laces - gray and green. That gives you the ability to choose your color and customize the shoes as you'd like. Seems like a small thing, but it adds an aspect of personalization that builds the emotional tie you have with the shoes.

I've both worked out in them and played tennis in them. Despite being VERY light and comfortable, they provide plenty of arch-support, and the mid-top holds in your ankle quite well. You can make cuts and change direction with confidence - a big deal for me as I have very weak ankles. With the larger panel design, the sole will be best on hard courts - I would imagine these being pretty slippery on clay or grass although I've not played on these surfaces.

Bottom line, the Nike McEnroe Air Trainers have exceeded my hopes, strongly recommend them.

Other Nike Air Trainers

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January 4, 2010

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