January 19, 2009
#12 seed Gael Monfils has switched to the new Prince EXO3 Rebel
Monfils has recently knocked off world #1 Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick in weeks leading up to Melbourne and is hoping to continue his inspired play with his new frame Down Under.
Prince's EXO3 (See WATR's posts) ground-breaking racquet technology is being used by others in addition to Monfils - qualifier Xavier Malisse and Shahar Peer among others.
This Australian Open markes the first time in Prince history that the brand has a significant presence in footwear and apparel at the grand slam tournament.
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January 31, 2008
Yep...the lucky person who caught Djokovic's winning adidas shirt at the Australian Open is doing what any red-blooded capitalist should do...sell it on eBay!
The starting bid is AU $ 4,999 (US $4,445.61). The description:
This shirt was worn by new Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the Men's Final on Sun 27 January 2008. Caught (full of sweat!) in the audience Row A Seat 108. Comes with the ticket as a proof of authenticity, plus any photos as needed. Collectable Value - Novak is the first Serbian to win a Grand Slam final and the youngest ever winner at Melbourne Park.
from Down the Line
January 27, 2008
At long last, one of the Serbian contingent has a Grand Slam tennis title. Novak Djokovic, after beating Roger Federer in straight sets, took down Jo-Wilifried Tsonga (the Cinderella story of the tournament) in 4 sets - 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6. Tsonga, who in the semis beat the stuffing out of Rafael Nadal in straight sets, put up a noble fight but came up a little short. We're sure to see more from him. Congratulations to Novak!
It was also a big night for adidas and Wilson, who sponsor both players head-to-toe.
Both wear the adidas Barricade V.
Djokovic wears the white version
Tsonga wears the black version
Both swing the Wilson K Blade Tour
Djokovic wears adidas YOC Group
Tsonga wears the adidas Edge Group
January 26, 2008
Maria Sharapova Leads O3 Dominance Down Under En Route to Third Grand Slam Title
Bordentown, NJ – January 26, 2008 – At only twenty years old, Maria Sharapova has already captured three of tennis’ four Grand Slam titles. With her Prince O3 White in hand, Sharapova soundly knocked off the No.1, No. 3, and No. 4 seeds on her way to capturing her first-ever Australian Open title.
From the moment she took to the court for her first round match carrying her new gold racquet bag over her shoulder, Sharapova was completely focused on the task at hand. The fifth seed, who dedicated much of the off season to her fitness, showed no signs of an ailing shoulder that plagued her for much of 2007. Rather, over the course of two weeks, Sharapova made clear that she was the one to beat – wowing crowds with a display of power, shot-making and the controlled intensity she is known for - ultimately defeating Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3 in the finals.
Continue reading: "Sharapova Wins Third Jewel in Grand Slam Crown - Prince O3 Wins Too"
January 24, 2008
It is getting down to the nitty gritty now at the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova took care of Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-1 in the first women's semi.
Ana Ivanovic recovered from an awful start to beat Daniela Hantuchova in the other women's semi-finals.
But the big story - underdog Jo-Wlfried Tsonga beat world #2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 6-2 6-3 6-2. Tsonga awaits the winner of the Federer/Djokovic match.
Today at the Aussie Open Shop?
Womens Floral Singlet
A celebration design with plastisol and glitter print on our ladies v-neck singlet with kangaroo pocket and wide waistband. Available in white and light blue. US$30.62
Imagine yourself, actually in Oz next year - taking in all the non-stop action of the year's first Grand Slam, and all the sun, surf and beauty of Australia, in person! Make that dream a reality. Prince, the presenting sponsor of Tennis Channel’s “Heating Up Down Under” sweepstakes, is offering a chance to win a trip for two to the 2009 Australian Open, complete with a special trip to the McWilliams’ winery outside of Sydney.
Log onto Tennis Channel's website, fill out the entry form and keep your fingers crossed.
Official Rules can be seen at the Tennis Channel website.
For more information on Prince products, click here.
January 23, 2008
January 21, 2008
We're running some maintenance on our blogging system, so I can't post the live results, sorry. Here is the link to find all the good news from the Australian Open.
But, here is probably our favorite Australian Open product so far, the Mens 550 Tee, which runs US $26.37. The green tee tells the story of the competition with overlayed plastisol (whatever that is) and gel print. 100% combed cotton jersey, garment washed for a soft handle.
January 20, 2008
Today and tomorrow we'll be running some maintenance on our blogging system and I won't be able to post live. So here is the link to find all the good news from the Australian Open.
Today's Australian Open product? The Performance Wristband. It better be a performance something, it costs US $11.42. It also sports the Australian Open logo.
January 19, 2008
It is Saturday at the Australian Open...or Sunday...or Monday...or whatever the hell day it is there. But its Saturday here in the U.S. The two big stories of the past day: Federer got pushed to the limite, enduring 5-set match against Janko Tipsarevic, prevailing 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-1 10-8. And James Blake staged a big comeback to defeat flashy Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean 4-6 2-6 6-0 7-6(5) 6-2. More News
So if you're wandering around the AO, you need something to hold all your stuff. So how about the Canvas Womens Tote for USD $26.37? The canvas bag has a flower graphic and australian open branding, but not the logo, which makes it an understated look.
January 18, 2008
OK...I woke up at 4 AM this morning and could not fall back asleep, so I watched the Australian Open, what the hell else is on? The silver lining of this situation is the match I just finished watching - Andy Roddick vs. Phillip Kohlschreiber. I don't think I'm the first to observe that the Oz Open is sometimes a little boring, but that all changed with this match. Kohlschreiber won 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 8-6 in a match with perhaps the highest level of play I've ever seen. Both players were swinging out on the ball and making very few errors. A bummer for Roddick, who played extremely well, and a great win for Kohlschreiber, who I think will break into the top 15 or 10 soon.
Well, due to sleep deprivation, that's the news for today. If you want more news click here.
Our product for today? The Australian Open Vibration Dampener. Comes in a 2-pack for US$8.78.
OTHER AUSTRALIAN OPEN STUFF AT AMAZON.COM
January 17, 2008
When one door closes another opens. So too does Day 4 at the Aussie Open end and Day 5 begins. Here are some of the Day 4 highlights:
- 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Alun Jones
- World No.2 Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (7-0) 6-2
- Russian No.27 seed Maria Kirilenko had an easy win over Akiko Morigami of Japan.
- Venus Williams, the No.8 seed, defeated Camille Pin of France 7-5 6-4.
- Women's No.9 seed Daniela Hantuchova won over France's Alize Cornet in straight sets.
- Indian No.32 seed Sania Mirza pulled out a close 6-1 4-6 7-5 win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.
- Dmitry Tursonov lost to American Sam Querrey in four sets 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 6-2.
We also have the AO Backpack for US$39.73
A great looking backpack with room to store everything you need for a big day at the tennis or even a great school bag.
OTHER AUSTRALIAN OPEN STUFF AT AMAZON.COM
January 16, 2008
Day 3 Australian Open highlights:
- Men's 6 seed Andy Roddick breezed past Germany's Michael Berrer.
- Nicole Vaidisova beat Alicia Molik in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena, 6-2 6-3.
- Women's Top seed Justine Henin is safely through to the third round with a 6-1 7-5 win over Russia's Olga Poutchkova.
- Men's No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal beat the stuffing out of Frenchman 6-0 6-2 6-2.
- Serena Williams beat Meng Yuan in straight sets
- Australian Casey Dellacqua stunned No.15 seed Patty Schnyder 4-6 7-5 8-6
- Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat American qualifier Sam Warburg 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.
- Maria Sharapova easily beat Lindsay Davenport in their second round match.
The AO Men's Brush Drill Cap
Mens Brush Drill Cap has spliced panels, full Australian Open logo and Grand slam feature piping in front peak. Available in navy and platinum gray - we like the navy personally. US$26.37 at the AO Shop.
January 15, 2008
Highlights from Day 2 in the land of Oz:
- China's Shuai Peng lost to Russia's Alisa Kleybanova.
- Daniela Hantuchova proved to be too much for the USA's Vania King, beating King 6-3 7-5.
- World #3 Novak Djokovic has defeated Germany's Benjamin Becker 6-0 6-2 7-6 in a fairly easy romp.
- Japan's Akiko Morigami pulled a straight-set upset over Michaella Krajicek.
- Australian Joe Sirianni has lost a tough five-setter in the first round against Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.
- Aussie crowd favorite and overall feisty individual, Lleyton Hewitt, beat the stuffing out of Belgium's Steve Darcis.
- Marcus Baghdatis from Cyprus fought through his leg injury to beat veteran Thomas Johansson.
- Top qualifier Robin Haase defeated No.17 seed Ivan Ljubicic in a match lasting nearly 3 hours.
Australian Open Womens Signature Tee
This attractive tee has floral graphics at front flocked, is cap sleeved with ties, and has a longer length for a flattering look and comfort. Comes in blue and pink, and runs US$31.48.