October 14, 2007

Head Does Their Part for Corporate Carbon Responsibility

Head N.V. establishes an alliance with the global environmental charity, Cool Earth.

Cool Earth's mission is to fight climate change head-on by protecting endangered rainforest, which play a vital role in the global climate by absorbing carbon. More than 100 tonnes of carbon are locked up in each acre of rainforest - when the forest is destroyed, the carbon that is released warms the earth's temperature.

HEAD is committed to saving over 7,000 acres/28 km2 per year of mature rainforest from destruction - which equals the size of more than 100,000 tennis courts or 7,000 American football fields, or 3,650 FIFA Soccer Fields.

"Educating sports enthusiasts about the affects of carbon emissions is an important part of why we're doing this," said Eliasch. "We all depend on a stable climate to ski, play tennis, or dive. If we don't wake up and make a difference now we won't be doing these things in their natural environments much longer."

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October 12, 2007


Today's my birthday, so I figured it would be a good time to post my ultimate tennis wish list. Don't feel like you have to get me any of these things, but any gifts are appreciated...just kidding. This is just a way to highlight some products that I think are really great.

KSwiss Ultrascendor Mid Mens Shoes
I already have them, but wanted to tell everyone how much I like them. Good support, REALLY light, fits me well (size 13, very narrow), and the keep me from spraining my ankles.
- Upper: Leather mid-cut. Durable TecTuff toe wrap for toe drag protection.
- Midsole: Shock Spring cushioning technology. Cushion Board construction. midfoot shank for added support, stability and optimal flex point positioning.
- Outsole: Durable Aosta 7.0 rubber construction in a modified herringbone pattern. DragGuard in the toe and heel areas for increased durability.
- Weight: 17.1 ounces (size 10.5)
- Color: White / Navy / Silver

Head Metallix 4 Racquet

I'm using Wilson Pro Staffs right now and like them fine...but since I'm wishing...according to Tennis-Warehouse:

The lightest and most maneuverable "4" series racquet from HEAD since the Ti. 4 racquets, the Metallix 4 offers excellent mobility from all areas of the court. With the stiffer Metallix material in the throat and the new HEAD Stabilizer system, this racquet blends maneuverability with a stable response. The open string pattern combines with the low swingweight to offer easy access to spin and plenty of ball speed off the stringbed. At net the racquet offers some nice pop to get volleys away. The feel from the racquet is comfortable from all areas of the court, yet there's not too much dampening to hinder placement on touch volleys etc. Impressively, the racquet feels very solid at impact - much more so than found with most racquets in this weight class. Overall, the Metallix 4 offers lots of performance for players at the 3.5-4.5 level, as well as more advanced players seeking added power and mobility from their racquet.

Boris Becker Men's Romb Polo
Just like Boris Becker's hair, this shirt is very orange. And extremely lightweight with classic piping along the collar, placket and sleeves. And relatively subtle logos.

- Content: 100% Polyester
- Colors: Indigo Blue, Orange, White/Sky Blue
- Sizes: Small (SM) - Extra Extra Large (XXL)

Boris Becker Men's Woven Short
I'm liking the BB apparel, what can I say? Woven shorts with elastic waistband, built-in mesh brief, front pockets, back right pocket, faux fly (huh?), contrasting stripes down sides (except for white), and Boris Becker logos screen-printed on lower left front and back pocket. 6.5" inseam.

Adidas Men's Summer YOC Hoody
More orange...but what I like most is the cut of the sweatshirt. Who says a hoodie has to be big and baggy? It features a half zip with pull tab, mesh hood with toggles for adjustability, kangaroo pouch at center front with mesh trim, mesh inserts down sides, contrasting trim around hem, stylish colorblocking at left sleeve, thin elastic cuffs for comfort, adjustable hem for a custom fit, and a screened Adidas logo at left chest. And the ClimaCool technology helps you not sweat to death.

Thorlo Level 2 Micro-Mini Sock

I like padding and I don't like high socks. 'Nuff said.

Fila Vintage Headband Tan/Navy/Red
Last but not least...arguably the one item of tennis apparel most associated with a single tennis player...the Borg headband. Do I look like a fool in a headband? Yes. Would people laugh at me if I put one on my huge noggin? Indeed. Do I love it? More than Nadal loves dumbbell curls.

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August 25, 2007

Top Spin Tennis Coming to the Wii

For all you Wii fans, you're getting a new tennis game. More specifically, you're getting Top Spin, one of the best tennis game franchises spanning many gaming consoles. Unlike Wii Sports Tennis, it’s looks like in this version you control the player’s movements along with swinging the racquet to hit the ball.

From: Andy G @

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August 22, 2007

Maria Sharapova on the cover of Shape magazine

I was walking through my living room and saw my wife's copy of the September Shapemagazine, and felt compelled to write a post. I just couldn't take my eyes off Sharapova's Nike apparel...and since this is a blog about tennis products, it would be downright irresponsible not to take note.

Check out Shapemagazine

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August 19, 2007

Lever 2000 U.S. Open Promo - Win a Free Tennis Lesson

Lever 2000 is running an interesting promotion and mini-site for this year's U.S. Open. Among webisodes and online video tips for all player levels, you can get a free beginner group lesson. All you have to do is enter the code found on the sticker attached to your specially marked
6-bar or 8-bar pack of Lever 2000 and download a voucher to redeem your free lesson.

Check out the Lever 2000 "Raise Your Game," U.S. Open promotion site

Need U.S. Open Tickets?

US Open Tennis Tickets - Arthur Ashe Kids Day

US Open Tennis Tickets - Day Session

All-Inclusive 2007 US Open Tennis Packages Tickets

US Open Tennis Tickets - Session 25 (Womens Final)

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August 5, 2007

Review of

A new website has launched, sponsored by TIA (Tennis Industry Assoc.), for tennis job seekers. Its called Not the most inspired name, but damn clear. I'm not really looking for a job in tennis, I was you never know what you may see of interest. The minute I got there I went into website product manager mode, a role I've played many times. The navigation is a little clunky and the UI isn't designed particularly well, its not clear the path they're looking for you to take. Examples:

- The top nav bar has the Home button second from the left. That's just weird. I've seen it to the far left, the far right, and the very top right corner. But why two in?

- On the homepage I clicked the "Make a Profile" link, taking me to another page which (1) wasn't a registration form, (2) didn't tell me what to do, and (3) had the second link to "Get Started" buried at the bottom of the page and didn't do anything to make the link stand out. During the regis. process, I went through three pages of forms...and then it went looney...errors everywhere...told me to contact the website administrator. I got the announcement for this new site from the newsletter. My advice, having been burned by this many times...especially if you're not a web the bugs our first. I look forward to it being fixed so I can check it out more.

Check it out here

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July 24, 2007

US Open - Which brands will reign supreme?

Wilson rackets dominated Wimbledon, with Venus and Federer both winning the title. WATR wants to take this to the next level for the US Open. While winning the whole thing is important, we think the mark of great products should be on how broad their success is, so we want to look at the whole tournament.

We will be tracking the men's and women's draws and monitoring which brands are winning. We'll look at rackets, shoes and clothes. We will do our best to make daily updates if possible, but we will definitely be posting often to update you all on the standings. At the end of the tourney, we'll look at which brands fared best.

If you have any picks or predictions, feel free to make them in the comments section.

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June 6, 2006

Real Racquets for Video Game Controllers

Nintendo is working on new video game controllers that are actually like the real item. For example, you'd be able to swing an actual tennis racquet when playing a tennis video game.

Very cool. means I'll probably smash my controller in two now as well!

Read the article

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Borg Names Himself in the Top 4 Ever

OK...anyone who reads WATR...the loyal few...know I'm a big Borg fan. Well, apparently the winner of five consecutive Wimbledon titles rated himself among the world's top four players ever in an interview published Monday, the eve of his 50th birthday.

First of all, wow...he's almost 50! Second of all, I think I agree with his top 4. But...I've taken the liberty of rounding out the rest of the top ten. My apologies to Newcombe, Smith and almost made it! Starting at #5:

5. McEnroe
6. Connors
7. Agassi
8. Lendl
9. Becker
10. Edberg

Read the whole article

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March 17, 2006

HEAD launches Tour Team line of bags

HEAD has just launched the Tour Team Series of bags this month. Good looking stuff, there are 6 bags in all.

Tour Team Sport (SRP: $45)
Tour Team Backpack (SRP: $40)
Tour Team Combi (SRP: $50)
Tour Team SuperCombi (SRP: $60)
Tour Team Tennis (SRP: $75)
Tour Team Travel (SRP: $90)


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February 18, 2006

Wilson signs on as official ball of WTT

02/17/06 - World TeamTennis (WTT)

Following the success this past year with its nCode technology, Wilson becomes the ball of record for Billy Jean King's World Team Tennis. Frankly, I have no idea how this league survives, but indeed it does...

BTW - 6, count'em, 6 slams in 2005 were with Wilson nCodes...
- Serena Williams (n3) Australian Open
- Justine Henin-Hardenne (nTour) French Open
- Roger Federer (nSix-One Tour) Wimbledon and US Open
- Venus Williams (n4) Wimbledon
- Bryan Brothers (nPro Surge) US Open

Read the whole release

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February 17, 2006

Playing Without a Net

I apologize for the lack of postings. No excuses, for those who are actually coming to WATR (all two of you...not counting Jay and Scott). But I'm back in business!

Here are some VERY cool shots of Andre Agassi and Roger Federer playing on the tennis court at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, UAE. The hotel is known as the best in the world...looks like it may live up to the hype...

Not a lot to say, the pics truly speak for themselves, except that my guess is they don't chase the balls...

Visit the Burj Al Arab hotel website

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October 14, 2005

Williams Sisters get props from the Hip Hop Community

The Williams sisters have made names for themselves not only in the tennis world, but also in pop culture. The most recent examples of this can be seen in mentions in popular Hip Hop songs by Snoop Dogg and Kanye west. Why does it matter? I would argue that anytime tennis players gain notice among popular celebrities (however unlikely), it's good for the game.

Hey it's no McEnroe / Connors rivalry...but it's something.

Signs by Snoop Dogg feat. Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake
"Mami, Mamasita, have you ever - flown on G5s
From London - to Ibiza
You gotta have cake (tell' em).
You'll have Sunday's with chiquitas.
You'll see Venus and Serena,
In the Wimbledon Arena.
And I can take you."

Gold Digger by Kanye West
"...but I'm lookin for the one
have you seen her
My psychic told me she'll have a ass like Serena"

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September 28, 2005

Tennis racquet line...guess it makes sense...

Gamma has been a verable force in tennis string for years. Now they are growing their fishing line business. I guess that makes sense as a natural product & line extension. Gamma began producing fly fishing line four years ago when it introduced Frog Hair products. This year is is launching its Edge and High Performance lines this year.
They all have the patented irradiation process company founder Harry Ferrari developed 30 years ago for tennis racquet string.

While fishing line typically is made by first melting copolymer and then drawing it like taffy until the desired pound test weight and diameter are achieved, Gamma molecularly alters the copolymer using an energy more powerful than that used in microwave ovens.

From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, September 27, 2005, by Deborah Weisberg

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