Products of the Pros
July 4, 2010
We have but one big observation regarding the equipment of this year's Wimbledon on the ladies' side of things. And that observation...K-Swiss has arrived.
Of course, K-swiss has been around for a long long time, and they've been the choice of many a club player including yours truly forever. But they've only been going into the pro game for a few years. Yes, the Bryan brothers are K-Swiss head to toe which is amazing. But let's be real, doubles doesn't sell product. Singles does, which is why Vera Zvonareva's final appearance was noteworthy to us.
First, the apparel. Very sharp, classic yet modern. Not too flashy. Contemporary tennis threads. Check it out at Do It Tennis or Tennis Warehouse.
The Shoes: K-Swiss Women's Defier RS
The Defier RS is engineered to stand up to the most intense game. The TecTuff high-abrasion toe wrap creates a durable barrier between the court and the foot. The abrasion-resistant DragGuard is placed in the toe and the heel of the Aosta 7.0 rubber outsole. The Defier RS outsole features non-marking and a clay-friendly herringbone tread pattern for multi-surface traction.
Check out K-Swiss gear at Amazon.and Do It Tennis
July 4, 2010
We could talk about the big win, as usual, for Nikein this year's men's final between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych - Nikehas them both head to toe. But that's pretty apparent. Here are our two less obvious notes:
Djokovic's Move to Sergio Tacchini
We've known the Joker to be an adidas guy, but things change. We may be late to the party on this news, but we're big fans of the old school brand, Sergio Tacchini.Classic, clean, perfect for Wimbledon.
Check out Sergio Tacchini apparel at Amazonand Do It Tennis.
However, Djokovic is still wearing the adidas Barricade tennis shoe and swinging the Head YouTek Speed Pro Tennis Racquet.
Rafa's New Strings
As part of his standard excellent color commentary of the Wimbledon final, John McEnroe made note of the specific string Champion Rafael Nadal was using, Babolat RPM Blast. The RPM Blast is the new string used by both Nadal and Andy Roddick - its a good string for big hitters like those two. It sports an 8-sided cross-section which adds extra bite on the ball for added topspin and slice. New high density co-polymer polyester monofilament combined with a new cross-linked silicone coating provides even more spin and greater ball control.
Check out the RPM Blast at Amazonor at Do It Tennis.
June 3, 2010
I don't remember if there's ever been a grand slam final played by someone wearing sunglasses, but we have one as of this very moment - congratulations Sam Stosur in her romping of Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2.
Stosur wears Oakley Enduring sunglassesin a variety of colors. Today she wore Pearl Whiteshown below.
February 1, 2010
Recent Racquet Switch to Prince EXO3 Ignite Team 95 Helps American Doubles Duo Take One Step Closer to All-Time Titles Record
January 31, 2010 - Bordentown, NJ, - Defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took home their second consecutive men's doubles crown at the 2010 Australian Open Saturday evening and their eighth Grand Slam title overall beating rivals Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
With their EXO3 Ignite Team 95racquets, which they switched to late last year, the 31-year old American twins are now just four titles away from reaching the all-time record, currently held by Australian greats Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with 61.
"It feels great to come back to Melbourne and defend our title, capture another Grand Slam and take one step closer to the all-time title record," said Bob Bryan. "It is exactly how we hoped to kick-off 2010."
Check out the EXO3 Ignite Team 95
Continue reading: "Bryan Brothers Capture Fourth Australian Open Title, Second Consecutive, and Eighth Grand Slam Crown Overall"
January 7, 2010
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.
Continue reading: "Maria Sharapova Heads into 2010 With New Prince Racquet and Limited Edition, Signature Racquet Bag Collection"
"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.
July 3, 2009
January 30, 2009
TV spot from Prince featuring #13 ranked Gael Monfils and his Prince EXO3 Rebel 95 racquet - one of the newest releases from Prince featuring EXO3 technology.
This TV spot has just started to air, this is an early look:
NEW GAEL MONFILS - EXO3 REBEL :30 TV SPOT
January 28, 2009
Unique Sports is proud to announce a multi-year agreement with WTA Top 15 player Victoria Azarenka. The 19 year old rising star Azarenka uses the new high performance overgrip Tourna Tac from the makers of the world famous Tourna Grip. Both Unique and Victoria are excited about the partnership and potential to market high performance gear specifically to women. Azarenka said of the new grip, "...Tourna Tac it is definitely my grip of choice, it really performs in all playing conditions and doesn't slip out of my hand like other grips". Azarenka is featured on the packaging of the Pink and White colors of Tourna Tac.
Check out Tourna Grip here
January 23, 2009
Wilson Racquet Sports announced that they have signed a long term agreement with Anna Chakvetadze. The 21 year old ended 2008 with a WTA Tour ranking of 18, which was her third Top 20 year in a row. In late 2007, Chakvetadze achieved a career high world ranking of number 5. She reached the quarterfinals in three out of four Grand Slams, and got to the semifinals of the WTA Tour Sony Ericsson Championships.
"I am thrilled to be playing with Wilson equipment," said Chakvetadze. "I know that my racket, bag, strings all have the highest quality to support on my quest for the Top 10". Anna will debut her Wilson [K] Blade Team racket and Eco Pro Tour Super Six bag next week at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Continue reading: "Wilson Racquet Sports Signs Anna Chakvetadze to Long Term Agreement"
January 12, 2009
01/06/09 - Kennelbach - Austria - HEAD announced that the company has signed a long term agreement with tennis superstar Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who currently ranks third in the South African Airways ATP ranking. Djokovic will make his debut as a HEAD athlete at the Brisbane International this week. The partnership became effective on January 1st, 2009.
Continue reading: "HEAD Signs World No. 3 Novak Djokovic"
November 4, 2008
Twenty-two year old Frenchman GaelMonfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') has been called tennis' uber-athlete. Aside frombeing one of the most charismatic personalities in the sport, he is a natural talentgraced with incredible athleticism and rare combinations of speed, strength, grittycounter-punching and incredible shot making abilities. At 6'4", 180 lbs, Monfilsrepresents the next generation tennis player. He also now represents the Princebrand.
Four weeks ago, "La Monf", as he is often affectionately referred to, picked up one of the frames in Prince's soon-to-be released 2009 line. While details of the line are still confidential, Monfils was an instant convert. At a ceremony in Paris, France during the BNP Paribas Masters event, he made it official, signing with Prince and becoming the newest athlete on the Company's player roster.
According to Monfils, "I knew as soon as I hit the first ball with it, there was something different, something better. It is hard to explain, but the holes and the technology made a difference. It just felt right. The racquet is vital to my work. It has to elevate my game or I am not interested in making a switch."
In fact, since picking up the new racquet prior to the ATP event stop in Vienna, Austria, the former No. 1 ranked junior in the world has beaten two top fifteen players, reached his first ATP final in more than twelve months and has jumped fourteen ranking spots to No. 14 in the world - not a bad start.
Monfils has chosen to play a model that has been in development for more than two years and is set for release, globally, in the first part of 2009. It, along with the other models in the series, will introduce the tennis world to a breakthrough racquet technology that re-writes the laws of physics.
"Prince is known on the tour for making best quality racquets and for always making new advancements that help players win," said Monfils. "They are inspiring players and changing the game - and that is the type of team I want to be on."
Moving forward Monfils will be an ambassador for the brand and involved in all aspects of marketing and promotion.
"This is certainly an exciting addition to the Prince team - one that is a true testament to the hard work of our product development team and an early indicator that players will see something very special in 2009," said George Napier, CEO of Prince Sports, Inc. "We are proud to be in partnership with Gael and his team and feel privileged to have him representing our brand. He is passionate, professional, team-oriented and, together, we look forward to helping Gael reach the top of his game."
Monfils joins an impressive and growing list of athletes playing with Prince including: Nikolay Davydenko, David Ferrer, the current No.1 ranked (and perhaps greatest of all-time) men's doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan, the current No.1 ranked woman in the world, Jelena Jankovic, the No. 1 ranked woman's doubles player in the world, Liezel Huber and Maria Sharapova - as well as a growing number of top-ranked junior players around the world.
September 18, 2008
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.
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September 9, 2008
August 29, 2008
I was fully expecting to put the Bryan Brothers' racquets in this post, I'm used to them being the #1 seed. But they've hit a couple snags, placing them in the #2 spot. Instead, we'll talk about the top seeded team of Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic
Nestor will be swinging the WilsonHyper Pro Staff 6.1. His partner, Nenad Zimonjic plays with a Head tennis racquet.
On the women's side of things, the #1 seed is Liezel Huber and Cara Black. Liezel Huber swings a Prince Ozone Pro Tour that can be found at DoItTennis and Amazonfor $179.
Cara Black play with Wilson, a Wilson [K] Six-One to be exact. That That stickstart at $185 at Amazon.