December 5, 2013
Do you want to learn Tennis or the steps to improve? Dr. Melo explains the essential link between movement and personality for quicker results. To progress, players must develop an accurate image of the strokes and the tennis personality type behind them. This is achieved with the modalities of ‘attention’, the greatest tool to regulate our mental energy.
Dr. Melo’s tennis method opens the game to a new group of people. It is presented as an exercise for self awareness by the practice of attention at each position and transition, similar to the martial arts, yoga or dance.
Dr. Melo has been successful with many students. His tennis teaching career began at Northwestern University. He played for Coach Claire Riessen and off-season hired him to manage a summer club in Evanston, Illinois. Later, he taught at various clubs in the Chicago area while getting a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
In the 1980’s Dr. Melo taught a tennis clinic at the Himalayan Institute of Science and Philosophy during the summers. He called the method “Tennis and Self discovery”. This book is a version in tennis terms of his graduate studies in movement and the theory of symbols or Semiotics, a branch of Linguistics. Dr. Melo continues to teach private lessons in Sarasota, Florida.
To purchase a copy of Dr. Melo’s latest book, click on the following link to iTunes.
December 4, 2013
Irvine, Calif. –December 3, 2013 – ASICS America has signed on as the new title sponsor of the ASICS World Tennis Classic tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Known as the largest adult USTA sanctioned tournament in the country and the largest senior tournament in the world, over 750 players will compete at the Mission Hills Country Club, January 26 through February 2, 2014.
The ASICS World Tennis Classic is another step towards ASICS’s plan to expand its reach in the tennis category. Earlier this year the brand announced its multi-year sponsorship of the ASICS Easter Bowl, one of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the nation. The ASICS World Tennis Classic will now enable ASICS to address the adult market, which is an important segment for the continued growth of the sport and the brand.
“Tennis is one of the fastest growing categories within ASICS America,” says ASICS America Marketing Manager Kelly O’Rouke. “We are thrilled to partner with such a premiere tournament that attracts players from over 35 states. It’s important for us to support all levels of tennis, whether that is juniors, professionals, or seniors, and sponsoring world-class tournaments such as the ASICS World Tennis Classic allow us to do just that.”
ASICS will have a large presence at the tournament with on-site activation including event signage, gift bags, and tournament prizes for top finishers. The latest ASICS award-winning tennis footwear, apparel and accessories will also be on display and available for purchase in the Mission Hills Country Club pro shop.
“Having an iconic brand such as ASICS as our title sponsor not only demonstrates the commitment of ASICS to the adult market but also lends increased credibility to the tournament itself”, says Ed Trost who along with his wife Jayne Robertson have been the tournament’s directors over the past 9 years. “With ASICS support of the largest junior event (Easter Bowl) and now the largest adult event will give the company exposure to a wide range of tennis players who in many respects act as ambassadors to the sport.”
For more information about the tournament, please visit: asicsworldtennisclassic.com
December 4, 2013
Getting that perfect gift for that special tennis player in your life can sometimes be complicated. Are they a Rafa Nadal fan or do they side with Roger Federer’s RF logo? Are they a rec player looking to take their game to the 4.0 land of grace, or are they a tournament level junior attempting to intimidate their competition with the freshest gear on the market? Whatever your needs or tastes are this holiday season, TennisWarehouse.com can provide you with the best products and service on the net.
For starters, how about the shoe of choice for Juan Martin del Potro for only $69.95? Made for the serious player, the Nike Air Max Cage in grey with atomic red are the perfect choice for the confident player on your list, looking to be noticed on court. Backed with a 6-month out-sole guarantee, the Air Max Cage is a steal for less than $70.
How does 30-50% off the latest in adidas apparel and footwear for men and women sound? Great savings are now online, featuring the outfits that Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic sported throughout 2013. In particular, make sure to checkout the men’s adidas Barricade 8 for only $83.97 (Murray’s shoe of choice) and the Stella McCartney Fall Tank, as worn by Wozniacki and Laura Robson.
Looking for a new racket to ring in the new year? TennisWarehouse has both inline and upcoming rackets from Babolat, Wilson, Head, Prince and Dunlop to choose from. You simply can’t go wrong with Nadal’s Babolat AeroPro Drive for only $199.99 and if you’re looking for the slightly older version of the same stick, then try the Babolat AeroPro Drive GT for $149.99.
We also don’t want you to forget about the great assortment of tennis bags available at TW. Whether you’re looking for travel, or tournament level luggage, TennisWarehouse has all the top brands to choose from, as well as the niche brands that stand out.
Well there you have it, tennis fans. Look no further than TennisWarehouse this holiday season for all your tennis needs. TW is currently offering free shipping on all orders in the United States. For our European readers looking for the same great products and sales, checkout the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link to get your shopping started.
All the best this coming New Year and Happy Holidays from the TennisConnected team!
December 2, 2013
HOUSTON – Nicolas Almagro, the 2013 finalist, and Feliciano Lopez, a 2012 semifinalist, have committed to play the 2014 Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club. These two Spanish players will join defending champion John Isner in the field for the tournament April 7-13.
Tickets for the full week as well as individual sessions and the popular Champs Pass – tickets to the Friday, Saturday and Sunday sessions – are all now on sale for the 2104 tournament. Tickets can be purchased at www.mensclaycourt.com or by calling 713-874-6294.
“It’s wonderful to be able to announce that Nicolas and Feliciano are joining our field the same week we have the individual session and Champs Pass tickets going on sale,” said Tournament Director Van Barry. “Both of these guys proved very popular when they have played at River Oaks in the past, and there’s definitely excitement that they joining John Isner in returning to play in 2014.”
Almagro was runner-up at the 2013 US Men’s Clay Court Championship, falling to Isner in the final. He has led the ATP in clay-court match wins three times in the past six seasons. With a career record of 229-108 on clay courts, he joins Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo as the only active players with more than 200 wins on clay. He’s second behind only Nadal (36) for career clay court finals with 20, and has won 12 titles on the surface.
Lopez will be making his second appearance at River Oaks. He made the semifinals of the 2012 event before losing to Isner in three sets. Lopez recorded his 300th career match win during the 2013 season and also reached his eighth career ATP World Tour final. Lopez has been a member of four Davis Cup championship teams.
These two Spaniards join Isner, who will attempt to be the first player to successfully defend his US Men’s Clay Court Championship title since Andy Roddick won the 2001 and 2002 titles. Isner is the No. 1 ranked American, and will be making his sixth appearance at the tournament. His title at River Oaks was one of two tournaments he won in 2013, giving him seven for his career.
In 2014, River Oaks Country Club will celebrate hosting a tournament for the 80th time since its inauguration in 1931. The upcoming tournament will also mark the 105th staging of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship.
November 29, 2013
World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro is set to be the top seed in a packed field at Apia International Sydney 2014, comprised of five Top 25 contenders.
Del Potro, of Argentina, leads an outstanding men’s field that boasts a main draw entry cut-off inside the Top 50, with gritty world No. 13 Nicolas Almagro of Spain and flashy Italian world No. 16 Fabio Fognini among the highest-ranked players entered.
Tournament officials will allocate their first wild card to defending champion and Australian No.1 Bernard Tomic to ensure his participation; his current Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 51 meant he fell just shy of the main-draw cut-off of No. 49.
Also set to make his mark in Sydney for the first time is Wimbledon semi-finalist and World No. 21 Jerzy Janowicz, whose powerful serve and big groundstrokes will make him a favourite to take out the prestigious title.
Former champions Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov will return for another shot at the title as well as popular big-serving American Sam Querrey.
Apia International Sydney Tournament Director Craig Watson is delighted to have such a strong field assembled in Sydney.
“To have our defending champions, seven top 10 stars and three Grand Slam champions bound for Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre is an outstanding result for the event and an exciting prospect for Sydney tennis fans,” Watson said.
“Our confirmed entry lists are incredibly strong; having a pair of top five stars headlining a multitude of Top 50 players ensures we will all witness some outstanding and memorable tennis action this January.”
Australian players including Marinko Matosevic, Matt Ebden and Nick Kyrgios could also take part in the event as potential wild card participants.
The official ATP field for Apia International Sydney 2014 is as follows:
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Marin Cilic (CRO)
Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Florian Mayer (GER)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Denis Istomin (UZB)
Sam Querrey (USA)
Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Joao Sousa (POR)
Apia International Sydney 2014, proudly supported by Apia in association with Volkswagen and The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, will take place at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from 5 to 11 January 2014.
Apia International Sydney single session tickets and series packages are now available. One ticket provides access to every court with prices starting from just $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au/booksydney or call 1300 888 104. For further tournament information please visit www.apiainternational.com.au
November 28, 2013
The tennis player Stan Wawrinka has confirmed that he will continue working with the former number 2 Magnus Norman who heads up The Good to Great Academy, based in Sweden.
Stan Wawrinka, a former gold medallist in Beijing and the 8th rank player in the world has had the best year of his career to date having made both the Semi-Finals of the US Open and the ATP World Tour Finals.
“I have had one of the best years of my career and I feel that the relationship, trust and confidence I have built over the last 10 months with Magnus has obviously paid off gauging from my results to date” said Wawrinka. “To me, Magnus is without question the right person to guide me through my career. And there is no question, that I truly believe that he is able to help my game and in turn help me progress even further on the tour”
“Stan is an amazingly talented tennis player and a true professional. He is a pleasure to work with and I believe this is just the beginning. We had initially agreed to work on a trial basis but after seeing how well we work as a team it was only natural for me to commit long term” said Magnus Norman. “We have agreed that I will be on the road more than I have been in previous years and I very much look forward to the seasons ahead as I feel that with hard work and commitment Stan has the potential and ability to excel even further.”
November 28, 2013
Top 10 (Tennis) Reasons to Give Thanks
What’s not to love about the LMFAO star and boyfriend of Victoria Azarenka who is as omnipresent in the tennis world as most players, analysts, and agents. Read More.
Marion Bartoli achieved her crowning moment as she shocked the world and won her first Grand Slam title this year at Wimbledon. Read More.
It was heartbreaking to watch the brothers lose to Paes-Stephanek in three sets in the US Open semifinals. Read More.
Who needs to write fan mail when you can tweet your favorite player? Not that they’ll respond, but this microblogging keeps the fans up-to-date on the thoughts and happenings of our beloved tennis stars. Read More.
Both tournaments offer a warm getaway for us tennis fans in March to see both the top men and women compete on American soil.
5. Sloane Stephens Breakthrough
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Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28, 2013
TORONTO (November 28, 2013) Game, set, match. Announced this morning on Brady & Walker on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic has been named Sportsnet’s 2013 Canadian Athlete of the Year. Raonic’s win will be celebrated in a special half-hour interview with Stephen Brunt today at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, and Pacific.
Sportsnet’s 11th annual Athlete of the Year award was voted on by a panel of contributors from Sportsnet’s TV, radio, web and magazine platforms. Past winners include soccer star Christine Sinclair (2012), figure skater Patrick Chan (2011), and three-time winner UFC champ Georges St-Pierre. In honour of the award, Sportsnet is donating $10,000 to Raonic’s charity of choice.
“It’s a great feeling. There’s an aura around Canadian athletes,” said Raonic. “Whether it’s in the NBA, college sports, figure skating or hockey, there’s a bit more of a spotlight, and I think it’s special to be part of that and to receive this award for 2013 is an honour.”
Raonic’s storied year includes recently becoming the first Canadian male to crack the top 10 of the world rankings and pushing his country’s Davis Cup team to its first tournament semifinal in the Open Era.
Also nominated this year were IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, PGA golfer Graham DeLaet, No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Bennett, and Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews. For a special feature on each nominee, fans can visit sportsnet.ca and watch Connected today at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
For more on Raonic’s banner year, fans can pick up Sportsnet magazine’s annual awards issue, on newsstands today. In addition to Brunt’s interview with Raonic, the issue also hands out dozens of accolades for 2013’s best and worst – and weirdest – in sports.
November 27, 2013
According to lequipe.fr, world No. 9 Richard Gasquet will begin a coaching/player partnership with two-time French Open winner Sergi Bruguera begging in February of 2014. Sébastien Grosjean will continue on Gasquet’s team as the co-coach in Australia. Italian coach Riccardo Piatti left Gasquet’s side during the World Tour Final in London for no reported reason.
November 26, 2013
World No. 32 also receives honours for Most Improved Female Player; Dabrowski wins Doubles Player of the Year
Toronto, November 26, 2013 – Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, Que.) has been named 2013 Tennis Canada Female Player of the Year. A former Junior Player of the Year, Bouchard also is receiving honours for Most Improved Female Player for the second straight year. In her first full season as a professional, 19-year-old Bouchard rose over 100 spots in the rankings from a 2012 year-end of world No. 144 to a high of No. 32, her current position. She reached her first WTA final at Osaka in October, defeated four Top 15 players throughout the course of the year, and was named WTA Newcomer of the Year. Rounding out the female high performance Excellence Awards is Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa), who is receiving the Female Doubles Player of the Year award for the first time.
“Eugenie’s career is just starting but what she has already accomplished in one short year on the WTA tour is very impressive,” said Michael S. Downey, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “Her ceiling is so high, and Eugenie is so focused and determined to create even more success for herself and her country. She is well on her way to becoming a star not only in Canadian tennis but all over the world. Congratulations to Eugenie, and best of luck in what I’m sure will be an exciting 2014.”
Bouchard, who became the first Canadian to win a junior Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon last year, started off her season having to play qualifying at WTA events. She made her first big push at the Premier tournament in Charleston in April, where as a qualifier she reached the quarter-finals, defeating fellow up-and-comer Laura Robson and world No. 9 Samantha Stosur en route. She then made the semifinals at Strasbourg – her first at the WTA-level – before playing in her first career Slam main draw at the French Open, where she fell to Maria Sharapova in the second round. At Wimbledon, she played on tennis’ biggest stage and made the most of the opportunity, ousting No. 12 Ana Ivanovic on Centre Court to reach the third round.
She added another semifinal at Quebec City in September before eliminating No. 13 Sloane Stephens and No. 10 Jelena Jankovic at Tokyo on the way to a quarter-final finish. In her second-last tournament of the year, Bouchard made her first WTA final, where she lost to Stosur in three tough sets. Also leading Canada’s ascension into Fed Cup World Group II for next season, going 6-1 through the year, Bouchard has thoroughly earned her place as the nation’s No. 1-ranked WTA player.
“It’s great to be recognized with these awards for the first time,” Bouchard said. “2013 was a great season for me with so many firsts and so many highlights that I will always remember. I learned a lot in my first full year on the Tour. I’m working really hard in my off-season and can’t wait for next year.”
Dabrowski is the recipient of Female Doubles Player of the Year for her incredible season in which she became Canada’s top-ranked doubles player and reached two WTA finals. Finishing 2012 as the No. 138-ranked doubles player in the world, Dabrowski reached a high of No. 60 this season. She played in her first WTA final at Brussels in May, finishing as runner-up alongside partner Shahar Peer. Later in the season, she also was a finalist at the WTA event in Linz with Alicja Rosolska. One of her biggest results was defeating the world’s No. 1 doubles pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto. She and fellow Canadian Sharon Fichman (Toronto) ousted the three-time Slam champions to advance into the semifinals. Dabrowski also made her Fed Cup debut in 2013, winning the deciding doubles rubber with Fichman to send Canada into the World Group II play-offs. In addition, the 21-year-old captured three ITF Pro Circuit titles to bring her career total to nine and she reached one other final.
The Tennis Canada Excellence Awards are selected by a committee comprised of high-ranking Tennis Canada personnel and the country’s top national coaches.