Serena Williams Autograph Wilson Racket

August 25, 2016

WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO HONORS LONG-TIME ADVISORY STAFF MEMBER
SERENA WILLIAMS WITH AUTOGRAPH RACKET

CHICAGO, AUGUST 29, 2016 – Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today that it will honor WTA ranked #1 player and nearly 20-year veteran Advisory Staff Member Serena Williams with an Autograph racket. The Blade Serena Williams (SW) 104 Autograph racket marks only the 16th time in the brand’s 102-year history, and only second time in the last 38 years, that it has celebrated an athlete with an Autograph racket. Serena Williams will debut her new Autograph racket at the start of the 2017 season in Australia.

“We are excited to celebrate Serena Williams as an athlete, a tennis icon, a partner, and a friend,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “She is a game-changer in the truest sense. And her ability to rewrite tennis history and inspire a new generation of tennis players is invaluable to a sport we all are incredibly passionate about. The Wilson Autograph racket is the highest honor we as a brand can give an athlete and we are tremendously proud to recognize Serena in this way.”

“I’ve played with Wilson rackets since I was a young girl, and to now hold an Autograph racket of my own is a great moment,” said Serena Williams. “I am just thrilled that players of all ages around the world will be able to play with a Wilson racket that bears my signature. This racket feels like me – it reflects my passion, perseverance and drive – and I hope it energizes and encourages those that play with it to always chase their dreams.”

ABOUT THE 2017 BLADE SERENA WILLIAMS (SW) 104 AUTOGRAPH RACKET

The 2017Blade SW 104 Autograph racket features the new design DNA for Wilson performance tennis rackets. This design includes a simple, bold, and clean aesthetic that features a specially engineered, high performance paint never used in the tennis industry before called Black Velvet. This matte paint provides a smooth, soft, light-absorbing finish Wilson created to significantly improve the “feel,” or tactile experience, a player has when the racket is in his/her hands. This new dimension of “feel” is a unique innovation in the performance tennis rackets space.

The racket also features strong electric green accents, a signature look from the Blade franchise, at the three and nine o’clock positions on the racket’s frame.
To customize her Autograph racket, Serena William chose to add special gold accents to the design, including her signature, initials and the Blade name in gold chrome letters. The racket features a red Wilson-branded butt cap.

The Blade SW 104 Autograph racket is constructed with the latest racket technology from Wilson LABS, the innovation hub at Wilson, including a revolutionary material called Countervail®. With Countervail in a tennis racket, players feel less fatigue, recover quicker and experience better control – without sacrificing stiffness, feedback, or feel.

Countervail, developed by Materials Sciences Corporation for NASA, utilizes a patented, state-of-the-art carbon fiber architecture. By integrating Countervail directly into a racket’s construction, players are provided the same performance and feel of a traditional racket, yet with less vibration energy from a shot absorbed into a player’s arm. Countervail is only available in tennis rackets manufactured by Wilson.

Additionally, the Blade SW 104 Autograph includes the brand’s Parallel Drilling technology, which ensures the racket’s grommet holes are parallel with the string bed. This expands the racket’s sweet spot size by up to 26 percent, resulting in more power and a forgiving feel.

Further, the racket features the patent-pending X2 Ergo Handle, which offers players a more optimal, personalized feel on the modern two-handed backhand. Wilson LABS developed this player-directed handle insert system to allow every athlete to customize an ergonomic handle shape to optimize their grip. The X2 Ergo Handle provides the ideal form for the top hand to dominate the two-handed backhand. This gives players more power, versatility, leverage, and feel.
The 2017 Blade SW 104 Autograph racket will be available for pre-sale via tennis specialty retailers (in-store and online) and on www.wilson.com on January 1, 2017. The racket will be available for purchase in-store and online worldwide on January 15, 2017. The MRP for the Blade SW 104 Autograph racket is $249.00 (US).

The New Wilson Blade 2017

August 25, 2016

This patented racket technology, exclusive to Wilson in tennis, is an integrated layer of one-of-a-kind carbon fiber that is placed in precise locations throughout a racket. The benefits to the player are a significant improvement in performance without compromising feel, structure, power or strength by dampening vibration.

Wilson recently worked with the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology to study the effects of Countervail in tennis rackets vs. standard Wilson rackets. Study results revealed players using rackets with Countervail experienced nearly 40% more accuracy and control, 30% less vibration
in the racket, and 10% less arm fatigue.

Patent-pending X2 Ergo Handle allows for an optimal, personalized feel on two-handed backhands. Wilson developed this customized and ergonomic handle shape to provide the ideal form for the top hand for the modern two-handed backhand. This provides players with more power, versatility, leverage, and feel.
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Millman upsets Top Seed Gasquet in Winston-Salem

August 25, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM OPEN—WINSTON-SALEM, NC, U.S.A.

Quarterfinal results:

John Millman DEFEATS (1) Richard Gasquet 75 63

Live Streaming for the 2016 ATP World Tour Event in Winston Salem

August 25, 2016

Live Streaming for the 2016 ATP World Tour Event in Winston Salem can be found at the link below.

Link: Tennis TV (best quality)

Reviewing the QLIPP Tennis Sensor

August 25, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

The evolution of modern day tennis has been brought forth by many advancements in technology. None may be greater than the recent influx of tennis sensors, which have been created to provide instant feedback to a player’s stroke and ultimately improve their level of play.

Set to give the all-new QLIPP Tennis Sensor a try, we were initially impressed by the user friendly app and the ease in which the device clipped into our rackets. It’s really as easy as QLIPP and go.

Once the sensor was in place and turned on, the fun really began. From determining the sweet spot of our strokes, to how much topspin our forehands were generating, the feedback that the device provided was both easy to analyze and useful. From a coaching perspective, I could see how this device would be fun for recreational players to use on a daily basis—both to enhance their games and give them that added incentive to get out on court and practice regularly. However, it was also clear that after our first session that the QLIPP device would also be beneficial to advanced and tournament level players.

Having the ability to see how fast serves were hit will help any player that is looking to compete, and the use of the video analysis also provided “real-time” feedback that will undoubtedly aid players in the heat of the moment. Although it is also helpful to analyze stroke and point production after a match or training session, there are certainly countless benefits to breaking down the positives and negatives of a stroke or shot-selection right after it has taken place.

Other features of the QLIPP are its ability to view previous sessions and their results; ranking your strengths against other players in the QLIPP community and finally charting your progress on the APP.

All in all, the real time feedback of the QLIPP and the ability to provide serve and stroke speeds put this device at the top of its class. To get your QLIPP device today, check them out at the following link: QLIPP website.

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Nima Naderi is the Editor in Chief of TennisConnected.com. He is also an award winning coach with the PTR and has over 19 years of coaching experience.

Gasquet, Verdasco reach quarterfinals of Winston-Salem Open

August 24, 2016

Winston-Salem Open—Winston-Salem, NC, U.S.A.

Third-round results:

(1) Richard Gasquet Defeats Stephane Robert 61 63
(16) Pablo Carreno Busta Defeats (3) Pablo Cuevas 63 76(1)
(15) Fernando Verdasco Defeats (4) Steve Johnson 64 76(7)
(12) Andrey Kuznetsov Defeats Jiri Vesely 55 (RET)
Yen-Hsun Lu Defeats Diego Schwartzman 64 60
John Millman Defeats Bjorn Fratangelo 57 60 63

Serena Williams, Madison Keys and Genie Bouchard’s NikeCourt US Open 2016 apparel and footwear availability

August 24, 2016

The dream of winning this year’s US Open title will be on the minds of all 128 women entered in the field. A summer filled with memorable hard-court action culminates at Flushing Meadows and the NikeCourt team led by Serena Williams, Madison Keys and Genie Bouchard will be ready to play their best tennis in front of the New York crowds.

Here’s what Nike’s top ladies will wear during the day sessions and under the lights in NYC.

Serena’s obsession with being the best has taken her to 22 Major titles. With No. 23 on the horizon, here’s the legendary American’s Nike look for New York.

Day Dress: Power Tennis Dress in white, hyper pink and black

Day Shoe: NikeCourt Flare in white, volt, pink blast and black

Night Dress: Power Tennis Dress in black, hyper pink

Night Shoe: NikeCourt Flare in black, volt, pink blast

Improving her skill set with each passing month, Madison Keys is certainly showing that she knows what it will take to hoist Grand Slam hardware. The American’s look in Queens can be seen below.

Day Top: Dry Slam Tank in black and volt

Day Skirt: Flex Victory Skirt in black and volt

Day Shoe: Zoom Vapor 9.5 in black, volt, bright cactus, pink blast

Owning a great game for hard-courts, Bouchard’s desire to regain her form from 2014 is ever present. Here’s what Canada’s best female player will wear when competing in NYC.

Dress: Dry Slam Dress in black and volt

Shoes: Air Zoom Ultrafly in black, pink blast, volt

Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, French Open finalist Lucie Safarova, US Open runner up Roberta Vinci, Laura Robson, Sabine Lisicki, Sara Errani and Donna Vekic will also be debuting the Fall 2016 collection for NikeCourt during the US Open Series.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest apparel and footwear from NikeCourt’s Fall 2016 collection for Montreal and Cincinnati. For our European readers, you can shop the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link.

Nadal, Kyrgios, Dimitrov and del Potro’s US Open 2016 NikeCourt apparel & footwear availability

August 24, 2016

The culminating Grand Slam of 2016 at the US Open is set to bring forth record crowds and high-intensity tennis. Led two-time former winner Rafa Nadal, the NikeCourt team of Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov and Juan Martin del Potro are all ready to debut their latest collections in Flushing Meadows.

Displaying his fight during the recent Olympic Games, Nadal’s competitive spirit has always been embraced by the New York fans. Here what the Spaniard is set to wear in NYC:

Day Shirt: Fall Rafa Challenger Crew in light photo blue, total orange, black and total Orange

Day Short: Fall Flex Rafa Gladiator 7″ Short in white, light photo blue and total Orange

Night Shirt: Fall Rafa Challenger Crew in black, total orange, light photo blue, light photo blue

Night Short: Fall Flex Rafa Gladiator 7″ Short in black, light photo blue, light photo blue

Day Shoe: Lunar Ballistec 1.5 in white, total orange, blue glow, black

Night Shoe: Lunar Ballistec 1.5 in black, rage green and blue glow

Day Jacket: Fall Rafa Premier Jacket in white with stealth and black

Night Jacket: Fall Rafa Premier Jacket in black with light photo blue

Winning his second title in Atlanta this summer, Kyrgios enters Queen’s in good form. Will the Aussie make a deep run on his favourite hard-court surface? Here’s what the 21-year-old is slated to wear.

Top: Dry Advantage Polo in volt and black

Bottom: Ace Short in volt, white, black

Shoe: Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour in white, total orange and volt

Continuing to rebuild his game in order to reenter the top 10, Dimitrov soars into the Big Apple with his eyes on a deep run. The Bulgarian will look extra sharp in the following look:

Top: Dry Advantage Polo in black and volt

Bottom: Ace Short in black and volt

Shoe: Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour in black, volt, bright cactus, pink blast

Last but not least, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro will begin his journey in what he hopes will his second title in New York. The Tower from Tandil will be ready for a memorable showing in the following gear.

Top: Dry Advantage Polo in volt and black

Bottom: Ace Short in volt, white and black

Shoes: Zoom Cage 2 in black, pink blast, volt

For you Federer fans that will be missing your man, here’s what the 17-time Major winner was scheduled to wear during his campaign in NYC.

Day Top: Advantage RF Polo in hyper pink, black and white

Day Bottom: Flex Gladiator 7″ Short in hyper pink and white

Day Shoe: Zoom Vapor 9.5 Flyknit in white, total orange and white

Day and Night Jacket: RF Men’s Jacket in black and hyper pink

Night Top: Advantage RF Polo in white and black

Night Bottom: Flex Gladiator 7″ Short in black with hyper pink

Night Shoe: Zoom Vapor 9.5 Flyknit in black, hyper pink and volt

The rest of his NikeCourt team, which is led by Bernand Tomic, Jack Sock, Borna Coric, Taylor Fritz, Franics Tiafoe and Ryan Harrison, will all be highlighted in the latest Fall 2016 Nike looks for the US Open.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Fall 2016 Group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Here’s to a great fortnight in NYC!

Bautista Agut, Cuevas and Querrey reach Winston-Salem third round

August 23, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM OPEN—WINSTON-SALEM, NC, U.S.A.

Second-round results:

(2) Roberto Bautista Agut DEFEATS Aljaz Bedene 46 63 63
(3) Pablo Cuevas DEFEATS Malek Jaziri 75 61
(6) Sam Querrey DEFEATS Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 63 67(5) 75
Diego Schwartzman DEFEATS (7) Gilles Simon 76(2) 61
John Millman DEFEATS (8) Albert Ramos-Vinolas 46 75 63
Yen-Hsun Lu DEFEATS (10) Joao Sousa 62 64
Bjorn Fratangelo DEFEATS (11) Paolo Lorenzi 46 62 63
(14) Marcos Baghdatis DEFEATS Donald Young 64 46 64
(16) Pablo Carreno Busta DEFEATS Jan-Lennard Struff 64 75

US Open 2016: Men’s and Women’s seeds

August 23, 2016

The men’s and women’s US Open 2016 seeds can be found below.

2016 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds

Men’s Seeds:

1.    Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2.    Andy Murray, Great Britain

3.    Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland

4.    Rafael Nadal, Spain

5.    Milos Raonic, Canada

6.    Kei Nishikori, Japan

7.    Marin Cilic, Croatia

8.    Dominic Thiem, Austria

9.    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

10.  Gael Monfils, France

11.  David Ferrer, Spain

12.  David Goffin, Belgium

13.  Richard Gasquet, France

14.  Nick Kyrgios, Australia

15.  Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

16.  Feliciano Lopez, Spain

17.  Bernard Tomic, Australia

18.  Pablo Cuevas, Uruguay

19.  Steve Johnson, United States

20.  John Isner, United States

21.  Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

22.  Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

23.  Kevin Anderson, South Africa

24.  Lucas Pouille, France

25.  Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

26.  Jack Sock, United States

27.  Alexander Zverev, Germany

28.  Martin Klizan, Slovakia

29.  Sam Querrey, United States

30.  Gilles Simon, France

31.  Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain

32.  Benoit Paire, France

2016 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds

1.    Serena Williams, United States

2.    Angelique Kerber, Germany

3.    Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain

4.    Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

5.    Simona Halep, Romania

6.    Venus Williams, United States

7.    Roberta Vinci, Italy

8.    Madison Keys, United States

9.    Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

10.  Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic

11.  Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

12.  Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia

13.  Johanna Konta, Great Britain

14.  Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

15.  Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland

16.  Samantha Stosur, Australia

17.  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

18.  Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic

19.  Elena Vesnina, Russia

20.  Kiki Bertens, Netherlands

21.  Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

22.  Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

23.  Daria Kasatkina, Russia

24.  Sloane Stephens, United States

25.  Belinda Bencic, Switzerland

26.  Caroline Garcia, France

27.  Laura Siegemund, Germany

28.  Sara Errani, Italy

29.  Coco Vandeweghe, United States

30.  Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

31.  Misaki Doi, Japan

32.  Timea Babos, Hungary

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