Previewing the 2015 Wilson Rush Pro 2.0

December 12, 2014

Entering the shoe market in a major way during the 2014 season, Wilson Tennis has stepped it up a notch and then some in 2015 with its all-new Wilson Rush Pro 2.0.

Carrying over the original highlights from the Rush Pro into the 2.0 version, Wilson has definitely improved on the ventilation of this shoe, courtesy of mesh placement on the side, back and top forefoot area. The flexibility of the model has also improved tremendously, allowing for no break-in time required.

Along with increasing the size of the Wilson logo on the side of the product, Wilson has also brought forth a much more sleeker design to its latest model. Weighing in at 14.2 ounces, the key innovations of the Rush Pro 2.0 include a more dynamic fit that is showcased in other top manufacturers; a pro torque chassis, which will allow beginner to advanced players the comfort of movement during any type of directional change, and finally a duralast sole, which comes with a 6 month outsole warranty. Another great upgrade to the Rush Pro 2.0 is its versatility. This model, unlike the Rush Pro, can be worn on hard-court and clay.

All in all, the Rush Pro 2.0 is a better version of the already successful Rush Pro. The Rush Pro 2.0 is slated to be the shoe of choice for the likes of Feliciano Lopez, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jarkko Nieminen and Frank Dancevic during the 2015 calender year.

For more on the Rush Pro 2.0 and all of Wilson’s latest products, make sure to hit them up on Twitter @WilsonTennis or at their official e-commerce site: Wilson.com.

Fitting true to size, the Rush Pro 2.0 retails for $119.99 and can also be purchased at: TennisWarehouse.com.

ATP announces significant long-term prize money increases

December 12, 2014

LONDON — The ATP has announced significant increases over the next four years that will see overall player compensation on the ATP World Tour reach US$135 million by 2018. Player compensation at ATP World Tour events in 2015 will exceed US$100 million for the first time.

The increases at ATP events are a testament to the sustained success of men’s professional tennis, as well as demonstrating the ATP’s confidence in the strength of its product and projected growth in future years.

The biggest increases in player compensation come at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category, with tournaments providing annual increases of 11%, and with the ATP contributing a further 3% increase, resulting in a 14% annual increase in that category through to 2018. Player compensation at the ATP World Tour 250s is set to increase at an average of 3.5% per year during the same period.

The latest decisions at Masters 1000 and 250-level mean that player compensation is now confirmed across all three ATP World Tour tournament categories for a four-year period. Player compensation for a five-year period for the ATP World Tour 500 category was decided at the end of 2013.

In addition to establishing player compensation levels on the Tour, the ATP will soon be releasing its 2016-18 calendars, meaning both these key issues will be accounted for over the next four-year period.

adidas Tennis Men’s Spring/Summer 2015 apparel and footwear availability

December 4, 2014

Stepping up their game in a major way, the 2015 adidas Tennis apparel and footwear line for Spring/Summer could very well be their best in years.

Fusing great technology with eye-catching new colors such as night flash, semi flash red and solar pink, the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, Ernests Gulbis and Dominic Thiem will certainly look their best during the Australian Open and throughout the summer.

Starting off with the freshest apparel, adidas fans will be excited to try on the Spring adizero Crew in black with solar pink, which will be combined with the Spring adizero Bermuda Short in dark grey heather with gun metal. Other desirable pieces in the latest men’s collection will include the Spring Barricade Climachill Crew in chill clear grey melange, which can be worn with the Spring Barricade Bermuda Short.

One of the nicest items in the latest collection—that can be worn on and off court—is the Spring Barricade Knit Jacket in clear grey with vista grey and black. This well-designed jacket features a ripstop fabric on upper chest, full-zip entry with extended storm flap with snap buttons, left chest pocket, zippered side pockets, tonal mesh insets at underarms for ventilation, open bottom hem, contrast sleeve cuffs, and a heat transfer adidas logo at left chest.

Barricade 2015 Preview:

The highlight item of the year for adidas Tennis without question be the Barricade 2015 shoe. Completely redesigned for the new season, the latest Barricade is featured by a 6-month outsole guarantee, has a completely new chassis, which was designed based on the movement on Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori. The main idea and benefit behind the Barricade 2015 is to allow for the player to feel at ease with all directional movements on court. Recovery is made easy and there is no break-in required with this shoe. The upper mesh also allows for great breathability and the ADIPRENE midsole technology allows for responsive cushioning and support with every step. The Barricade 2015 will be featured in night flash (purple) and white, as well as core black with bright red for the Australian Open.

The complete Fall 2014 adidas Tennis collection is now available for purchase at TennisWarehouse.com. For our European readers, the same great selection is available at TennisWarehouse-Europe.com. Enjoy the Australian Open and the first slam of 2015.

Wozniacki, Halep, Ivanovic & Kirilenko’s adidas Tennis 2015 Spring/Summer apparel and footwear availability

December 4, 2014

Heading into the Australian Open sun never felt so good for the tennis team of adidas Tennis. Outfitting the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Kirilenko, the adidas Spring Stella McCartney 2015 Group is full of many new functional pieces.

Starting off with the Spring Stella McCartney Barricade Dress in sky blue with mint and peach shorts, the ladies of the court will love the stretch knit bodice with a lightweight woven pleated skirt. The dress also features a large keyhole cutout on back, built-in power mesh bra, zigzag stitching detail at waistband, and a heat transfer adidas by Stella McCartney logo at center chest. Other great pieces in the latest adidas line include the Spring Stella McCartney Barricade Tank in light pink with white, as well as the Spring Stella McCartney Barricade Top in white with putty, which can be paired with the Spring Stella McCartney Barricade Skirt.

Finishing off the Spring Stella McCartney 2015 Group, ladies will love Spring Stella McCartney Barricade Jacket in white, that can be worn for pre-match warm-ups or post-match cool-downs.

The latest adidas Stella Barricade 2015 in minty green, white vapor and light flash green is also a great eye-catching and functional shoe. Highlighted by great stability and low weight, the Stella Barricade 2015 will be worn by Caro Wozniacki.

The complete Spring/Summer 2015 adidas tennis collection is now available for purchase at TennisWarehouse.com. For our European readers, the same great selection is available at TennisWarehouse-Europe.com. Here’s to looking your best during  the Australian Open!

Babolat Pure Drive 2015: Preview and availability

December 1, 2014

by: Nima Naderi

Back with some more punch for 2015, the new Babolat Pure Drive is sure to be another big hit in this ever-popular line. Being a Babolat sponsored pro for more than 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure of using every generation of the Pure Drive, along with the Babolat AeroPro Drive. For Pure Drive users, you know exacting what to expect from this frame: A racket that is there for you everyday, bringing power and stability to your ground game, serve and volley, while being generous on mishits and shanks. The latest member of the Pure Drive family certainly provides much of the same.

Before getting into the playability of the 2015 Pure Drive, let me provide you with my current set up and racket choice. I’ve been using the in-line AeroPro Drive with a 4 and 1/4 grip for two years now (the three other generations prior to that). I have lead tape and 3 and 9 o’clock as well as under the grip. I string my AeroPro Drive with Babolat Origin at 45LBS and even though I break my fair share of strings, it’s well worth it. My grip preference varies between Babolat VS and Pro Tour.

Not using lead tape for my first hit with the 2015 Pure Drive, I was surprised by how much more of a sweet spot was provided on the string bed, and how I was able to hold the ball on my strings (disguise my shots if you will) compared with its predecessor. Depth of shot and power were sustained easily throughout my two to three hour hit, while spin and slice where not compromised in the latest line.

For players that are over the 5.0 range, I would suggest adding some lead-tape to the desired locations and I wouldn’t string this racket tighter than 55LBs, unless of course you use natural gut on a regular basis.

Other noticeable improvements on the 2015 Babolat Pure Drive (apart from its new dominant white and blue cosmetic) are the redefined sweetspot, frame string interaction technology (FSI) and finally the elliptic geometry feature, which helps to prevent the racket from twisting in your hand during off-center hits.

According to Babolat “the FSI technology works with the new tighter stringing pattern in the sweetspot and optimized Woofer System to allow for better control and feel of the ball.” I certainly did feel as though my shots were just as deep if not more so with this frame and a bigger “redefined” sweetspot was definitely more evident as well.

All in all, I see no draw-backs to the latest member in the Babolat Pure Drive series. Beginners to Touring Pros will enjoy this racket and continue to make it the best selling racket in the world.

For more information on the 2015 Babolat Pure Drive and the newest Babolat products that are on the horizon, make sure to follow them @Babolat or visit them at their homepage.

Retailing for $199, you can purchase the 2015 Pure Drive at the following links in the following countries:

United States: TennisWarehouse.com.

Canada: MerchantofTennis.com.

Europe: TennisWarehouse-Europe.com.

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Nima Naderi is the Editor in Chief of TennisConnected.com. He is also the Head Teaching Professional at Bayview Golf & Country Club. Nima is a PTR Professional rated coach in all categories and has over 17 years of coaching experience.

Rip it like Robin: Reviewing the RS Black Edition Tennis Ball

November 27, 2014

by: Nima Naderi

Known as the only player ever to defeat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, Swede Robin Soderling has turned his hand in recent times toward the creation of the durable and play-friendly RS Black Edition Tennis Ball.

Contacting Soderling and his partners for a play-test, I was pleasantly surprised with the initial black matte packaging of the balls and the fact that they sent over a case for use to try. Coaching and playing the game for nearly 25 years, I’ve had the chance to play with every ball on the market on every surface. Without naming any names, every ball that I’ve used has either produced pro durability, has been too heavy or even too light. I’m sure most of us out there want a ball that is easy on the body and provides enough life that it can stand up to more than one hour on court.

Taking these factors into account, Soderling, his partners and lab associates went hard at work to develop a product that provides great “feel” to the masses.

For starters, it’s great that each can contains four balls as opposed to three. Second—and I say this with complete sincerity—the RS Black Edition Tennis Ball is by far the easiest ball that I’ve ever hit. Training players from the beginner to national level, I was impressed at how much better the rallies lasted with each class and how good the ball looked after each session. All in all, the average club player up until the 6.0 level will find that these are some of the best balls on the market.

Without providing too much information as to how the ball is produced, Magnus Alsterback (partner, player and Touring Coach), told me that a key component to the product was an expensive natural-like felt that they used. This high-grade felt certainly adds to the product’s life span.

Looking at this product from the perspective of a highly competitive player, I could see these balls being a tad on the light side. With that said, Soderling and Co. have said that the RS Black Edition ball will be used at the ATP World Tour event in Stockholm in 2015.

For more on the RS Black Edtion tennis ball, checkout the companies’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and homepage for their latest news.

Nima Naderi is the Editor in Chief of TennisConnected.com. He is also the Head Teaching Professional at Bayview Golf & Country Club. He is a PTR Professional rated coach and has over 17 years of coaching experience.

Holiday Tennis Shopping Guide for 2014

November 27, 2014

With the holiday season right around the corner and the start of the 2015 calender beginning in the not-to-distant future, there’s no better time than now to stock up on all of the best gifts for your special tennis player. Whether its a new racket, shoes, apparel or some overgrip, TennisWarehouse.com has you covered.

Roger Federer’s latest Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph racket has set the industry into a frenzy and it’s not too late to order yours now. Featuring Tour level stability and balance through every stroke, the RF97 is the perfect weapon for trading heavy balls with any player. Federer’s all-new Wilson Federer Elite 12 Pack Bag and Nike Tennis clothing are also available for immediate dispatch.

Changing gears toward another popular brand, the fresh and fabulous 2015 Babolat Pure Drive can now be pre-ordered. Updated with a redefined sweetspot and FSI technology, the latest installment in the Pure Drive family will surely continue to build on its legacy.

Ladies of the court will be easy to shop for this Holiday season courtesy of the adidas tennis family. With prices slashed and plenty of inventory left for all ages and sizes, the adidas Stella Barricade Group is truly the way to go this winter.

Stocking stuffers are always a big hit this time of year, and if you’re looking for the best possible choice, then may we recommend some tennis socks (no player can ever have enough!), a case of tennis balls (needed for any level of play), or, a set of strings (also vital to making it all happen).

So there you have it, folks. Great gifts from brands like Nike, adidas, Asics, New Balance, Lacoste, Wilson, Babolat, HEAD and Tourngrip are only a click away.

For our readers living in Europe, you can shop the same great Holiday gifts at TennisWarehouse-Europe.com.

Enjoy the Holiday season and don’t forget to take some time to hit the court.

Federer dismantles Gasquet to win Davis Cup for Switzerland

November 23, 2014

World Group – Final

FRANCE 1, SWITZERLAND 3
Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France (Indoor, Clay)

S. Wawrinka (SUI) d. J. Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62
G. Monfils (FRA) d. R. Federer (SUI) 61 64 63
R. Federer (SUI) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) d. J. Benneteau / R. Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64
R. Federer (SUI) d. R. Gasquet (FRA) 64 62 62

Federer, Wawrinka give Switzerland 2-1 lead in Davis Cup Final

November 22, 2014

World Group – Final

FRANCE 1, SWITZERLAND 2
Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France (Indoor, Clay)

R. Federer (SUI) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) d. J. Benneteau / R. Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64

Wawrinka defeats Tsonga; Federer loses to Monfils in Davis Cup Final

November 21, 2014

World Group Davis Cup – Final

FRANCE 1, SWITZERLAND 1

Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France (Indoor, Clay)

S. Wawrinka (SUI) d. J. Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62
G. Monfils (FRA) d. R. Federer (SUI) 61 64 63

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