We gave Tennis Warehouse-sponsored pros Andre Dome and Daniel Nguyen a GoPro camera as they set off for Seoul, Korea to compete in a series of ITF Futures tournaments. In the first episode, they give us an introduction into their day-to-day lifestyle and even a glimpse of some authentic Korean BBQ!
Andre Dome competed for and recently graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was their first ever NCAA Division I All-American in the program’s history. After his successful collegiate career he’s giving the pro tour a try. He’s currently ranked #1358 in the ATP singles rankings. WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDRE DOME HERE!
Daniel Nguyen also had an extremely successful collegiate career, competing for USC and helping them win four consecutive NCAA Team Championship titles. He’s also the first Vietnamese-American tennis player ever to compete in the US Open. He’s currently ranked #486 in the ATP singles rankings.
Now that spring is in the air and the sun is shining, it is time to hit the outdoor tennis courts. A must for many players when playing outside is some sort of hat/visor so this week I choose hats for my blog. For my save, I choose the all back Solfire Trucker Hat at $18. This hat features a mesh back with a Velcro back and tonal Solfire logo. For my splurge, I had to go with the classic Lacoste Trucker Hat. The oversized signature croc logo is the main focus of the hat but it also features a Velcro closure and a pre-curved bill. Both hats are high performance but also perfect for off court use as well.
Check back next week for another save vs splurge blog!
The Nike Air Tech Challenge II. Andre Agassi’s shoe of choice in the early 1990s
In the early 90s, a young and brash Andre Agassi was redefining tennis. His long hair and jean shorts combined with his aggressive playing style and natural rock star flair to ignite a revolution in the game.
His Nike shoes embodied his personality and aggressive style of play. With the help of legendary sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield, one of the most memorable tennis shoes of all time was created, the Air Tech Challenge II.
They’re back and available soon at Tennis Warehouse. Get your pair of these retro kicks while you can. They drop on Saturday, April 26.
No matter your level, there’s a good chance you are always looking to improve. With that being said, I wanted to start a weekly challenge for anyone out there ready to add a weekly challenge to help improve your game.
So let’s start with something easy.
Spend 30 minutes working on your serve this week.
About five years ago…
Gamma set out to create a hybrid cross string unlike any the tennis industry has ever seen. FYI: hybrid cross strings are, with some definite exceptions, the soft counterpart to the stiff poly main; their job is to supply the hybrid with comfort, power and touch whereas the polyester main is supposed to deliver control, durability and bite (for spin). The problem Gamma set for itself was this: how could they preserve the traditional properties of a cross string (e.g., comfort, power, feel) while also smuggling in a property that the majority of soft strings aren’t particularly known for, that being low friction or a surface that facilitates the sliding action of the main strings. It should also be noted that Gamma wasn’t looking for the kind of low friction that comes from a silicone application (like many co-polys); rather, they wanted the kind of legit slipperiness that is baked right into the molecular structure (so it doesn’t perish with play). Finding the right substance wasn’t easy, but after years of testing and tweaking, Gamma finally settled on a material from the fluoropolymer family. The name they chose for the string was Glide.
1. Let’s go nautical!
Yacht or no yacht, you can wear stripes. Lots of brands are doing them, and they’re mixing it up by laying them out in a chevron pattern or mixing directions from horizontal to vertical. This playful take on stripes keeps it modern and sporty. From Fila to Jofit to EleVen, stripes are everywhere.
Last week we had a look at some of the hottest shoe deals on the men’s side, so today let’s take a look at what deals are to be had for the ladies! I wanted to keep the price down and under $100 and then rank these based on overall performance, value, durability guarantee and cosmetics. Here are our top 5 current deals on tennis shoes to make sure your dollar goes far!
For this week’s installment of Save vs Spurge I take a look at some of the best shoes to wear on the court for any tennis player’s wallet. For those who don’t want to break the bank, the adidas Bercuda 3 would be the perfect fit coming in at $49.95. With its stylish looks, this shoe features adiPRENE+ technology for responsive feel and has adidas’ signature stability claws in the forefoot. For those looking for a high performance shoe, check out the adidas Barricade 8 for $114.95 (and our review). This sleek black/green colorway has plenty of stability and support for even the most aggressive player. While the Barricade 8 has an adiWEAR 6 outsole for high durability, it also comes with a six-month outsole durability guarantee for extra protection.
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Local tennis star Andre Dome has already accomplished a lot in his young tennis career. The California Central Coast standout was a Blue Chip recruit out of high school and an NCAA Division I All-American in college, the first in the history of his alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Now, Andre is giving the ATP pro tour a try. Check out the interview to learn more about him and the beginning of his long, arduous and rewarding journey playing professional tennis.
Let’s face it, you treat your tennis bag kind of like a mobile locker. Lots of things get thrown in there only to be lost forever. But there are some items that you should really clear some room for. Along with used tennis balls, most tennis players will have the standard equipment in their bags: extra strings, overgrips, dampeners, and a towel. Here are 5 things that you probably don’t have in your bag, but should.