2011 Prince EXO3 Racquets

The royal family continues to grow as Prince expands its line of EXO3 racquets. Not only does the EXO3 line grow in size, but the technology itself gets an upgrade for 2011.

Prince rolls out the Tour 100 (16×18), Tour 100 (18×20), Tour Light, Silver, Red and Blue.

EXO3 Tech Animation (video)

The actual ports the strings sit on have been re-engineered to enhance both vibration dampening and feel. This is achieved by combining thermoplastic and carbon fiber, which Prince calls Thermo-Carbon. The graphic below better explains the technologies.

EXO3 Technology

The ever expanding Prince family of ATP and WTA pros will be using racquets from one of three main families:

EXO3 Tour: David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Sam Querrey, Albert Montanes and up-and-comer, Viktor Troicki.

EXO3 Black: This frame propelled Vera Zvonareva to her highest career ranking in 2010 as well as to her first ever Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon and US Open). Other players include: John Isner, Shahar Peer and Marion Bartoli.

EXO3 Rebel: Gael Monfils, Mike and Bob Bryan.

Other Prince EXO3 players include both 2010 year-end world #1 ranked juniors. Daria Gavrilova from Russia relies on the EXO3 Black and Juan Sebastian Gomez from Colombia arms himself with the EXO3 Rebel.   In Europe, there are currently roughly 80 #1 ranked juniors in their current age group, respective countries who are wielding racquets with this technology.

See what the new Prince racquets are all about:

Remember, you can demo any of these racquets as well as the rest of the new Prince line at Tennis Warehouse.

Jason, TW

Andy’s Aussie Predictions

With the first two rounds of the Australian Open in the books, I’d like to recap them and take a look forward into what the first weekend is going to have in store. Kim Clijsters and Shahar Peer have looked good on the women’s side, losing a total of 11 games in the first two rounds between them.  As for the men, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are looking solid, but as always you can never count out Fed Express.

Let’s break down the round of 32 and see what the next couple days has to offer Down Under.

Matches to watch on the Men’s side:

Rafael Nadal ESP (1) vs. Bernard Tomic AUS. 
What gets the fans in Melbourne more fired up than an up-and-coming Aussie youngster?  The 19-year-old Tomic has looked impressive in his first two rounds, beating a solid Jeremy Chardy in the first round and upsetting the big hitting Feliciano Lopez in the second round, both in straight sets.  It will be interesting to see how the former world #1 ranked junior matches up with the best player in the world, and you know the fans will be going crazy in Rod Laver Arena.  My prediction…a fun match to watch, but Tomic will be outmatched by the world #1.  NADAL in 3.

Kei Nishikori JPN vs. Fernanado Verdasco ESP (9) . This is going to be a match up between two excellent ball strikers and shot makers.  Coming off the thrilling 5-set comeback against Tipsarevic a couple nights ago, Verdasco is finding his form and with his improved conditioning will be ready to go for Nishikori.  The youngster from Japan has just recently signed on Brad Gilbert (who has worked with Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray) to be his coach, and he has been playing well early on in 2011.  Look for a hard hitting match, with both players going toe-to-toe from start to finish.  My prediction:  VERDASCO in 4.

Matches to watch on the Women’s side:

Justine Henin BEL (11) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS(23). 
This is by far the marquee match of the round of 32 on the women’s side.  It’s a match up between two former grand slams champions, both playing well early on in the tournament.  It pits the pure ball striking ability of Kuznetsova against the creativity and variety of Henin.  Tune in for a good one!  My prediction: HENIN in 2.

Shahar Peer ISR (10) vs. Flavia Pennetta ITA (22) . Another great match against two players who have been playing well early on.  Peer has lost only seven games in her first two matches, and Pennetta is cruising early, not only in singles but in doubles too, where she is the number one seed with partner Gisela Dulko.  The winner of this one also better be ready to do it again in the next round, as they will have a great match against the winner of the Stosur/Kvitkova match.  My prediction:  PEER in 3.

Upset Specials:

Stanislas Wawrinka SUI (19) vs. Gael Monfils FRA (12). 
This is going to be a great match!  Both players have been two of the hottest players in the world since the US Open, and they both have been playing great in their first two rounds.  Monfils used his incredible speed and athleticism to come back from two-sets-to-love down against the youngster Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands, and Wawrinka’s stellar one-handed backhand has propelled him to two straight set victories early on.  I think the Wawrinka is a dark-horse in the draw (at least until he might have to meet Federer), and could give Monfils some problems, especially following the five-setter against de Bakker.  My prediction:  WAWRINKA in 5.

Monica Niculescu ROU vs. Francesca Schiavone ITA (6). 
Schiavone has been streaky since her French Open victory in 2010, and she has looked shaky early, winning two close three-setters in her first two matches.  Niculescu has been playing extremely well early, disposing of both her early opponents in straight sets.  Schiavone has never done that well Down Under (getting only as far as the round of 16 in her career), and I think the long matches in the heat are going to take their toll.  My prediction:  NICULESCU in 2.

Best potential Round of 16 match ups to look forward to:

Men: Berdych/Gasquet winner vs. Nishikori/Verdasco winner

Women: Stosur/Kvitkova winner vs. Pennetta/Peer winner

The tennis has been great early on, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for us next!!  Thanks for reading!

-AG

Beauty and the Beast XP

It is said that the eyes are the portals to the soul…

When you stare into the eye of the Beast XP, what do you see?

Let’s look into what’s behind these eyes….or in this case, “eye”.

Several months ago, there was some information floating around about a new green polyester string. Known at the time as 361 Nation, This neon-esque string was seen at some junior tournaments. Tennis enthusiasts could go to the 361 Nation website to request a free set to sample. Of course this created quite a stir because everyone was curious about who 361 Nation was. The website didn’t offer any information about where it was manufactured, or who was manufacturing it.

Tennis warehouse was sent a handful of samples as well. The return address was unfamiliar and not traceable, so we were also in the dark about who exactly was behind 361 Nation. Some of the super sleuths from the Talk Tennis message board had some ideas based on what they did find, but the findings weren’t necessarily concrete.

Shortly we (Tennis Warehouse) were asked to seed hundreds of sets to the tennis public around the world. Here is some of the feedback from our message board users that play tested the string:

“…the string proved to take my control to the next level.”
“Tension maintenance is best part of this string. After playing for 12 hours, string is not noticeably softer.”
“…it allowed me to create angles I didn’t know existed!”
“I am very impressed with this string. I would definitely be interested in stringing this again in all 3 of my sticks and switching to this string as my #1 favorite.”
“I have a very sensitive elbow, and these didn’t affect me, which is great.”
“…I can hit almost any shot from any spot on the court because of the spin I get.”
“I will definitely use these strings again in the future.”

That’s some pretty good feedback for a string that, at the time, was not associated with any of the big names in tennis.

Lo and behold, when the “cat” finally was out of the bag, it was revealed the string was a Prince string, named Prince Beast XP.

Touted by Prince as the first Thermo-poly string, Prince claims this polyester to offer extreme precision with improved trajectory control and feel, featuring a secret alloy additive. It is also claimed to offer improved tension maintenance compared to standard monofilament polyesters due to Prince’s special manufacturing process of sequential heating and stretching.

The Beast has arrived at Tennis Warehouse and is ready to strike. Click HERE to order your set and experience its ferocity!