Day 12 at the Sony Open 2013

Hello all,

The long tennis trip in the US is close to coming to an end. It has been a great couple of weeks here and I am very happy to have been a part of this.

Maria Sharapova is having an incredible run here at both tournaments and she is a true professional through and through. Her dedication to the game and the commitment to working hard are very special. She works with different kind of trainers which I think is one of the reasons why she always keeps improving.

Maria Sharapova in action at the Sony Open 2013. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Maria Sharapova in action at the Sony Open 2013. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Andy Murray, who has been teaming up here in Miami with Ivan Lendl, again is going strong. He beat Marin Cilic today and will either face Richard Gasquet or Tomas Berdych. Andy is doing a lot of work with his physical trainer Jez Green who in my eyes is one of the best and most knowledgable guys on the tour. Andy has been working with Jez for many years already and they do have a great relationship.

Many of the other players are now on their way to either another hard court event in Monterrey or to Charleston which is a clay court tournament.

Enjoy the last days of tennis in Miami.

Mats
@matsmerkel

 

aHEAD of the Game

A player can usually base their success on how far they get in a tournament. And the larger the tournament and deeper into the draw they get, the more success that can be celebrated after grinding away for two weeks. So how would a brand measure their success? Seems like success could be measured with how many players the brand has using their product in the final rounds of each tournament. With that being said and with the quarterfinals and the semifinals set at the Sony Open in Miami this week, let’s take a gander at what racquets the players still in the draw are using.

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Andy Murray using his HEAD Youtek Radical Pro in Miami at the Sony Open – Photo by Cynthia Lum

HEAD currently has six out of the eight men that are in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open using their racquets (and in case you haven’t heard, Djokovic lost yesterday, so he isn’t in that count).  This bunch of HEAD players includes Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon and Tommy Haas.

On the women’s side, already into the semifinals is HEAD Youtek Graphene Instinct MP user Maria Sharapova and Roberta Vinci is currently playing her quarterfinal match this evening with her HEAD Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0.

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Day 10 from the Sony Open 2013

Hello all,

What an amazing performance by Tommy Haas! Tennis is a crazy sport. You never know what will happen. Tonight the German will face Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Dieter Kindlmann, a former professional has been traveling with Maria Sharapova and her team for a couple of weeks now. He is doing a great job and is very humble person. He and Thomas Högstedt make sure everything is running smoothly and Maria can focus on what she is doing bet at the moment for sure – playing tennis and winning matches. Recently he started a job with the Bavarian tennis federation, but of course the federation released Dieter for this exceptional opportunity.

Maria Sharapova in action at the Sony Open 2013

Maria Sharapova in action at the Sony Open 2013. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Sara Errani lost today to Maria Sharapova 5-7, 5-7. Talking about the maximization of a player’s potential, I think you all agree that Sara Errani and her team are doing a very good job.She and her coach have been woking together for a long time, and they have basically done everything from making adjustment on the technique to a racquet change.

Not only is she a great singles player, but she and her partner Roberta Vinci also claim the number 1 position on the doubles tour.

Enjoy the tennis and more to come tomorrow.

Mats
@matsmerkel