HEAD has launched a (RED) Special Edition bag collection to raise awareness and money for the fight against Aids. HEAD will be contributing 40% of the profits off the (RED) HEAD line of bags going to the Global Fund to fight Aids. Tennis Warehouse is excited to be getting these bags in and help spread the word about the collaboration between HEAD and RED.
HEAD tennis players including, Novak Djokovic, Sloane Stephens and Tomas Berdych have been showing their support by carrying the HEAD Special Edition racquet bag on court this week during the French Open.
The line of bags features a RED Monstercombi and a RED Backpack. Both are made of 100% polyester. The Monstercombi has once climate control pocket racquet section and the bag can hold up to 12 racquets. Included is a front zipper pocket as well as an inside mesh pocket and extra shoesack. It also has detachable, adjustable and hideable back pack straps to ensure comfortable carrying. The Backpack has a compartment that can hold 1 racquet and includes and integrated shoe compartment with a front zipper pocket.
Another dreary day in Minnesota, so the matches were held indoors. I watched most of the women’s singles final between 2 fantastic 14 year old players. My friend Alexis ended up losing in a close 3rd set and I know she was disappointed, but they both played so well — it was fun to watch. My singles final was next up, and I felt energized and ready to go.
I got off to a good start with good serves and returns, and both of us playing aggressive but with him missing a bit more, I went up 3-0. From there we both were playing first strike tennis with good serves, going after the returns and second balls, and we traded holds until I won the set 6-3. Mid-way through the first set I realized that one of my shoes was worn out enough with a hole under the toe, so I switched shoes and to a tighter strung racquet and was feeling more comfortable out there. However, he continued to hit and serve quite well and I was not able to attack a lot.
Although it was cool and windy with overcast again, today was a great day! I won my singles semi-final match 6-1 6-1, and the final will be tomorrow (Monday) at noon. I still feel that I could sharpen up a couple areas, but today I played a little better than yesterday. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so we may be playing indoors. The final will be against a former University of Minnesota #1 who had a good national ranking and played the year end NCAA singles tournament at least one year. We played a final in April that I won, but he is looking tougher now in my opinion, so I will need to be ready to perform.
We also won our first doubles match and we both played very well together. After watching the other doubles semi-final, they requested to play the final this evening right away since one player would be unable to play on Monday. We agreed and played it indoors. The first set was tough, close and on serve but we pulled it out at the end 6-4. We played great in the second set and won 6-1. It was a fun match against a couple of very powerful and talented juniors but we were able to overcome with smart play, consistency and accuracy. It was some of the best doubles I have ever played actually, which hopefully will continue over into tomorrow’s singles final.
I just have the one final match tomorrow then, and I also plan to watch some of the women’s singles and doubles finals. It will showcase a couple of our section’s very best juniors that are also prominent on the national scene (one is my mixed doubles partner from a month ago). The most amazing part is that they are only 14! I am hoping to also have some of my singles match taped, so I will share that soon as long as I can put my best foot forward!