Sneak Peek: adidas ClimaChill – The coolest shirt ever!

Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 3.26.44 PMWhether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about that upcoming tennis season. This year, there is finally apparel that will help keep you cool and your game sharp in the sweltering summer heat.

adidas introduces ClimaChill technology to their tennis apparel that actually keeps you feeling cool and refreshed on court.  What you’ll probably notice first when you try it on will be the Aluminum Cooling Spheres. Little round metal dots are strategically located on the garments that actually feel cool to the touch. When moving around the court, your skin will touch the dots and make you feel a cooling sensation as you brush past them.

Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 3.30.29 PMTops and shorts are also made with a revolutionary material that is ultra breathable like mesh, but without it being see through.  Along with exceptional ventilation, the clothing is made of a revolutionary flat yarn that contains titanium. Upon surface contact with the skin, it draws heat away from the body faster than traditional round yarn.

We’ve seen tennis racquet, string and shoe technology evolve, and now it’s time for apparel to follow suit. Check out adidas ClimaChill and feel the difference! It’s time to drop your body temperature and raise your game to new heights!

Thanks for reading,

AG

Keeping Up With the Playtesters…Winter Olympics Edition

Here at Tennis Warehouse we are anxiously counting down the days until the BNP Paribas tournament in Indian Wells! So to pass the time until then, we are keeping tabs on the ATP and WTA tournaments going on, but have also found ourselves fixated on the Winter Olympics around here! You may have heard the shriek from our office that we let out when we watched Shaun White’s two runs in the Half Pipe the other day! Not to mention, we have all been rocking some red, white and blue apparel and are learning about new athletes, not to mention we are intrigued by the winter sports and determined to try and perfect them ourselves.

So I asked some of my fellow playtesters 3 questions about this year’s Winter Olympics:

  • Favorite Winter Olympic Sport to watch?
  • Favorite Olympic Athlete?
  • If you could compete in any winter sport, what would it be?

Check out their answers and be sure to check out some of our patriotic gear!

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Tennis Balls Can Be Such a Drag

A Report from Tennis Warehouse University

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I know you’ve seen this. . .

Right before your favorite pro goes to serve, a complicated dance ensues between player and ball-person. The player descends into what appears to be an OCD ritual, rifling through several different balls, looking intently at each one, shuffling them back and forth until finally arriving at the right one. The most memorable instance of this behavior occurred at the US Open several years ago. I watched as a very famous Spaniard paused long and hard over a particular ball, choosing eventually to throw it back to the ball person only to recall it two seconds later with a look of worried intensity and mild suspicion. He was, as many of you know, looking for the ball with the least amount of exposed fuzz (or at least that is what I hope he was doing).

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But why? The theory, by no means a secret, is that the ball with the least amount of unruly fluff moves through the air with more speed, an important fact for those hoping to steal crucial milliseconds from unsuspecting opponents. This is why even savvy high school players are now reserving their first serves for the ball that resembles a Marine crewcut as opposed to the Bob Marley dishevelment that you see at the end of long clay court session, in the rain, where the ball becomes a waterlogged, dirt weighted grapefruit that slows down and sits up nicely for your opponent.

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Our very own Tennis Warehouse University Professor decided to investigate the relationship between ball speed and wind drag, hoping to explain what really happens to a ball in the air, and why a cleaner ball travels faster. To perform this experiment he and Professor Rod Cross fired balls from a ball machine and measured the change in speed between two locations in the trajectory.

To make a long story short: the pros are not crazy. To find out why, check out this experiment: Click HERE!