Interview with ATP Tour Pro Andre Dome

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.

Andy G.

5 Essential Post Match Stretches for Tennis Players

Novak Djokovic's incredible flexibility helps him stay injury free and hit effective shots on the run.

Novak Djokovic’s incredible flexibility helps him stay injury free and hit effective shots on the run.

So you just finished your second match of the day with more tournament action scheduled for tomorrow morning.  What steps can you take towards recovery?

Arguably the most important action you can take is to sneak in all important cool-down stretch. This will help to ensure that your fatigued muscles do not remain stiff going into the next day of competition. Research has shown that static stretching performed after an activity can often be more important to athletic performance over time than when done before exercise. Yet it is important to get your stretching in very soon after the workout while the muscles are still warm. Below are five of my favorite stretches that you can do even before leaving the courts!
(NOTE: The stretches below should each last a total of 1-3 minutes)

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Tennis Buddy mobile app – Find your next match within minutes!

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Tennis Buddy will help you connect with a new tennis partner in minutes!

One of the biggest problems in tennis is not having a partner to play with. In fact, 65% of all tennis players named “not having a tennis partner” as the main problem for why they don’t play as often as they’d like.

Sophia Vogt, a former Division-I collegiate player, faced this very problem during a trip to Europe. Wishing she could have found advanced players in the cities she traveled through, she realized that almost every tennis player in the world has the same problem.

This led her to the creation of Tennis Buddy, a new mobile app that shows all available tennis partners in the area filtered by age, skill level or gender. Since last fall, the app has received strong interest with 7,000 tennis players in more than 15 cities having joined worldwide. However, for Vogt this is just the start. Her goal is to revolutionize tennis as we know it by connecting millions of players in cities all over the world.

By being location-based and mobile, the app is able to match up players with a “request to play” broadcast sent out to all players within a 5-mile radius. Vogt explains: “The broadcast is what makes our app so fast. With an average response time of 8 minutes, the broadcast instantly gives our users several hundred nearby players at hand, just at the press of a button.”

Give it a try today!

Andy G.

5 Best Modern Player’s Tennis Racquets (Andy’s Picks)

 

Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player's frame that's more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player’s frame that’s more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer‘s new prototype racquet is a perfect example of how the MODERN PLAYER’S FRAME is becoming more and more popular in the game of tennis. He’s shed his traditional midsize Pro Staff for a more powerful and forgiving 98 square inch frame.

Modern player’s frames possess a slightly larger head size and a crisper, livelier response, similar to the more modern “‘tweener” frames like the Babolat AeroPro or Pure Drive.  At the same time, they retain the classic precision and feel of a more traditional-style racquet like the Wilson Six.One or Pro Staff. They are ideal for the intermediate to advanced player that appreciates the classic touch and feel but just wants something a little more forgiving in order to help keep up with the modern game.

Here are my 5 current favorites:

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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

TW Playtester Brittany’s Pick of the Week – Asics Gel Solution Speed 2

rsWhat is purple and green and is worn on the tennis court? The Asics Women’s Gel Solution Speed 2 of course!  I am currently two weeks into playtesting the Solution Speed 2 and am very happy with the results so far.

I will first start off with the look. Solution Speeds are known for their bright colors and this iteration definitely did not disappoint. I didn’t know at first if the purple and green colorway would clash with my apparel but I found it to be a fun pop of color to have on my feet no matter what I was wearing.

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TW Playtester Andy’s Pick of the Week – Yonex EZONE Ai 98

YAI98-2A recent surprise for me, and one of my favorite playtests of the past year, has been the Yonex EZONE Ai 98. The update to the popular Xi 98 and Ana Ivanovic‘s new racquet of choice for 2014 features a re-designed Isometric head shape to help increase swing speed, as well as a new dampening system that helps make the racquet feel plush and comfortable.

This racquet offers an outstanding blend of every attribute you’d look for in a racquet. It has a crisp, lively feel that allows for easy access to power and spin, while still providing the precision needed to give you the confidence to go for your shots and aim them close to the lines. It’s fast through the air and easy to swing, but it’s also solid and stable. Most importantly (to me at least), the feel is crisp yet RESPONSIVE, and I felt completely connected to each shot. I felt like I could hit any shot in my repertoire and know exactly where it was going to go each and every time.

WATCH OUR VIDEO REVIEW HERE!

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5 things you need to know about Rafael Nadal’s new tennis shoe, the Nike Lunar Ballistec

LB3Nike tennis footwear took a big step forward at the beginning of 2012 with the introduction of the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour. Its Adaptive Fit construction, lightweight design and low-to-the-ground profile created an ultra comfortable, stable shoe that could fit virtually any type of foot.

Nike tennis footwear continues to evolve in 2014 with the introduction of their latest and greatest shoe, the new Lunar Ballistec. With contributions from one of the best players in the game, Rafael Nadal, Nike set out to improve every aspect of the shoe; make it lighter, faster, more comfortable, more stable, more durable and make it look better too.

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Sneak Peek: Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour Tennis Shoe

shoe3Every split second counts on the tennis court. Get a little faster and it could be the difference between winning or losing. Get to one more ball, make one more shot, put that little bit more pressure on your opponent and make them break. Every little bit counts…

One of the best and most popular tennis shoes is getting even better in 2014! What was light is getting lighter. What was fast is getting even faster. What looked good will look even better. The next evolution is coming!

AG

Last minute holiday gift ideas for the tennis player in your life!

Screen shot 2013-12-17 at 11.19.03 AMWe are down to single digit shopping days left until Christmas, and if you’re like me you’ve still got some friends and family left on your list to shop for. Here are some great last minute gift ideas for your tennis-loving loved ones:

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Looking for a new racquet? The Babolat AeroPro Drive GT is an excellent, all-around performing racquet that could be used by virtually any level and style of player. The former racquet of choice for world #1 Rafael Nadal, this 2010 version offers a crisp, lively feel, perfect for the modern game.

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