Whether 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.
Tops 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!
What 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.
A 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.
Nike 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.
Every 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!
We 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:
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.
TravisMathew men’s apparel, worn by James Blake (pictured) and Andy Roddick, is now available at Tennis Warehouse!
High-end style and performance arrives at Tennis Warehouse with the addition of TravisMathew apparel for men! Originally a golf apparel brand that represented the active and fun lifestyle of its roots in Southern California, they’ve now branched into the tennis world with two American tennis legends at the forefront. Former world #1 Andy Roddick is an investor and ambassador for the brand, and James Blake wore the apparel for his last year on tour and continues to represent the brand with class and style.
You might think, “Oh great, another high-end clothing company looking to tap into the tennis market. What’s the difference with this one?” Not only does the TravisMathew apparel look great, it performs well and feels AMAZING! I’m not exaggerating…if I could buy bed sheets made of this stuff I would!
As tennis players continue to discover the benefits of polyester strings, Head is throwing their hat into the ring with a new polyester monofilament of their own. Head Hawk is now available for purchase at Tennis Warehouse!
Hawk was designed with the help of top touring pros and utilizes a Crystal Core manufacturing process that Head claims will revolutionize the way co-polyester strings are made. It’s a complex multi-step heat treatment during production that allows for the manipulation of the molecular crystal core of the string as well as the properties of its outer layers. This re-engineered molecular structure produces a string that sends more energy back into the ball at impact, all the while offering a dampened yet responsive feel for the player, resulting in a blend of power, control, comfort and feel.
Strategy and tactics are such crucial elements of tennis. You could have better strokes, better fitness and better equipment than your opponent, but choosing the right shot to hit at the right time is more important if you want to win matches.
“Stoplight” Tennis is a simple and easy concept to help your on-court strategy and shot selection. Your court positioning should dictate what shot to hit, so keep this basic strategy in mind for your next match and you’ll surprise yourself with how many more points you win.
The Lotto Ultra Raptor IV is one of the best performing and unappreciated shoes on the market.
The Spanish grinder and top 5 ATP pro David Ferrer has been a model of consistency for a number of years. Regardless of the draw, the conditions, the surface, he seems to always be there deep in tournaments. Like David, his shoe, the Lotto Ultra Raptor IV, has also been a model of consistency, as Lotto year after year produces one of the best performing shoes on the market. However, it goes almost unnoticed by most tennis players, even the enthusiasts!
We playtested the latest update to the Lotto Raptor line when it came out at the beginning of the year, and almost our entire team concluded it is one of their favorite shoes on the market. Currently, it’s the choice of four top 10 pros on the ATP and WTA tours. Recent Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli along with top 5 WTA pro Agneiska Radwanska are sporting the women’s version, while Spaniards Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro rock the men’s.