Top 5 items that should be in your tennis bag, but aren’t

Let’s face it, you treat your tennis bag kind of like a mobile locker. Lots of things get thrown in there only to be lost forever. But there are some items that you should really clear some room for. Along with used tennis balls, most tennis players will have the standard equipment in their bags: extra strings, overgrips, dampeners, and a towel. Here are 5 things that you probably don’t have in your bag, but should.

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Bernard Tomic Joins Head Tennis Family

According to Head/Penn Sports:

HEAD is proud to announce that 21-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic has joined the HEAD tennis family. The current No. 74 in the ATP’s singles world ranking signed a long term contract with the brand and will endorse the brand new HEAD Graphene Radical racquet.

“I am very happy to be back with HEAD. I have always been impressed with the quality and extra care that goes into the development of HEAD racquets,” says Tomic who played with HEAD racquets from 2007 to 2011. “I know that when I step on the court, I have the best weapon in my possession to do some serious damage.”

The youngest player to represent Australia at the Davis Cup and the youngest player in the Top 100 on the ATP Tour for two straight years will endorse the HEAD Graphene Radical racquet. The new Radical series features Graphene, the latest material innovation that is an extremely lightweight material but with a breaking strength 200 times greater than steel. Graphene is integrated into the shaft of the racquet and allows the weight to be distributed where it is needed most for perfect playability and control.

With his agreement, Tomic joins fellow HEAD ambassadors like Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray.

How to Choose a Tennis Racquet: Racquet terms explained

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Picking out a new racquet for yourself or a loved one can be daunting. With 20 different brands and hundreds of different models, choosing the right racquet can make one’s head spin. Kind of like what happens to me when I walk into a perfume store or cereal aisle. At Tennis Warehouse, I think sometimes, we forget not everyone is as into tennis as we are. Our everyday tennis vernacular isn’t very everyday and common to most recreational players. So I want to break down racquet terminology in layman’s terms in hopes of clarifying what makes racquets play and perform the way they do so you can make a more informed decision before buying your next racquet. (From Tennis Warehouse I hope.)

Head size

Mid - Less than 95 square inches (example: Wilson Pro Staff 6.0 85)
Midplus - 95 to 104 square inches (example: Babolat Aero Pro Drive)
Oversize - 105+ square inches (example: Prince Premier 115L ESP)

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When we’re talking head size, we’re talking about the size of the racquet head (where the strings are). Obvious, I know. The larger the head size, the larger the sweetspot. Usually, a racquet’s headsize is in proportion to the level of player the racquet was designed for. Key word being “usually.” So racquets with an oversize head (105 sq in and bigger), tend to be meant for beginner players who need that bigger sweetspot and more power. They also tend to be more stable for those times the ball isn’t hit exactly in the sweetspot. And racquets that have mid size head’s are meant for the more advanced player.

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TW Playtester Jason’s Pick of the Week – Nike USA apparel

I don’t know about you, but I love me some America. That’s right, I said it. People who know me know that if there’s one thing I love…… it’s fried chicken. But that’s followed very closely by America. And if I could eat fried chicken while being in America? Well, that’s just the gift that keeps on giving. I also love the Olympics. It’s not too often you can watch grown men and women slide across ice while frantically moving a broom in front of a large stone on prime time TV. Riveting.

Every two years, when the Olympics come around, I turn my patriotism up a notch. On a scale of 1-10, I’m a bald eagle with McDonald’s in one claw and a Coke in the other. Point is, I love the Olympics! And I love cheering on Team USA! Back in 2008, I made it out to Beijing, China to root on the United States in person. How cool is that right?! I know.

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5th Annual T Dubbies: Year End Tennis Awards

The most coveted award in all of tennis

The most coveted award in all of tennis

I don’t know about you, but to me, 2013 seemed like it was only about 3 months long. One minute everyone was doing the Harlem Shake and the next, they moved on to something called twerking. It felt like just yesterday that I was writing my 2012 year in review. Weren’t we just talking about Rafael Nadal’s comeback? But here we are, at the end of the 2013, less than 1 month away from the 2014 Australian Open. And Rafa’s knee, much like Miley Cyrus, appears to be alive and well.

These past 12 months can be summed up in 2 words: Rafa, Serena. Both had spectacular seasons and both went into 2013 with question marks. Rafa with his knee and Serena with her age (which, at 32, is considered “over the hill” in tennis years). And yes, let’s not forget that this was the year Andy Murray got the monkey, well, more like Godzilla, off his back by winning Wimbledon.

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Making a Case: Rafael Nadal as the 2013 AP Male Athlete of the Year (instead of Lebron)

Rafael Nadal with his 2 Grand Slam titles from the French Open and US Open

Rafael Nadal with his 2 Grand Slam titles from the French Open and US Open

 

The Associated Press recently named their Male Athlete of the Year award and it went to Lebron James. Peyton Manning came in 2nd and Jimmy Johnson came in 3rd.

Where was Rafael Nadal?

Sure, what Lebron did this past year was amazing. Lebron is a freak of an athlete at the top of his game. He won regular season MVP honors. His team, the Miami Heat won the 2nd of back-to-back championships and Lebron was named Finals MVP. Everyone remembers that clutch 3 Ray Allen hit in game 6 against the Spurs. Without it, the Heat would’ve lost the series. But do you remember who shot a 3 AND missed? Lebron James. Who rebounded that missed shot and passed it out to Ray? Lebron James? Nope. It was Chris Bosh. No rebound, no 3 pointer. No 3 pointer, no Championship. No championship, no MVP for Lebron.

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Just a Reminder – These guys are better than you at tennis

Before anyone gets angry with me, thinking I’m trashing their game, remember, it’s not you, it’s them. These guys are really, really, really good. There’s a reason they are the top 8 players in the world (minus a hurt Andy Murray).

With the year end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals underway, showcasing the best of the best our sport has to offer, I wanted to just take some time to remind you why they are and forever will be better than you or me or pretty much any mere mortal human being. And if you want ATP World Tour Finals apparel, click here.

Here are just a few videos from this past 2013 year to refresh your memory on just how incredible these guys are at their craft.

The “I can hit the ball harder than you” shot

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Top 13 Signs You’re A Tennis Player

If you play tennis, and I mean, really play tennis, then at least one of these will apply to you. Comment below on how many you nodded your head at and tell us what other signs that we might’ve missed.

1. Tan lines
Unless you play indoors 365 days a year, you’ve probably rocked some mean tan lines in your day. For us guys, it’s all about the farmers tan and sock tan. You’ve probably gotten the “why are you still wearing your socks?” line thrown your way before. And for the ladies, if you’re anything like our playtesters, then you’ve had the pleasure of modeling the “I wore 4 different sports bras in 1 weekend” tan line.

Andy Murray proudly sporting the farmers tan.

Andy Murray proudly sporting the farmers tan.

2. One arm bigger than the other
One handed backhand, two handed backhand, it doesn’t matter. One will look like Arnold Schwartenager from Terminator and the other arm looks like it belongs to Tom Hanks from Castaway.
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James Blake Announces Retirement

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James Blake hitting his signature forehand

Sad news today from the tennis world. One of my all time favorite tennis players, James Blake has announced his retirement and that the US Open would be his final tournament. I guess I shouldn’t be shocked by this, after all, it seems like Flushing Meadows is the place that many American players go to ride off into the sunset. Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and now, James Blake. It’s probably a bit unfair to those great American champions to put Blake in the same sentence as them, but to me, he deserves to be mentioned. A former world #4, he has made the quarterfinals of the US Open 2 times, is a 2007 Davis Cup champion, and has earned nearly $8 million in prize money over his 15 year career.

US Open 2007

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8 Signs You’re a Rafael Nadal Fan

 

Rafa fans know this forehand well

Rafa fans know this forehand well

#1. You don’t like Roger…
But more specifically, you don’t like his fans. Why would you? They certainly don’t like you and your lefty Mallorcan. They say that Federer plays tennis how tennis should be played; with grace, a one handed backhand and a sub 100 square inch head sized racquet. They are quick to point out that Rafa plays tennis like a brut. He muscles the ball, stomps instead of glides, counter-punches, a pusher, a one trick pony. He’s winning because of his equipment; with strings that help produce so much spin it should be illegal. You don’t like Roger’s fans because they’re snobby fans that look down on you. Which is why…..

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