Tennis advice to my younger self… Top 5

As more time goes by and as I get older, I sometimes reminisce about the good ol’ days. This is something I do about life and about tennis, and it makes me wonder what I could have done differently that would have made me better at tennis  — not career changing decisions necessarily but words of advice for my younger self.

The natural progression through life comes with an increase in knowledge and the things I have now learned, and it got me thinking… If I could give advice to my younger tennis-playing-self, I would say?

Babolat Pro Hurricane 16 String

Babolat Pro Hurricane 16 String, the string I grew up using

1. Know your strings. Growing up, I had a partial Babolat sponsorship, so I used a Babolat Pro Hurricane string. Great string, but to be honest, I have no idea why I was playing with that particular string. My point? It wasn’t that that this string was bad; in fact I play with it sometimes now and I love it, but when I was younger, I didn’t do much research into what string was the best for me at that time. Getting advice or doing some research can make life a lot better when it comes to reducing the risk of stress being placed on your arm, feeling the ball better, hitting with more power, getting more spin… The list goes on.

String Finder on our website allows you to choose strings easily – it’s a great tool to pick strings through different categories. Also, don’t hesitate to ask the playtesters any string questions!

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TW’s current Bosworth racquets

A little while ago I did some blogs on the Bosworth collection, (check it out here) and covered some of the racquets we had available at the time. This stuff sells quick and they’re usually not racquets that you’ll see around for sale very often. As I mentioned in that first blog, as a general rule, once something is online and gets sold, that’s the last you’ll ever see of it.

To re-explain: The Bosworth custom racquets come from the late Warren Bosworth, who specialized in customizing racquets to help professionals optimize their performance. He thought that racquets in stock form were limiting — racquets produced for the masses weren’t always what different pros needed, so he decided to provide unique setups to suit each player’s specific requirements. Every player is different and desires a different customization for their racquet, so Bosworth explored that idea by watching, coaching, listening, experimenting and working with different pros to create setups and specs that would help each play his or her best tennis.

As per usual, our inventory has changed and I wanted to let you all know some of the cool and very unique racquets that we currently have available in our vintage racquet collection.


Bosworth Head Director Racquet

Bosworth Head Director

Manufactured in the US in 1982, the Head Director is a unique racquet with an interesting elongated head shape. It features an extruded aluminum frame and provides a wonderful snapshot of the era just before graphite. It provides a comfortable and solid on court.

Specs: Contains original leather grip. Grip size 4. Specs include 100 square inch head size, an unstrung weight of approximately 12.3 ounces, an 18×19 string pattern, standard length, and has a bumper-less grommet system.




Bosworth-ProKennex Comp Destiny Rac

Bosworth-ProKennex Comp Destiny 

If you think this racquet shape looks familiar, then you are right. The Pro Kennex Composite Destiny is the predecessor to the Babolat Pure Drive model with its rounded shaft and aero head. Also features original blue Pro Kennex leather grip still in the plastic and original blue working grommets. Made in Taiwan.

Specs: It features Destiny Performance System (DPS) technology, a 95 square inch headsize, weighs in at 12.5 ounces strung, a 16 x 19 string pattern, and is standard length.

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Almagro and Lotto: Spain and Italy pairing for success

Lotto Sports Italia, the king of Italian manufacturing and distributing sports footwear, apparel and accessories, announced their partnership with world no. 11 and Spanish prodigy, Nicholas Almagro.  With this being an important and prestigious pairing for both parties involved, Almagro and Lotto are excited with the new sponsorship.

A right-handed Spaniard and a master of clay, Almagro has won 12 titles on clay courts, although he has been making strong appearances on all surfaces. Among his more recent trophies is the Nice Open last May, repeating his success on the same court in 2011. He hit a current career high ranking of no. 9 in the world earlier in 2011, and is hoping to crack the top 10 again in the coming year.

Nicolas Almagro

Nicolas Almagro

Signing to a three year sponsorship, Almagro will be sporting the Lotto logo during tournaments and training, starting January 2013. With the new Lotto technology in the fabric of the apparel, the clothing allows for the highest performance on court, perfect for Almagro when he trains and competes under the hot European sun this summer.  He’ll also be sporting the new Raptor Ultra IV on his feet, equipped with the exclusive ReactiveArch technology, the first concave dynamic sole that flexes according to the natural movement of the foot. This shoe is going to offer maximum cushioning during impact forces, stability when planting the foot and reactivity during thrust.

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