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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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.

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.

Demo the latest racquets at the BNP Paribas Open

Mark Boone hits on the demo court. Photo by Jason (BOS Photography/TW Staff)

Mark Boone hits on the demo court. Photo by Jason (BOS Photography/TW Staff)

The demo court is the place to be while taking a break from watching matches at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

When you head on out to our demo court you can try all of the latest racquets from the top brands such as Babolat, Wilson, Head, Prince, Volkl, Dunlop and Yonex. If you have any racquet questions, we have the right man on the job.

You’ve seen him in our product review videos, you’ve read his comments in our written reviews, now you can meet the man himself, Mark Boone, at the Tennis Warehouse demo court.

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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!

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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Fun. Fit. Fabulous. 10 Nike Tennis Spring Pieces worn on court and everywhere in between!

If you are anything like me or my tennis friends, your life is busy and you are usually juggling your outfits with your daily activities — from the gym, to work, to the court, to running errands, etc.! So we wanted to help you out and grabbed 10 super cute pieces from Nike and made several different outfits perfect for all areas of your day — from sporty to sassy to strong looks — we’ve got you covered!

OutfitCollageBannerLike the professional athletes of our sport, today’s tennis players don’t just play tennis anymore to get their exercise in — you can find them in the gym, running, hiking, taking barre classes, kickboxing, cross-fitting, etc. Which is why this blog is a shout out to those dynamic ladies out there who find themselves on the court, off the court, in the gym and every where in between on a daily basis. These are the looks the active, athletic tennis ladies live in.
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TW Pinterest: A Pintroduction

Allow me to introduce you to Pinterest. Or as I like to call it, get ready to be “Pinaugurated”! Not too long ago TW created their very own pinterest page, and if you have yet to see it I’d recommend you go check it out.

Don’t worry, if you’re unfamiliar with this so called “Pinterest” thing, I’ll fill you in. It’s essentially a website that allows you to organize all of your bookmarks from other sites. With the help of Pinterest, never again will you forget about a bookmark that got lost somewhere along your bookmark bar. Instead you can categorize your bookmarks (which are called “pins”) into different folders (which are known as “boards”). Not to mention Pinterest also integrated a social aspect to their site so you can browse other people’s bookmarks with similar interests. Finding new discoveries of things you love and keeping track of them has never been so easy!

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Just in case you need a little bit of convincing before turning into a pinner, I summed up a few reasons why it should be in your best interest to pinterest.
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adidas brings back the Barricade V tennis shoe

If you are a longtime tennis player, like myself, when you hear the word “barricade” you instantly think of a very stable adidas tennis shoe…or is that just me?! Launching in the year 2000, adidas has created a legacy in the Barricade line of shoes for being one of the top tennis shoes for aggressive tennis players of all ages.

AWB5CBP-1My first run in with the Barricade line takes me back to my college tennis days. Back in 2001, our team was sponsored by adidas, and our shoe of choice (along with several other teams across the country) was the Barricade. The ideal shoe for a college team, our Barricades held up great with the 20-hour practice weeks and tournaments and matches every weekend — not to mention they were easy to move in, yet provided the ultimate support and stability.
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2014 Coaching/Player Relationships on the ATP and WTA

I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for tennis season to be back in full force! I am counting down the days until the Australian Open! But until then, let’s discuss some player/coach relationships as it seems like lately there has been an influx of new relationships being formed.

It’s not new to see former pros on the coaching end of things, but it seems like lately, all of our favorite players from the past have made their way back to the circuit via coaching. Brad Gilbert has worked with the best of them — everyone from Agassi, Roddick, Andy Murray to Nishikori and even Sam Querrey. Some of those relationships blossomed in chemistry, and some were duds. In 2013, we saw Sharapova hire, and quickly fire, Jimmy Connors — but let’s be honest, there wasn’t enough room on the court for those two superstars. Then there was Martina Hingis’ stint in coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova…until Martina realized how much she missed the limelight and competition.

So, who do we have paired up in 2014?

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Federer and Edberg are working together in 2014 — photos by Cynthia Lum

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