Best of 2013: Tennis racquets

It’s about time to say goodbye to 2013, and this means it’s time for our Tennis Warehouse playtesters to weigh in with some of their favorites from the past year. First up, we asked some of our testers to pick their favorite racquets released this past year. Drum roll, please ….

It was the year of spin for our playtesters. Three playtesters chose Spin Effect racquets — those with wide open string patterns — from Wilson.

Wilson Six.One 95S

The Wilson Six.One 95S is the only racquet this year to get multiple votes. Both Jason and Chris love this one, and Chris has made the switch!

Jason:  “More control than my current Steam 99S but still offers tons of spin!”

Chris: “I love this racquet! I get great spin with it and more control than most other spin racquets thanks to the 18 main strings. It offers a nice crisp feel and I can go from defense to offense with it with one swing.”

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Tennis Warehouse Holiday Gift Guide for the Ladies!

It’s that time of year, the Holidays are just around the corner! Whether you have started your shopping already and just need one more special item for that lovely tennis lady in your life, or if you haven’t even begun — I’m here to help you out! So read on and click here to check out a few of our favorite things for the ladies this year in Tennis Warehouse’s Ladies Gift Guide!

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Mark Boone on his Babolat PLAY Experience

I just got done interrogating Mark Boone after his trip to Babolat last week for the launch of the Babolat PLAY racquet. He was kind enough to write some feedback on his experience for you guys to check out. Here it is — enjoy!20131108_134307

To All,

I was fortunate enough to get an invite to the launch of the new Babolat PLAY Technology, in Louisville, Colorado. I knew that tagging along with Chris Edwards was going to be an education in itself, and once I saw what the schedule was for the couple of days we were there, I was admittedly a little giddy.

20131108_134244-1The first evening was the presentation of what to expect the following day with the newest Pure Drive, and if the level of anticipation I developed that night was by design, the good people at Babolat were successful on all fronts. I went back to my room thinking that this was the longest build-up to playing tennis that I have ever had to deal with, so it was hard for me to wait until the next day to actually “Play and Connect” with the Pure Drive.

Technology wise, I am not exactly the equivalent of “Fred Flintstone in the rock quarry,” but I am not always on the cutting edge of digital technology either. As a result, the learning aspect of connecting the technology with the frame and how to use it was a little overshadowed by my desire to just go play tennis.

20131108_134213-1At the first couple of educational stations, the developers of the racquet and its technology were on hand to to guide/simplify the process. Within minutes, I was able to understand, navigate swiftly through the Babolat app and set it up for play. As soon as my personal profile was completed, which among many things differentiates the dominant hand, I was ready to skip lunch and get started!
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