TW Playtester Chris feeding for the Hit the TW Prizes Game
What is better than going on a vacation? Playing tennis and watching world class tennis while on vacation! And Tennis Ventures does just that! Not only does Tennis Ventures cover the Grand Slams, but they also have an amazing vacation package here at the BNP Paribas Open. For 2014, the vacation includes a doubles clinic with the Bryan Brothers, a tennis camp with Lindsay Davenport and John Leach, box seat and luxury suite tickets to the BNP Paribas Open, a special demo session with the Tennis Warehouse Playtesters, and much more. Continue reading →
The Desert Showdown (formerly the Desert Smash) was a happening place to be this year. Like last year, I was able to attend the event and was entertained from the moment I got there until the moment I left. This year’s event came with a new name along with several other notable changes. The first was that the event expanded into two days to include both golf and tennis events. Will Ferrell was the host this year to keep everyone and anyone entertained throughout the event. The tennis event featured a pro am tournament in the morning (with the participants receiving a goody bag from Tennis Warehouse!) and then an exhibition in the afternoon at the beautiful La Quinta Resort. Continue reading →
When Alexandr Dolgopolov burst onto the ATP, I quickly realized I had a new favorite player. His happy-go-lucky attitude paired with his flashy game sealed the deal for me! I will mention that it hasn’t always been an easy road being on the Team Dolgo fanwagon. Convincing other tennis fans about his talent and potential to be in the top 10 on the ATP has always been a task. While staying a loyal fan through heartbreaking losses, injuries, and low percentage tennis hasn’t always been easy, Alex has remained my favorite through it all. My friends and colleagues at Tennis Warehouse have had to put up with my Dolgo chatter since they met me, and especially during this year’s BNP Paribas Open, so check out the reasons why this talented, bouncy Ukrainian is number one in my book…and hopefully climbing the rankings to make the top ten very soon.
Every year at the BNP Paribas Open, a group of tennis photograph enthusiasts come together to form an elite squad. Ball on String photography better known as BOS consists of only three members including Jason, Chris, and senior staff member, Daniel. This year I was able to infiltrate the secret club and interview each of the members with the hopes of one day becoming BOS.
A couple days ago we were at a Wilson photo/video shoot, filming some footage for a commercial and behind the scenes spot with some of Wilson’s top athletes including Victoria Azarenka, Grigor Dimitrov, and Milos Raonic. While we were waiting, I spotted Feliciano Lopez getting a practice session in on a side court before his turn in the spotlight.
I’m incredibly antsy and eager counting down the days till I get to enjoy the BNP Paribas Tournament this year! Always an absolute favorite for me, this year is even more exciting with all of the new additions (Stadium 2, lots of new restaurants, added practice courts, etc.)! So, while I count the hours until I get to be basking in the sun and tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, I thought I’d share with you another new feature the BNP has for us this year (even if you don’t get the chance to venture out to the desert for tennis, this might be worth a download so you can keep up with all the action)!
First things first. Wifi! Yes, the Tennis Gardens has updated its technology this year and is offering wifi throughout the venue! So whether it’s checking scores on one of the courts you aren’t watching or sending a quick “out of office” email, you will find quick internet access.
Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal were the two left standing with the champions trophies, but they weren’t the only winners from the 2013 US Open. Let’s take a look at this year’s best dressed, as determined by your faithful Tennis Warehouse bloggers.
Serena Williams. Photo by Cynthia Lum.
Ladies first. First up, we should start with the champion herself. Karly found herself partial to the night look of Serena Williams. I can’t help but think of ballerina when I look at her Heathered V-Neck Dress. I think it’s the flouncy skirt on the dress and snug leotard-type top. The night version wins out with its pop of pink on a greyish-blue base.
Maria Kirilenko and Laura Robson in action during the US Open. Photos by Cynthia Lum.
Laura Robson and Maria Kirilenko in adidas by Stella McCartney Barricade impressed Brittany and Jason (yes, the guys weighed in, too!). Brittany liked the beige top to ground the ultra bright orange skirt and shoes. Jason is a big Kirilenko fan, and I have to admit, if someone can pull off an entirely neon orange outfit, it’s Kirilenko.
Whenever Serena Williams steps onto the court, she’s a force to be reckoned with. It’s no wonder that she’s the No. 1 seed in the 2013 US Open. Let’s take a quick look at the gear she’s been using to dispatch her opponents.
Serena Williams in action during the US Open tennis tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. Photo by Cynthia Lum.
He’s known as the King of Clay, but he’s been on a bit of a tear this summer on the hard courts so watch out for Rafael Nadal as he makes a bid for another US Open title. Let’s take a look at Rafa’s gear from the 2013 US Open.
Rafa in action at the 2013 US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.
I just want to start out by thanking everyone who’s made the past couple of weeks such an incredible experience. The outpouring of love and support has been both humbling and heartwarming. It’s such an amazing feeling to have so many people behind you.
Tim Smyczek at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
Saturday night was a three and a half hour adrenaline rush. I’ve never been a part of something that special on a tennis court. I found it impossible to feel tired with a crowd like that carrying me the entire way. I can tell that feeling is addictive and I can’t wait to be in that same position again. I got chills every time the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA!” I wanted so badly to win that match for all the people cheering me on, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
There’s a reason that Pete and Andre and Andy used to love coming to New York every summer and I feel like I can in some small way relate to that. And I can’t wait to be back next year to do it all over again.