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!
Now that Winter has released its cold grip on most of the country, it’s time to start thinking about the long tennis season that lies ahead. In light of this realization we have some good news and some bad news.
First, the bad news. If you didn’t get a chance to play a lot this winter, your timing will likely be a little off. With that in mind, I want you to go grab your racquet.
Go ahead, I can wait.
Now that you have your racquet in hand, I want you to look at your stringbed. If you don’t see any strings, keep reading for the string deals below. But let’s say you do see strings, and let’s further speculate that they are the same strings that were in your racquet at the end of last tennis season. If that’s the case, allow me to be frank. Those strings are old and have likely lost too much tension. With tension loss comes changes in feel, power, friction properties, and trajectory (i.e., bad news). Couple that with the winter rust plaguing your mechanics and your timing problems just got worse. In other words, it’s time to restring.
Welcome to another edition of save vs splurge! This week I am comparing two multifilament strings. For my splurge of the week, I chose Tecnifibre NRG2 16g at $16. It offers a combination of comfort, feel and all around playability that is nearly impossible to beat. For the budget-friendly consumers out there, my save this week is Tourna Quasi Gut 16g. For almost half the price you can get the remarkably comfortable feel and high performance that comes with a polyurethane impregnated multifilament. While we cannot promise that any two strings will play and age exactly the same, we think the price to value ratio of Quasi Gut makes it a reasonable alternative to more expensive multifilaments like NRG2.
Check back soon for another edition of Save vs Splurge!
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.
Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player’s frame that’s more forgiving and easier to use.
Roger Federer‘s new prototype racquet is a perfect example of how the MODERN PLAYER’S FRAME is becoming more and more popular in the game of tennis. He’s shed his traditional midsize Pro Staff for a more powerful and forgiving 98 square inch frame.
Modern player’s frames possess a slightly larger head size and a crisper, livelier response, similar to the more modern “‘tweener” frames like the Babolat AeroPro or Pure Drive. At the same time, they retain the classic precision and feel of a more traditional-style racquet like the Wilson Six.One or Pro Staff. They are ideal for the intermediate to advanced player that appreciates the classic touch and feel but just wants something a little more forgiving in order to help keep up with the modern game.
Here are my 5 current favorites:
Andy Murray announced today that he will be terminating his two year coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl.
As Murray’s coach, Lendl helped coach the Scot to an Olympic Gold Medal, a US Open title and a Wimbledon Championship, yet the two have mutually agreed to go their separate ways. Murray said, “I’m eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far. As a team, we’ve learned a lot and it will definitely be of benefit in the future. I’ll take some time with the team to consider the next steps and how we progress from here.”
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.
Stadium Court at La Quinta Resort
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.
Dolgo at the BNP. Photo by Cynthia Lum
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.
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.)
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)
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.