A personal favorite…Stick It Wear?!

 

This is me wearing Stick It Wear?! at the 2011 Nike Championships in Portland, OR.

Check out one of my favorite apparel collections…Stick It Wear?! by Joe Durica. Joe makes men’s and women’s T-shirts that feature stylish stick figure designs that re-create all the most popular past and present players on the ATP and WTA tours. The men’s performance shirts are made of a lightweight, moisture-wicking polyester material that is super comfortable to play a match in, even in extreme heat! The men’s and women’s tees are made of super soft and comfortable cotton, perfect for on or off the court.

Check out a couple of my favorite ones!

 

 

 

This women’s tee represents the classic Rafa fist pump we’ve all grown to know and love!

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta love this depiction of fan favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s signature post-match celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My personal favorite…the Original Rebel…old school Andre Agassi!

 

 

 

 

You’ll still see me rocking these shirts in a lot of our video reviews. They were some of my favorite shirts to wear on the practice courts and during Open tournaments when I was out traveling the past couple years. I always had people coming up to me and complimenting me on the shirts, and I’m quite confident you’ll have the same reaction from your friends around town if you pick up a couple of these stylish tees from Stick It Wear?!.

-AG

Meet the Playtesters- Carol

Hello!

We are back in action, and our next featured Tennis Warehouse Playtester is Carol. She is one of our newest additions and a high level female playtester. She currently playtests both racquets and shoes. Check out her interview below.

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Racquet of Choice: Wilson BLX Six.One 95 16×18

String of Choice: Pacific Natural Gut 16; Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough 16

Shoe of Choice: New Balance 851 and Nike Lunar Speed 3

Apparel of Choice: I’m a Nike girl!

When/Why did you start playing tennis?

I have played tennis my entire life. At 2 weeks old, I was on the court watching my parents play. I played other sports during my youth, but really got into tennis when I went to Wimbledon at the age of 10. I got to see one of the best matches of all time, Patrick Rafter vs. Sergi Bruggera. It was a 5-hour marathon match, and I couldn’t leave my seat. I knew then that I wanted to be a tennis player.

Who inspires you to play tennis?

The match I watched at Wimbledon got me hooked, but my parents are my true inspiration. Tennis is a family sport for us, so we really enjoyed spending time together on the court. Both my parents played professionally, so they really acted as role models and inspirations to me. I still hit with my father as much as possible and much to my hatred to admit, he can still beat me on occasion.

What is your favorite shot to hit and why?

I have two favorite shots: my forehand down the line and my forehand return of serve. It’s even better when I combine the two.

What racquets have you used (not tested) during your tennis career?

My first racquet was the Wilson ProStaff 6.1 and newer versions. In college I played with the ProKennex SX. I went back to the Wilson BLX Six.One after college and still play with it today.

If you could compare your game style to a pro’s (past or present), who would it be and why?

Hmmm…Victoria Azarenka?

What has been your favorite match you have ever watched (live or on TV)?

I got to see Andre Agassi’s last professional match at the US Open live. Even though he lost, it was very memorable to me. The crowd applauded him for 30 minutes after the match, which brought him to tears.

Do you have pre-match meals you like to eat before a tournament?

I’m a carbs person. I usually eat a big breakfast 2-3 hours before a match. During a match, I love having a Snickers bar handy.

What has been your most memorable tennis match (win or lose)?

My most memorable tennis match was my sophomore year against USC. My Grandpa flew down to watch this match, so it was really a family affair. He hates USC, being an Oregon Duck himself. I beat a Top 30 player in straight sets during this dual match, and I have never seen my Grandpa so proud.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened while you were playing tennis?

The funniest thing that has ever happened while playing was getting hit by a ball that was going out during my match point. I didn’t find it funny at the time, but now I can snicker at it.

Have you had any injuries? For how long?  How did you deal with them?

Growing up I had no real injuries. I did have an arm injury during my senior year of college that benched me halfway through season. That was really rough on me. I was out for 6 months with surgery.

What is your favorite part of being a TW playtester?

I love getting to try out all the new tennis equipment. Tennis has evolved so much during my life, and the technology is hard to keep up with.

Who is your favorite TW playtester to hit/play with?

I love hitting with all playtesters. We all have such different styles of play, it’s hard to single out just one, but I do enjoy my weekly hits with Jason Huang.

Who is the TW playtester that gives you the most trouble?

Probably Brittany.  We know each other’s games so well due to playing together in college.

What has been your favorite review and why?

I really enjoyed the New Balance 851 shoe review. I had been playing with really heavy shoes prior to this, so it was really a breath of fresh air to play in a shoe that was so light and comfortable.

Do you have any nicknames from the TW playtest squad?

I have been called a few different nicknames: Care and C-Roll.

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Please check back next week when we feature another playtester in another installment of “Meet the Playtesters.”

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Brittany

Meet the Playtesters- Sean Hemmer

Howdy!

Our next featured Tennis Warehouse Playtester is Sean.  Sean can be seen on  playtests of all different racquets and shoes. He is a certified Master Racquet Technician and is a supervisor for our Customer Service department. Check out his interview below.

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Racquet of Choice: Head Youtek Prestige Pro
String of Choice: Kirschbaum Pro Line II Black
Shoe of Choice: Nike Court Ballistec 2.3
Apparel of Choice: Preferably no shirt in the California sun but more  often than not I gravitate towards Nike

When/Why did you start playing tennis?

I started getting into tennis as soon as I moved out to California in 7th grade about 12 years ago.  My dad got me into tennis after my little league baseball career in Texas ended in failure.  I’m also not much of a team sports person so tennis worked out in that regard as well.  My theory is if I win I want all the glory and if I lose I want all the blame which is why I much prefer singles over doubles.

Who inspires you to play tennis?

Everyone who I play against inspires me to continue to improve.  My competitive nature on the tennis court drives me to constantly want to become a better player and when I don’t play well or are straight up outplayed, it makes me want to come back stronger the next time.

What is your favorite shot to hit and why?

I love hitting my forehand when I’m on the run and can barely get to the shot.  Because my forehand is so wristy, I’m able to come up with some pretty amazing passing shots from that side both down the line and cross court.  That look of disbelief on my opponent’s face brings a smile to mine.

What racquets have you used  (not tested) during your tennis career?

My first racquet was definitely a Head Titanium Ti.S6 (wonder where I developed a power oriented game).  In high school I moved on to using the Wilson Hammer 5.2 frame with the sweet orange paint job.  After that my local pro shop hopped on the Babolat band wagon and my coach convinced me to try one out.  I ended up with the Babolat Drive Z-Tour which I still have a few frames of to this day.  In an effort to replace those racquets I was using a customized Babolat AeroPro Drive for a while until I settled on the Head Youtek Prestige Pro about 6 months ago.

If you could compare your game style to a pro’s (past or present), who would it be and why?

It’s too difficult pick just one player that I like to tailor my game after.  It’s more of a combination between Michael Chang speed, some Rafa buggy whip forehand, some Fed slice backhand in there, and a serious case of Safin temper.

What has been your favorite match you have ever watched (live or on TV)?

One of my favorite matches off all time to watch on TV was the 2000 U.S. Open final when Safin completely outplayed Sampras to take the title.  By far the most incredible match I’ve seen in person was last year at the BNP Paribas Open tournament where Agassi / Sampras / Federer / and Nadal threw down on some epic doubles.

Do you have any superstitions before playing a match?

I actually hate the whole superstitions thing so much that I make a point to break all of the superstitious rules that I can just to prove to myself that they have no bearing on the outcome of the match.  I enjoy walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, not knocking on wood, throwing the entire salt shaker forward, and stepping on every line on the court.

Do you have pre-match meals you like to eat before a tournament?

I try to make sure to eat a huge meal the night before I have a match, usually some kind of pasta.  Of course now that I think about it, a huge meal of pasta is something I enjoy a couple nights a week, so nothing new there.

What has been your most memorable tennis match (win or lose)?

I typically remember the matches in which I become the most angry, at my opponent or myself.  I was playing an important doubles match in my high school playoffs and I had gotten on the other team’s case about sketchy line calls.  They took offense to this and decided to call a line judge over because he claimed our calls on his big first serve were complete crap.  I had a little bit of a Sampras vs. Courier in ’95 flashback and when I get angry I can play some fantastic tennis.  I took over and we dominated them for the rest of the match.  Definitely a gratifying feeling.

I also got to attend a charity even before the BNP tournament a couple years ago where I got the opportunity to play with some of the pros.  I played a few games with Ivan Ljubicic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Shahar Peer,  Jensen Murphy and Fernando Verdasco which turned out to be one of the more memorable tennis experiences of my career.

Have you had any injuries? For how long?  How did you deal with them?

Unfortunately I’m fairly injury prone when it comes to any activity outside of tennis but I’ve only had one real tennis injury that’s affected my ability to play.  A couple years ago I severely sprained my ankle to the point where I needed crutches to walk around normally, not that I actually used the crutches like the doctor recommended.  The injury kept me off the tennis court for 6 to 8 weeks which was just about the most frustrating part of the injury.

Who is your favorite TW playtester to hit/play with?

I know this is the politian answer to the question but I like hitting with everyone who playtests with me.  Tennis is a game where no two players have exactly the same style.  The challenge is to make myself such a complete player that I’m able to deal with all sorts of shots and styles.

Who is the TW playtester that gives you the most trouble?

My toughest matchup is definitely against Chris.  He uses all of these stupid drop shots that I can get to without problem but then he’s too good around the net for me to win the point without coming up with multiple great shots.  Plus, I’m used to getting some free points off my serve and Chris hasn’t missed a return against me in what seems like years.  I’m coming for ya Vlogman…

What has been your favorite review and why?

The Yonex V Core 100 S has been one of my favorite playtests to date simply because of how I was playing that day, not necessarily because of the racquet itself.  It just happened to be one of those days where I couldn’t miss a shot and every forehand I hit found a line.  If you check out the playtest, Brittany and I have some great points.

Do you have any nicknames from the TW playtest squad?

The Hammer, Hemmer Time, Sean “2nd Gear” Hemmer, that guy with the forehand

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Please check back next week when we feature another playtester in another installment of, “Meet the Playtesters.”

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Brittany