After winning Wimbledon for the first time this year, Andy Murray enters the US Open as the defending champion and is looking to get another Grand Slam title under his belt in 2013. Already into the round of 16, let’s see what gear he is using that has got him this far into the tournament.
Andy Murray at the US Open — Photo by Cynthia Lum
His apparel: Andy is keeping his look sharp and simple on the court during the Open by wearing the adidas Barricade line. The Adipower Barricade Crew has a two-piece crew neck with contrast inserts, mesh along the upper back for increased ventilation and colorblocking with the Band of Power across the chest. This crew does a great job of keeping Murray cool despite the NYC summer sun and humidity. The Fall Barricade Woven Short in the 9.5″ length keeps this look simple and focuses on ventilation with the added mesh panels. To keep the sweat off his face and away from his grip, Andy uses adidas Large Wristbands. As far as shoes go, Andy is in the Barricade 7.0 to ensure stability, traction and support for all of his quick on-court movement.
His gear: Andy finds the perfect blend of feel and stability with his Head Youtek IG Radical Pro. This racquet gives him a lively, spin-friendly response from the baseline with a crisp controlled feel at the net. He has it strung up with the very popular ATP tour string, Luxilon ALU Power 16L, which gives him added controlled power and is a durable option. He uses Tourna Grip XL as his overgrip of choice to make sure he has a soft, yet absorbing grip throughout his matches. To carry all of his gear to the court, Andy uses his very own Head Murray MonsterCombi bag which is big enough to carry all of his racquets, apparel, and more.
The US Open is just days away (I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!). Working at TW is always fun during the tournaments because we all have our favorites and are glued to the matches, so of course I wanted to know who the playtesters were picking to win it all this year! Check out their answers and let us know who you pick to win it all this year at Flushing Meadows!
Become a champion like Andy Murray by following our 4 important steps for preparing for a tournament! Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.
Summer usually means good weather and more tennis tournaments! I’ve been competing my fair share this summer, and as I get ready for my next tournament, I want to share with you a few of the most important things to focus on when getting ready for a competition. If you do these things, you’ll give yourself the best chance to perform at your highest level and have the most fun when you hit the courts…
The first and seemingly most obvious aspect of preparing for a tournament is practicing beforehand. Make sure to get plenty of high-quality hitting sessions with many different styles of players, because you never know what type of player you’ll face in the tournament. You could face all kinds of opponents that may be awkward to play (lefties, pushers, serve and volleyers, etc.), and you want to know how to handle each and every one of them. If you vary up your practice partners, you’ll naturally learn to adapt to different styles of play.