Just a Reminder – These guys are better than you at tennis

Before anyone gets angry with me, thinking I’m trashing their game, remember, it’s not you, it’s them. These guys are really, really, really good. There’s a reason they are the top 8 players in the world (minus a hurt Andy Murray).

With the year end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals underway, showcasing the best of the best our sport has to offer, I wanted to just take some time to remind you why they are and forever will be better than you or me or pretty much any mere mortal human being. And if you want ATP World Tour Finals apparel, click here.

Here are just a few videos from this past 2013 year to refresh your memory on just how incredible these guys are at their craft.

The “I can hit the ball harder than you” shot

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Sneak peek: Andy Murray’s adidas spring 2013 apparel

Andy Murray wearing the adipower barricade Semi Fitted Crew. The entire line will be released in late December. (Image courtesy of adidas.)

If you tuned in to watch Andy Murray kick off his bid to win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, you might have noticed that’s he not wearing the same apparel as he was at the recent Master Series event in Paris. He’s giving us a sneak peek at the spring 2013 adidas adipower barricade line. We’ll get to see the rest of the spring 2013 adidas line for men and women when it releases in late December.

adidas adipower barricade Semi Fitted Crew in Dark Onix/Vivid Yellow

In his first match against Tomas Berdych, Murray sported the Semi Fitted barricade Crew. There are two versions of the barricade crew for spring. The Semi Fitted version is what we’ll see Murray wear, and as its name suggests, Murray’s top will have a slimmer fit than the standard barricade crew. To further set apart the Semi Fitted Crew, Murray’s top sports a bolder graphic on the shoulders. If you’re a fan of adidas’ usual fit, check out the barricade Crew, which will have the same technologies but a different fit and tonal graphic on the shoulders.

Though Murray wore the white based top, there will also be a dark grey version as well with the same yellow accents. The adipower barricade group will be based on a white/Dark Onix (grey)/Vivid Yellow color story for spring 2013.

On the bottom, Murray’s choice of shorts gets a bit of a makeover. Though the fabric remains the traditional woven polyester, the length is now longer. Rather than an 8″ inseam, the short moves to a 9.5″ inseam and will simply be called the barricade 9.5″ Short. It will be available in Dark Onix and white.

Murray is also wearing a new color of the adidas barricade 7.0 on his feet in a black/Vivid Yellow color.

It’s always a bit bittersweet to see another tennis season end, but to ease the pain, adidas has given us a little bit of a peek into what’s in store for us come spring 2013.

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW

Surging Slovenian into the top 50!

Juan Martin del Potro took down Greg Zemlja in the Vienna finals this week.

The biggest jump in the ATP top 50 rankings this week was 26-year-old Grega Zemlja. After making the finals at last week’s ATP event in Vienna, Austria, the surging Slovenian has vaulted himself 23 spots in the rankings to a career high ranking of #50. Grega had the best tournament of his career, gaining wins over Xavier Malisse, Tommy Haas and Janko Tipsarevic before losing in the finals to Juan Martin Del Potro.

However, even though this might be the first time you’ve heard of him, Zemlja’s recent success hasn’t come from out of the blue. His final’s appearance in Vienna has been a manifestation of the career year he’s been having in 2012. Going into the US Open, Grega won 10 of 11 matches and two ATP Challenger events (the equivalent of the “minor leagues” of the ATP). He followed that up by winning 5 matches at the US Open (three in the qualifying and two in the main draw), firmly placing him in the top 100 for the first time in his career. A little over a month later, he won 6 matches, two over players in the top 20, and has gotten himself into the top 50. Let’s keep an eye on the surging Slovenian in the weeks to come!

In other news…

Novak Djokovic stays hot, winning the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 event.

-Novak Djokovic saved 5 match points in the Shanghai Masters 1000 final against rival Andy Murray and won his 5th title of the year. Don’t look now, but Novak has only lost two matches since the Olympics and has a firm lead over Roger Federer to end the year as the world’s top ranked player for the second year in a row.

-Tomas Berdych has continued his strong play, winning the title in Stockholm last week over fellow top-10er Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That’s the second time in as many weeks that the lanky Czech has beaten Tsonga, putting him in a great position to qualify for the year end championship in London in which the top 8 ranked players compete.

Tomas Berdych has had an excellent second half of 2012.

 

-Andreas Seppi won his second title of the year, taking the Kremlin Cup over Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. The 28-year-old Italian has now won a title on every surface (hard, clay, and grass), and reaches a career high ranking this week of #22.

-This week, the ATP has two stops in Valencia, Spain and Basel, Switzerland before heading to Paris for the final Masters 1000 event of the year. Most of the top 20 will be in action jostling for the final positions in the ATP World Tour Finals in London in two weeks. With world #4 Rafael Nadal out, there are four spots up for grabs (with Djokovic, Murray, Federer, and Ferrer already in). Look for the action to heat up as the season comes to an end!

Thanks for reading!

AG