Who’s hot and who’s not on the ATP Tour

It’s been an exciting first half of the 2012 season on the ATP Tour! We’ve seen Roger regain the #1 spot in the world rankings and three different players win majors, which hasn’t happened to start the year since 2005. Anything can happen leading into the Olympics in a couple weeks and with the American hard court season looming. Let’s take a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the ATP Tour leading into summer…

Who's hotter then the #1 ranked player in the world, Roger Federer?!

Who’s Hot??

Roger Federer – Record 287 weeks at #1. He’s just won his record 17th major and record-tying 7th Wimbledon title. He’s compiled a 46-6 record so far in 2012 with 5 titles, with two Masters 1000′s (Indian Wells and Madrid) and a major. Don’t look now, but Roger has returned to the throne at the top of the men’s game, and he’s turning 31 next month. G.O.A.T.? Without a doubt!

Marin Cilic – He’s won 2 titles in 2012 and they have both come in the last month, winning Queen’s Club (Nalbandian’s epic meltdown) and this past week’s clay court event in Umag in his home country of Croatia. After missing the first couple months of the year due to injury, Marin has compiled a 22-10 record (and four of those losses are to Del Potro). His only top 10 win of the year was against Isner in Madrid, but I think the big serving Croatian is gaining confidence and finding his form coming into summer.

Hard-working Croatian Marin Cilic could be finding his form leading into summer

Brian Baker – Is there a better story in tennis right now than this guy? After five surgeries and leaving the game to coach college tennis at hometown Belmont University in Nashville, TN, the smooth-moving American has come back with a bang and exploded into the world’s top 100 rankings. And if you think his recent results are a fluke then you’re heavily mistaken…he was formally number 2 in the world in juniors, and he’s won 32 of his last 38 matches dating back to April. Watch Brian continue his hot play on the American hard courts and reach the top 50 by the end of the year.

 

Who’s Not??

John Isner – After beating Djokovic and reaching the finals in Indian Wells in March, the big serving Georgia Bulldog hasn’t done much in tournament play since the tour moved over to Europe for the clay court season. I know he won Newport this past weekend, but his best win of the week was against fellow American #48 ranked Ryan Harrison, which just so happens to be his highest-ranked win in the last two months. He lost 5 of his 8 matches on the red dirt, which normally is a surface he’s strong on. Hopefully the big man can pick up some momentum in front of the home crowds in the States this summer, because the confidence seems to be lacking a bit in recent weeks.

Big John Isner will hopefully ride the momentum of winning Newport into the American hard court season

Feliciano Lopez – He’s lost 6 of his last 7 matches, including a first round loss at Wimbledon followed by a first round loss at a Challenger event in Colombia against the 213th-ranked player in the world. Not sure what’s going on right now with the big lefty from Madrid, but he’s seen his ranking drop from a career high #15 in April to his current #30 position. We’ll see if he can get out of a tough section of the draw in Gstaad, Switzerland this week and gain some momentum for the coming weeks.

Gael Monfils – He’s been struggling with a knee injury since the beginning of the year, and we haven’t seen him since his loss to Brian Baker in Nice just before the French Open. Given his history of injuries, who knows when we will see the exciting Frenchmen again. He’s got some ranking points to defend from last year’s summer hard court season, so if he doesn’t come back soon he’ll be out of the top 20 for the first time since 2008.

Speedy Frenchmen Gael Monfils has been struggling with knee problems since the beginning of 2012

 

 

Stay tuned for more pro tennis talk as the summer action heat’s up!  Thanks for reading!

Andy G.

Too cool for school

Maybe it’s because I’m now a mom, or possibly just because every piece of new apparel we get comes through my office, but I just couldn’t help noticing the increased options for junior players. For boys, our newest addition is ATP World Tour apparel. For girls, we’ve just added Tail and Bolle to the apparel options. We’ve also added buttons to the top of each of the pages, so you can see the brand line-ups more easily as well as quickly jump around the page by clicking on any brand’s button.

I’ve also become a big fan of anything that can make my days, mornings in particular, run more smoothly. With summer vacation a distant memory, most kids now have to balance time on the court with their time in the classroom. That often means an outfit change between school and tennis time. Remembering to pack extra clothes in the morning or before going to pick up the kiddos is one extra thing that could easily be lost in the shuffle, so I thought it might be fun to pick out some pieces for junior tennis fans that will go from schoolroom to after-school practice court.

From left, ATP World Tour Youth Play T-Shirt, adidas Boy's Logo Pullover Hoodie, ATP World Tour Youth Logo Hoody, Nike Boy's Winter Striker Track Jacket

T-shirts are an easy pick in the morning rush. We’ve just added ATP World Tour tees in youth sizes. They’re 100% cotton and are tagless at the neck for added comfort. My personal favorite would be the Play T-Shirt, but they’re all easy to pull on during time-crunched mornings and are easily paired with jeans. We’re lucky here to have highs in the mid-70s right now, so if you have weather like we do here on California’s Central Coast, these tees easily match with some shorts. If that’s the case there’s one less thing that has to be packed for the after-school lesson. The Fila Reversible Short has some extra style for school with one plaid side. The adidas adiPure Plaid Short, too, has the performance of a court short, but the plaid pattern gives it some personality for wearing off the court. Girls are not to be left out. For the younger set, there’s the Bolle Fall Tennis Tee with its fun, girly design. For girls who want a sportier look there are Nike and adidas tees done in fun, trendy colors. The Nike Girls Legend LS Top is a favorite as well as the adidas Fall Tennis Logo Tee.

From left, the Nike Girl's Winter YA76 Full Zip Hoody, adidas Girl's Fall Tennis Logo Tee, Bolle Girl's Fall Tennis Tee, Nike Girl's Winter Legend LS Top

Jackets and sweatshirts are another easy go-to. Once again, ATP World Tour has a great offering for the young tennis fan with the hoody. Along those same sporty lines is the adidas Logo Pullover Hoody. The Striker Track Jacket is a Nike classic and carries some retro flair, and it’s available for both boys and girls. The girls have some nice outerwear options in addition to the Nike jacket. For hoodies, we have the Nike YA76 Full Zip Hoody and adidas Logo Full Zip Hoody.

And that brings us to socks. So my daughter may not even be 1 yet, but she goes through socks faster than she can stick the nearest toy into her mouth. Trust me, that’s fast. If there’s anything I’ve learned in my short time as a mom it’s this: Buy socks in multiples. We carry Nike and adidas socks for kids, all in 3 packs. They’re available in different ankle heights as well as both black and white. For those of you on laundry duty, some of the adidas socks come with a coding system that makes it easy to match up pairs. There’s a colored stripe on the inside cuff so if you have kids who wear different sizes, you don’t have to hold up every sock to see if they’re the same length. Genius! Anything that makes life easier on the parents is a bonus in my book.

So there you go, those are just a few ideas I had to try to simplify life. I know there are parents out there who know the ropes better than I, so please share!

Happy hitting!
Tiffani, TW