2012 Gift Guide: Andy’s Picks

This year we asked some of our knowledgeable staff to pick their holiday favorites. They picked racquet, string, shoes, apparel and one “wild card” they would like to get as gift this year. Check out the entire Staff Picks. Below, Andy explains his choices.

Racquet: Babolat AeroPro Drive GT Plus 2013

The AeroPro Drive has been the biggest surprise to me since I started working here. I’ve always been a fan of more traditional player’s racquets, but ever since I’ve picked up the AeroProDrive GT 2013 I realized it could be a perfect fit for me and for the modern game. It offers tons of power, spin and forgiveness for taking big cuts at the ball without sacrificing control. Furthermore, the new ones that are just coming out are in my opinion the best ones yet. The Active Cortex that Babolat introduced into the 2013 version makes it much more comfortable than previous versions with much better feel at contact. This is the perfect racquet for the player with a modern game!

String: Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 17g Reel

This is an absolute STEAL for a great polyester string! This is one of the best performing polyester strings on the market today. It’s soft enough to provide great comfort and feel, while also staying crisp enough for good ball grab and control. It’s also a spin monster with its seven-sided design that bites the ball like a hungry beast! And at $89.95 for a reel…are you kidding me?! Unbelievable value from the guys who bring you Tourna Grip.

Shoes: Asics Gel Resolution 4

These are my favorite shoes to wear on the tennis court, hands down. You put these puppies on, and it feels like you’re putting on a pair of slippers to wear around the house during the holidays. There’s plush cushioning all over the foot, a great fit and they’re on the lighter side (you’ll find some lighter shoes out there, but these are by no means heavy). Even with their low profile design, they have great support and stability, along with more than adequate durability (backed by a six-month outsole durability guarantee). And they look great, too, with a number of different colors to choose from! On sale at less than $100 for the holiday season, this is a must buy for the serious tennis player.

Apparel: Stick It Wear?! 2012 Men’s My Favorite Tsong T-Shirt

My boy and clothing designer Joe Durica keeps turning out stylish shirts, and this one is one of my favorites of the lot. The cotton tee is super soft and comfortable, and the design always gets comments from people when I wear it out and around. This one has a great blue/teal color and features one of my favorite pro players, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and his signature post-match celebration. Check this one out but be sure to check out all the other great designs from Stick It Wear?!.

Miscellaneous: Australian Open 2012 Final – Djokovic v. Nadal DVD

This may be the highest quality tennis I’ve ever seen played over the course of a match. More than six hours of incredible tennis, with a Grand Slam title on the line, going toe to toe in some of the most exciting baseline rallies I’ve ever witnessed. These two guys will go down as two of the greatest baseliners of all time, and their skills and hearts were on full display in this match.

Thanks for reading!

AG

5 things I’m thanking TW for this Thanksgiving

Family, friends, our health, the beautiful feast in front of us…these are all things to be grateful for this year at Thanksgiving. But let’s not forget our tennis games! There are plenty of things to be thankful for in the tennis world too, so here are my top 5 things I’m thanking Tennis Warehouse for this holiday season…

Asics Gel Resolution 4′s – On Sale!
Just in time for Black Friday, my favorite shoe on the market has gone on sale for under $100! With all the great colors available, this is the perfect way to stock up for yourself, and share these awesome shoes with the people you love.

 

 

Head Men’s Fall Hyperplay Zip Hoodie
This great-looking hoodie is perfect autumn turns into winter. This is one of the heavier weight performance hoodies around, and in my opinion is one of the most stylish too. It’s available in sizes SM-XL! Get yours now!

 

 

 


Nike Classic Stripe Crew Socks
Add a great retro look to accent those cool new shoes you get as a holiday present. These come in a 3 pack featuring one of each of the three cool designs.

 

 

 


Tennis Warehouse’s awesome match DVD collection

With winter weather keeping me indoors and no pro tennis to watch until the New Year, what am I going to do? Load up on some classic match DVDs, that’s what I’m going to do! Tennis Warehouse offers an excellent collection of classic matches going all the way back to the 70′s. Check out arguably the greatest match ever played, the 2008 Wimbledon final between Federer and Nadal, or our newest addition to the collection, the 2012 US Open Final where Andy Murray wins his first major over Novak Djokovic.

Tennis Warehouse Gift Cards

There’s no better gift for the tennis nut in your life than a TW gift card. You can be sure that your friends and family get exactly what they want for the holidays with gift cards available from $25 all the way up to $200.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for reading!

AG