American CiCi Bellis beats Cibulkova in the 1st round in NYC!

American teenager, Catherine, or “CiCi” Bellis pulled a huge upset today over Dominika Cibulkova! The 15 year old from San Francisco, California won a wildcard into the US Open after winning the USTA National Hard Court Championship this summer.

Swinging aggressively, pumping her fists and loving every minute of the battle, Cici Bellis came out on top today beating Cibulkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. She is the youngest player to win a match at the US Open since Anna Kournikova.

I love this girls attitude! She’s positive and attacks the ball. Even in her post match interview, she mentioned how she plays aggressive and even if she doesn’t win each point that way, that’s how she attacks her match. After taking out the 12th seed, CiCi may just become this year’s America’s Sweetheart! Can’t wait to see her compete in the 2nd round!

Play with heart,

Michelle, TW

Sneak Peak: New Dunlop Biomimetic racquets!!

The new Dunlop Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour racquet!

Get ready for a revolution from Dunlop! In October 2012, Dunlop will be releasing their new line of racquets. But these aren’t the same racquets that we are used to seeing from Dunlop. Instead, they’ve completely redesigned their frames to better suit the modern game. With the help of some new technology, Dunlop’s trying to make a new identity for themselves in the world of racquets.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the SIX NEW RACQUETS in the Dunlop line

Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour:
-the racquet of choice for touring pros Jurgen Melzer and Tim Smyzcek
-98 sq. inch head size, 11.5 oz strung, 6 pts HL balance, 319 swingweight, 22 mm beam width, 64 stiffness, 18×20 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 300 Tour

 

Biomimetic M 3.0:
-racquet of choice for touring pros Fernando Verdasco and Heather Watson
-98 sq. inch head size, 11 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 318 swingweight, 22 mm beam width, 66 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 300

 

Biomimetic M 6.0:
-racquet of choice for touring pro Tommy Robredo
-102 sq. inch head size, 10.6 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 312 swingweight, 25 mm bead width, 70 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 600

 

Biomimetic S 3.0 Lite:
-98 sq. inch head size, 10 oz strung, 2 pts HH balance, 300 swingweight, 22 mm bead width, 65 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Aerogel 4D 300 Lite

 

 

Biomimetic S 6.0 Lite:
-racquet of choice for touring pro Dominika Cibulkova
-105 sq. inch head size, 1/4″ longer than standard length, 10.1 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 295 swingweight, 26 mm beam width, 69 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 600 Lite

 

Biomimetic S 8.0 Lite:
-115 sq. inch head size, 1/2″ longer than standard length, 9.7 oz strung, 8 pts HH balance, 333 swingweight, 30 mm beam width, 70 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Aerogel 800

 

 

Dunlop is introducing some new Biomimetic (inspired by nature) technologies in order to make their racquets lighter, faster, and more powerful. First, they’ve incorporated Biofibre, which is made from the stem skin of plants, and according to Dunlop is lighter than carbon and stronger than steel. It’s used in the throat of the frame to absorb shock and give it 18% greater feel and control.

Next, a state of the art grommet system was introduced made from a substance called MoS2. It’s designed to mimic the surface of snake skin, which is supposed to be more durable and also reduce friction between the frame and the string. It is designed to reduce string friction for 27% greater power and increase abrasion resistance for 40% greater durability.

Finally, the third new technology Dunlop has integrated into the racquet is called Aeroskin CX. It’s an upgrade on their previous Aeroskin technology, which is inspired by shark skin, and looks like little bubbles on the racquet at the 12, 4, and 8 o’clock positions. It’s intended to make the racquet more aerodynamic, dramatically reducing drag and allowing the player to generate much more racquet speed. In numbers, this reduces drag by up to 36%, an 11% increase from the older technology, resulting in a faster racquet speed for more power, maneuverability and reaction time.

All in all, Dunlop is moving away from their lower-powered, control-oriented frames. They even look way different and more modern. The beam is designed in more of an aerodynamic shape (think Babolat AeroPro Drive) as opposed to the classic box beam we have grown accustomed to from Dunlop. The grommets are sunken into the racquets instead of having the string sit above the frame, and the throat is deeper and longer to make the racquet easier to swing. Last but not least, maybe the most immediately noticeable difference in the shape of the head, which is much more of a tear drop shape, narrower towards the throat and flaring out towards the tip.

With their new look and new technologies, Dunlop is also introducing a new naming system to the whole series of racquets. The new racquets are labeled with a smaller number and a decimal (ex. 3.0, 6.0, 9.0 etc.), but people familiar with the old racquets rest assured that they pretty much align with their predecessors (3.0 = 300, 6.0 = 600, etc.). In addition, one of three letters that represents the swing style that best suits the racquet:

F = Full/fast swings
M = Medium/moderate swings
S = Short/slow swings

Dunlop has re-invented themselves and made their racquets more suitable for the modern game. The racquets are lighter, faster, and more powerful, and our playtesters all agree! These new racquets will be available for presale on October 1, and will go on sale later in the month. Keep your eyes peeled and get your new Dunlop racquet (or at least demo it!) soon!

-AG

Get the Look of the Pros’ Practice Gear Part 2

I am back in action today in beautiful Indian Wells, California, perusing the practice courts looking at more women’s fashion. I was able to catch Victoria Azarenka, Dominika Cibulkova and Ana Ivanovic showing off their tennis ability and fashion sense.

Victoria Azarenka

First up, Victoria Azarenka was warming up on one of the top two practice courts in front of a large crowd. Her practical yet fasionable outfit stood out under the sun. You can replicate her outfit by wearing the Nike Crush Tennis Blockbuster Tee in Tide Pool Blue on top and the Nike Basic Pro Capri II in black. In addition, you can sport Nike Lunar Speed 3 shoes and a Nike Crush Feather Light Visor in Tide Pool Blue to complete the look.

Dominika Cibulkova

I spotted Dominika Cibulkova playing farther down on the practice courts. While she may be on the smaller side, I can definitely tell you she hits the crap out of the ball and looks good doing it. You too can wear a similar style in the Lacoste Spring Graphic Tee in grey, Lacoste Spring Tennis Shortie in navy and the Nike Zoom Breathe 2K11 shoes.

Ana Ivanovic

Lastly as I was making my way back around the practice courts, I ran into Ana Ivanovic practing. Look like Ana by wearing a comparable tank and shorts such as the adidas Fall Response Bar Tank in White/Intense Pink and adidas Spring Sequential Short in Black. Cap off the look with the adidas Barricade 6 London and the adidas Grandslam II Visor in White/Pink.

What do you wear to practice?

Ad Out,

Brittany