Today I am writing you from beautiful Singapore. We’re staying at the Marina Bay Sands — just a simply unbelievable Hotel. I have never seen a Hotel pool like that. Take a look, the view is just amazing!
Beautiful infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The Singapore Championships are really very, very special to me. Not only because this could be the last championship for me (you never know ) but the people, the housing and organization have been outstanding. Everybody who is involved is working so hard to make this event a special memory for all of the players. I am just feeling very privileged to be a part of this tournament. To actually qualify for the championship has been very difficult and I am so glad Kata and I made it this year! It was a bumpy road for both of us with ups and downs but…we made it and that is what counts! You’re trying all year long to get here, this is the goal and dream for all of us. We made it and are still hungry for more!
Today Katarina and I have our first round match. We’re playing Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. They are the number one team in the world and we sure have to play our best if we want to beat them again. But of course we will try! Kata, our coach (Torsten), and I just finished our pre match meeting where we watch videos of our opponents and discuss as a team, what might be the best tactic for tonight’s match. We have played them so often and have actually a great record against them, so we hope we can continue with that tonight, we will see. Continue reading →
I always get a bit bummed the couple days after a Grand Slam ends. For two weeks straight I had hours on end of awesome tennis to watch (good thing Davis Cup is back in action this weekend), and now football is the only thing I see when I turn on the TV (which, isn’t a bad thing, go Niners, it just isn’t tennis!). Anyway, to recap our US Open picks, my picks were knocked out by the 4th or 5th day of the US Open, while Karly and Jason were the only two playtesters who called the US Open 2013 Champions — and Tiffani was oh, so close with her Gasquet pick! This week, since I don’t have any live tennis to watch today, I decided to bug my fellow playtesters and ask them,
“Who from the WTA or ATP would play doubles with? (We already answered the mixed doubles question, so stay within your gender on this one!)”
The Bryan Brothers are always the team to watch in any major, but being on US soil, you know the twins want to add another US Open title to their already amazing career. Let’s take a look at what Mike and Bob are wearing and using during this year’s US Open.
Bryan Brothers in action at the US Open by Cynthia Lum
Their apparel: Mike and Bob are the perfect ambassadors for the California grown company, KSwiss. This year at Flushing Meadows, they are flourishing on court in lots of color in the KSwiss Fall Spliced Crew in the bright yellow color. This 100% polyester crew is lightweight and keeps them cool on the court. They pair this crew with the KSwiss Basic Training Woven Short which are lightweight and comfortable on court. Under their shorts, they are wearing a compression short from Under Armour that keeps their muscles warm and helps with a quick recovery. They round out their look with the KSwiss BigShot II in the black and yellow colorway. This durable, yet lightweight shoe is more stable, more breathable and more comfortable than its predecessor.
Their equipment: When it comes to finding a racquet that serves the twins aggressive net play, solid returns, and dynamic doubles play, the Bryan brothers find the Prince EXO3 Rebel 95 to do just that. The tight 18×20 string pattern provides control from all areas of the court with a stable feel. At net, this racquet helps provide precise control with quick access to touch; while on serve, this faster feeling racquet is easy to generate both pace and spin. They keep their hands nice and dry with Tourna Grip Original Overgrip. They string it up with Prince Beast XP 17 blended with Prince Natural Gut 16 for the perfect feel for this doubles duo.