The tennis world is no stranger to compression shorts. If you frequently watch professional men’s tennis, you’ve likely seen the compression shorts peek out beneath the regular shorts.
The idea behind compression is that these pieces, usually shorts but tops are also available, they help reduce muscle fatigue and offer support during physical activity. This apparel technology is something that can benefit tennis players of all levels, not just the pros. Count our TW playtesters as fans of compression, too.
Many brands have them, Nike, Under Armour, adidas, but all of these shorts are not sport specific. They are general training compression pieces. Wilson has just upped the ante with its seamless compression pieces by specifically designing them for the tennis player. They’ve made short sleeve tops, long-sleeve tops and shorts meant to be worn as a baselayer beneath your usual tennis clothes.
Ask any tennis player, and they’ll tell you that tennis is a full body workout. Even fit non-tennis players can go out for a hit one day and feel sore in muscles they didn’t even know they had.
Wilson smartly targeted the key muscles groups tennis players use and paid extra attention in those areas. For example, there is maximum compression on the deltoid and rotator cuff with high density vertical rib construction to support this key muscle group. Serving, groundstrokes…. all that high velocity swinging can take a toll on the shoulder area. On the shorts, the key focus is kept on the quads and hamstrings.
Players also can work up a sweat so ventilation channels on the body help keep it cool. To add to the comfort factor, these pieces are seamless through the body and legs. With all the coiling of the body, there’s plenty of room for chafing. By having no seams in key areas and strategically placed channels, movement will be comfort free and restriction free, meaning you can swing away without feeling encumbered.
Some of Wilson-sponsored pros are wearing this new compression gear beneath their stylish duds. Count Feliciano Lopez as one. Check out the graphic below for a visual explanation of how Wilson’s seamless compression works.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stay tuned for more pro tennis talk as the summer action heat’s up! Thanks for reading!
I am one of those girls that enjoys shopping. I have days where I am on a mission to find the best deals and lowest prices on everything and anything. Then there are the days that I just want to go all out and buy the cream of the crop. Luckily at Tennis Warehouse, I can have my cake and eat it too!
Bags are a prime example of this. The Jet Tote Bag in Reptilian Rose is a super stylish bag that can hold a couple of racquets, plenty of pockets and compartments, and comes with a matching cosmetic case. You can buy it for $67.99. When I want to dish out a little bit more cash, I head towards Court Couture. These highly fashionable bags are top quality with plenty of pockets, a large compartment to hold a lap top, and a separate cosmetics case. Get the Court Couture Cassanova Bag in Dusty Rose Daisy for $209.00.
Every girl needs a little black and white dress, even out on the tennis court. Nike’s Basic Border Dress II comes in at a budget friendly price of $70.00 and features contrast border details, built in shelf bra, and mesh panels for ventilation. On the other side, the Eliza Audley Baby Doll Dress steps up the fashion with a pleated body and cute straps that form a racer back. Your splurge is worth every penny with this high quality dress at $150.00.
I can’t forget about shoes! Who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes? And this season, it is all about standing out with color. adidas shows how it is done with their budget conscious adidas Barricade Team 2 in prime ink blue and red. The comfort-oriented and lightweight model comes in at $74.95. When you’re looking for a high performance tennis shoe that you will get your money’s worth, the Barricade Team 2’s big sister, the adidas Barricade 7 in prime ink blue and red is the perfect example. Loaded with all the latest technologies and featuring a six month durability guarantee, the adidas Barricade 7 comes in at $119.95. Both shoes are miCoach compatible.
I’m rounding out my blog and saving the best for last with racquets. You can’t play tennis without a racquet, right?! Well, Wilson has lots of “more bang for your buck” racquets including the new Wilson BLX Envy coming in at $99.00. A lightweight racquet armed with some BLX technologies, this racquet is perfect for a beginner to intermediate player. When looking for a top notch racquet, the Wilson BLX Juice 100 is the perfect splurge. Top professional players Victoria Azarenka and Feliciano Lopez sport this racquet out on the stadium court. A powerful and maneuverable racquet, the Juice puts you back $189.00.
So what are you feeling like doing today, saving or splurging?