After winning Wimbledon for the first time this year, Andy Murray enters the US Open as the defending champion and is looking to get another Grand Slam title under his belt in 2013. Already into the round of 16, let’s see what gear he is using that has got him this far into the tournament.
Andy Murray at the US Open — Photo by Cynthia Lum
His apparel: Andy is keeping his look sharp and simple on the court during the Open by wearing the adidas Barricade line. The Adipower Barricade Crew has a two-piece crew neck with contrast inserts, mesh along the upper back for increased ventilation and colorblocking with the Band of Power across the chest. This crew does a great job of keeping Murray cool despite the NYC summer sun and humidity. The Fall Barricade Woven Short in the 9.5″ length keeps this look simple and focuses on ventilation with the added mesh panels. To keep the sweat off his face and away from his grip, Andy uses adidas Large Wristbands. As far as shoes go, Andy is in the Barricade 7.0 to ensure stability, traction and support for all of his quick on-court movement.
His gear: Andy finds the perfect blend of feel and stability with his Head Youtek IG Radical Pro. This racquet gives him a lively, spin-friendly response from the baseline with a crisp controlled feel at the net. He has it strung up with the very popular ATP tour string, Luxilon ALU Power 16L, which gives him added controlled power and is a durable option. He uses Tourna Grip XL as his overgrip of choice to make sure he has a soft, yet absorbing grip throughout his matches. To carry all of his gear to the court, Andy uses his very own Head Murray MonsterCombi bag which is big enough to carry all of his racquets, apparel, and more.
I have had a couple of incredible days in New York. Friday was an amazing experience!
Tim Smyczek is into the 3rd round! Photo by Cynthia Lum
The morning flew by and before I knew it, it was time for my match. I had a bit of a shaky start. Bogey came out playing great. Very aggressive and he didn’t give me much opportunity to get into the match. At 1-1 in the second set, I finally got my teeth into the match a bit and was able to break him. I got broken back a few games later, but I did feel like I was settling in. We both held out until a tiebreaker, and although I didn’t convert my first three set points, I finally took the second set 8-6 in the breaker.
Bogey jumped out to an early lead in the third and I went down 6-2. I battled back and won the fourth 6-4. I broke early in the fifth, but was broken back at 3-2. Finally at 4-4 I was able to break again. Before I served out the match and I was walking up to the line, the crowd started chanting, “USA, USA” It was an incredible feeling. I got goosebumps.
I’m third match up on grandstand on Sunday and I can’t wait to do it all over again!
Tim Smyczek defeats James Duckworth in the 1st round at the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum
Yesterday was an extremely long day for me. It started off with another first — our tournament car ran out of gas on the highway! Thankfully, we were able to make it over to the shoulder and not hold up traffic, but it was still a bit unnerving. And luckily someone who works at the US Open operations desk just happened to be driving by! He pulled over, popped his head out the window and said, “Do you guys need a ride?”
After we got to the site, I went through my usual routine (albeit a bit abbreviated). Then I had a quick bite to eat and started to prepare for my match. For me, this means gripping racquets, mixing electrolyte drinks and seeing the trainers for some treatment and stretching. Pretty soon it was game time.
Day 1 of the matches was quite eventful. I had a bit of a snafu with transportation, but I was able to make it to the courts in time for my practice. Usually, you call and book your car through the transportation office the night before, and your car is waiting for you outside the hotel. This morning, my car was nowhere to be found! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do my normal pre-practice routine, but luckily I didn’t miss my practice court.
Early in the week at the Open, the practice courts are a busy place. Almost everyone shares courts and there are only 45 minute slots. So, as you can imagine, it’s a hectic place. I got a good practice in with Steve Johnson even though we were pressed for time.
Afterwards, I headed to the player cafe for a little lunch. During tournament weeks, my diet is pretty strict. I make sure to have really balanced meals with plenty of lean protein, good carbs, and about as many veggies as I can fit in. They put in a new coffee bar in the lounge this year as well, so I topped it all off with a little iced coffee!
For my afternoon practice, my coach, Billy Heiser, and I went to a secret spot which I can’t reveal right now…we got in some feeding drills and worked on some specifics. I always like to have a couple practices a week like this. Billy has a great eye for the fine tuning what I need and I always feel better after we can get some of that work done.
After practice I got some treatment and a massage and headed back to the hotel. Just takeout for dinner after an exhausting day!
Well the time has come for all eyes in the tennis world to gravitate towards NYC. The first day of the 2013 US Open is here! I cannot tell you how excited I am to be back up playing in the main draw of both singles and doubles. For an American, it doesn’t get much better than playing here because the atmosphere is electric. The crowds are loud, the spotlight is always on, and opportunities are there to make dreams come true. I’m especially pumped because I’ve been watching tennis from the couch for most of the year due to the right knee injury I sustained during the Australian Open. This is my third tournament back and I’m ready to get after it. It’s also the 20 year anniversary of the 1st time time I visited Flushing Meadows. I definitely was a wide-eyed 8 year old whose dream was to one day to play in the US Open.
The US Open is just days away (I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!). Working at TW is always fun during the tournaments because we all have our favorites and are glued to the matches, so of course I wanted to know who the playtesters were picking to win it all this year! Check out their answers and let us know who you pick to win it all this year at Flushing Meadows!