#1. You don’t like Roger…
But more specifically, you don’t like his fans. Why would you? They certainly don’t like you and your lefty Mallorcan. They say that Federer plays tennis how tennis should be played; with grace, a one handed backhand and a sub 100 square inch head sized racquet. They are quick to point out that Rafa plays tennis like a brut. He muscles the ball, stomps instead of glides, counter-punches, a pusher, a one trick pony. He’s winning because of his equipment; with strings that help produce so much spin it should be illegal. You don’t like Roger’s fans because they’re snobby fans that look down on you. Which is why…..
My paperwork has finally been processed at the UK Consulate and my visa has been approved. They tell me my passport along with my visa should be returned to me in the next 48 hours. So, finally I have some good news to report. Unfortunately, due to the delay I’ve missed the first two tournaments in Herzliya, Israel, but thankfully I’ll be able to make the third and final tournament which starts with qualifying on the 14th of June. From Israel, it’s on to England for the month of July and three Futures on grass in Manchester, Felixstowe and Ilkley. Growing up in Zimbabwe we had a grass court at home, so I’m really looking forward to getting back onto the surface I was raised on.
The sun is out…or should I say, it is not raining today but is partly cloudy!
Anyway, it is a great day for tennis and a great day for the spectators to finally see some matches in a row!
Maria Sharapova is on Court Philippe Chatrier right now playing Jie Zheng.
A great schedule today for the spectators with access to centre court. They will get to see Nadal vs Fognini and Djokovic vs Dimitrov later on.
What a crazy day here at Roland Garros today. Rain and showers. The players have been on and off the court.
It is very tough for the players to handle these kind of situations because they have to stay warm and be ready to go back on court at any time. Injury prevention is a very important issue, especially with the wet and cold weather. The courts are heavy and slippery at the same time which certainly increases the chances of getting injured if not properly warmed up before going back on!
Rain delays are also tough mentally because you have to be to switch the game face on when needed. That is not an easy part either!
HEAD has launched a (RED) Special Edition bag collection to raise awareness and money for the fight against Aids. HEAD will be contributing 40% of the profits off the (RED) HEAD line of bags going to the Global Fund to fight Aids. Tennis Warehouse is excited to be getting these bags in and help spread the word about the collaboration between HEAD and RED.
The line of bags features a RED Monstercombi and a RED Backpack. Both are made of 100% polyester. The Monstercombi has once climate control pocket racquet section and the bag can hold up to 12 racquets. Included is a front zipper pocket as well as an inside mesh pocket and extra shoesack. It also has detachable, adjustable and hideable back pack straps to ensure comfortable carrying. The Backpack has a compartment that can hold 1 racquet and includes and integrated shoe compartment with a front zipper pocket. Continue reading →
I got here yesterday and it is a very cold and partly cloudy today. We have been at a club offsite (approximately 15 minutes walking distance from Roland Garros). Due to the qualification matches on site, the players go to other clubs in order to get some practice hours in on court. Thiemo De Bakker practiced with Grigor Dimitrov this morning. Other players such as Laura Robson, Ashley Barty, Caroline Wozniacki, Marin Cilic and
many others are here as well.
There are several clubs where players go and train on their days off during the tournament and I will give you some more information over the coming two weeks.
It’s not an easy day for the players with all the rain. But dealing with it is part of the job!
The competition is heating up in Rome today at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and the countdown is on to Roland Garros! I wanted to tell you about all of the Babolat French Open equipment that we have in here at Tennis Warehouse that will get you ready to go for the French.
This year, Babolat decided to give their ever so popular, (and my personal favorite) Pure Drive Racquet the special Roland Garros paint job. I may be biased, as my love for the Pure Drive series is no secret, but I am enjoying this color update to this frame. It isn’t too loud but rather has some accents of the colors of the French flag with Roland Garros written on the throat of this frame. Included in this color update is the Pure Drive Lite and Pure Drive Junior Racquet.
The count down to the French Open is on and we are ready to outfit you in everything you could possibly need to be Roland Garros ready!
Ana Ivanovic will be sporting the adidas Roland Garros collection this year in Paris. The collection is complete with two color ways available in two tops (one tank, one cap sleeve), a skirt, a dress, and wristbands to complete the look. This years collection features some fun colors that pop and are perfect for the clay court season. These pieces have the signature adidas ClimaCool technology, contrast piped colors, lacey/frilled layered designs and the Roland Garros logo. The whole collection is full of really fun colors that will look great on and off the court. And I must say, I am loving the wristbands that match perfectly!
On the men’s side, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be taking to the courts in the adidas Roland Garros gear. The men’s collection also has two color options to chose from in each piece and features a lightweight polo, a Bermuda short, hats, and matching wristbands. Featuring bright yellow and vivid blue, these outfits will add personality to your wardrobe on or off the court. The items come with the adidas signature 3 stripe logo, mesh panelling details to ensure a cool fit and the Roland Garros logo.
Stay tuned, as I will be showing off some more Roland Garros exclusive gear from Tennis Warehouse very soon!