8 Signs You’re a Rafael Nadal Fan

 

Rafa fans know this forehand well

Rafa fans know this forehand well

#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…..

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All Systems Go!

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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.

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French Open Today

FotoThe 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.

High level tennis all day!

Have fun!

Mats
@matsmerkel

Dealing with the Rain (@Roland Garros)

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!image

 

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!

 
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Head RED Limited Edition Bags

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.

HEAD tennis players including, Novak Djokovic, Sloane Stephens and Tomas Berdych have been showing their support by carrying the HEAD Special Edition racquet bag on court this week during the French Open.

head 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.
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And the French begins…

Good morning everybody.

 

Day one today at Roland Garros 2013 and I am very pumped to be part of this big event.

 

Yesterday I was on court with Thiemo de Bakker who will face Stan Wawrinka in his first round. imageI have worked with Thiemo in the past before and we always had a great relationship.

 

Let’s see how the tournament will go for him and of course also the next few months.

 

Mats
@matsmerkel

Hello from Paris!

Hello from Paris!

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

rgwozi 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!

Mats Merkel
@matsmerkel

Babolat Roland Garros Gear

Ciao!

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.

Babolat Roland Garros Equipment

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Nike Paris Tees

Get French Open ready with these tees from Nike! Nike has captured the spirit of the terre battue with these tees just in time for Roland Garros.

Nike French Tee

 

I’m a big fan of tennis tees and love to wear them for practice or even just to pair with jeans for a casual outfit. Both of these new Nike tees caught my eye!

Nike Men's Paris Tee

 

 

 

 

Check out the Women’s Nike Paris Get Dirty tee and the Men’s Summer 2 Advantage Paris tee along with all of the other new Nike Men’s and Women’s gear we have in for the clay court season! Both tees are Dri-Fit material with a fun print to wear on or off the court.

Play with heart!
Michelle

 

 

adidas Roland Garros Collections

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!
Adidas Women's Roland Garros Collection
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 shorthats, 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.
Adidas Men's Collection Roland Garros
Stay tuned, as I will be showing off some more Roland Garros exclusive gear from Tennis Warehouse very soon!

 

Play with heart,
Michelle