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Tomas Berdych at the US Open

Posted on September 6, 2012 in Racquets Shoes and Apparel

Tomas Berdych shocked the world Wednesday night with a four-set victory over world #1 Roger Federer at the Open. His untouchable serve and blistering groundstrokes proved to be too much for even the great maestro Roger himself to handle. Let’s take a look at the gear that Tomas is wearing this year in New York…

Berdych uses the Head YOUTEK IG instinct racquet

His weapon of choice (along with women’s semifinalist Maria Sharapova) is the Head YOUTEK IG Instinct. This re-engineered version of the Instinct is light, fast through the air, and really easy to swing, making it ideal for generating tons of power and spin. In addition, Head did a great job making this lightweight racquet feel super stable at impact, even on those off-center shots. Our playtesters believe it’s a must-try for any advanced level player.

Tomas rocks the Nike Vapor 9 Tour shoes in the White/Blue/Navy colorway

With Head providing the racquet for Berdych‘s bone-crushing shots, Nike keeps him looking good and performing at his best. Tomas, along with many other touring pros, is wearing the Nike Vapor 9 Tour shoes.  Chris, our most experienced playtester, think they are the best tennis shoes he’s ever worn! Super lightweight and low-profile, with stability to boot, you barely feel like you’re wearing anything on your feet with them on.


Nike keeps Tomas outfitted in the Fall Statement Graphic Crew and Fall 10″ Woven Short.  Both the shirt and shorts are available in a variety of colors to make sure you find your perfect style.  He accessorizes with the Nike Men’s Basic Featherlight Hat and Nike Swoosh Double Wide Wristbands in Black/White.


Be sure to get some of the sweet gear that Tomas is rocking at the Open, and maybe you could rip your forehand just like him (we can all dream, right?).


Sharapova’s US Open day look

Posted on August 29, 2012 in Shoes and Apparel

Maria Sharapova in first round action during the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Tonight Maria Sharapova is scheduled to be the first night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium (7 p.m. Eastern). We expect to see her step out in a special night dress ensemble to take on Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain. Before we catch glimpse of that one, let’s take a quick look at what she wore during her daytime first round match.

Let’s start with her racquet. To crush those forehands, Maria swings her Head YOUTEK IG Instinct. Our testers loved this racquet for its combination of power and spin. At about 11 ounces strung, this is an easy racquet for intermediate players to use, and it also leaves plenty of room for big hitters to modify it to suit their games.

Moving onto that pink dress! The Maria Back Court Day Dress suits her tall, slender frame so well. The pink and brown combo is very feminine as well as modern, and the mesh overlays on the bodice add some dimension and definition.

To accessorize, she pulled on her signature Nike Featherlight visor, this time in a coordinating Ridgerock color. On her feet, she’s wearing the Lunar Speed 3 shoes in White/Liquid Pink/Ridgerock and some Nike low-cut socks. These shoes are super lightweight and built for speed.

Remember to tune in tonight to check out her night outfit and to cheer her in her second round match. Go, Maria!

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW

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