aHEAD of the Game

A player can usually base their success on how far they get in a tournament. And the larger the tournament and deeper into the draw they get, the more success that can be celebrated after grinding away for two weeks. So how would a brand measure their success? Seems like success could be measured with how many players the brand has using their product in the final rounds of each tournament. With that being said and with the quarterfinals and the semifinals set at the Sony Open in Miami this week, let’s take a gander at what racquets the players still in the draw are using.

Sony Open 2013

Andy Murray using his HEAD Youtek Radical Pro in Miami at the Sony Open – Photo by Cynthia Lum

HEAD currently has six out of the eight men that are in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open using their racquets (and in case you haven’t heard, Djokovic lost yesterday, so he isn’t in that count).  This bunch of HEAD players includes Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon and Tommy Haas.

On the women’s side, already into the semifinals is HEAD Youtek Graphene Instinct MP user Maria Sharapova and Roberta Vinci is currently playing her quarterfinal match this evening with her HEAD Youtek IG Extreme Pro 2.0.

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Gear Up for the SM Open

The Santa Maria Comcast Open, one of the most competitive tournaments on the Central Coast, brings together the Open elite and tennis fanatics.

Everyone is so hyped up on what racquets and shoes the pros are wearing, at the Santa Maria Comcast Open I decided to paparazzi the semi-finalists to see what gear they were working with.

#4 seed, Brett Joelson, currently 318 in the world for doubles and 1256 in singles, used the Head Youtek Speed 18×20. His strength and passion on the court made him a threat to those in his draw. Nevertheless, his Nike Air Court Ballistec 2.3s only got him so far, losing in the semi-finals to champion, Roman Borvanov.

Brett Joelson

Brett Joelson

NAIA All-American, Alessandro Ventre, battled to the semi-finals using the original AeroPro Drive. This Brazilian showed he didn’t need new technologies to make him a tough competitor. He brought a Nadal-like game and speed to the court wearing the Asics Gel Resolution 2.

Alessandro Ventre

Alessandro Ventre

USC Trojan Gary Sacks, the #6 seed and currently 1312 in the world, battled up to the finals with his Head Youtek Radical Midplus taking out the #2 and #3 seeds along the way. His one-handed backhand brought beauty to his game while his Nike Lunar Vapor Tours gave him the speed on the court.

Gary Sacks

Gary Sacks

Roman Borvanov, the #1 seed and currently 654 in the world, took the tournament with ease using the Yonex RDiS 100 midplus. His game matched his outfit, pristine and untouchable. He wore the Asics Gel Challenger 7, showcasing his perfect footwork that set him up for exemplary shots. His debonair manner on and off the court was a pleasure to watch and talk with.

Roman Borvanov

Roman Borvanov

From what I could tell, most of the men in the tournament weighted their racquets with plenty of lead and strung them up with poly. I’m not sure of the other players, but I heard from a friend that Roman uses Signum Pro Poly-Plasma 17g at 50/51 pounds.

Overall, the players came in with sophisticated fashion and professional attitudes that made it an amazing weekend for tennis.

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Kana