This week’s installment is the true definition of save vs splurge as we dive into the world of tennis bags. For those who want to indulge, the Wilson Black Leather 6 pack will meet all of your needs and then some. The luxurious full grain leather bag features a racquet compartment that holds up to six racquets, several accessory compartments and an adjustable/removable leather shoulder strap with luggage tag. My second pick is for savvy shoppers who are wanting a similar look at an affordable price. The Head Original Series Combi 6 pack includes Climate Control Technology to protect your racquets from extreme temperatures as well accessory compartments and two padded shoulder straps. The bag comes with a $69.95 price tag.
Stay tuned for another save vs splurge blog next week on shoes!
ATP’s number 6 player in the world, Tomas Berdych, will now be playing in HEAD tennis shoes starting next week at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
“The new HEAD Sprint Pro is among the best in the game and I am very happy with the outcome of the shoe. I am already playing with HEAD racquets and have always felt very much at home with the company, so wearing HEAD footwear is a natural choice for me as I know I can rely on the product.” – Tomas Berdych
Our playtesters have just started playtesting these shoes and the initial feedback is great! These shoes come in a lightweight, yet durable package while combining speed with stability. Featuring the HEAD Trinergy technology, this sharp looking shoe is designed to absorb energy on impact and transfer it from the heel to the forefoot, and then release that energy to maximize the upward motion and energy into your next step.
These shoes are great for aggressive movers who don’t want to sacrifice any style or performance! Keep an eye out for these at Tennis Warehouse in January 2014!
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.
HEAD Tennis has been on top of the trends lately creating some of the newest, freshest styles of tennis bags over the past year making sure that each of their players are carrying their racquets to the courts in style.
HEAD launches some functional and fashion-forward new bags. Maria Sharapova designed these bags to be elegant and dynamic for the tennis player that is looking for style when carrying their gear to the court. There are two bags available in this collection, the Maria Sharapova Tennis Court Bag and the Maria Sharapova Tennis Racquet Bag Combi. These bags are black with pops of neon lime and purple accents. Complete with accessory bags and lots of pockets, these bags are perfect for any tennis fashionista!
Summer is here! Which means your TW Stylists have been hard at work putting together the perfect summer outfits for you to check out! Bringing their different perspectives, tastes and style, the three of us put together three very different looks for you to check out. Each look features a main piece (a top and bottom, or a dress), combined with a hot pair of shoes and one accessory. So check out our three looks and then head to Tennis Warehouse where you can pick up these pieces to add some style to your game.
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 →
Construction: Four polyester fibers wrapped with 8 multifilament layers and a no-friction outer shell.
Gauges: 16 & 17
Color(s): Black & Blue
Available in: sets and reels
Feel: Comfortable (and quite muted) compared to a traditional polyester
Recommended to intermediates looking to transition into a more control oriented string. Also great for advanced players looking for the control, durability and spin of a co-poly with less impact shock and vibration on off-center hits. Adds comfort to lighter, stiffer frames.
How does it play?
Control meets comfort!
Head FXP Tour blends stiff and soft materials to provide a comfortably firm and somewhat muted feel with a nice balance of pop and precision, akin to a well crafted hybrid. The core of this innovative string is comprised of four polyester fibers. This supplies control and durability but with a friendlier feel and less vibration than a polyester monofilament. Surrounding the core are eight multifilament wraps designed to increase shock absorption and comfort. Head constructs this one with a firm and slippery coating to allow the strings to move out of position and snapback with more force. The result is easy access to spin punctuated by more RPMs and some explosive bounces. Players looking for exceptional durability, precision and spin (along with impressive comfort and liveliness for a control string) are encouraged to check this one out.
Low vibration. Not a bad option for the poly player who is looking for a genuine boost in comfort. Somewhat muted feel.
Nice bite and pocketing with easy access to spin.
Plays like a very responsive hybrid with a good blend of control, durability and pop.
Very Versatile! Can be strung a little tighter than a monofilament to add more control without giving away too much comfort. Strung looser, this one provides a soft ride with some nice touch on volleys.
In defiance of the bad ankle injury he endured at Davis Cup just two weeks ago, Nole took to Facebook last Tuesday to assure fans that he would be competing at Monte Carlo and was sure he was ready to get back on the court. Despite dropping the first sets of his first two matches, Nole looked to be moving and playing just fine by the quarterfinals. Watching the finals, it became clear that there isn’t anyone on the ATP Tour right now that can consistently go toe to toe with Nole and his solid groundstrokes. Nadal’s reign ended and his streak was laid to rest as Nole blasted balls from the baseline exposing Nadal’s weakness. Coming away with a 6-2, 7-6 victory, Nole couldn’t have been happier to win the elusive Monte Carlo title.
“If somebody told me 10 days ago I’d be winning the trophy, I wouldn’t think it’s so realistic, to be honest. I went through pain, I went through a big challenge, mentally, physically, emotionally, and in the end it was getting better as the tournament was going on. It was a high mountain to climb for me, and I knew that. It was the biggest challenge that you can have on clay. But I managed to overcome it. I was ready to accept that challenge. I made the decision to play – and it was the best decision I’ve made in my life.”
- Novak Djokovic
Djokovic only seems to continue to improve steadily while collecting titles on his way. His groundstrokes are so clean, crisp and consistent — he’s finding so much success while using his Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro, which begs the obvious question, why aren’t more touring players choosing the Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro Racquet as their racquet of choice? (I personally can say, it’s currently one of my top 3 favorite racquets and I love it from the baseline.) But back to the topic at hand, what can we expect from Nole next? With a couple weeks of rest and practice before Roland Garros, only time will tell who will be named the King of the Clay in 2013!
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.
Andy Murray using his HEAD Youtek Radical Pro in Miami at the Sony Open – Photo by Cynthia Lum
In the past few years, hybrids have been all the rage. Hybrid cars, hybrid pets, hybrid fruits and vegetables (ever heard of a grapple or broccolini?), so why not tennis bags?! Introducing the Head Djokovic Tower Bag with Stand. A cross between a tennis bag and golf bag.
Djokovic with his new Head bag at the BNP Paribas Open
Novak Djokovic has been using this bag at this week’s BNP Paribas Open. It’s a really well made bag featuring all the bells and whistles. Stuff like an insulated racquet compartment, backpack straps, padded grab handles, but the “stand” out feature has got to be the kick stand legs. Not only do they allow easy access to one of the accessories pocket, where one can store their phone, wallet and keys, but it also keeps a majority of the bag away from the ground, keeping it clean. This is a great bag for those who play on clay.