Unless you’re a Nike faithful, you might not know that Nike launches new apparel collections at the start of each quarter. Today the summer 2014 collections roll out, and on May 1, we’ll get a few more pieces when we’ll see what Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and the rest of the Nike athlete crew will wear for this year’s French Open.
In the last few years I’ve tried a bunch of different racquets, mainly Babolats, but for my senior year of college I played with a Head Prestige. I had it seriously weighted up and it felt great. Paul Reed at Tennis Warehouse is a genius when it comes to racquet customization, and he did a great job with my Prestiges. The only thing that bothered me about the Head Racquets was the shape of the grip. Having grown up playing with Prince, I’m more accustomed to playing with a “octagon-shaped” grip as opposed to the Head racquets which have more of an “oval-shaped” grip.
It’s the first week of August, and the professional tennis tour has returned to the hallowed grounds of the All England Club for the second time in a month. A month ago, Roger Federer once again reigned supreme taking his 7th Wimbledon title, and now the battle for Olympic gold has begun. Many of the top players had their eyes on the Olympics for a while, like Roger Federer seeking his first Olympic gold in singles or Andy Murray playing in his home nation of Great Britain. The Grand Slams are always important, but the Olympics only come around every four years and present a unique opportunity to represent your country and be remembered forever as a national hero.
Another player looking forward to the Olympics was Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who up until just a few days before the event was not only Spain’s best chance at a tennis gold medal, but was slated to have the honor of being Spain’s flag-bearer in the Opening Ceremony. An incredible honor, and one that Rafa did not take lightly.