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

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

 

 

Man on fire – Jerzy Janowicz

World #5 David Ferrer captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title this past weekend in Paris.

In his fourth try, David Ferrer finally took home his first ATP Masters 1000 title this past weekend in Paris.

He becomes the first player outside of the Top 4 to win a Masters 1000 title since the end of 2010. Furthermore, he did it on a fast, indoor court, and not the red clay where Ferrer has traditionally thrived. This Spanish warrior just keeps getting better and better, having arguably the best year of his career at the ripe old age of 30. If David wins 4 matches this week at the year end championships in London, he would overtake Rafael Nadal and become the top ranked Spaniard.

David Ferrer took down the red hot Pole Jerzy Janowicz in the finals in Paris.

However, overshadowing Ferrer’s impressive title run was the man he played in the finals, 21-year-old Jerzy Janowicz. His incredible run to the final had him win 7 matches, 2 in the qualifying and 5 in the main draw, and every win in the main draw was over a player ranked inside the Top 20 (Kohlschreiber, Cilic, Murray, Tipsarevic, Simon). His magical week in Paris vaulted him 39 spots to a career high ranking of #26.

The 6’8″ youngster from Poland was slaying giants with monstrous serves, big flat forehands and remarkably effective drop shots. The big fella’ has some major weapons in his arsenal and masterly creativity about how to use them. But most impressive was his fighting spirit, which has come from a tough road to the top of the game.

Jerzy started this year ranked outside of the Top 200, at #221 in the world. “This year I didn’t go to the Australian Open because I just didn’t have money to play [the] tournament,” Jerzy told members of the ATP Staff in an interview following one of his matches, demonstrating the reality of many touring pros outside of the top 100. It was evident that he’s been fighting for his life on the tour all year long, scrapping to win matches just so he could get to the next tournament. The pressure you feel when you know you have to win just to make enough money to travel and play the next week is terrifying, which explains his fearless play in the later rounds of the Paris Masters. His astonishing jump almost 200 spots in the world rankings must be attributed to his strong mental toughness and determination.

It’s great to see one of these success stories come to the forefront of the game, and I’m sure I can speak for everyone when we say that we hope to see more great things out of the young Pole in the months and years to come.

-AG