Prince’s QT Scream 4

The Prince Scream is back at Tennis Warehouse! Women with wider feet can rejoice! Let’s add this one to the list of shoes for women looking for a wider fit.

The QT Scream 4 is the latest in this series that has many devoted fans. The signature look is there right alongside the familiar fit. Sliding my feet into the Scream 4, my feet wanted to scream for joy! They didn’t feel constricted; I could give my toes a little wiggle.

The cushioning also feels nice and soft underfoot, and the Scream 4 flexes nicely from heel to toe right out of the box. Take note that this isn’t the lightest shoe out there, but there’s plenty of comfort and support to make this a great all-around option for female players seeking a wider fitting shoe.

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW

5 racquets that play like the Babolat Pure Drive

It’s no secret around here that if I’m jumping on the court for a hit, the Babolat Pure Drive is right there with me. It has been my racquet of choice for more than 10 years and is a popular frame among all levels of players from the pros to top college players, to intermediates and club players. While I don’t think I can ever sub out another racquet for my tried and true Pure Drives, I thought I would dive into some interchangable options for your guys to check out and possibly demo.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

There is a good chance you know someone who has fought a battle or had a scare with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Behind skin cancer, it effects the highest number of women. However, since 1989, the death rates from breast cancer have been declining as  a result of better treatment and earlier detection through screening and increased awareness. Right now, according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

3_TennisBalls_Cropped_RibbonWith all of that being said, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. People around the country, organizations, associations, brands, etc. will be working together this month to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services as well as raise money for funding programs and helping to find a cure. In a sport like tennis that is dominated by strong women at every level, this cause hits home for tennis players all over the world. For me, the cause is a personal one. In 2009, one of my favorite people passed from breast cancer — she was an amazing person, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a sister, a pillar of strength, and a tennis player. Rosemary, a 4.0 player from Palm Desert, one of my Mom’s best friends and USTA teammate, and someone I considered family. Watching her battle the cancer made me realize how scary and devastating this disease can be and how it can hit anyone. Throughout it all, she kept a smile on her face and a racquet in her hand, whether it was playing when she was feeling strong, watching her granddaughters take lessons, or enjoying tennis at the BNP Paribas — Rosemary was a tennis player through it all. Sadly, in the last 5 years, the number of tennis players that I personally know that have been diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up significantly. Breast cancer has even hit the WTA when tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, an image of strength and health was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. What she described as her “own personal 9/11.”

So you can imagine why I proud that here at Tennis Warehouse, we are excited to be carrying a handful of awesome products that not only look great, but help raise funds for a great cause!
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Sneak Peek: Prince ESP line of racquets!

This fall, Prince is introducing seven models with super open string patterns. Using its new Extreme String Pattern technology, or “ESP,” Prince is seizing on the trend toward spin-friendly string patterns. Claiming that this ESP technology will add 30% more spin to your game, Prince is helping players gain a higher net clearance for consistency and heavier shots to penetrate the court with these ESP racquets. The open pattern allows the strings to stretch farther before snapping back with great force and loading the ball with extra RPMs.

This ESP technology is coming to the Warrior, Premier and Tour family of racquets. When I asked Chris what his initial thoughts of the new ESP racquets were, he said, “I think the thing that sets them apart from other spin racquets is that EXO3 and ESP seem to amplify each other. The result is a very soft and forgiving stringbed that is also very lively. Obviously they are very spin-friendly, too, but they can also make even the stiffest poly feel pretty soft and lively.”
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US Open 2013 Gear Check: David Ferrer

The Spanish grinder, David Ferrer, is making his presence known at the US hard court major this year. Despite losing a tough battle against Richard Gasquet, let’s take a look at what he’s been wearing and using this year at the US Open.

David Ferrer in action at Flushing Meadows -- photo by Cynthia Lum

David Ferrer in action at Flushing Meadows — photo by Cynthia Lum


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US Open 2013 Gear Check: the Bryan Brothers

The Bryan Brothers are always the team to watch in any major, but being on US soil, you know the twins want to add another US Open title to their already amazing career. Let’s take a look at what Mike and Bob are wearing and using during this year’s US Open.

TENNIS: Sept 1 US Open

Bryan Brothers in action at the US Open by Cynthia Lum

Their apparel: Mike and Bob are the perfect ambassadors for the California grown company, KSwiss. This year at Flushing Meadows, they are flourishing on court in lots of color in the KSwiss Fall Spliced Crew in the bright yellow color. This 100% polyester crew is lightweight and keeps them cool on the court. They pair this crew with the KSwiss Basic Training Woven Short which are lightweight and comfortable on court. Under their shorts, they are wearing a compression short from Under Armour that keeps their muscles warm and helps with a quick recovery. They round out their look with the KSwiss BigShot II in the black and yellow colorway. This durable, yet lightweight shoe is more stable, more breathable and more comfortable than its predecessor.

Their equipment: When it comes to finding a racquet that serves the twins aggressive net play, solid returns, and dynamic doubles play, the Bryan brothers find the Prince EXO3 Rebel 95 to do just that. The tight 18×20 string pattern provides control from all areas of the court with a stable feel. At net, this racquet helps provide precise control with quick access to touch; while on serve, this faster feeling racquet is easy to generate both pace and spin. They keep their hands nice and dry with Tourna Grip Original Overgrip. They string it up with Prince Beast XP 17 blended with Prince Natural Gut 16 for the perfect feel for this doubles duo.

Enjoy the Open! And play with heart,

Michelle

Happy Hour at Tennis Warehouse!

Who doesn’t like Happy Hour?!

Here at Tennis Warhouse, we decided to combine two of our favorite things:

Tennis and Happy Hour!

Each week we will feature some great specials that you can only buy during Happy Hour! Including racquets, apparel, bags, shoes, etc.!

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When: Every Wednesday between 3pm – 6pm PST.

Where: Click HERE for HAPPY HOUR DEALS

Make sure you check out the deals and steals every week!

Cheers!

Play with Heart,

Michelle

Meet the Playtesters- Michelle Heidbrink

We are back!

I have a special blog on the newest member of our TW Playtesting Team, Michelle Heidbrink! Michelle played college tennis at the University of New Mexico and followed that up with an Assistant Coaching position there. Michelle is currently an Assistant Web Editor here at Tennis Warehouse. She has just started playtesting racquets, strings, and shoes so keep an eye out for her on reviews. You can find her first video appearance in our LoveMatch video. Check out her interview below.

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How long have you been a playtester: 2013
Racquet of Choice: Babolat Pure Drive
String of Choice: Kirschbaum Spiky Black Shark 16
Shoe of Choice: Babolat Propulse 4
Apparel of Choice: Nike

When/Why did you start playing tennis?
I started playing tennis when I was 5. My parents had just bought a weekend condo in Palm Springs and decided to take up tennis, so they got an hour lesson with the local pro, they took the first 30 minutes, while I got the second half of the lesson. The rest is history! I started tournaments at age 8 and have loved it ever since!

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Meet the Playtesters- Jose Angulo

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Next up on the list of our Tennis Warehouse Playtesters is Jose. He is a Customer Service Representative and a Master Racquet Technician.  He playtests both racquets and shoes. Check out his interview below.

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Racquet of Choice: Prince Exo3 Tour 18×20
String of Choice: Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power
Shoe of Choice: Asics Gel Resolution 4
Apparel of Choice: Nike

When/Why did you start playing tennis?

I started playing tennis in high school.  The only reason I tried out for tennis is because I was short a PE unit to graduate during my sophomore year.  I tried out for every sport and the only sport that took me in was tennis.  Just like any other sport, I get really competitive and I was tired of being the rookie so I decided to work on my tennis.  By the time I became decent, I managed to fall in love with the sport and continued to played throughout college at Allan Hancock Community College.

Who inspires you to play tennis?

Rafa! Just the heart that Rafa puts in the court makes me want to play more tennis.  But overall, just watching professional tennis players and seeing what they do is impressive to me.  I could go watch them play live and I find myself to be more interested in watching them practice than to see their actual match.

What is your favorite shot to hit and why?

SERVE!  I love the serve because it gets me a lot of easy and free shots.  It is the only shot that I could really take my time on with out feeling pressure from my opponent.

What racquets have you used  (not tested) during your tennis career?

I started tennis with a inexpensive frame called the Prince TT Thunder.  If I remember correctly it was an oversize frame that was head heavy and a real light static weight.  I ended up throwing that frame away when the strings broke since back then I had no idea you could restring a racquet.  By my junior year of high school, my coach hooked me up with two Head Intelligent Instincts that I used for the whole year.  By my senior year, I needed to get something with more control and upgraded to the Head Prestige Mid and finished high school with that frame.  My first year of college tennis, I played with the Wilson K Six tour 90 (Roger’s Frame).  I figured since the great Roger was using that frame it would benefit me.  I was wrong!  That frame was demanding and I was shanking a lot of balls.  My last year in college I went back to Head and customized two Head Extreme racquets to 12.3 ounce static weight and about a 330 swingweight.  After college, one of my friends and former play-tester Danny Castro got me hooked to the Volkl Power Bridge 10s.  But after a while, I ended up going back to 100 square inch headsize with my current frame the Prince EXO3 Tour 100 18×20.

If you could compare your game style to a pro’s (past or present), who would it be and why?

I would say Pete Sampras but without his accuracy or power.  I am having a hard time breaking 110 mph on my first serve let alone 135mph.  I like playing aggressive and putting away points early.  Or just like Pete, I let my serve do a lot of my talking.


What has been your favorite match you have ever watched (live or on TV)?

Rafa Nadal vs Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon Final where Nadal beat Roger 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(8), 9-7.

What has been your most memorable tennis match (win or lose)?

At the Avila Bay Club in the first round of a tournament.  I had to play a close friend of mine, Rob Hansen.  He had a higher ranking than me when we played college together but I wanted to earn his respect since I have never been able to beat him in a match.  The final score was 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.  It was really close match and I remember our match gave the tennis director a hard time because it was so long he got behind schedule.  During the match, I was having a hard time talking to him during change overs.  We were both in the zone and I knew I had an advantage since he had stopped playing for a while and his timing was not there.  But at the end of the day, we still managed to grab a beer and make a memory.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened while you were playing tennis?

First day of practice in high school during my senior year I decided to be cool and wear big studs earrings.  During our practice we were practicing closing the net out from a volley position.  One of my team members ended up hitting an overhead at me and knocked out my right earring out.  I guess since it was so bright it gave him a target.  Now I either take them off or wear small ones.

Have you had any injuries? For how long?  How did you deal with them?

The worse injury was a left groin injury that I had pulled during practice in college.  The Alan Hancock Community College staff did a great job on helping me heal but I did have to miss a couple of matches and was in about a month and a half of pain.  But other than that, I have had no serious injuries.

What is your favorite part of being a TW playtester?

Being able to try new material before it hits the market.

Who is your favorite TW playtester to hit/play with?

Troy since we both understand our games. Plus I am trying to fix my weak areas and he does a great job on exposing them for me.

Who is the TW playtester that gives you the most trouble?

Mr. Troy Lara and Chris Edwards.  They both like to move me around and for some reason my serve does not affect them at all.

What has been your favorite review and why?

Head Prestige Mid since I really hard a good comparison from the old models.

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Please check back next week when we highlight our last playtester in the final installment of “Meet the Playtesters.”

Brittany, TW