From Flushing Meadows

Well obviously I’m disappointed with the result of my first round match against Hewitt. However, I am proud of the way that I competed and felt that my level was pretty solid for the most part (especially for being my third tournament back after over 6 months off). I think my biggest issue was that I haven’t been able to train quite as hard as I’ve wanted to, and that forced me to play too aggressive in the final set. My legs just weren’t quite there and didn’t feel like I could extend a ton of the rallies. Another huge factor was that I didn’t serve well. I probably broke him enough to win two matches, but just never got a good rhythm on my serve. He obviously returns well, but I should never lose my serve that many times.
Brian Baker at the US Open -- photo by Cynthia Lum

Brian Baker at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum

On the bright side, I’m still alive in the doubles with my good friend Rajeev Ram. We won our first match against the youngsters who won Kalamazoo earlier this month (Ronnie Schneider and Paul Oosterbaan). It was definitely an interesting match because Ronnie and Rajeev are good friends from Indianapolis and share the same coach, Bryan Smith. It was all business during the match, but I’m sure it was tough on Rajeev to play his good friend in his first US Open experience.

 

Today we play the 7 seeds, Benneteau and Zimonjic. They are a great team who has been in good form lately (won DC). However, Rajeev an I are a confident team and truly believe we can beat anyone out here if we play well. If we take care if our service games, we should be in good shape.

 

Time to go get on the bike and see my trainer before our 10:45 warmup. We play 2nd after women’s doubles, so we will probably go on around 12:30.

 

Brian

Sneak peek: Athletic DNA spring apparel coming to TW soon

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We are in beautiful Indian Wells, CA, for the BNP Paribas Open. Today I am behind the scenes at a Tennis Warehouse and Athletic DNA commercial shoot. I thought I’d give you some exclusive access to what goes on behind the camera.

Behind the scenes at the Athletic DNA-Tennis Warehouse commercial shoot.

Behind the scenes at the Athletic DNA-Tennis Warehouse commercial shoot.

It’s 9:30 a.m. and the oh so subtle Athletic DNA bus rolls into the Palm Desert High School. On set, we have Athletic DNA pros: Rajeev Ram, Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Tim Smyczek.

You can find Athletic DNA’s styles exclusively online at Tennis Warehouse. The brand is fully dedicated to the tennis player and brings fresh new designs to the courts.

This season you’ll find new graphics both bold and subtle (look for graphic hits in the placket and in the pockets!). As always, there’ll be practice and match day gear to keep you on the courts.

Look beneath the surface for cool attention to detail.

Look beneath the surface for cool attention to detail.

The latest collection is coming out very soon, and I managed to shoot some pictures of the apparel line (coming soon!). And look for our TV commercial on the Tennis Channel!

Without further ado, check out some more pictures …