2014 Coaching/Player Relationships on the ATP and WTA

I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for tennis season to be back in full force! I am counting down the days until the Australian Open! But until then, let’s discuss some player/coach relationships as it seems like lately there has been an influx of new relationships being formed.

It’s not new to see former pros on the coaching end of things, but it seems like lately, all of our favorite players from the past have made their way back to the circuit via coaching. Brad Gilbert has worked with the best of them — everyone from Agassi, Roddick, Andy Murray to Nishikori and even Sam Querrey. Some of those relationships blossomed in chemistry, and some were duds. In 2013, we saw Sharapova hire, and quickly fire, Jimmy Connors — but let’s be honest, there wasn’t enough room on the court for those two superstars. Then there was Martina Hingis’ stint in coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova…until Martina realized how much she missed the limelight and competition.

So, who do we have paired up in 2014?

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Federer and Edberg are working together in 2014 — photos by Cynthia Lum

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Keeping Up with the Playtesters…US Open Picks!

The US Open is just days away (I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!). Working at TW is always fun during the tournaments because we all have our favorites and are glued to the matches, so of course I wanted to know who the playtesters were picking to win it all this year! Check out their answers and let us know who you pick to win it all this year at Flushing Meadows!

“Who are your picks to win the 2013 US Open?”

Granville: “It’s not going to be pretty – Djokovic and Radwanska (Aggie).”
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USONP semis!

As the third match on yesterday, I was able to sleep in again, and take my time getting a good breakfast and lunch. I was able to sleep well and was feeling better, but my plan was to conserve energy. Normally, I would want to get a hit in, but I played well in my first match and the biggest issue was overcoming my recent fatigue and stress.

At lunch, I saw all kinds of house names around me. I ate next to Lisicki again — so hopefully she doesn’t think I’m stalking her or catches me taking pictures! I also saw Sloane Stephens, Cibulkova, Errani and more. My opponent and I talked a little too, he seemed friendly. We talked about a couple common opponents we’ve played, and how he will be at Harvard this year. I certainly wasn’t outsmarting my opponents these last two matches!

At about 3, I went right on court into the warmup. I expected a tough, quick and strong player and he definitely was. I picked up from yesterday and was playing very well the first set. Making almost every return and first serve, rallying consistently, moving the ball around and doing damage with my forehand. I won 6-2 and hoped to get off to a good lead again in the 2nd.
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Head RED Limited Edition Bags

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.

HEAD tennis players including, Novak Djokovic, Sloane Stephens and Tomas Berdych have been showing their support by carrying the HEAD Special Edition racquet bag on court this week during the French Open.

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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.
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Ivanovic shines at the US Open

Ana Ivanovic in action at the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Ana Ivanovic’s third round match is set, and she’s set to play the rising American teen, Sloane Stephens. They’ve played only once before, and it’s an eerily familiar situation. Last year, Ana and Sloane met in the same round with Ivanovic winning 6-3, 6-4. It’s a new year and a Open, we’ll see how this one plays out. The crowd is sure to be backing the young American, though it’s hard to cheer for a smiling Ana Ivanovic, too.

When Ana steps onto the court, one thing is for sure: She’s sure to look stylish. Here’s a quick look at how you can get her look.

It’s been all about the bright neons this summer, and her adidas adizero dress is ready for the electrifying energy of the US Open. It’s a bright Lab Lime. A unique feature to this dress is that it’s actually a three-piece set that includes the dress, coordinating sports bra and shortie.

On her feet, Ana is wearing the adizero Tempaia II in White/Pink. This is a lightweight shoe that’s built for speed. At Tennis Warehouse, we just started our review process for this shoe. So far the feedback is that the fit and comfort is improved over the previous version. Ana keeps those sock tan lines at bay by choosing some adidas no-show socks. Get a similar look with either the ClimaLite II 2-Pack or the Sport No-Show 2-Pack.

For accessories, Ana goes for cute and functional. To keep the sun off her face, she wears an adidas visor. We have several to choose from, but the adidas Match Visor is easy to mix and match with any outfit or go for an all pink ClimaLite Visor.

Her racquet of choice is the Yonex EZONE Xi 98. This midplus racquet packs a big punch off the ground, making it a great choice for baseliners like Ana.

Sloane will step onto court in her Under Armour gear with Head Prestige racquet, ready to take out another seed. She beat took out 22nd seed Francesca Schiavone in the first round in straight sets. We’ll see if history will repeat itself this year or if Sloane will advance to the fourth round, which would make it her best US Open to date.

Happy US Open Watching!
Tiffani, TW