This year we asked some of our knowledgeable staff to pick their holiday favorites. They picked racquet, string, shoes, apparel and one “wild card” they would like to get as gift this year. Check out the entire Staff Picks. Below, Andy explains his choices.
Racquet: Babolat AeroPro Drive GT Plus 2013
The AeroPro Drive has been the biggest surprise to me since I started working here. I’ve always been a fan of more traditional player’s racquets, but ever since I’ve picked up the AeroProDrive GT 2013 I realized it could be a perfect fit for me and for the modern game. It offers tons of power, spin and forgiveness for taking big cuts at the ball without sacrificing control. Furthermore, the new ones that are just coming out are in my opinion the best ones yet. The Active Cortex that Babolat introduced into the 2013 version makes it much more comfortable than previous versions with much better feel at contact. This is the perfect racquet for the player with a modern game!
String: Tourna Big Hitter Black 7 17g Reel
This is an absolute STEAL for a great polyester string! This is one of the best performing polyester strings on the market today. It’s soft enough to provide great comfort and feel, while also staying crisp enough for good ball grab and control. It’s also a spin monster with its seven-sided design that bites the ball like a hungry beast! And at $89.95 for a reel…are you kidding me?! Unbelievable value from the guys who bring you Tourna Grip.
Shoes: Asics Gel Resolution 4
These are my favorite shoes to wear on the tennis court, hands down. You put these puppies on, and it feels like you’re putting on a pair of slippers to wear around the house during the holidays. There’s plush cushioning all over the foot, a great fit and they’re on the lighter side (you’ll find some lighter shoes out there, but these are by no means heavy). Even with their low profile design, they have great support and stability, along with more than adequate durability (backed by a six-month outsole durability guarantee). And they look great, too, with a number of different colors to choose from! On sale at less than $100 for the holiday season, this is a must buy for the serious tennis player.
Apparel: Stick It Wear?! 2012 Men’s My Favorite Tsong T-Shirt
My boy and clothing designer Joe Durica keeps turning out stylish shirts, and this one is one of my favorites of the lot. The cotton tee is super soft and comfortable, and the design always gets comments from people when I wear it out and around. This one has a great blue/teal color and features one of my favorite pro players, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and his signature post-match celebration. Check this one out but be sure to check out all the other great designs from Stick It Wear?!.
Miscellaneous: Australian Open 2012 Final – Djokovic v. Nadal DVD
This may be the highest quality tennis I’ve ever seen played over the course of a match. More than six hours of incredible tennis, with a Grand Slam title on the line, going toe to toe in some of the most exciting baseline rallies I’ve ever witnessed. These two guys will go down as two of the greatest baseliners of all time, and their skills and hearts were on full display in this match.
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