First Look (Sneak Peek!) — Babolat Pure Strike!

It’s no secret around here that my favorite racquet brand is Babolat (I’ve been playing with some form of the Babolat Pure Drive since 2001). So when we got the new Pure Strikes in, I couldn’t contain my eagerness (to say the least) to get one of the new Babolat Pure Strikes in my hand and on the court! The racquets sat patiently behind me for a week, unstrung…taunting me with its bright pops of flourescent red and black matte paint…until finally, they were strung up and ready to go!

babolat pure strike

Where Babolat already has the power game dialed in with their Pure Drive Series, and then the spin-monster with the AeroPro Drive family of racquets – the name of the game is crisp control with the new line of Pure Strikes.

Check out our initial specs:

Babolat Pure Strike:                                                  Babolat Pure Strike Tour:  
Pattern: 18×20                                                              Pattern: 18×20
Length: 27″                                                                   Length: 27″
Balance: 5HL                                                               Balance: 6HL
Strung Weight: 11.4 oz                                                 Strung Weight: 12
Flex: 66                                                                         Flex: 65
Swingweight: 324                                                        Swingweight: 330

New Technology!

  • Response Woofer: Babolat adds even more power with the addition of a new material called PEBAX which increases energy return
  • X-Sider: new frame shape which expands the sweetspot by 10% and creates a more forgiving response off-center
  • Stabilizer Technology: A sturdier frame construction adds more torsional stability, keeping the racquet more stable upon impact

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Wild and Wacky Wednesday at Wimbledon!

I woke up early this morning excited to turn on Wimbledon and watch some live tennis. I quickly started hearing about all of the weird injuries and retirements of the day. Little did I know that the day to follow would quickly be one of the most epic days at Wimbledon and tennis history.


Photos by Cynthia Lum

As Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” is playing in my head, let’s re-cap what actually happened today at the All England Club.
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Men’s Semifinals of French

What a great 2 semifinals are awaiting us!
Nadal vs Djokovic
Last year’s final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be the semis of this year!
Rafa has been absolutely dominating the clay court season, besides his loss in Monte Carlo against Novak Djokovic, after having won there eight consecutive times before! He will be on fire and ready to play Novak for a spot in the RG finals. But at the same he has a lot of respect for how Novak has been playing. I predict it will be a brutally long match with long exhausting rallies and great points!


Tsonga vs Ferrer


fer:tsoThis is the first French Open semifinal for both of these players and one of them will go through to the finals. Tsonga, who hasn’t lost a set yet (even when playing Roger!), is definitely on a roll! His on court performance has impressed me a lot and I am looking forward to seeing him play today. And how many sets has David lost so far? Take a guess. Correct…none! They both seem to have conserved a lot of energy out there and this will be another great match to look forward to!


Enjoy this day of great Tennis!



Mats Merkel: From the Australian Open 2013, Day 10

As the draw is getting smaller and smaller there are 4 matches today.

Two quarterfinals for the women and two for the men. First on Victoria Azarenka vs Svetlana Kuznetsova. A tight first set between the two where Kuznetsova was leading 4-1 but Azarenka came back to win the set 7-5.

1Victoria+Azarenka+2013+Australian+Open+Day+ZzowWJK8QqGlThen an unexpected result occurred when Serena Williams lost to Sloane Stephens in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. A great result for the young and upcoming American tennis talent! Congratulations and best of luck for the next round!

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A personal favorite…Stick It Wear?!


This is me wearing Stick It Wear?! at the 2011 Nike Championships in Portland, OR.

Check out one of my favorite apparel collections…Stick It Wear?! by Joe Durica. Joe makes men’s and women’s T-shirts that feature stylish stick figure designs that re-create all the most popular past and present players on the ATP and WTA tours. The men’s performance shirts are made of a lightweight, moisture-wicking polyester material that is super comfortable to play a match in, even in extreme heat! The men’s and women’s tees are made of super soft and comfortable cotton, perfect for on or off the court.

Check out a couple of my favorite ones!




This women’s tee represents the classic Rafa fist pump we’ve all grown to know and love!






Gotta love this depiction of fan favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s signature post-match celebration!







My personal favorite…the Original Rebel…old school Andre Agassi!





You’ll still see me rocking these shirts in a lot of our video reviews. They were some of my favorite shirts to wear on the practice courts and during Open tournaments when I was out traveling the past couple years. I always had people coming up to me and complimenting me on the shirts, and I’m quite confident you’ll have the same reaction from your friends around town if you pick up a couple of these stylish tees from Stick It Wear?!.


“Baby, it’s cold outside”

So sensible people might head indoors, but tennis players who don’t have access to indoor facilities will brave the cold to get their time on the court. Even die hard tennis players don’t have to freeze their stockings off, though. Here are some of my favorites from this season.

Nike Men's Winter Squad Quilted Jacket


For the guy who likes something that’s going to look sweet on and off the court, my choice is the Nike Winter Squad Quilted Jacket. Shhh, I might be picking one up for my husband as a gift. In shape, it reminds me of the mechanic’s jacket style. It gets style points for that silhouette and the quilted outer shell.

adidas Men's Spring Tennis Spezial Jacket

I am a big fan of classic track jackets, too. I’m loving the retro look of the adidas Tennis Spezial Jacket, as seen on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP World Tour Finals. The colors and design both are on point, and with its throwback look, the jacket has lasting appeal. This one might end up in a box for my brother.


KSwiss Women's Fall 1/2 Zip Top

Personally, I like the cold weather, but as a Californian, I don’t get to wear as much winter wear as I’d like. It sounds crazy, but I wouldn’t mind a few cold days. OK, not Chicago cold, I’m not sure I could handle that, but at least below freezing would be nice so I had an excuse to wear some cold weather gear. With all that said, a great option for the more-chilly-than-cold regions or for a warm-up is the KSwis Fall 1/2 Zip Top. This one is built to move, and for extra warmth, there’s the thumbholes on the sleeve cuffs.

Under Armour Women's CC Storm Hoody

For fans of cotton, I suggest the Under Armour CC Storm Hoody. With Charged Cotton, you get the cozy feel of cotton with Under Armour technical performance. As part of the Storm collection, this hoody also has a water resistant finish. Pour some water on it, and it will bead right off. We tested it out, and it works. OK, so you can’t stand in a rainstorm and stay dry, but it can withstand some raindrops as you dash from the car to shelter.


Lucky In Love Girl's 2 Ms. Peer-son LS Top

The Lucky In Love Ms. Peer-son LS Top is a cute way to stay warm on the court. Young and fun in style, the top is made of performance fabric that’s suited for tennis. The boys will love the Nike KO Hoody. It is a no-brainer. It’s really warm with a fleece interior, and has a sporty look with a large Swoosh on the chest that works for tennis and for time spent off the court.

We’ve got a lot more options for outerwear if these aren’t your style. Check out some more suggestions for men and women.

Happy Hitting!
Tiffani, TW

Juniors, suit up!

Spring break is just wrapping up here in San Luis Obispo, and that signals summer vacation is just around the corner. When the final bell of the school year rings, kids will have a lot more time to hit the courts.

Kids seems to grow 2 inches when you blink, so it might be time to check out what’s in the closet or dresser for tennis and sort through what the kiddo has outgrown. Let’s take a quick look at what’s out there for boys first.

Apparel for boys

Nike, adidas and Fila lead the way for boys with full lines of performance apparel. For those guys who are fans of Rafa, the Summer Athlete Crew and Contemporary Athlete Short can be put together for a look similar to the Spaniard’s French Open look. The Clay Action T-Shirt is also a cool way to get into the spirit and support Nadal, whose clay court dominance doesn’t seem to be waning.

adidas also has athlete-inspired designs for junior boys. For guys who like the flashy personalities and games styles of Verdasco and Tsonga, the adiZero Polo and adiZero Short create looks similar to those of the pros. Andy Murray fans should check out the Barricade Polo for juniors.

Moms and dads can get plenty of bang for their buck with boys apparel from Fila and Wilson. All made of performance apparel, there are lots of great easy to mix-and-match items like the Fila Colorblock Crew and Wilson Junior Straight Sets Crew. The Straight Sets Crew is especially impressive because the bamboo fabric construction simply feels fabulous against the skin. The Fila Reversible Short can get twice the action with a solid side and a youthful plaid side.

Apparel for girls

There are a lot of options for junior girls. Even though my daughter is only 4 months old, I can’t help but pick out my favs. The junior version of Maria Sharapova’s tank makes a super cute outfit when paired with the Nike Athlete Skort. Growing up, I think I would have favored wearing the Ribbed Tank and Phantom Short, though, because I had to wear dresses or my school’s uniform (navy/white plaid jumper) every day.

adidas, Wilson and Fila also have really cute performance pieces to play with — and play in — but I want to take a look at a new brand we’re carrying for junior girls. Lucky In Love has some cleverly named and ultra fun pieces. I doubt many junior girls these days know who Gabriela Sabatini is, but that doesn’t matter. The Ms. Saba-tiny Tank is adorable either way. The tulle mesh is a perfect match with the Ms. Navata-luv-ya Skort. If that’s too frilly for her, there are the traditional pleats in the Ms. Will-i-am Skirt and lots of solid tops to choose from. Offered in basic black in white and super bright fun colors, the seamless offerings from Lucky in Love are great because they’re one size. With this super stretch material, the tanks, shorties and leggings can fit a girl as she grows. There are even bra tops from this brand for girls as they grow a bit older.

Be sure to check out the boy’s and girl’s liquidation apparel pages for some great deals, too.

Next time, we’ll take a look at junior shoes. If you have any specific questions, let me know and I’ll try to answer them.

Happy hitting!
Tiffani, TW