October has begun! And while we are all enjoying pumpkin flavored everything, another great thing that happens this month is the explosion of pink things and Breast Cancer Awareness. An annual campaign starts every year on October 1 to not only help create awareness of this disease, but also work on finding cures and raising money to do so.
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. 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. Continue reading →
Last Friday, the highly anticipated Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph launched around the world for pre-sale! There has been chatter around this racquet for months, and finally, it is here (or at least available for pre-order)! With specs that point to a strung weight of almost 13 ounces (with an overgrip and dampener) and a hefty swingweight, some players out there might be wondering if they have what it takes to swing this stick. But I’m here to tell you, it really does make you betterer!
Let’s put it this way, I’m slowly starting to learn that a higher swingweight may be just what I need to help control some of my raw power and put balls away even deeper and heavier on our slow TW court. With that being said, this racquet hasn’t really been targeted to the female player, but that doesn’t mean she won’t enjoy it. Since our TW gents took this one out for the formal playtest, I’m here to give perspective from the ladies’ side of things! Continue reading →