Product Review: Yonex Tournament Basic Bags

Welcome tennis lovers, in recent product videos I took a quick look at the Yonex Tournament Basic Series Bags. The thing I really like about these bags is the clean design, because they aren’t too too flashy, but completely functional and spacious. (Make sure to click on the pictures for links to the videos.)

The Tour Basic 6 Pack bag has two main compartments, an accessories pocket, shoe bag.. Everything you need in one simple design.

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The Tour Basic Back Pack bag holds up to two racquets and has a really clean style. It’s quite spacious for a compact back pack.

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A lot of bag lines don’t include a travel bag, and I really liked how simple and spacious this Tour Basic Tour Bag was. Easy to carry too, with big middle grab handles and a shoulder strap.

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If you ever have any questions about bags or string, please contact us on Facebook, Talk Tennis, YouTube, Twitter.. We’re here to help!  Keep an eye out for more videos coming out in the next couple weeks, and if there is a bag you want featured, don’t hesitate to ask.

Until next time!

Siobhan

 

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

Meet the Playtesters- Andy Gerst

Hi!

We  have a special blog on our (not so) new playtester, Andy Gerst! You may remember Andy as he blogged about his travels on trying to become pro about two years. Well now, Andy is an Assistant Web Editor  at Tennis Warehouse. You can find him on racquet, string, and shoe reviews.  He also is the new host of the Liquidation blogs. Check out his interview below.

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How long have you been a playtester: 2012

Racquet of Choice: Yonex RDiS 100 Mid

String of Choice: Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L

Shoe of Choice: Asics Gel Resolution 3

Apparel of Choice: Nike or Under Armour

When/Why did you start playing tennis?
I started playing tennis at the ripe young age of 3. I loved watching sports on TV and being active so my parents wanted to start me in a sport. I was too young for all the “normal” sports (baseball, basketball, soccer, etc.), so my parents took me to a tennis club next to my dad’s office for a “Pee-Wee” clinic. The rest is history!

Who inspires you to play tennis?
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both inspire me in different ways. Roger’s shot-making and seemingly effortless movement across the court is always fun to try and emulate after watching him play a great match on TV. Rafa’s sheer athleticism and the incredible level of fitness is a testament to his unparalleled commitment to the game. His heart and fighting spirit is always inspiring to watch. In addition, I believe we are fortunate to have two stars and ambassadors for the sport that are so classy, humble and easily respectable. Both Roger and Rafa are such great role models for our next generation of tennis stars.

What is your favorite shot to hit and why?
Nothing feels better to me than stepping in on a kick serve to my backhand and crushing the return cross court. I love taking the return of serve early and taking control of the point quickly, especially when I get a good look at a second serve. I also love hitting the occasional “tweener” after getting lobbed at the net.

What racquets have you used (not tested) during your tennis career?
I played with all kinds of racquets throughout my career. My earliest racquet memories include the Wilson Hammer 6.2, Prince Thunderlite and the Pro Kennex 5G. In my teenage years, I played with the original Babolat Pure Storm (still my favorite version of that racquet), the Head iRadical MP and the Yonex RDX 500 Mid. In college, I used the Prince Diablo Mid and the Head Microgel Radical MP. After college, the Prince TT Warrior MP and the Yonex RDiS 100 Mid were my weapons of choice.

If you could compare your game style to a pro’s (past or present), who would it be and why?
I think I play most similar to Novak Djokovic because both of our strengths are our returns of serve and backhands. In addition, in 2010, Djokovic served more double faults than aces. My 2010 service statistics were probably very similar.

What has been your favorite match you have ever watched (live or on TV)?
The Federer/Nadal Wimbledon Final in 2008 was the greatest match I have ever seen. I remember watching the final in a friend’s basement and staying down there the whole day through all the rain delays. The level of play in that match was absolutely incredible, and the historical implications that match had made it one of the greatest of all time. That was the match that established Nadal as the new No. 1 in the world and a threat on all surfaces.

Do you have any superstitions before playing a match?
I like to put on a fresh Tourna Grip overgrip on my racquets before every match. I usually do it in the couple minutes prior to going on the court as a way of calming down, getting rid of distractions and getting focused for the match.

 Do you have pre-match meals you like to eat before a tournament?
I’ll eat pretty much anything prior to a match, but I’ve got to have a cup of coffee in the morning to get me started and ready for the day.

What has been your most memorable tennis match (win or lose)?
My senior day (my last home match) of my college career was the most memorable match of my career. The dual match was tied at 3-3, and I was the last singles match left on court. After going up a set and 5-2, I had lost 10 straight games and went down 0-5 in the third set. I worked my way back, saved five match points, came back and won my match 7-6 in the third set to clinch the dual match for my team.

Have you had any injuries? For how long? How did you deal with them?
I have had my fair share of injuries throughout my playing career, the worst of which was probably a torn ligament in my right knee while I was playing professionally. The injury kept me out for about four months, but it was almost a year before I was able to play at the level I was at prior to the injury. I think the most important thing about dealing with injuries is staying positive during the rehab process. I think the ability to stay upbeat and optimistic is just as important as the physical rehab process in order to get you back healthy as quickly as possible.

What is your favorite part of being a TW playtester?
My favorite part of being a TW playtester is being able to try all the newest gear as soon as it comes out. It is fun being able to play with all the latest technology and comparing all the new racquets, strings, and shoes. It’s also awesome being around a great team of people here at TW. The environment here is always so positive and upbeat, and it’s great to be a part of.

Who is your favorite TW playtester to hit/play with?
It’s a lot of fun playing with Brittany and Siobhan because of how long I have known them and the history we have on the tennis court together. I’ve gotten the chance to play mixed doubles with both Siobhan and Brittany in many Open tournaments, and I got to coach Brittany when I was the assistant coach of our women’s team at Cal Poly. It’s fun hitting together and remembering all the good times we have had on the court together in the past. They are also both great players, and I always get a great workout hitting with them!

Who is the TW playtester who gives you the most trouble?
I have not had the chance to play with everyone yet, but every person I’ve played with so far has posed their own challenges. Siobhan and Brittany are both great baseliners, and when they have the chance to step in the court with their backhands they are very dangerous. Chris is very crafty and has every shot in the book. When you play him you are always off balance because you never know what kind of shot he is going to hit.

 What has been your favorite review and why?
I loved reviewing the Asics Gel Resolution 3 shoe when it came out a couple years ago because it was such a great shoe. I had never even considered trying an Asics shoe before, and after reviewing it I had a new favorite shoe. The colors of the shoe are always a conversation starter with people at tournaments, too!

 Do you have any nicknames from the TW playtest squad?
No nicknames yet, but I’m sure I’ll make a rookie mistake in the near future and a nickname will follow soon thereafter.

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Thank you for checking out this special installment of “Meet the Playtesters.”

Brittany, TW