We are very excited to have received Head's new Graphene XT versions of their Speed line of racquets. Check out Head's video on the Graphene XT Speed Series.
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It is Canada, it is cold and squash season is in full swing but I have found myself getting back in to tennis. I am lucky that our store is located inside of Northfield Racquet and Fitness in Waterloo Ontario. The club has seven indoor tennis courts and I have been making pretty good use of them the past few weeks. I grew up playing tennis so getting back at it after a few years off has not proven to be too hard. There are a few things to work on of course. I found my groove fairly quickly when hitting the Wilson Pro Staff 97LS and my strokes were fairly good and I was able to hit a lot of really good balls. Playing a match proved to be a bit more challenging for me. The first serve definitely needed some work, what to do when put on the defensive and how to attack were all things I realized pretty quickly I needed to work on technically. My confidence when it came to match play also needed some work. If you like me are just getting back to playing tennis you might suffer from some of the same very common issue and hopefully this blog post may help you deal with them.
The Round Robin of the ATP World Tour Finals just started this Sunday and it's been a great beginning for Federer and Djokovic who are also battling for the glory of being the top player of the year. Federer has already won his first two matches which is all that it takes to take him to the semifinals and Djokovic is more likely to win his second match,so it's down to who they would play against in those semifinals.
Twenty one years ago in 1993, the famous series of the Head Radical tennis racquet would just begin while a twenty three year old Andre Agassi was spending some time off the courts due to a couple of injuries (mainly in his wrist). Many kept an eye on Andre since he was a kid, especially when he won his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 1992 against the no. 5 ranked player in world, Goran Ivansevic (at just twenty two years of age). When Andre was only eighteen years old (1988) he surpassed the US$1 million in career prize money and by the end of 1988 his ranking was world no.3. In his twentieth year, Agassi won (for the first and last time) the ATP World Tour Finals (Tennis Masters Cup) which he qualified for by winning a couple of tournaments and reaching the finals of two Grand Slams (French Open and US Open). In that same year and with the help of Michael Chang they obtained their first Davis Cup for the United States in eight years (two years later in 1992 Agassi helped Jim Courier, John MacEnroe and Pete Sampras to defeat the Australian team and to get the Davis Cup back after losing it the last year against the french team in the final). Naturally, Agassi turned into the most watched and talked-about tennis player in the world.
33 year old Roger Federer got to number 2 in the rankings of ATP by winning the masters in Shanghai. But what does that even mean? It actually means we are going to have a great season finale. If Federer wins out the last 3 tournaments ( Basel, Paris, ATP World Tour Finals ) he will get to number 1 by the end of the season no matter what. Roger is just 990 points from the number 1 Novak Djokovic and there is 2525 points that Federer could get by winning at his home-town Basel, then in Paris, in the ATP World Tour finals and in the Davis Cup. If Federer wins one of the final three tournaments and gets at least to quarter-finals in Paris or Basel ( or finalist in London) plus a Davis Cup, he takes the number one. But If Djokovic wins either of his final two tournaments he'll finish number 1.
I think this is the first time in my life that I've seen so many people talking about a single tennis racquet. It feels as if tennis is facing a new shift as the one it had when players stopped using wooden racquets. Federer's new racquet sure seems like a huge shift for him. But will his Pro Staff RF97 autograph tennis racquet be a big breakthrough? Or is it just another autograph racquet?
There has been a great deal of talk in the tennis world about Roger Federer's new racquet. He has traditionally played with a 90 square inch Wilson Pro Staff but recently he has been playing with a prototype Wilson Pro Staff with a 97 square inch head. It won't be a prototype for much longer! We have it on order and are expecting delivery in October. There will be several editions of it including a signature edition.