#theSol Baltimore

#theSolIt has taken me a few days to write this article because, honestly, I just haven’t been able to find the words to describe this past weekend in Baltimore at the 2017 #theSol.

I won’t go into my history with Sol Schwartz – you can read this article if you’re curious – but this tournament is about so much more than junior tennis or college tennis or anything having to do with hitting a yellow ball over a net. It is about honoring the legacy of a man who truly loved the game . . . LOVED the game . . . and devoted his adult life to fighting for its survival and the survival of its traditions.

That’s why #theSol participants play 2 out of 3 full sets. That’s why they play regular scoring (none of that no-ad stuff that makes me crazy). That’s why we empower the players with their own matches, trusting them to play by the rules and to exhibit impeccable sportsmanship without interference from officials. That’s why we encourage on-court coaching at side changes, helping players learn from each game and each match. That’s why we solicit quality sponsors and use the money (instead of charging high entry fees) to create the highest-quality tournament experience we can, providing goody bags filled with fun and useful items, creating a full-color Player Book (thank you to Sol’s niece, Ali, for the beautiful design!), serving lunch and drinks to players and parents, using the net proceeds to #SaveCollegeTennis through grants.

While last year’s Baltimore event found all of us who were close to Sol still feeling pretty raw – he had just passed away 5 months earlier – this year’s event felt more like a true celebration of his life. Sol’s wife, Ilene, did a great job of encouraging Sol’s friends and family to come out to watch the juniors and college kids compete, and, I swear, we had more fans in attendance than at many pro tournaments! I met people who had known Sol since childhood or who had played against him in the juniors or who had been coached by him or who had done business with him at Holabird Sports. The man knew everyone even remotely related to tennis in the mid-Atlantic section!

Now the details . . .

theSolWe wound up with 50 players ranging in age from 9 to 22 and ranging in UTR level from 1.0 (first tournament ever) to 9.85. Players came from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Tournament Director Scott Thornton divided them into 7 flights, some playing a round-robin format and others playing a compass draw, ensuring that everyone played 3 matches. Prizes were awarded based on the percentage of games won so that everyone had a chance at the awesome Wilson Prize Package and the 2-month Tennis Trunk subscription as well as other prizes donated by Solinco and the Bryan Brothers.

As I mentioned, the tournament provided lunch for the players and their families theSoleach day. During lunch on Day 1, NextGen star Noah Rubin joined us via FaceTime to chat with the players and answer their questions. He was prepping for his week at the Vancouver Challenger in Canada, so it was especially sweet of him to take some time to interact with us!

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Richard Herskovitz & Ilene Schwartz

During lunch on Day 2, I got the opportunity to hit a little with Standing Adaptive player Richard Herskovitz, a long-time friend of Sol’s who came out to support our tournament. He definitely put me through my paces on the Har-Tru courts! When we found out that one of our final-round players needed to withdraw, Richard graciously stepped in and played against one of our juniors, ensuring that she got her 3rd match for the tournament.

Thanks to their generosity and connection to Sol and his family, we had two photographers on site documenting the weekend. If you’d like to see and/or order any of the photos, click here. The net proceeds will go into our grant fund. There are more photos available to purchase here.

But, enough from me! I want you to hear from the players and parents themselves!

Allen Au, whose 3 sons all played in this year’s tournament, posted on our Facebook page at the end of Day 1. “Awesome First day…. Best junior event I have been to ever.. Everyone was nice and played tennis in the spirit of competition.” What a wonderful testament to the heart of this tournament!

Juan Borga’s 17-year-old daughter, Ana, also played in the tournament. Her older brother, Juan, was supposed to play as well, but unfortunately he injured himself on the practice court a few days beforehand. Here’s Juan Sr’s take on #theSol:

For Tiffany Livingstone’s daughter, Alexa, playing in a tennis tournament was something she had wanted to try but really didn’t know how to go about getting started. Because of their personal connection to Sol’s wife, Ilene, Tiffany signed Alexa up for #theSol this year, and she had a wonderful first tournament experience:

And now hear from two of our players, Anya and Julianne, about their experience:

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the incredible support theSolof our Presenting Sponsor 10sBalls.com; Title Sponsor Holabird Sports; Division I Sponsor Wilson Tennis; Division II Sponsors Kassimir Physical Therapy, Judie Schwartz, and Steven J. Schwartz, MD; Division III Sponsors Maller Wealth Advisors, Match!Tennis App, ParentingAces, Universal Tennis Academy, and UTR; Lunch Sponsors Michael Sellman and the Schwartz Family; Ball Sponsor Jewish Community Center of Baltimore; and In-Kind Sponsors The Bryan Brothers, Crown Trophy, David Brooks, Dunlop, Melanie Rubin, PNC Bank, Solinco, The Suburban Club, Marc Summerfield, Summit Group, Tennis Trunk, TournaGrip, Utz Chips, and Voss Water.

If you would like to get involved in either the Atlanta or Baltimore #theSol tournaments in 2018, please reach out to me via email (lisa@parentingaces.com) or in the Comments below. If you would like to make a donation to our grant fund to #SaveCollegeTennis, you can do so via Venmo or by mailing a check payable to The Sol – just email me for details. Your donation may be tax deductible.

Thank you to everyone who played, donated, volunteered, or came out to support the event! I look forward to seeing y’all again next year!

Quarterfinal Day at the BB&T Atlanta Open

Chris Eubanks

Georgia Tech rising senior Chris Eubanks looked cool, calm, and collected in the photo above, taken during his Player Chat with Wayne Bryan on Wednesday afternoon. I’m guessing he was feeling a little less cool during last night’s Round of 16 match versus fellow NextGen’er Jared  Donaldson!

Click here for my recent podcast interview with Chris

The 21-year-old Atlanta native stayed calm enough to fight through a one-hour and 46-minute battle with his 20-year-old opponent, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to move into today’s Quarterfinal round where he will face his 3rd American opponent this week, Ryan Harrison, the oldest of the bunch at the ripe ol’ age of 25. So far, Eubanks has defeated two of his young compatriots and hopes to make it three later today. “I really don’t know if I could do this in any place but Atlanta,” Eubanks exclaimed after last night’s victory. With his Georgia Tech coach, Kenny Thorne, in the stands, Chris represented his college and his hometown with grit and grace. We can certainly expect to see more of the same this afternoon.

Chris Eubanks

Chris Eubanks isn’t the only young player in today’s Quarterfinal round. Twenty-year-old Tommy Paul, who won the French Open Juniors in 2015 then turned pro shortly afterward, will face ATP veteran and Wimbledon Quarterfinalist, Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, to kick off the day at Atlantic Station.

Tommy spent some time chatting with Wayne Bryan yesterday (click on the Full Screen option below to enable sound):

I haven’t seen today’s schedule of Player Chats, but I will plan to do another Facebook Live session if possible, so be sure you’re following the ParentingAces page here to get notifications.

In addition to all the tennis happening on the grounds, there are also some fun activities OFF the courts. In Atlantic Station’s Central Park, USTA Atlanta and Wilson Tennis have set up the Family Zone where they are holding clinics and opportunities to try the game for young players as part of the NetGeneration initiative. In addition to the official tournament store, several sponsors and vendors have booths inside the tournament venue with samples and prizes for visitors. There is also an Interactive Zone where fans can shoot hoops or track their serve speed.  And, of course, there’s the Music Stage where Wayne Bryan is conducting daily Q&As with the pros and where fans can meet them and get autographs. There’s something for everyone at this year’s event.

RESULTS – JULY 27, 2017

Men’s Singles – Second Round

[1] J. Sock (USA) d D. Sela (ISR) 6-4 6-3
[4] R. Harrison (USA) d [PR] J. Millman (AUS) 6-7(2) 7-6(4) 7-5
[5] K. Edmund (GBR) d P. Gojowczyk (GER) 2-6 6-4 7-5
[WC] C. Eubanks (USA) d [8] J. Donaldson (USA) 6-4 4-6 6-2

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals

[PR] J. Millman (AUS) / Sa. Ratiwatana (THA) d A. Qureshi (PAK) / So. Ratiwatana (THA) 6-2 6-4
W. Koolhof (NED) / A. Sitak (NZL) d A. Molteni (ARG) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 6-7(7) 7-6(4) 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

STADIUM COURT start 12:00 noon

[Q] T. Paul (USA) vs [3] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 2:00 pm

L. Lacko (SVK) vs [2] J. Isner (USA)
[4] R. Harrison (USA) vs [WC] C. Eubanks (USA)

Not Before 8:00 pm

[1] J. Sock (USA) vs [5] K. Edmund (GBR)
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs H. Chung (KOR) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm

Local Pro League Finals

Coca-Cola Fireworks show at Sundown

Tickets available at www.bbtatlantaopen.com

 

Summer Tennis Camp

Summer Tennis Camp
Image courtesy of trimptennis.com

Y’all know how I feel about sending your kids to summer tennis camp – it’s a fantastic experience and, if that camp is held on a college campus, it’s a great introduction to college tennis.

Every year, more and more camps seem to pop up. While I don’t have first-hand experience with the majority of the ones listed below, I do have some connection to them. For many, I know the coaches through podcast interviews or through meeting them at various tournaments and events over the years. For others, I have been to their facilities or they have been recommended by other Tennis Parents.

Some are day camps only and some offer overnight accommodations for campers. Some are for high-performance players while others are geared more toward recreational players, and some offer multiple programs to suit all types of players. Click on the name of the camp to go to their website and get more detailed information.

Most colleges with a tennis program offer summer camps as do many local academies and country clubs, so please look for those if you want to stay close to home.

I am happy to add camps to my list, so please contact me if I’ve left off a good one! If you have experience at any of these camps, I would love for you to share it in the Comments below.

Please do your due diligence before selecting a camp for your junior player(s). The most important thing is that they have FUN!

Summer Tennis Camps (Listed alphabetically)

WILSON SPORTING GOODS NEW BURN RACKETS

 

 

 

I am a big fan of Wilson rackets. I’ve been playing with them since I was a little girl, starting with the Chris Evert Autograph (yes, I’m that old!). Now, my son plays with them, too. Here is the latest iteration of the Burn series via release from Wilson:

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today the introduction of its new 2017 Burn high performance racket line featuring Countervail® (CV) technology. CV is a one-of-a-kind, layered composite material that reduces the amount of vibration transferred to a tennis player while playing. In a recent study, athletes playing with a Wilson racket with CV, experienced up to 30 percent less vibrational energy from the racket, leading to 10 percent less fatigue when playing. With greater energy, these players had 40 percent more control over their shots, without compromising feel.*

Wilson Advisory Staff Member and ATP ranked #5 Kei Nishikori will play with his new 2017 Burn 95 racket with CV on tour starting in January in Australia.

“When I play-tested my new Burn racket with Countervail, I could feel that my arm reacted better to it,” said Kei Nishikori. “I feel I recover faster after practice and my arm and shoulder don’t feel as tired while I am training. Best of all, it didn’t change the feel of racket, which is really important to me. I am excited to use it on tour.”

“Countervail can help a player maximize every single swing in a way not possible before,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “This technology, coupled with our new, sleek racket design elements, creates a power-forward racket for a player like Kei – one who excels at playing from the baseline.”

ABOUT COUNTERVAIL (CV) TECHNOLOGY

CV technology was originally designed for the aerospace industry to dissipate vibrational energy in airplanes and space vehicles. Wilson LABSTM, the innovation hub at Wilson, worked with CV’s creator, Materials Sciences Corporation, to evaluate how the technology could be used to help tennis players battle the compounding physical effects of the faster, harder-hitting modern game of tennis and the rigorous training athletes undergo to prepare for match-level play.

Wilson LABS engineers have strategically placed precise amounts of CV material at specific locations in the Burn racket frame to significantly reduce vibration without changing the power or feel of the racket.

To better understand how CV technology could aid performance tennis players, Wilson collaborated with the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology. The School conducted a study with competitive collegiate players, men and women, to determine if playing with a Wilson racket with CV delivered meaningful benefits. Study results showed that athletes playing with a Wilson tennis racket with CV experienced less muscle fatigue and more energy, particularly in late sets or long training sessions, and as a result, showed improved control over their shots, and quicker recovery after training and matches.

Wilson Advisory Staff Members and ATP ranked #3 Milos Raonic, ATP ranked #5 Kei Nishikori and WTA ranked #2 Serena Williams, among others, will play with Wilson rackets with CV technology during the 2017 season.

ABOUT THE 2017 BURN RACKET LINE

The 2017 Burn rackets with CV are designed for a tennis player who predominately plays from the baseline and is looking for booming power and an aggressive frame. Current top-ranked players and Wilson Advisory Staff Members Kei Nishikori and Simona Halep play with the Burn on tour.

Three models of the new Burn racket line feature CV technology, including the Burn 100S CV (18×16; the “S” stands for the brand’s patented Spin Effect technology), the Burn 100 CV (16×19) and the Burn 95 CV (16×20). Each model has specific modifications designed to improve power, control, feel, and maneuverability based on an athlete’s needs and style of play. There are two additional models available without CV, which Wilson LABS created specifically for junior and up-and-coming tennis players, including the Burn 100LS (18×16) and Burn 100ULS (18×16). Both models deliver lighter weight power and are easier to maneuver and swing.

All 2017 Burn racket models are constructed with High Performance Carbon Fiber for increased frame stiffness and explosive power on groundstrokes. And all models feature the Company’s patent-pending X2 Ergo Handle technology, which allows a player to create a personalized, optimal feel on two-handed backhands for more power, versatility and feel. Parallel Drilling rounds out the technology package for the 2017 Burn line, which dramatically increases the rackets’ sweet spot, while providing a forgiving feel.

The look and feel of the 2017 Burn collection reflects the new design DNA for Wilson performance rackets. This aesthetic features simple, modern, clean lines and bold color accents, as well as matte finishes and textured paint, to symbolize the strength, power and ability of every player.

The 2017 Burn rackets (with and without CV technology) are available for pre-sale via tennis specialty retailers (in-store and online) and on www.wilson.com starting today. The full line will be available for purchase worldwide on January 5, 2017. The MRP for the new Burn CV models are $199.00 (US) and Burn models without CV are $179.00 (US). For more information on CV technology, visit www.wilson.com/countervail.

Countervail is a registered trademark of Materials Sciences Corporation.

*University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology study conducted in spring 2016 evaluated Wilson tennis rackets with CV technology vs. standard Wilson tennis rackets without CV technology.

Note: Pros often customize the racket they use. Racket specifications on endorsed consumer models may vary from the models used by pros for match-play.

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO.

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment, apparel and accessories. Wilson is the global leader in performance tennis and uses player insights to develop products that push tennis equipment innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.

Wilson Announces Launch of 4 New Blades

countervail_lineup_1920x855Via release from Wilson Tennis:

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. recently announced the introduction of four new high performance rackets to its Blade performance tennis franchise that feature Countervail technology. Countervail is a patented, one-of-a-kind, layered carbon fiber, originally designed for the aerospace industry to dissipate vibrational energy in airplanes and space vehicles. Wilson LABS, the innovation hub at Wilson, has strategically placed precise amounts of the technology into specific areas of each Blade racket frame to give tennis players meaningful and cumulative physiological benefits over time, including maximum energy, particularly in late sets or long matches, and less fatigue. As a result, athletes will have more control over his/her shots and recover from training and matches faster.

Countervail is unlike any racket material ever introduced in the tennis industry in the way it minimizes the effects of vibration. Importantly, this technology is undetectable by a player, which means the feel of the racket is maintained, while control and accuracy is maximized. ATP ranked #6 Milos Raonic transitioned to his new Blade racket with Countervail in January 2016, and is the first professional athlete to use the technology on tour.

“When Wilson shared this technology with me at the start of the season, I knew I had to have it,” said Milos Raonic. “I made the switch just three days before the Australian Open, which was a risk, but it has paid off. I’ve had the best season of my career, and as I train, practice and play nearly every day, I’ve found that my energy, shot placement and late match power have gotten much better. The best part though, is that my Blade feels the same in my hands. I honestly can’t tell Countervail is in there, but I can feel it working.”

“For years, we’ve heard from players, including Milos Raonic, about the compounding effects of rigorous training, playing and hitting on the body, specifically the hand, wrist, arm and shoulder,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “Our Wilson LABS team has continually explored how we could best protect a player’s body from absorbing vibrational energy from every shot. When we discovered Countervail from Materials Sciences Corporation, we knew we had found something special and that was unlike anything in tennis today.”

To better understand how Countervail could aid performance tennis players, Wilson collaborated with the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology. The School conducted a study with competitive collegiate players, men and women, to determine if playing with a Wilson racket with Countervail delivered meaningful benefits. In the study, athletes playing with a racket with Countervail, experienced up to 30 percent less vibrational energy in the racket, leading to 10 percent less fatigue when playing. With greater energy, these players had 40 percent more control over their shots, without compromising feel.*

ABOUT THE 2017 BLADE RACKET LINE WITH COUNTERVAIL

The 2017 Blade rackets with Countervail join the #1 Wilson racket franchise on tour. The Blade line is designed specifically for big- hitting, attacking-style players seeking aggressive control. Current top-ranked players and Wilson Advisory Staff Members Serena Williams, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils, David Goffin and Madison Keys play with the Blade on tour.

The newest members of the Blade family with Countervail include the Blade 98 (18×20), Blade 98 (16×19) and Blade 98S (“S” stands for Spin Effect technology). Additional 2017 models without Countervail include the Blade 104, 101L, 98L, 98UL, which were specially developed for younger players to support proper technique and swing effort.

All 2017 Blade models are also compatible with the Company’s patent-pending X2 Ergo Handle, which allows a player to create a personalized, optimal feel on two-handed backhands for more power, versatility and feel. The rackets also incorporate Braided Graphite and Basalt construction and Parallel Drilling for enhanced feel and control and an expanded sweet spot for more power and forgiving feel, respectively.

The design of the 2017 Blade carries forward the new design DNA for Wilson performance rackets. This aesthetic features simple, modern, clean lines and bold color accents, matte finishes, a smooth velvety paint, and laser engraving to symbolize the strength, power and ability of every player.

The 2017 Blade rackets (with and without Countervail technology) are available for pre-sale via tennis specialty retailers (in-store and online) and on www.wilson.com starting today. The full line will be available for purchase worldwide, November 1. The MRP for the new Blade with Countervail models are $219.00 (US) and Blade models without Countervail are $199.00 (US).

* University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology study conducted in Spring 2016 evaluated Wilson tennis rackets with Countervail technology vs. standard Wilson tennis rackets without Countervail technology.

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO.

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance sports equipment, apparel and accessories. Wilson is the global leader in performance tennis and uses player insights to develop products that push tennis equipment innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century. 

Note: Pros often customize the racket they use. Racket specifications on endorsed consumer models may vary from the models used by pros for match-play.

Roger Federer Works with Wilson to Design New ProStaff

Wilson ProStaff

Can you imagine working with a racket company to design the perfect weapon for your game? That’s exactly what Roger Federer has done with his long-time sponsor, Wilson Tennis!

Please understand that I have a soft spot in my heart for Wilson. When I first started playing tennis a very long time ago (!), I played with a Wilson Chris Evert Autograph. All these years later, I’m still a Wilson player. And, as if that weren’t enough, Wilson is providing the amazing prize package for the upcoming Sol Schwartz #SaveCollegeTennis All-In tournament presented by Holabird Sports. How could I NOT love them?!?!?

According to the release from Wilson’s PR firm, long-time Wilson Advisory Staff Member and tennis icon Roger Federer and Wilson Sporting Goods Co., unveiled today the new Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket. The racket is the result of an 18-month collaborative, co-creation process between Roger Federer and Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson. Together with Roger Federer, Wilson sought to radically change the current design standards in performance tennis rackets.

Roger_Federer_Headshot“Nearly two years ago, we set out to change the design DNA of our performance tennis rackets and elevate design to an equal level of appreciati on as technology,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “In that process, we deconstructed today’s racket and reimagined every element from the inside out. With Roger’s help and insight, we removed unnecessary components and meticulously created a new look and feel for tennis rackets not seen before in the industry.”

“To be involved with any design process with a brand is exciting, however, with Wilson, it is extra special because I’ve played with a Wilson racket my whole life,” said Roger Federer. “I remember going to the shops as a kid and pointing to the Wilson rackets, hoping my dad would buy it for me. And now, I’ve been able to help design my racket to look and feel like me. This racket is truly special and I hope it inspires every player who holds it in his or her hands.”

ABOUT THE 2017 PRO STAFF RF 97 AUTOGRAPH RACKET
The new 2017 Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket has been designed with sleek, modern elements to communicate Roger Federer’s elegant playing style and boldness on the court. The racket’s look is grounded in two, high quality paints, Black Velvet and Tuxedo Black. The matte Black Velvet paint provides a smooth, soft, light-absorbing finish that has been engineered to create a “feel”, or tactile experience, for attacking players like Roger Federer. These types of finishes and paint have not been previously used in the tennis industry.

WRT7314_Pro_Staff_RF97_Black_Black_3_4_SideThe outside throat of the racket features the Pro Staff logo as individual sliver chrome letters that are laser etched into the racket, which required the Company to develop a new manufacturing process to support this textural element. Small pops of red include a Wilson-branded butt cap.

The inside of the racket’s throat carries Roger Federer’s signature and an image of his face for added personalization. These features are accompanied by the language “Designed with Roger in Switzerland. Engineered in Chicago.” And a special feature of the new racket design is a simple, elegant-looking chrome grommet medallion that seamlessly connects the grommet strip to the racket frame.

The new Wilson Pro Staff line includes the RF 97 Autograph and four other models designed for a variety of attacking players. Importantly, Roger Federer requested Wilson produce two lighter weight versions of the racket – the Pro Staff 97 LS and Pro Staff 97 ULS – in his signature black on black design specifically for young tennis players.

“As someone who deeply cares about the future of this sport, we created this new Pro Staff franchise so it would appeal to everyone,” added Federer. “These two lighter weight models are designed to be very playable for young kids. This is the group of athletes I will watch and cheer on many years from now, and I want them to feel like this racket is every bit theirs as it is for the adult player.”

Hallmark technology features of the new 2017 Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph are similar to Roger Federer’s previous racket, including a wider racket beam providing a significant boost in power and larger headsize than on previous generations of the racket, which produce a larger sweet spot. The racket uses braided graphite to maintain the pure, consistent feel that players have come to know and love in the Pro Staff line.

The 2017 Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket will be available for pre-sale via tennis specialty retailers (in-store and online) and on www.wilson.com on August 18. The racket will be available for purchase starting on August 27, exclusively at the Wilson US Open tennis store on the US Open grounds. The racket will be available for purchase in-store and online worldwide on September 1. The MRP for the new Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph is $249.00 (US).
Wilson intends to introduce additional products which have been co-designed with Roger Federer and that compliment his new Pro Staff racket. Those products will be introduced over the next six – 18 months.

ABOUT THE NEW DESIGN FOR WILSON PERFORMANCE TENNIS RACKETS
Wilson Labs set out to develop a new design aesthetic for its performance rackets after years of player feedback that racket selection continues to be challenging, overwhelming, and differences between rackets difficult to discern (majority of performance rackets look similar to one another).

Taking cues from other industries that lead in product design, such as the automobile, mobile device, high tech, and fashion industries, Wilson Labs product designers developed a minimalistic aesthetic with simple, modern, clean lines and bold color accents that symbolize the strength, power and ability of every player.

As this new design took shape and with feedback from Roger Federer and numerous elite players on the Wilson Advisory Staff, Wilson product designers engineered new textural elements to the racket design to create a full sensory experience for a player.

New 2017 racket lines from Wilson will reflect the core elements of this new design aesthetic, including slight nuances in color so that they are easily identifiable, yet as modern and unique as the people who play the game.

So, give the newest member of the Wilson family a try and let me know what you think in the Comments below!

Slide On a Hardcourt?

 

WRS321220_M_Rush_Pro_Glide_Bla_TomatoRed_CorYelEarlier this week, I received a press release from Wilson Tennis on its new Glide shoe. I don’t know about your junior, but my son is a big hardcourt “slider” and typically wears out the sole underneath his big toe pretty quickly, using that part of his shoe to stop at the end of a slide to recover and change direction. These new Wilsons could be the perfect shoe for players like him!

Wilson even prepared a video tutorial on how to use the Glide to its best advantage:

Here’s what Wilson has to say about the Glide:

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today it has introduced the Glide, the world’s first high performance tennis shoe designed to support, control and enhance how players slide on hard court surfaces. Sliding is an increasingly popular technique competitive tennis players utilize to gain speed and agility advantages in match play where points can be won or lost in milliseconds. Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson, developed the Glide to help tennis players expertly slide into a shot, so they can recover up to 30 percent faster to the next ball.

“The Glide is a completely new type of performance tennis shoe and is a direct reflection of how the speed of the game has changed, said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Racquet Sports. “In studying how players use sliding, particularly younger players, it was clear current performance tennis shoes are not designed to protect the athlete and accentuate the sliding movement. We knew that if we could develop a way to do both, we had the opportunity to revolutionize tennis footwear and provide our athletes with a new level of speed and efficiency not previously available.”

The shoe, which took Wilson Labs footwear engineers, materials experts and designers four years to develop, has been designed to allow players to precisely control forward and lateral slides on hard court surfaces. In play-testing, the Glide enhanced players’ natural speed, agility and quickness to command shots on the run, even stretched out wide shots.

The Glide is packed with the most innovative shoe technologies and construction elements available to players today:

  • Glide plates, made from polyethalyne technology, have been strategically sized and placed to allow for optimal slide when a player needs it the most.
  • The best performing, high traction and durable rubber Duralast® provides the ideal amount of traction to help athletes explode to the ball once their slide is complete.  These technologies also increases the overall life of the shoe.
  • Rubber reinforced toe and inner drag pads offer a second wall of protection during lateral and forward sliding for increased durability.
  • A very low-to-the-ground heel drop (6mm) along with Dynamic Fit™ (DF1™) provide players with improved feel and control.
  • Endofit™ tongue provides an intuitive, comfortable fit and added stability.

For more information and specs on the Wilson Glide shoe, click here.