New Babolat Pure Strike Tennis Racquet

Babolat announced that a new racquet line titled “Pure Strike” will be sold worldwide beginning in December of 2013. The series will be sold across the U.S. in January of 2014. The first release of the Pure Strikes will feature two racquets both in 98 sq. inch head sizes: the Pure Strike and the Pure Strike Tour.

Babolat has the spin + power oriented AeroPro frame, for players looking for increased racquet speed and want to control their shot every time they hit the ball. Babolat also features a power & versatility frame in the Pure Drive, for the baseline oriented players who hit the ball at its peak and are looking for power.

The new Babolat Pure Strike racquet line focuses on the response and precision side of tennis. Thanks to the new hybrid frame construction, which is mixed square and elliptic, the Pure Strike features a great deal of responsiveness at ball impact. Players using this frame will get the prefect balance between response and precision.

Babolat’s Pure Strike has a very impactful and cutting edge design with a very technical color: carbon grey and fluorescent red.  New technologies to this frame include:

  • “EVO Beam” – a different thickness to the beam of the racquet means less torque at ball impact, which results in better responsiveness
  • “X-Sider” – the new frame is designed to increase the sweetspot by 10%, which will ultimately bring more forgiveness to off-centered hits

Babolat will also introduce “Stabilizer” technology in which the frame’s construction features a hybrid frame with a stiff carbon fiber for improved torsional stability at ball impact. This “Stabilizer” technology will allow the player to exercise those precise shots down the lines on either side of the court. The response woofer provides energy restitution which includes new “peabax” materials that are injected into the grommets.

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Babolat Pure Strike Tennis Racquet Specs                                                               

(Strung)
Weight: 11.6 oz.
String Pattern: 18 x 20
Head Size: 98 sq. in.
Stiffness: 70
Cross Section: 21/23/21mm
Swingweight: 340
Balance: 12.8 in. Head Light

Babolat Pure Strike Tour Tennis Racquet Specs

(Strung)
Weight: 11.9 oz.
String Pattern: 18 x 20
Head Size: 98 sq. in.
Stiffness: 70
Cross Section: 21/23/21mm
Swingweight: 338
Balance: 12.9 in. Head Light

New Prince ESP Tennis Racquets

New Prince tennis racquets have arrived! Prince has released 6 new racquet frames with brand new racquet technology. The racquet selection features three different racquet models: the Prince Premier (115L & 105), Prince Warrior (100 & 100L), & Prince Tour (98 & 100T). Prince has made key improvements to their franchising of the racquets reducing from four to three cutting the Thunder series. Prince also has released updates to the Classic series (Original Graphite 100, 100LB, 107) to go along with the Prince Response 97.

The Prince Premier models really focus on the comfort & power aspects of tennis. The racquets are labeled as the game improvement collection, designed for shorter slower stroked players who are looking for maximum power in a lightweight frame. Both versions of the Premier racquet (115L & 105) feature ESP “Extreme String Pattern” technology, an aggressively open designed string pattern that is set to deliver up to 30% more spin. More spin can result in higher net clearance for more consistency and heavier, more-penetrating shots. These racquets are on sale now for $219.00 with a $10 discount if you decide to purchase more than one!

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The Warrior models are tailored for players with moderate to full strokes who are looking for that perfect blend of power & control. These new “tweener” racquets really focus on blending the perfect amount of power & spin. The Warrior collection utilizes 3 different types of playing features to meet the needs of today’s modern tennis athlete. The extreme string pattern technology generates up to 30% more spin to go along with an update to the EXO3 technology for up to 54% larger sweet spot. This racquet is a pro style racquet for a classic feel with maximum feed back. These racquets can be purchased for the cost of $199.00 with the $10 discount if you decide to purchase more than one.

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The new player collection “Prince Tour” is the ideal racquet series for the player looking for more spin and control. The Tour racquet series excels both from the baseline and the net and benefits from the new extreme string pattern technology. The tour series is best suited for players with long full swings who are looking for precise control. These racquets can be purchased for $199.00 with the $10 discount if you decide to purchase more than one.

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ATP Rankings

 

 

 

Emirates ATP Rankings Updated 10/14/2013

  1. Rafael Nadal (ESP)  11,520 points
  2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11,120 points
  3. David Ferrer (ESP)  6,800 points
  4. Andy Murray (GBR) 6,295 points
  5. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)  5,525 points
  6. Tomas Berdych (CZE)  4,340 points
  7. Roger Federer (SUI)  4,245 points
  8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 3,295 points
  9. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 3,240 points
  10. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 3,060 points
  11. Milos Raonic (CAN) 2,860 points
  12. Tommy Haas (GER) 2,265 points
  13. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 2,200 points
  14. John Isner (USA) 2,070 points
  15. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 2,060 points
  16. Gilles Simon (FRA) 2,060 points
  17. Fabino Fognini (ITL) 1,965 points
  18. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 1,885 points
  19. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 1,830 points
  20. Kevin Anderson (ZAF) 1,775 points
  21. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 1,735 points
  22. Andreas Seppi (ITL) 1,555 points
  23. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 1,460 points
  24. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 1,445 points
  25. Benoit Paire (FRA) 1,380 points
  26. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 1,361 points
  27. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 1,355 points
  28. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1,340 points
  29. Ivan Dodig (CRO) 1,295 points
  30. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 1,275 points

 

WTA Rankings

 

 

 

Updated 10/14/2013

  1. Serena Williams (USA) 12,040 points
  2. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 7,676 points
  3. Maria Sharapova (Russia) 5,891 points
  4. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 5,890 points
  5. Li Na (China) 5,120 points
  6. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 4,370 points
  7. Sara Errani (Italy) 4,190 points
  8. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 3,860 points
  9. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 3,715 points
  10. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 3,330 points
  11. Sloane Stephens (USA) 3,185 points
  12. Marion Bartoli (France) 3,172 points
  13. Roberta Vinci (Italy) 3,170 points
  14. Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 2,830 points
  15. Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 2,735 points
  16. Simona Halep (Romania) 2,685 points
  17. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 2,675 points
  18. Maria Kirlenko (Russia) 2,640 points
  19. Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 2,495 points
  20. Samantha Stosur (Austrailia) 2,380 points
  21. Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 2,170 points
  22. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 2,142 points
  23. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 2,076 points
  24. Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 2,066 points
  25. Elena Vesnina (Russia) 1,868 points
  26. Alize Cornet (France) 1,790 points
  27. Jamie Hampton (USA) 1,781 points
  28. Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 1,775 points
  29. Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 1,751 points
  30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 1,750 points

 

Djokovic ends Nadal’s Hard Court Run

Novak Djokovic may have lost his No. 1 world ranking to Rafael Nadal, but achieved a consolation prize by defeating Nadal, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the China Open.

Nadal just needed to reach the finals of the China Open in Beijing to climb atop of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since giving up the No. 1 spot to Djokovic back in July of 2011.  Djokovic handed Nadal his first loss on the hard courts this year & his fourth match loss since returning to competitive action in February.  Nadal holds a 65-4 record this year, winning over 94% of his matches.

Djokovic was in good spirits after defeating Nadal quoting, “I needed this win today. I really wanted to get my hands on the trophy & win against Nadal who has been the best player so far in 2013.” Djokovic, who credit his masterful serve, has yet to lose a match in Beijing (19-0).

Both players will take the court this week at the Shanghai Rolex Masters Tournament which is a 1000 ATP Masters event held in Shanghai, China.  Djokovic won the 2012 Shanghai title, therefore will have to defend his 1000 points.

Nadal is looking to claim his 27th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and his first title in Shanghai. Nadal reached the Shanghai finals in 2009, losing to Nikolay Davydenko 7-6, 6-3.

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WTA Rankings

 

 

Updated 10/07/2013

  1. Serena Williams (USA) 13,260 points
  2. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 8,485 points
  3. Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6,941 points
  4. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6,195 points
  5. Li Na (China) 5,365 points
  6. Sara Errani (Italy) 4,435 points
  7. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 4,315 points
  8. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 3,860 points
  9. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 3,845 points
  10. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 3,645 points
  11. Roberta Vinci (Italy) 3,195 points
  12. Sloane Stephens (USA) 3,185 points
  13. Marion Bartoli (France) 3,746 points
  14. Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 2,830 points
  15. Maria Kirlenko (Russia) 2,755 points
  16. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 2,715 points
  17. Simona Halep (Romania) 2,630 points
  18. Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 2,665 points
  19. Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 2,571 points
  20. Samantha Stosur (Austrailia) 2,445 points
  21. Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 2,170 points
  22. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 2,142 points
  23. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 2,126 points
  24. Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 2,066 points
  25. Elena Vesnina (Russia) 1,960 points
  26. Jamie Hampton (USA) 1,850 points
  27. Alize Cornet (France) 1,790 points
  28. Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 1,775 points
  29. Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 1,751 points
  30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 1,750 points

 

ATP Rankings

 

 

 

 

Emirates ATP Rankings Updated 10/07/2013

  1. Rafael Nadal (ESP)  11,160 points
  2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11,120 points
  3. Andy Murray (GBR) 6,895 points
  4. David Ferrer (ESP)  6,710 points
  5. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)  4,925 points
  6. Tomas Berdych (CZE)  4,610 points
  7. Roger Federer (SUI)  4,515 points
  8. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 3,150 points
  9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 3,115 points
  10. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 3,095 points
  11. Milos Raonic (CAN) 2,815 points
  12. Tommy Haas (GER) 2,335 points
  13. John Isner (USA) 2,115 points
  14. Gilles Simon (FRA) 2,095 points
  15. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 2,060 points
  16. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 2,030 points
  17. Fabino Fognini (ITL) 1,885 points
  18. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 1,840 points
  19. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 1,830 points
  20. Kevin Anderson (ZAF) 1,775 points
  21. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 1,735 points
  22. Andreas Seppi (ITL) 1,555 points
  23. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 1,445 points
  24. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 1,435 points
  25. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 1,425 points
  26. Benoit Paire (FRA) 1,380 points
  27. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1,375 points
  28. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 1,361 points
  29. Ivan Dodig (CRO) 1,330 points
  30. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 1,320 points

 

Nadal aims for No. 1

Rafael Nadal has not been on top of the Emirates ATP World Rankings since July 3rd, 2011.  If Nadal reaches the finals this week in Beijing at the China Open, he will claim the No. 1 spot in the World from Novak Djokovic who has held his spot on top of the rankings for over 2 years.

Nadal is having one of the best years of his career, compiling a 61-3 match record winning over 95% of his matches this 2013 season. Nadal has added two major titles (French Open & U.S. Open) to go along with 5 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in 2013.  Since returning from an injured left knee, ultimately causing Nadal to miss the 2012 U.S. Open & the 2013 Australian Open, Nadal has been the most dominate player in the sport.

Nadal quoted after winning his first round match over Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-4, “I have an opportunity to finish the season with good feelings. There are important tournaments left to play, and here is one of those tournaments. Every match means a lot for me today.”

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