Prince 2014 Tennis Racquets

With Prince being below the radar for the past several years, they have returned with a vengeance for 2014.  Making up for lost time, there are a myriad of choices in the new 2014 Prince tennis racquets line.  Prince has released a new collection of 6 different racquet series featuring new racquet technology. The performance racquet selection features three different racquet silos: the Prince Premier (115L ESP115 ESP105 ESP, 105L ESP), Prince Warrior (100 ESP, 100L ESP, 100, Pro 100) & Prince Tour (95, 98, 98 ESP, Pro 98, Tour 100 (16×18), Tour 100 (18×20), Tour 100T ESP, Tour 100T, Tour Pro 100). 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, O3 Series, & the Hornet series.  Now lets take a look deeper into some of the nuances of these new racquet frames.

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Prince Premier

  • Focused on the comfort & power aspects of tennis.
  • Game improvement collection, designed for shorter slower stroked players who are looking for maximum power in a lightweight frame.
  • L Frame = Designates Lighter weighted frames
  • Replace EXO3 frames (Silver 115, Blue 110, Pink 105 & Red 105)
  • Each racquet within this series features three new technology updates:
  1.  EXO3 Technology: Enhances response & performance on the string bed. 54% bigger sweet spot.
  2. ESP Technology: “Extreme String Pattern” – Delivers an aggressive (14×16) string pattern designed to deliver up to 30% more spin.
  3. Double Bridge Technology: Dampens not only the frame but also the strings.

 

Prince Warrior

  • “Tweener” racquets focus on blending the perfect amount of power & spin.
  • Tailored for players with moderate to full strokes.
  • 3 different styles of the Warrior (ESP, EXO3 & Pro) meet the needs of today’s modern player
  • Warrior 100 ESP & 100L ESP feature EXO3 tech, ESP tech & Double Bridge tech.
  • Warrior 100 & Pro 100 feature 16×19 string patterns to go along with a heavier feel than the 100ESP & 100L ESP models.
  • “Pro” series tradtional grommet technology made for the players looking for the most pure feel & comfort.
  • Warrior 100L ESP replaces the EXO3 Tour Lite 100 & the Warrior 100 replaces the EXO3 Warrior 100.
  • Warrior 100 is John Isner’s racquet of choice

 

Prince Tour

  • The Tour series is best suited for players with long full swings looking for precise control.
  • The Yellow Tour models replace the “Rebel” series — these racquets feature smaller headsizes, thinner beams & are more control oriented than the orange & black Tour 100 models
  • Orange & Black Tour models (Tour 100T ESP, Tour 100T, Tour 100, Tour Pro 100) are all “Mid-Plus” frames.
  • Yellow Tour models (Tour 98 ESP, Tour 98, Tour 95, Tour Pro 98) are all “Mid-Size” frames.
  • Tour 100T replaces the EXO3 Tour Team 100 & the Tour 100 replaces the EXO3 Tour 100.
  • T (Team) frame = Lighter Frame
  • Tour 100 (16×18) is David Ferrer’s racquet of choice

 

Prince Classic

  • Traditional styled racquets. Not a lot of jazz with these racquets, just overall the classics are premium performance racquets.
  • Ideal for players looking for classic feel.
  • Ultimate racquets for feel & stability make all of these racquets classic frames.
  • Classic Response 97 features “Double Bridge Technology”

 

LS Series

  • Updates the O3 racquet series
  • Ideal racquets for power & comfort within oversized maneuverable frames.
  • LS = Large Sweetspot
  • Full of O3 construction around perimeter of frame hoop.
  • 4 head sizes (118″, 110″, 105″, 100″)

 

ES Series

  • ES = Expanded Sweetspot
  • 2 head sizes (110″, 100″)
  • O3 Construction at 12:00 only
  • 100% Graphite

 

2014 Australian Open: Quarterfinals Results

RESULTS AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN: DAY 10

Men’s Singles
R. Nadal [1] defeated G. Dimitrov [22] 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2
R. Federer [6] defeated A. Murray [4] 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3

Women’s Singles
A. Radwanska [5] defeated V. Azarenka [2] 1-6, 7-5, 6-0
D. Cibulkova [20] defeated S. Halep [11] 6-3, 6-0

2014 Australian Open: Quarterfinals Results

RESULTS AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN: DAY 9

Men’s Singles
S. Wawrinka [8] defeated N. Djokovic [2] 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7
T. Berdych [7] defeated D. Ferrer [3] 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Women’s Singles
N. Li [4] defeated F. Pennetta [28] 6-2, 6-2
E. Bouchard [30] defeated A. Ivanovic [14] 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

 

2014 Australian Open: 3rd Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN: DAY 6

Men’s Singles
R. Nadal [1] defeated G. Monfils [25] 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
A. Murray [4] defeated F. Lopez 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-2
R. Federer [6] defeated T. Gabashvili 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
J. Tsonga [10] defeated G. Simon [18] 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2
G. Dimitrov [22] defeated M. Raonic [11] 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10)
K. Nishikori [16] defeated D. Young 7-5, 6-1, 6-0
R. Bautista Agut defeated B. Paire [27] 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
S. Robert defeated M. Klizan 6-0, 7-6 (2), 6-4

 

Women’s Singles
V. Azarenka [2] defeated Y. Meusburger 6-1, 6-0
M. Sharapova [3] defeated A. Cornet 6-1, 7-6 (6)
|A. Radwanska [5] defeated A. Pavlyuchenkova [29] 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
J. Jankovic [8] defeated K. Nara 6-4, 7-5
G. Muguruza defeated C. Wozniacki [10]  4-6, 7-5, 3-6
S. Halep [11] defeated Z. Diyas 6-1, 6-4
S. Stephens [13] defeated E. Svitolina 7-5, 6-4
D. Cibulkova [20] defeated C. Suarez Navarro [16] 6-1, 6-0

2014 Australian Open: 3rd Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN: DAY 5

Men’s Singles
N. Djokovic [2] defeated D. Istomin 6-3, 6-3, 7-5
D. Ferrer [3] defeated J. Chardy [29] 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
T. Berdych [7] defeated D. Dzumhur 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
S. Wawrinka [8] defeated V. Pospisil (Retired)
T. Robredo [17] defeated R. Gasquet [9] 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
F. Fognini [15] defeated S. Querrey 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
K. Anderson [19] defeated E. Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
F. Mayer defeated J. Janowicz [20] 7-5, 6-2, 6-2

Women’s Singles
S. Williams [1] defeated D. Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3
N. Li [4] defeated L. Safarova [26] 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
A. Kerber [9] defeated A. Riske 6-3, 6-4
A. Ivanovic [14] defeated S. Stosur [17] 6-7 (10-8),  6-4, 6-2
E. Makarova [22] defeated M. Niculescu 6-4, 6-4
F. Pennetta [28] defeated M. Barthel 6-1, 7-5
E. Bouchard [30] defeated L. Davis 6-2, 6-2
C. Dellacqua defeated J. Zheng  6-2, 6-4

2014 Australian Open: 2nd Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN: DAY 4

Men’s Singles

R. Nadal [1] defeated T. Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
A. Murray [4] defeated V. Millot 6-2, 6-2, 7-5
R. Bautista Agut defeated J. Del Potro [5] 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
R. Federer [6] defeated B. Kavcic 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
J. Tsonga [10] defeated T. Bellucci 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4
M. Raonic [11] defeated V. Hanescu 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-4
K. Nishikori [16] defeated D. Lajovic 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
G. Simon [18] defeated M. Cilic 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (7-5), 6-1, 6-2
G. Dimitrov [22] defeated Y. Lu 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (13-11)
D. Young defeated A. Seppi [24] 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
G. Monfils [25] defeated J. Sock 7-6 (7-2), 7-5
F. Lopez [26] defeated M. Berrer 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
B. Paire [27] defeated N. Kyrgios 6-7 (7-5), 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
T. Gabashvili defeated F. Verdasco [31] 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

S. Robert defeated M. Przysiezny  7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 6-7 (7-3), 6-1
M. Klizan defeated B. Rola 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2)

Women’s Singles

V. Azarenka [2] defeated B. Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 6-4
M. Sharapova [3] defeated K. Knapp 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
A. Radwanska [5] defeated O. Govortsova 6-0, 7-5
J. Jankovic [8] defeated A. Morita 6-2, 6-0
C. Wozniacki [10] defeated C. McHale 6-0, 1-6, 6-2
S. Halep [11] defeated V. Lepchenko 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
S. Stephens [13] defeated A. Tomlijanovic 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
C. Suarez Navarro [16] defeated G. Voskoboeva 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 8-6
D. Cibulkova [20] defeated S. Voegele 6-0, 6-1
A. Cornet [25] defeated C. Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
A. Pavlyuchenkova [29] defeated M. Minella 6-4, 6-3
K. Nara defeated M. Rybarikova [32] 6-4, 6-3
Y. Meusburger defeated B. Jovanski [33] 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

E. Svitolina defeated O. Rogowska 6-4, 7-5
Z. Diyas defeated M. Erakovic 6-4, 6-0
G. Muguruza defeated A. Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-3

2014 Australian Open: 2nd Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN: DAY 3

Men’s Singles

N. Djokovic [2] defeated L. Mayer 6-0, 6-4, 6-4
D. Ferrer [3] defeated A. Mannarino 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-0, 6-3
T. Berdych [7] defeated K. De Schepper 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
S. Wawrinka [8] defeated A. Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (7-4), 6-4
R. Gasquet [9] defeated N. Davydenko 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-4
F. Mayer defeated M. Youzhny [14] 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
F. Fognini [15] defeated J. Nieminen 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
T. Robredo [17] defeated J. Benneteau 6-3, 6-7 (7-4), 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
K. Anderson [19] defeated D. Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
J. Janowicz [20] defeated P. Andujar 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
S. Querrey defeated E. Gulbis [23] 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
V. Pospisil [28] defeated M. Ebden 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (11-9), 6-1
J. Chardy [29] defeated A. Dolgopolov 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5)
D. Istomin defeated D. Tursunov [30] 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
D. Dzumhur defeated I. Dodig [32] 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 4-1 (Retired)
E. Roger-Vasselin defeated G. Garcia Lopez 7-6 (7-1) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

 
Women’s Singles
S. Williams [1] defeated V. Dolonc 6-1, 6-2
N. Li [4] defeated B. Bencic 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
A. Kerber [9] defeated A. Kudryavtseva 6-4, 6-2
A. Ivanovic [14] defeated A. Beck 6-1, 6-2
M. Niculescu defeated S. Lisicki [15] 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
S. Stosur [17] defeated T. Pironkova 6-2, 6-0
C. Dellacqua defeated K. Flipkens [18] 6-3, 6-0
E. Makarova [22] defeated I. Falconi 6-2, 7-5
L. Safarova [26] defeated L. Hradecka 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 6-0
F. Pennetta [28] defeated M. Puig 6-3, 6-4
E. Bouchard [30] defeated V. Razzano 6-2, 7-6 (12-10)
D. Hantuchova [31] defeated Ka. Pliskova 6-3, 3-6, 12-10

L. Davis defeated J. Goerges 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
C. Dellacqua defeated V. Zvonareva 6-2, 6-2
J. Zheng defeated M. Keys 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-5
M. Barthel defeated L. Kumkhum 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
A. Riske defeated Y. Wickmayer 6-1, 6-1
T. Pironkova defeated S. Soler-Espinosa 6-3, 6-2

2014 Australian Open: 1st Round Results

RESULTS AROUND THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN: DAY 1

Men’s Singles

N. Djokovic [2] defeated L. Lacko 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
D. Ferrer [3] defeated A. Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
T. Berdych [7] defeated A. Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
S. Wawrinka [8] defeated A. Golubev 6-4, 4-1 (retired)
R. Gasquet [9] defeated D. Guez 7-5, 6-4, 6-1
G. Garcia-Lopez defeated T. Haas [12] 7-5, 5-2 (retired)
M. Youzhny [14] defeated J. Struff 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
F. Fognini [15] defeated A. Bogomolov Jr. 6-3, 6-2 (retired)
T. Robredo [17] defeated L. Rosol 6-1, 6-7 (9-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 8-6
K. Anderson [19] defeated J. Vesely 2-6, 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
J. Janowicz [20] defeated J. Thompson 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
E. Gulbis [23] defated J. Monaco 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
V. Pospisil [28] defeated S. Groth 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
J. Chardy [29] defeated J. Huta Galung 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
D. Tursunov [30] defeated M. Russell 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
I. Dodig [32] defeated I. Karlovic 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

D. Istomin defeated M. Baghdatis 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
M. Ebden defeated N. Mahut 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3
J. Sousa defeated D. Thiem 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
E. Roger-Vasselin defeated C. Berlocq 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (11-9), 6-2
A. Dolgopolov defeated R. Berankis 7-5, 7-5, 6-2
J. Nieminen defeated D. Sela 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (7-3), 6-3, 6-3
S. Querrey defeated S. Giraldo 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
K. De Schepper defeated D. Wu 7-5, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
D. Dzumhur defeated J. Hajek 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
L. Mayer defeated A. Montanes 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
A. Falla defeated M. Kukushkin 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
N. Davydenko defeated L. Kubot 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
A. Mannarino defeated S. Johnson 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
P. Andujar defeated A. Ramos 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
J. Benneteau defeated P. Carreno Busta 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
F. Mayer defeated D. Kudla 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

Women’s Singles
S. Williams [1] defeated  A. Barty 6-2, 6-1
N. Li [4] defeated A. Konjuh 6-2, 6-0
L. Kumkhum defeated P. Kvitova [6] 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
J. Goerges defeated S. Errani [7] 6-3, 6-2
A. Kerber [9] defeated J. Gajdosova 6-3, 0-6, 6-2
J. Zheng defeated R. Vinci [12] 6-4, 6-3
A. Ivanovic [14] defeated K. Bertens 6-4, 6-4
S. Lisicki [15] defeated M. Lucic- Baroni 6-2, 6-1
S. Stosur [17] defeated K. Zakopalova 6-3, 6-4
K. Flipkens [18] defeated L. Robson 6-3, 6-0
E. Makarova [22] defeated V. Williams 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
A. Riske defeated E. Vesnina [23] 6-2, 6-2
L. Safarova [26] defeated J. Glushko 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
F. Pennetta [28] defeated A. Cadantu 6-0, 6-2
E. Bouchard [30] defeated H. Tang 7-5, 6-1
D. Hantuchova [31] defeated H. Watson 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

L. Davis defeated S. Vickery 6-3, 6-3
C. Dellacqua defeated V. Zvonareva 6-2, 6-2
I. Falconi defeated A. Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-1
B. Bencic defeated K. Date-Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
M. Niculescu defeated S. Peer 6-4, 6-1
T. Pironkova defeated S. Soler-Espinosa 6-3, 6-2
M. Barthel defeated S. Zhang 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Ka. Pliskova defeated P. Parmentier 6-0, 6-1
L. Hradecka defeated D. Vekic 6-3, 6-1
V. Dolonc defeated L. Arruabarrena 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Y. Wickmayer defeated D. Pfizenmaier 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
M. Keys defeated P. Mayr-Achleitner 6-2, 6-7 (10-8), 9-7
A. Beck defeated P. Martic 6-0, 6-0
A. Kudryavtseva defeated C. Garcia 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
V. Razzano defeated A. Van Uytvanck 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3)
M. Puig defeated A. Tatishvili 6-2, 6-4

Babolat Play Pure Drive Tennis Racquet

(Louisville, CO 11/7/13) Babolat Play introduced as the first “connected” tennis racquet, in the form of the Babolat Pure Drive. Does it live up to what is promises? After spending a full day engaging with the Babolat Play development team, and experiencing the Babolat Play racquet and app first hand on court, the answer is YES.

Upon first glance the Play looks like a Babolat Pure Drive with a black/orange cosmetic update, where the standard version is blue. A more detailed look at the butt cap reveals there is more beneath the hood than just a fresh paint scheme. LED’s flash in various colors to indicate power on/off, bluetooth connectivity, and session reset options. Opening the trap door reveals the USB charging port to recharge the battery contained in the handle which powers the diagnostic hardware. This USB can also be used to load your data onto a tablet or computer that does not have Bluetooth capability.

Amazingly, this is achieved without changing the specs of the frame from the Pure Drive we already know and love.

In a hitting session, the Play racquet records the type and number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, smash), spin level, ball impact location, total and effective play time, power, endurance, technique, consistency, energy, and rallies. Turn the racquet on, play as long as you like, then once you finish a hitting session, sync via Bluetooth to smartphone with Babolat Play app installed and load your session data in a matter of seconds. Use this information to challenge yourself, challenge your friends, and see how you stack up against other members of the global Play community!

The data generated can be used in a variety of ways:

1) “Pulse” is a dynamic interface that changes according to the power, technique, and endurance of your game. The idea is that gives you a baseline on which to challenge yourself to improve your game.

2) Analyze your game data to improve weaknesses, and hone strengths even further. Track this data to actually be able to chart your progress with quantifiable numbers. Go for improving a personal record or see how you stack up against the other members of the Babolat Play community, or even stats from the Top ATP Tour players.

3) The “Evolution” feature allows you to see how you have progressed from session to session.

4) For a developing player seeking to get to the next level, the Skills feature allows you to break down which strokes you favor, and which ones need work to become a more complete player. Implementing new strokes/stroke types into your game is crucial to achieving a high technique score in your overall “Pulse” rating.

5) “Versus” allows you to not only challenge your own inner opponent, but to compare how you stack up against other Play users, as well as on a one-to-one level with friends.

6) “Community” shows you where you stand in the global ranking and by category. You are also able to look into the profiles and levels of your friends, of Babolat Pro Players, and the rest of the Babolat Play user base.

Upon completion of the first on court experience with the Babolat Play racquet, some thoughts:

The set up and integration of the technology is very user friendly. You do not need to be incredibly technically gifted to set up the necessary steps to use Play. If you run into problems, your grade school child can probably set it up for you! As with most technology, the key is to immerse yourself in it and be hands on. No one wants to read an owners manual to learn their new iPhone, iPad, etc. Getting comfortable with Babolat Play is no different.

We were using the racquets strung with Babolat Xcel 16 strung in the upper 50′s, in addition to playing at high altitude in Boulder, CO with non-high altitude Babolat tennis balls. To say this was a lively combination would be an incredible understatement. Once you adapt to this combo, 15-20 minute down the line hitting sessions went smoothly to generate some session data that could be loaded into the app. Once at least 2 sessions were completed, loaded into the app, and validated, we were able to see our “Pulse”. Very enlightening to be able to see your stroke preferences, where you hit each type of shot on the racquet face, and how consistently (or not) you thought you were. Humbling, yes, but very powerful to actually see the numbers!

Players of all levels will gain insight from reading the data, and whether you utilize the information for friendly competition, game improvement, or for serious insight into taking your competitive tennis to the next level, Babolat Play is poised to be a revolutionary concept for all passionate tennis players.

For sale 12/12/2013