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




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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Murray to undergo surgery, may miss remainder of 2013 season

According to multiple reports, the 2013 Wimbledon Champion & 3rd ranked player in the world, Andy Murray, may miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to a back injury that will require “minor” surgery.

With Andy Murray’s season likely done, David Ferrer will soon rise to a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world, despite winning only one match versus a top 5 opponent since 2012.

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Andy Murray Tweeted out a statement of his condition below:


Tsonga makes his return at the Moselle Open

The Two-time defending champion of the Moselle Open located in Metz, France, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, made his return to singles action after missing nearly three months of the season with a knee injury. Tsonga defeated fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals in his first match since he retired in the second round of Wimbledon.

Tsonga play tested his first match vs. Roger-Vasselin with a new Babolat racquet known as the Babolat Pure Strike. This was the first time Tsonga had used this racquet in competition. The racquet appeared to be a 100 sq. in. head size, but the beam seems to be a little more narrow than his AeroPro Drive Plus. The overall feel seems to be the major change of this new line of racquets.

Babolat has released limited information around the new Pure Strike line of the tennis racquets. Tweets have indicated a mid-October announcement on the release date of the new line.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga competing in the Moselle Open with a new Babolat tennis racquet (Moselle Open Facebook Account)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga competing in the Moselle Open with a new Babolat tennis racquet (Moselle Open Facebook Account)



US Open: Day 4 2nd Round Results


Men’s Singles 2nd Round 

R. Nadal [2] defeated R. Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-0
D. Ferrer [4] defeated R. Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
R. Federer [7] defeated C. Belocq 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
R. Gasquet [8] defeated S. Robert 6-3, 7-5, 7-5
M. Raonic [10] defeated P. Andujar 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
J. Isner [13] defeated G. Monfils 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
J. Tipsarevic [18] defeated D. Sela 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
T. Robredo [19] defeated F. Dancesvic 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
P. Kohlschreiber [22] defeated E. Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
F. Lopez [23] defeated B. Klahn 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5
A. Mannarino defeated S. Querrey [26] 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4
D. Tursunov [32] defeated G. Rufin 7-6, 1-1 (Retired)

I. Dodig defeated N. Davydenko 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
M. Kukushkin defeated A. Haider-Maurer 6-4, 6-4, 7-5
J. Sock defeated M. Gonzalez 7-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
D. Evans defeated B. Tomic 1-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Women’s Singles 2nd Round

S. Williams [1] defeated G. Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0
V. Azarenka [2] defeated A. Wozniak 6-3, 6-1
F. Pennetta defeated S. Errani [4] 6-3, 6-1
C. Wozniacki [6] defeated C. Scheepers 6-1, 6-2
P. Kvitova [7] defeated B. Jovanovski 6-2, 6-4
A. Kerber [8] defeated E. Bouchard 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
J. Jankovic [9] defeated A. Kleybanova 6-3, 6-2
R. Vinci [10] defeated L. Safarova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
A. Ivanovic [13] defeated A. Dulgheru 6-2, 6-1
M. Kirlenko [14] defeated M. Larcher De Brito 6-3, 6-1
S. Lisick [16] defeated P. Ormaechea 6-2, 6-3
K. Nara defeated S. Cirstea [19] 7-5, 6-1
S. Halep [21] defeated D. Vekic 6-2, 6-1
E. Vesnina [22] defeated K. Knapp 6-1, 6-4
E. Makarova [24] defeated B. Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-4
K. Kanepi [25] defeated A. Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-1
A. Cornet [26] defeated A. Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-2
S. Kuznetsova [27] defeated S. Peng 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
A. Riske defeated M. Barthel [28] 6-4, 6-2

J. Glushko defeated S. Vickery 7-5, 6-3
C. Giorgi defeated S. Hsieh 6-4, 7-6
Y. Shvedova defeated P. Mayr-Achleitner 6-2, 6-3
D. Hantuchova defeated V. Duval 6-2, 6-3


US Open: Day 3 1st & 2nd Round Results


Men’s Singles 1st Round 
Andy Murray [3] defeated M. Llodra 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
J. Del Potro [6] defeated G. Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6
S. Wawrinka [9] defeated R. Stepanek 7-6, 6-3, 6-2
R. Ram defeated F. Fognini [16] defeated 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
K. Anderson [17] defeated D. Brands 7-5, 4-6, 6-2,
A. Seppi [20] defeated 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
M. Youzhny [21] defeated N. Mahut 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
A. Bogomolov Jr. defeated B. Paire [24] 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6
E. Donskoy defeated J. Melzer [29] 7-5, 6-3, 7-6

I. Karlovic defeated J. Blake 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6
A. Dolgopolov defeated D. Goffin 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
L. Hewitt defeated B. Baker 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
L. Mayer defeated V. Hanescu 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
M. Baghdatis defeated G. Soeda 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
P. Gojowczyk defeated I. Sijsling 7-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
S. Devvarman defeated L. Lacko 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
T. Smyczek defeated J. Ducksworth 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1

Women’s Singles 2nd Round
A. Radwanska [3] defeated M. Torro-Flor 6-0, 7-5
N. Li [5] defeated S. Arvidsson 6-2, 6-2
S. Stephens [15] defeated U. Radwanska 6-1, 6-1
C. Suarez Navarro [18] defeated C. Vandewedghe 6-3, 6-4
J. Hampton [23] defeated K. Mladenovic 7-5, 6-4
L. Robson [30] defeated C. Garcia 6-4, 7-6
A. Pavlyuchenkova [32] defeated A. Barty 6-4, 6-0
J. Zheng defeated V. Williams 6-3, 2-6, 7-6


Game – Set – Match!

Cincinnati, Ohio – The Western & Southern Open concluded Sunday with Roger Federer and Li Na each hoisting a Rookwood Cup, the official trophy given to the tournaments victors. At the end of their respected tournaments, Federer and Li Na got to express their gratitude towards all the fans who attended the finals and any of their previous matches.  

While Midwest Sports isn’t a 17 time men’s Grand Slam champion we’d still like to show our deep appreciation for everyone who stopped by our 10,000 square foot retail tent. Without patrons, sponsors, and the tournament itself the Midwest Sports retail tent would not be possible. The Midwest Sports staff truly enjoys the face to face interaction that takes place in our retail tent which features all of the apparel and equipment that the pros use at the Western & Southern Open. 

Each year we try to go a step further to ensure the Midwest Sports retail tent is a unique experience for all of the tournament goers who choose to pay us a visit. We hope this year we were able to achieve that unique experience for our patrons.  We’re already looking for ways to make the 2013 Midwest Sports tent even better!

Our year round retail store is located in Sharonville, Ohio and we encourage you to stop by anytime.  Also check out our website for all your tennis needs.

Again, thanks to all the patrons, sponsors, and the tournament itself for making the 2012 Midwest Sports retail tent possible.

The Queen City is King of Tennis

Cincinnati, Ohio – In a little less than a month the top men’s and women’s tennis players in the world will be taking center court in Cincinnati.  Located in the suburbs of Mason, Ohio, the Linder Family Tennis Center plays host to the Western & Southern Open.  The Open didn’t magically become the massive Masters 1000 series event is today overnight.  Originally starting all the way back in 1899, the Cincinnati tournament has changed locations and titles several times. Some of the more notable Cincinnati locations that hosted the still youthful tournament included: Avondale Athletic Club, Cincinnati Tennis Club, and Coney Island.

In 1979 a long term solution came to fruition when a permanent stadium was constructed in Mason to house the tournament.  Prior to 1979, the tournament court surface was exclusively clay but switched over to hard-court when the new stadium was built. With a Center Court already established the tournament later built two other stadium style courts: Grandstand Court and Court 3.

In 2002 the Western & Southern Financial Group took over as the primary sponsor to the tournament.  In the last ten years the tournament has grown to new heights, upgrading and expanding multiple times.  In 2010 the tournament added a fourth permanent stadium style court.  The event now features a total of 16 courts, including four tennis stadiums — Center Court, Grandstand Court, Court 4 and Court 9 (formerly known as Court 3).  The Cincinnati tournament is the only venue that features more than two permanent stadiums outside of the 4 major grand slams.

Midwest Sports is a proud partner of the Western & Southern Open. This will be our 10th year at the tournament. Midwest Sports sales generated at the event account for over 1 million in donations to local charities.


Venus Williams Loses in the First Round at Wimbledon

Venus Williams, five-time singles champion, is quickly out of the 2012 Wimbledon Championship after losing 6-1, 6-3 to Elena Vesnina of Russia. Venus was quickly down 5-0 in the first set and was never able to recover. After dropping out of the US Open in 2011 and learning she has an autoimmune disease, Venus has competed in various tournaments and hoping to come back to the grass-courts she once dominated and prove to herself that this disease hasn’t hindered her game. Today’s first round loss is Venus’ first loss this early at Wimbledon since her debut in 1997.

Source: ESPN Tennis