adidas Barricade 2015 Great Wall Shoe

Walls are part of every Tennis players life. We use them, we play with them, we overcome them. With the new Barricade Wallpack, adidas is paying tribute to those walls. Inspired by some of the most famous walls on earth, this shoe pays tribute to the Great Wall of China with bamboo-inspired print and red color pops meaning luck and happiness in Chinese culture. The shoe combines a supportive midfoot with a more flexible forefoot for unrestrictive movement as you play, plus full-length Adiprene cushioning. Check out the latest addition of the Barricade Wall pack at Midwest Sports!


Women’s Apparel Piece of the Month

My favorite apparel piece this month is the Fila platinum asymmetrical tank. It is a platinum stretch jersey material with THERMOCOOL fabric. It comes in two colors, with my favorite being the printed black and teal space dye. The asymmetrical lines at the bottom of the top are very flattering on a woman’s hips, while the racerback style enhances the shoulders. This Fila line is worn on court by Jelena Jankovic. It can be found at




Babolat Wimbledon Collection

As the 2015 Wimbledon tournament kicked off yesterday at the All England Club, Babolat continues it’s second year of partnership with the All England Lawn Tennis Club as the official licensee of racquets, bags, footwear and accessories that bear the Wimbledon brand.

Rather than rolling out what could have been a stodgy white/gold line of products (as quite happens with other product lines “inspired by Wimbledon”) Babolat has taken a bolder approach in offering some exciting takes on the green, purple, black and white themes of Wimbledon. The advertising graphics for this line even take a cue from the London punk scene of the late 1970’s with its Sex Pistols inspired font and grass mohawk treatment of the Propulse and Pure Strike, just to let you know that this collections meant to have a bit of an edge to it.

The Pure Strike is updated with a flashy green and black graphic and continues to strike the perfect balance between response and precision for ones game. The Pure Drive Team offers a sleek cosmetic update to the legendary Babolat Pure Drive Series, with a brilliant white, black and green graphic inspired by elegant green grass at the All England Club. The Pure Strike bag collection also gets the black and green Wimbledon treatment in the 15 racquet bag and 6 pack tennis configurations.

Fans of the top of the line Propulse 4 shoe will be happy to know that there is another striking color in this shoe, with this black and green update with Wimbledon logo. The Limited Edition Babolat Propulse tennis shoe is packed with the most cutting edge technology, and is designed for players that are looking for durability and support.The kids have not been forgotten either, with a Pure Drive junior racquet and smaller version of the Propulse also being options in this line.

“Wimbledon is a legendary reference. Wimbledon and Babolat are intrinsically linked to both the origins of tennis, and also to its future, thanks to their tradition of ongoing innovation. Our shared ambition is to combine the best of our values and experience to foster the spirit of tennis all year long and all around the world for all types of tennis players,” says Eric Babolat, Chairman and CEO of Babolat.

Babolat’s Wimbledon collection still honors and respects the tradition of Wimbledon, but brings a fresh edge to this classic tournament. Cheers!

Shop the rest of our 2015 London Tennis Gear collection here.


Serena Williams Announces Return to Indian Wells

Serena Williams will return to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA for the first time since 2001. William has won the tournament twice in her career, but had not played in 14 years due to an ugly incident that happened back in 2001.

“I walked out onto the court, the crowd immediately started jeering and booing. In my last match, the semifinals, I was set to play my sister, but Venus had tendinitis and had to pull out. Apparently that angered many fans. Throughout my whole career, integrity has been everything to me. It is also everything and more to Venus. The false allegations that our matches were fixed hurt, cut and ripped into us deeply. The under­current of racism was painful, confusing and unfair. In a game I loved with all my heart, at one of my most cherished tournaments, I suddenly felt unwelcome, alone and afraid.” – Serena Williams

4 Year Old Tennis Star

 4 year old, Maki Otmo, may be a future WTA star down the road!

Head Graphene XT Tennis Racquets


Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova have been at the top of professional tennis for years with the help of Head tennis racquets. Well,  a new era of Head’s famous graphene technology has arrived. Could these players perform even better in 2015? We’ll have to wait and see what’s in-store for these two top pro’s, but we do know one thing, the new Head Graphene XT Instinct & Speed Pro racquets have arrived for pre-order!

World #1 Novak Djokovic has changed from his customary weapon of choice, the Head Graphene Speed Pro to the updated 2015 version, Graphene XT Speed Pro. Novak’s new frame features re-engineered Graphene technology, Graphene XT, which are made to be 30% stronger providing an optimized weight distribution for a faster swing and more power. The Graphene XT Speed Pro is the heaviest XT racquet in the new Head Graphene XT speed racquet line. Novak’s racquet, with a high swingweight provides outstanding maneuverability, precision and power on every shot. The Graphene XT Speed Pro features a 100 square inch head, straight 22mm beam, 11.7 oz. strung weight, this combination of specifications adds up to a nicely controlled frame for advanced players with established strokes and a very aggressive game.

World #2 Maria Sharapova, had a every successful 2014 campaign, capturing 4 titles including her 2nd career French Open. Maria posted a superb 48-13 record for 2014. As scucessful as 2014 was, change was required for Maria. Sharapova will be using a new racquet for the upcoming 2015 season, the new Head Graphene XT Instinct MP. Maria’s new frame is now in a striking blue and orange graphic! Thanks to Head’s new Graphene XT technology, the Instinct MP provides the perfect combination of increased power and superior handling with a softer feel and fewer vibrations. The Graphene XT Instinct MP features a 100 square inch head, tapered 23/25/21mm beam, 11.2 oz. strung weight. The Instinct MP remains a more forgiving option to the Prestige and Radical. More open 16×19 string pattern for a bit more forgiveness and more spin potential.

Step onto the court & start playing like the pro’s with these great new Head Tennis racquets!

Babolat 2015 Pure Drive Tennis Racquets


The new Babolat Pure Drive tennis racquets have arrived in stock! With its power and versatility the Babolat Pure Drive is perfectly adapted to punchers and their play style. The new 2015 Pure Drive is engineered to let players dominate the game by taking power + control to the next level. The new Pure Drive’s are updated with Babolat’s new frame to string interaction technology with a redefined sweetspot. Babolat’s Pure Drive impact zone is located higher than the traditional center of the racquet.

Not only are these racquets efficient in terms of harnessing power plus control, but they also have a new bold design! Babolat has added touches of white for the first time, bringing a new sleek look the Pure Drive frames. Shop the new Pure Drive racquets now!

Best Tennis Practices: Racquet Maintenance

Cold weather generally correlates to less outdoor activity.  The seasons are changing across the states & many of the non-indoor tennis players may be wondering, “how do I best preserve my tennis racquet during the down-time of the season.”

Well, Midwest Sports has some answers for you!

Your racquet is one of the most important tools in your game and  maintaining every aspect of it is essential. Here are five tips for maintaining your racquet.

 RacquetAnatomy1. Do not expose your racquet in any types of extreme heat or cold weather. It is vital to keep your racquet safe and secure in your racquet bag or in a ideal spot in one’s home. Very hot conditions can soften parts of the racquet, which could result in the loss of tension or even damaging the string.  Cold weather causes strings to become brittle and hard, try playing tennis with very hard/stiff strings, it is not good for one’s elbow.

2.  Before playing, inspect your frame. It is critical to understand the anatomy of your racquet. If you do your own personal stringing of your racquet,  don’t string a cracked, warped or otherwise defective frame.

3. Get your racquet restrung every 3-4 months if you are an active tennis player.   Many players do not realize that their tennis strings  are either dead or too loose.  Having either of those two situations could easily deteriorate one’s game.

4. Inspect the grommet strip and bumperguard of your racquet before playing. If the bumperguard is worn significantly and if it’s worn through to the frame replace it before restringing. Chances are the grommet strip will also have to be replaced.

5. Replace your grip twice a year. Your grip is the ultimate tool for one’s comfort on the racquet, if one does not take care of their particular grip, bacteria can form & the grip will deteriorate.

Those were just 5 easy tips of racquet maintenance! Now get your racquet that necessary tune up and hit the court!

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Marin Cilic Claims 1st Career Major Title

It is amazing what 365 days can do for one’s career. This time last year, Marin Cilic, was suspended for 9 months due to a doping violation. That 9 month suspension would later be decreased to 4 months, but it still left a stain on a potential bright career.

Cilic, tested positive for a substance known as nikeathamide, a stimulant which is banned by the I.F.T. Cilic would later quote, “I wish to emphasize, that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned substance in my life and that I am opposed to any use of performance-enhancing substances in sport.”

Maybe that break worked out for the best. Recently Cilic was asked what if that break may have been a blessing in disguise.

Q. You’re talking about the physicality of your game and it improving. I’m wondering if that break at the end of last year and having to be home, was it an intense training block in a lot of ways to catch up, get faster, stronger, maybe a blessing in disguise?

MARIN CILIC: Absolutely. Yeah, I had maybe seven or ten days off in four, four-and-a-half months, and I was working all the time. That, you know, helped me to build up my strength and to also heal some of the injuries I had before with my knee. Now I’m feeling really good on the court. So I used that time, you know, the best I could. It’s paying off.

The 25 year old, Cilic, is now a Grand Slam Champion. What an amazing ride the last year has been for the Croatian.

Photo Credit: JOSHAL 2012 Flickr

Photo Credit: JOSHAL 2012 Flickr