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!
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!
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.
1. 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!
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.
Q: It’s A sold-out crowd here today and a lot of people are talking about what a great lineup it is. Do these Masters 1000s feel different than slams? It’s a smaller event, but the fans still get to see sort of a blockbuster lineup all day.
Andy Murray: Yeah, I think if I was coming to watch as a fan, coming like to the Wednesday of a Masters Series, especially a combined one, yeah, is pretty much the best ticket you can get really.
You know, if I could buy one ticket, I would probably want to go and watch a slam final. But, you know, if you want to see all of the players, you can watch them practice, you can see obviously men and the women here. Yeah, it’s a pretty good ticket.
Q: You’d buy one of those tickets?
Andy Murray: I don’t know how much they are. (Laughter.) I’d think about it though.
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Western & Southern Open Main Draw Results
August 12th, 2014
ATP 1st & 2nd Round Main Draw Results
(1) Novak Djokovic d Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 (Djokovic advances to the 3rd round)
(3) Stan Wawrinka d Benjamin Becker 6-3, 7-6 (Wawrinka advances to the 3rd round)
(9) Ernests Gulbis d Ivan Dodig 7-6, 7-6
Mikhail Youzhny d (12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4
(13) Rberto Bautista Agut d Martin Klizan 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
(15) Marin Cilic d Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4
Vasek Popisil d Radek Stepanek 5-7, 6-1, 7-6
James Ward d Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Julien Benneteau d Blaz Rola 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
Steve Johnson d Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-1
Andreas Seppi d Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-7, 6-3
WTA 1st & 2nd Round Main Draw Results
(2) Simona Halep d Kirsten Flipkens
(5) Maria Sharapova d Madison Keys 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 (Sharapova advances to the 3rd round)
(12) Caroline Wozniacki d Shaui Khang 6-2, 6-2 (Wozniacki advances to the 3rd round)
(14) Sara Errani d Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6
(15) Carla Suarez Navarro d Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 1-6, 7-6
(16) Lucie Safarova d Venus Williams 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
Sabine Lisicki d Roberta Vinci 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Sloane Stephens d Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3
Christina McHale d Nicole Gibbs 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Kurumi Nara d Romina Opradi 6-0, 6-2
Zarina Diyas d Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6, 7-6
Annika Beck d Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Ekaterina Makarova d Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-2
Two young female American players, Madison Keys & Taylor Townsend are advancing to the 2nd round of the Western & Southern Open with a lot of confidence. The 19 year old, Keys, dismantled the 23rd ranked player in the world, Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4 . When asked if Key’s thought the day went as well as anticipated, Keys quoted, “I don’t have many complaints about today. Definitely played pretty well & stayed in my game for the most part.” By advancing to the 2nd round, Keys will face Maria Sharapova for the first time in her young career. Keys & Sharapova both share the arguably the most powerful agent in women’s tennis, Max Eisenbud. Key’s is surely excited for the challenge against the 5 time major winner. “Well, I have already had an e-mail from Max. He’s happy he’s not here this week. But you know, obviously she’s an amazing player & I have never played her before. I’m excited. You know, going in and no pressure.”
Townsend on the other hand, had to face some pressure just to earn her a spot into the main draw. Townsend defeated fellow American Alison Riske & Spainard Silvia Soler-Espinosa to qualify for her spot in the main draw. Townsend went into her match with versus Klara Koukalova looking for some revenge. Koukalova ended Townsend’s 2014 Wimbledon campaign in the 1st round. Townsend had to work hard for her victory today. When asked if winning three set matches was a good thing, Townsend replied, “I think you’ve got ot do what you gotta do to win. Really, that’s what I’m proving to myself.” Townsend learned a lot from her experiences today, “I really tried to fight as hard as I could. I tried to stay in every single point and not give her too many free points.” Townsend will face the winner of Chanelle Scheepers — Flavia Pennetta match.
Join Midwest Sports this week at the 2014 Western & Southern Open. Our 12,000 sq. ft. satellite store has great new updates from last year’s edition! The store itself will feature a comprehensive selection of tennis racquets, tennis apparel, tennis shoes & much more from over 25 different brands. Shop all of the latest fashions from the ATP & WTA tour’s with us at Midwest Sports.
Each year at the Western & Southern Open, 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 will be able to achieve that unique experience for our patrons. Midwest Sports is a platinum sponsor of the Western & Southern Open. This will be our 12th year at this wonderful tournament located in Mason, Ohio.
If you are unable to make it out to the tournament this year, no need to worry, we have you covered!
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Western & Southern Open Qualifying Results
August 9th, 2014
ATP 1st Round Qualifying Results
(1) Benjamin Becker d Tatsuma Ito 7-5, 6-1
(2) Marinko Matosevic d Ante Pavic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
(3) Teymuraz Gabashvili d Jimmy Wang 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (retired)
(4) Nick Kyrgios Withdrew, Michael Llodra replaced him — Chase Buchanan d Michael Llorda 6-1, 6-3
(5) Bernard Tomic d Farrukh Dustov 7-5, 6-3
ALT James Ward d (6) Tobias Kamke 6-4, 6-4
(7) Blaz Rola d Evgeny Donskoy 7-6, 7-6
(8) Adrian Mannarino d Marcos Giron 6-3, 7-5
(9) Paul-Henri Mathieu d Devin McCarthy 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
(10) Matthew Ebden d Mackenzie McDonald 6-2, 6-1
(11) Benoit Paire d Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3
(12) Alejando Gonzalez d Peter Polansky 7-6, 6-1
(13) Malek Jaziri d Michael Russell 6-4, 2-6, 7-6
(14) Tim Smyczek d Somdev Devvarman 6-1, 6-3
WTA 1st Round Qualifying Results
Julia Glushko d (1) Bojana Jovanovski 7-5, 6-2
Pauline Parmentier d (3) Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 1-6, 7-6
(4) Mona Barthel d Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-2
Taylor Townsend d (5) Alison Riske 6-3, 6-4
(6) Vavara Lepchenko d Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4, 0-0 (retired)
Timea Babos d (7) Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-3
(8) Elena Vesnina d Sachia Vickery 6-4, 6-3
(9) Zarina Diyas d Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-3
Nicole Gibbs d (10) Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6, 6-2
Julia Goerges d (11) Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
(12) Heather Watson d Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 6-4
(13) Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor d Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-1
(14) Irina-Camelia Begu d Kimiko Date-Krumm 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
(15) Monica Niculescu d Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-3
(16) Yanina Wickmayer d Alison Van Utvanck 6-7, 7-6, 6-2
(17) Monica Puig d Tamira Paszek 6-4, 6-4
(18) Annika Beck d Melanie Oudin 6-1, 6-3
Anna Tatishvili d (19) Anna Schmiedlova 6-1, 6-2
(20) Polona Hercog d Paula Ormaechea 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
(21) Francesca Schiavone d Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-2
(22) Silvia Soler-Espinsosa d Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 6-2
(23) Chanelle Scheepers d Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-2
Shahar Peer d (24) Marina Erakovic 4-6, 6-0, 6-4