A racquet that adapts to you with the Dunlop iDapt.

Seeking to elevate their position in the crowded marketplace, Dunlop looks to make quite an entry with its latest offering – Dunlop iDapt (“individual aDaptable performance”). Taking cues from the customization that pros often employ with specific lengths, dampening feel, and weight, the iDapt line offers a level of personalized options not seen in the racquet arena until now.

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The visual impact upon first glance is remarkable. The head, handle, and dampening interface are displayed in separate pieces, with a total of 432 possible combinations.
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There are 4 head configurations: 98, 100, 100S, and 105, all of which fall into what could be classified as ‘tweener specifications. The 98, 100, and 100S all weigh in slightly over 11 ounces strung, with head light balances and swingweights in the 310-330 range (balance and swingweight dependent on the length of handle installed.) In keeping with the current spin-friendly trend, the 100S offers a more open 14×18 (rather than 16×19 found in the 98 and 100) string pattern for added bite and string action. The 105 is the lightest and most forgiving option in the iDapt line, weighing in around 10.7 ounces strung and also offering the six grip size options from 4 inch to 4-5/8.

Depending on your preferred level of feedback and feel desired, the Shock Sleeve dampening interface offers firm, medium, and soft options which are also interchangeable.

All 4 frame models are offered in 3 colors each, from mild to wild, and will list for $199.99. Tinkering with grip size or overall racquet length is as simple as a $30 grip/handle change.

The iDapt frame, shock sleeve and handle is connected via an aircraft aluminum grade bolt connector inside the handle (accessed through the butt cap) and tightened to the proper torque specification with a proprietary torque wrench only available through Dunlop iDapt dealers. This connection is claimed to be many times stronger than a traditional racquet connection, according to Dunlop Product Developers.
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So how does it play? Dunlop conducted a blind playtest in July at their Greenville, SC headquarters with frames that were plain white, strung with either black Dunlop Silk multifilament or Black Widow polyester. We had no idea what exactly we were hitting with, other than the head size, length and visibly more open string pattern on the 100S. Response and feel on the frames was excellent, on par with the industry standard ‘tweener Babolat Pure Drive and Wilson Juice. Versatile from all points on the court, with notably more jump on your shots with the 100S. Even with the least damped option installed, the frames had a solid feel and offered as much touch as could be expected from a racquet with this beam dimension and strung with polyester. Bottom line is that you would never know that this racquet was not constructed in a traditional manner. Once we saw that the frame bolts together, it made the playtest that much more positive.

The iDapt line will be in stock and available August 15 from Midwest Sports.

Wilson Pro Staff RF 97

Slowly but surely Wilson is revealing more details on the racquet Roger Federer has been playtesting for 2014. What is this black Wilson Federer racquet you ask? Being a Wilson Pro Staff player his entire professional career, imagine what goes into a player of Federer’s caliber changing racquets at this stage of his career. Federer has been all but alone on the ATP World Tour in continuing to use a racquet 90 square inch headsize. As opponents have grown bigger, stronger, faster, and more spin-oriented, apparently the time has finally come for Roger to get with the times and update to a more contemporary 97 square inch frame size. The results so far in 2014 seem to indicate this is the right move, with Federer playing more competitive tennis than he has in years.

What does this mean for the average consumer? For starters, fans of Federer who want to play with the same racquet, can actually play with the same racquet! The Pro Staff 97RF Autograph is made to the exact same specification as Roger’s frame, down to the shape of the pallet on the handle, as well as the hefty 12.5 ounce strung weight. The 97 square inch headsize is likely more appropriate for the non-professional player as well, than the ultra control oriented 90 square inch model available for RF fans. Always wonder how many of those who bought the 90 could actually play with it? As of this post, the final cosmetic has not been released to the public, with Roger still using a blacked-out frame in his most recent tournaments. Rumor has it that the final cosmetic will be rolled out sometime prior to the US Open in August. A flat beam design remains consistent with previous generations of Pro Staff, albeit now in a wider 21.5mm thickness for added pop and forgiveness.

The Pro Staff line will also see updates in the way of a Pro Staff 97 which is about an ounce lighter than the RF97 Autograph. Wilson Spin Effect string patterns will also be options in the form of a Pro Staff 97LS and a Pro Staff 95S.

Stay tuned for updates as soon as they are available.

 

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Roger’s New Racquet

Tennis players like to have their own rituals & superstitions, rarely changing anything that comes in the way of what they do successfully. The best players in the sport like to keep “change”… minimal.

Change & Roger Federer are two things that are rarely heard together in the same sentence.  Back in 2013, at the start of Federer’s 15th season as a professional, Federer’s game started to dip at a level never seen before. His game started to look like most professionals. His game was professionally average. And change was looming. Federer was essentially at the first crossroad of his career, where to go now? Federer needed the change.

When you think of the word “change” in context to the sport of tennis, you often point to one of two things: a coaching change or an equipment change. Federer ultimately decided on both.

In July of 2013, 17 time major champion, Roger Federer took the plunge and made the switch from his customary Wilson Pro Staff Six One 90 (square-inched head) to a new unreleased blacked out racquet. All we knew about this “new” mystery racquet was that it featured a 97 or 98 square inched head size. Federer debuted this frame at a match versus the then 58th ranked Daniel Brands, at an ATP 250 event, the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg, Germany.

Federer, a winner of over 960 matches,  rarely plays in any of the lower ATP level events, therefore has the luxury to tinker and be experimental with his game at events like the bet-at-home Open.  Switching racquet frames isn’t the ideal methodology for professional tennis players. Players are often testing new models during practice time, but to fully commit and switch racquets, that is a huge step.

Federer was part of the 10% minority of players whom used frames less than 95 sq. inches.  Hey, Federer won 77 singles titles, 17 grand slams and reigned as the world No. 1 for over 300 weeks while using a 90 square inched frame. But one of the greatest tennis players ever knew that father time most notably an ailing back and technology were catching up to him.

After continuing to test and test the new 97 square inched frame at some of the lower tournaments, Federer decided to hang up the frame just before the 2013 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Federer switched back to his old frame, the Wilson Pro Staff Six One 90 and used that racquet through the U.S. Open. Federer finally decided that enough was enough and switched back to the 97 square inched frame on a permanent basis to begin the 2014 season.

Federer quoted in a press release, “I grew up idolizing legends of the game, so it was natural for me to play with Wilson Pro Staff 85 inch racquets. I love the feel a smaller head provides, and larger racquets couldn’t deliver the feedback I needed to be successful. This new Wilson Pro Staff racquet has been a long time coming, but I finally have the feel I need in a 97-inch head.”

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After three years of development, Wilson has announced that the next generation of Pro Staff racquets are ready to be released. Not so fast, no not today, pre-sale will happen in Mid-August, and the new Pro Staff racquets will go on sale at Midwest Sports tentatively, October 1st.

A whole generation of tennis players grew up with the original Wilson Pro Staff. For the next generation, the Pro Staff has been re-invented with the help of the greatest tennis player of all time – Roger Federer. A combination of an aggressive and youthful new look and re-engineered technology will inspire young players for generations to come.” -Wilson Sports

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Western & Southern Open Player Field Announcement

Cincinnati, Ohio (July 14th, 2014) - The Western & Southern Open was pleased to announce both the Men’s & Women’s tournament fields for the W&S Open which is being held from August 9th – August 17th at the Linder Family Tennis Center 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The player field announcement was held at the historic Ensemble Theater located in Over-the-Rhine in downtown Cincinnati.

The Men’s commitment list features the top 43 players in the World (rankings as of entry deadline of June 30) including the famously dubbed “Big 4″. The World’s No. 1 player Novak Djokovic, fresh off his 2nd career Wimbledon title, is looking claim the Rookwood Cup for the first time in his career and become the first player to win all nine of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 series events. The Men’s field also includes the 2014 Australian Open champion & World No. 4, Stanislas Wawrinka.  You can’t talk about the game of tennis without mentioning two of the greatest players of all time, 2013 Western & Southern Open champion, Rafael Nadal & four time (2012, ’10, ’09, ’07) Western & Southern Open Champion Roger Federer.  The Men’s field will be jammed back with great competition.

The Women’s draw will feature all of the WTA’s World Top 30 tennis players including World No.1 Serena Williams. Williams who has struggling in 2014, battling injuries and early exits from the first three major championships, is looking to capture her first title in Cincinnati. Williams will look to get into a nice hard court groove before trying to defend her 2013 U.S. Open title. The World No. 10 ranked player, Victoria Azarenka, will look to shake off her 2014 injury ridden season & defend her title at the Western & Southern Open. New comers, Genie Bouchard & Simona Halep, will look to continue make loud statements with there play at the Western & Southern Open.

The Western & Southern Open established in 1899, is the oldest professional tennis tournament in the United States that is still held in it’s original city. The W&S Open is only one of five events in the world outside of the Grand Slams with events of both ATP Tour Masters 1000 series and a Premier 5 event for the WTA occurring during the same week at the same venue.  According to a report in 2011, the Western & Southern Open produced a $62.5  million impact for the economy of Great Cincinnati through its capital expansion, tournament operations and spending by visitors outside the area.

The event will be broadcasted by the Tennis Channel, ESPN 2 and CBS to more than 60 million people in 170 countries worldwide. The Western & Southern Open is one of the last stops prior to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

 

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Eleven’s Summer 2014 Womens Aurora Collection

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New for 2014, Eleven  introduces the Summer 2014 Aurora Collection of women’s tennis apparel designed by Venus Williams . Venus Williams is a hit on and off the court with her new line of women’s tennis apparel, Eleven. Shop for great new styles and fresh, fun looks.  Check out our new Summer 2014 Aurora fashion video below.

WTA Sony Open 4th Round Results

Women’s WTA 4th Round Results (March 24th, 2014)
Serena Williams defeats Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1
Maria Sharapova defeats Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Petra Kvitova defeats Ana Ivanovic  3-6, 6-0, 6-0
Dominika Cibulkova defeats Venus Williams 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Elina Svitolina 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-2
Li Na defeats Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-2
Angelique Kerber defeats Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Caroline Wozniack defeats Vavara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-1

 

Serena Williams performs the splits during her 4th round match at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Serena Williams performs the splits during her 4th round match at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Photo Credit: Sony Open Tennis

ATP Sony Open 3rd Round Results

Men’s ATP 3rd Round Results (March 24th, 2014)
Stanislas Wawrinka defeats E. Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-4
John Isner defeats Nicolas Almargo 7-5, 6-3
Rafael Nadal defeats D. Istomin 6-1, 6-0
Tomas Berdych defeats J. Sousa 6-2, 6-4
Fabio Fognini defeats R. Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Milos Ranoic defeats G. Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2
Alexandr Dolgopolov defeats D. Lajovic 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5)
B. Becker defeats A. Bedene 6-3, 7-5

 

Sony Ericsson Open - Day 6

Rafael Nadal lunges for a ball versus Denis Istomin in the 3rd round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida.

Photo Credit: Sony Open Tennis

Sony Open Day 2 – 1st & 2nd Round Results

Men’s 1st Round Results

L. Hewitt defeats R. Haase 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Ryan Harrison defeats F. Delbonis 6-2, 6-4
Sam Querrey defeats S. Stakhovsky 7-6 (2), 6-3
R. Bautista Agut defeats S. Johnson 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Jack Sock defeats G. Pella 6-3, 6-4
D. Young defeats C. Berlocq 6-2, 6-2
E. Roger-Vasselin defeats I. Sijsling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
D. Istomin defeats N. Mahut 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2)
G. Garcia-Lopez defeats B. Klahn 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
J. Sousa defeats P. Carreno Busta 6-4, 7-6 (3)
S. Robert defeats A. Bogomolov Jr. 7-5, 6-4
Y. Lu defeats M. Mukushkin 6-1, 3-1 (Retired)
A. Bedene defeats J. Wang 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
J. Nieminen defeats B. Tomic 6-0, 6-1
L. Lacko defeats K. De Schepper 6-4, 6-4
D. Gimeno-Traver defeats K. Khachanov 6-7 (8),  6-1, 6-1

Women’s 2nd Round Results

Serena Williams defeats Y. Shvedova 7-6 (7), 6-2
C. Garcia defeats K. Zakopalova 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3)
C. Vandeweghe defeats A. Pavlyuchenkova 7-6 (7), 7-5
Samantha Stosur defeats K. Bertens 6-3, 6-2
Sara Errani defeats P. Mayr-Achleitner 6-1, 6-4
E. Makarova defeats R. Peterson 6-1, 6-1
T. Pironkova defeats S. Cirstea 6-3, 6-3
Angelique Kerber defeats S. Peng 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
Maria Sharapova defeats K. Nara 6-3, 6-4
L. Safarova defeats V. King defeats 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Kirsten Flipkens V. Razzano 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Sabine Lisicki defeats Nadia Petrova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Ana Ivanovic defeats L. Davis 6-1, 6-1
O. Govortsova defeats F. Pennetta 6-3, 6-3
D. Vekic defeats S. Kuznetsova 7-6 (5), 7-5
Petra Kvitova defeats P. Ormaechea 6-3, 6-4

 

Maria Sharapova serves to Kurumi Nara in the 2nd Round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Maria Sharapova serves to Kurumi Nara in the 2nd Round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Photo Credit ( Sony Open Photos)

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