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.”

Change was on! Roger wanted to get #Betterer

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.

 

Player Field announcment

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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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Men’s ATP Sony Open Day 1 – 1st Round Results

Men’s 1st Round Results

M. Baghdatis defeats S. Giraldo 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
J. Chardy defeats J. Monaco 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (5)
A. Mannarino defeats N. Davydenko 6-4, 7-5
H. Zeballos defeats D. Goffin 7-5, 6-3
M. Ebden defeats L. Kubot 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
R. Stepanek defeats D. Brands 6-3, 6-0
D. Thiem defeats L. Rosol 7-6 (6), 6-4
I. Karlovic defeats P. Mathieu 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)
J. Benneteau defeats K. Edmund 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2
T. Gabashvili defeats M. Granollers 6-4, 6-3
A. Gonzalez defeats M. Jaziri 7-6 (9), 6-1
M. Matosevic defeats M. Falla 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6)
A. Montanes defeats M. Przysiezny 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3
J. Vesely defeats F. Volandri 6-4, 7-6 (1)
T. de Bakker defeats V. Hanescu 6-3, 6-2
I. Dodig defeats A. Golubev 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

 

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Marco Baghdatis hitting a forehand against Santiago Giraldo in the 1st round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida.

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BNP Paribas Open Championship

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3). This was Djokovic’s first title of 2014, & 3rd BNP Paribas Open of his career.

Federer still leads the all-time series between the two 17-16.  Djokovic leaves Indian Wells with a $1 Million check & will remain #2 in the World. Federer has played splendid tennis in 2014, and will rise to #5 in the world.

On the women’s side Flavia Pennetta captured the biggest win of her career after she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1. Radwanska tried to battle through injury, but obviously her play was not on Pennetta’s level. This was Pennetta’s 10th career victory and she will rise from 21st in the world to 12th.

 

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