Babolat has now partnered with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to produce a line 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 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 Drive, just to let you know that this collection is meant to have a bit of an edge to it.
The Pure Drive is updated with a bright green, white and black graphic and keeps the playability expected from this legendary model unchanged. Same for the Aeropro Team (the lightweight counterpart to Nadal’s Aeropro Drive.) Expect to get some attention on court with the look of these frames. The Team Line bag collection also gets the black and green Wimbledon treatment in the 12 racquet bag and tennis backpack 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 all-green update with Wimbledon logo and purple trim.
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.
Genie Bouchard has emerged as one of tennis’ next stars. She not only brings a sense of youth to a sport in search of a future star, but through her sponsor, Nike, Bouchard brings a great sense of style to the court. During the 2014 French Open, Bouchard has powered her way to a semifinals appearance where she will face Maria Sharapova. Bouchard, ranked 16th in the world, has now advanced to her second career Grand Slam semifinal.
The 20 year old Canadian, models some of her game after Maria Sharapova, fittingly, her outfit is from the Nike “Maria” Collection. The Nike Premier Maria Tank features a supportive built in bra in a fun contrast color, with a perforated mesh back for ultimate breathability. This top while being fitted in the bust has a body skimming aesthetic on the torso which is comfortable while playing in the summer months!
This tank is available in 3 fashionable colors; lilac, geranium and the go-to white! The Nike Maria Athlete Tank is also available in junior sizes! It can be purchased at your favorite tennis shop Midwest Sports!
Cincinnati, Ohio (August 10th, 2013) - The marquee qualifying match of the day featured 20 year old ultra talented Australian Bernard Tomic (World No. 41) vs. 30 year old crafty wild card veteran, Robby Ginepri (World No. 243). Tomic was dressed in his usual Nike duds from head to toe, sporting a yellow Nike Rally Sphere Stripe Polo with Nike White All Court 9 inch shorts. Tomic’s was also wearing the new Nike Vapor 9 Tour Men’s Tennis shoes in the white, armory navy and geyser grey colors. Tomic’s was playing with his usual Yonex VCore XI 98 tennis racquet strung with Babolat VS Thermo 16 Touch tennis string. Ginepri was dressed in Under Armour wearing Propulse 4 Men’s tennis shoes and playing with the Babolat Pure Storm GT.
During the first set both players held serve up to the seventh game of the set. Ginepri broke Tomic after Tomic committed his 3rd double fault of the set. Ginepri powered through with his serve to take a commanding 5-3 lead. Tomic held and then Robby Ginepri proceeded to take the first set 6-4 over Bernard Tomic.
Tomic serves to begin the 2nd set and comes out guns blazing with an ace followed by a lovely forehand winner. The next point Tomic hits a vintage drop shot on Ginepri. Tomic proceeded to roll through the first game effortlessly, this game really showed the talent of Tomic. Each player held serve until Ginepri broke Tomic to take a 3-2 lead. Ginepri did not look back from there and Tomic seemed to mail it in the rest of the set. Ginepri completed the match defeated Tomic 6-4, 6-2 in only 45 minutes.
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Cincinnati, Ohio (August 10th, 2013)- The Western & Southern Open officially kicked off at 10:00AM where six matches of qualifying went underway. The first session of qualifying matches featured five WTA matches and one ATP match.
On the Grandstand Court, fellow American and World No. 109 Denis Kudla faced off against the Worlds 62nd ranked player, Slovenian Grega Zemlja. Zemlja sponsored by Asics was fully decked out in Asics apparel head to toe. Zemlja shoes of choice were the Asics Gel Solution Speed featuring black and flash yellow. The Slovenian racquet of choice was the Babolat 2012 Pure Drive. His counterpart, Denis Kudla, was using a Tecnifibre TFight 325 for his racquet and he wore a Lacoste Polo with orange and black Asics Gel Solution Speed tennis shoes.
Kudla broke early in the 1st set of the match and took a 2-1 lead. After a pair of holds at 5-3, Kudla breaks Zemlja to take the first set 6-3. The start of the second set Zemlja raced to out an early leading breaking the American in the first game of the 2nd set. Zemlja did not look back from there, taking the 2nd set 6-2.
On to the third and final set, Kudla was looking to rebound after a disappointing second set. Kudola smacked one of his vintage 125MPH serves for a ace to take a 1-0 hold. After a five minute bathroom break after the fifth game of the 3rd set, the 26 year old Zemlja, starting using his experience and took a stranglehold on the match. Greg Zemlja defeated 20 year old American, Denis Kudla 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and advances on to meet Edouard Roger-Vasselin to earn a spot in the main draw of the Men’s single’s tournament.