Day 1: Western & Southern Open

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.Kudla

Western & Southern Open Player Draw

Cincinnati, Ohio (August 9th, 2013)- The Western & Southern Open announced both the men’s and women’s draw for the 2013 tournament. The tournament starts tomorrow, August 10th, at 10:00 AM. The tournament is being held at the Linder Family Tennis Center which is 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The day will feature qualifiers from both the men’s and women’s sides of the draw. These players will be competing for a first round spot in the tournament. The day will also be highlighted as “Kids Day” in which an array of tennis activities will be available for kids around the Linder Family Tennis Center complex.

Come visit our satellite store out at the Western & Southern Tournament for the latest tennis gear! Our tournament store is located East of Center Court.

Store Hours:
August 10th – 9:00AM to 6:00PM
August 11th – 17th – 10:AM to 10PM
August 18th – 10:AM to 6:00PM

Western & Southern Open Men’s Main Draw Single’s
Western & Southern Open Women’s Main Draw Single’s
Western & Southern Open Women’s Single’s Qualifying Draw

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Red vs. Blue: How are you voting?

Clearly the 2012 bid for the White House isn’t the only red and blue controversy heating up this Spring.

The new blue clay frustrated Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and others who called the TV-friendly surface slippery and dangerous. Both threatened to boycott the tournament next year if the blue clay remained.

Serena Williams isn’t buying it saying “Women are way tougher than men. That’s why we have the babies. You guys could never handle kids,” Williams told Reuters after she won the Madrid title Sunday. “We ladies don’t complain, we just do our best. On the WTA we are real performers, we are not going out there and being weenies.” Williams overpowered the top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 to win the women’s final.

Roger Federer rallied to beat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 and win the Madrid Open for a third time on Sunday. Federer had no issues with the blue clay. He was focused on Berdych who had beaten him 3 of their last five meetings.

Ion Tiriac who owns the Madrid Masters tournament said that keeping them or not for 2013 championship would be the ATP’s decision.

The blue surface has been criticized for being too slick, due to over-pressing the base in order to insure minimal bad bounces.

Midwest Sports Blog Launch

We at Midwest Sports are proud to announce that we are taking a leap forward with the launch of our company blog. We will use this blog to gain a greater understanding of our customers, but return the favor by letting our customers know the Midwest Sports team.

Midwest Sports has spent years of research and focus on providing quality tennis products and top-notch customer service. We have since become a one stop shop for everything on and off the tennis court. With the technology breakthroughs in social media platforms, we have now taken on new ways of providing more for our customers.

Goals for 2012

Our main goal for 2012 has been to create a sense of community for our already loyal customers and new customers looking for a quality service. We like to think of ourselves as a modern ma’ and pa’ shop, we not only have all the bells and whistles. But we have a knowledgeable staff who can provide real answers to real tennis issues. Midwest believes that having the right information to make the right purchase is the heart and soul of this company. We know how important it is to feel confident on the tennis court.

Whats new with Midwest?

If you did not know already Midwest Sports offers you, the customer, the ability of searching for the right products for your specific skill set. With our simple and easy to read Information center you have the all the tools you need to make that next tennis racquet, tennis shoe, or tennis bag purchase.

Here is a list of everything our Tennis Information Center features:

  • How to select the best racquet
  • Selecting the best string
  • Finding your string tension range
  • Selecting the right grip size for your racquet
  • How to replace your tennis racquets grip
  • Increasing your grip size
  • Replacing your bumper guard and grommet set
  • How to select the right tennis shoe
  • Last but not least the rules of tennis

 

Offers and Contests

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