Well , the Davis Cup has come and gone but not without some history being made. For the first time ever, Canada has won a tie in the World group and moves into the quarterfinals against Italy. Although Spain didn’t bring their so called A-team, it was a fantastic weekend of tennis for Canada beating Spain 3-2. Some of you may feel that Canada’s win was a bit tainted but I would respond with the fact that they deserved to win no matter what team Spain put out. If Spain thought that they could roll in here with that group of players and win, they got what they deserved. Somewhat arrogant on their part. All of the Canadian team were fantastic not only in their success but in every aspect of their character, dignity and enthusiasm. It was a proud day to be a Canadian tennis player. Bring on the next victim, oops, I mean opponent. I truly will be wearing my red and white with pride. GO CANADA GO!!! The future is very bright. Watch for it in April 2013!!
With all the new rackets, shoes, and clothing coming out now, it may prove to be a very exciting and colorful year. All the test results so far have been fantastic. In rackets, the general direction has been leaning towards offering you more control as most may realize that it is easier to hit the ball out the back of the court than to keep it inside the baseline. All the companies including, Wilson, Babolat, and Head have done a fantastic job with improving their lineups improving shock absorption and stability making it easier on your arm during impact. They, particularly Wilson, have also come out with new string patterns to allow you to create more spin without sacrificing control or feel of the ball. And for those of you who can’t live without your old Ti S6, Head has come out with a new version that may allow you to retire your old one. It’s time to move on. Really, it is hard to make a bad choice these days but let us help you with that decision . Test drive a few with our demo program and I think you will see what I mean. Guaranteed!
In clothing if you watched any of the Australian open, it was hard not to see a lot of yellow both in the men and women. The colours are bright and styles are I bit more fitted but not all. Not all of us can look like Maria or Roger so there are plenty of items to choose from. The big difference is the comfort of the new fabrics and styles. I can honestly say that the clothing is great to play in and I could never go back to that old stuff. As with all the other gear, there is a lot of technology that goes into the design that most of us don’t really appreciate but once you wear it you will agree. You also won’t go back.
The footwear you will see is also more colorful and there is a lot to choose from. Fit and comfort is foremost but it is hard not to look for style. And now you can get both. New Balance has come out with some new shoes to compliment their newly sponsored tour player, Milos Raonic. It is called the 996 and is available in both mens and womens models. This should be a great addition to what is already an incredible lineup. Nike and Adidas have definitely kept to the front and center of the tennis world by coming out with a dark grey and pink men’s Vapor 9 Tour and also a bright orange Court Ballistic 4.3 while releasing a new Vapor 9 Tour for women in white and yellow. The color is nice to see when we have quite a few mainly white tennis clubs (No restriction on shoes!). Adidas has also kept up with the new colors of both the men’s and women’s Barricades. Although not quite as tough as the old original, the new versions are far more friendly to your feet out of the box compared to the older styles. But still one of the more durable shoes on the market so for those of you who tend to burn through shoes, the Barricade is a great option.
The first grandslam is over and not too much of a surprise that Novak Djokovic won the men’s side but a much bigger surprise was the last 2 rounds of the women’s event. The semifinals pitted defending champion Victoria Azarenka against a new face in Stephanie Sloane. That was quite a match that ended with a lot of gamesmanship from Azarenka. It was extremely unfair and was handled very poorly. Azarenka was up but was starting to get tight and was really pressing. This was causing her to make a lot of errors enabling Sloane to come back. This resulted in Azarenka calling for the trainer and an injury time out. This timeout should have been only 3 minutes but went on for 10. All the momentum that Stephanie Sloane had was gone and Azarenka proceeded to close it out. Total gamesmanship and poor officiating. After that, the final was anti-climactic with Azarenka taking out Li Na in straight sets. In the end though, it was great to see some new and young faces coming through which bodes well for the future of the game. Next up, Indian Wells. I know that a lot of you will be attending that one.
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