Category Archives: Junior tennis

Congratulations to All Time Grand Slam title leader, Roger Federer!!

Roger Federer 2009 Wimbledon Champion

Roger Federer 2009 Wimbledon Champion

We salute Roger on his 15th Grand Slam title.
What an epic match and a great day in tennis history!!
Congratulations Roger Federer!!!

 

Wilson On the Rise player Melanie Oudin

Thought you might find this kinda cool or cute.

This was filmed prior to the start of the main draw.

Life is full of surprises! I believe Melanie has done a good job of surprising a few people when she defeated Jankovic!!

Go Melanie!

Wilson On the Rise Players Levine and Oudin Hit Career Firsts to Keep US Hopes Alive

Wilson On the Rise Players Jesse Levine and Melanie Oudin Hit Career Firsts to Keep US hopes Alive

 

 

Wilson On the Rise players Jesse Levine and Melanie Oudin will be in Wimbledon action on Saturday June 27, 2009. Both facing seeded players, Jesse and Melanie will need to continue their streak of big upsets to keep US hopes alive.

 

After making his way through qualifying, Jesse Levine has had his most rewarding tournament to date, reaching the 3rd round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. The 21 year old lefty Jesse used his [K]Six-One 95 racket to dismantle the always dangerous 14th seed Safin in four sets. On Thursday, after being up two sets to love, Levine defeated Cuevas in a thrilling five set match. Jesse will now take now on 19th seed Wawrinka.

 

Using her [K]Blade Tour, Melanie Oudin has reached the 3rd round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. Melanie has already spent quite a bit of time on court, winning three rounds in qualifying and grinding out a total of 13 sets to date. Coming back from behind, Oudin defeated 29th seed Bammer 64 46 62 and then overcame Shvedova 36 62 64. Melanie now faces Jankovic.

 

“Jesse and Melanie have already had some success at the tour level, but we are excited about them reaching this Grand Slam career milestone,” said Adam Schaechterle, Wilson Tour Manager Americas. “We look forward to supporting them as they contend for titles in the years to come.”

 

For more information and interviews with Levine and Oudin

Melanie Oudin Interview

Melanie Oudin Wilson On the Rise Profile

Jesse Levine Interview

Jesse Levine and coach Sergeant General Keith

Wimbledon June 27, 2009 Singles Schedule

Jesse Levine vs. Wawrinka

Melanie Oudin vs. Jankovic

Venus Williams vs. Carla Suarez Navarro

Philipp Petzschner vs. Hewitt

Flavia Pennetta vs. Mauresmo

 

Searching for Roger Federer….at Roehampton?

Renaud and I were on the search to find the next great big talent. Sometime about  12 years ago there were racket companies,  clothing companies and agents that thought Roger Federer was the next “Roger Federer”.

Renaud and Adam spend countless hours at junior tournaments, following junior results, speaking to parents and coaches, trying to find out who has the potential to reach the Top 10.  It is not an easy task.

So Renaud and I were at Roehampton, which is about 15 minutes away from the All England Club and we saw two events at the same time, the semifinals round of the warm up event and Wimby qualifying for juniors.

You would be surprised how many agents and companies are at these events.  I like to compare it to a bar atmostphere….everyone is checking out the talent, everyone does a lap to make sure they are not missing anything, and then you go into speak to the one you find the most attractive. 

So what did we find? Well, let me say that Renaud definitely is the king of scouting!! Sorry Adam!! :)

There were some good prospects that we will keep our eye on.

Also, we were able to catch up with some of our players like Evan King, Kristina Mladenovic, Yannick Reuter, Eugenie Bouchard and Augustin Velotti.

Wimbledon Junior main draw starts tomorrow

 

Kristina Mladenovic serving it up

Kristina Mladenovic serving it up

 

Eugenie Bouchard in Wimby Juniors qualy action

Eugenie Bouchard in Wimby Juniors qualy action

 

Renaud searching for the next RF

Renaud searching for the next RF

 

2009 French Open Doubles Champ Dino Marcan stopped by the Wimby house. Nice Eco Pro Tour bag!

2009 French Open Doubles Champ Dino Marcan stopped by the Wimby house. Nice Eco Pro Tour bag!

Wimbledon Day ????

Yesterday was extremely busy for the tour team.  We started the day off speaking about the 2010 apparel strategy with Claire, Wilson’s Global Apparel Director. It was great to see what we have lined up for 2010 and to have an open discussion of the team’s goal.

After we went to watch a lot of matches and it was great to see Roger Federer, Mardy Fish, Serena Williams, Sorana Cirstea and Philip Kohlschreiber make it through to the next round.

Then it was back to the house to distribute some player product and do some short interviews.

Jesse Levine (check out the interview below with his coach), Monica Niculescu, Andrei Pavel, Horia Tecau, Kristina Kucova, and a ton more people came to pick up some equipment. The line of the day: “Can I get more Pro Overgrip?”  Seems like that stuff goes like candy!!!

Nathalie Dechy also came by with her husband to say hello after they were shopping in the Wimby village and while she was here we asked her to answer a few questions.

So here it is:

WilsonTT: Why do you enjoy Wimbledon?

Nathalie: Because it’s the best tournament in the world!!!

WilsonTT: What do you think of the new stadium roof?

Nathalie: This year it’s uselesss because right now it’s so hot!!!

WilsonWTT: You’ve had great success in doubles, tell us what makes a great doubles player.

Nathalie: Making sure you have a good relationship with your partner is very important

Wilson WTT: You have played Mixed Doubles with fellow Wilson team member Andy Ram this year and we want some insight to Andy….

Nathalie: What can I say? Andy is the nicest guy I’ve ever played with and he is fun to be with on the court. He always has a lot of engery and is jumping around like a cat. I just love playing with him!

Wilson TT: And what is good about being on the Wilson team?

Nathalie: Wilson has great products and they look good too!!!

Nathalie Dechy hanging at the Wilson Wimbledon house

Nathalie Dechy hanging at the Wilson Wimbledon house

Wilson Players Heat Up Wimbledon

On a sunny English day, Wilson Tour Team players heated it up at the All England Club.

There was no shortage of Wilson players that moved onto the second round of Wimbledon and here are some of the notable first round wins for Wilson:

 

After making his way through qualifying, Jesse Levine used his [K]Six-One 95 to defeat the always dangerous Safin. Jesse used his wheels to defeat the 14th seeded Russian and will take on Cuevas 2nd round.

 

 

Swinging her [K]Blade Team, Rosanna De Los Rios defeated former WTA Tour world #7 Nicole Vaidisova 64 67 64. In the 2nd round, Rosanna will play #1 seed Safina.

 

 

Using her [K[Six-One 95, Carla Suarez Navarro took out fellow Wilson player and 25th seed Kaia Kanepi in a tough fought three set match 46 63 63. Next round, Carla looks to top fellow Wilson player Ekaterina Makarova.

 

 

Continuing her good form, Wilson On the Rise player Melanie Oudin played with her [K]Blade Tour to defeat #25 seed Bammer 46 64 62. Melanie will play Shvedova 2nd round.

 

 

After getting into the draw as a lucky draw, Kristina Kucova used her [K]Tour to defeat Nakamura in three sets 26 63 63. Kristina, the 2007 US Open Junior Champion, will now take on Mauresmo.

 

 

GO WILSON TEAM!!!!

 

Jesse LEvina and his K Six-One 95 racket

Jesse Levine and his K Six-One 95 racket

 

Also check out the interview we did with Sorana Cirstea today.

 

 

Tomorrow will be busy again. We have to meet about with our Wilson Apparel Director, Claire O and talk about 2010.

Check out our current apparel line http://www.wilson.com/apparel/index.html 

We’ll also have Mahesh Bhupathi stopping by the house to do a short interview.

We will try to get everything online ASAP!!

Have a great night!

Wilson Tour Team

Wimbledon continues to get busier

Today will be pretty busy.

Of course, we have a ton of players that have matches today. Venus is  first up on center, Juan Martin Del Potro, Michael Llodra has to complete his match from yesterday after being called for darkness, Taylor Dent who qualified is in action, Igor Kunitsyn plays Dimitrov, Jelena Dokic takes on Malek, and many more……

Massimo has a meeting with Roger Federer’s agent, Tony. They will be discussing some cool things that we want to line up in the event he continues to break records.

I will be shooting some video with Sorana Cirstea this morning  at the house and should be fun.

Renuad will be on site all day, checking out our players and searching for some more talent.

We will post some photos later today.  And here is an interview we did with Philipp Kohlschreiber after his win yesterday.

Have a good one!

Tracy

ps Q38 rocks

Roger Federer 2009 Roland Garros Singles Champion Posters

What do you think of these Roger Federer posters?

Check out these and many other Wilson wallpapers you can download at Wilson.com Click here 

I will be on my way to Wimby on Thursday, so there will be a lot more news to come.

Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!!

Tracy :)

14 Time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer

14 Time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer

 

 

Roger Federer 14 time Grand Slam Champion

Roger Federer 14 time Grand Slam Champion

 

Roger Federer 2009 Roland Garros Singles Champion

Roger Federer 2009 Roland Garros Singles Champion

Wilson Junior Players Rise to the Occasion at Roland Garros

 

Daniel Berta 2009 Roland Garros Boys Singles Champion

Daniel Berta- 2009 Roland Garros Boys Singles Champion

Wilson was well represented during the junior trophy ceremonies at Roland Garros.

As Roger Federer was in his quest to make history on Court Philippe Chatrier, Wilson On the Rise players Kristina Mladenovic, Daniel Berta, Elena Bogdan, and Dino Marcan were showing their skills on Court Suzanne Lenglen at Roland Garros.

16 year old Kristina Mladenovic used her [K]Tour racket to take Girls’ Singles title with flair as she did not drop a single set along the way and defeated Gavrilova 6-3 6-2 in the final.

Swedish teenager Daniel Berta used his [K]Six-One 95 racket to take home the Boys Singles title after defeating Mina in a hard fought 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 final.

Kristina Mladenovic- 2009 Roland Garros Girls Singles Champion

Kristina Mladenovic- 2009 Roland Garros Girls Singles Champion

Using his [K]Blade 98, Dino Marcan and partner Draganja volleyed their way to the Boys Doubles title after defeating  [K]Blade Tour player Guiherme Clezar and partner Huang 63 62 in the final.

Wilson [K]Tour player Elena Bogdan and partner Lertcheewakarn defeat Babos and Watson in a nail biter 10-8 third set super tiebreaker to win the Girls Doubles title.

“Roland Garros was a successful event for our Wilson On the Rise team. We have some outstanding juniors and we are excited to watch them continue to develop their game to become our next tour stars,” states Global Tour Director Massimo Calvelli.

To highlight Wilson’s top juniors and prospects under the age of 21, Wilson has created a new section of the Wilson website called Wilson On the Rise. Wilson On the Rise players are Wilson’s top junior players and prospects under the age of 21.

Check out links to Wilson On the Rise profiles below

 

Elena Bogdan and Lertcheewakarn- 2009 Roland Garros Girls Doubles Champions

Elena Bogdan and Lertcheewakarn- 2009 Roland Garros Girls Doubles Champions

Dino Marcan and Draganja- 2009 Roland Garros Boys Doubles Champions

Dino Marcan and Draganja- 2009 Roland Garros Boys Doubles Champions

(Photos by Getty Images)

For Wilson On the Rise player profiles click below:

Girls

Simona Halep

Elena Bogdan

Kristina Mladenovic

Arantxa Rus

Anastasia Pivovarova

Melanie Oudin

Laura Robson

Madison Keys

Ajla Tomljanovic

 

Boys

Mirza Basic

Julian Obry

Filip Krajinovic

Tsung-Hua Yang

Alexandros-Fernindinandos Georgoudas

Adrien Puget

Pablo Carreno Busta

Andrey Kuznetsov