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Serena Williams takes 16th Grand Slam title with Wilson Blade

Serena Williams serves up her 16th Grand Slam win with the Wilson Blade

Serena Williams serves up her 16th Grand Slam win with the Wilson Blade

WTA World #1 Serena Williams wins her 16th Grand Slam title, defeating Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 for the Roland Garros title. The two-time French Open champ was in control with her Wilson Blade tennis racket throughout the tournament, only dropping one set en route to the title.

“It’s great to get the win here in Paris,” said Serena Williams. “Wilson has been with me every step of the way and I can’t imagine playing with anything else. The Blade gives me the feel I need to stay in control of every point. It feels great to win here again!”

Williams has been on a tear in the past year, winning her 5th Wimbledon title, taking home two Olympic Gold medals to complete the career Slam and regain the #1 ranking on the WTA. Williams also had a 26-0 start to the 2013 season, marking the best start to a season since 1997 (Hingis) and set a new singles season prize money record of $7,923,920.

“Serena’s results over the last 12 months have been amazing,” stated Wilson General Manager, Jon Muir. “All of us at Wilson continue to be proud of Serena and her ongoing career achievements on the court.”

Wilson Blade was designed for hard hitting, aggressive players. It’s a control racket for the modern, aggressive game and upgraded with Amplifeel for enhanced feel and a new construction for increased performance. As the choice of many tour and Next Gen players, the Blade is the future of control.

For more on the Wilson Blade: http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/rackets/blade-104/

Wilson Q&A with Sorana Cirstea

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Sorana Cirstea is a great player to watch – from her volleys and groundstrokes to her social media presence. In fact, Bleacher Report named Cirstea (@sorana_cirstea) “one of the 25 tennis players you have to follow on Twitter.” We agree! That’s why we asked her Twitter fans to tweet in and participate in our Sorana Cirstea Q&A. Read on to find out what’s streaming through Sorana’s headphones and what her proudest moment as a tennis player has been thus far.

Wilson: What’s the thing you can’t live without when you travel?
Sorana Cirstea: I cant leave without my credit card….as long as I have that I’m all good to go:)

W: What’s playing on your ipod right now?  
SC: Right now I have this little obssesion for Jamie Woon and his songs, expecially Lady Luck…and another artist that im crazy about at the moment is Low Deep T with his song Casablanca, Big Love and many more

W: What is your proudest moment to date as a tennis player?
SC: My proudest moment in tennis…for that I will probablly have to go back in time when I won Orange Bowl at 13 years old and became world champion under 14 that year. I’ve never felt such joy and I’ve never experiance such pure euphoria. I was an innocent kid that felt like she could move mountains if she wanted to…in time i learned to control my feeling so i stoped myself from feeling too excited or going to places of such euphoria, so I will probablly never feel again that naïve happiness.

W: What advice would you give to young players who want to go pro?
SC: I get this question a lot, what advice i would give to young kids…They have to understand that there is no magic formula here. Everything is based on hard work and discipline. But as a tip I would say the earlier they set straight their priorities in life the faster they will succeed….

Questions from @Sorana_Cirstea’s Twitter Fans: 

@SoranaNews: What place would you like to visit on your next vacation?
SC: I have this liitle dream for a while to go in a safari on holidays, so hopefully I’ll manage to have time at some point and go there…If not, NY is always on my mind :)

@Ncaselin: What is your favorite memory of 2012?
My favourite memory of 2012 will probablly have to be from my November holiday this year. I’ve spent 10 amazing days in Milan and London…

Wilson Racquet Sports Sponsors 50th Orange Bowl Tournament

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Wilson Racquet Sports, a division of leading sports equipment manufacturer Wilson Sporting Goods  is proud to serve as official ball sponsor of this year’s Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, which begins this week in Coral Gables, Fla., and runs through December 23. This year’s tournament has received a record number of over 1,300 competitor applicants aged 14 and under, attracting the most promising young tennis stars from around the globe.

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a classic tennis tournament that draws boys and girls from as far away as Russia and Japan, as well as hometown locals,” said Renaud Vallon, global tour director for Wilson. “The Orange Bowl continuously produces top notch talent and proves to be a fundamental tournament in helping future tennis professionals. We are excited to be a part of this process.”

 This year’s players to watch include Wilson top juniors and recent winners of the Eddie Herr International, Dominique Schaefer (U.S.), winner of the Girls 12’s Singles title and Mariya Shishkina (U.S.), winner of the Girls 14’s Singles title. Wilson head to toe player Bogdan Borza (Romania), who is currently the European under 14’s Boys Singles Champion will be an exciting prospect to follow, as will last year’s 12 and under Junior Orange Bowl runner up Chan Yeong Oh (Korea) and Florida native Noah Makarome, the current number two ranked player in the U.S. in boys 12 and under.

Past alumni of the Orange Bowl Championship boasts an impressive list, including Wilson players Juan Martin Del Potro, Justine Henin and Chris Evert, as well as past and current ATP and WTA stars.

 

 

And so Wimbledon begins

Lukas Lacko swings his WIlson Blade 98 BLX into the main draw of Wimbledon

Hey all,

Well, officially Day 1 of  Wimbledon has ended. And in a shocking twist, it was cut short due to rain…. ;) ok, not so shocking.

With her Wilson Blade Team BLX racquet, Venus made a successful return with a straight set win and Wilson Next Gen’r Ksenia Pervak  used her Tour BLX racquet to pull the upset over #22 seed Peer.

Tennis has actually been going on for a week with qualies action. What separates Wimbledon from the other Grand Slams is that qualies is played at another club called Roehampton, about 20 minutes away from the All England Club.

It’s not the same….yes, the court conditions at Roehampton have been compared to cow pastures and are not anywhere close to the level of the All England Club…. it’s far from luxurious.

Putting some tennis court lines, a net and a fence, hardly make it great conditions to play in.

With this being said, all the more credit to those players who win three straight matches to make it to the main draw of the most prestigious Grand Slam.

Here are out players that made their way through and managed to make it to the big, big, big show!!

Good luck Wilson team!!

Until later, Tracy

Qualified

Andreas Beck- Six.One 95 BLX

Frank Dancevic- Wilson Exclusive – Blade 98 BLX

Lukas Lacko- Blade 98 BLX

Flavio Cipolla- Six.One 95 BLX

Maria Erakovic- Blade 98 BLX

Kristyna Pliskova- Blade Team

Igor Sijsling- Six.One 95 BLX

Lucky Losers

Stephanie Dubois- Wilson Exclusive

Stephanie Foretz- Blade 98 Pink BLX

 

Venus Williams swings her Wilson Blade Team BLX to victory

Day 8- Paris 2011

Well, for me, I have wrapped up another year at the French Open.

The rest of the Tour Team will still be here as there is still tons of work to be done. The juniors start this weekend and we are always interested in finding our NEXT Wilson team member…… For most Grand Slams are the time to enjoy great tennis and for the Tour Team, this is where the serious work gets done…..we get to see all our players, their agents and make sure we are set up for the months and years to come.

It is always great to visit Paris, get some work done and even manage to catch up with old friends. ;)

For a few years, I have been chomping to hit balls at the Arc de Triomphe and yesterday we managed to make it happen!!

Definitely, something to remember. We also wanted to get other people involved, so Clement started approaching people so had some funny reactions! :) Check out the video of our day around the city!

I hope you enjoyed our UStreams and updates on Twitter and Facebook and we look forward to continuing to share a behind the scenes look at Wilson and pro tennis.

Until next Wednesday, Tracy

Wilson Next Gen players continue to rise in the ranks

Wilson Next Gen players continue to rise in the ranks

Thomaz Bellucci plays with the Wilson Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet

Wilson’s next generation of tour players are ready to make their presence felt on tour.

This week, Thomaz Bellucci swung his Wilson Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet to reach his first ATP World Tour Masters Series series semifinal after having back to back Top 10 wins over Murray and Berdych.

Swinging his Wilson Tour BLX racquet, Kei Nishikori is at a career high #46 on ATP World Tour, assisted by a finals appearance in Houston and reaching the Round of 16 in Barcelona.

Grigor Dimitrov is at a career high #66 on the ATP World Tour. Playing with his Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racquet, Grigor has made great strides, reaching his first ATP World Tour quarterfinals in Munich.

Serving it up with his Wilson Blade 98, Milos Raonic finds himself one step closer to the Top 20. After reaching the semifinals of Estoril and improving his 2011 match record to 23-8, Milos is now at a career high #25 on the ATP World Tour.

“It’s fantastic to see our young players start to find their groove,” said Wilson Global Tour Director Renaud Vallon. “It’s coming at an exciting time leading into the French Open and we hope to see them amaze some people.”

To learn more about Wilson Next Gen….go to: http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/next-gen/intro/

And join us on Wilson Facebook: www.facebook.com/wilsontennis

Kei Nishikori plays with the Wilson Tour BLX tennis racquet

Grigor Dimitrov plays with the Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racquet

 

Milos Raonic plays with the Wilson Blade 98

Milos Raonic answers your Facebook fan questions

Milos Raonic plays with the Wilson Blade 98 tennis racquet

Milos Raonic is now one of the Top 50 players on the ATP Tour. Milos became the first Canadian to win a singles title in 16 years after taking home the SAP Open title in San Jose less than a month ago. He followed that win with a finals appearance in San Jose and beating World #9 Verdasco for the second consecutive week. Milos now finds himself at a career high #37 on the ATP Tour rankings, making him the highest ranked Canadian player in history. There is no doubt he is one of the most exciting players on tour right now.

We caught up with Milos to get some of your Facebook fan questions answered:

Bobby Bernstein asks: In your training have you used video?  And yes, what have you done with it and how has it helped you?Thanks. Keep up the good work. 

Milos: I do use video analysis a lot, to analyze myself and my opponents, I also use it to see where I can improve technically and my footwork 

John Paul Bohol asks: Who inspires you most? 

Milos: My family, they have always been there for me and supported me, also my idol growing up was Pete Sampras.

Jack Doyle  asks: If you could play doubles with any other tennis player, who would it be? 

Milos: Simply Sampras

Ryan Goring asks: I’m a parent and have 2 young sons that want to play the sport. Were your parents a big influence in your tennis life? and how did you start to play this beautiful game? 

Milos: Yeah they were a very big influence from the beginning they would drive me to all my practices and tournaments no matter how rediculous the time. And I started tennis casually because I was very into athletics and I started with only the ball machine at 6 am before school and 9 at night because that’s when court fees were the cheapest.

Mariska Oosterhuis asks: What other Wilson player would you like to play against, who you haven’t played before? 

Milos: Roger Federer 

Nataša Backović asks: Are you coming back to Montenegro? :) We want you to!

Milos: Yes, I love going to Montenegro, and I will come there for vacation and to see my family.                                                                                 

Ricardito Gorostiaga asks: When are you switching to the BLX?

Milos: As soon as possible. I tried the rackets and I love the stabilty and feel from the new BLX line, yet the racket offers the same comfort and pop as the previous line.

Milos Raonic captures his first ATP Tour title

Inside Wilson Next Gen…………Henrik Wiersholm

Henrik Wiersholm and his Wilson Blade 98 BLX

Henrik Wiersholm was victorious at the world famous Les Petits As junior tournament! Using his Wilson Blade 98 tennis racket, Henrik defeated fellow Wilson player Bogdan Borza , 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in the final.

We caught up with the upcoming American player and asked him a few questions to get to know him a bit better. Here’s what Henrik had to say.

What was the coolest thing about playing Les Petits As?

Henrik:  You are treated like a professional (they provide lodging, transportation, player’s lounge etc.) and you play in front of large crowds – and kids ask for autographs.

Who is your tennis idol?

Henrik:  Roger Federer
 

If you could play a doubles match w/ anyone dead or alive, who would be the 3 people?

Henrik:  Roger Federer, John McEnroe and Bob Bryan

 

What is the best song to get pumped before a match?

Henrik:  Black and Yellow

 

What is the worst trouble you have ever gotten into?

Henrik:  A couple of years ago I threw my racquet into the back fence.  Unfortunately – or in retrospect, fortunately – my coach, Dan Willman, saw it and immediately told me to pack my gear and leave.  I was not allowed to come back for a few of days – and then only after I finished a ton of sprints.

What do you love about your Wilson racket?
Henrik:  The Blade has feel and at the same time has quite a bit of pop.

 

Inside Wilson’s Next Gen….David Goffin

Twenty-year-old David Goffin qualified and reached the the second round of the Aircel Chennai Open by defeating  world #108Devvarman 6-2, 6-4, marking his first ATP Tour win. Goffin, a former top ten junior in the world is a player to watch. We sat down with David to ask him a few questions and get to know this rising star. 

Getting to know David Goffin…….

What shot feels most natural to you?

I like hitting my backhand down the line.

Do you have a nickname?

La Goff

What is your favorite type of chocolate?

I prefer white chocolate.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to be at the top of the sport competing for Grand Slams.  I have a lot of work to do but that is where I would like to see myself in five years.

What do you love about your Wilson Blade 98 tennis racket?

I feel like my Blade gives me the perfect balance of power and control.  I feel comfortable playing from the anywhere on the court and I think a lot of that has to do with my racquet.

What is the best part of being on the Wilson Team?

Being part of the Wilson team is a great honor because so many good players present and past have used the Red W.  I feel like I am and can be a part of that prestigious history.  It is pretty cool to think about.

Wilson Next Gen player Dimitrov continues his climb with BLX

Grigor Dimitrov plays with the Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racket

Wilson Next Gen player Dimitrov continues his climb with BLX

Grigor Dimitrov swung his Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racket to reach the finals of the ATP Challenger in Orleans, France to achieve a career high rank and make him the youngest player in the Top 120 on the ATP World Tour.
It has been another great week of tennis for Dimitrov, as he defeated ATP Tour World #73 Lacko and scored a big semifinals win over ATP Tour World #32 Michael Llodra, before being edged out by  Nicolas Mahut 2-6 7-6 7-6 in the final.
Powered by his Wilson BLX racket, Dimitrov’s Orleans results marks his seventh final of the year and brings him one step closer to reaching his year end goal of Top 100.
“Grigor is an amazing talent and has often been touted as the ‘Next Roger Federer.’ Those are high expectations,” said Wilson Global Director Massimo Calvelli. “It’s really nice to see Grigor start coming into himself and mold his own game. The possibilities are endless for Grigor and the Wilson Team looks forward to continuing to help him reach his goals.”
Dimitrov will play the Eckental ATP Tour Challenger next week.

Check out this fun trick shot video with Grigor: