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Meet Wilson Premier Coach Angel Lopez

Wilson Premier Coach Angel Lopez with student Brandon Nakashima at the Angel Lopez Tennis Academy in San Diego

You’ve seen the pros using Wilson tennis rackets and gear, but we’re dedicated to developing coaches and the next generation of young tennis players too. Wilson is helping to grow tennis by supporting and sponsoring key coaches that are making a difference within the industry. A big part of how we do that happens behind the scenes and out of the public eye, but it’s an effort that we really believe in and would love to share with you! We’d like to start by introducing you to some of our coaches and young players who grind it out every day. You’ll get to know some of them over the next few months and hopefully get a little insider insight into the game.

Today, meet accomplished tennis professional and Wilson coach, Angel Lopez. Angel heads up the Angel Lopez Tennis Academy at the beautiful San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club and was nice enough to answer a few questions for us.

Wilson: How old were you when you started playing tennis?

Angel: 17. I started late because I grew up in a poor Hispanic and African American neighborhood. My coach was Pancho Segura who was also Jimmy Connors’ coach. I became pretty good pretty fast and ended up playing for San Diego Junior College which was ranked number 1 in Southern California. I eventually received a full tennis scholarship to University of Arizona

W: When did you begin coaching?

A: I coached pro tour from 1989 until 2000. From 89-90, I coached Zina Garrison from #11 to #4 on WTA. I coached her again in 1994 and ’95. I also coached Kelly Jones who was #1 in the ATP doubles in ’92. He reached #81 in ATP Singles. Others were Angelica Gavaldon, Lupita Novelo, Alexandra Stevenson, Tami Whitlinger-Jones.

W: What award or accomplishment are you most proud of so far in your career?

A: There are four big ones. The USOC Coach of the Year award in 1999, USPTA International Professional of the Year in 1995, PTR International Pro of the Year in 2005 , and World Team Tennis Coach of the Year in 1994.

W: What’s your overall approach to teaching tennis?

A: I get in the students’ world. I like to find out how the student works from the inside out, not the outside in. Everyone is different – the kids who seem quiet on the outside, are often the ones who are most competitive.

W: What’s your favorite shot?

A: Volleys – I have good hands at the net. I actually won the world ITF Senior 55 Mixed Doubles Championships this year.

W: What advice you would you give to young players who want to go pro someday?

A: Get a good education. It’s great to have the dream of beig a pro, but few people make it. You can strive for it, but make sure you have a good education to fall back on.

To find out more about Angel or his tennis academy, visit www.sdtrc.com/tennis/angel-lopez/

Wilson Juniors into Roland Garros Quarterfinals

Wilson junior team is finding success on the red clay of Roland Garros.
4 boys and 3 girls quarterfinalists.
Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova appearance marks the first time a Wilson Exclsuive girl reaches the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.
MORE WIN.

Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova- Wilson Exclusive: Wilson Steam: Trance Vision: Power Play tank & skirt

Katerina Siniakova- Wilson Six.One Team

Alexandra Kiick- Wilson Blade 98 Pink

Adam Pavlasek- Wilson Blade 98

 

Filip Peliwo- Wilson Blade 98

Max De Vroome- Wilson Six.One 95

Kyle Edmund- Wilson Six.One 95

Wilson Next Gen Men On the Rise

Start getting to know these guys names. They are the future of Wilson Tennis.

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Playing a big all court game with his Wilson Six.One 95, 21 year old Vasek Pospisil reaches the Top 100 on the ATP World Tour for the 1st time this week after winning the ATP Challenger in Rimouski.

 

 

 

 

Armed with his Wilson Blade 98, 21 year old David Goffin reaches a career high #112 on the ATP World Tour after qualifying to reach the 2nd round of Miami and defeating world #46 Young, followed by winning the ATP Challenger in Guadeloupe.

 

 

 

 

After reaching the finals of the Australian Open Boys Singles in January, 18 year old Filip Peliwo continues his climb up the rankings. Swinging his Wilson Blade 98, Filip reached the semifinals of the ATP Challenger in Rimouski to reach a career high 581 on the ATP Tour after just 6 tournaments and is currently ranked #6 on the ITF Junior rankings.

 

 

 

 

Rhyne Williams is the newest member to the Wilson team. 21 year old Rhyne had a successful junior and collegiate career at Tennessee, reaching the NCAA Singles final in 2011 and now looks to take those abilities to the tour. Using his Wilson Blade 98, Rhyne has already won two futures titles and made his way through qualifying at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells to reach a current career high 369 on the ATP Tour in just 4 months.

Listen to Kei Nishikori’s pre-match playlist

What do player’s do to get psyched up for a match? Listen some of their favorite songs and chill before getting ready to own the court.

Check out Kei’s Top songs on his iPod right now and if you haven’t check it out already, watch Kei & Ike in MORE PREP.

Music, Memories & Tennis Players

Grigor Dimitrov, DJ Matt Roan & E Six

Happy Memorial Day to all our American Wilson Tennis people out there!

Thank you to all the great men and women who have served our great country & protect our freedom.

Ok, so it’s 80 degrees and Chicago is coming alive! We hit the courts today (almost passed out, but whatever!) and it started getting me a bit nostalgic of the times I spent on court, all the tournaments, off court shenanigans, the matches I played, the memories that are built around tennis. It seems to me with every great memory or moment, I can always recall a song that reminds me of that time in my life.

A trip to Italy when I was 16, playing French warm up tournaments in Santa Croce listening to Dr.Dre & Led Zep before matches (weird combo, I know)……watching one of my friends have to squat a bike rack cause the coach was unhappy she lost to Clijsters (he said she sucked, ha) and I was listening to Tom Petty laughing…

You get the idea…..now since we are deep into the French Open and leading into the summer, Wimby ahead….we wanted to share with you a great Summer Vacation Mix by our friends at Crossfader King & Dj Matt Roan.

Download it here!!! Make your own moments with this great mix.

Hope your summer is filled with great memories, aces and thunderous beats!

Until later, Tracy

No doubt, the boys had fun shooting this video as much as I did! :)

In case you haven’t seen this yet, Wilson Next Gen’r Grigor Dimitrov & Crossfader King get it spinnin!

BE NEXT- Win $500 of Wilson Tennis gear!!

 

Inside Wilson Next Gen……..Arantxa Rus answers Facebook fan questions

Arantxa Rus celebrates her win over Clijsters with her Wilson Tour BLX racquet in hand

 

 

Arantxa Rus swung her Wilson Tour BLX tennis racquet to have the best win over her career, defeating world #2 Clijsters to reach the third round of Roland Garros.

The 20 year old lefty has been making great progress through the WTA Tour, winning 6 ITF Circuit titles and reaching her 3rd WTA quarterfinal at Estoril last month. The 2008 Australian Open Junior champion Rus will take on Kirilenko for a spot in the Round of 16.

We caught up with Arantxa to get some insight to this rising star as she answers your Facebook questions.

Enjoy!!

 

Rebekah Franklin: Who’s your favorite player of the ATP?

Arantxa: Nadal…I love his fight and his attitude. Fun to watch.

 

 

Jordy Corallo: Arantxa, what are your career targets and this year will you return in Palermo?!

Arantxa: My first goal is top 20. But my main focus is getting better every day.  I am not sure about Palermo yet :)

 

 

Antonio Jesús Villarán López:  Arantxa, do you know how to speak Spanish?

Arantxa: No.  But I am taking classes

 

 

Chris Gilbert: How hard is it top make the move from being a top junior to competing on the WTA tour?

Arantxa: The jump to the challengers was ok. Not too hard. But the jump to the WTA events was tougher. It takes time.

 

 

Noradeli Caselin Gomez:  Your favorite cities to visit?

Arantxa: Barcelona. Beach, shopping, and a beautiful city.

 

 

Alvin Lam: You think you can coach me?

Arantxa: Haha. I will stick to playing. 

 

 

Tennis:  Do you prefer grilled or fried fish tacos?

Arantxa: Not a fish taco fan.  Usually eat regular taco’s.  

 

 

For the latest information on Arantxa, visit her Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Arantxarus

Day 6- Paris 2011

With his Wilson Six.One 95 BLX in hand, Stephane Robert celebrates the win of his career at Roland Garros

Hey all,

Well today was an exciting day of matches. We had some players pull some upsets and grind out some tough ones.

The biggest upset of the day, came from a hometown favorite Stephane Robert, who used his Wilson Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet to defeat #6 seed Berdych! Stephane’s game is so different, so tough to play against and with the crowd behind him, he was on fire! Biggest win of his career for sure.

Also getting wins were Wilson players Roger Federer, Petra Kvitova, Juan Martin Del Potro, Sara Errani, Kaia Kanepi, Leonardo Mayer, Mickhail Kukushkin, Michael Berrer, Olga Govortsova, Mardy Fish, Sania Mirza, Sabine, Lisicki, Philipp Petzschner, Steve Darcis and Thomaz Bellucci.

In the suite, it was all about our doubles players as they tend to get in a few days later than our singles players as doubles normally starts the Tuesday or Wednesday of each Slam. As far as equipment, doubles players tend to use softer strings, but with more “traditional” frames. The Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet is definitely a winner on the ATP World Tour!! :)

Also in the suite, we had Grigor Dimitrov stop by and do a Ustream, which was fun. He’s a dynamic player with a good sense of humor….hoping that this Wilson Next Gen player takes the next step forward in his career!! Check out our UStream http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14911872

See you later today, Tracy

Wilson Next Gen'r Thomaz Bellucci gets a win with his Wilson Six.One BLX racquet

Day 2- Paris 2011

Grigor Dimitrov, Crossfader Kings & Tracy Almeda-Singian get serious! ;)

Crossfader Kings, Grigor Dimitrov and Tracy Almeda-Singian get serious! ;)

So it’s now 5am here in Paris and I have had two hours total of sleep….today will be a rough one!!

First day at the courts and it was a successful one as our Next Gen players Andrey Kuznetsov and Agustin Velotti got the W…this is Agustin’s first Grand Slam and he grinded a win out with his Wilson Blade 98 BLX racquet…he’s a rabbit on the court, super fast and hopping all over the place! :)

Andrey K was also swinging the Blade 98 BLX racket to victory, utilizing his solid two handed backhand to take down ALEX Kuznetsov….not very often do you see the same name play each other and they are of no relation.

Anyway, we start our Ustream’s today, so hope you can join us! www.ustream.tv/wilsontennis 4pm CEST

As you guys have seen, Grigor and Crossfaders had super fun shooting their Breakout Session, so I wanted to share a couple of fun photos from hanging out that day, behind the scenes & one cheese photo, which is my favorite thing to do!! LOL…enjoy!

Until later,

Tracy

To see the Grigor Dimitrov and Crossfaders video, check out: http://www.youtube.com/user/WilsonRacquet?feature=mhee#p/u/1/yGACAA_ITLM 

Grigor Dimitrov & Crossfader Kings

Are you the next Wilson team member?!

Will you be NEXT?

Bonjour from Paris!!!

The Wilson Tour team and I just landed in today in preperation for Roland Garros.

We have tons of Wilson BLX tennis bags, Pro Overgrip and Luxilon Alu Power ready for our players and are excited to bring you some fun stuff from the city of romance.

It’s going to be a busy 10 days here, but we are looking forward to watching some of our Next Gen boys in action later today….(it’s now 12:45am here)…. make sure to keep an eye on Federico Delbonis, Andrey Kuznetsov, Agustin Velotti and more…

If you are interested in being part of our Next Gen and think you have what it takes to be part of the Wilson team, go to http://apps.facebook.com/wilsonmorenext/ and check out this video for more info: 

Until tomorrow, Tracy

BE NEXT- Win $500 of Wilson Tennis gear & your own WILSON.com profile

Do you think you have what it takes to be the NEXT Wilson team member?
Post your photo/video on Wilson Tennis Facebook  for your chance to win a $500 Wilson Tennis package and your very own Next Gen profile!!!
The player chosen must embody the Next Gen spirit… exuding passion, energy & love for tennis while having fun every step of the way!
Show off your Wilson BLX tennis gear and what you are made of!

For more info, go to: http://apps.facebook.com/wilsonmorenext/