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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/

Spin Effect Technology 2 Legit 2 Quit

Hello there,

Yes, I just made an MC Hammer reference to describe our Spin Effect Technology! :P

Everyone at Wilson takes pride in creating the best tennis rackets for players, so it’s always a great feeling when people love the rackets and they are a REAL HIT!!! (cheesiness is thick tonight! haha)

The Spin Effect Tour is going around the world and here is just what a few had to say…..

Gives us the motivation to keep going and keep pushing it to the next level!

Until later,

Tracy

Big timing

Vika Azarenka practice ends, Roger Federer’s begins

Roger Federer prepares with his Wilson Pro Staff tennis racket

Roger Federer prepares with his Wilson Pro Staff tennis racket

So yesterday/early this morning, I was praying for players to show….. well, the power of prayer is strong. ;)

Today, we were able to shoot video of Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams and many other players.

It’s not very often where we work with our big guns all in the same day and they all practice on same day and are on the same schedule etc… it was crazy!!

The coolest thing of the day was having Vika practice first with a full crowd and then the frenzy be elevated even more when Roger arrived to practice on that court directly after. To have two of the sports top players in the same little space, well it was deafening noise from the crowd!!

We ended up getting more than what we hoped for, so now it’s a matter of going into the editing room and actually creating the video. Can’t wait to see!! :)

It has been a super long week and I am looking forward to doing the ‘normal’ work……..This is probably the most conflicted I have ever been about a shoot, so many parts were so awesome….. and there were SOOOO MANY challenges that totally took us all out of our comfort zone…. guess it’s like anything else, you work hard enough and push yourself beyond your comfort level,  you end up with exceptional results.

Now it’s 1:15am and it’s time to catch up on emails, review the Mardy Fish video from LA and oh yeah, maybe get some sleep!! ;)

Cheers to the challenges….

Until later,

Tracy

Vika Azarenka swings her Wilson Juice tennis racket

Vika Azarenka swings her Wilson Juice tennis racket

Serena practices her forehand with her Wilson Blade tennis racket

Serena practices her forehand with her Wilson Blade tennis racket

 

 

 

 

Bonjourno

Feliciano Lopez & Milos Raonic have fun before their practice

Feliciano Lopez & Milos Raonic have fun before their practice

Shocking, but the bad sleep patterns continue.

It’s 3:24am and answering emails, posting for Facebook & Twitter while watching Conan O’Brien highlights…. a typical Friday night in Roma!! ;)

So today was uber crazy shooting …. sometimes when we do photoshoots, it can be very challenging…. the players are always great, but to be able to shoot on a tournament site… well it’s less than ideal.

There can be issues with access getting on courts, timing around players practice schedules, making sure we have the right crew so the player is comfortable, lighting around specific courts & time of day, making sure we capture the needed shots, etc…..

Good news is, we think we came out on top!!! :)

We were able to get some great help from Michele Montalbini from Wilson Italy who assisted with the court situation and we shot Milos Raonic, Feliciano Lopez, Flavia Pennetta, Marina Erakovic, Corinna Dentoni, Vasek Pospisil and many more….. the players were awesome and we even saw Feli and Milos have a bit of fun playing mini tennis with their coaches. One thing about the ATP Tour is that the guys practice together often and you see great camaraderie to push each other to get better. Two great Wilson guys that always support Wilson through and through.

The tennis facility where the tournament is held is the most beautiful and incredible thing I have seen. I never played the tournament here, but I was told they have renovated the facility a few yrs ago and it’s amazing. For the first time in my life I wanted to take a photo of a tennis court!!! They have a sunken court that is surrounded by these fabulous statues and the seating is ALL MARBLE… yes, a tennis court that has marble!! Simply amazing……..

Now we have to get Petra Kvitova & Philipp Kohlschreiber lined up for today, but no confirmed time yet… we have to run and gun this day!!! :)

Until later,

Tracy

Most beautiful tennis court. Check out the statues surrounding the court & marble seating

Most beautiful tennis court. Check out the statues surrounding the court & marble seating

Azarenka’s Juice’d Semifinal Appearance- 2012 Australian Open

The newest member of the Wilson team, Vika Azarenka uses her Wilson Juice 100 tennis racket to defeat defending champion Clijsters 6-4 1-6 6-3 to reach her 1st Grand Slam final at the Australian Open.
GO VIKA!!

Victoria 'Vika' Azarenka plays with the new Wilson Juice 100 tennis racket

 

Vika gets pumped

 

Vika’s gear:

Juice 100
Tour 15 pack tennis bag blue
Luxilon Alu Power 125
W vibration dampener yellow

 

Six.One Doubles Down at Australian Open

The Six.One is one of the most widely used lines of racquets on the professional tour and long time favorite of players all over the world.
The Six.One 95 is used by 4 of the 8 players in the Australian Open Men’s Doubles semifinal and we will be rooting for these teams as they vie for the a spot in the final.

Horia Tecau and Robert Lindstedt play with the Wilson Six.One 95 tennis racket

Volleying with their Wilson Six.One 95’s, Horia Tecau and Robert Lindstedt will take on the Bryan Brothers as they try to reach their 1st Australian Open final when they step onto Laver arena later today.

Horia’s gear:
Six.One 95 tennis racket
Tour 15 pack tennis bag red
Laser Speed Crew
Men’s Woven Short
Tour Vision Shoes
Wilson Natural Gut 17
Luxilon Alu Power 125

Robert’s gear:
Six.One 95 tennis racket
Tour 15 pack tennis bag red
Wilson Natural Gut 17
Luxilon Alu Power 125

Check out this interview with Wilson Exclusive athlete Horia Tecau: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y316Q3ik08Q

Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor play with the Wilson Six.One 95 tennis racket

Wilson doubles team, Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi  will play with their Wilson Six.One 95 rackets as they take on Paes/Stepanek in Australian Open semifinal action.

Max and Daniel’s Gear:
Six.One 95
Tour 15 Pack red
Wilson Natural Gut 16
Alu Power 125

We go around the grounds of the Australian Open to see if people will trade their spot in a 2+hr. cue for the Beer Garden for a Wilson Pro Staff Six.One Jumbo tennis racket.

Wilson players through to the Australian Open semis

Wilson owns more Grand Slam titles than any other brand and the Wilson team is finding success down under.
We are deep into the draw of the Australian Open and will continue to root these players on as they vie for a 2012 title.

Roger Federer plays with the Wilson Pro Staff 90 tennis racket

Roger Federer plays with the Wilson Pro Staff 90 tennis racket

Roger Federer used his Wilson Pro Staff 90 to grab a straight set win over Juan Martín del Potro and set up the match up everyone was anticipating…. Fed vs. Nadal – 2012 Australian Open semifinals.

Roger Federer carries the Pro Staff legacy. The Pro Staff has been cherished by the game’s greatest icons, including Federer, Sampras, Edberg and Courier. With it’s braided graphite construction, this racket provides the perfect blend of control and feel.

Roger’s gear:
Pro Staff 90 tennis racket
Federer 15 pack tennis bag
Pro Overgrip white
Champions Choice String

Inside Fed’s Head: http://www.youtube.com/user/WilsonRacquet?feature=mhee#p/c/CFFA70455A6713ED/0/Yn2mvu1HJWw>

Petra Kvitova plays with the Wilson Steam tennis racket

Petra Kvitova plays with the Wilson Steam tennis racket

Petra Kvitová swings her Wilson Steam BLX tennis racket into the semis of the Australian Open after defeating Errani 6-4 6-4.

Petra’s gear:
Steam tennis racket
Tour 15 pack tennis bag red
Pro Overgrip Perforated white
W vibration dampener
Luxilon Alu Power 125

Interview goes overboard with Petra video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04b0zPAhc5E

Victoria Azarenka plays with the Wilson Juice tennis racket

Victoria Azarenka plays with the Wilson Juice tennis racket

Armed with the new Wilson Juice 100, Vika Azarenka is through to the Australian Open semis after defeating Radwanska 6-7 6-0 6-2.

Vika’s gear:
Juice 100
Tour 15 pack tennis bag blue
Luxilon Alu Power 125
W vibration dampener yellow

Inside the Life of Victoria Azarenka: http://www.youtube.com/user/WilsonRacquet?feature=mhee#p/c/045B09A310E7C768

Kei Nishikori plays with the Wilson Steam tennis racket

Kei Nishikori plays with the Wilson Steam tennis racket

Wilson Juice and Steam
With the success of Kei Nishikori becoming the 1st Japanese player to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals in 80+ years and 2 of the 4 players in the Women’s Semifinals playing with the new Wilson Juice and Steam, the rackets legality now comes into question….
Can rackets THIS GOOD really be legal?!
See the evidence: http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/juice-steam/the-evidence/