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…
Day 3 was another day of the Wilson team bringing down some seeds.
Check out who was victorious.
Armed with her Wilson Blade 98 Pink tennis racket, Sorana Cirstea defeats 11th seed Li 6-3 6-4 to reach the 3rd of Wimbledon.
Sorana Cirstea plays with the Wilson Blade 98 Pink tennis racket
Another upset pulled by a Wilson player! Arantxa Rus defeats 5th seed Stosur 6-2 0-6 6-4.
Arantxa Rus plays with the Wilson Tour tennis racket
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Well, it’s been a productive past couple of days…. The pace of the tournament is beginning to pick up as we go into the main draw and we are starting to get some super good footage of our players. Yesterday we spent most of the day trying to get footage to capture the look and feel of Paris… not a bad way to spend the day… we walked about 5 miles, but think it gives a little bit extra to the videos. Not sure if anyone notices these things, but does make a huge difference in our eyes!! Check out the latest Wilson Next Gen video featuring rising stars David Goffin, Andrey Kuznetsov, Ajla Tomljanovic, Filip Krajinovic & Elina Svitolina and a great intro of Paris!!!
So yesterday we also shot a video with Alexandr Dolgopolov. Alex is one of the funniest kids and really has a great nature and way about him… it always seems like we are laughing the entire time we are shooting and it makes the time pass quickly. That is what makes the job awesome, seeing guys like Alex who really enjoy what they do and live in the moment. He improvised a bit of it, showing his acting skills and definitely made the vid even funnier…. Hopefully you guys find it as funny as we do!
We also opened the softgoods suite yesterday and so Feliciano Lopez and Stephanie Dubois stopped by to pick up their new Wilson tennis apparel kits for the matches starting Sunday…. Feli has a new commercial with the Super Mario brothers for Nintendo and I suggest you check it out… it was very funny and Feli said it was super fun to shoot.
Today we are shooting Sorana Cirstea and going to get some stuff for our footwear with Feli and of course, more Next Gen stuff!!
Tracy Almeda-Singian & Robin Fenlon getting establishing shots in Paris… DO WORK!!
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2010 Roland Garros Junior Champions Agustin Velotti & Elina Svitolina
Wilson’s Next Generation Sweep Roland Garros Junior Singles Titles, Again
For the second consecutive year, Wilson players take the Roland Garros Boys and Girls singles titles. Last year, Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Berta lifted the Roland Garros trophies and went on to finish the year #1 on the ITF Junior Circuit for 2009. This year, using their Wilson Blade rackets, Agustin Velotti and Elina Svitolina take home the Roland Garros Junior Singles titles.
Using his Wilson Blade 98 tennis racket, Agustin Velotti won the Roland Garros Boys Singles crown when he beat Collarini 6-4 7-5 to become the first Argentine to lift the title since Coria in 1999. Coming into the tournament unseeded, this was no easy feat for the Velotti, as he defeated #15 seed Baluda and 2010 Australian Open Junior Champion Fernandes en route to the title.
The 18 year old Argentine Velotti, who is now ranked #2 on the ITF Junior Circuit, recognizes Wilson as big part of his success.
“Wilson has been a big supporter of me and my tennis for many years,” said Velotti, who signed a long term deal with Wilson last year. “The racket is the most important part to a player feeling confident on the court and I’m absolutely delighted to have won Roland Garros with my Blade racket.”
Like Velotti, Elina Svitolina was also unseeded and fought her way through the draw, taking down #19 seed Pipiya, # 4 seed Nastja Kolar, #9 seed Beatrice Capra en route to the crown.
Playing for the first time at Roland Garros, 15 year old Svitolina used her Wilson Blade Team racket to defeat Jabeur 6-2 7-5 to take her 1st Grand Slam junior title and lift her ranking to #4 on the ITF Junior Circuit.
“I played really well this week and I look forward to playing Serena now,” Svitolina said jokingly. When asked about being part of Wilson’s next generation of players, she said “Wilson has the best players and it’s really great to keep Wilson’s streak going at Roland Garros. I love my racket and couldn’t imagine playing with anything else.”
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It’s been a while since our last blog, but the Tour Team will be heading to Paris on today as qualies starts and will try to get you as much behind the scenes footage as possible.
We will be doing some live stream chats with our players and we want to hear from you!
Ustream gives you the ability to chat with people in real time and get your tennis questions answered by your favorite players.
Check the photo below for current time listings and we will be adding more through the tournament.
We look forward to hearing from you!
It was a great year for Wilson’s Tour Team.
Check out the latest Wilson Tour Update for a recap of results from 2009.
Click here for 2009 Year in Review
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Victorious in Tokyo
ATP World Tour No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga used his Wilson [K]obra Tour racket as he clinched his third ATP World Tour title of the season in Tokyo. The dynamic Jo-Wilfried powered his way to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Youzhny in the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships.
Since finishing runner-up to at the 2008 Australian Open, Tsonga has reached five ATP World Tour finals and won all five titles.
“Jo-Wilfried is a true force on the ATP Tour,” says Massimo Calvelli, Wilson Tour Director. “Not only is Jo-Wilfried a great player, but his pure joy for the game is infectious and he is a great ambassador for tennis.”
With his victory in Tokyo, Tsonga received 500 South African Airways 2009 ATP Ranking points to bring him closer to earning one of the three remaining singles spots at ATP World Tour Championships, to be held at the O2 in London, November 22-29.
“I am so happy to win another title and this puts me closer to London,” said Tsonga. “I have so much confidence now going into Shanghai and all the indoor events. It’s a great time of the year for me.”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be in action in Shanghai this week.
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Well, there have been a ton of questions as to what’s neXt for Wilson in 2010?
Here’s what we have for you right now.
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Melanie Oudin uses the Wilson K Blade Tour racket
Melanie Oudin and Kateryna Bondarenko Reach 1st Grand Slam Quarterfinals
Melanie Oudin and Kateryna Bondarenko were victorious on Monday as they used their Wilson rackets to reach their career first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Melanie Oudin is the breakout star of this year’s US Open.
In an awe-inspiring match, Oudin used her [K]Blade Tour racket to defeat Petrova 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Arthur Ashe stadium court yesterday.
5’3 Melanie is the giant killer of the tournament, as she defeated three seeds en route to the quarterfinals: #29 seed Sharapova, #4 seed Dementieva and #13 seed Petrova.
Oudin looks to continue her run when she plays Wozniacki on Wednesday.
In a 57 minute match, Kateryna Bondarenko used her [K]Blade 98 racket to crush Dulko 6-0 6-0 and reach her first quarterfinal in a major.
It was sweet revenge for the Bondarenko family, as sister Alona had lost to Dulko earlier in the tournament.
After saving match points in her first round defeat of #11 seed Ivanovic, Kateryna has not dropped a set since. She will now take on Wickmayer.
US Open play resumes at 11am today
Kateryna Bondarenko uses the WilsonK Blade 98 racket
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I’m going to give you a little insight into daily life here at Wilson as one of two interns here for the summer. First a little bit of background about who I am– I am going to be a senior at Dartmouth College where I am co-captain of the Women’s Tennis Team. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, so being able to work at Wilson and live at home is really a double treat. I was given the incredible opportunity to see a different side of the tennis industry by being named the ITA 2009 Wilson/ITA National Student-Athlete Promoter of the Year. I’ve played tennis since I was 10 years old so I have experienced the consumer side of the business, but being able to understand the immense amount of work, and huge number of people, it takes to get products out on the market has been the most eye opening part of my internship so far.
Personally, my activities vary drastically day to day, pretty much the only set thing is lunch at 12 o’clock! When I started I had no idea what I was going to be doing working in marketing on the racquet sports floor…and I am still definitely figuring it out. I’ve spent a lot of time entering orders for advisory staff members and steaming apparel for presentations. I’ve done player research for profiles to be sent in newsletters and updated many different databases…I am pretty sure I could use Microsoft Excel in my sleep now! Still, I have been able to sit in on some meetings to really get a feel for how an end product or promotion goes from being an idea, down through the grapevine, and finally to the consumer. Pretty cool considering I used to pick my racquets based on how I thought they looked!
Overall, I have really enjoyed my experience at Wilson…I get to talk about tennis all day, what could be better?!
Have a great weekend!
Wilson intern Jessica Adler
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