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Serena wins her 17th Grand Slam title

2013 US Open Serena WIN Poster_Final

WTA World #1 Serena Williams wins her 17th Grand Slam title, defeating fellow Wilson player Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-7 6-1 for the US Open title. The defending US Open champ was in control with her Wilson Blade tennis racket throughout the tournament, only dropping one set en route to the title.

“I love New York!” said Serena Williams. “I love the crowd and support here at home. Wilson has been with me every step of the way and it’s a great feeling to know I have the right racket in my hand to play my best tennis.”

Williams has been on a dominant World #1 in 2013, starting the season 26-0, marking the best start to a season since 1997 (Hingis), winning her second French Open Singles title, seven WTA titles and her fifth US Open title.

“Serena continues to leave her mark on the game,” 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

Win Feli’s Kicks

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We know that Feliciano Lopez has style and this week he’s giving you a chance to win a piece of his wardrobe. Feli’s giving away a signed pair of his new Wilson Rush Pro tennis shoes. Entering to win them is as easy as it gets. Head to his twitter @Feliciano_Lopez and ReTweet the post that reads, “Want to win a signed pair of my new @WilsonTennis #RushPro kicks? RT to enter!”

Check the rules below for more details or drop us a line @WilsonTennis.

Terms & Conditions

Official Rules for the Feliciano Lopez “Win My Kicks” Giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

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Happy (Twitter) Anniversary to Us

It’s a big day…@WilsonTennis has been on Twitter for 4 years! Let’s celebrate by thanking YOU for following, favoriting, and RTing with a giveaway. Follow us on Twitter @WilsonTennis and tweet this by midnight: “RT @WilsonTennis: Today’s our 4yr Twitter anniversary. To celebrate, we’re giving away 4 #Federer posters! RT to enter” (or just head to our twitter and RT).  See below for details and the official rules.

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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Purchase will not improve chances of winning.  Void where prohibited.  Promotion begins January 31, 2013 at 10:00:00 am CT and ends on January 31, 2013 at 11:59:59 pm CT. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and the District of Columbia and Canada (except Quebec) who are 13 years of age or older. Sponsor: Wilson Sporting Goods Co., 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60631.

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Wilson Changes The Game With “Spin Effect Technology”

Steam 99s & Steam 105s featuring Wilson's Spin Effect Technology

From wood, to graphite to oversized frames, tennis racket design has had clear transitions that shaped the game. Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is announcing the next milestone for 2013 with the launch of Spin Effect Technology™, its patent-pending racket technology dramatically increasing spin. It is the first racket system enabling players to add over 200 RPMs on their shots without needing to change their swing. Two new 2013 rackets, the Steam 99S™ and Steam 105S™, feature Spin Effect Technology.

“This racket design is a significant breakthrough,” said Jon Muir, general manager for Wilson Racquet Sports. “Our R&D and Product teams spent significant time testing, analyzing technologies and developing different racket designs that enhance spin and playability. We have something really special in the Steam 99S and Steam 105S. In the end, players will see their degree of spin increase. It is essentially the same as lowering the net by two inches and extending the court by a foot. The bottom line is that more shots make it over the net and stay in play.”

At its state-of-the-art Innovation Center, Wilson investigated the correlation between string pattern, racket design and spin, and is the only tennis brand to use proprietary monitoring technology to measure spin rotation, speed and height. Wilson discovered that fewer cross strings were a key driver of maximizing string movement along with faster snapback speed to generate more spin. This has resulted in a complete racket redesign that supports this new string pattern while enhancing overall playability as well. It is the first racket that provides up to 3.3 times more string movement and 69 percent faster snap back*, specifically engineered for this style of play.

The Steam 99S and Steam 105S with Spin Effect Technology use Amplifeel 360™, Wilson’s enhanced handle technology that provides a superior feel while dramatically increasing power.

“Today’s game has changed dramatically and is all about aggressive spin,” Muir continued. “Wilson continues to lead this evolution. This advancement will bring increased spin potential to a wider audience and will improve their game.”

12 Days of Tennis Giveaway

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It’s official. The holidays are here and with them, all the egg nog, cocktail parties, and cookies we can handle. If you haven’t strung the lights and started  blaring your favorite holiday songs yet, now’s the time.

Here at Wilson, we’re  getting into the spirit of the season and showing our appreciation to YOU with a festive giveaway we’re calling the “12 Days of Tennis.” You know the “12 Days of Christmas” song, right? The concept is similar; Each day for 12 days starting 12/8, we’ll be giving away a prize via our Twitter (@WilsonTennis). And like the song, the prizes get sweeter by the day. Sadly, we weren’t able to get our hands on eleven pipers piping, but I think you’ll be just as excited for the tennis swag that’s up for grabs. To enter to win the prize each day, follow us on Twitter then watch for our tweet with the #12DaysofTennis  hashtag & ReTweet it. It’s that simple.

Good luck and happy holidays from your friends at Wilson!

Terms & Conditions

Official Rules for the [12 Days of Tennis Giveaway]

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. Eligibility: The [12 Days of Tennis Giveaway] (the “Promotion”) is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), United Kingdom, Japan, & Australia and are at least thirteen (13) years of age or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is older. Employees, officers, directors, and agents of Wilson Sporting Goods Co., its affiliates or subsidiaries or other companies associated with the Promotion, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to enter. Each prize winner is only eligible to win one prize during the Promotion.  Subsequent entries by a prize winner will be disqualified.

2. Sponsor: The Promotion is sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods Co., 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60631(“Sponsor”). Twitter is not affiliated with this Promotion.

3. Agreement to Official Rules: By entering the Promotion, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Official Rules and (b) Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

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My baby is all grown up!

Only fitting that Lauren's first photo on the blog as Wilson Digital Specialist is her Facebook profile photo!

Only fitting that Lauren’s first photo on the blog as Wilson Digital Specialist is her Facebook profile photo!

Hey there,

For the past four years, I gave birth, fed and raised Wilson Tennis’ social media to what it is today. This is the closest thing I will get to having a child for a while and now my baby is all grown up!! haha :) It’s time for my baby to become more independent and have someone new in their life… someone else to be at the helm and elevate our social media to an even higher level.

Please welcome our new Wilson Digital Media Specialist, Lauren Adermann!!!!

A little background on Lauren: Lauren was born and raised in Illinois, played high school tennis before studying Public Relations & Communications at Illinois State University and most recently, worked for the famous Chicago Concert Hall, Metro before coming to Wilson.

I am extremely excited to have Lauren on the team to bring a fresh vibe to our team! Thought it would be a good idea to get to know her a bit more as she will be your day to day Wilson connection, so check out our quick Q and A with Lauren.

And remember, like every good parent, I will still be here in the wings, will chime in occasionally, watching over and here whenever needed!! Thank you to all of you, our Wilson peeps for helping me have a blast! :)

Please continue to be awesome to Lauren as you were to me and as always…….

Until later,

Tracy

PS Nostalgia, one of the first videos I did included below :P

Age? 29
Where did you grow up? Vandalia, IL
Where did you go to college? Illinois State University
What motivated you to take the job at Wilson? I’ve had my eye on Wilson since I was a kid. I love the brand and when I moved to Chicago and found out that Wilson was based here I made it a goal to somehow work for the company one day.
How old were you when you started to play tennis? 8
What was your most memorable tennis experience from your childhood? It’s debatable whether or not you consider this “childhood” but 17 year olds are still kids, so just go with it – My most memorable experience was the moment at sectionals where I made state. I immediately burst into tears of happiness. I also look back at all of the times my mom drive me to tennis lessons as a kid. It was a really special thing for me to have those moments with her. I could go on and on. Being involved in Tennis was no doubt one of the best things about my life growing up.
What is your best shot? My serve.
And your worst? Volleys for sure.
Who is your favorite tennis player? Growing up my fav was Sampras. Now I’m into Serena and Federer (and no, not just because they use Wilson tennis rackets!)
Twitter, Facebook or YouTube? Instagram!  
Favorite player to follow on social media? And why? @milosraonic  – He seems like a funny guy and always has interesting posts. He does a great job with his Twitter.
What makes you laugh? Tosh.0, cats being weird, toilet humor
What is your favorite part of working at Wilson so far? The people. I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised I am at how wonderful my coworkers are. Not only are they helpful and nice, but they’re a lot of fun to be around!

One word to describe yourself. Since sound effects are hard to communicate via type, I’ll go with Quirky. 

It’s all about heart


 

Hey there,

Well, in sports and in life… as Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire proves, it’s all about heart!!!

So here we are on a Monday night and we just finished an outstanding dinner with one of our top young guns Grigor Dimitrov and a few people from the office.

It is not very often that we spend time with our players in Chicago at Wilson HQ and this is a great opportunity for us to not only get more feedback on our products, but get more insight to the players and what they are about.

Tonight Grigor and the Wilson crew talked about favorite movies, the last meal we would have if we were stuck on a deserted island and all the important things to cover when at a dinner table! haha

It was a super fun dinner and really relaxed, which EVERYONE really needed.

Anyway, I am may be extremely biased about my opinion of Grigor, as we have worked closely together since he joined the Wilson team, but he is truly an AMAZING kid with SO MUCH HEART…. you can’t help but root for him and get on the ‘G-Train’!!!!! :P

For Grigor to make the effort to come to Chicago during the off season to spend time at Wilson HQ during his ‘vacation’,  it means a lot to us and shows his great character overall. It just shows how important his relationship with his sponsors are to him and truly speaks volumes of the type of person he is….. it really shows tremendous respect and understanding to supporters. There is no question Grigor is one of the most talented players out there… and on top of that, he has the personality and charisma to bring tennis to another level.

Grigor reached a career high of #48 this week on the ATP Tour and this clearly only the beginning for him.

Let’s hope he can elevate and show just the world exactly what he is capable of.

Until later,

Tracy

ps I willwrite more later as tomorrow, we will have some fun stuff, but for now, enjoy the talent of the behind the back during a match!!!

Win Serena Williams Posters

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Serena Williams has had an amazing 2012, no matter how you slice it. To celebrate her huge year and recent WTA Championships title, we’re giving you a chance to get your hands on two jumbo posters from her 2012 wins at Wimbledon & The US Open. The giveaway starts this Tuesday, October 30th at 9am via Wilson’s Twitter and entry is simple. Just follow @wilsontennis on Twitter and tweet “@wilsontennis I wanna win @serenawilliams #tennis posters”. The giveaway runs until midnight on October 31st. Good luck and happy tweeting.

(See below for rules and legal mumbo jumbo.)

Terms & Conditions

Official Rules for the Win Serena Posters Giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. Eligibility: The Win Serena Posters Giveaway (the “Promotion”) is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the United States and are at least thirteen (13) years of age or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is older. Employees, officers, directors, and agents of Wilson Sporting Goods Co., its affiliates or subsidiaries or other companies associated with the Promotion, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to enter. Each prize winner is only eligible to win one prize during the Promotion.  Subsequent entries by a prize winner will be disqualified.

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Luck be a lady

Hey there,

Hope this entry finds everyone well. It’s been a while but I have good excuses! ;P

So I just got back from San Diego as I joined the Wilson crew at the last stop of our tour to show off our new 2013 tennis rackets to partners, dealers/retailers and a few select juniors and club players. It was super insightful to hear the feedback on our products and to see everyone get psyched about our new revolutionary racket technology. We also had the Tennis Channel there to check it out, which was rad! I am not going to get into detail about it just yet, but let’s just say the words of Dead or Alive, these new Wilson tennis rackets “SPIN YOU RIGHT ROUND!!!” ;)

And you will definitely hear more about it in the weeks to come…. but if you are super eager, you might want to keep an eye on Tennis Channel! ;)

But for now, let’s talk about my Wilson peeps…… we have all been grinding it hard, giving that one big final push to the end of year and making sure we are lined up properly to have a great 2013. The tough part? Saying Ciao to a couple of my favorite people, Mario Vergara & his wife Melissa. They have been a big part of enjoying Chicago and I will definitely miss them! Between them and Kenny leaving, I feel a bit abandoned…. The good news, there are some additions to the team to help us continue to grow in the online space and give a different perspective on the tennis life. In the next weeks, you will see entries and postings from our new Digital Specialist, Lauren Adermann. Please welcome her! :) I’m really excited to have another person to work closely with and we will also have another new member to the team, Anna, who will start in the next few weeks.

It’s been an extremely crazy 6-8 month GRIND, but seems like everything is finally coming together…

I have been quite reflective these past few weeks (might have something to do with getting a year older!) but I feel really lucky to have found my rhythm here in Chicago. The people I work with, the friends I have made, have really made it a fun experience. As most of my friends and family know, I am not a ‘winter lover’ and am a serious creature of habit, but right now I’m having a blast and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

I feel lucky to go to work and being excited to work with the team, bustin it, laughing and have intellectual debates on what we should do. If you enjoy and respect the people you work with, it’s a huge bonus. (Not sure if the crew feel the same about me, but anyway… ha) And out of the office, I have my spots. Piccolo Sogno AT LEAST once a week…Tony and Ciro are the best!!!! And Billy’s  Sunda & Underground when I feel like misbehaving… lol

Not sure why, but I have been always fortunate enough to have people look after me and they let me experience some cool s**t with them……and you will get to see  some of it coming up when Grigor Dimitrov hits Chicago with Wilson!! :) ….. More to come on that….

Until later,

Tracy

Wilson General Manager Jon Muir doing an interview with Tennis Channel in San Diego

Wilson General Manager Jon Muir doing an interview with Tennis Channel in San Diego

Believe in Hope

Hey there,

Well, it seems more and more difficult to try and make time in the schedule for everything, but I really do enjoy this part and want to try and keep things up to date….I find it rather therapeutic when there is so much going on, think this helps me try to keep perspective….

In the past couple of days, there have been very heavy things going on….It’s with a heavy heart that I write this entry….. as I just found out that two people from Kiwi, where I used to teach, recently passed away. RIP Wendell and Diane, you will definitely be missed…………On top of that, we must keep a very close Wilson family member in our prayers at this time…

Please understand this is by no intention to get preachy… just a bit reflective at this moment, but….Life really teaches us daily…. And right now, WE ALL MUST BELIEVE IN HOPE.

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month… what you may not know is that Wilson has donated over 2 MILLION dollars to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And Wilson’s support of BCRF goes beyond October. Wilson will make the annual donation of $100,000 this year and will make an additional donation to BCRF through the purchase of Wilson HOPE products.

Through the month, you will see our ATP & WTA players showing their support for BCRF during Breast Cancer Awareness month by wearing PINK HOPE wristbands using HOPE vibrasorbs and HOPE bags through the month. (Look out for a sneak peak of a 2013 HOPE bag on our Wilson Exclusive ladies)

An interesting fact, breast cancer is second leading cause of cancer deaths in women…clearly this is an important and worthy cause, so PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT….GO PINK and BELIEVE IN HOPE!!!

Hope is such a great message for Breast Cancer Awareness month and beyond… And so for this entry, I leave you with a few of my favorite hope quotes and ask that you share this message of hope.

Thank you

Until later,

Tracy

Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity – Charles H Spurgeon

Once you choose hope anything is possible – Christopher Reeve

Walk with hope in your heart and you shall never walk alone- Shah Rukh Khan

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer – Romans 12:12