Wilson Team Players Oudin and Mladenovic On the Rise and Ready for US Open
Melanie Oudin and Kristina Mladenovic are ready to use their Wilson [K]Factor rackets at Flushing Meadows.
Both players are enjoying a successful 2009 and look forward to continuing to make their way up the rankings.
“After an awesome experience at Wimbledon, I am psyched to play in front of my home crowd at the Open,” says Melanie Oudin.
The 17 year old Oudin used her [K]Blade Tour racket to qualify and reach her 1st Grand Slam Round of 16 at Wimbledon . She showed great composure and maturity throughout the tournament, defeating #6 seed Jankovic and #29 seed Bammer en route to the Round of 16.
Oudin was not the only Wilson youngster to enjoy a breakout summer of success.
Kristina Mladenovic currently leads the way on the junior front, as she took the Roland Garros Girls Singles title without dropping a set and used her [K]Tour racket to reach the finals of the Girls Singles at Wimbledon. Her back to back Grand Slam results catapulted the 16 year old to the #1 spot on the ITF World Junior rankings. Known for her huge serve and powerful groundstrokes, Kristina is looking onward.
“It means a lot to me to be on top of the junior game, but I still have a lot more to accomplish,” says Mladenovic.
Through an agreement with between the USTA and the French Federation, Kristina has received a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open Women’s draw. Kristina will still play the junior event.
“US Open is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and I look forward to playing in the women’s draw,” said Mladenovic. “Now I have two great opportunities in NY.”
Although in different stages of their careers both players realize the importance of their equipment.
“I have been with Wilson forever! I had been using the [K]Tour for the past couple of years and felt that since I am now physically stronger, I was ready for a little bit more racket,” says Oudin. “I am really happy to have found the [K]Blade Tour. I have had my best results with this racket!”
Kristina agreed, “Our racket gives us the confidence to play our best tennis. The [K]Tour is amazing!”
“Melanie and Kristina are two of the most motivated and focused young players we have,” says Wilson Tour Director Massimo Calvelli. “We’re delighted to have them on the Wilson Team and look forward to watching them realize their potential.”
US Open will begin on August 31st