Well, just sometimes we get to rock it out. Last night I caught the 2nd full match I’ve ever watched in 4 years at Wilson as Vika Azarenka took on Dellacqua. As I have said before, in this job everyone thinks we are hanging out just watching tennis, but truth is, we don’t see much.
The first match with Wilson I watched in its totality was young Simona Halep playing Jankovic at US Open a few years ago, a crazy 3 set match. She just fell short of pulling the upset 7-5 in the third set….. Simona had asked Renaud and I to watch her match. She has always been a great Wilson player and one of the most helpful when we need something assistance with videos, tickets etc and it meant something to her have our support. We had been there when she won French Open jrs, qualifying for French Open main draw and now it was her first time on Ashe stadium, against a seed. I just remember being so proud of her as she fought and was growing into her potential right in front of our eyes. It is so much fun, watching players develop and now Simona is legit Top 50, has wins over US Open champs Kuznetsova and Li and keeps climbing.
So my second match experience as a Wilson person was much different. I watched world #3 and newest Wilson team member Vika Azarenka. She doesn’t really know me and it was important for us to be there , show our support to her know just how happy we are to have her on the Wilson team. And let me tell you, This girl is a ROCKSTAR. I love her fiestiness on court, I’ve never seen a girl really be able to absorb the power of their opponent so well and then play with her own power the next ball. She is a serious contender for the title. Above that, Vika brings some serious energy to the court.. she starts each match walking through the tunnel with headphones and hood, Rocky style, she called out the crowd, sticks out her tongue when she wins and brought some crazy glasses for her post match interview…. seriously awesome. Think doing video with her is going to be a blast.
Besides getting to watch a bit of tennis, it was super fun because Meilen, Vika’s agent, was a player that I played with and have known since we were kids and Vika’s coach, Sam also happens to be Meilen’s husband, so it’s always solid to catch up with them and it’s great to see them have the success they are having in the industry… two of the hardest workers I know. Vika’s team is super fun, I was continually saying when she hit winners or aces that the shot was “Juicy”… lol think I was driving her fitness coach JP nuts- hahaha…. think Juicy is going to stick for all shots hit with the Juice!! 🙂 Use it in a sentence today! 😉
So enough fun for one night, time to get back to work. We are going to try and shoot some video with Vika today and get other footage around the grounds as usual.
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