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Outstanding 2012 Drives Momentum for Wilson Tennis Athlete and New Technology Success for 2013 Australian Open

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Coming off an exceptional 2012 on tour and a year with considerable growth in Wilson’s business and brand position, Wilson Tennis (www.wilsontennis.com) is in top form for the Australian Open with defending women’s champion Victoria Azarenka, Wilson-career player Roger Federer and 2012 US Open winner Serena Williams, fresh off her title at the Brisbane International Tournament. With the introduction of new Blade™ rackets, along with the new Steam and top selling Juice® and Pro Staff® rackets, Wilson is positioned well to continue its growth in 2013.

“Our athletes had an incredible 2012,” said Jon Muir, general manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “Combined with very strong business results, we have fantastic momentum heading into 2013 and the Australian Open. We developed an amazing pipeline of new products that drove our growth in 2012 and our player’s success on tour with these same products further fueled our development. We are looking forward to seeing some of our new technologies and new head to toe softgoods collections help our player’s success for the Australian Open and throughout 2013.”

Serena Williams continues her success with Wilson’s new Blade racket for 2013, winning the 2013 Brisbane event, which marks her 47th career title and extends her dominant performances to 35 wins in her last 36 matches.  Wilson tour players produced other milestones at Brisbane: Grigor Dimitrov broke through to the finals with the Pro Staff; and Kei Nishikori reached the semis playing with the Steam.

Heading into 2013, Wilson has also signed French player Gael Monfils, who has switched to Wilson’s new Blade racket along with Russian Vera Zvonareva, winner of last year’s Australian Open’s women’s doubles title, playing with the new Steam 99.   Along with Wilson’s new Blade and Steam racket ranges, Wilson’s head to toe players will be using the new Rush Pro shoe and wearing our spring season apparel collection.

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Wilson Talks to Australian Open Wildcard, Madison Keys

Madison Keys at the 2012 Wimbledon Qualies

It’s official. We have Grand Slam fever! With under a week left until the Australian Open, it’s GO-time. Wilson staff are in Melbourne busting out the Wilson Suite and the pros are hard at work to prepare for the first Slam of the season. Among these Oz elite are many of Wilson’s Next Gen players. We got a chance to talk with Madison Keys, a Next Gener who’s Australian-Open-bound after her second consecutive wild card playoff win.  This week, Keys easily bested two top 50 players at the Aria International and hasn’t stopped yet. Keys will now face Li in her first ever  WTA Quarterfinal. Oh, and did we mention that she’s only 17? Currently at her career high ranking of 135, we say the sky’s the limit for this young player. Read our Q&A below and be on the lookout for her at the Australian Open!

Wilson: Congratulations on winning the Australian Open wildcard playoff for the second year in a row. We’re excited to see you in action! What are you most looking forward to about returning to Australia this year?

Madison Keys: Well firstly I’m just excited to be going Down Under again. This will be my 3rd time and I’m excited to see Australia again. I’m also looking forward to being in another Slam. It’s always super exciting being in a Grand Slam and I’m very happy that all my hard work has helped me to win this great opportunity of being in main draw.

W: Any differences in your strategy going into the tournament between this year and last year?

MK: Yes, my biggest goal is to win more than 3 games and not get my butt kicked! HAHA.. I feel like I am going to be more prepared for this tournament than I was last year. The last season has really helped me get a better idea of how I want to play and how to put my game together which hopefully will help me complete my goal.

W: You have a really strong serve. Any tips for young players looking to improve their serve speed and accuracy?

MK: My biggest tip is to practice…a lot. Just taking a basket out and putting up targets can really help, and you can do it by yourself.

W: What are your professional goals for 2013?

MK: My biggest goal for 2013 is to make it into the main draw of a grand slam on my ranking. Other than that goal I just really want to keep improving on what I’ve been working on and to be happy with how I played and competed after each match that I play, win or lose.

W: How about personal? Any New Years Resolutions?

MK: I will keep my room cleaner and be nicer to my sisters…haha jk. (that was for my mom) For real my biggest resolution is to finish up my senior year with good grades in 2013.

W: On the long flight to Oz, what will you do to kill the boredom? Do you watch movies, sleep, read, etc?

MK: On the flight I’m going to read (already downloaded 4 books on my Kindle) and watch lots of movies. Pitch Perfect (a new personal favorite movie of mine) will be watched at least once. I also plan on sleeping as much as possible, when we get there it will be early morning, so I’m going to have to stay up all day.

Rookie of the Year is Next Gen

So it’s Sunday night and I am watching 1993 movie Rookie of the Year as I type this blog… you know the movie, before Gary Busey became certifiably nuts, Home Alone star Daniel Stern directed & starred and Thomas Ian Nicholas as a super cute kid pre – American Pie status….

Guess it’s only fitting to watch this…… the movie is described as a Chicago boy who miraculously receives the gift of a powerful pitching arm to become a major league pitcher…. well,  every pro tennis player at one point was seen just as someone that had a special gift….. a big serve or great hands or tactician…. every athlete dreams of making it to the big time…. to have that breakthrough moment and have the admiration of all…

And almost every Grand Slam there seems to be someone who surprises us, elevates their game and captures our hearts… and perhaps becomes the ‘NEXT’ tennis superstar…. David Goffin was probably that great story at the French Open. Who will it be for Wimbledon?!

There is definitely some great potential out there and it is always fun to see who can take it to the next level and go from gifted to great.  We will be keeping a close eye on our Next Gen’rs in the first round, Laura Robson, Kristina Mladenovic, Arantxa Rus, Andrey Kuznetsov, Vasek Pospisil, Guillaume Rufin and many more…..

Would love to see these players reach their potential and become household names around the world!!!

GO WILSON NEXT GEN!!!

Until later,

Tracy

Guillaume Rufin swings his Wilson Blade tennis racket

Guillaume Rufin swings his Wilson Blade tennis racket

Laura Robson plays with the Wilson Blade 98 Pink tennis racket

Laura Robson plays with the Wilson Blade 98 Pink tennis racket

Day 6- Paris 2011

With his Wilson Six.One 95 BLX in hand, Stephane Robert celebrates the win of his career at Roland Garros

Hey all,

Well today was an exciting day of matches. We had some players pull some upsets and grind out some tough ones.

The biggest upset of the day, came from a hometown favorite Stephane Robert, who used his Wilson Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet to defeat #6 seed Berdych! Stephane’s game is so different, so tough to play against and with the crowd behind him, he was on fire! Biggest win of his career for sure.

Also getting wins were Wilson players Roger Federer, Petra Kvitova, Juan Martin Del Potro, Sara Errani, Kaia Kanepi, Leonardo Mayer, Mickhail Kukushkin, Michael Berrer, Olga Govortsova, Mardy Fish, Sania Mirza, Sabine, Lisicki, Philipp Petzschner, Steve Darcis and Thomaz Bellucci.

In the suite, it was all about our doubles players as they tend to get in a few days later than our singles players as doubles normally starts the Tuesday or Wednesday of each Slam. As far as equipment, doubles players tend to use softer strings, but with more “traditional” frames. The Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet is definitely a winner on the ATP World Tour!! 🙂

Also in the suite, we had Grigor Dimitrov stop by and do a Ustream, which was fun. He’s a dynamic player with a good sense of humor….hoping that this Wilson Next Gen player takes the next step forward in his career!! Check out our UStream http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14911872

See you later today, Tracy

Wilson Next Gen'r Thomaz Bellucci gets a win with his Wilson Six.One BLX racquet

Federer and Fish, a Wilson BLX Final in Cincinnati

Roger Federer plays with the Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racket

Federer and Fish, a Wilson BLX Final in Cincinnati

Roger Federer and Mardy Fish will go head to head with their Wilson Six.One BLX rackets for the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters title in Cincinnati.

 “Wilson is proud to have both finalists playing with the new BLX technology,” said Wilson Global Tour Director Massimo Calvelli. “The tennis has been terrific this week and it’s nice to see Roger and Mardy find their form leading into the Open.”

Roger Federer eased into the finals with a 6-4 6-3 win over Baghdatis. Defending champion, Federer is vying for his fourth Cincinnati title.

Mardy Fish has been in outstanding form throughout the summer hard court season, taking the singles title in Atlanta and doubles title in Washington DC. This week, he defeated ATP Tour World #8 Verdasco, #4 Murray and former World #1 Roddick en route to the final and put himself in position to capture his first ATP Tour Masters Series tournament title.

The Western & Southern Financial Group Masters Series finals will be played at 12pm Eastern time.

Mardy Fish plays with the Wilson Six.One 95 BLX tennis racket

All Wilson Sunday on WTA Tour

 
 
 

Agnes Szavay uses the Wilson Blade Team tennis racket

All Wilson Sunday on WTA Tour

Showing that tennis rackets do help bring results, it will be an all Wilson affair for the singles titles in Palermo and Prague when Wilson Tour Team players Flavia Pennetta, Kaia Kanepi, Agnes Szavay and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova take the court.

“Wilson prides itself on providing the best technology and equipment for each player to help them reach their goals,” said Global Tour Director Massimo Calvelli. “All four players use a different tennis racket from our line and I think that shows the great depth and diversity in our products. We believe we can find the right racket for any player.”

Flavia Pennetta serves with her Wilson Blade 98 tennis racket

In Palermo, World #12 Flavia Pennetta will swing her Wilson Blade 98 tennis racket as she looks to defend her title when she takes on Kaia Kanepi. Recently, Kanepi has ignited her game playing with the Pro Open BLX as she reached her first Wimbledon quarterfinals and now this finals appearance.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova swings the Tour BLX tennis racket

After using her Blade Team tennis racket to win Budapest last week, Agnes Szavay is looking to continue her nine match win streak and take her fifth career WTA Tour title when she takes on Barbora Zahlavova Strycova for the Prague title. Vying for her first WTA Tour title, Zahlavova Strycova will swing her Tour BLX tennis racket when she takes the court against Szavay on Sunday.

“There is no question in a players mind that the racket is one of the most important components of confidence on court,” said Kanepi. “Wilson provides the rackets that feel the best and I am happy to be at the top of my game with the new Wilson BLX racket.”

Kaia Kanepi plays with her Pro Open BLX tennis racket

Wilson’s Next Generation Sweep Roland Garros Junior Singles Titles, Again

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 VelottiElina 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.”