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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

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My how time flies- G’Day 6- 2012 Australian Open

2012 Australian Open Junior Champs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova & Clement Morel

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova & Clement Morel relive the memories with the new Juice & Steam, who aged well?! 😛

So I am writing my blog super early today because I have a spare moment and the rest of the day is going to be bananas!!!!

One of the most frequent questions that I get is how do you get a job with Wilson….. it’s a great question and I think the most simple answer is that you have to have a passion for sport.

Now, how do you get on the Tour Team? Well, that is maybe a bit different. What you may or may not know is that the team: Renaud, Jacob, Mario and Clement all played at an extremely high level of tennis. Everyone is very humble about their tennis background, well except for me- I don’t do humble (ha!), but the team understands what it takes to play at a high level and what the expectations are to TRY to make it in pro tennis.

That is a huge part of scouting and having a feel for who should be our Next Gen player, who we want to join the Wilson team, etc….Now this is going to sound cocky (sorry) but the boys are definitely the best in the industry. Renaud was a really good junior, Jacob played at TCU, Mario Vergara played at U of West Florida and our newest member, aka the Rookie… Clement Morel, he actually won the Australian Open Boys Singles title in 2002!!!!

Now the best part of this was not that he won, it was pulling up the picture a few days ago!!! hahaha

Come to find out, the year he won, who was the girls champ? Wilson Exclusive athlete Barbora Zahlavova Strycova!!! :P

And now the big question…. who aged better?! We want to know what you think!!! hahaha

Anyway, Barbora is still out there playing bigtime and Clement gets to be involved in the sport he loves… guess the point I was making is that there are so many different ways to be involved in the sport and all it takes is committed passion.

We may not have all reached our ‘potential’ but we all love it and working our a** off for it!! haha

Speaking of that… off to our apparel shoot with Feliciano Lopez… after that, we shoot video with Milos Raonic.

Until later,

Tracy

Are you the next Wilson team member?!

Will you be NEXT?

Bonjour from Paris!!!

The Wilson Tour team and I just landed in today in preperation for Roland Garros.

We have tons of Wilson BLX tennis bags, Pro Overgrip and Luxilon Alu Power ready for our players and are excited to bring you some fun stuff from the city of romance.

It’s going to be a busy 10 days here, but we are looking forward to watching some of our Next Gen boys in action later today….(it’s now 12:45am here)…. make sure to keep an eye on Federico Delbonis, Andrey Kuznetsov, Agustin Velotti and more…

If you are interested in being part of our Next Gen and think you have what it takes to be part of the Wilson team, go to http://apps.facebook.com/wilsonmorenext/ and check out this video for more info: 

Until tomorrow, Tracy

Wilson GM Jon Muir receives Tennis News 2009 Person of the Year Award in Indian Wells

Roger Federer congratulates Jon Muir

On March 14, Jon Muir received the 2009 Tennis News Person of the Year Award from Tennis News Publisher Bob Larson and Steve Bellamy on Center Court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden during the BNP Paribas Open. Prior to the ceremony, Muir also received a congrats from Wilson’s top player Roger Federer.

Jon Muir, the 2009-10 president of the Tennis Industry Association, and worldwide general manager of Wilson Racquet Division was named the Tennis News 2009 Person of the Year.

Through his leadership the TIA is evolving as an industry organization to establish industry economic objectives, an increased focus on creating frequent players/consumers for the sport, and establishing clearer communications and tools that can be utilized throughout the industry.

In 2009, the TIA held two “summit” meetings with representatives from all the major organizations in the industry to discuss concerns and develop further their focus in the following areas:

* Economic Health: TIA is embarking to measure the total size of the tennis industry to include all stakeholders and gather other key economic barometers so they can focus more on big picture goals to increase the total revenue size and economic impact of the industry, including understanding total employment that is driven by the tennis industry.

* Communication & Awareness: The TIA is building & consolidating its information into one single website (www.tennisindustry.org) that will allow all stakeholders to access basic research information, key facts & updates, and general messaging information for the sport and industry that everyone can utilize to further drive interest in tennis and allow everyone to leverage shared information to drive potential non-endemic revenues into our industry.

* Frequent Players: While participation now exceeds 30 million total players and tennis is the fastest growing traditional sport in America, the TIA must focus additional efforts to translate this into more frequent consumers for our sport and industry. There are currently 5.4 million frequent players, but as Muir has stated if we can just achieve a 5% increase each year, we will exceed 9 million frequent players by 2020 and this would have a substantially positive economic impact on our industry and sport – over the next 10 years – and all stakeholders from retailers to tennis professionals, membership to events, media to manufacturers will have a dramatically larger economic pie to share in – that benefits all.

Muir has committed that the industry will begin to see the TIA evolve in 2010 to support these focus areas while still maintaining its strong research and overall participation efforts with the USTA.

One other tool of interest that the TIA has been working on is its “PlayTennis” widget concept that may provide a powerful type of tennis search engine pathway tool to everyone in the industry that helps players find local facilities, certified tennis professionals, quickstart programs, and other potential simple search filters that will support new and re-joining players finding the appropriate pathway to becoming a frequent player in the sport. In addition to this, the TIA launched its “Racket Up, America” promotion in 2009 as a first step to rally the industry focus on getting people playing tennis given the challenging economic environment and this was meant to drive consumers to buy a new racket with tennis retailers. The TIA has said it will continue to explore ways to expand the Racket Up, America promotion in 2010 for broader awareness and impact.

Muir started his career in tennis as a teaching professional in Southern California and was soon offered a sales rep position by Dave Haggerty and Steve Zalinski at Dunlop. Two years later, in 1997, he was hired by Bob Shafer at Wilson as a territory sales manager in the Southern California area. He has served in various positions at Wilson in sales, promotions, and marketing before taking his current responsibility as worldwide General Manager in 2006. Now he travels frequently, about 150 days a year with most of this internationally to support Wilson’s business and growth outside the US market.

Muir is still a current, certified tennis professional with both the USPTA and the PTR organizations as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the USTA national board as a Presidential Appointee of Lucy Garvin.

To follow Wilson General Manager Jon Muir around the globe and get the inside scoop on the tennis industry go to Jon Muir’s Twitter click here

http://twitter.com/jonmuir_wilson

Steve Bellamy, Jon Muir & Bob Larson on Center Court at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport Join Elton John Tonight

Serena Williams uses the Wilson K Blade Team racket

 

Tonight, for the first time ever World TeamTennis will be live streaming the annual WTT Smash Hits charity tennis event (http://www.WTT.com/SmashHits) that benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

This year’s 17th annual charity competition will take place in Baton Rouge, LA on the campus of LSU; Tuesday, December 8th.

As always, Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John will co-host the event and will be joined by numerous tennis stars: Wilson players Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport along with Roddick, Gambill, Rubin, Huber, Kournikova, Haas, and Britton.

Go to http://www.WTT.com/LiveStream to view this great event.

Wilson is proud to be the Official Ball of WTT

Kournikova, Elton John and Lindsay Davenport