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Ice Cream Showers- G’Day 14- 2012 Australian Open

Tracy Almeda-Singian and Mario Vergara

We gonna make you sweat, a night you won’t forget, are you ready for.. Ice cream showers, Ice Cream showers… lol ok, it really is Champagne Showers by LMFAO but ice cream is more important to the Wilson Tour Team than champagne!!! At least, most nights! 🙂

As you know, I am one for traditions and rituals, so yesterday we did our Slam tradition of getting our ice cream after teardown. This was someting that we started when Massimo was the director and I joined the team. Both him and I go crazy for ice cream and it is definitely the light at the end of the tunnel when you are in deep in boxes and counting string, bras, shirts, shorts and everything. There are a lot of fun parts of our jobs, more than the average bear, but counting strings and separating apparel are probably the most unenjoyable things to do, EVER. And ice cream is definitely the best motivation to get through it.

So we made it through another year of player services at a Slam and for some reason, this Australian Open was busier than years past… we did get most of the work we wanted done and had some fun in the process.

We will be on site today for some final videos, but this is officially my last blog for the 2012 Australian Open…

14 videos, 14 blog entries, 1 busted printer (Clement), 1 pair of sunglasses broken, 1 lost camera cover, countless Facebook updates & Tweets and Blackberry in tact…  2012 Australian is a wrap!!

Hopefully, you enjoyed the insights to the Wilson team and our experiences on the road.

Until Paris, Ciao….



Rap it up!- G’Day 6- 2012 Australian Open

Wilson Tour Team Family Dinner. I'm the only girl, lucky me!

Ok, so making time to write a blog everyday is a bit more difficult than I thought, especially when we are trying to service the players and shoot cool as s**t video!! And how can you tell when I am getting tired? I curse a f**kin lot!!  ;P

So yesterday was crazy, the players suite has been non-stop (3 busiest days ever), we are all just running and trying to make sure every single player in the draw receives the new Wilson Tour tennis bag…. not an easy task. We are 15 players away and the main starts tomorrow so that will be our first project this morning….

Yesterday was super hectic, but fun, Wilson Softgoods Director Claire had Feli Lopez for a few hours to make sure we have ads for the next few months. The photos came out great, make sure to check our Facebook for those photos. www.facebook.com/wilsontennis Not a bad way to spend an afternoon…. ladies, let’s just say it was not painful…. Claire asked Feli, “Can you please take your pants off?” and he obliged! lol Not the way you think! He was just changing outfits for the shoot…. took some control not to take photos or drool!! hahaha

After that, we shot Milos Raonic for the Inside the Life of video that we started here. We’ve had pretty good feedback on these videos, which I am pretty proud of… I always get psyched when people get into the work, keeps me motivated even when I am exhausted. It’s super fun to see the ‘real’ person when I shoot these things……we shot Alexandr Dolgopolov the day before, so check out the video below. It was awesome to see another side of Alex and see him let loose and rap!! He is a great player, he is one of the few I really enjoy watching play and think he is going to be a consistent contender in the years to come…

So the real highlight of last night was the Wilson Tour Team dinner. It is a tradition (I’m all about tradition!) that we make the time at least once during each tournament to have a meal as an entire team. What you may not realize is that Renaud & Clement live in France, Jacob in Spain, Mario, Ron, Joel and I live in Chicago… so it’s a very limited amount of time that we actually spend physical time together, we are always communicating via email, phone and BBM, but tournies are the only time to catch up face to face and together as an entire team.  It’s important, for business and for fun! I like to call it the family dinner cause we do all work so closely together and we do feel like family in so many ways… you can not see each other for a long time, but you pick up where you left off… you argue like dogs, but at the end of the day, we’ve got each others back!!!! lol   🙂 Only one thing missing last night… Dianne! Miss you Dianne! 🙂

You guys may or may not know two of our family members, Ron Rocchi & Joel, but you should! 🙂 They are the people behind making sure every player’s racket is ready for battle.  They are our R&D crew and run the stringing room at the Australian Open and an important part of the team. Ron went big time last night with the 650+ gram steak…solid!! 😛

Anyway, I have to run, get ready to go to the courts and we HAVE TO get these bags to the players so they have the new stuff and you guys see the real new stuff on tv! 🙂

Until later,


Pictures say 1000 words- G’Day 5- 2012 Australian Open

Hey there,

It was an extremely long day and a very successful one, but I am exhausted so this blog will let photo and video tell the story and I promise to write more tomorrow! Just some of todays highlights, met with Feliciano Lopez on the tennis gear and the photoshoot we will be doing tomorrow, had a blast shooting video with Alexandr Dolgopolov, that video will be on later this weekend and possibly the funniest challenge was done today… and no, I did not lose.

Until later,


Petra Kvitova stops by the suite to catch up with Renaud Vallon

Anne Keothavong, Feliciano Lopez & Claire Ortiz having fun at the suite

Anne Keothavong, Feliciano Lopez & Claire Ortiz having fun at the suite

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova & Clement Morel relive the memories with the new Juice & Steam. Further info to come! 😉


Vika Azarenka plays with the new Wilson Juice BLX tennis racket



Azarenka starts 2012 with new Wilson Juice™


Wilson Sporting Goods has signed a long term partnership with #3 Victoria (Vika) Azarenka.

“I’m extremely excited to be changing to Wilson’s new Juice racket. The power and spin that I feel with this racket is insane and I look forward to seeing what I can do with it,” said Azarenka.  In addition to the Wilson Juice tennis racket, Azarenka will accessorize with the matching new blue Tour tennis bag and exclusive EmotiSorb shock absorber every time she steps on the court.

“Vika’s talent is undeniable and she has been one of the tours most consistent performers. Our goal is to provide the best equipment to help elevate her game and help her reach her goal of winning her first Grand Slam,” said Renaud Vallon, global tour director for Wilson. “She’s is a powerful player, with a dynamic personality and we are very thrilled to have her join the Wilson family.”

In 2011, Azarenka finished at a career high of number three to become the highest-ranked Belarusian player in history, after reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the finals at WTA Tour Championships in November. Azarenka has also begun to distinguish herself off the court as a tennis teen idol with her good looks, fashionista ways and engaging Twitter posts.

Leading up to the 2012 Australian Open, last week, Azarenka upset world number one Caroline Wozniacki, at the World Tennis Charity Invitation in Hua Hin, Thailand, by beating her 6-2, 7-5 and is off to a great start at the Apia International Sydney, defeating Stefanie Voegele  6-2 6-1 in the 1st round. She will now take on Jankovic.


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Wilson Racquet Sports Sponsors 50th Orange Bowl Tournament


Wilson Racquet Sports, a division of leading sports equipment manufacturer Wilson Sporting Goods  is proud to serve as official ball sponsor of this year’s Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, which begins this week in Coral Gables, Fla., and runs through December 23. This year’s tournament has received a record number of over 1,300 competitor applicants aged 14 and under, attracting the most promising young tennis stars from around the globe.

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a classic tennis tournament that draws boys and girls from as far away as Russia and Japan, as well as hometown locals,” said Renaud Vallon, global tour director for Wilson. “The Orange Bowl continuously produces top notch talent and proves to be a fundamental tournament in helping future tennis professionals. We are excited to be a part of this process.”

 This year’s players to watch include Wilson top juniors and recent winners of the Eddie Herr International, Dominique Schaefer (U.S.), winner of the Girls 12’s Singles title and Mariya Shishkina (U.S.), winner of the Girls 14’s Singles title. Wilson head to toe player Bogdan Borza (Romania), who is currently the European under 14’s Boys Singles Champion will be an exciting prospect to follow, as will last year’s 12 and under Junior Orange Bowl runner up Chan Yeong Oh (Korea) and Florida native Noah Makarome, the current number two ranked player in the U.S. in boys 12 and under.

Past alumni of the Orange Bowl Championship boasts an impressive list, including Wilson players Juan Martin Del Potro, Justine Henin and Chris Evert, as well as past and current ATP and WTA stars.



Wilson Next Gen players continue to rise in the ranks

Wilson Next Gen players continue to rise in the ranks

Thomaz Bellucci plays with the Wilson Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet

Wilson’s next generation of tour players are ready to make their presence felt on tour.

This week, Thomaz Bellucci swung his Wilson Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet to reach his first ATP World Tour Masters Series series semifinal after having back to back Top 10 wins over Murray and Berdych.

Swinging his Wilson Tour BLX racquet, Kei Nishikori is at a career high #46 on ATP World Tour, assisted by a finals appearance in Houston and reaching the Round of 16 in Barcelona.

Grigor Dimitrov is at a career high #66 on the ATP World Tour. Playing with his Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racquet, Grigor has made great strides, reaching his first ATP World Tour quarterfinals in Munich.

Serving it up with his Wilson Blade 98, Milos Raonic finds himself one step closer to the Top 20. After reaching the semifinals of Estoril and improving his 2011 match record to 23-8, Milos is now at a career high #25 on the ATP World Tour.

“It’s fantastic to see our young players start to find their groove,” said Wilson Global Tour Director Renaud Vallon. “It’s coming at an exciting time leading into the French Open and we hope to see them amaze some people.”

To learn more about Wilson Next Gen….go to: http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/next-gen/intro/

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Kei Nishikori plays with the Wilson Tour BLX tennis racquet

Grigor Dimitrov plays with the Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racquet


Milos Raonic plays with the Wilson Blade 98