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Roger Federer reaches up for an overhead with his Wilson Pro Staff tennis racket

Roger Federer reaches up for an overhead with his Wilson Pro Staff tennis racket

I am going to start this post out with some cheese……..

Tennis is a battle, a one on one war, mano e mano combat…..

There is something so special about the fight, the guts, the heart you have to find that only tennis brings out of you, physically and emotionally… your insides are tested on the biggest stages, in front of hundreds of thousands, millions watching, in the biggest moments… RESPECT IT…. these players are great.

Roger Federer showed the heart of a true champion today… everyone was counting him out after losing the first two sets, saying he hasn’t been in good form, he’s a step slow, blah blah blah… I really love every time he proves all the critics wrong and elevates his game and makes all of us remember once again why he is probably the greatest to ever play the game.

Unfortunately, it came at the expense of another Wilson player Juan Martin Del Potro, but it really is awesome to see Roger use his Pro Staff racket to once again reach the semis of a Slam and continue to do his thing. How do you know that Roger is beyond even the most gifted tennis players? Well, when you are in the players lounge and you see other players asking him for a photo and everyone is just a bit in awe watching his practice…. well, that’s pretty d**n special.  You don’t see players watching other players practicing in their spare time… except when Roger is practicing…I think people across the globe are hoping he can get at least one more Slam under his belt and of course, the Olympic gold.

It’s a big year for him and all our players and it’s a blast watching them fight for the big moments.

On a less intense note, check out Next Gen’r Vasek Pospisil’s Inside the Life from Paris. The young Canadian has a really nice complete game, a good all courter and also side note, he’s got former Wilson player Frederic Niemeyer as his coach, so he’s in good hands. It will be fun watching him develop from good and see if he can fight to become great…

Cheers to tennis and what it reveals!! 🙂

Until later,



Video Run

It’s 3:50am and I am wide awake! Not good when I have to run a 5k this morning!!!

Check out these videos….

#1 Eduardo Schwank has been on fire, getting through qualies and reaching the 3rd round with the Wilson Juice Pro, now he has the tall challenge of taking on Nadal later today.

#2 Petra Kvitova and her coach David show their acting skills. We had some uber talented peeps working on this video. Hey Cal, Munn and crew! 🙂

#3 Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau …. it’s no surprise these dudes are two of my favorites cause they are hilarious and they actually ad lib this piece. Think this is MEGA funny and I want to see it get more hits! Come on ladies, don’t see many better ways to spend 30 sec. 🙂

#4 Protest… as some of my colleagues said: “What’s more French than a protest?!” lol Check Paul-Henri Mathieu and Anne Keothavong in it. Help keep the Juice & Steam legal!!

Thanks again to all who sponsored my run. I will try to make you and Papa proud today!! 🙂

Until later,


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Although I am a Libra, balance is not something I do very well….heck, it’s 5am in the morning and I am writing a bloody blog!!!  ;P But sometimes we find balance, we find a way because there are events in our lives that change our views, our opinions, the way we live, etc… and that for me was Sept. 11, 2010, when my father passed from Pancreatic Cancer. Nothing is more difficult to deal with then the loss of a loved one and part of my healing process was to listen to my fathers advice and find a way to try and enjoy the great blessings we are given each day…….

I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to have great family, friends and a fun job that allows me to be around the sport I love and provides a platform that allows me to talk about the things I am passionate about… 

You may not know that pancreatic cancer is the nation’s fourth leading cause of cancer deaths, yet only 2% of all federal cancer research funding goes to pancreatic cancer. Research holds the key to finding better treatments and a cure, so that is why I am running the Dash for Detection in support of Pancreatic Cancer research, benefiting the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and The Lustgarten Foundation this Saturday in Chicago.  Please support my run by clicking & donating here

So now back to the tennis talk!! 🙂  Yesterday we had a blast. I have to say I was super skeptical about our ‘protest’ to keep the Wilson Juice & Steam legal, but it actually turned out great!! It was super fun working with our Wilson France team…. We had Henri Leconte walk the streets of Paris with us, we had Paul Henri Mathieu stop by just before we started and then we had Anne Keothavong in a car thinking there was a serious protest going only to realize it was crazy Wilson!!! lol Check out the video. Test- can you tell what is shot with a professional camera and what clips are shot with the iPhone?! D**n iPhone shooting is more solid than you think!!

And after that it was a day of editing for Robin and I…. it’s great to have someone who edits much better than I do and now I focus on music for the videos!! lol It’s fun, but also not that easy since we make sure we use ‘street legal’ music so not to deal with royalties… so this makes Garage Band key!!!  DJ TSing in da house!! haha

In addition to the protest video, we also got a great video with Robert Lindstedt & Horia Tecau…. all I have to say is that these guys are hilarious and they took the concept to the next level!! I would like to take credit for the humor in it, but it was all them… gotta love guys who are willing to do anything for Wilson!! hahaha

So I gotta rap this blog up cause I have to pack…….

This trip from Rome-Florence-Vevey-Paris has been amazing both professionally and personally, but now it’s time for me to shift gears……

Back to Chicago this AM,

Until later,


Eye Candy/Talent & Cougars

So it’s not an easy job but somebody’s gotta do it!!!. Yesterday was a fun day for me at the suite, there was a lot of…… well, how do we say it?!……TALENT… that came around….lol…….. I am not opposed to many good looking guys coming by the suite, being super nice and friendly…. so I just admire the view….Lukas Rosol, Joao Sousa, Horia Tecau, Robert Lindstedt, Feliciano Lopez & Eduardo Schwank all stopped by yesterday….. eye candy to the max…… it may have been the best looking day thus far 😉 All great guys, but think I am old enough to be their cougar!!! lol

Actually, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is: Which player would you date?

Well for the Wilson tour team, we have a policy that you do not date players or industry people….. This is important because tennis is sooooo small and as much as we (I) joke about the looks/talent, we really keep everything separated and professional. Not sure other brands are as serious as we are on this, but because tennis is so small, we all travel so much and are around the same people week after week, this is not an option…. what’s that saying? Don’t dip your pen in the company ink?!

Tennis is a company/small industry and definitely have to keep it kosher…..but think about the tennis players growing up on the road… it’s really not easy… Serious jr tennis players and pros leave their families and friends and are gone for 25+ weeks a year….Tennis is super international which makes it fun to experience all the different cultures, etc., but it can also reek havoc on your personal life……being gone more than 50% of the year, doesn’t really make a great base for a stable relationship….. in a new country every week, just trying to keep in contact with your loved ones via text, Skype, etc……you can never really replace one on one face time….. and if you told me 10 yrs ago when I retired from playing that I would be back on the road,with the same tennis traveling circus, I would’ve laughed in your face…  guess just like anything, it has its positives and it’s negatives! 😛

So since we are on the dating theme for this entry, check out this fun video we shot with Alexandr Dolgopolov proposing to his…. well, you’ll see!!! 🙂

Will write more on this vid and our vid of our players who fought through the qualifying to make the main draw later, but gotta go get ready….today is the first day of main draw so it will be a long day at the courts….. 3 hrs of sleep total, but I am raring to go!!


Until later,


Joao Sousa, Jacob Martin & Lukas Rosol at the Wilson suite in Paris

Joao Sousa, Jacob Martin & Lukas Rosol at the Wilson suite in Paris

Getting to know Wilson Next Gen’r David Goffin- 2012 Roland Garros

Wilson Next Gen'r David Goffin plays with the Blade 98 tennis racket

Wilson Next Gen’r David Goffin plays with the Blade 98 tennis racket

David Goffin is one of the brightest upcoming stars on the ATP World Tour. Reaching a career high #108 earlier this year, David is a player to watch and has his best tennis still ahead of him. Check out this short interview and see what he likes to listen to before a big match.

Favorite quote: Impossible is nothing

Craziest tennis moment: Win the final point for my country in Davis Cup for my first selection

Favorite chocolate (white, dark or milk):  Milk

One word to describe your personal style: Clean

One word to describe your Wilson racket:  Control