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Wilson extends sponsorship of Davis Cup and Fed Cup

Wilson Business Director Europe Christian Singer and ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti

The ITF announced today that it has renewed its sponsorship agreement with Wilson Racquet Sports as an international partner of Davis Cup and Fed Cup. Wilson will remain the Official Ball of Davis Cup and Fed Cup for a further five years, starting in 2013 through 2017.

Wilson joined Davis Cup in 2002 as an official partner and manufacturer of the Official Ball of Davis Cup. It currently markets the Wilson Davis Cup Tour ball as the Official Ball of Davis Cup, a premium tennis ball that is ideal for play on all court surfaces.

Wilson went on to become an official partner and manufacturer of the Official Ball of Fed Cup in 2006, since when it has increased its on-site presence and activities at all ties in the ITF’s premier team competitions.

In addition to its long-term support of Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Wilson has a strong commitment to grass roots tennis. It is currently the Official Ball of the ITF’s junior team competitions at the under 14 and under 16 level; the exclusive supplier of tennis rackets, shoes, clothing and accessories to the ITF Development Coaching Team; and has also supported the ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “Wilson remains an outstanding partner for the ITF, helping in our efforts to develop and promote the game. In particular the company has been a long and loyal sponsor of our premier team competitions, and we are delighted to have its continued support for many years to come.”

 

“The Davis Cup and Fed Cup are iconic tennis institutions, important to the heritage of the sport and to our brand,” said Jon Muir, general manager for Wilson Racquet Sports. “These events help to drive the local participation efforts in many countries around the world, and our brand and business efforts have aligned to support this as well. We are pleased to continue this strong partnership and look forward to bringing the energy of the game to all generations of tennis fans.”

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Azarenka’s Juice’d Semifinal Appearance- 2012 Australian Open

The newest member of the Wilson team, Vika Azarenka uses her Wilson Juice 100 tennis racket to defeat defending champion Clijsters 6-4 1-6 6-3 to reach her 1st Grand Slam final at the Australian Open.
GO VIKA!!

Victoria 'Vika' Azarenka plays with the new Wilson Juice 100 tennis racket

 

Vika gets pumped

 

Vika’s gear:

Juice 100
Tour 15 pack tennis bag blue
Luxilon Alu Power 125
W vibration dampener yellow

 

It takes an army- G’Day 2- Australian Open 2012

Jacob Martin and Clement Moral discuss tennis string

Well, today we set up the suite!

When we got here we had over 50+ boxes calling our name. Between the rackets, bags, string, grips and everything, we really are tennis’ traveling circus!! haha

We are fortunate enough to have some great people like Dianne B and our team in Chicago that get all our stuff here and make sure we are geared up for the players. It takes an army for this Tour Team to be successful!!!

Everything went pretty smoothly today, no big hiccups and we definitely got an upgrade on the suite this year…..think the players will be happy.

I know Jacob, Clement and I are enjoying it thus far…. we have a Nespresso machine to keep us well caffiened up to stay awake and fight our jetlag!!! 😉

We managed to catch up with Milos Raonic a little bit as he is staying at the same hotel as us. He is coming off a great win in Chennai…he told that before the final, he had not packed his bags, so after collecting the trophy, he rushed back to the hotel, packed his bags and hit the midnight flight to Melbourne to make it to play the popular Kooyong exo, which starts tomorrow. It’s amazing how much changes in a year…. he was qualifying here last year and now he is a legit title contender!! It’s awesome to see our Next Gen fulfill their potential.

Tomorrow qualies starts, we will be scouting & watching some of our 2012 Next Gen’rs…… so we will be on site, trying to bring you guys some fun photos from the tourny.

Until later, check out a little video of the suite here: http://www.twitvid.com/MTOS5

Tracy

PS the photo is of Jacob and Clement, geekin out and talking tennis string… looks like they are doing a string challenge… could be something new for 2012, right?! 😛

Listen to Kei Nishikori’s pre-match playlist

What do player’s do to get psyched up for a match? Listen some of their favorite songs and chill before getting ready to own the court.

Check out Kei’s Top songs on his iPod right now and if you haven’t check it out already, watch Kei & Ike in MORE PREP.

Inside Wilson Next Gen……Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic is part of Wilson Next Gen

Milos Raonic has made his presence known on the ATP Tour.

Using his Wilson Blade 98 racket, Raonic qualified and took down #10 seed Youzhny and #22 seed Llodra  to reach the 4th round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career. He also recorded the most aces of the tournament. Raonic is currently at a career high #94 on the ATP Tour.  Australian Open was his breakout tournament and marks the beginning of great things to come.

We caught up with the 20 year old Canadian Raonic to get to know him a little bit better.

 

Milos Raonic

Racket: Blade 98

Grip Size: 4 3/8

Grip: Wilson Pro Overgrip

String: Luxilon M2 Pro

String Tension: 43 lbs.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/milosraonic

 

Getting to know Milos……….

How old were you when you played you won your first tournament?

I was 10 years old, I won the doubles even of the under 12 provincials. My first singles win was a year later at a very low level tournament.  

Do you still have your first tennis trophy? If yes, where do you keep it?

I am not sure, but I am pretty sure I haven’t thrown many or any trophies away. All of them are kept in my parents house.  

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?

I have pretty long legs, so maybe I would be the guy that walks around on sticks. My sticks would be shorter than normal since my legs are already long enough.

Tea or Coffee?

Neither. Hot chocolate please.  

Name a singer or band that you cannot stand to listen to

Hardcore rap, I really don’t like it. So I don’t know many artists in this genre.  

Name a movie you love to watch over and over

Hangover, also I am waiting to see Due Date again, I feel in love with the movie the first time.

What is your favorite curse word?

I try to be polite and stay away from them.

What do you love about your Wilson Blade 98 racket?

I love the feel and control of the racket. The rackets responce as well, I feel the ball stay on the racket a millisecond longer allowing me to do more with the ball. And on top of all of this the Blade 98 still provides the power I need in my serve and the rest of my game to make my opponents run and help with my ace count.

 

Milos Raonic gets pumped with his Wilson Blade 98 racket

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber Endorses Wilson Tennis Apparel and Footwear

Philipp Kolschreiber is now a Wilson exclusive athlete

 Philipp Kohlschreiber Endorses Wilson Tennis Apparel and Footwear

Wilson Racquet Sports is proud to announce that Philipp Kohlschreiber, in addition to his long standing racket contract with the brand, will be a “head-to-toe” player and will debut their 2011 apparel & footwear line starting in January.

Since joining the tour in 2001, Philipp has been a consistent force on the ATP Tour, earning 8 singles and doubles titles as well as 4 Tour finals. He has also advanced to the fourth round in 3 Grand Slam Tournaments and is currently ranked #32 on the ATP Tour.

“Wilson is the brand I trust with my equipment and has helped me throughout my career. I’m excited about their renewed focus on apparel and footwear and that I am able to be a part of the new program,” Philipp said. 

Philipp will be working closely with the Apparel and Footwear Team at Wilson, providing input into the creation and development of new products.  The Wilson apparel and soft goods line features premium technical fabrics and the latest technologies, which focus on fit and function.   Philipp will wear the newest collections throughout the season and will debut all of the latest footwear styles along with it.

 “We are extremely excited to have Philipp as part of our team,” said Claire Ortiz, Global Business Director for Footwear & Apparel. “We are looking forward to working closely with him on our product initiatives as we work toward creating the highest level of core and elite performance footwear and apparel product.”

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Wilson renews Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori plays with the Wilson Tour BLX tennis racket

Top touring pro, Kei Nishikori, has signed a multi-year contract to continue with his long time racket sponsor, Wilson Racquet Sports.

Nishikori has been a member of the Wilson Team since he was 10 years old and in that time climbed to a career high #56 in the ATP World Tour rankings.  “I am pleased to continue playing and endorsing Wilson,” Nishikori said. “They have supported me so much throughout my career and I am excited to continue our relationship for many years to come.”

The #1 Japanese player returned to the tour this year after recovering from elbow surgery, and has been making a statement ever since. He won back to back ATP Challenger Tour titles at the Savannah Challenger followed by a win at the Sarasota Open. At this year’s US Open, Nishikori ousted the 11th seed Marin Čilić, 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1, to advance to the third round. He was also named the 2008 ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year.

Following his strong showing at the US Open, Nishikori will play a full fall schedule in Asia and Europe. “Kei is a dynamic player with an aggressive style of play,” said Massimo Calvelli, Global Tour Director of Wilson Racquet Sports.  “This partnership represents a significant piece of our overall marketing strategy.  Kei has a strong following in Japan and the local region and his influence on our overall sales is key and integral to the brand.” Nishikori is currently playing with the Wilson Tour BLX racket.