Tag Archives: us open

Serena wins her 17th Grand Slam title

2013 US Open Serena WIN Poster_Final

WTA World #1 Serena Williams wins her 17th Grand Slam title, defeating fellow Wilson player Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-7 6-1 for the US Open title. The defending US Open champ was in control with her Wilson Blade tennis racket throughout the tournament, only dropping one set en route to the title.

“I love New York!” said Serena Williams. “I love the crowd and support here at home. Wilson has been with me every step of the way and it’s a great feeling to know I have the right racket in my hand to play my best tennis.”

Williams has been on a dominant World #1 in 2013, starting the season 26-0, marking the best start to a season since 1997 (Hingis), winning her second French Open Singles title, seven WTA titles and her fifth US Open title.

“Serena continues to leave her mark on the game,” stated Wilson General Manager, Jon Muir. “All of us at Wilson continue to be proud of Serena and her ongoing career achievements on the court.”

Wilson Blade was designed for hard hitting, aggressive players. It’s a control racket for the modern, aggressive game and upgraded with Amplifeel for enhanced feel and a new construction for increased performance. As the choice of many tour and Next Gen players, the Blade is the future of control.

For more on the Wilson Blade: http://www.wilson.com/en-us/tennis/rackets

Advertisements

Win, Spin, and Shred

Image

This week we are giving you a chance to win one our new #spineffect racket. To enter simply head to twitter and tweet, “RT  Be the 1st to shred the competition with our new #spineffect racket, RT to enter!” 

Check the rules below for more details or drop us a line @WilsonTennis. 

Terms & Conditions

Official Rules for the “Win, Spin, and Shred” Giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. Eligibility: The “Win, Spin, and Shred” giveaway (the “Promotion”) is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the United States, Canada (exclusing Quebec), Spain, & Mexico who are at least thirteen (13) years of age or older. Employees, officers, directors, and agents of Wilson Sporting Goods Co., its affiliates or subsidiaries or other companies associated with the Promotion, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to enter.

2. Sponsor: The Promotion is sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods Co., 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60631(“Sponsor”). Twitter is not affiliated with this Promotion.

3. Agreement to Official Rules: By entering the Promotion, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Official Rules and (b) Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

4. Entry Period: The Promotion begins at 12:00 a.m. CT on August 26th, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on September 1st, 2014 (the “Entry Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Promotion.

5. How to Enter: There are two (2) ways to enter the Promotion: (1) in order to receive one (1) entry, follow @WilsonTennis (http://www.twitter.com/wilsontennis) on Twitter and post the following Tweet from your Twitter account “RT  Be the 1st to shred the competition with our new #spineffect racket, RT to enter!” or (2) visit http://www.wilson.com/en-us/forms/tennis-contest/ and complete an online entry form. Incomplete or inaccurate entry forms are void.  Follow the instructions to complete the Promotion entry form, including submitting your name, address, email address and other required information. By entering, you and/or your parent or legal guardian acknowledge compliance with these official rules including all eligibility requirements.  Both methods of entry have the same chance of winning.

Entries including any obscene, foul, defamatory, or inappropriate language, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person/Twitter or Email account. Duplicate entries will not be acknowledged. If you post updates to or receive updates from Twitter via SMS from your wireless phone, your wireless service provider may charge you for each text message you send and receive. Please consult your wireless service provider for more information. All terms and conditions of Twitter.com apply. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same Twitter or Email account. Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different Twitter or Email accounts, identities, registrations, or logins, or through any other methods, may void all of that entrant’s entries and that entrant may be disqualified. The use of any automated system to enter the Promotion is prohibited and may result in disqualification.

For purposes of these Official Rules, “receipt” of an email entry occurs when Sponsor’s servers record the entry information upon clicking the “Submit Entry” or “Accept” button. Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of email) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Sponsor of an entry for purposes of these Official Rules. In the event of a dispute about the identity of an email entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet Access Provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of any Twitter entry, the entry will be deemed to have been made by the authorized account holder of the Twitter user name used to enter will be deemed to be the participant. The potential winner may be required to provide Sponsors and Administrators with proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address or Twitter account associated with the winning entry.

6. Drawings: Following the Entry Period, Sponsor will select one (1) potential winner in a random drawing of all eligible entries received the Entry Period. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. If there are no eligible entries received during any Day during the Entry Period, no prizes will be awarded.

7. Notification and Requirements of Potential Winners: After the Drawing, Sponsor will send a tweet announcing the potential winner; and send the potential winner either: (i) a direct message from @wilsontennis to the potential winner’s Twitter account used to enter the Promotion or (ii) an email to the potential winner’s email account used to enter the Promotion with instructions on how to claim the prize. In order to receive a direct message from Sponsor, you must (a) be following @wilsontennis and (b) have your account settings set to “unprotected” and/or “public.” If a potential winner does not respond and comply with the instructions in the tweet/direct message within five (5) business days after Sponsor sent the direct message, he/she will forfeit the prize and Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from all entries received. Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (the “Affidavit/Release”). If a potential winner fails to sign and return the Affidavit/Release within the required time period, an alternate entrant may be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all entries received during. If potential winner resides in Canada, he/she will be required to correctly answer a question of mathematical skill before the prize will be awarded.

8. Prizes: A maximum of one (1) winner will receive one (1) Spin Effect racket. ARP of prize is $219 USD.

Prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The prizes are not transferable and must be accepted as awarded. You may not request cash or other substitution; however, the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The winner is responsible for taxes any and all other costs and expenses not listed above.

9. General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Promotion is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Promotion to address the impairment and then resume the Promotion in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The Promotion is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

10. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Promotion, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Promotion or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Promotion; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone, or network lines; (c) any errors on the Twitter platform that may prevent an entrant from entering or receiving direct messages; (d) printing errors; (e) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (f) errors in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (g) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use of any prize. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Promotion, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

11. Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Illinois. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Illinois or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Illinois.

12. Privacy: By entering the Promotion, you agree to Sponsor’s use and dissemination of your personal information to third parties. Such use and dissemination of such personal information shall be subject to any privacy policy of Sponsor then in effect.

13. Winners List: The name of the prize winner (if any) may be obtained 30 days after close and no later than September 15th, 2014 by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Wilson Sporting Goods Co. “Win, Spin, and Shred” ATTN: Racquet Sports, 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60631.

 


BASES DEL SORTEO WILSON – FELICIANO LÓPEZ “WIN MY KICKS”

AMER SPORTS SPAIN S.A.U (en adelante AMER) con domicilio en Parque de Negocios el Mas Blau II , calle Conca de Barberà, 4-6, 08820, El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona), y provista de CIF número A-58644303, como propietaria de la marca deportiva WILSON realizara un CONCURSO de ámbito nacional, en las que se podrá optar a ganar un pack de producto Wilson en las condiciones pactadas en las siguientes bases.

Los premios del sorteo se adjudicaran con arreglo a las siguientes BASES:

PRIMERA.-  ORGANIZACIÓN Y OBJETO DEL CONCURSO

El presente sorteo estará organizado por AMER SPORTS SPAIN S.A.U. y se llevara a cabo entre todos los participantes que participen en el CONCURSO que se llevará a cabo en el Twitter oficial de Wilson Tenis España (@WilsonTenisEsp) entre el 26 de agosto de 2014 a las 12:00 a.m. CT y el 1 de septiembre de 2014 a las 11:59 p.m. CT

La participación en el sorteo presupone la aceptación integra de todas las clausulas contenidas en las presentas bases, y la autorización para publicar el nombre y las fotografías de los ganadores mediante los medios que AMER estime convenientes, tales como prensa, paginas web, Facebook, Twitter y otros, respetando en todo caso las disposiciones legales vigentes.

El objeto del sorteo será una racqueta Spin Effect valoradas en 164€.

SEGUNDA.- AMBITO TERRITORIAL Y TEMPORAL.

El ámbito territorial del presente sorteo es el territorio Estados Unidos, Canadá (excepto, Quebec), España y Méjico

Se podrá participar durante los días 26 de agosto al 1 septiembre de 2014 a través del Twitter oficial de Wilson Tenis (@WilsonTennis) o de la página oficial de Wilson (http://www.wilson.com/en-us/forms/tennis-contest/)

AMER se reserva el derecho a suspender, aplazar, cancelar o modificar la duración de la promoción en cualquier momento anterior a su finalización, siempre que existan causas que así lo justifiquen.

TERCERA.- MECÁNICA DEL CONCURSO

El sorteo se va a focalizar vía TWITTER y página web de Wilson, y para poder participar en el sorteo los participantes deben:

  1. Hacerse follower de @WilsonTennis
  2. Hacer un retweet “RT  Be the 1st to shred the competition with our new #spineffect racket, RT to enter!”
  3. Formularios de inscripción incompletos o inexactos serán nulos.
  4. DURACIÓN DEL SORTEO: 26 de agosto de 2014 a las 12:00 a.m. CT y el 1 de septiembre de 2014 a las 11:59 p.m. CT

Se realizará un sorteo al azar, mediante el se obtendrá un (1) ganador. Las posibilidades de ser seleccionado dependerán del número de participantes.

Se contactará con el ganador vía mensaje directo en Twitter (para ello es necesario que sea seguidor de @WilsonTennis y configurar la cuenta como “desprotegido” o “público”) o mediante el correo electrónico que haya facilitado en la inscripción. Si el ganador no cumple con la normativa o no responde en el plazo de 5 días hábiles desde que se comunica el ganador, el Patrocinador podrá seleccionar un nuevo ganador entre los participantes restantes.  En este sentido, será imprescindible que el ganador manifieste su aceptación al premio de un modo AMER pueda tener constancia de ello.

AMER se reserva la potestad de cambiar la fecha y la modalidad del sorteo por causa debidamente justificada, comunicándolo con antelación por cualquier medio fehaciente.

CUARTA.- PARTICIPANTES.

Podrán participar en el sorteo todas las personas físicas residentes en España mayores de edad. En caso de que un menor de 18 años resulte ganador del sorteo, se requerirá la aceptación de sus padres/tutores para poder gozar del premio. En caso contrario, deberá ceder al premio al primer reserva.

Todos los datos introducidos por el participante deberán ser veraces, pudiendo ser contrastados en todo momento por la organización del sorteo.

En el supuesto de que el participante hubiera facilitado datos falsos o de otra persona, su participación no será tenida en cuenta, quedando a tales efectos excluido de la promoción y de la posibilidad de optar a premio alguno. 

QUINTA.- INCOMPATIBILIDADES.

No podrán participar en el sorteo aquellas personas que se encuentren vinculadas mediante relación laboral a AMER SPORTS SPAIN S.A.U, ni a empresas o entidades vinculadas directa o indirectamente con el sorteo, con los premios a entregar, así como tampoco los familiares directos de estos. El incumplimiento de esta base, supondrá la perdida del premio obtenido.

SEXTA.- PREMIO

Las persona que resulte ganadora en el presente sorteo, se les otorgará el premio consistente en una racquet Spin Effect valoradas en €164.

En caso que por cualquier circunstancia el premiado no pudiese o quisiese aceptar el premio o renunciase al mismo, AMER podría proceder a repetir el sorteo y elegir otro ganador. En caso que el siguiente ganador a su vez no aceptasen o renunciasen al premio, éste podrá ser declarado desierto, pudiendo volverlo a sortear en el momento en que AMER lo decida.

La renuncia al premio no dará lugar a ningún tipo de indemnización o contraprestación.

El premio objeto del presente sorteo, en ningún caso podrá ser objeto de cambio, alteración, compensación o cesión a petición del ganador, debiendo disfrutarse en los días señalados a tales efectos.

AMER se reserva el derecho de hacer cambios en los modelos del premio objeto del producto dependiendo de las limitaciones de stock e otros condicionantes. 

SEPTIMA.- ACEPTACION DE LAS BASES

El participante en el presente sorteo acepta expresamente las presentes bases del sorteo.

El incumplimiento de alguna de las bases dará lugar a la exclusión del usuario del presente sorteo.

En caso de existir dudas o discrepancias sobre la interpretación de las presentes bases, en todo caso prevalecerá en criterio de AMER.

Excepcionalmente y por motivos debidamente justificados, AMER podrá modificar las presentes bases una vez empezado el sorteo.

 OCTAVA.-RESPONSABILIDAD. 

AMER SPORTS se reserva el derecho a suspender, o cancelar el presente sorteo, en cualquier momento, en casos de fuerza mayor, por caso fortuito o por cualquier otra causa justificada que así lo aconseje, sin que de ello se derive para los participantes, derecho alguno a percibir indemnización alguna por parte de AMER.

Los premiados eximen a AMER de cualquier responsabilidad derivada de cualquier daño y/o perjuicio que pudieran sufrir durante la entrega y disfrute del premio.

AMER SPORTS declina cualquier responsabilidad por daños y perjuicios de toda naturaleza que pueda deberse a la falta temporal de disponibilidad, de continuidad, funcionamiento, acceso a la pagina web del concurso.

NOVENA.- PROTECCION DE DATOS PERSONALES.

De conformidad con lo dispuesto en la ley Orgánica 15/1999 de Protección de Datos de Carácter Personal, y en la Ley 34/2002 de Servicios de la sociedad de la información, los datos personales recabados formaran parte de una base de datos, incluida en un fichero inscrito en el Registro General de Protección de Datos titularidad de AMER SPORTS SPAIN S.A.U. Dichos datos serán tratados con las siguientes finalidades:

. Gestionar la participación en el sorteo, publicar el resultado y ponerse en contacto con el mismo en caso de resultar ganador o suplente en la forma prevista en las presentes bases.

. Conocer las preferencias de los participantes en referencia a los productos de las marcas gestionadas por AMER SPORTS tales como Wilson.

. Informar sobre nuevas actividades, productos i servicios que realice AMER SPORTS y las marcas que esta gestiona.

AMER dispone de las medidas necesarias para garantizar la seguridad y confidencialidad de estos datos.

Los participantes pueden ejercitar sus derechos de Acceso, Rectificación, Cancelación y Oposición, mediante correo electrónico a infospain@wilson.com o mediante petición escrita aportando fotocopia de DNI dirigida a AMER SPORTS SPAIN S.A.U, Parque de Negocios el Mas Blau II , calle Conca de Barberà, 4-6, 08820, El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona)

DÉCIMA.- DERECHOS DE IMAGEN. 

Los ganadores del sorteo, autorizan a la organizadora del sorteo a reproducir, utilizar y difundir su nombre, apellidos, imagen y voz en cualquier actividad publicitaria y/o promocional que este relacionada con el presente sorteo, todo ello en cualquier medio incluido internet, sin que dicha actividades les confieren derecho de remuneración o beneficio alguno con excepción de la entrega del premio conforme a las presentes bases.

UNDÉCIMA.- INFORMACIÓN

Los participantes pueden mandar un correo electrónico ainformation.WilsonSpain@amersports.com,  para aclarar sus dudas en referencia al presente sorteo.

DUODÉCIMA.- DEPÓSITO DE LAS BASES

Las presentes bases quedan depositadas delante de un abogado del Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona, y pueden ser consultadas durante la vigencia del sorteo en la página web: http://www.wilson.com/en-us/forms/tennis-contest y en las oficinas de Racquet Sports, 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60631.

TRIGESIMA.- JURISDICCION Y COMPETENCIA. 

Cualquier causa de litigio que pudiere surgir del presente sorteo se regirá por la legislación Española. A tales efectos tanto AMER como los participantes, se someten expresamente a la jurisdicción y competencia de los Tribunales de la ciudad de Barcelona, con renuncia expresa al fuero que pudiere corresponderles, excepto que la Ley impusiera otro distinto.

Chicago a 24 de Agosto de 2014.

 

Win a Trip to The US Open

have-a-ball-web-graphic

No, you didn’t misread it. As the official ball of the Australian Open and the US Open, Wilson is giving you a chance to win a trip to the US Open. For real. All you have to do to enter is “Have a Ball.” Head to the “Have a Ball” app on our Facebook page, submit a photo of yourself with a Wilson tennis ball, and ask your friends to vote. At the end of the entry period (February 14th), the more votes you have the better your odds of winning – Wilson staff will choose our favorite photo out of the top 5 with the most votes to win a trip to the US Open. So get out your cameras and tennis balls, be creative, show some Wilson spirit, and (you guessed it) Have a Ball!

See below for the official rules.

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, ENTRANT AGREES TO BE BOUND BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE DECISIONS OF SPONSOR, WHICH ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL REGARDS.

 THIS CONTEST IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH, FACEBOOK. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE PROVIDING YOUR INFORMATION TO WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO AND NOT TO FACEBOOK. THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE WILL ONLY BE USED FOR PURPOSES OF ADMINISTERING THIS CONTEST.  ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR COMPLAINTS REGARDING THIS CONTEST SHALL BE DIRECTED TO SPONSOR AND NOT TO FACEBOOK.

Sponsor: Wilson Sporting Goods Co., 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60631; Administrator: Biztegra Partners LLC, 6586 Hypoluxo Rd Ste 237, Lake Worth,FL33467, USA

1. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec),  Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Spain (“the Territory”) who (i) reside and are physically located in the Territory (ii) are at least thirteen (13) years of age in the place of their residency as of January 14th, 2013; and (iii) are fans of the  Wilson Fan Page on Facebook.com which can be accessed at  www.wilson.com/tennisfacebook or http://www.facebook.com/WilsonTennis (“the Wilson Fan Page”).  In order to become a fan of the Wilson Fan Page, you must have a Facebook account. Membership on Facebook is free, and can be obtained by logging on to www.facebook.com and following the onscreen instructions to open an account.  Employees, officers, directors (and members of their immediate families [spouse, parents, siblings and children and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside] or households, whether or not related) of Sponsor and its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, franchisees, affiliates, licensees, directors, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, volunteers, independent contractors and advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to participate. The Contest is void outside the Territory, in Puerto Rico, all US territories and possessions and where prohibited and is subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial/territorial and local laws.

Continue reading

On The Rise: Rhyne Williams

Wilson Next Gen player, Rhyne Williams, has stretched his success from Tennessee Volunteer to pro player on the rise. And by rise we mean RISE. Williams proved himself as a junior, winning three singles futures, but since turning pro this young player has shot up over 300 spots on the ATP rankings…and that’s just in the past year. No coincidence there, folks. That kind of tennis play takes serious training and dedication; the kind of dedication that secured him a spot in the main draw of the 2012 US Open & garnered a wild card playoff win for the Australian Open. We got a chance to catch up with Williams before he boarded the flight to Oz and he was nice enough to fill us in on his strategy going into the second Slam of his career. Read on! 

Wilson: Rhyne, congrats on winning the Australian Open wildcard playoffs. This makes the second major in a row for you…any differences in strategy between the US Open & Oz?

Rhyne Williams: Thank you. I have made a few improvements in my game during the preseason training such as moving forward to close out points, taking my backhand early, and serving bigger second serves. I would like to Implement those things down here in Australia.

W: What aspects of playing (or visiting) Australia are you most looking forward to?

RW: I am looking forward to seeing a new culture and meeting new people. I also really want to visit a local zoo if I have time. As for the playing aspect, just being in the main draw of a slam will be incredible. I would like to try and get some wins before heading to Melbourne. 

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

RW: I probably won’t be able to sleep too long. My legs and neck usually start hurting after 6 hours then I turn to Tv and movies. I downloaded season 3 of my show Justified and also season 10 of Family Guy. Maybe there will be someone seated next to me who is halfway interesting.

W: You’ve really blazed up the rankings in the past year. Is there anything specific you would attribute that to? 

RW: I would attribute a lot to my fitness level which has increased probably 30 percent. I still have a lot of work to do but I am getting there. Also I am happy traveling with my cousin/coach Christopher Williams. He has helped me a bunch with my mental game. 

W: What are your professional goals for 2013?

RW: In 2013 I just want to give myself opportunities to make the Grand Slam main draws. Either by qualifying or making main draw off of ranking. An amazing year would be finishing near the top 100. That’s a hefty goal.

W: What about personal? Any New Years Resolutions? 

RW: Hmm… I have not made any New Years resolutions but I guess it’s not too late. How about I limit myself to pizza once a month. That’s going to hurt.

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.

Congrats to 2012 US Open Women’s Singles Champion Serena Williams

Rock it out!!

Jacob Martin, Milos Raonic and Mario Vergara

Jacob Martin, Milos Raonic and Mario Vergara

Hey there,

Well it’s Friday, last day of qualies, and it feels like I have already been here an eternity and the main draw hasn’t even started yet!!
Maybe it’s a hangover still left from last years US Open?! LOL

The last couple of days have been super productive, we have been working on things to show just how much Wilson is involved in the US Open. Wilson and the USTA have been great partners for over 30 years… we have been the Official Ball for 34 years and we are also the Official Stringer for the tournament. We also run a store on site that is located in Armstrong. One thing you may not know is that almost everyone that works in Wilson HQ in Chicago works the Wilson store. It is our opportunity to make sure we connect with the tennis fans/players and get feedback so we always can improve and make the best products possible. It’s uber hardwork for 3 weeks, but everyone is awesome at it!! Come say hello!! 🙂

Being in NY always has a certain amount of energy that no other city in the world has and the US Open brings the best out of the city in a time of the year. Most people are normally in the Hamptons chillin, but everyone comes back to see the best tennis players rock it out in Flushing!!!

Players have pretty much arrived: Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Mardy Fish, Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic, Philipp Kohlschreiber, have all been on site practicing and doing their sponsor commitment events in the city.

Last night was nice for me as I managed to have dinner with my Mom and my uncle who live here in NY and on my way back to the hotel, I ran into Andrea Petkovic!!! Andrea was on her way back to her hotel from the Taste of Tennis which is a fun foodie event. I know I said this in a blog prior, but I’m just really happy to see her back on tour, she is such a good person for the WTA as she is not afraid to show her personality, ham it up a bit when needed and just all in all have fun and enjoy it!! She is a ROCKSTAR and it’s GREAT to have her back.

Anyway, Robin and I are at the hotel now, editing video and making sure we have stuff ready for next week.  Later today we will shoot stuff for our HOPE campaign (more to come on that) and we will be going to MSG for a special announcement later this evening.

Until later,

Tracy

Great photo of the Wilson Stringing Room at US Open. Photo courtesy of Robin Fenlon

Wilson Stringing Room at US Open. Beats by Dre a necessity when stringing Serena Williams’ Wilson Blade Team tennis racket!
Photo courtesy of Robin Fenlon