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Not Your Average Tuesday Night in the Desert by Bryce Pereira

Roger Federer & Bryce Pereira

Roger Federer & Bryce Pereira on set at the Wilson shoot

Anyone who knows me, knows that Roger Federer is my all-time favorite tennis player. Hands down. No one else even comes close to Roger, in my mind. So imagine my surprise when I got a call from Tracy Singian of Wilson, asking me to be in a commercial with Roger Federer.

Roger Federer. ROGER FEDERER!! I couldn’t believe it. Tracy told me that Wilson had chosen 3 other juniors to be in the commercial as well. Wow. After I spoke with Tracy, I went back to my practice and I was fired up.

Finally, the day arrived. The commercial was being shot at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert. I had played on those courts lots of times in tournaments, so I was familiar with the atmosphere. I met Tracy last year when I did several videos for Wilson. I also knew Robin Fenlon, who filmed me for those videos. Both Tracy and Robin are cool and easy to work with so I knew the shoot was going to be fun.

But this was a much bigger production than last year’s shoot. When I arrived, I saw Roger through the fence, and there were lights and cameras and crew members everywhere. I went to change into my wardrobe and Tracy came over to say hi and said that there were media people there to do interviews with the juniors. Whoa. I was not prepared for that. My mom told me to stand up straight. Haha

I met Bogdan, the junior from Romania that had flown in for the shoot. I also met Ronnie, who is 4 years old. I already knew Raquel because we used to train together. All of us kids were so excited.

We warmed up a couple of courts over from where Roger was filming, and I saw him watching us. Then we got called over to meet him. I shook his hand. We did some scenes with a lot of action and Roger was having as much fun as we were. He talked to us between takes and I don’t know about the others, but I couldn’t believe how laid back and normal he was.

Then came the scene where I got to hit with Roger. I was so nervous. When the cameras started rolling, I heard Tracy tell my mom that I looked “tight.” Tracy was right. She talked to me and said to just have fun and let it go. We did a second take and I did. I felt really good about my backhand and I started to rip the ball. I was actually exchanging one-handed backhands with Roger Federer!!!!!!!!!!! The Greatest of All Time!! The ball was coming off of Roger’s racquet so cleanly. I had to focus extra hard so that I wouldn’t shank. Haha

After that scene, Roger asked me how long I had had a one-handed backhand. He was asking ME questions. How cool is that?! He told me what it was like going through juniors with a one-hander. I could definitely relate.

I think the commercial is going to be awesome.

I want to say thank you to Tracy, Robin, Mr. Muir, and the whole Wilson Team for giving me this opportunity. Everyone was so nice and they made the shoot so much fun. This was a night I will never, ever forget. It was a dream come true. I think back on it now and I still can’t believe it sometimes. I am very lucky. Life is good.

See you on the courts,

Bryce

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WILSON LAUNCHES WILSON COLLEGIATE TENNIS CAMPS IN U.S.

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Debuting this coming summer at top universities across the country, Wilson launches Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps (www.wilsontenniscamps.com). The camps provide players ages 8-18 years of age overnight programming led by college tennis’ top head coaches. Featuring first rate facilities and the latest and most sophisticated teaching techniques, the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps provide best in class preparation for those participating in elementary school, middle school, high school, United States Tennis Association (USTA) team tennis, or preparing to compete in USTA tournaments and leagues.

 “This is an exciting time at Wilson Tennis both at the professional level and for our brand and business outlook going forward,” said Jon Muir, general manager for Wilson Racquet Sports. “We took this momentum and, working with Premier Sports Camps, designed a performance-driven program and approach that will complement the training of junior players eager to take their game to the next level with a true college tennis experience.”

Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps will launch at ten locations across the nation, including: Brown University, Case Western University, Colorado College, College of William & Mary, Kalamazoo College The University of Virginia, The University of North Florida, The College of Wooster, The University of Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt University.

Junior players of all skill levels will receive instruction on the fundamentals of all major strokes and will enhance their skills through progression, ball-feeding drills, live-ball situations and competitive match play. In addition, campers will be exposed to team competition and match play in singles and doubles. 

Head Coach Bobby Bayliss of The University of Notre Dame added, “We’re thrilled to be a flagship camp for the Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps and to expand our summer program to more juniors this coming summer. This new partnership will enable us to have our most successful summer to date.” 

“In an environment dedicated with small group settings, an emphasis on individual attention, and tailored instructional programs, The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camps raise the bar on what to expect and what can be achieved at summer tennis camp,” continued Muir. Additional information on specific camps, registration, and dates is offered at www.wilsontenniscamps.com.

Getting to know Wilson Next Gen’r Gaby Andrews- Get her Australian Open 2012 playlist

Gaby Andrews represent Wilson from head to toe

Gaby Andrews is a young up and coming American tennis player and Wilson Exclusive athlete.

Fresh off winning the Australian Open Girls Doubles title, check out what she likes to listen to get pumped up.

Well done in Oz, Gaby!!!

Wilson Exclusive athlete Gaby Andrews wins the 2012 Australian Open Girls Doubles title with Townsend

Wilson Next Gen armed with Blades in Australian Open Junior Semifinals

Wilson Next Gen is tomorrow’s tennis superstars, they are the future of our sport.
Check out which Next Gen players used their Wilson Blade tennis rackets to make some waves down under in Australian Open Junior action.

Filip Peliwo hits a backhand with his Wilson Blade 98 tennis racket

 

Canadian Filip Peliwo has been on a tear in Australia, winning the Traralgon International Singles title and now finds himself one win away from claiming the 2012 Australian Open Boys Singles title. Filip says he is ‘finally’ playing some of his best tennis. Filip’s future is bright and we will watch him swing his Wilson Blade 98 when he takes on Luke Saville for the Australian Open title.

 

Eugenie Bouchard hits a forehand with her Wilson Blade 98 Pink tennis racket


Canadian Eugenie ‘Genie’ Bouchard used her Wilson Blade 98 Pink to reach the semis of the Australian Open Girls Singles. Ranked #3 on the ITF Junior Circuit and #305 on the WTA Tour Singles rankings, Genie is on the fast track to success.

Mackenzie McDonald hits a big forehand with the Wilson Blade 98 tennis racket


In only his 2nd Grand Slam junior event ever, 16 year old American Mackenzie “Mackie” MacDonald used with his Wilson Blade 98 to fight his way through the junior qualifying and all the way through to the Australian Open Boys Singles semifinals. Mackie is no doubt a player to watch.

 

Adam Pavlasek slices with his Wilosn Blade 98 tennis racket

Adam Pavlasek showed variety with his Wilson Blade 98 to reach the semis of the Boys Singles and the finals of the Boys Doubles.
His all court game is a joy to watch.

 

Can I get a….. – G’Day 12- 2012 Australian Open

 

In the words of Jay Z, can I get a what what?! (Well, that’s the clean version!)…..

Sometimes when you take risks it pays off and when you sign players, it’s very much a gamble. Every company in the biz is searching for the next Federer or next Serena that will help them push the envelope and really be able to show that not only are the products the best quality, but they are cool as s**t and the best players want to play with them.

We definitely want to be and ARE living proof that our products perform at the top levels for the best players in the world. It’s something we take pride in.

Most recently, we signed Feliciano Lopez to represent us head to toe. Feli has been a long time Wilson racket guy and loves the brand, so it really was a natural fit. He is one of the most stylish and detailed guys out there, so it REALLY speaks highly for our tennis apparel and shoes. On top of that, he is playing some of his best tennis this week and it’s making people really pay attention to our threads. We are serious about how good our clothes are and having Feli beat Isner and now he will take on Nadal in our gear from head to toe and get great coverage on tv…… well, that’s just good s**t! 😉

On top of that, Nicolas Mahut is not wearing the Tour Ikon shoes and speaks so highly of our sneakers, he was talking to Michael Llodra about the Ikons and now Michael practiced with them, loved them and passed by the suite to talk about playing with them in his match today… wow, that’s amazing.

The newest member of our team Vika Azarenka is using the brand new Wilson Juice and looks in great form and she is killin the ball.

Trust that players HATE change, so if they make a switch and want to switch to a different racket or shoe, it’s because they think it enhances their play.

This week, we are off to a good start….. well let’s just say, so far so good and we are proud of where we are at in this moment…. GO WILSON TEAM!

Until later,

Tracy

ps Yes, it’s 3am and I am writing this… sleeping issues continue!!!

 

Renaud Vallon and Michael Llodra at the Wilson Players Suite

 

Fish reaches career milestone with Wilson BLX

Mardy Fish plays with the Wilson Six.One 95 BLX tennis racquet

 

Fish reaches career milestone with Wilson BLX

Today Mardy Fish reached a career high #7 on the ATP World Tour.
Since transitioning to Wilson BLX a year and a half ago, Mardy Fish has had his best results, taking home 3 ATP Tour titles, reaching 4 finals, reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the 1st time in his career and most recently, he reached the finals of the ATP Masters Series tournament in Montreal.
 “My confidence is at an all time high. Being in good shape and having the right equipment are two big components of that. Players want things to come automatically and with my Wilson Six.One 95 BLX racquet, I feel like I can get in the zone,” said Fish.
Now each time Fish steps onto the hard courts of the US, he is proving that American tennis is alive and well.
 
 
To meet Mardy Fish, join Mardy & Wilson in their attempt to break a Guinness World Record, go to:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=149051131837926

Wilson player Andrea Petkovic reaches Top 10 in the World

Andrea Petkovic reaches new heights with her Wilson Six.One Team BLX tennis racquet

 

This week’s rankings revealed a milestone for Andrea Petkovic, as she reached a career high No.10 on the WTA Tour. This is her first time on in the Top 10 and comes on the heels of her semifinal showing in Carlsbad. Armed with her Wilson Six.One Team BLX racquet, Andrea Petkovic is having a stellar year, reaching the quarterfinals of Australian Open and French Open and now finds herself in the quarterfinals of Rogers Cup after defeating Wimbledon Champ Petra Kvitova.

“Andrea is a long time Wilson player & a great ambassador for the game of tennis, “ said Renaud Vallon, Global Tour Director for Wilson Racquet Sports. “We are proud to have her on the team and look forward to supporting her future success.”

Petkovic will join fellow top ten player, Mardy Fish, in Wilson’s attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Record for the “Most people to bounce a tennis ball on their racquet in one location” on August 26, 2011 at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. This is a special opportunity for players of all ages to meet world class athletes and set a world record. For more information on the event and how to win a trip to New York to help Andrea Petkovic, Mardy Fish & Wilson break the record, go to: www.facebook.com/wilsontennis