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Congrats to all our players on a great 2012 Olympic games!

Embodying the best that tennis has to offer, Wilson players won eight Olympic medals in London, more than any other racket brand. Hallmark victories included: a gold for Serena Williams with her Wilson Blade Team; a silver from Roger Federer, 17-time Grand Slam champion in the men’s final, using his Pro Staff 90; and a gold for Serena and Venus Williams in the women’s doubles. In addition, world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka earned a historic bronze for Belarus, and Juan Martin Del Potro secured a bronze for Argentina. 

 

“We are proud of all of our players who competed in London,” said Jon Muir, general manager, Wilson Racquet Sports.  “To see such outstanding performances and medal-winning achievements is something that we all celebrate for our players.”

 

Williams won her first individual Olympic gold in top form after winning her fifth Wimbledon title on the same court four weeks earlier. Losing only 17 games in her six matches, the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion shares the tennis record of four Olympic golds with her sister, Venus. In windy conditions, Williams dominated Maria Sharapova with big serves from the baseline to defeat her 6-0, 6-1 and become the second woman ever to win a Golden Slam.

 

“This win means so much to me because it’s my first individual gold medal and I’ve worked incredibly hard for it,” said Williams. “Grand Slam wins feel amazing but winning in the Olympics is another feat completely.”

 

Williams joined her sister Venus to secure gold again for the U.S. in women’s doubles. They defeated Wilson player Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic who took the silver medal. Serena is the first player in history to achieve a Golden Slam in both singles and doubles.

 

Victoria Azarenka, playing with the Juice 100, became the first medal winner for Belarus in Olympic tennis history. In mixed doubles, Wilson players Azarenka and Max Mirnyi clinched the gold medal. Next generation Wilson player Laura Robson teamed with Andy Murray to win silver.

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Wilson Team Goes for Gold!!!

Wilson is proud to have so many great athletes participate in this years games in London! COME ON!!

 

Wilson players competing in London.

 

 

WILSON PLAYER SERENA WILLIAMS WINS 5TH WIMBLEDON, 14TH CAREER GRAND SLAM AND 42ND CAREER TITLE

Congrats Serena! MORE WIN

Congrats Serena! MORE WIN

Serena Williams, Wilson player and two-time Olympic gold medalist, claimed the coveted Wimbledon title for the fifth time in her career today, securing her 14th career Grand Slam win and 42nd career title. She defeated Agnes Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in a tough battle, with her Wilson Blade Team racket.

 

Williams came out strong winning the first set in just 36 minutes. After a brief rain delay, Radwanska came back winning the first game and the second set. Williams focused on her control in the third set, tying it at 2-2 and keeping the lead to win the third set and her fifth Wimbledon title.

 

“I was on my game today,” said Williams. “It has been a great two weeks of tennis for me. Wimbledon is so special and this win means even more being an Olympic year. I can’t wait to come back to the All England Club in a few weeks and compete in the Olympics.”

 

This is Williams’ 42nd WTA title and she has had a Wilson racket in hand for all her title wins. She has won more major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active player, male or female.

 

With this win, Williams moves to no. 4 in the WTA   rankings and is the highest ranked American woman on the tour.

 

“Serena fought hard today and achieved what will no doubt be considered a pivotal win in her career,” said Renaud Vallon, global tour director of Wilson Racquet Sports. “As a long-time Wilson family member, we have seen her excel many times at this celebrated tournament; we are proud to be a part of her continued success.”

 

The Wilson Blade Team flex and pinpoint accuracy make it the racket of choice among top professionals, including Serena and her sister Venus. The larger head size provides more punch, while the lighter weight gives players greater maneuverability for hitting big shots with increased control.

And so Wimbledon begins

Lukas Lacko swings his WIlson Blade 98 BLX into the main draw of Wimbledon

Hey all,

Well, officially Day 1 of  Wimbledon has ended. And in a shocking twist, it was cut short due to rain…. 😉 ok, not so shocking.

With her Wilson Blade Team BLX racquet, Venus made a successful return with a straight set win and Wilson Next Gen’r Ksenia Pervak  used her Tour BLX racquet to pull the upset over #22 seed Peer.

Tennis has actually been going on for a week with qualies action. What separates Wimbledon from the other Grand Slams is that qualies is played at another club called Roehampton, about 20 minutes away from the All England Club.

It’s not the same….yes, the court conditions at Roehampton have been compared to cow pastures and are not anywhere close to the level of the All England Club…. it’s far from luxurious.

Putting some tennis court lines, a net and a fence, hardly make it great conditions to play in.

With this being said, all the more credit to those players who win three straight matches to make it to the main draw of the most prestigious Grand Slam.

Here are out players that made their way through and managed to make it to the big, big, big show!!

Good luck Wilson team!!

Until later, Tracy

Qualified

Andreas Beck- Six.One 95 BLX

Frank Dancevic- Wilson Exclusive – Blade 98 BLX

Lukas Lacko- Blade 98 BLX

Flavio Cipolla- Six.One 95 BLX

Maria Erakovic- Blade 98 BLX

Kristyna Pliskova- Blade Team

Igor Sijsling- Six.One 95 BLX

Lucky Losers

Stephanie Dubois- Wilson Exclusive

Stephanie Foretz- Blade 98 Pink BLX

 

Venus Williams swings her Wilson Blade Team BLX to victory

Serena Williams captures 4th Wimbledon title, 13th Grand Slam

2010 Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams

Serena Williams made her presence known when she defended her Wimbledon title. The match was all about Serena’s well known power game as she defeated Zvonareva in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

“It feels incredible to defend my title here at Wimbledon,” Serena said after her victory. “Vera is such a great competitor but I knew that if I stuck to my game, I had a good chance of winning.”

With her [K] Blade Team racket, the 13 time Grand Slam champion held strong throughout the entire tournament and did not drop a set over two weeks at the All England Club.

Serena knows that her powerful serve gives her an advantage on any opponent and hit 9 aces Saturday, taking her tournament total to a Wimbledon record- 89.

This title gives Serena her 4th Wimbledon in the span of eight years and her 13th Grand Slam overall. She is continues to be world No.1 and is certain to stay at the top, where she has reigned for 110 weeks.

Serena currently stands as world No.1 at both singles and doubles, only the sixth woman in history to do so. With this 13th title, Serena surpasses Billie Jean King’s 12 Grand Slam title record, and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are Williams’ next goal, with 18 majors each.

“Honestly, I’m just doing what I can and working hard,” Williams said. “These great champions give me the motivation to reach my goals.”

Wilson’s Next Generation Sweep Roland Garros Junior Singles Titles, Again

2010 Roland Garros Junior Champions Agustin Velotti & Elina Svitolina

 

Wilson’s Next Generation Sweep Roland Garros Junior Singles Titles, Again

For the second consecutive year, Wilson players take the Roland Garros Boys and Girls singles titles. Last year, Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Berta lifted the Roland Garros trophies and went on to finish the year #1 on the ITF Junior Circuit for 2009. This year, using their Wilson Blade rackets, Agustin Velotti and Elina Svitolina take home the Roland Garros Junior Singles titles.

Using his Wilson Blade 98 tennis racket, Agustin Velotti won the Roland Garros Boys Singles crown when he beat Collarini 6-4 7-5 to become the first Argentine to lift the title since Coria in 1999. Coming into the tournament unseeded, this was no easy feat for the Velotti, as he defeated #15 seed Baluda and 2010 Australian Open Junior Champion Fernandes en route to the title.

The 18 year old Argentine Velotti, who is now ranked #2 on the ITF Junior Circuit, recognizes Wilson as big part of his success.

Wilson has been a big supporter of me and my tennis for many years,” said Velotti, who signed a long term deal with Wilson last year. “The racket is the most important part to a player feeling confident on the court and I’m absolutely delighted to have won Roland Garros with my Blade racket.”

Like VelottiElina Svitolina was also unseeded and fought her way through the draw, taking down #19 seed Pipiya, # 4 seed Nastja Kolar,  #9 seed Beatrice Capra en route to the crown. 

Playing for the first time at Roland Garros, 15 year old Svitolina used her Wilson Blade Team racket to defeat Jabeur 6-2 7-5 to take her 1st Grand Slam junior title and lift her ranking to #4 on the ITF Junior Circuit.

 “I played really well this week and I look forward to playing Serena now,” Svitolina said jokingly.  When asked about being part of Wilson’s next generation of players, she said “Wilson has the best players and it’s really great to keep Wilson’s streak going at Roland Garros. I love my racket and couldn’t imagine playing with anything else.”

Wilson GM Jon Muir receives Tennis News 2009 Person of the Year Award in Indian Wells

Roger Federer congratulates Jon Muir

On March 14, Jon Muir received the 2009 Tennis News Person of the Year Award from Tennis News Publisher Bob Larson and Steve Bellamy on Center Court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden during the BNP Paribas Open. Prior to the ceremony, Muir also received a congrats from Wilson’s top player Roger Federer.

Jon Muir, the 2009-10 president of the Tennis Industry Association, and worldwide general manager of Wilson Racquet Division was named the Tennis News 2009 Person of the Year.

Through his leadership the TIA is evolving as an industry organization to establish industry economic objectives, an increased focus on creating frequent players/consumers for the sport, and establishing clearer communications and tools that can be utilized throughout the industry.

In 2009, the TIA held two “summit” meetings with representatives from all the major organizations in the industry to discuss concerns and develop further their focus in the following areas:

* Economic Health: TIA is embarking to measure the total size of the tennis industry to include all stakeholders and gather other key economic barometers so they can focus more on big picture goals to increase the total revenue size and economic impact of the industry, including understanding total employment that is driven by the tennis industry.

* Communication & Awareness: The TIA is building & consolidating its information into one single website (www.tennisindustry.org) that will allow all stakeholders to access basic research information, key facts & updates, and general messaging information for the sport and industry that everyone can utilize to further drive interest in tennis and allow everyone to leverage shared information to drive potential non-endemic revenues into our industry.

* Frequent Players: While participation now exceeds 30 million total players and tennis is the fastest growing traditional sport in America, the TIA must focus additional efforts to translate this into more frequent consumers for our sport and industry. There are currently 5.4 million frequent players, but as Muir has stated if we can just achieve a 5% increase each year, we will exceed 9 million frequent players by 2020 and this would have a substantially positive economic impact on our industry and sport – over the next 10 years – and all stakeholders from retailers to tennis professionals, membership to events, media to manufacturers will have a dramatically larger economic pie to share in – that benefits all.

Muir has committed that the industry will begin to see the TIA evolve in 2010 to support these focus areas while still maintaining its strong research and overall participation efforts with the USTA.

One other tool of interest that the TIA has been working on is its “PlayTennis” widget concept that may provide a powerful type of tennis search engine pathway tool to everyone in the industry that helps players find local facilities, certified tennis professionals, quickstart programs, and other potential simple search filters that will support new and re-joining players finding the appropriate pathway to becoming a frequent player in the sport. In addition to this, the TIA launched its “Racket Up, America” promotion in 2009 as a first step to rally the industry focus on getting people playing tennis given the challenging economic environment and this was meant to drive consumers to buy a new racket with tennis retailers. The TIA has said it will continue to explore ways to expand the Racket Up, America promotion in 2010 for broader awareness and impact.

Muir started his career in tennis as a teaching professional in Southern California and was soon offered a sales rep position by Dave Haggerty and Steve Zalinski at Dunlop. Two years later, in 1997, he was hired by Bob Shafer at Wilson as a territory sales manager in the Southern California area. He has served in various positions at Wilson in sales, promotions, and marketing before taking his current responsibility as worldwide General Manager in 2006. Now he travels frequently, about 150 days a year with most of this internationally to support Wilson’s business and growth outside the US market.

Muir is still a current, certified tennis professional with both the USPTA and the PTR organizations as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the USTA national board as a Presidential Appointee of Lucy Garvin.

To follow Wilson General Manager Jon Muir around the globe and get the inside scoop on the tennis industry go to Jon Muir’s Twitter click here

http://twitter.com/jonmuir_wilson

Steve Bellamy, Jon Muir & Bob Larson on Center Court at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden