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Outstanding 2012 Drives Momentum for Wilson Tennis Athlete and New Technology Success for 2013 Australian Open


Coming off an exceptional 2012 on tour and a year with considerable growth in Wilson’s business and brand position, Wilson Tennis (www.wilsontennis.com) is in top form for the Australian Open with defending women’s champion Victoria Azarenka, Wilson-career player Roger Federer and 2012 US Open winner Serena Williams, fresh off her title at the Brisbane International Tournament. With the introduction of new Blade™ rackets, along with the new Steam and top selling Juice® and Pro Staff® rackets, Wilson is positioned well to continue its growth in 2013.

“Our athletes had an incredible 2012,” said Jon Muir, general manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “Combined with very strong business results, we have fantastic momentum heading into 2013 and the Australian Open. We developed an amazing pipeline of new products that drove our growth in 2012 and our player’s success on tour with these same products further fueled our development. We are looking forward to seeing some of our new technologies and new head to toe softgoods collections help our player’s success for the Australian Open and throughout 2013.”

Serena Williams continues her success with Wilson’s new Blade racket for 2013, winning the 2013 Brisbane event, which marks her 47th career title and extends her dominant performances to 35 wins in her last 36 matches.  Wilson tour players produced other milestones at Brisbane: Grigor Dimitrov broke through to the finals with the Pro Staff; and Kei Nishikori reached the semis playing with the Steam.

Heading into 2013, Wilson has also signed French player Gael Monfils, who has switched to Wilson’s new Blade racket along with Russian Vera Zvonareva, winner of last year’s Australian Open’s women’s doubles title, playing with the new Steam 99.   Along with Wilson’s new Blade and Steam racket ranges, Wilson’s head to toe players will be using the new Rush Pro shoe and wearing our spring season apparel collection.


Serena Williams Named WTA Player of the Year

She’s done it again…for the fourth time, to be exact. After extraordinary tennis play in 2012 including wins at Wimbledon, the US Open and the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Serena Williams has been named WTA’s Player of the Year.

Playing with her Wilson Blade Team BLX tennis racket, “Serena Williams put together one of the greatest seven months in the history of women’s tennis from April to October this year, winning two Grand Slam titles, Olympic gold and 48 of 50 matches” says the WTA of Williams’ 2012 season.

From the entire Wilson crew, we’d like to issue a a warm congratulations to Serena on the award and we look forward to watching her dominate 2013!

Dream date

Hey there,

It’s been a while! 🙂 We have been super busy here in Chicago, celebrating the great wins at Wimbledon for the Wilson team (6 titles!), preparing for US Open and 2013! It’s been uber hectic around the office but good things are happening and I have loved being here to enjoy the Chicago summer. There is definitely fun to be had in this city…(more on that at a later date!)

So onto the important stuff…. everyone has their dream date or their “free pass list” right?! Mine would be something like having dinner with Ryan Reynolds at Piccolo Sogno, sharing a spaghetti neri Lady and the Tramp sytle (he better give me the extra meatball or shrimp!) or surfing at home in Indialantic with Kelly Slater followed by a beach bonfire!! LOL

Well that’s my dream but for others, it is to meet some of the world best tennis players to have a hit and some fun conversation over lunch….. Hence, our Win a Date contest! So FINALLY, after our required legal checklist, we can announce the winners…

Drum roll please……………………..

So the winners to have a date with Feliciano Lopez and Petra Kvitova are……………… 

William Thach & Jennifer Ray!!!

Our sincerest congrats and look forward to meeting both of you!

So now in the next few days we will try to coordinate these wonderful peoples schedules to meet up with our players schedules… not easy! But we’ll get ‘er done!

Wilson Tennis, making dream dates come true!!! 😉

Until later,


PS You may want to check back on Monday, will have some cool stuff we will be putting on our website and social media pages. 🙂

Jennifer Ray will have a blast with Feliciano Lopez!!

William Thach is ready for his day in the sun with Petra Kvitova!!


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.

Wilson Team Continue to be Giant Killers

Day 3 was another day of the Wilson team bringing down some seeds.

Check out who was victorious.

Armed with her Wilson Blade 98 Pink tennis racket, Sorana Cirstea defeats 11th seed Li 6-3 6-4 to reach the 3rd of Wimbledon.

Sorana Cirstea plays with the Wilson Blade 98 Pink tennis racket

Sorana Cirstea plays with the Wilson Blade 98 Pink tennis racket


Another upset pulled by a Wilson player! Arantxa Rus defeats 5th seed Stosur 6-2 0-6 6-4.

Arantxa Rus plays with the Wilson Tour tennis racket

Big timing

Vika Azarenka practice ends, Roger Federer’s begins

Roger Federer prepares with his Wilson Pro Staff tennis racket

Roger Federer prepares with his Wilson Pro Staff tennis racket

So yesterday/early this morning, I was praying for players to show….. well, the power of prayer is strong. 😉

Today, we were able to shoot video of Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams and many other players.

It’s not very often where we work with our big guns all in the same day and they all practice on same day and are on the same schedule etc… it was crazy!!

The coolest thing of the day was having Vika practice first with a full crowd and then the frenzy be elevated even more when Roger arrived to practice on that court directly after. To have two of the sports top players in the same little space, well it was deafening noise from the crowd!!

We ended up getting more than what we hoped for, so now it’s a matter of going into the editing room and actually creating the video. Can’t wait to see!! 🙂

It has been a super long week and I am looking forward to doing the ‘normal’ work……..This is probably the most conflicted I have ever been about a shoot, so many parts were so awesome….. and there were SOOOO MANY challenges that totally took us all out of our comfort zone…. guess it’s like anything else, you work hard enough and push yourself beyond your comfort level,  you end up with exceptional results.

Now it’s 1:15am and it’s time to catch up on emails, review the Mardy Fish video from LA and oh yeah, maybe get some sleep!! 😉

Cheers to the challenges….

Until later,


Vika Azarenka swings her Wilson Juice tennis racket

Vika Azarenka swings her Wilson Juice tennis racket

Serena practices her forehand with her Wilson Blade tennis racket

Serena practices her forehand with her Wilson Blade tennis racket





Getting to know Wilson Next Gen’r Rhyne Williams- 2012 Spring/Summer Playlist

Rhyne Williams officially signs with Wilson!!

Rhyne Williams officially signs with Wilson!!

Rhyne Williams is the newest member to the Wilson team. 21 year old Rhyne had a successful junior and collegiate career at Tennessee, reaching the NCAA Singles final in 2011 and now looks to take those abilities to the tour.

Using his Wilson Blade 98, Rhyne has already won two futures titles, made his way through qualifying at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and sits at a career high 333 this week.

We caught up with Rhyne for a few short questions to get some insight to this upcoming player. 


Favorite quote: Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. 


Best thing about college: The team aspect. It was incredibly fun to play for something other than myself. I made many friends that I will remember for the rest of my life. 


Favorite sport to watch: College Basketball


One word to describe my personal style: Active


One word to describe my Wilson Blade tennis racket: Solid


Top 5 Songs:

Seek and Destroy by Metallica

Satisfaction by Benny Bennassi

Alien Nation by Scorpions

Indestructible by Disturbed

Levels by Avicii