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The Highest “High Five” of My Life by Raquel Pedraza

Roger Federer & Raquel Pedraza

Yes, that’s me high fiving the greatest man ever, Roger Federer!  When I first met Roger, I thought, “Wow!  This guy is a legend, he has won the most grand slam titles ever!”  It was thrilling to meet him.  Roger radiates confidence and he has a gift of sharing his enthusiasm for life.  Just being around him was fun, happy, and relaxing.  He truly cares about doing his best at whatever he does.  Working with Roger has taught me to be mindful and enjoy each moment life brings.  An awesome attitude towards life makes competing so much more rewarding.  I am so blessed to have met and worked with Roger, he has made a lasting impression upon me.    I appreciate all of his hard work and devotion to tennis and his passion for helping others all over the world.  He is an amazing human being!

Roger has a great sense of humor, he would crack jokes during takes and make everyone laugh.  When I was hitting swing volleys he would say, “Peg the boys!” and so I would go for Bryce and Bogdan and I hit one of them right in the hand, which was pretty funny.  Then Roger would give me a fist pump and then we would explode it.  Once I missed a swing volley and Roger was like, “No high five for that one!” and everyone would laugh.

The Wilson crew was so funny too!  I accidentally hit the camera man twice and so they brought out these huge 2x4s to hide themselves between the camera.  It was hilarious because I hit the camera man in the head.  Everyone was having fun on the set.

It seems as if that day with Roger was all a dream, but thankfully the awesome Wilson commercial keeps the dream alive.  Thank you Wilson for the incredible opportunity to be a part of your team!  Meeting Roger and everyone else at the shoot was an honor.  I love the passion and inspiration that goes into everything Wilson does!

Sincerely,

Raquel Pedraza

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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

Roger Federer leads Wilson Next Gen

Hey there,

Well, it’s almost Roland Garros time and we wanted to share this new video from Wilson Tennis and Roger.

Roger is not only a champion, but a great person and as you can tell from the video, a very happy and relaxed guy. It was so fun to see him hit with the kids… I think we all remember the first time we hit with someone we looked up to and needless to say, these kids were in seventh heaven!!!

In the next couple of days, you guys will get to know the kids in this video a little bit better…. some super talented young Wilson junior players: Bryce, Raquel, Bogdan and Ronnie!!!

We hope you enjoy this video as much as we did shooting it.

Stay tuned for the kids blogs!

Until later,

Tracy

Wilson Next Gen Excel at US Open

Check out how well our brightest young stars are doing in NYC!

GO WILSON TEAM!!

Congrats to 2012 US Open Tennis Championships Boys Doubles Champion Kyle Edmund!!! Kyle volleyed with his Wilson Six.One 95 as he and partner Silva defeated Krygios/Thompson for the title.

 

Congrats to 2012 US Open Tennis Championships Girls Doubles Champion Gabby Andrews!!! Armed with her Wilson Juice tennis racket and sporting Wilson from head to toe, Gabby Andrews and partner Townsend took home their 2nd Grand Slam Doubles title.

 

 

Filip Peliwo swings his Wilson Blade 98 into the US Open Boys Singles finals, defeating Nishioka 6-4 6-0. Filip has reached the finals of all four Junior Boys Singles finals Grand Slams this year and will take on Broady for the US Open Boys trophy.

 

After making her way through qualifying for the US Open Women’s draw to play her 1st Grand Slam main draw singles match, Samantha Crawford will swing her Wilson Tour as she takes on Kontaveit for the US Open Tennis Championships Girls Singles title.

 

 

 

Next Gen Lead Wilson Team into Semis

Wilson Next Gen are starting to come into their own and the 2012 Pro Staff & Juice tennis rackets continue to produce results.

MORE POTENTIAL. MORE DRIVE. MORE RISE.

WILSON MORE WIN.

Armed with her Wilson Blade 98, Next Gen’r Laura Robson reaches her 1st WTA semifinal in Palermo after defeating fellow Wilson player Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 2-6 6-3.

Grigor Dimitrov swung his Wilson Pro Staff 95 to reach his 2nd ATP World Tour semifinal, defeating 3rd seed Ramos 7-6 7-3. He will now take on Ferrer for a spot in the Bastad final.

 

Alexandr Dolgopolov reaches the Umag semifinals after using his Wilson Pro Staff 95 to defeat Berlocq 6-4 6-4.

Wilson Exclusive athlete Barbora Zahlavova Strycova swung her Juice 100 into the Palermo semis

Jan Hajek reaches his 1st ATP World Tour semifinal of the year swinging the Wilson Juice to defeat Zopp 6-3 4-6 6-3

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WILSON SWEEPS 2012 WIMBLEDON JUNIOR SINGLES TITLES

Wilson’s next generation players, Eugenie Bouchard and Filip Peliwo, made Canadian history this weekend by capturing the 2012 Girls’ and Boys’ Wimbledon Singles titles respectively. Bouchard, playing with her Wilson Steam racket, became the first Canadian to win a junior Wimbledon Singles title and captured the Girls’ Doubles title with Townsend. Fellow Canadian Filip Peliwo won the Boys’ Singles finals with his Wilson Blade 98 racket.

“Eugenie and Filip have a bright future,” said Renaud Vallon, global tour director of Wilson Racquet Sports. “Wilson’s next generation are extremely passionate about the game and are committed to excel. We are proud to support our young players and give them the tools they need, as they continue their pursuit for more wins.”

 Bouchard took the opening set in 29 minutes before starting the second set with a break. It took her one hour to earn victory and claim the title that propelled her early career forward with a giant leap.

 Peliwo fell behind 5-2 in his first set, but fought back winning five straight games to take the first set. With strong momentum in the second set, the 18-year old powered his way through to a win.

The Wilson Steam is  a light weight and powerful frame with great stability for maximum spin. Top tour players Kei Nishikori and Petra Kvitova use the Steam. The Wilson Blade Team flex and pinpoint accuracy make it the racket of choice among top professionals, including Serena and Venus Williams.

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