adidas by Stella McCartney Tennis Clothing Line

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Tennis is such a fun sport to play. It’s a sport that is loved by many. It also happens to have extremely fashionable clothing. Everyone wants to look good whether they are on the tennis court participating in an event, or on the sidelines cheering from the crowd. Designer tennis clothing gives you a certain look and feel.

Many designers have attempted to create stylish tennis clothing, but none do it as well as Stella McCartney. Stella is one of the most highly noted fashion designers in England. She has teamed up with adidas tennis to create the Stella McCartney tennis outfits line for women.

There is a wide variety of items to choose from, everything from tennis performance dresses to swimsuits. The line is extremely casual, comfortable, and affordable. The line is created by an exceptional designer to allow just about anyone to feel rich and sophisticated while wearing it. Pair your casually chic outfit with a great accessory such as a carry-on bag, or surf bag. Each outfit is designed with the wearer in mind, to be a functional, everyday look. You could even board a plane and relax in style wearing one of her comfortable tops paired with some sweat pants.

Stella McCartney tennis clothing will add a touch of style to any wardrobe. There are a few key pieces everyone should own, such as a hoodie, or a pair of casual pants. You can also accessorize your adidas tennis outfit with a great pair of Stella McCartney ballerina flats, or running shoes. Prices range from $100 – $150 which makes this designer’s line extremely affordable for almost everyone.

When you wear Stella McCartney tennis clothing you will not only look great, but you will feel great too. For many, it’s important to make an impression not only on the court while you are playing, but while you are off the court as well. Just because you are wearing casual clothing doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish while doing so.

A great place to find Stella McCartney tennis outfits is online. You can go directly to the adidas website to find out all of the details such as prices, purchase locations, and such. The website also has many of her newer items for sale. You can sort each item by color, price, style, or even type in the name of that specific item you might be looking for.

Babolat AeroPro

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Following years of trying to find free time to take up tennis, I was finally able to and I fell in love with the game right away. However, to seriously fuel my obsession I needed some equipment. A good friend of mine and avid tennis player pointed me to the Babolat AeroPro racquet series, several of which he currently uses. After using his Babolat Pure Drive 107 over the past few months, I’m fully convinced Babolat is the absolute best racquet out there, no questions asked, and once I found out that the new 2013 line was soon to be released I’m determined to be first in line.

The best aspect of the Babolat AeroPro series is that they offer a progressive line of racquets to fully accommodate your skill and experience level, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned professional. The series begins with the Babolat AeroPro Lite 2013, continues to the more intermediate Babolat AeroPro Team 2013 and finally lands on the guaranteed-to-be-impressive Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013.

The Babolat AeroPro Lite 2013 is perfect for beginners and anyone that wants to work on creating a consistent swing path. It’s aerodynamic frame and the addition of Active Cortex technology, which reduces vibration, makes this racquet lighter and allows a smoother swing to the ball than its predecessor.

The Babolat AeroPro Team 2013 is a racquet that provides the ideal combination of light weight and smoother swing capability for beginners or smaller statured people but also its greater power for more advanced players due to its stiffer beam and Woofer string technology that helps the string move more freely so that they retain their energy longer. There simply isn’t a better racquet for those striving to the top of their game to use.

Finally, the Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013 is the most popular and best made racquet produced by Babolat; a fact echoed by Rafael Nadal’s use of it all over the world. The Drive 2013 is geared toward more advanced players because of its greater weight, stiffer layout and easy power generation. This racquet provides the greatest amount of spin of the series due its vibration free frame; no other racquet creates a better heavy ball off serve.

After using their previous racquets, as well as others from other companies, I definitely have to conclude that there isn’t any set of racquets that can match the Babolat AeroPro’s smooth play action and power as well as spin generation especially since their addition of the Active Cortex and Woofer technologies. They’re simply the best.

Best Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine

Serious tennis players invest in a top quality racquet to give them the edge in the game. They also invest in the best tennis racquet stringing machine they can find.
Getting that perfect stringbed for their racquet requires the best tennis racquet stringing machine available. The better the machine, the perfect the stringbed, equals much better performance on the court. Let’s take a look at two that I actually like and decide which one fits you best. I had a chance to use the Prince stringing machine. It is the model 6000 and comes standard with a six point mounting system. I was able to achieve an extremely tight string bed and the high speed quad locked the frame tightly in place.
I was happy to see the tension head is equipped with a silencer. This Prince stringing machine has a neat electromechanical design, and the microchip processing provided an accurate operation. Operation was fast and quiet, and its Versa Clamp system worked exceptionally well. The Versa Clamp has a push button release option that is gravity operated. Other features include a detachable pedestal, adjustable height and manual table lock. All in all a real, precise machine with impressive features I certainly like.
Another machine I tried out is the Gamma stringing machine. The 8800 ELS feature a self-centering suspension in the mounting system. I was impressed with this machines fast tensioning. The metal diamond coated clamping system and its string gripper made tensioning fast and trouble free. I was able to achieve a remarkably precise electronic controlled tension from 10 to 90 pounds. The digital control panel was extremely easy to use. I came away favorably impressed with the Gamma stringing machine.
Other features included a neat tool kit for adjustments and a foot pedal for hands free operation. The two integrated drawers and padded tool tray are a neat touch. There is no need for a tool box that you have to go and get it is all right there. I would be hard pressed to pick between the two. Both of these machines performed well for me. Either of these machines would be a terrific pick for the money. Go online and look them over and decide which one is right for you.

 

The eagerly awaited Babolat Pure Drive 2012

The Babolat tennis racquet family is eagerly awaiting its newest member, the Babolat Pure Drive 2012. This new babolat racquet is slated to hit the market early this year with preorders already on the rise. This heavily awaited Babolat racquet has already made a few sneak appearances in professional practice sessions and welded in competition by pros. Receiving nothing but accolades, the anticipation continues to rise. Some rumors state the Babolat Pure Drive Racket 2012 will be in complete circulation by mid-march. Other sources indicate it will be much sooner. I myself have opted to wait patiently for its arrival, forgoing any eagerness to hastily purchase a lesser model tennis racket. Babolat has never let me down and I’m sure 2012 with be no exception.

Babolat Pure Drive rackets are known for their legendary control without sacrificing power. They are designed to give competitive players the edge they need when stepping up their game. This tennis racket is composed of Graphite Tungsten and sports an incredibly lightweight feel. Graphite Tungsten, also known as GT Technology, braids carbon with tungsten creating a truly durable and powerful hybrid frame. This type of frame is known to draw more power from any player from beginner to advanced. Combined with the new vibration elimination technology, this racket will increase feel and ball control immensely. The flashy new look is a welcome addition as well, and won’t take away from court side flair. It is as menacing in sight as it is in performance.

Babolat was founded in 1875 when the company’s creator began developing and producing strings for tennis racquets. The company gradually began adding new products and innovations to the market place for more than a century. In 1994 the first Babolat tennis racquet entered the market. And now in 2012 Babolat tennis rackets have become renowned worldwide, hardly even needing an introduction. Tennis combatants on every continent are choosing the sublime mix between power and control. Tennis pros including Li Na, Andy Roddick, and Kim Clijsters have taken home their fair share of trophies and championships with Babolat Pure Drive rackets. I can only hope to achieve the same aspirations for myself.

Grand Slam 2012

For many years now, I have watched major tennis Grand Slam events like the US Open with careful consideration. While I was growing up I had played tennis in high school, and hoped to someday make it a career option. While there are so few major professional tennis stars, unlike other professional sports, I realized early on that this was not going to be an easy thing to do.

I got a scholarship to play tennis at the collegiate level, and spent two seasons playing for the Mountaineers of West Virginia University. However, an off season knee injury in preparation for the athletic demands of the coming year would keep me from competing the rest of my time in Morgantown. At times, I could close my eyes and see myself up there competing at tennis Grand Slam events with the greats I grew up watching and idolizing like Agassi, Sampras and Federer.

So when I had to put these aspirations of mine on the shelf, the only comfort that I could really find was in watching the professional events throughout the year. The Grand Slam tennis competitions were a good example, offering a chance to experience severely competitive play throughout the year on four specific stages. Of course, my favorite was the US Open.

While I have yet to be able to afford to go to any Grand Slam tennis event in person, I have not missed the US Open coverage in several years now. While the other slams of the year have come and gone, my other favorite Wimbledon being one of them, this is the final major tennis event to look forward to in 2012.

I remember last year watching all of the tennis Grand Slam winners like Novak Djokovic take the Men’s singles title. He was only one of a few tennis Grand Slam winners last year as Sam Stosur took home the title for the singles competition for the women. I am actually delighted to see which players have what it takes to beat out the competition this time around.

I would have to say that the person with the best chance of walking away the winner this year in New York is Roger Federer. For some time his primary competition for the title was last year’s victor Djokovic. With his recent defeat of Djokovic in the Cincinnati Masters tournament, sources are all but guaranteeing Federer is able to take the title when they both head to New York. I myself, and many others following tennis closely, feel that the singles competition will narrow down to these two men again.

In fact, Roy Burton of bleacherreport.com has been quoted as saying “With Rafael Nadal on the shelf indefinitely due to tendinitis in his left knee, a Federer-Djokovic U.S. Open final almost seems like a foregone conclusion. And if that happens, expect Federer to emerge with his 18th career Grand Slam title.”

 

Tennis Practice without a Partner

Tennis is a fun sport that demands much practice to excel; although there is not necessarily a best way to practice tennis, there are specific tennis drills that will help a beginning tennis player become better at their game. When I was playing tennis, I used to perform tennis drills such as practicing my swing by hitting balls over the net into an empty opposing court where I would aim at empty tennis ball cans. Once I had hit all of my tennis balls into the opposing court, I would then practice my running footwork while going to retrieve the balls from the other side. Alongside practicing footwork, I would also practice bouncing balls off of my racket continually to help improve my hand-eye coordination and handling of the tennis racket when hitting the ball.

Performing a hitting and running exercise is a key in learning a best way to practice tennis. Other than learning the proper way to swing the tennis racket, choosing the right size racket is equally important. I chose tennis rackets that had a larger net as well as lightweight material to begin with. Using a tennis racket with a larger net allows the player a larger hit area on their racket as well as a flexible control to exert a lot of power into a swing. Once a player starts becoming more confident in their playing abilities, they may choose intermediate or advanced tennis rackets that offer varying benefits such as being extremely lightweight and powerful.

Alongside practicing footwork on the tennis court and using the proper size racket is also utilizing the benefits of a tennis ball pitching machine. A tennis ball machine gives a tennis player great exercise because the machine repeatedly fires tennis balls that forces someone to be on their toes and to be quick to react. I myself benefited from using a tennis ball pitching machine because it helped allow me to have a quicker reaction time to tennis balls coming onto my side of the court. Alongside helping me to have a quicker reaction, using a tennis ball machine also allowed me to be more agile on the court when hurrying to hit the tennis ball back over the net.

When trying to become better at tennis, like anything, practice makes perfect. This could never be a more true statement than when a tennis player finds themselves becoming more agile and gaining a quicker reaction time due to practicing their swing and footwork on the court. If a player keeps practicing, they will surely see improvements in their abilities on the tennis court.

 

My First Experience with a Tennis Ball Machine

I remember the first time was introduced to the game of tennis. My mother set up a date for me to take tennis lessons from a tennis instructor that was part of the recreation department in our town. I was only eight years old at the time. Mom took me shopping for my very own tennis racket and outfit. My tennis instructor was a younger woman. My first lesson was a group lesson where the instructor tried to teach six to ten year olds how to control the racket and ball. To do this she began the lesson by having us jump over our racket. Using both feet, we jumped from side to side. We spent an hour doing this exercise repeatedly. Later in the day, she showed us how to hold our racket and how to toss the ball up in the air. This was the conclusion of our first tennis lesson.

On the next weeks lesson the tennis instructor introduced us to the portable tennis ball machines. She gave us a brief history of the ball machine stating that Rene LaCoste first created it in 1920. The first ball machine was made to crank out balls. Lacoste felt that this could help him improve his game. The machine was successful in helping La Coste to improve the game with the help of someone cranking out the balls for him. It was not until 1970 that the first motorize ball machine came on the market. After I looked into the invention, I discovered the interesting fact that the first motorize ball machine actually used a vacuum motor in reverse. This made the pressure to shoot the balls out for Bob McClure the inventor. This improvement on a ball machine invention gave tennis practice the upper hand and gave future companies the ability to create the best tennis ball machines available today.

Today the best tennis ball machines work on batteries or motors that are stronger. I like the portable tennis ball machines because I can practice alone. The ball machine shoots the balls out at a generous speed so that I hit them back over the net. It has been many years since my first tennis lesson and first experience with a ball machine. I would like to say that the portable tennis ball machine has helped improve my performance against a partner. I believe if someone would come out with a machine that helped my swing that I may improve substantially in the game of tennis.

Olympics Tennis Update & Citi Open

In London, tennis is heating up. Serena Williams moves into the Quarterfinals! Serena has won two gold medals for double tennis with her sister, Venus. Speaking of Venus, she lost her singles match but at least she can cheer on her sister! And, Venus still has a chance to grab her fourth gold medal as she moves into the doubles quarterfinals with her sister Serena.

Roger Federer also advances in his bid for his first Olympic tennis gold. Yesterday, American Andy Roddick lost to Djokovic and Great Britain’s own Andy, Andy Murray, moved on to Round Three.

And one match breaks two Olympic tennis records. Tuesday, Canadian Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France played the longest tennis match in Olympic history. Tsonga emerged victorious but both players should be proud.
According to TheStar.com, “The match started just past noon local time and wrapped up nearly seven hours later. Play was delayed for almost three hours due to rain with players on serve early in the third set.
The official match time was three hours 57 minutes. The third set alone lasted an even three hours.
The 66 games played were the most ever in a three-set Olympic match and the 48-game third set also set a record. It wasn’t clear whether any time records were broken since match lengths weren’t recorded in early Olympic competition.”
Back in the USA, Mardy Fish advances in the Citi Open. Mardy Fish has had a hard year. He sat out three months because of an irregular heartbeat then turned up in Wimbledon advancing to the fourth round. Then last week, Fish hurt his ankle. He had to pass up the Olympics but you can still watch him in the Citi Open.

 

Olympic Tennis Wrap-up

For a tennis fan, nothing beats the Olympics.

American Andy Roddick won his first-round match over Slovakia’s Martin Klizan at Wimbledon. Roddick goes on to face Djokovic. Djokovic is the 2011 Wimbledon Champ.

Roddick didn’t play in Beijing in 2008, in the 2004 Olympics he lost in the third round.

The Williams sisters won their double match and both Serena and Venus won their first round single match. If Venus can win the gold she’ll be the new record holder with four gold medals in Olympic tennis. She’s won two gold medals playing doubles with her sister, Serena, and she won her single gold medal in Sydney in 2000. Thirty-two year old Venus was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease known to cause fatigue, watching her on the court, you’d never know it.

Roger Federer also won his first match.

The U.S. team is doing well, with John Isner and Varvara Lepchenko also advancing.

Host country Great Britain’s favorite tennis star, Andy Murray, beat Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in his first singles match.

The rain has caused scheduling difficulties, causing the biggest names of tennis to find most of them playing at the same time.

So far Kim Clijsters is the biggest name to win a second round victory for her home country of Belgium.