5 Creative Christmas gifts for the avid tennis player in 2014-2015

If you are anything like me then Christmas is a time to update your tennis wardrobe and find the next new thing thing that can take your game to the next level.  There are plenty of options out there this year and here are just a few!!

1. Velocity by Athla is an app that can turn an iPhone into a speed radar detector. T0ishe $7 app calculates the speed of a ball flying through the air using just the camera. Warning, this app can only calculate speed for up to 110 mph so if you’re like me it’s just going to say 110mph+ and not give you your real speed for that cannon serve (Mine is only 115mpg but still)

tennis speed app christmas gift2. How about reducing injuries this holiday season with a racquet that is diagonally string vs horizontal and vertical?

powerangle diagonally strung tennis racket

powerangle diagonally strung tennis racket

According to PowerAngle’s own antiquated website their $179 racquet absorbs shock 40 percent better than any previously designed traditional racquet. The racquet’s unique stringing does this by cutting down on excess vibrations and stress, which protects the muscles and joints of a player’s shoulders, arms, elbows, and wrists. The diagonal strings are able to reduce the vibrations felt by the ball, while simultaneously dispersing the impact away from the handle, where a player is most likely to feel the impact.

Doctors and tennis players alike have been endorsing PowerAngle racquets, noting its ability to lessen the stress of impact during play, while simultaneously creating a great sense of control.

3. Technology and a competitive edge are the themes of H&M’s new tennis collection, made in collaboration with Tomas Berdych, who helped release this new heat reactive tennis t-shirt that is only $24.95.

heat activated tennis shirt christmas gift4. The Zepp Tennis sqing analyzer turns ANY racket into a high end feedback device for $149.99.   Measure the most important aspects of your swing, then analyze and improve each one. Zepp offers an incredible set of 3D and video analysis features that give you instant feedback. You can even compare your swing to the pros.

tennis swing analyzer app5. Last but not least, Ralph Lauren’s tech-infused tennis shirt (which monitors heart rate, breathing and stress levels) were said to be coming out this year but has been pushed to 2015. The form-fitting nylon t-shirt sporting a Ralph Lauren logo up front doesn’t look too different when compared to a conventional t-shirt. However what many will miss is the conductive silver-coated thread that has been woven discreetly into the fiber. Price: Unknown

ralph lauren tennis tech shirt heart rateDid we miss anything you think would have been good for this list, would love to hear your feedback on what item you want this year!!

Tennis Tantrum by David Nalbandian saddens me and injures lineman

I first saw David Nalbandian play in person at the US Open back in 2008 I believe.  I will never forget when he missed a key point to lose the set and bit into the collar of his shirt and ripped it off and threw it on the ground.  Before he did this I was thinking how surprised I was that he wasn’t ranked higher, he played with the skill set of the top 5 BUT his lack of self control caused his mental game to fall apart after that where he went on to lose a match that I thought he was sure to win.

David Nalbandian injures linesman final

David Nalbandian injures linesman final – Queens Club London, England. This is the warm up for the 2012 Wimbledon.

We’ve all heard of players that went through phases of temper tantrums in their youth that learned how to control it with the help of great coaches. Then there were legendary players that were known for their tantrums like John McEnroe.  I believe his conduct actually helped ticket sales since you never knew what he was going to do out there on the court or what would slip out of his mouth.  With most players you can expect certain things:

  • Maria Sharapova will scream like a little girl every shot.
  • Sharapova also does not step on the lines between points, she’s superstitious.
  • Djokovic will bounce the ball at least 8x before he serves it
  • Nadal’s constant de-wedgifying of his butt crack

Nalbandian was leading 7-6, 3-4 at the time but was forced to default the match, forfeiting his prize money and rankings points in the process. He definately is a hot head and will be back at Wimbledon next week unless the British police put him in prison for longer than that.

Watch the video of this stupid act below:

Why do people love to watch Tennis?

Tennis is a game which I’ve always enjoyed watching. The four most famous championships are the Wimbledon Championships, the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. We all love watching heroes battle it out on the court with skill that we could never imagine to have.  They are the most important when it comes to tradition, world ranking, public attention and prize money.

People faithfully watch tennis in spite of the summer heat during Australian Open where it is held on grass courts in Melbourne Park or during occasional rain showers in Wimbledon Open. Sometimes however, a drizzle would postpone a game like what happened in the US Open last September 2011. Those who cannot afford to buy tickets to watch these tournaments are glued in their televisions at home just to be able to witness these sports events.

So, why do people watch tennis? It is a fast-paced game where the tennis ball is being volleyed back and forth with tennis racket. Some tennis players have made themselves famous with their acrobatic moves just to be able to send the tennis ball off to their opponent which make the crowd cheer for more and for their opponent be taken in surprise. A bit of drama also surfaces in some tournaments where fans would bicker insults to the players that they dislike or would run in the court just to be able to kiss their favorite tennis player. But the most important event is the real drama on who will emerge as the winner in the championship in the singles event. It showcases the frustration and disappointment of the player who lost and the triumph and glory of the one who won.

Mistakes From The Baseline, Doomed Azarenka’s Winning Streak

Marion Bartoli beat Victoria Azarenka in their match at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, FL. This game led to Azarenka’s first loss after her 26-match winning streak. As we remember Azarenka’s unbeaten streak, including her Australian Open title, was the best on the woman’s tour.

Azarenka Victoria winning streak broken after loss to Marion Bartoli

Azarenka Victoria winning streak broken after loss to Marion Bartoli in the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open.

On the contrary, some tennis fans were being skeptical about this loss, that is why Azarenka said in an interview, she was not a superwoman and she wished she could be, but she’s not. With a smile on her face she admitted to herself, she felt disappointed and she reiterated also who would not be after the loss? But she was very proud of herself especially what she had done and shown to her past games in the last couple of months. Her avid fans are continually supporting her through blogs and posts expressing their thoughts about Azarenka’s loss in the game against Bartoli, it became trending on social networks. There are tennis viewers still consider the past games she’s been playing pretty awesome.

Consequently, Bartoli advanced to the Key Biscayne semifinals, as her rallies by playing inside the baseline to defeat Azarenka worked ostensibly and she became very extreme on the ball, as other observation Azarenka is a baseline hugger and Bartoli have gotten a strategy by pounding those balls straight on the baseline. Bartoli just has doomed the winning streak that Azarenka holds, for this reason Azarenka’s mistakes were notably in her game. Moreover, Bartoli will be face today Agnieszka Radwanska, after beating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-1.

Golf and tennis seem to be closely related

So much of the worl believes that once you get a membership at a country club you must love to do the following:

  • Leave work early on Friday and play 18 holes of golf
  • Gamble against your golfing buddies with a minimum wager of $50 on anything you can think of.
  • Use the club pool to do laps each morning for a refreshing workout
  • Meet at the club for a guys night out and drink crown and coke telling old stories of what you did in your yonger days.
  • Play tennis OR at least get lessons from the local young woman tennis coach who wears the short little skirts everyday.

I just want to clear up a few things.  In the past I worked for a large golf retailer and have played tennis since I was young kid.  I feel the need to clarify a few things. Golf and tennis players are a COMPLETELY different breed.

Golfers & Tennis Players show anger differently

Golfers & Tennis Players show anger differently

  • Tennis players actually sweat from running around on the court and enjoy the sport for both the technique and physical fitness aspect.
  • You WILL NOT see an amazing tennis player that is OUT OF SHAPE.  You often see really good golfers that look like they were rolled out of a local buffet joint.
  • Golf does take a high level of skill.  In tennis I can hit a ball within 6 inches of my target 25 feet away and it’s perfect. In golf you can use any of the golf putters and only be 10 feet away and miss the target by 3 inches and look like a complete idiot.

I will be honest, from my personal involvement in both sports I would say golfers drink a WHOLE lot more on average than tennis players. Tennis players drink alot more water. Golfers believe more in the technology of their equipment to make a difference more than tennis players. Often golfers will buy new golf drivers each year hoping for a few more yards in distance.  Tennis Players on the other hand often have a racket for 5-7 years because the stick works for them.  Of course, we mess with our string often BUT that is much cheaper than buying a whole new racquet. Cleveland Golf does a good job of keeping the upgrade costs to a minimum in golf unlike some other brands.

What do you think the biggest differences are between the two sports?  Do you play both?  I have to be honest, I prefer tennis….. of course you probably knew that….. this is a tennis blog :)

30 Rock

Post contributed by Hilton Miranda

My favorite show on television, hands down, is 30 Rock. I am so excited it’s back on the air. I actually can’t figure out why it comes on so late in the season. I know there are tons of people who love it as much as I do and who would definitely watch every episode if it came on at the same time as the reset of the shows. I’m assuming it has something to do with the schedules of all the other actors, because I know they are all really busy. In any event, I am super happy it’s back on. I’ve missed Tina Fey since she left Saturday Night Live, and I love seeing her back in her element. Obviously there are parallels between the shows—30 Rock revolves around a group putting on a comedy show, and each character is hilarious. Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are my favorites, but Tracy Morgan is a very close third. The three of them play off each other perfectly and each story line is sidesplittingly funny. Check out http://www.direc4u.com/fl/f/ft-lauderdale/ to find out when it airs and definitely tune in next week.

The Bryan Brothers and their 2 lives

When we were first introduced to Bob and Mike Bryan in 1998, they were identical twins living identical lives. Both sharing a serious passion for tennis.

For real. They shared a house and shared hotel rooms. Rumor has it that they even admitted to occasionally sharing a toothbrush. But it seems that marriage and babies will change everything.

Early on, the two had visions of their future. They repeatedly talked about when they would get married and buy a bigger house, where their two families would live together.

Bob fell in love with Miami’s Michelle Alvarez and Mike found his match in London’s Lucille Williams. Bob and Michelle married in December 2010, reside in Sunny Isles, Fla. (just north of Miami), and welcomed their daughter, Micaela, on Jan. 31 of this year. Mike was engaged to Lucille late last year and will wed in Santa Barbara, Calif., in November. Mike and Lucille live in the house where both brothers resided in their hometown of Camarillo, Calif. Mike bought out Bob’s half of the property.

Mike understands that Bob’s life has moved at a little faster pace than his own, and he’s comfortable with it.

“His priorities have shifted and I come third in his life now,” said Mike, after the two won their first-round match at the Delray Beach Tennis Championships on Wednesday. “Like he’s going down to be with his family tonight. It’s cool. I’m loving experiencing [it]; I’m part of his life, and I’m doing the uncle thing pretty often.”

It’s hard to erase a bond that started in the womb, however, so it was no surprise that Mike immediately flew to Miami the day after his niece was born. Bob is making sure to include his twin in the baby experience. The doting daddy already has snapped about 2,000 photos of Micaela — he’s counting — and has sent every picture to Mike. Playing the proud uncle, Mike quickly held up his cell phone and rolled through all the Micaela photos.

“All the doubles players are getting older and older,” Bob said. “If you look at the rankings now, we’re 33 and we’re some of the youngest guys up there. This is a good lifestyle. Everyone who retires tells us, ‘Geez, you’ve got a good gig, so keep doing it.'”

As you can tell in this following video, these guys still have it.