Nadal still the smart betting option for French Open

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He may have won nine of the last 10 French Open tournaments but there are still a lot of tennis fans who believe Rafael Nadal will not be the man to beat at Roland Garros this summer. A disappointing first third of 2015 has seen the Spaniard slip down to fifth in the rankings, his lowest position in two years, and there are a number of players heading into the second grand slam of the year in much better form than Nadal, not least Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic has continued his reign at the top of the world rankings after a sensational start to the year that included winning his fifth Australian Open title. The Serbian star knows that winning his first French Open crown this summer would complete a career slam of major titles, not to mention increase the belief he could complete a clean sweep of grand slams this year. The 27-year-old has twice been a beaten finalist in Paris, but there is little doubt Djokovic will arrive in France in the best form of his career and it is no surprise to see the Serb topping the betting odds ahead of Nadal with a lot of bookmakers as we edge closer to the second grand slam of 2015.

But despite all the talk dismissing the nine-time French Open champion, you would still be a brave soul to write off Nadal when it comes to betting on the tournament. A large number of those using a Betfair expert betting app such as Fairbot will definitely be taking advantage of the services provided to make sure they get it right when it comes to the French Open. Fairbot, for example, gives fans the chance to get the most out of the site’s services from the real-time price movement charts, market analysis, trading tools and all the important displays that punters need to have the complete betting experience.

Another Dominant Year for the Serbinator?

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Djokovic off to a great start in 2015

One Grand Slam down, one win. 2015 has got off to a pretty regular start for Novak Djokovic, and following his 50th career title just a few days ago, life couldn’t be much better.

The Serb collected his fourth Indian Wells Masters trophy in California ahead of the Miami Open seeing off both Andy Murray and world number two Roger Federer in the final, in fairly hostile circumstances.

With a crowd well behind the Swiss superstar, and a battling Federer, Djokovic had to get over a second set blip to win the tie-break, and get his year off to the best possible start, and perhaps a season full of Grand Slams.

He told BBC Sport, “Nothing has been handed to me. I had to earn this, to fight for it with all the commitment to my everyday routine with my team. Hopefully I can use this confidence for the rest of the season. It’s a great start.”

And it certainly is. Bookies already have him as favourite for the US Open and Wimbledon in the tennis odds, and is second only behind Rafael Nadal for the French, although that’s hardly surprising. Read the rest of this entry

Kei Nishikori discusses Wilson Burn racquets

Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of being invited by Wilson Tennis to meet Kei Nishikori to discuss his new tennis racquet, the Wilson Burn. If you haven’t read it already, my Wilson Burn review is posted, check it out!

Not only did I get to meet Kei Nishikori and talk about his tennis racquet, I was able to participate in the Wilson Burn Challenge, an on court challenge where you compete against the world (more bout this later).

See below for a video of Kei talking about his Wilson Burn (transcript is just after the video)

Kei Nishikori talks about his Wilson Burn

Transcript:
Wilson Rep: Mr. Nishikori, I’ve noticed that this year you have changed your racquet. You were playing with the Steam and now you’re playing with the Burn. How do you like the new stick?
Kei Nishikori: I really like it. I mean, you can see my results already coming, ya know. I feel more power with this, um, Burn racquet. And, uh, yeah, I feel more power and speed. Which is the goodest thing about this racquet.

Wilson: What’s the process like when you test racquets with Wilson Labs?
Nishikori: It’s always exciting to try new racquets, you know? I tried, I asked [Wilson Tennis] a couple of things to create better racquets, and I tried a couple or more 10 20 racquets. Then we gonna talk a lot and then they’re going to make the final racquet.

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The Many Rackets Of Roger Federer

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The beloved Swiss Maestro with his trusty 90 square inch Wilson ProStaff

They say a bad workman blames his tools, but yet when a good workman, say 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer wins, not one person mentions the racquet which has guided him to victory.

Since turning pro in 1998, the Swiss legend has remained firmly loyal to Wilson, the manufacturer of his racquet, and has certainly inspired many more to use the US brand. But how much have they evolved over the years Federer has been a pro?

Well, a considerable amount.

The brand are now one of the biggest brands in tennis, with not only Federer, but also the Williams sisters and Kei Nishikori use the brand, and have become some of the best equipment in the sport.

And with the 2015 season underway, we look at Federer’s racquets throughout the years as he looks to add to his Grand Slam collection, and finish the year back in the number one spot.

The Pro Staff 85 6.0 Mid-Production Chinese

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Quite possibly the most recognizable tennis racquet ever…Wilson ProStaff 6.0 85

Roger Federer is 10/3 to win a Grand Slam this year with Sky Bet, however back in 1998 when he was using the Pro Staff 85, the odds would have been stacked against the young man from Basel.

His first racquet was used between his debut as a pro until 2001, when he beat Pete Sampras knocking the legend out in the Quarter Final of Wimbledon. Ironically, Sampras was using the same piece of kit at the time.

Hyper Pro Staff 6.1

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The lesser known Wilson, Hyper ProStaff

Federer only used this racket in the early stages of 2002 and was the move to a bigger head than 85 inch square. He only used it at one Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which he got to the fourth round.

Later in the year he changed to the 90 square inch 6.0, the head size he’s stayed with ever since. Read the rest of this entry

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New Wilson Burn 100S Due Out 2/16/2015

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today the introduction of the BURN family of rackets. This new line is built specifically for performance tennis players seeking a bold, sleek racket that accelerates power from the baseline. The BURN is the first Baseliner-focused product to emerge from the Company’s new PlayerID system, which categorizes three key types of tennis playing styles: Baseliner, Attacker and All Courter. The system helps athletes better select products that speak to their playing style and enhance their overall performance on the court.

Wilson Burn 100S tennis racquet review read here

“We are very excited to launch the BURN. This is a racket that has been designed specifically for athletes, particularly juniors, who are looking for booming power and an aggressive frame,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager, Racquet Sports. “This line symbolizes our deep understanding of performance tennis, our constant evaluation of how the game is evolving and what players truly need on an individual performance basis.”

The BURN line consists of five rackets, each with a headsize of 100 square inches. Each BURN racket is constructed with High Performance Carbon Fiber, which increases frame stiffness for explosive power on groundstrokes.  And the BURN comes with the X2 Shaft, a longer handle that allows for increased feel and leverage on two-handed backhands, and an optimal shaft shape to enable quick grip changes for extreme grips. The rackets also feature Parallel Drilling, which dramatically increase their sweet spot, while providing a forgiving feel.

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Players using Wilson Burn

In addition, the BURN 100S, BURN 100LS, and BURN 100ULS rackets are equipped with the Company’s Spin Effect technology and differ in weight, allowing juniors to work their way up within the BURN family of rackets as they grow.

Current top-ten players and Wilson Advisory Staff members Kei Nishikori and Simona Halep will be two of the first athletes to play competitively with the new BURN during the 2015 Australian Open in Melbourne.

Consumers are invited to visit www.wilson.com/burn for more information on the BURN family of rackets and to register for pre-sale notification. Pre-sale for the BURN 100S and BURN 100ULS begins February 2, and for the BURN100LS and the BURN 100 on March 2. Pre-sales will be available on www.wilson.com/burn and major tennis retailer websites. The BURN will retail for $199. The BURN racket will be in retail stores in mid-February.

ABOUT WILSON’S PLAYERID SYSTEM Read the rest of this entry

Nadal Looking to Make a Mark

Having missed a significant amount of tennis in recent months, firstly with a wrist injury picked up after Wimbledon, then with appendicitis, which he developed after making an unconvincing comeback, Rafa Nadal is once again looking to get back to his best. Despite apparently still having not fully recovered from his appendix surgery, the 28 year old is in Melbourne and is preparing to step out at the forthcoming Australian Open.

Having won the Australian Open back in 2009, and made it to the final of last year’s event, only to be beaten by Stan Wawrinka, the Spaniard’s seeding of 3 seems fair, and he will be well fancied by online punters and users of the Betfair sports app to win his 15th Grand Slam. Can he really hope to make such a swift comeback though? What are his chances of starting 2015 off with another Grand Slam win?

Rafa Nadal is nothing if not durable and he has proven in the past how well he can recover from serious injury- the man from Mallorca famously overcame a potentially career-ending knee injury in 2012 to comeback and win the French and US Open titles in 2013. He is willing to work hard to recover his fitness and to go through the pain barrier to keep playing at the highest level, but he also knows when to take a step back. His absence from the 2012 Olympics and US Open, as well as the 2013 Australian Open show that he will not rush back if he is not in a position to compete.

With Nadal having publicised his return and publicly shown off his fitness in exhibition matches against Mark Philippoussis, Fernando Verdasco and Andy Murray in Australia, he clearly thinks that he is more or less ready. Nadal may accept that he is not 100% fit, but even if he is at 90%, he will still be more than a match for most of the field at the Australian Open.

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