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Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today the introduction of a new high performance racket franchise called ULTRA. Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson, developed the ULTRA collection for the All-Courter, or player that hits from all corners of the court, who seeks a racket that is easy to swing, yet provides strong power and offers great maneuverability and comfort. Wilson Advisory Staff Member and #16 ATP ranked player Feliciano Lopez will debut the ULTRA on tour in 2016.
“As we visited courts all over the world to talk with adult players about what they needed from a racket, our Wilson Labs team quickly realized versatility, power and ease were key,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “To engineer that experience, we delved into our best designs for inspiration and created a modern racket with a unique frame geometry and state-of-the art materials and construction. For our athletes, the result is a racket that is easy to handle, feels effortless with every stroke, and yet is very, very powerful.”
The ULTRA racket features octagon geometry inside the frame and rounded geometry outside the frame. This innovative frame design was inspired by the Company’s new, cutting-edge BURN® FST racket geometry, which allows players to swing faster with less effort. The racket’s frame is complemented by premium High Performance Carbon Fiber to deliver power in every stroke. The racket is also lightweight and its Cushion Foam handle offers optimal shock absorption for comfort.
The ULTRA franchise consists of four racket models: 97, 100, 103S and 108. The ULTRA 97 combines the precision from a mid-plus headsize with easy power. This racket is smooth and its forgiving feel makes it perfect for both the advanced singles and doubles player. The ULTRA 100 is best for intermediate to advanced All-Courters, while the ULTRA 103S is designed for intermediate level players who love the game and are looking to improve their performance. With Spin Effect™ Technology creating explosive spin and High Performance Carbon Fiber providing tons of power, the ULTRA 103S makes the game easier for a wide range of playing styles.
The ULTRA 108 is designed for the All-Courter who is just starting out to those who have mastered basic tennis skills; it is ideal for the doubles player. This racket features a more traditional rounded frame geometry. It has a large oversize head and a big, comfortable sweetspot to provide high power.
The ULTRA is the second All-Courter collection to emerge from the Company’s PlayerID system. The UTLRA line will be available at Tennis-Warehouse and on www.wilson.com on December 15. The line will retail for $229.00.
Is history going to repeat itself when Novak Djokovic bids to win the US Open for only the second time in his career?
The only previous time Djokovic was the champion at Flushing Meadows was in 2011 when he beat Rafael Nadal in four sets. That is also the only year when he has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in the same year – something he has achieved already in 2015.
His record this year is tremendous as, after losing to Ivo Karlovic in Qatar in his first tournament of the year, Djokovic has reached the final in all subsequent 10 tournaments he has played in.
However, he heads into the US Open in the unusual position of losing his two most recent finals. He was beaten by Andy Murray in the final of the Rogers Cup in three sets in a pulsating game and he was then beaten in straight sets by Roger Federer in the final in Cincinnati.
It’s not quite the same build-up Djokovic had in 2011 as he beat Mardy Fish in the final of theRogers Cup before losing to Murray in the final in Cincinnati. Still, despite Djokovic having consistently shown he is the best player in the world this year, his two recent defeats have lefta slight air of vulnerability hanging over the Serb.
Federer and Murray clearly rate as the biggest dangers to Djokovic in New York, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that he suffered a surprise defeat by Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals a year ago. He had reached the final in the previous four years, losing twice to Nadal, in addition to beating the Spaniard, and also losing to Murray in five sets in 2012 after he had drawn level from two sets down.
Murray’s first win over Djokovic since the Wimbledon final of 2013 will have given the Scot the confidence he needs to think he can win another Grand Slam, whether he is drawn to meethim in the semi-finals or the final.
Likewise, Federer will take great heart from the fact he has beaten Djokovic twice in finals this year, in addition to losing three, as the 34-year-old bids for only his second Grand Slam title since winning the Australian Open in 2010, and his first since Wimbledon 2012.
You can watch live tennis streaming online at playlivestream.com and the fortnight of the US Open promises to be fascinating viewing judged on the quality of tennis played at the recent Masters events.
History suggests Djokovic can win his third Grand Slam title of the year and it would be a brave man to back against him reaching the final at the very least. But Federer and Murray have raised their game a notch in the past month and will push the world number one all the way.
Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today the launch of three new high performance, next generation tennis products designed for today’s modern game. The new products include the Pro Staff 97S, which was developed in collaboration with Wilson Advisory Staff Member Grigor Dimitrov, a line of extreme power rackets called ULTRA XP, and Element string. Wilson and Luxilon developed Element to achieve optimum power and comfort, while offering increased spin potential.
“At the heart of our Wilson Labs innovation program, is the modern tennis player. We are hyper-focused on designing new product concepts that are built against player insights and give our athletes a performance edge,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager, Racquet Sports. “We are a player’s brand. In that spirit, we want to create new ways to help every kind and type of player excel on the court and increase their enjoyment of the game.”
Wilson Labs, the innovation hub at Wilson, and recently re-signed Wilson Advisory Staff member Grigor Dimitrov, worked collaboratively for 24 months to develop a new Pro Staff racket to round out the highly popular Pro Staff franchise. The result is the new Pro Staff 97S, which is a high performance racket designed for the competitive attacking-style, or “Attacker,” player, per the Wilson PlayerID system. The racket offers hallmark features of the Pro Staff franchise including pure, classic, and consistent feel. In addition, the Pro Staff 97S features the Company’s patented Spin Effect Technology. This technology allows players to produce significantly more spin without changing their swing.
The Pro Staff 97S will be available at specialty retailers and via www.wilson.com on October 1, 2015.
The UTLRA XP line of rackets is the most powerful available to players today*. The franchise is comprised of four rackets, the ULTRA XP 100S, 100LS, 110S, and 125. All four rackets are loaded with technologies and constructed with a lightweight design that allow players to hit more powerful and explosive shots with more spin.
Andy Murray sealed his 35th career title in three sets on Sunday, as he ended his dire drought against Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic to win the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Murray had lost eight matches straight against the world number one, but his victory saw a two-year losing streak with Novak end.
The first set belonged to the Scot, as he won 6-4 – before Djokovic hit back, taking the second 6-4. Murray then sealed the Championship in the final set as he took the Serb down 6-3.
The Scot will now rise to number two in the new ATP rankings for the first since 2013, as he takes Roger Federer’s spot.
Murray told the media after yesterdays victory: “Things can better very quickly and they can get worse very quickly in sport. It’s important for me to analyse this week and work on areas to improve on before the US Open starts.
“I need to make sure I recover well from this and get ready and hopefully play a good tournament in Cincinnati. This match will be good physically and mentally for the build up for sure.”
Known for his good sportsmanship, it was no surprise that fans favourite Djokovic was graceful in defeat, as he said, “I lost to a better player today. I lost to Andy, who I know very well. I did fight till the last point and did try my best. That’s something that I take as a positive from this week.”
The Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati began on Monday, but Murray and Djokovic both received Byes into the second round. Murray will face the winner of Victor Troicki and Mardy Fish, whilst Djokovic will play either Gilles Muller or Benoit Paire.
The Championship in Cincinnati works as a good warm up before the big one begins Monday August 31st. Yes, we’re talking about the start of the US Open Championship 2015.
Despite his loss to Murray on Sunday, Djokovic is of course still the bookies favourite to take the title win with odds as short as 11/10. Murray is a respectable 10/3 whilst Federer is 15/2, despite reaching the final of Wimbledon a little over a month ago. Rafa Nadal continues to lose his reputation as one of the greatest in tennis at the moment, but punters can back him at a long shot of 11/1.
Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open back in 2012, and having defeated Djok for the first time in two years going into this years Open, you can be sure the Scot will be full of confidence, and hoping for a repeat of 2012.
CHICAGO, August 17, 2015 – Wilson Sporting Goods Co., announced today it has re-signed Grigor Dimitrov, one of the youngest ATP World Tour players currently in the Top 20 world rankings, to its Wilson Advisory Staff. Wilson Labs, the innovation hub of Wilson, and Dimitrov worked collaboratively over the past two years on a new Pro Staff racket designed to enhance the performance of his aggressive, attacking-style of play. The result of this work is the Pro Staff 97S, which will debut at tennis retailers worldwide in October.
“We have enjoyed a long relationship with Grigor and are very pleased he will continue to be a part of our prolific Advisory Staff,” said Hans-Martin Reh, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “Grigor has extreme natural talent, and we worked with him to develop a racket that would enhance that talent on court, while matching his dedication, work ethic and ambition. We believe the Pro Staff 97S offers the best combination of precision and spin – lethal attributes for an attacking player.”
“Wilson really listened to me as we developed this racket. The team studied how I play and talked with me about what I need from my racket,” said Dimitrov. “I appreciate the commitment the Wilson team had to making the racket perfect, precise to my needs, and my style. This is what makes them a great partner. I couldn’t be prouder of this racket and to continue my relationship with the brand.”
Dimitrov climbed as high as eighth in the world rankings shortly after reaching the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2014. As the most successful male tennis player to come out of Bulgaria, Dimitrov has claimed four titles in his young career.
Dimitrov debuted his new Pro Staff 97S at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. on August 3.
The Wilson Pro Staff 97S is designed for the competitive attacking-style, or “Attacker,” player, per the Wilson Player ID system. The racket offers hallmark features of the Pro Staff franchise, including pure, classic, and consistent feel, and fuses them with the best spin technology available to players today, the Company’s patented Spin Effect Technology. This technology allows players to produce significantly more spin without changing their swing. Additionally, the racket’s braided construction dampens vibration and enhances touch and control.
The Pro Staff franchise is one of the most popular in the tennis industry and has been played in 200+ Grand Slam victories. In 2014, Wilson introduced an evolved set of Pro Staff rackets that were reimagined by Wilson Labs with the insight and help of 17-time Grand Slam champion and long-time Wilson Advisory Staff Member Roger Federer.
The Pro Staff 97S will be available at specialty retailers and on www.wilson.com on October 1, 2015.