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Great article about tennis ball hoppers

So Many Options of Tennis Ball Hoppers.

Tennis Ball Machines are a Surprisingly Great Tennis Gift

Getting the right gift for a tennis player is not always an easy thing to do. A creative and long lasting gift for any devoted tennis player is the tennis ball machine.

Any tennis player serious about their game may (hopefully) already have the tennis racquet of their dreams, they probably have a good reliable tennis bag and hopefully have replaced their tennis shoes in the last six months. So if all those things are covered, what gift is the best gift for your tennis player?

How about something that can help their game like no other piece of tennis equipment can, what about getting them a tennis ball machine?

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I came across this tennis blog about a woman who’s friend wanted a tennis ball machine for her birthday. This woman wanted a very specific (and very pricey, but well-worth-it machine) but there are tennis ball machines for every skill level and every budget.

From the super small and portable Tennis Twist (one of my favorites) to the Mercedes-Benze-of-ball-machines Playmate Genie.

I wish someone would get me a tennis ball machine for Christmas. Did I mention I love the Twist?

Adidas Barricade 7


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The new Adidas Barricades are on the market and their bold colors are turning heads and stirring up some noise. is giving away a free pair if you retweet their post or leave a message for Andy Murray on the website by Nov. 30. 

I would write more, but I have to get on over to twitter right now and put in my entry. 

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Tennis Shoes for Women are Comfortable and Stylish


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-By Courtney Thomson

Ladies, we all know it’s not always easy to find that heel that makes us the perfect height or the boot that hits just right spot on our knee. We have all made the mistake before of buying a cute shoe that hurts our feet.  I don’t know about heels but I do know you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort with tennis shoes for women.  Brands like Adidas, Asics, Babolat, Head, K-Swiss, Prince, Wilson and many others have crafted tennis shoes for women that are fashion-forward and most importantly, comfortable and supportive.

Adidas offers the Adidas Barricade Team women`s shoe with a TORSION SYSTEM which provides stability for the forefoot and heel. They also have a molded EVA insole for maximum comfort.  The Asics Women`s GEL-Resolution 3 was made specifically for advanced players. It is designed with a new technology, the Flexion Fit, which ensures a perfect fit with added relief and support. These shoes are also designed with a Heel Clutching System that ensures needed reinforcement.  Babolat has teamed up with Michelin to create the Propulse Lady 3 tennis shoe for women  is made with a Kompressor System cushioning for extra padding and a Foot Belt that offers all-over foot support.  The Head Women`s Speed Pro is lightweight, allowing for quicker movement. 

Another intriguing fact about this shoe is that it is designed with HEAD`s Cooling System that allows your feet to breath by absorbing and getting rid of surplus heat.  K-Swiss, a personal favorite in terms of style, presents the Women`s Bigshot tennis shoe which was engineered and tested with the help of the P3 Sports Institute. This Women`s tennis shoe is also made with a Superfoam foot bed for extra cushion and a Guideglide stability midsole that keeps feet comfortable while you make fast moves on the court. Prince`s Women`s T22 tennis shoe provides maximum protection with the TPU forefoot straps which allow the shoe to fit perfectly and support the foot. This tennis shoe for women is also made with a ShockEraser midsole insert which protects the heel from shocking impact. It also ensures toe protection with the RASH toe cap. The Wilson Women`s Tour Spin II tennis shoe, restructured for 2011, is the shoe for extreme speed. Its nanoWick moisture management lining provides breathability and TPU Arch Bridge provides needed arch support during a hard match. 

These are only a few options of different brands, styles, colors and technologies all providing necessary comfort and support for your foot. It is not a problem to find the perfect pair that resembles your personal style and ensures comfort. Find the shoe that shows your opponent what kind of player you are. Whether you go with punk chic like the pink and black Asics Women`s Gel- Resolution,  the sophisticated black, white and gold style of the K-Swiss Bigshot, or any of the other countless options,  you don’t have to be worried about aching feet at the end of the match. These tennis shoes for women are customized for just for her.

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Wilson Tennis Bags: What To Look For When Picking A Backpack Model


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The idea of a backpack conjures up notions of a simplistic bag with little room for anything else but a couple of tennis racquets and a towel. While there are certainly backpacks like that on the market, the backpack models of Wilson tennis bags offer a lot of choices for many different types of players. 

First let's look at what a back pack cannot provide. If you are a more intense player who likes to break strings and go through several racquets over the course of a weekend, backpacks are not for you. If you are going on a long trip, whether by car or plane and your tennis bag is likely to be crammed in a tight space, you probably would not want to use a backpack to carry your racquets with the handles exposed. 

Where backpacks can be useful is in situations where the time spent actually playing tennis is relatively limited in duration, maybe to play for an hour or two after school or work. You need something to carry a couple of racquets, books or accessories. and you may even need some of the features found in the larger models of Wilson tennis bags, but you don't need to accommodate an extended trip to the courts. 

Space constraints are also a huge factor in choosing a backpack. You may commute by bicycle or have to put your bag under a desk or chair or in a small locker. You may also, for whatever reason, need a hands-free bag to carry your tennis gear as you move around throughout the day.  

If any of the above conditions apply to you, then a backpack is the most sensible option. The question you have to ask yourself is, “What kind of backpack is best for me?”

When it comes to Wilson tennis bags, the variety of backpack models can satisfy many different types of players. 

If you seek a fashionably styled backpack that fits well within a hectic lifestyle, the Trento or Milan models are for you. Both come with a separate smaller cosmetic bag and provide room to store two racquets. They also provide pockets to store small items like cell phones and MP3 players and even have a key ring clip. The Trento comes in a distressed brown on black pattern while the Milan is beige with brown trim. 

Competitive players should consider either the Tour or BLX Tour backpacks, which have a ThermoGuard lining to protect racquets from heat damage. With a height of 30 inches, these are also the largest models and have the most storage capacity in the backpack line of Wilson tennis bags. 

Since backpacks are often a good solution for students, many of whom live on a tight budget, affordability may well trump all other considerations in choosing a backpack. The US Open  and Pro Staff backpacks are the best choices. These are simple bags that hold two racquets, have a main compartment for clothing or books and small compartments to hold small items like keys, wallets or MP3 players. 

If you still want a simplistic backpack model and are willing to spend a few more dollars to help support a worthy cause, the HOPE backpack may be for you. Wilson has pledged to contribute $100,000 plus one percent of the proceeds from the sale of any HOPE tennis bag to fund the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This backpack comes only in pink and may well be a more affordable choice for women seeking a stylish bag than the Trento or Milan. 

Gone are the days when getting a backpack meant sacrificing features and getting less in a bag. Whether you need a backpack to make a fashion statement, have some of the features of larger technically designed bags, support a worthy cause or do none of these things at all, the backpack line of Wilson tennis bags has something for everyone. 

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Agassi, Roddick and Sampras Lend a Helping Hand

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Guest post by Celia Tagdhiri

The foundation for Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships, held recently in Las Vegas, brought former tennis champions, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras together to bring attention to a worthy cause. It is refreshing to see former professional athletes playing for a worthy cause such as cancer treatment. We often see celebrities and famous athletes advertising anything from cosmetics to athletic gear such as Babolat tennis bags or the new Head YouTek racquet. 

I often wonder why more celebrities or high-profile people are not more involved in charities and community outreach activities. I take my hat off to tennis champion Andy Roddick and his wife, Brooklyn Decker for creating the Andy Roddick Foundation. The charity gala is dedicated to serving children by enhancing their educational and economic opportunities. This year they raised $1 million. Maybe some of the cash Roddick earns from promoting Babolat tennis bags and Propulse 3 shoes are helping children in need. 

Andre Agassi’s passion for helping children is evident with the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. According to the foundation’s website, “The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education is an educational organization dedicated to transforming U.S. public education for underserved youth. The Foundation drives reform by engaging in practice, policy and partnerships that provide quality education and enrichment opportunities. Our experience operating a public, K-12 charter school has taught us that to be successful; the two must go hand-in-hand. We also know that when children are placed in an environment where expectations are high and excellence is the standard, they embrace it.”

As the global economy takes a dive, I hope to witness more citizens from affluent backgrounds rising to the occasion and making positive contributions. 

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Stronger Wilson K Factor Racquets Represent Advances in Nanotechnology

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Guest Post by Christopher Mohr

One of the most significant advances in racquet design was the introduction of Karophite. You cannot appreciate this technology by looking at it, since it works on a microscopic level. But when you play with Wilson KFactor racquets, you’ll definitely know it’s there.

Ordinary graphite racquets are made up of fibers of this strong, yet lightweight material. If you had the ability to zoom in to view this material at microscopic levels, you would see spaces between the fibers. Wilson scientists found that these racquets could be further strengthened by placing silicon dioxide crystals in the spaces between the fibers.

Silicon dioxide may sound like some high tech space age material, but it’s actually quite plentiful in nature, appearing most often as sand or quartz.

The use of silicon dioxide crystals to improve the strength of graphite racquets became known as Wilson’s NCode technology. While this was a significant improvement, scientists found that they could take the technology even further.

Wilson scientists found that binding the silicon dioxide to carbon black and to the graphite fibers created an even stronger material for constructing tennis racquets. Thus Karophite technology was born. Several Wilson K Factor racquets using this nanotechnology are available online at

If you could use one word to describe the K Blade 98 racquet it would be control. The 98 square inch head with its 18 x 20 string pattern and head-light were designed with control in mind. The racquet is best suited for intermediate to advanced players who supply their own power when swinging. It is not a good racquet for players who benefit from head-heavy models like those found in the Sledge Hammer line.

A racquet that has many of the K Blade 98’s features but is better for more intermediate level players is the K Blade Team. With an 18 x 19 string pattern, you still get great control, but the 104 square inch head gives you a bigger sweet spot. This model will have slightly more power than the K Blade 98 and is better suited for players with moderate to fast swings. That Venus and Serena Williams use the racquet in competition is a testament to its superiority.

The K Factor Four is another viable option for intermediate players who have a moderately fast swing, but still need a head-heavy design. The 105 square inch head with its 16 x 19 string pattern will provide a large sweet spot at the expense of some control.

If you need even more power from a racquet, the K Factor Zero is a great choice. It has a larger head size of 118 square inches with a more head-heavy design than the K Factor Four. It is best suited for beginner level players.

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