Category Archives: Tournaments

Ready for the Eddie!

The “Eddie Herr”  is the largest Junior international tennis tournament in the world, and Jack Anthrop is ready for the Eddie!

Ready for the Eddie!

Ready for the Eddie!

Jack is using a Head Graphene XT MPA (16×19 format) fitted with Ashaway Monogut ZX.  Jack has been using this string for several years and is having really good results as evidenced by his main draw selection into this tournament!

Good luck to Jack, and Maya, (don’t have a picture) and all the participants from all over the world, in this very important tournament!

The Eddie Herr International Tournament is held at the IMG facility in Bradenton, FL beginning November 26 and continuing through December 6th.  This tournament has been the “springboard” for players like Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and many other professional players over the years.

Well Done, Roger!

I wanted to write an important, and profound, post about the Federer/Monfils match of last night…but no writing can communicate the impact of simply believing in yourself!

Roger said during the match “this may be it!” How many times have we had this phrase running through our minds as things begin to collapse around us.

I have no idea how the US Open will end but I know we can all learn from the on court stability and performance of Roger Federer.

Well Done, Roger!

A Winner!

Ted Smith, my good client from New York State sent me the following message of his 4.0 win in the Litchfield, CT tournament!

Win with help of John Gugel

“Hi John,

Hope you’re doing well.  Won a 4.0 event in Litchfield, CT this past weekend.  Beat the first and second seeds en route (they’re also #2 and #3 in the 4.0 division in New England).

Couldn’t have done it without your grommet customization work and Supplemax!

Thanks!

Ted”

Thanks, Ted, and well done!  I am happy to work on your racquets!

Ted has several really nice racquets that I have worked on over the past few months but he used a “modified” Babolat Pure Drive Roland Garros for this win.

Ted has very specific requirements for his racquets, as many do, but his are serious!  Grommets must be “flared” and tie offs must be located in a very specific location so he can hold the racquet in a particular spot, and, of course, specific grips.

Working on racquets with very specific requirements is exciting and very rewarding, especially when the client wins!

Congratulations, Ted!

I have a lot of great clients and many “winners” so please send me any tournament information you want to share.

Aptitude or Attitude

If you have been watching any of the Australian Open you have, no doubt, seen the “upsets”. First Serena, then Maria on the womens side. On the mens side I couldn’t call any loss an upset anymore.

However, as the title indiactes, this is about “aptitude or attitude”, and, you could see on the faces of both Serena and Maria the “attitude” was less than positive even while they were striking the ball with authority. They simply looked like they didn’t want to be there! I know there may have been injuries involved.

In the case of Azarenka v Stephens it looked to me like Sloan’s attitude, even from the begining, was less than positive…and she lost.

The point is use your good “attitude” to balance out what may be your less than stellar “aptitude”. Go on court with a good attitude and you will maximize your aptitude. Try it!

Aptitude: “a natural ability to do something”

Attitude: “a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person’s behaviour”

Congratulations Players!

Congratulations to Danielle, Mimi, Brigittte, Jack, and Santiago for their performances at the recent tournament held at Red Bug Park!

After a wet start on Saturday the tournament finished under the sun!

Danielle, Mimi, and Jack are using various configurations of Ashaway Monogut (PEEK) string while Brigitte and Santiago are using custom hybrids designed to fit their particular playing style.

Well done, all of you!

Congratulations Petra!

My friend, and client, Petra Rampre won the USTA ProCircuit $50,000.00 event at Kiwi Racquet Club in Indian Harbor, Florida!  Oh, the score was 6-0, 6-1.

Petra has been competing since 1996 so you seen she does not give up!  This is a good lesson for all of us in both our tennis and real lives!  Petra has been in the 150’s in singles and 80’s in doubles and currently has a ranking o

Petra uses a Babolat Pure Drive +GT strung with Babolat RPM Blast 17 gauge at a reference tension of 52.  The overall weight of the racquet is 322 grams (11.36oz) with a swing weight of 327 kg/cm2 (11.53 oz).  Keep in mind the “+” version is 13mm (.500 in) longer than standard which contributes to the nice swing weigh but doesn’t increase overall wieight very much,

Here is a brief, older, video of Petra in a TV interview.   http://youtu.be/kL1WrP2wXWI

Again, congratulations, Petra!

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Choosing your Favorite Player

With all the great tennis players in the mix now how do you pick your favorite?

Is your selection based on racquet brand, apparel brand, shoe brand, string brand?  Or is your selection based more on performance history?  What about personal appearance?  I think this is sort of a fun exercise right after the Australian Open because we were treated to almost every possible criteria for choosing a favorite.

If, for example, you had to choose between Djokovic and Murray you would have to look at the similarities.  Whether you liked them or not the outfits were very similar.  Basically black with yellow color “pops”…both of them.  I personally preferred Djokovic’s shoes over the black worn by Murray.  By the way, I think Murray’s look would have been better if his ankle supports had been optic yellow instead of black.

Both players in this final were using Head racquets so there is no brand loyalty getting in the way.  Both in adidas shoes, but Djokovic in UniGlo and Murray in adidas apparel.

How about personal demeanor?  If that were at the top of the list Roger Federer would be everyones favorite, almost.  Who would it be on the women’s side?

So what is left?  Performance history?  Some like to cheer for the underdog while others like the “winner”.  The winner has a chance to set records which is important to some.  Records, I would say, are certainly important for the players even though they claim, in some case, not to know they are even “close” to a record.

So where does that leave us?  I would be very interested in knowing how you choose your favorite player.  Please let me know.

Djokovic…again!

Congratulations to Novak Djokovic on his win, for the third time, of the Australian Open!  I watched the first two sets but then surrendered to sleepiness.

It looked like both players were struggling with equipment or physical issues from time to time but it seemed to me that Murray had a “power” advantage.  Djokovic was making a few unforced errors, if there is such a thing at this level.  At this level every opponents shot can cause an error, I believe!

Both players had some “mental’ issues as well, I think which makes it clear to every player at any level that you simply play through them.   No racquet abuse, please!

Anyway, whichever player you were pulling for in this match acquitted themselves nicely.

Well done, Novak!  Can I call you Novak?

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