Great recap of #LittleMoInternationals!

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What are They Swinging? A Guide of Racquets Used by the Top ATP/WTA Tour Pros

When you go out to play at your local club, you want to feel like the pros.  The best way to feel like a pro is to use the racquet they use.  In celebration of the U.S. Open, we would like to give you an inside scoop on the racquets some of the top-ranked ATP and WTA Tour men and women use and some pros and cons about each racquet.

Andy Murray – Head Graphene XT Radical Pro– $199.95

andy murray racquet

Pros

  • Light
  • Fast swinging racquet that delivers easy access to power
  • Firm and lively from the baseline
  • Great on serve and volleys

Cons

  • Made for advanced players
  • Swingbed is erratic – not great for control
  • Small sweet spot
  • Uncomfortable to hit with from the baseline

Rafael Nadal –Babolat PLAY Pure Aero– $219

rafa nadal racquet

Pros

  • Good blend of power and spin
  • Large sweet spot
  • Good on serve

Cons

  • Lacks a little feel on returns and volleys
  • Slightly lacking on control

Roger Federer – Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph– $249

roger federer racquet

Pros

  • Solid and stable
  • Gives good control and access to spin
  • Good pocketing

Cons

  • A little stiff
  • Leather grip seems thin

Stan Wawrinka – Yonex VCORE Duel G 97– $209

Stan Wawrinka

Pros

  • Great feel
  • Good volleys
  • Great control
  • Very powerful

Cons

  • Too powerful sometimes
  • Not enough spin
  • Not maneuverable enough

Novak Djokovic – Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro– $219.95

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Pros

  • Good control
  • Good spin
  • Comfortable
  • Great for groundstrokes and returns

Cons

  • Too muted of a feel
  • Underpowered

Karolina Pliskova – Babolat Pure Drive 2015– $199

karolina plistova racquet

Pros

  • Good power, spin, and control
  • Stable feel
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Too light
  • Little too stiff
  • Raised sweet spot turns some off

Simona Halep – Wilson Burn 100 Countervail– $199

simona halep racquet

Pros

  • Good transfer of power
  • Has great feel
  • Good spin and maneuverability

Cons

  • Not great for spin on serves
  • Very stiff, can hurt wrists
  • Not comfortable

Angelique Kerber – Yonex VCORE SV 100– $209

ANGELIQUE KERBER (GER) TENNIS -  - Brisbane International - Queensland Tennis Centre - Brisbane - Queensland - Australia - 2016Pros

  • Good power
  • Easy access to spin
  • Generous sweet spot
  • Forgiving from the baseline

Cons

  • Lacks control
  • Firm
  • Not particularly comfortable

Garbine Muguruza – Babolat Pure Drive– $219

garbine muguruza racquet

Pros

  • Good control and power on the serve
  • Great power and spin
  • Muted sweetspot

Cons

  • Not great feel and control
  • Not great on slices

Elina Svitolina – Wilson Burn 100 Countervail Orange LE– $199

elina svitolina racquet

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Grants power and depth
  • Good transfer of power
  • Good spin

Cons

  • Not great access to spin on serves
  • Too stiff

Little Mo Internationals NYC Recap

My Game Solutions is proud to be an official sponsor for the Little Mo Internationals in Queens, NY on August 21-26! The week-long tournament brought together some of the most talented youth tennis players aged 8-13 from all over the world!

The event began on Monday with families coming in from all over the world to exchange gifts on the first day and participate in several clinics to get warmed up for the actual tournament.  The day concluded with a parade through historic West Side Tennis Club and Forest Hills Stadium as the players waved flags from their respective countries.

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Over 150 players from all over the world represented at Little Mo NYC

The official matches began on Tuesday morning. Little Mo features several divisions of competition for singles players from age 8 to 13, as well as traditional doubles and mixed doubles in all age groups.  In addition to the awards for the individual age group championships, two of the young athletes are competing for the legendary “Little Mo Slam”, a six-foot trophy awarded to any of the athletes that manage to win all three of the Little Mo International tournaments in one year (California, New York, Florida, respectively).  Finally, aside from trophies, players could be awarded with “Little Mo Coins” which were awarded to them for demonstrating good character and sportsmanship on the court. These coins could later be redeemed for awesome prizes!

As an official sponsor, My Game Solutions had a table prominently displayed at the event. We had a smorgasbord of giveaways including towels, sunglasses, water bottles, clear drawstring bags, hand fans, and the most popular item by far — caps that gave participants some relief from the heat.  People at the tournament had to spin a wheel located at our table to win prizes, and many of the kids wanted to keep spinning even after they already won!IMG_5353

Overall, the tournament was amazing and everybody in attendance had a great time.  Thanks to the team from Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation– from the board members, event staff, and the referees and line judges for hosting a great event!

Catch the My Game Solutions team at the Little Mo Nationals in Austin, Texas on September 29- October 2!

My Game Solutions Sponsorship Tryout (Pennington, NJ) Recap

On Thursday, August 17th the My Game Solutions team traveled to the Hopewell Valley Tennis & Swim Center in Pennington, NJ to host our second sponsorship tryout for young tennis players aged 10-18.  There was a slew of great young talent that participated, many of them ranked in the top-20 of their respective USTA divisions.

The young athletes were evaluated on their play in a series of games against multiple similar opponents, as well as an interview where they got the opportunity to really let their personality shine through.  Look out for the My Game Solutions team at the next sponsorship tryout, which will take place on Tuesday, August 29th at Alley Pond Tennis Center in Queens, NY.

For more information about the sponsorship program, please visit www.mygamesolutions.com/sponsorship  or visit our previous blog post here.

Hard vs. Clay vs. Grass: What’s the Difference?

There are many different types of tennis court surfaces. The three main surfaces professionals play on are hard court, clay, and grass. There are major differences between the three surfaces and players need to consider what shoes to wear, balls to use, and strategies to employ for each unique surface. Below, with the help of http://www.healthyliving.com, the three surfaces are outlined.

Hard Court

Both the U.S. Open and the Australian Open tournaments take place on hard court surfaces. Hard courts are typically made from plastic or cement, and is a “fast” surface that results in short rallies that favor hard serves. According to Healthy Living, “many professionals consider hard court the most democratic of surfaces in terms of playing style. The amount of sand in the topcoat and the type of substrate underneath affects ball speed, and its sticky, gripping surface can increase the likelihood of player injury. Most common tennis shoes are made for hard court surfaces and extra-duty balls are the best to play with. Consider playing on clay if you have knee problems or are looking for a slower game.

Clay

The French Open features red clay courts. Red clay courts are made of crushed natural materials such as shale or brick, making clay courts the slowest of all surfaces. Typically, baseline players who shoot with consistency and use heavy spin appreciate the longer points and higher bounces that clay courts accommodate. American clay courts — commonly called Har-Tru — move the ball more quickly than the traditional red clay courts, but still permit slower volleys. Consider using sneakers specifically designed for clay courts and regular-duty balls while playing on clay.

Grass

The courts at Wimbledon feature grass. Similar in complexion to the golf putting green, the grass surface moves the ball the fastest of every Grand Slam surface because it lets the ball slide. Grass surfaces favor serve-and-volley players who rush the net following serve to take advantage of an opponent’s slower foot speed following return. “Constant mowing and frequent watering make grass courts expensive to maintain; as a result, they are unusual.” Consider wearing shoes such as the Adidas “Barricade Grass” while playing on grass and using regular-duty balls.

Citi Open Finals Recap

By Justin Simms

On August 6, 2017, the men’s ATP finals of the Citi Open came and went with a bang.  The rising “next-gen” star Alexander Zverev emphatically beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to take the Citi Open championship, signaling that the “next generation” has already arrived.  It is Zverev’s first Citi Open championship and he did it in style, not facing a break point against a tough and accomplished opponent.

In the WTA championships, Ekaterina Makarova defeated Julia Goerges 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-0 in a redemption-driven match (Makarova had been to the Citi Open semifinals three times without advancing).  Makarova finally got over the hump and stayed true to herself and stayed mentally calm in the match against Goerges.

Henri Kontinen and John Peers defeated Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 7-6(5), 6-4 to capture their first Citi Open crown and their seventh title together.  To cap such an unlikely victory, Kontinen and Peers decided to play in the Citi Open just days before the tournament commenced.  Clearly, it turned out to be a good decision.

Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voráčová defeated Eugenie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2, asserting themselves early against two top young women players.  They were dominant at net and hit nice groundstrokes and serves to secure the tough victory.

Photo courtesy of http://www.citiopentennis.com

My Game Solutions to Participate in 1st-Ever WTCA Conference in NYC

The Women’s Tennis Coaching Association (WTCA) was formed in 2015 and is the only professional global organization formed solely in support of coaches working with female tennis players. The WTCA supports the mission of increasing the number of female tennis coaches by providing certifications, classes, and special events to their membership.

On August 26-27, WTCA will be hosting its first conference in partnership with the Professional Tennis Registry.  The conference, “The Art and Science of Coaching Female Players” will be held at the Marriott East Side in Manhattan, NY.  My Game Solutions is very excited and looking forward to participating in this event!