The Zverev Takeover (Alex, Jr. that is…)

20-year old Next Gen star Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, Jr. is only getting better with each match. Over the past few months, the German professional tennis player has really impressed tennis fans all over the globe and has quickly become a fan favorite. With his intimidating 6’6″ stature and impressive skills, no wonder he is the youngest player currently ranked in the ATP Top 30, standing at the #4 world ranking.

Alex Zverev’s ATP Player Profile

This year, Zverev won the Citi Open in Washington, DC that took place in early August.  This came not too long after defeating Roger Federer in the finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.  However, he did not have much success at this year’s U.S. Open and was recently eliminated in the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters by Juan Martin del Potro.

The fact that Alexander has shown so much skill this past year we can’t help but call this time “The Zverev Takeover.” If he keeps this up, he might very well reach the #1 ATP ranking.  He has had a sensational rise but is he the next big star in tennis or just enjoying what’s left of a lucky streak? Only time will tell.

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The Beginning of the End for Venus?

At 37 years old, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams is pushing herself to unprecedented physical limits. For a regular person, you would think that it is time to throw in the towel by now.  This year alone, she has made it to the finals of two Grand Slams (Australian Open and Wimbledon) and to the semifinals of the U.S. Open. It was announced this week that she has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore on October 22-29.   Despite having a good season by the average player’s standards, Venus has championship pedigree and is not satisfied with anything less than winning. However, with the rising talent in the WTA and the impending return of her sister Serena, Venus has missed her window of opportunity to win another Grand Slam.

We witnessed the beginning of the end for Venus at her 2017 U.S. Open semifinals match against Sloane Stephens.  That match should have given Venus the wake up call she needed to realize that it’s time for her to give it up. But instead, Venus is still trying her hardest to get back to the top. It’s clear that Venus is trying to make a come back with the work that she has put in this year alone. Even so, she only made her way to #5 in the WTA ranking, as 23-year old Garbiñe Muguruza makes it to #1.

Venus will be making her first WTA Finals since 2009. The fact that it has taken her over a decade to come back should say a lot and prove even more that her time has passed. It’s time to give it up and pass the torch to the next generation! At this point, will she every make it to the top? Only time will tell.

Tennis Style Guide: A Look into Sloane Stephens’ Championship Attire

Do you want to play like a Grand Slam champion?
First you need to look the part!

The right apparel will help you to play like a champion. Making sure you have the right attire isn’t easy. When shopping for tops, you want to make sure you get something secure — this goes for men and women. As for the bottoms we suggest wearing loose-fitting shorts or skirts over compression shorts. Whatever you decide to wear, just make sure that you are styled up and ready to play like a champion.

Here is a closer look at the newest U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens’ outfit from this year’s tournament in Flushing Meadows:

Top: Under Armour Carol Tank 
Bottom: Under Armour Women’s Fall 2-in-1 Short
Racket: Head Graphene XT Radical MP


2017 U.S. Open Recap

Over the past two weeks, the best tennis players in the world descended upon Flushing Meadows for the biggest tournament of the year.  Although the event was missing some notable figures, (Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka, among others) the tournament did not disappoint and allowed for some of the future stars of the sport to make a name for themselves.

The Women’s Draw

This year’s US Open saw a living legend claim yet another Grand Slam, and a rising star fresh from injury burst back onto the scene to claim her first major title.  With the absence of tournament mainstay and six-time champion Serena Williams, the women’s field was wide open.  The most anticipated player in the tournament was Maria Sharapova, who entered the tournament as a wild card after coming off a 15-month suspension for using a banned substance.  Spectators that came out to the first night at Arthur Ashe were treated to an epic match where Sharapova triumphed over #2 seed Simona Halep.  Sharapova was one of the main draws of the tournament until she was finally eliminated in the Round of 16 by Anastasjia Sevastova. sharapova us open

The storyline that would evenutally overshadow Sharapova’s return was the all-American women’s semifinals, a feat that had not been done at the U.S. Open since 1981.  The semifinalists included the veteran Venus Williams, making her 20th appearance in the U.S. Open, along with young up-and-comers Coco Vandeweghe, Madison Keys, and the eventual champion, Sloane Stephens.

In Saturday’s final, 24-year old Sloane Stephens defeated her good friend Madison Keys in straight sets to claim her first Grand Slam title. Throughout the tournament, it was well-documented that Stephens had previously suffered a foot injury that had sidelined her for 11 months prior to this year’s Wimbledon.  Before the U.S. Open, Stephens was ranked #957 in the world and after her victory will be #17, an unprecedented jump in rankings. She is the lowest seeded woman to win the U.S. Open in the Open Era, and only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament. sloane holds trophy

The Men’s Draw

Prior to the U.S. Open, the tennis world was hoping to finally get to see a clash of titans between World #1 Rafael Nadal and #2 Roger Federer.  If everything played out correctly, the two would meet in the semifinals for the first time ever at the U.S. Open.  Federer struggled noticeably through the first few rounds of the tournament, having to endure multiple five-set matches to get to the quarterfinals.  His inconsistent play eventually got the best of him as he was defeated in four sets by crowd favorite Juan Martin del Potro, who had previously come back from a two-set deficit to upset Dominic Thiem in the previous round.  roger federer racquet

On the other hand, Nadal held up his end of the deal by cruising through his half of the draw, never having to face any opponents in the top-20 world ranking.  Nadal displayed amazing power with the forehand throughout the tournament, and eventually claimed his third U.S. Open title and 16th major championship by defeating veteran Kevin Anderson in straight sets.  nadal wins us open


In one of the best feel-good stories of the event, Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Hingis went on to win both the ladies doubles’ championship and mixed doubles championship. Hingis is making a great case to be one of the best doubles players of all time, with 13 ladies’ doubles titles, and 7 mixed doubles titles.  She is also the 17th woman in history to have completed a career slam in doubles.

Look Ahead to Next Year

This year brought in a major milestone with the 20th anniversary of Arthur Ashe stadium, the biggest tennis stadium in the world.  However, next year’s celebration should be even bigger as we look forward to the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, and the opening of the much-anticipated Louis Armstrong Stadium.  louis armstrong stadium

2017 U.S. Open Quarterfinal Preview

The greatest tennis players in the world have all flocked to Queens, New York for the year’s biggest Grand Slam.  The first week of the U.S Open was filled with many memorable moments, including grand upsets, rainy days, and the emergence of some young, next-generation stars in the making.  After some outstanding play, the field has dwindled down to just eight players each in both the men’s and women’s draws Let’s take a look at the upcoming matchups for the quarterfinals:

Men’s Draw

#1 Rafael Nadal vs. Andrey Rublev

The always rambunctious Spaniard has cruised through this year’s tournament and has reached the quarterfinals for the first time in four years.  He won his last match against Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets to face the young Russian Rublev on Tuesday. At 19 years old, Rublev is the youngest male to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since Andre Agassi.  He had to defeat two top-10 players (David Goffin and Grigor Dmitrov) in order to progress to this point. In the first quarterfinal tournament appearance, Rublev looks to make the biggest upset of his career against Rafa.

#3 Roger Federer vs. #24 Juan Martin del Potro

Federer is arguably the greatest tennis player of all time and he has had one of his best seasons this year, winning both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.  So far in the U.S. Open, he has been tested, having to play two five-set matches to begin his campaign. In his latest matches, he has been stronger and cruised past his opponents. However, this upcoming match should be his greatest test yet as he faces the ultra-resilient Del Potro.  In his latest match, he fed off the energy of the heavily favorable crowd to come from a two-set deficit to defeat #6 Dominic Thiem.  The 2009 U.S. Open champion Del Potro will either be riding the wave of momentum from that dramatic win or come out fatigued from having to fight so hard in that match.

#12 Pablo Carreno Busta vs. #29 Diego Schwartzman


This is Carreno Busta’s second appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal this year.  A few months ago, he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open quarterfinal.  This will be his first match in the U.S. Open against an opponent that was not a qualifier. However, he had a tough battle in the last round against the up-and-coming Canadian star Denis Shapovalov. On the other side of the net, Schwartzman at 5’7” is trying to make history and become the shortest man to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era. He has had an impressive run to this point with wins over Lucas Pouille and Marin Cilic.

#17 Sam Querrey vs. #28 Kevin Anderson

Sam Querrey has made a big name for himself this year and is becoming the toast of American men’s tennis.  He looks to back up his semifinal appearance at this year’s Wimbledon with another such run in the U.S. Open.  His last match against Mischa Zverev was very impressive as he defeated the German in just 77 minutes, accumulating 18 aces over the course of the match.  The giant (by tennis standards) 6’ 8” South African Kevin Anderson has played some of his best tennis this year.  This is his second U.S. Open quarterfinal appearance in the last three years and he is looking to achieve a top-20 ranking after this tournament. His last Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance was at this year’s Wimbledon where he lost to the same opponent he will face on Tuesday—Sam Querrey.

Women’s Draw

 #1 Karolina Pliskova vs. #20 Coco Vandeweghe

Pliskova has been impressive in the tournament so far and cruised in her latest match in the round of 16 to defeat American Jennifer Brady in straight sets.  Besides competing for the crown at Flushing Meadows, Pliskova must also reach the finals in order to keep her #1 overall world ranking. Vandeweghe is continuing to ride the wave of her best Grand Slam season to date, making an appearance in the Australian open semifinal, Wimbledon quarterfinal, and now looking to progress further in the U.S. Open.

#9 Venus Williams vs. #13 Petra Kvitova

Of all the competitors left in the draw, Venus Williams has been the most familiar name in tennis fans’ lexicon for over 20 years. Making her 20th appearance in the U.S. Open, Venus is the oldest woman left in the draw at 37 years of age.  She has had an impressive resurgence this season, reaching the finals in both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and looking for her 3rd title at Flushing Meadows.  One of the biggest stories in tennis was the tragedy that Kvitova faced when she suffered a terrible hand injury after fending off invaders in her home just nine months ago.  Since then, the lefty has made a splendid comeback. Her last match was her most impressive as she defeated the incoming favorite to win, Garbine Muguruza in three sets.

Sloane Stephens vs. #16 Anastasija Sevastova

Sloane Stephens is among four American women who have reached this year’s U.S. Open quarterfinals. The 24-year old has made an impressive comeback this year winning 12 of her last 14 matches after being sidelined with a foot injury for 11 months.  Sevastova is looking to continue the momentum after her impressive victory over the most anticipated comeback player in the tournament—Maria Sharapova.  Sevastova is looking to continue to carry the torch for Latvia after her fellow countrywoman and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was eliminated earlier in the tournament.

#15 Madison Keys vs. Kaia Kanepi

Madison Keys had an impressive upset of #4 ranked Elena Svitolina in her last match at Arthur Ashe to advance to the quarterfinal. At 22 years old, she is the youngest of the American women left in the draw.  Led by her coach and former 3-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport, Keys looks to finally break through and win her first major tournament.  Kaia Kanepi is another woman looking to make a large comeback to the upper echelon of the tennis world with this U.S Open run.  The former top-20 player started this tournament as an unseeded qualifier and has had some impressive wins to reach her sixth-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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


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


  • 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

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


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

Roger Federer – Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph– $249

roger federer racquet


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


  • A little stiff
  • Leather grip seems thin

Stan Wawrinka – Yonex VCORE Duel G 97– $209

Stan Wawrinka


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


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

Novak Djokovic – Head Graphene Touch Speed Pro– $219.95



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


  • Too muted of a feel
  • Underpowered

Karolina Pliskova – Babolat Pure Drive 2015– $199

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


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

Simona Halep – Wilson Burn 100 Countervail– $199

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


  • 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


  • Lacks control
  • Firm
  • Not particularly comfortable

Garbine Muguruza – Babolat Pure Drive– $219

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


  • Not great feel and control
  • Not great on slices

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

elina svitolina racquet


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


  • Not great access to spin on serves
  • Too stiff