Adidas Barricade 9 2015 is here!

It seems like only yesterday that the Barricade 8 were announced but here we have it, The Barricade 9, 2015 is here. The Barricade 9 is the flag ship tennis shoe on tour.Worn by Andy Murray, the adidas Barricade 2015 has a great new look making the shoe lighter, softer and more breathable than ever before.

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Andy Murray becomes global ambassador for WWF to help fight poaching and illegal wildlife trade

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Tennis star Andy Murray has today become a global ambassador for WWF supporting the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade. The world number six seed will be helping to raise awareness and support an initiative in Nepal that trains dogs to track down poaching activity within and around Chitwan National Park.

Andy, who is well known for his love of dogs, will be raising vital funds throughout his tennis tour next year to support this crucial work in Nepal. Nepal is home to magnificent species such as tigers and rhino – both of which are under threat due to poaching for the illegal trade in their parts. Nepal has long been a key transit route for some illegal wildlife products from India, destined for China, and whilst Nepal has dramatically reduced poaching in its own parks, vigilance against future poaching in Nepal must be maintained.
The sniffer dog progrmme will work alongside current activities in the country to tackle poaching and illegal wildlife trade.
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In honour of Andy’s support a new puppy that will be part of the elite dog team will be named ‘Murray’ www.wwf.org.uk/andy.

Andy Murray said:
“It’s a shocking fact that rhino poaching in South Africa increased by over 7,700% between 2007 and 2013 and as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild so anything we can do to deter poachers is a positive step in the right direction. I’ve followed WWF’s work on the illegal wildlife trade for a while now and been looking for a way to support their work. I think it’s incredibly important that this trade is prevented and the sniffer dog programme seemed like the perfect venture for me to get behind. I know from my own dogs how clever they can be and it’s fascinating how these sniffer dogs communicate with their handlers. I’m also really looking forward to going to see Murray at work at some point in the near future.”

Heather Sohl, Chief Species Advisor at WWF-UK, said:

“We’re delighted that Andy has joined us in our work to fight the illegal wildlife trade. This serious, organised crime is threatening some of our most iconic species, so such support from a global personality to champion the issue and the much needed solutions is invaluable. Andy’s support for the sniffer dog work in Nepal will complement existing efforts by WWF and our partners through dramatically improving investigations by enforcement teams.”
As part of a global programme to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade WWF also promotes the use of other innovative approaches, such as managing patrolling using GPS and databases, using unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor, detect and deter poaching – along with the use of sniffer dogs.

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FORMER BRITISH NUMBER ONE JOINS LOCAL CHILDREN TO LAUNCH “REBOlution” AT HACKNEY COMMUNITY CENTRE

Untitled FORMER BRITISH NUMBER ONE JOINS LOCAL CHILDREN TO LAUNCH “REBOlution” AT HACKNEY COMMUNITY CENTREOn Tuesday 4th November, days before the start of the tennis season’s finals at The O2, former British number one and Andy Murray’s former coach, Mark Petchey, was joined by local children at an east London community centre to launch a tennis “REBOlution” and mark the start of REBOwall’s national campaign to make tennis more accessible for inner-city children.

REBOwall, which offers high quality, free-standing and adjustable rebound practice walls, was founded in 2013 by tennis coach Adrian Hutchins with the aim of taking tennis into non-traditional territories and changing the way children and adults learn to play the sport. As part of this campaign, REBOwall has installed a rebound wall at the Young Hackney Concorde Centre to provide tennis facilities to children who traditionally would only play football after school.

Mark and Adrian were joined on Tuesday afternoon by 8 children, aged 8-10 years old, from the local area to launch REBOwall’s national campaign to take tennis into non-traditional areas.

During the event Mark Petchey said,

“Most schools, councils and communities are struggling for space. A tennis court takes up an enormous amount of space where you can really only have four people playing at one time. With a REBOwall you can have a bigger group of kids playing together, having a good time. I do feel it’s massively important to make tennis more accessible and it is great to see so many kids have the opportunity to play tennis, some for the very first time.”

Adrian Hutchins, Founder of REBOwall, highlighted how REBOwall can help tennis to engage with new audiences,

“REBOwalls can be quickly and easily installed in any location and when compared to building full-sized tennis courts are a cost-effective option for community centres, schools and clubs. When people in the UK think of tennis they think of members-only clubs, high costs and a traditionally exclusive sport. REBOwall aims to change that and make tennis more accessible to people from all backgrounds. This is the start of a tennis revolution – a REBOlution – to get more kids playing tennis from non-traditional environments!”

The installation of a REBOwall at the Concorde Centre was the first opportunity that children in the local area were able to play tennis regularly, many for the very first time. The Concorde Centre, which is part of Hackney Council’s £5 million investment to improve facilities for young people in the local area, offers sports and healthy living facilities and allows children to take part in sports such as tennis, basketball, trampoline and badminton 5 days a week.

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ATP Rankings Infographic

The following infographic shows interesting stats for the ATP Top 100 as of 20/10/2014. It displays the ages these players were when they broke into the top 100 as well as their rankings at 20 years of age. It also shows averages based on these facts. The odds of breaking into the top 100 are more in favour of players ranked inside 450 by the age of 20 (85%) but there are those that have defied the odds. I firmly believe that any player who makes the top hundred no matter what their age ought to be celebrated and respected for the fantastic achievement.

David Sammel, author of Locker Room Power

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MARK PETCHEY LAUNCHES “REBOlution” AT HACKNEY COMMUNITY CENTRE

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Former British tennis number 1 and Andy Murray’s former coach, Mark Petchey, is due to
launch a “REBOlution” on Tuesday 4th November at the Young Hackney Concorde Centre in Hackney, east London, as part of REBOwall’s national campaign to make tennis available for inner-city children.
REBOwall, which offers high quality, free-standing and adjustable rebound practice walls, was founded in 2013 by tennis coach Adrian Hutchins with the aim of taking tennis into nontraditionalenvironments and changing the way children and adults learn to play the sport. As part of this campaign REBOwall has installed a rebound wall at the Young Hackney Concorde Centre to provide tennis to children who traditionally would only play football after school.

Since introducing tennis to local children the Young Hackney Concorde Centre has seen a
number of children take to the sport and Mark and Adrian will be joined by 8 children, aged 8-10 years old, from the local area on Tuesday 4th November.

Ahead of the REBOwall event Mark Petchey said,
“Generally tennis is only in the public eye for 2 weeks every summer when everyone tunes in to watch the world’s best, dressed in all-white, perform on immaculate grass courts. However REBOwall offers people from all backgrounds the opportunity to play tennis and it doesn’t require extensive space or vast amounts of money for facilities. Roger Federer grew up hitting for hours against a wall. What a story it would be for a future Wimbledon champion to emerge having taken up the sport at his local community centre by simply hitting a ball against a REBOwall.”
Founder, Adrian Hutchins, expressed his gratitude for Mark’s support of REBOwall,
“Mark’s support of REBOwall is greatly appreciated. Having someone of his experience and standing in the game attending a REBOcoaching session in Hackney with a group of local children is hugely inspiring and will encourage the kids to continue playing tennis.

This is the start of a tennis revolution – a REBOlution – to get more kids playing tennisfrom non-traditional environments!”
The installation of a REBOwall at the Young Hackney Concorde Centre was the first
opportunity that children in the local area were able to play tennis regularly, many for the
very first time. The Concorde Centre, which is part of Hackney Council’s £5 million investment to improve facilities for young people in the local area, offers sports and healthy living facilities and allows children to take part in sports such as tennis, basketball, trampoline and badminton 5 days a week.

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Shock Doctor Knee protector – Product Review

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In any game of tennis there is twisting and turning, moving one way and then the other, backwards and forewards; Think about what that does to your body? Players predisposed to knee problems are always tentative careful not to put too much stress through the knee. The Shock Doctor knee support is the latest tool for us players so that we can play with peace of mind and pain free.

Having tried other brands from the pharmacy and local sports shop I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the neoprene construction is extremely comfortable and fits like a glove. It also has a hole too out front for a bit of ventilation. The knee is supported on either side by flexible support stays which stabilize the knee cap right in position enabling you to carry out all those tennis moves without fear of hurting yourself.

The velcro design means that if it slips during play you can refasten easily. I found that my knee and leg felt very well protected on court and that the support was always there whatever movment I tried to do. The added bulk of having the knee support on did not impede me so much that I felt that it interupted my game, in fact after 30 mins of wearing it I did not even notice i was there.

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All in all, this product is a great buy. If you suffer from sore or weak knees then the Rock Shock Knee Protector is certainly worth considering. Even if you do not, it is an essential piece of kit in any tennis players racket bag. Can you really afford to go without?

You can check out the product and the company here or on twitter @shockdoctoruk

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ANDY MURRAY CLOSE TO BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS AFTER WINNING IN VALENCIA

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Andy Murray is close to reach the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month in London as he
won his third title in the last five weeks with a 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(8) win over Tommy Robredo at
the Valencia Open.

The HEAD player was fresh from his title win over Spain’s David Ferrer a week ago in Vienna.
Murray, playing with the HEAD Graphene Radical in Valencia, is thick in the chase for one of
four spots remaining at the year-end event. Murray now owns 31 career titles and has hauled
himself back from the depths in the race to London over the past month.
Following his win, Murray said,

“I know it was an incredible match. The tennis in the second set and at the end of the match
was high level. I played well at the right moments. I like playing here. It’s a nice place to come
this time of year.”

Nenad Zimonjic, armed with the HEAD Graphene Speed, made the most of a temporary
pairing with Canadian Vasek Pospisil as that one-off combination won the Swiss Indoors title
in Basel over Henri Kontinen and HEAD’s Marin Draganja 7-6(13), 1-6, 10-5. Zimonjic was
making his fifth finals appearance in his last five visits to Basel.

HEAD player Jeremy Chardy, who uses the HEAD Graphene Radical lost the Valencia doubles
final along with first-time partner Kevin Anderson; the pair was defeated by Jean-Julien Rojer
of the Netherlands and Romanian Horia Tecau, 4-6, 2-6.

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The heat is on for final spots at World Tour Finals in London.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2013 Dates The heat is on for final spots at World Tour Finals in London.
Just a little over week remains in the regular tennis season as the remaining hopefuls vie for the final spaces at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at Londons O2. Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Wawrinka and Cilic have already secured their places leaving 3 spots up for grabs. Hoping to seal their places will be Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov. All are in action this week in either Basel or Valencia, ATP 500 events and many will come face to face with each other for those spots.

Andy Murray fresh from his 30th tournament victory in Vienna at the weekend, will be looking to well and truly derail one of his closest competitors in David Ferrer. Should the two make the Valencia semi finals, a Murray win would almost certainly see the Scot make the finals and all but rule out the tenacious Spaniard of another appearance. Raonic and Dimitrov will need to go deep in both their remaining events before they can count themselves in the elite 8 man field.

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Have you ever dreamed of playing against a professional tennis player?‏

Untitled 2 Have you ever dreamed of playing against a professional tennis player?‏WORLD-RENOWNED TENNIS PLAYERS JOIN FORCES TO OVERTURN POVERTY IN HAITI
With the collaboration of professional tennis players, the organization will raise funds to empower families living in poverty in the communities where TECHO works in Haiti.

NYC, October 13th – Tennis fans will have the opportunity to play against Boris Becker, Feliciano López, Santiago Giraldo and other world-renowned tennis players who are donating one-hour matches to the unique Breakpoint online auction. This social initiative open to the public is organized by TECHO, a non-profit organization that mobilizes youth globally, empowers families and together transforms slums into organized communities in 19 Latin American countries.

Breakpoint is an initiative that invites the world’s top tennis players to join the fight against poverty. This year’s powerful online-only auction will feature memorabilia and one-hour tennis matches with professional tennis players from across the globe. The auction will close in October 22nd.

Nearly 6 million people live in poverty in Haiti. Through the collaborative work of the tennis community and the different entities of society, TECHO seeks to overturn this reality in one of the most poor country in the world. “Challenge is at the core of tennis and TECHO. In tennis, the challenge is to beat your record and improve your abilities. On the other hand, TECHO’s challenge is to get society as a whole to prioritize poverty and work towards overcoming it. This is how Breakpoint was born, to promote unity in achieving the greater goal…a just society for all,” says Diego Firpo TECHO-US CEO.

The initiative features one-hour tennis matches against Grand Slam winners including Boris Becker, Feliciano López, Ivan Ljubicic, Roberto Bautista Agut, Santiago Giraldo, among others. For an advanced preview, please go to our online auction (click here). It also includes autographed items such as Andy Murray’s racquet, Rafael Nadal’s shirt, Gael Monfils’ shirt, Maria Sharapova’s racquet, and many more.

All the funds raised in the auction will finance TECHO’s community development programs in the organized slums where the organization works in Haiti, including education and community infrastructure programs. The auction funds will be used from November to December of 2014.

Previous editions of Breakpoint have had the support of great tennis players including Rafael Nadal (Spain, currently ranked N​°2 in the world), Maria Sharapova (Russia, currently ranked N N​°2 in the world), Andy Murray (Scotland, currently ranked as N°11 in the world), Jim Courier (USA, formerly ranked ​N​°1 in the world), John McEnroe (USA, formerly ranked ​N​°1 in the world), Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain, formerly ranked ​N​°1 in the world), David Nalbandian (Argentina, formerly ranked N°3 in the world), Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina), Tomás Robredo (Spain), Juan Mónaco (Argentina), Fabio Fognini (Italy), Argentinean duet Paola Suarez and Gisela Dulko, Fernando Gonzalez (Chile), Willy Cañas, Santiago Giraldo (Colombia), Alejandro Falla (Colombia).

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Stress Recovery: Mike Bryan’s Mental Preparation to Win US Open Tennis Tournament


Mike Bryan is the right-handed side of the most successful doubles team in the history of tennis, the Bryan Brothers. With Sunday’s remarkable win at the 2014 US Open, the duo took their 16th Grand Slam and an unprecedented 100th career win as a team. While their preparation for the event was of course coordinated, it is also distinct. Mike employs a variety of physical, nutritional, and mental training tools, and began using Versus in 2010 to improve his mental performance on the court. While the early training targeted his brain’s ability to focus even more intensely and for longer periods of time, his training regimen for this particular tournament was designed to refine his brain’s ability to recover.

“I’m kind of a high-strung type A personality. I’m always thinking about the next match,” Mike Bryan continued, “this definitely helped me relax and actually sleep better before big matches, which was key. When you sleep better, it helps you recover and you can focus.”

Fine Tuning His Ability to Mentally Recover Between Matches

Mike Bryan Versus SenseScore
His SenseScore, comprised of specific brain metrics associated with a number of key high-performance indicators, already demonstrates that his Stress Recovery score is nearly off the charts. But like many great athletes, Mike is committed to pursuing perfection in all areas of his game—including his strengths.

“Mike is a very engaged person, and his brain reflects that. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with his ability to turn his mind off after competition, he’s simply working on mastering that skill,” said SenseLabs’ Chief Science Officer, Leslie Sherlin, PhD.

Mental Speed and Accuracy Testing

To gauge an athlete’s mental processing speed and accuracy, Versus measures brain activity during a baseline period and during a simple video game test. Not only did Mike make 0 errors (the average across high-performers in our BrainBank is 3), but his reaction speed actually increased throughout the test. This is further indication of a highly-engaged brain, with incredible impulse control, and it helped tailor Mike’s brain training for the Open.

“I’M KIND OF A HIGH-STRUNG TYPE A PERSONALITY. I’M ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THE NEXT MATCH. THIS DEFINITELY HELPED ME RELAX AND ACTUALLY SLEEP BETTER BEFORE BIG MATCHES, WHICH WAS KEY. WHEN YOU SLEEP BETTER, IT HELPS YOU RECOVER AND YOU CAN FOCUS.”

– MIKE BRYAN

20-Minute Daily Training Sessions

Mike’s training consisted of quick 20-minute sessions, done every other day, during the weeks leading up to the event. In the training, Mike learns how to control the electrical signals in his brain associated with a high-degree of engagement by playing games. When he is relaxed, the Versus headset reads these patterns and rewards him by moving an object in the game (a car, for example) forward. The training strengthens his ability to turn these patterns on, and off, when he needs to. In Mike’s case, it happened each time he stepped off the court last week to rest up before the next big match.

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