The sparkling new Southern Oaks Golf and Tennis Club will soon be giving new meaning to the phrase “friday night lights.” The long-awaited facility in Burleson, Texas will be having a grand opening on Friday, November 3rd from 5:30 to 9 pm. Here there’ll be a tennis exhibition, tours of the facility, live music, giveaways and complimentary food and drinks. Sounds good to us. The amenities at Southern Oaks include 11 lighted courts, a pro shop, league play and a fine USPTA pro staff. For info call (817) 426-2400 or go to www.southernoaksgolf.com.
SOUTHERN OAKS GOLF AND TENNIS CLUB OPENS
WILSON'S NEW SERENA SIGNATURE STICK
Few players have had the honor of an autographed Wilson racket in their name. It’s a distinction with impact – Wilson’s Chris Evert racket was one of the most popular rackets of the ‘70s. Serena Williams is one of the handful of legends – Evert, Jack Kramer, Billie Jean King and Roger Federer – to receive the honor, now with the Blade SW104. The signature stick, one of several with Wilson’s new Countervail technology, has received high praise – IT racket reviewer Marcus Cootsona singles out the Blade SW104’s power on the baseline, at the net, and of course, from the serve. Find out more at wilson.com.
WILSON BLADE – COUNTERVAIL TECHNOLOGY
Not one but four new high-performance Wilson rackets in the company’s Blade performance series feature Countervail technology. A patented, one-of-a-kind carbon fiber that originates from the aerospace industry, Countervail reduces vibrational energy. Serena, Milos Raonic and Madison Keys are just three pros who play with Blades. For a smoother stroke, try the Blade 98 (18×20), Blade 98 (16×19), Blade 98S and Blade SW104. For more info go to wilson.com.
SOLINCO SPORTS SIGNS THE BRYAN BROTHERS TO ENDORSEMENT DEAL
Classical musicians may talk about string quartets, but now California’s Solinco is talking about their new tennis duet. Translation: the company has entered into an endorsement deal for tennis strings with 16-time Grand Slam champions and Olympic gold medalists, Bob and Mike Bryan.
“We are thrilled to have the most successful doubles team of all time, as well as two of the most well-respected and liked players on the ATP Tour, join the Solinco family,” said Solinco director KT Kim. “They are true ambassadors of the sport and great champions, and we’re extremely excited to have them continue playing with our strings and now officially represent our brand.”
“Bob and I have been using Solinco for the past two years and we love the feel and performance of their strings,” said Mike Bryan. “Players are very sensitive about their strings and we chose Solinco out of every other brand as we believe it is the best product out there.”
“We were looking for an edge and extra pop on our strokes and the Hyper-G gives us all that with great feel and durability,” said Bob Bryan.
The signing of the Bryan Brothers highlights Solinco’s quickly growing presence on the ATP and WTA Tours and commitment to continue developing and producing the highest quality performance products for the world’s best players. The Bryans will have Solinco’s “O” logo on their strings to represent the brand.
The Bryan Brothers are the most successful doubles team of all time with a record of 112 titles, 16 Grand Slam championships, and winners of Olympic gold at the London Games in 2012. They join Team Solinco alongside Jamie Murray (2016 Australian Open & US Open doubles champion), Malek Jaziri (ATP pro), Jamie Loeb (NCAA singles champion and WTA pro), Noah Rubin (junior Wimbledon Champion and ATP pro) and Alla Kudrysetva (WTA pro).
WEIL ACADEMY NEWS
College placement is the top priority at Weil Academy, and 29 seniors from Weil’s Class of 2017 have now signed national letters of intent or committed to NCAA colleges to continue studying and playing college tennis.
Weil Academy players took part in the recent BNP Paribas Open, playing in the pre-qualifying event, and serving as hitting partners for some of the world’s top players, including Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov and the Bryan Brothers.
On May 25, the 20-year Weil Academy Anniversary Celebration will take place. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, or if you are an alum and would like to attend.
Weekly camps at the Weil Academy start in full-force May 28 and continue all summer. Check the Weil website at www.WeilTennis.com for rates and to register.
TOPSCORE: A REVOLUTION IN SCOREKEEPING
“We began creating TopScore six years ago because we saw dissatisfaction with scorekeepers in current tennis,” says Topspin Sports co-founder and President Paul Kincaid. “Manual and pedestrian scorekeepers don’t look good. Tennis facilities deserve better. We live in an iPhone era, why aren’t we providing a better experience?”
The future is here today, and now – finally – players and clubs can use something more attractive and fool-proof than flip cards and plastic tubes, thanks to TopScore, the world’s first and only digital, two-sided, net-mounted, self-scoring tennis scoreboard. A foot tall and nearly a foot-and-a-half wide, weighing in at just over five pounds, TopScore comes in two different handsome combinations of dark green and white. “The response has been 100-percent positive – some of the finest clubs in the world will be using TopScore,” says Kincaid, adding that many tennis facilities have already expressed interest in putting TopScore on their net posts.
Working with every kind of player – from junior and top-flight to club and recreational – Kincaid and the Topspin Sports team developed TopScore over the course of a half-dozen years, creating a product that is both intuitive and environmentally sound. “It’s made from the highest of ePaper technology,” Kincaid explains. “Two AA batteries will keep it charged upwards of over a year.” Thanks in part to anti-glare material on the front and back panels, as Kincaid notes, “The visibility of TopScore in bright sunshine and indoor courts surpasses all current scorekeepers.”
Built to withstand being struck by tennis balls, and designed to “Make Every Court Center Court,” TopScore‘s features include up/down arrows for both sets and games, a reset button, a home/visitor function and a changeover button. The latter is especially popular among players, as the numbers flip sides with no spinning of the board. Each TopScore comes with a net post and bracket as well as a cover. In ordering TopScore, any tennis club makes an instant premium upgrade to its facilities.
TopScore‘s attractive exterior includes an area to display logos, advertising or board sponsors. As Kincaid puts it, “Our ability to add logos and customize the board for tennis clubs makes it that much more special. You can advertise on the scoreboard, which turns TopScore into a revenue-generating asset.” Topspin Sports will customize TopScore for no additional cost. To order TopScore or find out more about it, go to topspinsportsllc.com.