Andy Murray's 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 #lumix #lx7 /cc @panasonicusa

The last Grand Slam of the 2012 tennis season runs through September 9. During the first week, match play pretty much runs true to the rankings, the top seeds usually advance to the second week without having to play that many five set matches. One tremendous advantage for the men players is the fact that the top seeds have developed all-round tennis skills. Today, players rely on the power of the racket head speed. Racket head speed is developed early in a player’s career, but precision ball placement depends upon the racket.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, the defending US Open champion uses the HEAD YouTek IG Speed Midplus. Of course, Novak Djokovic is no overnight sensation, he spent years performing grueling training, while listening to criticism about faking injuries, now his tennis skills have legitimized him on the court, this has silenced his critics. His choice of the HEAD YouTek IG Speed Midplus has helped him generate more power on his shots. The tennis racket has a slightly oversized head, which allows him to hit high-speed first serves as uncontested aces, and when he does need a second serve, the rallies are usually short because he clips the line for clean shot winners.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is looking to complete a tremendous summer with a win at the US Open. With his Wimbledon victory, he cemented his status as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The racket of choice for Roger is the Wilson Pro Staff Six.One. The Wilson Pro Staff Six.One has helped him to regain the Number One ranking. When he was losing, he lost confidence in his racket. When he changed rackets, he started winning again. The unique features of the racket include the Amplifeel handle, small racket head size, and a patented open string pattern.

Andy Murray

Of course, no conversation about the best men’s tennis players in the world would be complete without mentioning Andy Murray. Every spectator in the stadium could clearly see how disappointed he was to be runner-up at Wimbledon. He felt like the one who had let down a nation, so when he was presented with the opportunity to redeem himself at the Olympics, again on his native soil, he didn’t let up until he was atop the winner’s podium. Murray used the HEAD YouTek IG Radical Pro to avenge the lost he suffered at Wimbledon. He downed Roger Federer while using one of the best tennis rackets on the market today. The HEAD YouTek IG Radical Pro has a retooled head size with proprietary “Innegra technology.” The racket is built for high performance, this proved to be the perfect accompaniment for Andy Murray’s game.

Who will win the 2012 US Open?

  • Roger Federer (39%, 73 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (29%, 54 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (23%, 42 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (3%, 5 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1%, 1 Votes)
  • John Isner (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 186

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Text by Dave
Pic by stillframe

evian celebrates 27 years as the official water of the US Open with Behind-the-Scenes Instawalk on evianday (this Thursday, August 30th).

Follow three of the most popular New York Instagrammers, Liz @newyorkcity, Anthony @takinyerphoto and Brian @Bridif as they uncover what you haven’t seen before at the US Open.
The instagrammers will each take turns posting on evian’s Instagram account, along with multiple photos to their own accounts through hashtag #evianday
With the support of USO and USTA, fans at the stadium will also be encouraged to participate by uploading photos showing what they love about US Open, while tagging the photo on the day with #evianday.

Evian has sponsored the US Open for 27 years, and each of the event’s title sponsor get one day to activate campaigns on-site, which explains the hashtag.

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Caroline’s kit designed by Stella McCartney for adidas is separated into looks for day and night matches.

Day

Cobalt blues and sorbet pinks for the day session:

Caroline Wozniacki US Open outfit

Caroline Wozniacki US Open outfit

Night

A little black dress for the night session:

Caroline Wozniacki US Open outfit

Here’s a peek at what Novak Djokovic will wear on court at the 2012 US Open.

The Performance Wear DRY-EX Polo Shirt is available in three colours – white, royal blue and navy blue.

The full Performance Wear range also features a tracksuit and warm-up jacket, plus accessories such as wrist bands.

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Here’s a peek at the Rose Garden Dress that Venus Williams will wear on court at the 2012 US Open:

Its design was inspired by a sleeveless tank in her EleVen label’s Classic collection, featuring the same v-neck and simple collar in a contrasting colour, in this case, black.