New Balance announced the signing of British number one player Heather Watson, recent winner at the Hobart WTA tournament.
Heather Watson’s association with New Balance comes after the 2013 signing of top-ranked men’s tennis player Milos Raonic as the brand drives to build a formidable presence in the tennis market worldwide.
Also read: New Balance press day report
On Thursday October 23rd I represented Tennis-Buzz at a press day hosted at the Hoxton Arches, London, where New Balance showcased its SS15 collections.
With soon-to-be-released sports performance and lifestyle clothing products on show, together with an extensive new footwear collection, I was of course particularly keen to get a sneak peek of the latest tennis gear to be worn by Milos Raonic and Nicole Gibbs (amongst others) for the 2015 season.
Stealing the show was the MC (men’s collection) and WC (women’s collection) 996v2 footwear; The shoes were equipped with PROBANK, NDURE and REVLOTE technologies to enable athletes to remain light on their feet without sacrificing durability or support for grueling matches. This easy-on-the-eye product was my favourite item in the new collection.
Other stand-out, and more traditional looking footwear included the MC896v1 and MC696v2.
I was also able to take a look at the New Balance kit to be worn by Nicole Gibbs at the smart 2015 Australian and French Open’s (no word on what Milos will be wearing as yet).
All in all it was a fun event, with plenty of new products across New Balance’s range of categories such as cricket, running and of course tennis. And one thing is for sure, regardless of how New Balance tennis athletes perform next year, they’ll certainly look the part.
Thanks to Gung Ho and New Balance for the invite!
Home of the Paris Bercy Masters since 1986, the POPB (Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy) can be can be easily recognized by its pyramidal shape and its walls covered with sloping lawn.
Opened in 1984, it was conceived as a modifiable sports arena capable of accomodating between 3500 and 17000 spectators for over 24 sports from basketball to boxing to tennis. The POPB also hosts some cultural events like concerts and musicals.
That’s what the POPB looked like last year:
And that’s what it looked like today, a vast construction site surrounded by palisades:
Nice to see you again, Marat!
The POPB is indeed undergoing a major modernisation project, with a budget of over 110 million euros. The plan is to make the new POPB (called Bercy Arena) a world class venue with increased seating capacity, VIP areas, box seats as well as new bars and restaurants.
The skatepark and the POPB in the background:
I’m pretty sure the player exiting the stadium was Milos Raonic, what do you think?
Some renderings of the future Bercy Arena:
The building will keep its pyramidal form and its outside grass areas, but the stairs will be removed to create a main entrance covering nearly 2,500 m² on street level, and which will house bars, restaurants and partner areas open seven days a week.
The sloped esplanade will be connected to the Parc de Bercy via a walkway which will join the Bercy Arena to the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.
Stay tuned for more Bercy 2014 coverage on Tennis Buzz!
Photo credit: Tennis Buzz, except for 3 renderings (source: Skyscrapercity)
Thanks a lot to Simon for sharing his brother’s pictures from Toronto!
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-2
David Ferrer defeats Ivan Dodig 1-6 6-3 6-2
Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Jankovic, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens and Dominika Cibulkova advance to the fourth round.
The only surprise came from Garbine Muguruza, who won her first WTA tour event in Hobart earlier in the month as a qualifier and has knocked out 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. She’ll play Agnieszka Radwanska next.
Grigor Dimitrov beats Milos Raonic in 3 sets to reach his first ever 4th round at a Slam. He next faces Roberto Bautista Agut who followed his upset win over Juan Martin del Potro with a straight sets victoy over Benoit Paire.
Andy Murray defeats Feliciano Lopez for the eight time in eight match and will meet lucky loser Stéphane Robert in the last 16.
Roger Federer advanced to the fourth round for the 13th consecutive year following his win over Teymuraz Gabashvili. He’ll face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who beat countryman Gilles Simon for a place in the quaterfinals.
Kei Nishikori beat Donald Young, the last American man in the singles draw in straight sets. His next opponent: Rafael Nadal who dismantled Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 6-3.
Garbine Muguruza def Caroline Wozniacki (10), Roberto Bautista Agut def Benoit Paire (27)
Video of the day: Famous. Favored. Fallen.
Matches to follow on Day 7:
Serena Williams (1) – Ana Ivanovic (14)
Fabio Fognini (15) – Novak Djokovic (2)
Stanislas Wawrinka (8) – Tommy Robredo (17)
Enjoy some pics of Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic practicing together on Friday.
Former world number 3, Ivan Ljubicic, coaching Milos Raonic: