New Balance 2015 collection

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.

New Balance 2015 collection

Other stand-out, and more traditional looking footwear included the MC896v1 and MC696v2.

Nicole Gibbs New Balance Australian Open outfit

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).

Nicole Gibbs New Balance French Open outfit

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.

By Andreas Plastiras

Thanks to Gung Ho and New Balance for the invite!

Bercy Arena

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:

POPB

POPB

POPB

And that’s what it looked like today, a vast construction site surrounded by palisades:

POPB

Nice to see you again, Marat!

POPB

POPB

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.

POPB

POPB

The skatepark and the POPB in the background:

POPB

POPB

I’m pretty sure the player exiting the stadium was Milos Raonic, what do you think?

POPB

Some renderings of the future Bercy Arena:

POPB

Bercy Arena

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)

Toronto Rogers Cup

Thanks a lot to Simon for sharing his brother’s pictures from Toronto!

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-2

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Novak Djokovic

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

David Ferrer defeats Ivan Dodig 1-6 6-3 6-2

David Ferrer and Ivan Dodig

Ivan Dodig
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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.

Seeds upsets:

Garbine Muguruza def Caroline Wozniacki (10), Roberto Bautista Agut def Benoit Paire (27)

Video highlights:


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)

Milos Raonic

Enjoy some pics of Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic practicing together on Friday.

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Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic

Former world number 3, Ivan Ljubicic, coaching Milos Raonic:

Ivan Ljubicic

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Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga move on to the quarterfinals.
Only “surprises” today: Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Caroline Wozniacki and Jérémy Chardy wins over Andreas Seppi.

Day 9 matches:
Li Na-Agnieszka Radwanska
Ekaterina Makarova-Maria Sharapova
David Ferrer-Nicolas Almagro
Novak Djokovic-Tomas Berdych