Wilson introduces the exclusive limited edition racquet bag that is being carried by Roger Federer during the 2011 Wimbledon tournament. Designed specifically for Roger Federer and ideal for serious players of every level, this super six pack has been produced in limited quantities and is an opportunity to own a rare memento of Roger’s 16 Grand Slam titles.

The bag features the latest Wilson technology including Thermoguard and Moistureguard compartments to protect your racquets and gear from the elements. It also contains a large pocket to hold shoes and apparel as well as an accessory pocket for cell phone and keys. There are backpack straps with plush padding and lined for added comfort. The bag is sized to hold up to 12 rackets and is PVC free for lower environmental impact.

Buy a Wilson Roger Federer bag and you have a chance to win Roger’s gear! Go to wilson.com/tennis for more information.

High precision grooming on a grand scale. Gillette created and then shaved a giant image of tennis ace Roger Federer in a field in London.

The 2,800 square meter image has been created in grass using laser guided robots with high-precision technology to plot over 14,000 mapping points required to bring the environmentally friendly image to life. 7 different shades of green specialist grass paint were used to create Federer’s features resulting in the unique portrait.

Not only is the design a feat in its own right, but Federer’s face was also treated to a genuine shave. The image was blasted with bio-degradable foam before lawnmowers set to the task of getting him looking his best ahead of what is set to be a busy week. Over 3,000 litres of diluted paint were used to create the masterpiece as well as 1,000 diluted litres of black and white paint to create a 5 o’clock shadow for the tennis superstar. A 1,000 litres of environmentally friendly and biodegradable foam were then used to lubricate the high-precision shave and in total 210 man hours went into the whole process.

Wimbledon 2011: Roger Federer Nike Outfit

Roger Federer’s timeless, cool and collected style is reflected in his Nike RF Trophy Lawn Polo and Nike Trophy Woven Taped Short. Dri-FIT, polyester-stretch, UV knit jersey fabric helps keep him comfortable while providing protection from harmful UV rays. No-sew seaming at the sides, shoulders and armholes prevents skin irritation and an all-over, embossed Swiss cross pattern adds a subtle design detail and a nod to Federer’s homeland.

Wimbledon 2011: Roger Federer Nike Outfit

Wimbledon 2011: Roger Federer Nike Outfit
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2011 French Open recap

I spent a few days here and there at Roland Garros this year, and I am always surprised of how journalists (especially French journalists) present the all thing and I sometimes wonder if I live on a different planet or in a parallel universe.

For French journalists it was fantastic two weeks of tennis, for me as a spectator it was another boring French Open.

Roland Garros

PS: I’m the one taking the photo, not the one sleeping ;o)

Everything was summed up in the mens trophy ceremony speeches: thanks to the sponsors, to the family, Roger is the best, Rafa played fantastic. Nothing new under the sun, things heard hundred times.
Conventional, boring, no emotion. From my point of view, the only 3 bright moments of the tournament: the semi Djokovic vs Federer, the Schiavone and Li runs to the final, and the Carte Blanche to Bob Sinclar for the Kids Day.

Here are a few personal thoughts about this Roland Garros tournament.

– Empty seats:

Court Philippe Chatrier

Tickets for main courts like Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen are really expensive and really difficult to get. So when I finally get a ticket (about 70 euros) and I see all those empty seats, I’m really upset.

Here’s a suggestion by tennis journalist Jon Wertheim:

How’s this for a bit of cultural exchange? The French help with some junior development. We help them with fan behavior. There were matches held on Philippe Chartrier for which the stands looked to be about 10 percent of capacity. We’re talking rows and rows of empty sears. Surely there is a way to let the patricians in the sponsor tents know how unseemly it is to have these choice tickets and then not use them. We eagerly look forward to the upgrades to the venue. But it’s all for rien if the stands are empty. Just disgraceful.

Nadal: he didn’t play well during the tournament, but at the end he won for the sixth time, equaling Borg. He also remains at number one for a few more weeks, but Djokovic will probably become the 25th ATP number one after Wimbledon.
What does it change for Rafa? Nothing. He already has won everything – career Grand Slam, Davis Cup, Olympic Gold – and he has nothing to prove. He will have less pressure, he won’t be the one supposed to win everything, but Djokovic will. Nadal will be even more dangerous.

Rafael Nadal

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6th Roland Garros title, 10th Grand Slam title for Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 7/5 7/6 (3) 5/7 6/1 after a disappointing final.