put a new spin to your game with the HEAD Graphene Extreme

Head  Extreme MP 0206

HEAD announced today the launch of the next installment in the Extreme racket series, now infused with Graphene technology: the HEAD Graphene Extreme.

The new generation of the Extreme racquet series now combines the best features of the Extreme series with Graphene, the world’s strongest and lightest material, making this the final HEAD racquet series to feature the Graphene technology. The special construction of the racquet spreads the weight evenly from grip to tip, allowing for greater playability and lethal levels of spin. The Graphene Extreme racquet series is designed for the aggression of the modern game, allowing players to generate massive amounts of power without sacrificing spin or superior handling. With the new Head Graphene Extreme, giving your opponents a hard time has never been easier!

The design of the next generation of this celebrated racquet family embodies the aggressive nature of the product. The contrast between the vibrant hues of neon green and robust sections of black is representative of the dynamism and versatility of the Graphene Extreme racquet series. This high performance racquet isn’t only for HEAD’s top professional players, but for all players who value the ideal combination of power, spin and elite maneuverability. While the Graphene Extreme Pro is the top model and most powerful, the Extreme series also includes the Extreme MP and the Extreme Lite. All Graphene Extreme racquet models will retail for $190.

If you want to know more, please go to  Facebook.com/headtennis or follow @Head_Tennis on Twitter.

 

huff(po)ing and puff(po)ing: tsf on styleist

Over at Styleist, we point out a few U.S. Open fashion notables to the casual tennis fan: the neon Polo Ralph Lauren ballperson polos; Sharapova‘s Head bag (it’s true: we can’t stop raving about it); Galina Voskoboeva‘s ruffled dress from Ellesse (trust: it wouldn’t have made this list had it been worn by Nadia); Lacoste‘s color blocking for both men and women; and adidas‘ men’s adiZero line — all those triangle patterns are to die for!

What do you think? Was there something else we should have mentioned?

Read: “U.S. Open Tennis Fashions: What You Don’t See On TV,” styleist.com.

sharapova's night dress cover-up

Fashion (un)focus: For the curious, the greys and blacks of Maria Sharapova‘s night outfit is complemented by a navy blue cover-up. The same neon green in the straps of her dress trims the placket and the collar of the jacket.

And we’ll say it again: that Sharapova Head racquet bag is the bag that we’ve all been waiting to buy. Partly by virtue of not being obnoxious with visual branding, but mostly because it’s sleek and sexy as an accessory. (We can’t wait for a harder men’s version to come out.)

Battling away: Maria, the third seed, just won the first set in her U.S. Open second round singles match, against Anastasiya Yakimova. The winner of this match faces Flavia Pennetta; they share the same half of the draw as second seed Vera Zvonareva. (Draw: Women’s Singles)

(screengrabs by TSF)

spotted in the city: paragon's uso prep

Pardon the glare: One of NYC’s premiere sports shops, Paragon, is all decked out for the Open — Union Square style. In their maze of a store, the tennis sway is right when you walk in the front door off of Broadway. What they still have? There’s a couple of those oh-so-beautiful HEAD racquet bags from Murray’s Wimbledon (sans the fan notes) ready for pick up. And from what we’ve heard, they’ve been a hot item and will be virtually impossible to find once they sell out.

TSF Vault: Head More: Another (!) Djoko does Maria vid

(TSF photos)

maria (and novak) on instinct

Imitation time: Somehow, Novak Djokovic‘s imitations just haven’t gotten old. The new world no. 1 obviously has a creative side and loves to be goofy, and we appreciate the new medium used for his latest acting gig: playing Maria Sharapova. Nole is well versed in his Maria-dom, but here he takes on Sharapova’s ad for HEAD‘s YouTek Instinct racquet and sort of nails it. More to come for the Open? We wouldn’t be surprised.

In Cincy: Novak’s into round 3 | Maria faces Kuznetsova

summer blockparty: christina mchale in new haven

The future Christina? How cute is this little aspiring tennis-playing gal? She joined some 200 kids from the New Haven area for a USTA 10 & Under tennis clinic, where American Christina McHale helped the youngsters with their form. Swinging Head racquets donated by First Niagra, the kids were treated to an afternoon of tennis and face painting (see below) at the “First Niagra Block Party.” The block party was held to help, in part, promote the New Haven Open at Yale, formerly the Pilot Pen. Set for the week before the U.S. Open, this final lead-up tournament will go from a men’s and women’s event to solely a WTA event as the men’s event has headed south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The 19-year-old McHale, ranked no. 67, received a wild card into New Haven. The tournament already has commitments from world no. 1 and defending champ Caroline Wozniacki, along with former French Open champs Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Check out the full player list here.

More great images from the New Haven Open’s Block Party after the cut.

[Read more…]

andy's acting chops

Move over, Nole! When is Andy Murray making his way to Hollywood? The quiet and often awkward is plain brilliant in a hilarious new video from HEAD, in which the world’s no. 4 promotes his racket-maker with a Facebook-friendly spot. In the vid, Murray’s at home, on court, in bed and in the shower (authentically in the buff, as far as we can tell). The schtick? HEAD is pushing fans to their Facebook page, asking them to write personalized comments to Murray. Murray will choose his faves to slap on his HEAD bag for the Championships, a move that we sort of dig. Oh look there’s Andy walking onto Centre Court — wait! I WROTE THAT. You know, it could happen to you. But first, you must “Like” HEAD (and watch the vid).

To catch more of Andy’s (pretty awesome) acting, check out the vid after the jump. [Read more…]

tsf podcast: nole flies, doubles (is in) trouble and oh where can the williamses go?

TSF Podcast Mar. 2011 | Nick McCarvel with David Thorpe | To download MP3 in iTunes, just click link

Do you usually fly first class, Nole? TSF Podcast March 2011

Oh let the awkward moments ring! David and I might be good friends, but don’t let that fool you into thinking we’ve got this podcast thing down pat. All the better for the listener though, no? This week, David and I were all chatty about what Nole’s recent run (flight?!) to the top means. Our opinion? Not much. Though it could, if he carries it over to the clay season. We also took turns weighing into this week’s Sunday Survey question on just what will happen to those two ladies named Williams. And doubles? Good exposure week for the game, but David smells a conspiracy brewing. (And I’m just tan.) Click above! | TSF Vault: Podcasts

(screengrab provided by HEAD tennis)

novak plays on a plane

Yep, Nole‘s already soaring high after that win over Rafa Nadal at yesterday’s men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. That three-setter — 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 — puts him at 18-0 so far this year; at No. 2 in the world (taking over for Roger); and puts him in that elite company of guys who’ve been both Rafa and Roger in the same tournament twice (the other two: Nalbandian and Kolya).

…Which made it the perfect time to release this video that he hinted at last week, the one of him recreating that image of two folks playing tennis on a plane. We’re still not quite sure if Nole actually got air time (while strapped in, of course), but we wouldn’t put it past him.

Watch: Click on that image above to watch the video.

(Djokovic picture courtesy of Head)