The 2015 tennis season has officially begun!
The Australian Open kicked off yesterday, and already the contenders are dropping like flies. In this week’s Tennis Tuesday, we’ll take a look at the highlights from the competition so far. And since it’s the start of the season, everyone’s eyes are on not only the players’ performances, but also their new kit, which leads us nicely into the second feature of today’s post: the Babolat AeroPro Drive Play, Rafael Nadal’s brand new racket of choice.
Australian Open 2015: The Story So Far
While British fans were pleased with Andy Murray‘s victory in straight sets against India’s Yuki Bhambri yesterday, they were disappointed to see Heather Watson, Kyle Edmund and British no.2 James Ward knocked out of the competition today. This leaves Murray as the only British player left in round 2 of the singles draws.
In other news, world no.1 Novak Djokovic, no.2 Roger Federer, and defending champ Stanislas Wawrinka all effortlessly slipped through into the next round, and Serena Williams battled against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck to also find her way through to round 2.
8th seed Milos Raonic from Canada beat Ukrainian Illya Marchenko, whilst former world no.1 and twice Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka from Belarus defeated America’s Sloane Stephens, despite the Australian being unseeded after an injury-heavy 2014.
Meanwhile, world no.3 Rafael Nadal soared into round 2 after winning against Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets. Nadal is currently the figure head for Babolat’s brand new AeroPro Drive Play, which he used in competition for the first time yesterday.
If it’s good enough for Rafa, it’s good enough for us!
The newest racket in Babolat’s play range uses integrated sensor technology in the frame of the popular AeroPro Drive.
Babolat are revolutionising play, with precise and accessible feedback that comes direct from the racket itself! The AeroPro Drive Play can measure the power of shots, location of hits, spin, type and no. of strokes, and more. It connects with an app on your smartphone or tablet, or via USB with your computer, so that you can view your stats after every practice. This is a great way to monitor progress and can help you to pick those areas you really want to improve on! Controls and batteries are located in the handle and don’t add the the weight of the racket (300g).
At a press event for the racket, Toni Nadal (Rafa’s Uncle and Coach) joked: “Sometimes when I correct Rafa on how he’s hitting the ball, he doesn’t agree. Now I have the data.”
To which Rafa quipped in return: “Now he has the data to know that he was wrong.”
We’ll certain be intrigued to watch Rafa’s progress this season now that he’s playing #connectedtennis!
Babolat recently released this video in which Rafa talks about his new choice of racket in an interview with, umm, himself…
The Babolat AeroPro Drive Play is now available in store and on the YC Sports website at RRP £300.