The Week at Wilson with Blair Rickers: June 23rd

Hello All,

I hope everyone is doing well and that you are all enjoying summer (now that it has finally arrived).


Dealers, it’s already time to start looking at product for 2012.  Let’s sit down ASAP and review the apparel and footwear collections for next spring.


Teaching Pros, now that summer has arrived we really need to turn up the heat on our demo days.  Plan a day and I’ll get you a bag of frames.  If you  need a couple of frames to hand out to key clients, just let me know .


If you are interested in stringing and racquet equipment please check out the attached document with information about the TPA Seminar.  Dan Kerr will be passing on knowledge accumulated over years in the industry.


It was very sad to hear about the passing of Clarence Clemons from the E Street Band.  Little known fact, at least to me, Clemens’ was a standout football player in college and blocked for future NFL star Emerson Boozer.  Although I’m listening to Clarence playing “Jungleland” right now, the quote of the week is from Badlands.

For the ones who had a notion
A notion deep inside
That it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive
I wanna find one face that ain’t looking through me
I wanna find one place
I wanna spit in the face of these badlands

Since I’m short for words, I’ve included a few press releases from Chicago.  This is great material and will make you thrilled to be a part of Team Wilson.

Have a great week…


  • Roger Federer received fantastic support from French Open fans as he reached French Open final after winning one of the best matches against Djokovic in the semi-final.
  • Juan Martin Del Potro played two very solid sets against Djokovic before losing in 4.
  • Lukas Rosol (CZE) had his best run in a slam going from qualies to third round, defeating #8 seed Melzer on his way.
  • Wilson doubles players Daniel Nestor (CAN) and Max Mirnyi (BLR) added another grand slam trophy to their collection, great job!
  • After winning warm up event in Strasbourg, Andrea Petkovic (GER) did well in Paris and reached the quarter finals and now ranked #11.
  • Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) and Petra Kvitova (CZE) both reached round of 16 at French Open, Petra is now ranked #8, she is 21 years old .
  • Young prospect Arantxa Rus (NED) had a great and unexpected win over #2 seed Kim Clijsters in the second round.
  • Lucie Hradecka (CZE) won her first grand slam title: women doubles!
  • Head-to-toe Wilson player Roberto Carballes from Spain, took home the Roland Garros Junior Doubles title with partner Andres Artuñedo
  • 16 year old Nastja Kolar from Slovenia defeated fellow Wilson player Masa Zec-Peskeric, to capture the ITF $25,000 Women’s event in Maribor, Slovenia
  • Gilles Muller (LUX) won the first grass court ATP event of the season in Nottingham (Challenger category) defeating Wilson player Matthias Bachinger (GER) in final
  • 16 year old Adam Pavlasek and 15 year old Katerina Siniakova, both from the Czech Republic, captured the titles at ITF Junior Grade 2 event in Hungary last week


In head to toe Wilson gear, Philipp Kohlschreiber captured his third ATP World Tour title on Sunday, and his second on home soil, as he defeated Philipp Petzschner at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. Wearing the Wilson Bennett Crew and Somerset Shorts from the 2011 Summer Collection, Philipp captured the title with his Wilson Six.One 95 racquet.

The Wilson Exclusive player is ranked 49th in the world and this is his first title at the Gerry Weber Stadium, having finished runner-up to Roger Federer in the 2008 final.  Philipp’s first two ATP World Tour titles came on clay in Munich four years ago and on hard court in Auckland in 2008.


[CHICAGO] – Luxilon strings were once again the top choice for players reaching the final weekend of the French Open in Paris.  Most notably, three out of the four men’s singles semifinalists played Luxilon strings, including runner-up and all-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.  Federer’s Luxilon string of choice is ALU Power Rough 125.

In the men’s quarterfinals, seven of the eight men’s players relied on Luxilon strings to elevate their games.  Not to be outdone, the men’s doubles champions, Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi played Luxilon strings as well.  Nestor uses ALU Power 125 in his racquet and Mirnyi plays with ALU Power Rough 125.  The men’s doubles final featured three out of the four players using Luxilon strings with Eduardo Schwank also using ALU Power 125.

“We have known for a long time that our strings perform at a high level and we are proud to be the string that top tour players choose when the pressure is on,” Nico Van Malderen, President of Luxilon said. “Everyone at Luxilon congratulates all the players who chose our string and performed so admirably over the past two weeks.”

Founded in 1959, the name Luxilon has become synonymous with high-performance tennis racquet string.  In 1994, Luxilon released ALU Power 125 which has become the most used string on the professional tours.  In that same year, Luxilon obtained the prestigious ISO 9001 certificate for its stringent quality control and management systems.  Luxilon allocates over 20% of its workforce to research and development activities.

Luxilon, based in Antwerp, Belgium, produces the world’s finest monofilament tennis strings.  Luxilon is committed to continuous research and development and strict quality control which ensures the most technologically advanced strings available. For more information, visit

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.