Archive for October 2nd, 2007

gaming: prince takes on the wii

October 2, 2007

Prince has announced that it will release miniature tennis racquets made specifically for play with Nintendo‘s Wii Sports pack — one of the more popular games on what’s currently the most popular video game console in the world.

While the New Jersey-based sports equipment manufacturer isn’t the first in the market to feed into the Wii Tennis frenzy, this move is a great way for Prince to reach a new audience. At least that’s the hope, says Linda Glassel, their Vice President of Marketing and Brand Image. Seeing the company’s “P” stencil might compel some gamers “head to the sporting goods section… either for the first time or to get back in the game.”

I like that the racquet comes with a built-in grip, which should lessen the chances of the Wii-mote flying out of your hand and breaking something.

But the molded plastic make of the racquet wasn’t exactly jiving with me. To this, Prince’s Zach Perles responds, “It is not like these are a scaled down O3 Speedport; these are safe, fun accessories. We are excited to provide the best racquets to players whether they are top juniors, elite touring pros, or Wii gamers.”

Fair enough. This is only a minor gripe, though. In the end, swinging a stick (of whatever material) does add to the Wii tennis experience. Still, the hardcore tennis fanatic in me wanted a weighted (even life-sized) racquet that would mimic real play. A man can dream, right?

Buy: The Prince Wii Tennis racquets ($14.99) will be available beginning November 15, 2007 at all Circuit City locations as well as online.

(photos by Prince)

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australian open: the russian charge

October 2, 2007

The Russian guys have a special place in our heart even though they rarely hit high marks for their fashion choices (except for Marat‘s necklaces, Igor Andreev‘s new Under Armour kit, and the occasional gem from Kolya Davydenko). So their attire at this year’s first Slam — the Australian Open — was no different. Take a look.

Safin, the 26th seed, went down to sixth seed Andy Roddick 6-7 (2), 6-2, 4-6, 6-7 (2) in the third round wearing red adidas three-stripes.

We had high hopes for Mikhail Youzhny on the Rebound Ace courts after his semifinal appearance at the 2006 U.S. Open. Alas, Roger Federer denied him a seven-salute run by winning 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the third round. Mikhail wore simple white as he did the splits and gave us a little show.

The speedy Davydenko was the fashion debutante in his new Airness threads, thus snapping what probably was the longest no-clothing-sponsor streak held by any Top Fiver. This sleeveless number was only worn in training.

As the third seed, he lost to German Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 5-7 in the quarters.

(photos of sleeveless Kolya by atpchica)

Meanwhile, Calif.-based blogger Dmitry Tursunov donned Fila solids as he lost to 13th-seed Tomas Berdych 2-6, 1-6, 1-6 in the third round. (photos by atpchica)

Dmitry being cute with a camera; being cute with a koala.

(Except for Tursunov in play and sleeveless Kolya, all photos are from the MTF Russian fan forums)


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