Category Archives: Travelling
The World Headquarters of Racquet Quest was closed for a brief road trip the week before last and we are just now beginning to catch up!
But it was worth it!
The trip took us to Atlanta to visit family, Louisville to visit friends, Columbus, IN to visit family and Asheville, NC just because!
While in Columbus I had the opportunity to play a little tennis with our 2 year old great-grandaughter! Emma is not quite calling it tennis yet but that will come soon enough! Not once did she complain of loose strings or the wrong grip size, either!
Emma sure knows how to pick an outfit! She is well on the way to becoming a real tennis player! What more could you want…Head tennis racquet, adidas Stan Smith shoes, cool tennis dress…Wow!
Brittany earned the Silver at the World Championships event in Abu Dhabi recently and congratulations are certainly in order! According to those who were there the athletes were treated to a Five Star event! The best of everything for these extraordinary athletes is well desereved.
Brittany travels to all events (bravely) with three (3) racquets strung with Ashaway MonoGut ZX Black at 46 lbs (20.9kg)! I know some players that will not go to the local courts with fewer than six (6) fresh racquets!
This seems to be a semi-annual event but that’s OK!
This event is a little different though!
Every bag regardless of size is only $60.00! This is extraordinary but we need the room.
Most bags are Head or Wilson, some are 6 racquet bags some are 12 racquet bags. It makes no difference!
Walk in with three (3) 20’s and walk out with a bag worth twice that much!
Hurry because this event is for in-stock bags only and the supply while taking up a lot of room, is limited!
This picture is not representative of all the bags. Call for a quick update on available bags!
Recently I had the terrific opportunity to visit the Wilson Sporting Goods Innovation Center in Chicago! This is a tennis racquet “lovers” dream!
In the very open design area there are several engineers working on new designs, modifications, ideas, and stringing. There are three (3) Wilson Baiardo stringing machines at the far end looking over the engineering work stations.
Having designed and manufactured tennis racquets a few years ago I was particularly impressed with Wilson’s ability to take an idea to “prototype” in less than two (2) days! In fact Wilson can “print” a racquet so the participants can see and feel a real racquet and judge the shape and general appearance before going on to a full prototype!
The CAD software used by Wilson is incredibly fast and comprehensive so it is easy to “see” every angle and surface of the proposed design. So, if you don’t like that “bulge” just remove it! Dave does this! Engineers Bill, Ron, Scott and Bobby feed ideas to Dave and he turns these ideas into wonderful images! Ron is able to stand near Dave and virtually “design” a tennis racquet! Taking his ideas throughout Dave to the final design is impressive.
If a playable prototype is necessary one can be produced right here! The fibers are combined and cut on “electronic” tables, wrapped, put into a mold and sent through the molding process!
Also at this facility is the “Pro Room”, which, as the name would imply, is the room dedicated to the professional players that are playing with Wilson racquets. In this room hangs hundreds of racquets in various states. Some are complete, some are waiting for some “work”. This is quite an impressive room!
As one walks through the 32,000 square foot facility you come across a full size tennis court which is not unusual but the electronics hanging out here may not be found anywhere else. Commercials can be made here as well as racquet testing.
If you ever have a change to visit this facility take the opportunity. I could go back many ties and still not get enough!
Thank you Wilson for the visit!