b_0903_oudin3The U.S. Open is under way and after the first 2 rounds, we have seen some great tennis and a couple of upsets. Although I miss most of the TV coverage being at work, I have been watching the free online coverage at
usopen.org. Along with being free and live, it allows you to view matches on 5 of the courts which is great.

One of the major stories so far is the rise of 17 year old American, Melanie Oudin and her 2nd round upset of the #4 seed Elena Dementieva. Unseeded Oudin is currently ranked #70 in the world and has a career record of 11-14 after turning pro in February of 2008. She was home schooled in Marietta, Georgia so she could focus on tennis and I guess it is paying off because she is making a big name for herself and she is still just 17 years old. Hopefully she can stir things up in Womens tennis and give the Williams sisters some competition. Next up for Oudin will be a tough match against Maria Sharapova but this girl seems to have the drive and the talent to succeed.

When talking about Oudin, I must also mention that she is rocking some seriously awesome new Adidas kicks. Throughout my college tennis years, I was a big fan of the Adidas Barricade shoes and its good to see that they are kicking it up a notch with their color palate. Oudin and fellow American Sam Querrey are debuting the new Barricade V’s which can be customized on the new miadidas.com website.

Oudin has her motto “believe” transcribed on the shoes and Querrey has his name and an American flag on the tongue. I might have to design a pair of these myself and retire my boring blue and white Barricades.  Expect to see a lot of custom Barricades squeaking around a court near you after the Open. For $140 they aren’t cheap but you can’t really put a price on radness.


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