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BEST Tennis Client Sam Querrey Signs with K-Swiss

November 3, 2009, LOS ANGELES, CaliforniaBEST (Blue Entertainment Sports Television) Tennis announced today that #24 ATP World Tour Singles Player Sam Querrey has signed a new, multi-year apparel and shoe deal with leading tennis manufacture K-Swiss.  Querrey, just 22-years-old, has been with adidas for the past three years, and will make his debut in K-Swiss in 2010 when he kicks off the season in Australia.  Querrey will become the second highest ranked player on the ATP World Tour to be wearing K-Swiss, and will join an elite group of professional tennis players already apart of the K-Swiss team including Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Mardy Fish, Vera Zvonareva and Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko.

Querrey is currently the youngest ranked American singles player, and regarded as the leading American following the Andy Roddick, James Blake and Mardy Fish generation.  Querrey now becomes only the second American to wear K-Swiss after Mardy Fish.

“I am excited to sign with K-Swiss, a smaller group, but where I will have a bigger role enhancing their presence in the U.S.” said Sam Querrey.  “I look forward to working with Mardy Fish to grow the K-Swiss brand in the U.S.”

Querrey has had a stellar 2009 which started in Auckland, New Zealand, where he was a finalist at the International Series before heading into the Australian Open. This summer, Querrey advanced to the finals of three consecutive Olympus US Open Series events (Rhode Island, Indianapolis, Los Angeles) and captured his second career title at the LA Tennis Open in July before becoming the winner of the 2009 Olympus US Open Series.  Querrey won his first ATP World Tour Career title in 2008 at the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, and was also apart of the 2008 U.S. Davis Cup and Olympic teams.

“We are very pleased to have Sam join the K-Swiss family,” commented John Tobias, BEST Tennis President.  “It’s a company we are very familiar with and have done a couple of other deals with for top players Mardy Fish, Vera Zvonareva and Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko.  We feel this is a perfect fit for Sam, and he is very excited about this new partnership with K-Swiss.”

K-Swiss, which is headquartered in West Lake Village, California, is only five minutes away from where Querrey grew-up and went to high school.  The new K-Swiss deal was negotiated between Querrey’s agent BEST Tennis President, John Tobias, and K-Swiss Director of Sports Marketing, Erik Vervloet.

Bump, Set, Tweet?

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Serena Williams and Andy Murray are leading the charge of top-level players who are using their Twitter accounts as means for communicating with their fans.

Last week, Williams created a stir when one of her Tweets complained about a ‘new rule’ in the locker room regarding no food. Wimbledon officials went on the address the situation, but it marked one of the first times in the tennis world that Twitter has been used a means of unofficial communication, giving the social networking site even more power on the web.

TennisTweets.com is a free online service that offers Twitter users and non-users alike to follow professional tennis players. Players such as Andy RoddickAmer DelicSabine Lisicki and Laura Robson are constant Tweeters, while others like retired commentator Jim CourierMurphy Jensen and Justin Gimblestob also use the service.

The Twitter craze has reached such a height on the pro tour that even the ultra-private, introverted Venus Williams has signed up this past weekend. Her first Tweet: “Just won my 2nd round singles match and 1st round doubles match at Wimbledon!”

And speaking of Wimbledon, the tournament itself is the most addicted of all, Tweeting match scores, updating fans on weather, inside gossip and the like. Oh, and don’t forget to add TSF to your Twitter after you add all those A-List tennis folks. Can’t forget the little Tweeters in life!

But who’s most popular of all in the tennis-Tweeting world? That would be Serena, of course, with over 487,000 followers.

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