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While preparing for Wimbledon, British No.1 Laura Robson took a spin around London to encourage more school children and students to take up tennis and sample a new range of performance rackets from her sponsor, Wilson.
The 2008 Wimbledon Junior champion and last year’s Olympic silver medalist in mixed doubles first dropped in on pupils ages 7-9 at the Granard Primary School in Roehampton for a hit on the playground.
After introducing 20 of the youngsters to the new Wilson 25/23 inch junior racquets and transition balls from the Wilson Starter Set, Robson then traveled to Saint Cecilia’s Secondary School in nearby Southfields in a decorated London taxi.


At Saint Cecilia’s, Robson captivated 22 students ages 12-18 with her powerful groundstrokes and demonstrated the extra spin generated by the new Wilson Steam 99S racquet with the help of a Trackman radar device that measures the spin and velocity off the racquet as well as the ball’s flight characteristics.

“I’ve played Wilson since I was a junior and can say from experience that the Wilson develops great racquets for all tennis players, whatever their age or ability,” said 19-year-old Robson. “Today was a special opportunity for me to show youngsters in the community close to Wimbledon how much fun they can have in the sport and also get the kind of exercise they need for a healthy future life.”
The Wilson Steam 99S – one of two new Steam racquets designed expressly for recreational players – is the first racquet to tangibly increase spin revolutions on a ball, thanks to innovative Spin Effect Technology that delivers a 69% faster ‘snap back’ from a more open string pattern and reinforced graphite racket frame. The result for amateur players is the ability to generate an exceptional amount of spin on the ball. There is also more control due to the snapback effect and a larger sweet spot for greater ball speed.
The Wilson Steam 99S graphite racquet, which incorporates an Ampifeel 360 handle for greater power and feel, is available from tennis specialist outlets and sports retailers worldwide.
To learn more about the new Wilson Steam racquets and the results of recent Trackman analysis, visit:

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