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BrAd BLUME + sEAN rUdOLPH | TENNIS EXPRESS years in operation 2010 is our 10th anniversary 11026 Westheimer Rd., Houston TX 77042 | 713.435.4800 | www.tennisexpress.com Brad Blume | Sean Randolph
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS? We love tennis. It’s a lifetime sport. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER SPORTS STORES? We know tennis! Tennis Express is a tennis specialty store with a team comprised of unique individuals that love and play the game. Our enthusiasm shows through our team members who are full of confidence and personality. Our associates love to have fun and enjoy nurturing the inner champion in each and every customer. Tennis Express was built on sharing knowledge with friends and customers. We’re Houston proud! There isn’t another store in the country like us. The depth of products we carry is unmatched with the best selection of top brands and expert service at fair prices. WHAT ARE YOU KNOWN FOR? Tennis Express – a candy store for tennis players!
HOW DO YOU STAY CURRENT AND ENSURE YOU CARRY THE THINGS YOUR CLIENTS NEED AS WELL AS THE THINGS THEY END UP WANTING? With over sixty team members who love tennis, we get plenty of input on new products, apparel and equipment to feature and carry. Our friendly customers are a huge asset because they love giving us feedback about different products. For instance, one customer asked us to carry “Yellowbox” shoes. She helped us choose the first order and brought in ten of her friends to shop once we received the sandals. Another customer asked us to carry Maui Jim Sunglasses and has not only purchased a few pairs, but recruited friends to purchase them too. We’re a big tennis family.
WHY TENNIS? It’s a lifetime sport. It’s a family sport. The real answer to that question lies in the John Isner (USA) and Nicolas Mahut (FRA) first round match at Wimbledon. Isner took the match winning the 5th set 70-68. There wasn’t a loser. That match was the greatest advertisement for the sport of tennis!
5 RULES OF TENNIS STYLE
1 Keep it classy and simple – dress your body type and follow the trends that complement and emphasize your assets.
2 Protect yourself from injury – keep your tennis gear current and up-to-date. 3 It’s not a style guideline, but be kind to your skin – always use a great sunscreen for your body and face on court.
4 Always have a pair of sunglasses handy – the perfect cherry on top of any outfit.
5 You can never go wrong with basics.
AwArds: 1. Tennis Express is the Tennis Industry’s “Retailer of the Year”! | 2. Tennis Express is the Babolat “Retailer of the Year”! [The racquet of choice for Rafael Nadal (ESP) and Andy Roddick (USA)] 32. august 10 | www.002mag.com
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