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18
February
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Wanted to touch base from Ben and I’s recent travels. If you missed our introduction to ADNA, you can check it out HERE.

We flew down to Texas two weeks ago for the Challenger of Dallas at T Bar M located in Dallas. I had been to a few Challengers before, but this is up there with the best of them. The set up was great for fans to enjoy a tennis match and for companies too, as Ben and I were camped out at a booth just feet from the action all week.

Challengers are something we really look forward to, because with ADNA being a young brand, we are looking for those up and coming pros that can grow with us.  We have found no better place than the Challenger circuit where we get to see these guys working hard and playing at such a high level.

Much like you, we had heard a lot about our Athletic DNA pros, but Ben and I had not met most of them before. We got a lot of great stuff on Alex Bogomolov Jr., Tennys Sandgren, Daniel Kosakowski, Rajeev Ram, and as of our first day there the newest member of the team, Tim Smyczek.

So a large part of our week was getting to know those guys, getting pictures and video of them playing, and sitting down with them and getting some cool video we will be sharing on Facebook and Youtube over the coming weeks.  Here is our highlight video from the Challenger.

Obviously the Dallas weather was great compared to the temps in Washington DC and Urbana, IL that Ben and I are used to in February. I would say the part I enjoyed was getting to see such high quality tennis while so close to the action. The biggest name there was James Blake and he drew some large crowds for his matches.

We wanted to congratulate Tennys Sandgren on reaching the doubles final. He didn’t have the singles result he wanted, but he continued to focus on doubles all week and the result showed. His doubles partner Rhyne Williams actually became only the 2nd person ever to reach the finals of both the singles and doubles at the Challenger of Dallas.

We also swung by the Texas Super Champ Major Zone tournament that was taking place in Dallas that same weekend.  It is always cool to stop by a junior tournament and cheer on the kids wearing Athletic DNA.

Since Ben mentioned his first trip to In N Out last trip, my food highlight of this trip was going to Raising Cane’s. I don’t think I have been able to find better chicken fingers anywhere so check it and their sweet tea out if you see one.

Our next trip is to California later this week that will go through the BNP Paribas Open. This will also be Ben and I’s first time driving the RV, so if you’re in Arizona and California, keep an eye out!

Kevin Hall

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