Favourite product: Sugoi Versa Jacket
Favourite Athlete: Babe Didrikson
Tidbit: Vanda became the owner of Rackets and Runners in 1998, but was first a customer of the store when she was 14. You’ll often find Vanda gallivanting through Pacific Spirit Park with Zuzu in tow.
Favourite product: Sport Suds (removed mold from my son’s 3 month old football pants)
Favourite Athlete: Terry Fox
Tidbit: A volunteer youth baseball coach for over 15 years in East Vancouver, Nadia’s our store sweet-heart and most raved about in our customer reviews.
Expertise: A renaissance man, an expert in all facets of Rackets and Runners
Favourite product: Kneissl Twin Star Mid Tennis Racket
Favourite Athlete: Björn Borg
Tidbit: KC has graced the R&R floor since 1997, one of our longest standing employees. He also earned 4 stitches returning a serve (with his own racket).
Favourite product: Nike Court Ballistic 4.3
Favourite Athlete: Joe Sakic
Tidbit: The Head of our Racket Department, over the course of his career, Bryan has strung close to 75,000 rackets.
Expertise: Rackets & Footwear
Favourite product: Stan Smith
Favourite Athlete: Roger Federer
Tidbit: A man of great taste, avid tennis and soccer player, Hernan represented University of Alberta collegiately in tennis during his undergrad and has brewed his own spanish cider, Nutra Sidra.
Expertise: Rackets & Footwear
Favourite product: Tough call, BodyGlide or Tennis Ball Saver
Tidbit: Dave’s seen two generations of R&R, previously working here during the 90’s and like the backstreet boys, came back and has since been a stalwart of our crew. Dave once fit Jet Li for a pair of shoes, his shoe of choice was the all black New Balance 990’s.
Favourite product: My Lacrosse Ball- simple massage tool!
Favourite Athlete: Desiree Linden
Tidbit: Oak Street Run Club coach, Liz, ran her best marathon time on 3 hours of sleep.
Favourite product: Nike Pegasus 29
Favourite Athlete: Seb Coe
Tidbit: In 2019, Justin became the first local to win the Sun Run since 1992.
Favourite product: Hyper G or Yonex Ezone 98
Favourite Athlete: Nick Kygrios
Tidbit: Kai Discovered tennis when he moved to Vancouver, he currently trains out of the Surrey Tennis Center.
Favourite product: Pro staff Autograph Laver Cup Edition 2019
Favourite Athlete: Rafael Nadal
Tidbit: Koby is a competitive Tennis player.
Favourite product: The Stick (massage tool)
Favourite Athlete: Tiger Woods
Tidbit: Suzi has a knack for finding you the perfect tennis outfit, and rarely misses greeting a new customer in the store.
Expertise: A bit of everything, a new era renaissance man if you will.
Favorite Product: Yonex Super Grap (easy)
Favorite athlete: Zinedine Zidane
Tidbitl: Originally from Hawaii, Luca moved to Vancouver for the meters of snow and acres of skiing at Whistler, (decided going to school at UBC would be a good idea as well).
Favourite product: Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 Classic.
Favourite Athlete: Gustavo Kuerten (Guga) and Ayrton Senna.
Tidbit: At the age of 10, inspired by Gustavo Kuerten, Lucas started playing tennis in his friend’s backyard with a frescobol beach paddle and a wire and wood net.
Expertise: Greeting 2- and 4-legged customers
Favourite product: All brands of tennis balls
Tidbit: Zuzu is originally from rural Nova Scotia but now calls Vancouver home. She loves long walks in Pacific Spirit Park and the occasional staff lunch.