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New Balls from Wilson

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  • Consistent long-lasting clay court performance
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  • Engineered and constructed specifically for use on green clay (Har-Tru) courts

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How to Buy Strings for Tennis Racquets

From:  Men’s Journal

Nobody knows more about stringing racquets than Nate Ferguson. After all, he strings all of Federer, Djokovic, and Andy Murray’s sticks, making sure no matter where in the world the pros find themselves they have the exact same setup.

“The biggest change in decades is the adoption of polyester strings,” says Ferguson. “They revolutionized tennis by adding much more spin to the ball,” he says. They move more, create a deeper ball pocket, and pop back quickly to the same place after each shot, which leads to the obvious question: which polyester string is best? “Every big company always has the latest and greatest,” he says. “Lately the brands have been about making polyester more flexible, but it’s really all about personal preference.”

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Most of Ferguson’s pros use a hybrid of a poly on the mains or crosses and gut on the opposite side because the natural fiber makes the set up much more arm-friendly, reducing injury risk. But that’s a bit cost prohibitive ($70 to $100) for most club players.

“My best advice,” says Roman Prokes of RPNY, “is string your racquet with a full set of polys and go as low as you can. I have pros who are stringing at 55 and I get them down in the low 40s and they can’t believe they have more power and more control.” Both Ferguson and Prokes make custom strings for the pros, and both admit they can’t claim their strings are better than any other set. All the strings are essentially trying to do the same thing: add spin, power, and touch. It’s all in the eye of the beholder as to which is best. “I call it trial by error,” says Brad Gilbert, former top ten ATP player and coach of Andre Agassi. “How do you know if you don’t try it?” Here’s a look at the leading contenders.

Seven Strings for Every Kind of Player

1. Solinco Tour Bite
A newcomer, this eight-sided string looks rectangular and quickly became popular with college players for its spin potential. Now club players are catching on. [$11.50;]

2. Babolat RPM Blast
Rafa’s string is shaped like a gear, and, like all the strings here, promises wicked spin and control for big, wild swings. [$17.95;]

3. Prince Tour XS
This brand new string is shaped like a triangle for extra bite to give the ball more spin and control with huge swings. [$13.00;]

4. Volkl Cyclone Tour
The tour version of this shaped string is twisted to grab the ball more deeply and it’s got a great, soft feel. [$7.99;]

5. Wilson Ripspin
These white strings are coated with a substance – Wilson won’t say what – that makes them the slickest of the bunch, offering lightening-quick snap back and tons of spin. [$9.95;]

6. Luxilon ALU Power
This is the latest from the originator of polys, and it’s got a lot punch yet with enough softness for touch shots. [$17.95;]

7. One Strings Carbon NRG
This is the first black string that many other brands copied, and it’s the official string of the Italian Tennis Federation. It’s coated with a carbon nano-fiber for extra pop back. [$11.50;]

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The Digital Tennis Court from the Future

From:  Men’s Journal


PlaySight Smart Court

Ever wish you had instant replay? Maybe you want to relive a flawless down-the-line forehand winner. Or maybe you wish you could analyze your game the way Patrick McEnroe breaks down the pros during Grand Slam season? If you’re near New York City, you’re in luck. Just across Manhattan’s George Washington Bridge is the most advanced club in the world: the CourtSense Tennis Training Center in Bogota, New Jersey, founded by Gordon Uehling, a former world-ranked ATP player in both singles and doubles.

The seven courts at CourtSense are equipped with a startling new system called the PlaySight Smart Court. Developed by former Israeli Air Force engineers and based on flight-simulator technology, PlaySight is best described as a club version of the Hawk-Eye video system made famous at the Grand Slams.

PlaySight equips each court with five cameras. Then, like a flight simulator, its system uses auto-tagging to track every shot a player hits. The system edits in real time, displaying the information with an easy-to-understand interface on a courtside kiosk. PlaySight tells you the speed, height, and depth of each shot. It calls lines. Ask it to show you your fastest backhand or every inside-out forehand, and it delivers immediately. You can zoom in on any shot and play it back in slow motion from the kiosk or your home computer, tablet, or phone. “I use it for 90 percent of my lessons,” says Gilad Bloom, a former top 100 ATP singles player and tennis director at TCR, a club in Riverdale, New York, that has installed the system on one court. “It shows where every ball lands,” he says. “Serving used to be the most boring part of lessons. Now all my students are trying to break records and improve their percentages in the corners.”

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Another advantage, says Bloom: “Cheating is down by 50 percent.” The USTA has not yet approved the system for line calls, but junior players know their opponents can go home and analyze the match, and they don’t want a bunch of people logging in to the system and seeing them cheat. “Do you know how many competitive players told me they quit playing because of cheaters?” asks Bloom. “It’s the disease of tennis.”

CourtSense is the nation’s only fully wired club, but PlaySight’s plan is to have the system on 4,000 courts in five years. Roland Garros and the Queen’s Club recently installed the system on some of their courts, as did Roger Federer’s coach (and former number one player) Stefan Edberg at his academy, ReadyPlay, in Sweden.

I couldn’t resist heading to New Jersey to take PlaySight for a spin. A few minutes with the system completely changed my serving strategy. For years, I thought that my often inconsistent first serve hit the service box at 115 to 120 miles per hour and that my more reliable second kicked in around 85 mph. Thanks to PlaySight, I learned that both serves clock in around 110 – which is why, I now realize, opponents have so much trouble with my spin serves. Meanwhile, I was floored to learn that a forehand put-away had whizzed across the court at 90 mph. A new strategy emerged: Use my consistent 110-mph serve to set up more forehand winners, rather than trying to hit bigger, flashy first serves. I’d never have figured it out on my own.