Published at Sunday, April 08th, 2018 - 10:46:07 AM. Tennis. By Livia Febe.
Both of those solutions boil down to money. Naturally for many in a 128-player draw that first round prize money is a big deal which is why they will show up to play even if they go in knowing they are unfit and may have to pull the plug mid-match. As a concession to that driving factor players will now be allowed to collect fifty percent if they withdraw after noon on site on Thursday but before the main draw begins. Coupled with this players who are knowingly unfit to play and still opt to compete could face a fine up to the total amount of their first-round prize money if they fail to finish the match or “perform below professional standards.” Together these two rules should encourage players to make the smart choice and subsequently improve the overall optics of the sport.
“When I play-tested my new Burn racket with Countervail I could feel that my arm reacted better to it” said Kei Nishikori. “I feel I recover faster after practice and my arm and shoulder don't feel as tired while I am training. Best of all it didn't change the feel of racket which is really important to me. I am excited to use it on tour.”
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