By Astride Astrid. Tennis. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 07:27:20 AM.
Condensing the team competition to a single week is arguably one of the best ways to help put it back in the spotlight as well. As noted Davis Cup tends to get lost in a crowded tennis calendar with the focus spread to all corners the globe at various junctures in the season. By assigning it a single week at a single venue where all the teams will compete all the attention is directed to that one place in time. As it can travel to different host cities it also presents an opportunity to bring that magnified focus to areas of the world that field Davis Cup Teams that might not be able to wrangle that level of attention on their own.
With polyester strings continuing to dominate the stringing spotlight it's no surprise that string manufacturers are continuously innovating and releasing new polyester strings designed to provide more spin better tension maintenance and improved feel. French string manufacturer Tecnifibre jumped back into the fray with Black Code 4S a new take on their Black Code poly that features a square profile and is designed to provide maximum spin power and durability all while offering excellent tension maintenance.
Installing Black Code 4S was actually a lot less trouble than expected. Typically geometric or textured polys can be a bear for the fingers but 4S wasn't terribly onerous even though the edges were definitely noticeable. Coil memory seemed typical for a polyester but with a little care tangles and kinks were easily avoided. As with most geometric or textured polys installing crosses comes with some risk of damage due to the sharp edges. I didn't have any issues but I'd still encourage other stringers to take their time installing crosses—especially if they're blending Black Code 4S with another softer string.
CV technology was originally designed for the aerospace industry to dissipate vibrational energy in airplanes and space vehicles. Wilson LABSTM the innovation hub at Wilson worked with CV's creator Materials Sciences Corporation to evaluate how the technology could be used to help tennis players battle the compounding physical effects of the faster harder-hitting modern game of tennis and the rigorous training athletes undergo to prepare for match-level play.
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