By Astride Astrid. Tennis. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 07:28:44 AM.
This new innovation, created in collaboration with French tech outfit PIQ, which is also working on bringing more sensor based analytics to other sports like golf and skiing, is part of two big trends. The obvious trend is the data driven way to understand your game. As Genie Bouchard said at Friday’s product launch at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club, “people can tell you when you’re hitting the ball, but there’s nothing more accurate than technology.” The metrics she is most interested in are where in her stroke she typically makes contact with the ball and the speed of her arm on groundstrokes.
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.
In addition to the loss of the home ties, another minor drawback is that if this new format does what the powers-at-be hope it will, there may be fewer Cinderella stories. One of the most common complaints about Davis Cup is that the top names do not participate with enough frequency. Their absence, however, opens the door for journeymen players, some of whom rarely are able to venture outside of the Challengers or qualifying rounds, to step into their shoes. Over the years, fans have seen more than a few of these competitors really rise to the occasion to achieve what will be the crowning moments of their careers.
Also, don't get stuck in your tennis shoes all day when you're in between matches. Get a pair of flip flops or off-court shoes that you feel comfortable in so you can give your feet some reprieve between matches. It'll give your feet and tennis shoes a chance to dry out as well which helps fight the onset of those pesky blisters.
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