By Iris Theresa. Tennis. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 07:26:36 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.
Once I got to the courts 4S was about what I expected from a geometric poly—spin potential was above average and feel was solid though not as crisp as I typically like. The flipside is that 4S felt very soft and was one of the most comfortable polys I've used in quite a while. Fortunately the soft feel didn't come at the expense of durability. I played past the 12-hour mark with my set and didn't break it though they definitely felt a little dead towards the end. As I've noted in the past I find that most polyester strings go dead and lose tension well before they snap though I'd expect that heavy string breakers may break Black Code 4S before it goes dead or gets mushy.
If you rarely (or never) break strings just make sure you bring two racquets. If you break strings more often then 3-4 racquets will do the trick. Ideally your back up racquets should be as similar as possible to your racquet of choice.
Water (and/or sports drink): Don't be too cool to bring hydration to the court - it's not smart. Make sure you bring plenty of water or sports drink to the court. Even mild dehydration can affect your concentration emotions and how quickly you fatigue. More importantly it's simply unsafe to get dehydrated during exercise.
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