By Aki Mai. Tennis. Published at Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 - 07:34:26 AM.
Extra overgrips (if you use them): For players that like to use overgrips it's always good to keep a spare one or two in your bag just in case. A dirty or slippery grip can cost you during a key service game so be sure you can replace it if you need to.
Towel: A towel is always good to have in your bag. It helps with sweat management but there's endless other uses for it as well. What if you need to stretch out after your match on a hot court or a grassy lawn? What if you slip and fall on the clay and need to wipe yourself off? I don't think I need to explain any furtherÉcarry a towel with you in your tennis bag!
Another rule change designed to the improve the sport concerns the pre-match warm-ups. Administrators and pundits alike have been searching for ways to speed up the sport and they have a logical place to shave off some time when it comes to the warm-ups. Players will now be expected to meet at the net in a more timely fashion and adhere to the chair umpire's command when “time” is called or face a hefty financial penalty. The match is the main event after all so if any unnecessary dillydallying can be cut so much the better.
Last year the inaugural Laver Cup which pitted Team Europe against Team World generated plenty of buzz. The vast majority of it was positive and the event was deemed an immediate and overwhelming success. Not surprisingly many found it impossible not to compare it to the other team competition in men's tennis the Davis Cup and suffice it to say it was not a favorable comparison where the more historic competition was concerned. Whether or not that was the catalyst for change folks may never know but it was music to the ears when earlier this week International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty announced that the ITF was on the verge of making some much-needed adjustments to Davis Cup.
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