By Livia Febe. Tennis. Published at Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - 02:46:40 AM.
Many will remember the rash of disastrous late and first-round withdrawals that plagued the slams especially the back-to-back opening-round mid-match retirements that occurred on Wimbledon Centre Court. It certainly did not paint the sport in a great light particularly when it unfolded at one of the most famous venues in all of sports. Thankfully the Grand Slam Board has come up with two changes to help greatly reduce the chances of such an ugly scenario happening again.
Advances in materials equipment conditioning and training have increased the pace of today’s game. Players look for any edge over their opponents: every gram counts. Bringing lightness to tennis footwear presents a unique challenge. Players not only need speed but just as importantly they also need support.
Extra clothes/shoes (shirt socks jacket flip flops off-court shoes etc.): This goes in the ready for anything category. It's always good to have a spare shirt and extra pair of socks in case that match goes deep into the third set. To keep your muscles warm off-court keep a light jacket in your bag so you're not stuck stepping on the court cold and more susceptible to energy.
First aid kit (w/ ankle brace): It's always good to have some essentials in your bag - athletic tape pre-wrap Neosporin (or some other anti-septic cream) Ibuprofen and maybe even a pair of nail clippers. Everyone might be a little different in what else they want to bring to the court but those essentials will cover almost anything.
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