By Juliya Tatyana. Tennis. Published at Tuesday, February 06th, 2018 - 19:19:36 PM.
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.
“When I play-tested my new Burn racket with Countervail I could feel that my arm reacted better to it” said Kei Nishikori. “I feel I recover faster after practice and my arm and shoulder don't feel as tired while I am training. Best of all it didn't change the feel of racket which is really important to me. I am excited to use it on tour.”
Arguably the biggest and most exciting change to the sport will not actually take place for another season but it will likely be well worth the wait. The majors have been seeding thirty-two players since 2001 but they will be reverting back to seeding just sixteen come 2019. One of the biggest complaints about the slams is that in most cases the top players predominantly waltz through the opening rounds. Often it feels like the majors do not really get going until the middle weekend as that is when the better matches start to take shape. While seeding only sixteen means that the seeds will collide even later it also increases the odds of more intriguing matches and upsets occurring throughout the whole event rather than primarily the back half of it. Often the proverbial cream will still rise to the top but it should be more entertaining watching it all unfold.
ISOMETRIC: Larger sweet spot. Developed over 30 years ago the ISOMETRIC design increases the sweet spot by 7%* Compared to a conventional round frame a square-shaped ISOMETRIC racquet generates a larger sweet spot by optimizing intersecting main and cross strings.
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