By Iris Theresa. Tennis. Published at Sunday, December 31st, 2017 - 18:36:51 PM.
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.
“Countervail can help a player maximize every single swing in a way not possible before” said Hans-Martin Reh General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “This technology coupled with our new sleek racket design elements creates a power-forward racket for a player like Kei – one who excels at playing from the baseline.”
The Heritage collection has evolved to feature a new set of styles for the start of the season. The Heritage offerings continue to utilize the brand’s Iconic red white and navy palette with archival design details like stripes color blocking and pleats. Classic silhouettes feel ultra-now with pieces such as the loose layering practice tank slim fit pant and striped pleated skort. Updated proportions include a long cropped fit on the Heritage Jacket and fresh details like a large FILA outline print. The collection’s premium plus jersey fabrications make for premier texture throughout. The Heritage styles will be worn by FILA players including Karolina Pliskova currently ranked #6 on the WTA Tour.
Overall this would seem to be a great plan but it is not without its drawbacks. The biggest of those drawbacks is that with the event only being staged over one week at a single venue it eliminates the advantage and atmosphere of the home ties. Squads will no longer have the advantage of selecting a surface that favors them over their opponents. Furthermore the rowdy raucous and festive home atmosphere which is so hard to replicate throughout the rest of the season will likely be missing to some degree in this new format.
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