By Livia Febe. Tennis. Published at Friday, January 12th, 2018 - 18:52:57 PM.
Created with the versatile all-court player in mind the new RADICAL series offers the perfect combination of power control and spin for all player types. Thanks to the introduction of the innovative Graphene Touch technology the RADICAL PRO now offers an incredible touch and a solid dampened feel. Recommended by Andy Murray the most aggressive racquet of the series also features a new exciting design and an upside-down logo execution that perfectly represents the silo's versatility. If it is even more power you need then you will love this heavier frame and the fact that this racquet can be equipped with a longer pro-player cap for a very powerful and unique feel.
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.
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.
Both of those solutions boil down to money. Naturally for many in a 128-player draw that first round prize money is a big deal which is why they will show up to play even if they go in knowing they are unfit and may have to pull the plug mid-match. As a concession to that driving factor players will now be allowed to collect fifty percent if they withdraw after noon on site on Thursday but before the main draw begins. Coupled with this players who are knowingly unfit to play and still opt to compete could face a fine up to the total amount of their first-round prize money if they fail to finish the match or “perform below professional standards.” Together these two rules should encourage players to make the smart choice and subsequently improve the overall optics of the sport.
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