By Aki Mai. Tennis. Published at Saturday, January 13th, 2018 - 18:53:03 PM.
Ice pack: Icing down sore achy muscles and joints can greatly help your post-match recovery and prevent small injuries from becoming big. After a match. instead of having to worry about finding a bag to put ice in and figuring out how to keep it on you get an ice bag and wrap to store in your bag so it's easy for you. If you get into the habit of icing down minor injuries after you play you'll be amazed how much it helps recovery and keeping an ice pack and wrap in your bag just makes it easy and not a hassle.
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.
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.
Installing Black Code 4S was actually a lot less trouble than expected. Typically geometric or textured polys can be a bear for the fingers but 4S wasn't terribly onerous even though the edges were definitely noticeable. Coil memory seemed typical for a polyester but with a little care tangles and kinks were easily avoided. As with most geometric or textured polys installing crosses comes with some risk of damage due to the sharp edges. I didn't have any issues but I'd still encourage other stringers to take their time installing crosses—especially if they're blending Black Code 4S with another softer string.
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