Published at Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 - 23:35:52 PM. Tennis. By Astride Astrid.
With polyester strings continuing to dominate the stringing spotlight it's no surprise that string manufacturers are continuously innovating and releasing new polyester strings designed to provide more spin better tension maintenance and improved feel. French string manufacturer Tecnifibre jumped back into the fray with Black Code 4S a new take on their Black Code poly that features a square profile and is designed to provide maximum spin power and durability all while offering excellent tension maintenance.
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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