Published at Monday, March 12th, 2018 - 09:00:58 AM. Tennis. By Juliya Tatyana.
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.
Do sponsors support their charge’s behaving in such a manner? Do they appreciate having their products smashed just to advertise (and how is it more of an advert anyway?)? Do they condone such an example to the rest of the world that could potentially get further into the sport, and what of the tennis federations and associations that could stamp this behavior out, and do very little? Of course, it’s necessary to express oneself in the simmering experience of top-level tennis, but violent conduct needs to be curtailed before it gets out of hand. Tennis is evolving, rule changes are being brought in, the subject of equal pay has been addressed and there is a fierce new generation of talent. But now is the time to make sure tennis doesn’t become just another modern spectacle that surrenders its very essence in order to entertain. It can and always has entertained, but it doesn’t need to dumb down or reduce what makes it so unique, what makes it such a fascinating and compelling sport, both from a mental and physical viewpoint.
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