By Astride Astrid. Tennis. Published at Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 - 20:21:37 PM.
This playfully competitive angle is the second big trend that Babolat taps into. The app accompanying the POP has a social tie-in that allows users to post their scores and see how friends are doing. Speed of serves the length of rallies and the topspin on a forehand all become a part of the PIQ scores users and networks compete for. Normed across sports a tennis player will one day be able to challenge a golfer across the integrated platform. Supercomputers put together data from millions of strokes recorded over the course of two years to create the measures and calibrate the sensors that can now be used by pros and novices alike with any tennis racquet.
“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.”
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.
Tennis players make a LOT of money. The ones at the top make millions a year JUST from their on-court accomplishments alone (not to mention the mind-blowing figures of money thrown at them for sponsorship and adverts and so on). So should there not be a certain respect a certain decorum that acknowledges their position and their iconic status - something representative of their understanding how those they influence can mimic behavior that they are not only heroes but examples of how to live life? Tennis needs strong role models who lead the way. The players not at the top make a lot of money too. The ones outside the top 100 can make a living that way. Of course getting to 200 in the world is not easy as that means a player is in the best 200 in the world. Just do the math on the world population and surely it’s an impressive feat too. The point is if Roger Federer who smashed rackets as a teenager can stop for the most part (he does occasionally have a tantrum) if Nadal can never ever smash one because his coach stated when he was a child that if he ever did that they would be finished if those players can have the discipline and mental focus and not be violent and channel the frustration of some moments into improving their play in the following points is that not what should be trained encouraged and implemented on a much wider scale?
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