By Astride Astrid. Tennis. Published at Monday, April 09th, 2018 - 06:45:23 AM.
In addition to the loss of the home ties another minor drawback is that if this new format does what the powers-at-be hope it will there may be fewer Cinderella stories. One of the most common complaints about Davis Cup is that the top names do not participate with enough frequency. Their absence however opens the door for journeymen players some of whom rarely are able to venture outside of the Challengers or qualifying rounds to step into their shoes. Over the years fans have seen more than a few of these competitors really rise to the occasion to achieve what will be the crowning moments of their careers.
Hat/Visor: A lot of tennis players say they don't like playing with hats but I think you always have to keep a lightweight hat in your bag in case that summer sun just gets too hot and bright. This goes in the category of skin protection but it also has to do with performance. When the sun is getting in your eyes on your service toss or overheads from one side of the court a hat can be a simple and easy solution to the problem. If you don't like hats go with a visor! They are good to have just in case.
This new innovation created in collaboration with French tech outfit PIQ which is also working on bringing more sensor based analytics to other sports like golf and skiing is part of two big trends. The obvious trend is the data driven way to understand your game. As Genie Bouchard said at Friday’s product launch at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club “people can tell you when you’re hitting the ball but there’s nothing more accurate than technology.” The metrics she is most interested in are where in her stroke she typically makes contact with the ball and the speed of her arm on groundstrokes.
“When I play-tested my new Burn racket with Countervail I could feel that my arm reacted better to it” said Kei Nishikori. “I feel I recover faster after practice and my arm and shoulder don't feel as tired while I am training. Best of all it didn't change the feel of racket which is really important to me. I am excited to use it on tour.”
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