By Juliya Tatyana. Tennis. Published at Saturday, January 27th, 2018 - 19:19:01 PM.
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.
Together these integrated technologies increase the racket’s hotspot by 15 percent. The hotspot is located in the center of the sweetspot where players derive the greatest power and force behind their shots.
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.
But with all due respect to these cons there are too many pros for the ITF not to move forward with these proposed changes. There is no denying that Davis Cup has becoming increasingly irrelevant in a crowded calendar and that is a result in large part to the lack of consistent star power. The established elite can hardly be blamed for not wanting to commit to multiple ties though particularly given that they do not know where or on what surface they will be played. By reducing the Davis Cup to a single week players will now know where and when they will be expected to compete and when factoring in travel and preparation it will also ultimately require less of a commitment of their valuable time than the current format does. It is a recipe that must look more enticing to the biggest names.
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