By Livia Febe. Tennis. Published at Thursday, March 15th, 2018 - 02:53:32 AM.
Many will remember the rash of disastrous late and first-round withdrawals that plagued the slams, especially the back-to-back opening-round mid-match retirements that occurred on Wimbledon Centre Court. It certainly did not paint the sport in a great light, particularly when it unfolded at one of the most famous venues in all of sports. Thankfully, the Grand Slam Board has come up with two changes to help greatly reduce the chances of such an ugly scenario happening again.
Two models in the 2017 Ultra line feature Countervail (CV) technology (the Ultra 100 CV and Ultra 105S CV), which is exclusive to Wilson performance rackets. CV is an integrated frame technology that minimizes vibration without sacrificing performance and feel. According to a University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology study**, tennis players using a racket with CV experienced up to 30 percent less vibrational energy from the racket and, as a result of less fatigue, 40 percent more control over their shots. In addition to maximizing player energy, CV shortens recovery time after matches.
CV technology was originally designed for the aerospace industry to dissipate vibrational energy in airplanes and space vehicles. Wilson LABSTM, the innovation hub at Wilson, worked with CV's creator, Materials Sciences Corporation, to evaluate how the technology could be used to help tennis players battle the compounding physical effects of the faster, harder-hitting modern game of tennis and the rigorous training athletes undergo to prepare for match-level play.
The full Heritage line features an assortment of tops, with four tank top styles, a polo shirt and a long sleeve shirt. To pair back to the tops, the collection consists of three skirts, including pleated and striped designs. Also offered are two types of shorts, in both woven and double layer options. The Heritage Pleated Dress was crafted with a contrast color back and upper arm panels, and striped rib detailing at the armholes and front pleats. The range also includes versatile pieces like the Heritage Jacket and Heritage Pant, designed to take wearers beyond the court.
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