Tennis Warehouse-Central Florida Chapter (Greater Orlando Area)

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  1. mikeler

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    My elbow was a little stiff this morning but after a good icing it is feeling just about 100%. Keep the tension low on the string for now!
     
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    save the ice...just walk outside a while.
     
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    I don't want to freeze my entire body, just the elbow!
     
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    I am taking a tennis sabatical this week. It is just too cold to play. Sucks because I am demoing the Rebel and the 4D200 and they are both great sticks. I am just being lazy and spending time with the GF instead..not so bad.
     
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    I'm with you there. I'd like to play again this week but another full week of rest is bound to get rid of any lingering pain I have this week.
     
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    I havent played in two weeks. Went out late this afternoon to the raquetball court at Gotha Middle School and hit on the wall for about an hour. It turned into a nice little workout and helped with timing. Did some running. Not bad for a cold day. Playing the Champ Thursday and P.M. on Friday.
     
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    Got 2 tough matches back to back there. S.K. said he played at lunch today and it was the coldest feeling he had ever played in. Sunday was pretty brutal for me. I'll probably want to play somebody like S.K. or the Champ first before I play the guys who smack the ball like you. Easier on the arm. :)
     
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    Bailed on Bay Hill tonight. Too cold. I hate playing at night and I hate the cold. I'd rather play at 2 in the afternoon in the middle of July than play on a cold night.
     
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    I'm so glad we live in Florida. People up north have to deal with this for half the year.
     
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    Yeah..it sucks to sit and look at this Prince Rebel and Dunlop AG200 just begging me to demo them. I forgot how much I look fwd to tennis after work.
     
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    I agree 100% with you Argen. you do have to ask them to price match every single time...they will do it but I always feel like I am begging for change. One thing I discovered is that they include "installation fee" for all their grips so they will charge 20 for Head Leather when its 10 bucks everywhere else. I simply ask them to proce match it and I will install it myself. Its not that hard...
     
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    they didn't price match for me but did lower it when i spoke up. ...kinda turns me off that way but maybe i just need to have the haggle hat ready. :)
     
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    Yep, it is exactly like putting on an overgrip if you don't use the staple. You just have to be more careful since you don't get a "do over".
     
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    In their defense I will say that if you are a repeat customer, they take care of you. I go in there and know all the ladies, and they know me by name..etc. I buy balls and grips from them a lot..anytime I need some little thing, I buy there.

    They will string a stick fast for me and give me good deals if they can. It is classic small business..not the cheapest, but loyal to the people they know will come back.
     
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    We Americans are not used to haggling though. I think that is why Car Max does well. People want to know the price and then make a decision. Of course, some people love to haggle and are good at it but not me.
     
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    Don't work, and also I don't get it! :s
     
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    1. Click on New Posts.

    2. You'll get something that looks like my example. The number is unique to each search as they are counting the number of queries. So the 7128142 in my example won't work for you. It will be some long number like that.

    3. Just after that big number, add "&PP=1000"

    4. Then instead of showing 25 results per page it will show up to 1000 results per page (never seen that many new posts).

    5. Now no need to keep clicking through pages, all new posts are on a single page.
     
  19. Uvijek Argen

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    Too bad that they look for customers that come often, cause I'm a client that like to go places often, and if I get a good first impression (even though it wasn't my first time in that store) I come back over and over.

    Also that day I ask how much for stringing poly and lady reply $27.00...and I said, "no ,but if i bring my own string, how much you charge??" lady reply..."yes, 27.00 dollars", Who know the face that I put, but I felt I was in some kinda Twilight zone tennis show!!! I said "naaahh, I go to Fort Gatlin and do it for $16.00". Plus Ryan and Bret does a mighty good stringing job there.

    Like Mikeler said " we are not use to haggling up here, if I were in Turkey, Azerbaijan or Russian...maybe....but not here.
     
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    I did not realize Ryan was stringing there now. Guess I have not been there in a while.
     
  21. Spinz

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    LOL, this is exactly the kind of experiences I've had there. They just dont get that they need to be a little more flexible and creative to lure customers in the competitive marketplace. They also dont seem to cater to players who like to DIY. I wanted to buy a set of VS to string myself and they refused to sell it to me. So I bought it from TW and of course ordered more stuff. They lost that sale due to their inflexibility.

    Have you been to Azerbaijan?
     
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    Yeah, why not at least sell the string and make some money!
     
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    Yeah, I didn't knew either, one time talking to Bret he told me that one of my last racquets was Ryan the stringer, and that he also was the one that teach Bret.
     
  24. Uvijek Argen

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    Yes, my wife its Azeri-russian, I went to Baku twice, very pretty city. Do you know people from there?
     
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    We have thought about going there on a trip (visiting Georgia also) because we have never been to that part of the world. The hotels in Baku are very expensive though.
     
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    Exactly. I would have bought more than the string too. the management needs to realize that there are a lot of types of tennis players and they are not all the same in terms of what they need. I think another problem that they have is the people in the front lack confidence to make a decision on their own - seems like they are given a set of rules to follow and don't vary beyond that.
     
  27. mikeler

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    I buy almost everything online so I don't really care too much what the local stores do. I've also got a guy down at OTC that has connections which is how I got my latest set of sticks.
     
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    One thing that hurts Etennis is John retiring. I remember going there with an APDC and wanting to put lead on it. I bought sticks there and was ready to sell the APDC, but I just wanted it customized right before giving up on the stick.

    Anyway, the bigger greek looking guy was saying "why do you want to do that? You just need to buy a heavier racquet..etc". I thought it was funny. John customized the racquet perfectly and never even looked at me twice. He said he leaded up sticks all the time.

    The other thing is that many times I have been i there and there are super OCD people who ask a billion questions about racquets or talk about their game the whole time. Like anyone cares. It kind of reminds me of when I worked in a guitar store. So I definitley have sympathy for them in that aspect.

    The stringing is definitely way too much. That is why I am a loyal Frank customer at OTC. He is cool as hell too.

    Here is what I do when I buy :

    Strings : Online
    Racquets : Etennis or TW used (I have no hookups, and may be switching to Dunlop)
    Grips/Balls/Shoes : Etennis (they will price match on shoes with no real resistance)
    Stringing : Frank at OTC
    Gear
     
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  29. mikeler

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    PP,

    Just sent you an e-mail about my connection.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Yes, hotels are expensive in Baku from what I know, specially if you stay for a few days. If its longer than a week your staying then there are guess house right in downtown for a better price.

    I went to Tbilisi Georgia and in my view the weather and the people are nice...its all that I remember. In Azerbaijan I cant tell you where to stay cause I stay in my mother in law house, but I think I have somewhere a business card where we stayed in Tbilisi, It was something around 40 or 50 dollars the night if I remember, and very nice.

    Also my wife told me about visa changes, before was 40 dollars to enter Azerbaijan, now its like $100.
     
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    I was a little skepitcal about the weather this morning, but it was damn near perfect at 10:00. I had layers on at first but after warm up, it was down to just shorts and a shirt. No wind - very nice. They are calling for the high on Saturday to be 38. That has to be a record. I was hoping to play Saturday, but I'm not so sure. I have RJ coming to my courts Sunday. Hopefully its a little warmer.
     
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    I was wearing a short sleeve shirt tonight. Ryan came down to watch and jinxed my elbow. It was fine until he showed up. :) Had to stop up 6-3, 3-1. It seems like if I take a week off, I can play 2 full sets. Anything less and I can't do it. Ryan, my serve is much better than the atrocious bunny serve you saw tonight!
     
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    Mikeler is more stubborn than I. :)
    Finally met the man behind the name.
    Hopefully mikeler, we can hit some when you're fully healed. I wouldn't want to take advantage of you! Haha!
     
  35. bad_call

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    luckily i got out a little today too. had to after seeing the weekend forecast...snow showers on Sat.
     
  36. mikeler

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    Don't underestimate my lefty serve buddy! Going to plunk down another $40 for some therapy today and then take another week or two off.
     
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    With that 40, you can buy some IPAs........lost my train of thought after the IPAs! haha!
    I Jinxed You!?!?!? Oh so when I got there you were winning....so you lost the next set?!?!? That guy you played was all power nothing else to me that is. gets frustrated to easy. i guess that is were your experience pays off against him!
     
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    That is the worst my opponent has ever played against me. He is in a slump. Obviously, his game is not well suited for clay. The jinx was that my elbow was fine right until you showed up.
     
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    HAHAHA!
    ok then....agghh ggaaa bboooo hhhheee yyyyyaaaa iiiiiiii! ok there you arm is UNjinxed
    lol
     
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    All of a sudden my arm feels great!
     
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    You're quite welcome! I take special requests for all your ails! :)
    now Mikeler, that would be 40 dollars please.:)
     
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    I'm going to ice it over the weekend and see if I should go Monday. I've payed this woman too much money already!
     
  43. Spinz

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    Thanks for the info! I heard that the visa can be obtained at the airport now which is easier at least. We aren't sure we are going there but I would like to as I have never been to that part of the world. I haven't been to Turkey yet either so we may go there, it is much cheaper.
     
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    I didn't check out my strings when I stopped last night, but I'm thinking that the smaller head size with the one extra cross string is helping me with string breakage. I'm hoping I don't eat these words next time on the court though. Everybody have a great weekend and stay warm. A few diehards I know are playing in the morning tomorrow!
     
  45. Uvijek Argen

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    Hope you have the experience somehow, its very nice to know all that are..it was what its called as you might know "the silk road", a lot of history:razz:

    Best of luck Spinz:)
     
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    Thank you! I wil definitely get there some day! I want to go to Uzebekistan as well and see Samarkand - it looks very impressive.
     
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    Anyone here try a cortisone shot for GE? I've already tried
    the cortisone pills but they only worked for a few weeks.
     
  48. Uvijek Argen

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    What's the longer that you put your elbow to rest?? I'm asking you cause since I played with DGoran Dec. 24, I stop playing and I being taking Aleve. During that period with a massage machine I try to tender as much the muscle and the tendon in all the area of the elbow and now I'm feeling much better. So you know from 1-10,10 being the most painful, I was in strong 9 of pain. Yesterday I did a half and hour practice and felt find until I try to do a fast running cross shot, and there I felt that its not completely fix, but if you are strong a stayed out of the court for 2 weeks, you can see i big difference. Tendons can fix faster that you think, its just we are too stubborn to let our body to rest. :)
     
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    Thanks for the response. It seems like it does get better with a few weeks off. I'm just impatient!!!!!!!
     
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    I dont blame you.
     

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