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    Re: Djok vs Nadal - The Template for Success

    Re: Djokovic has found a winning formula: attack the Nadal BH crosscourt. Does any other player have the game to match their backhand with Nadal's forehand? Djoko's goat backhand seems to make this possible, but are there others who could employ this strategy? Djoko brings great movement to...
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    estusa jimmy connors pro tour os

    Nobody? Maybe I should ask to move this thread to classic racquets?
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    estusa jimmy connors pro tour os

    Anyone play this old stick? My wife just found a couple at a pawn shop for $20. 'Optic' yellow frame that looks like a head radical os. Anyone have specs? It's 18/20 and feels pretty flexible. Any info would be appreciated.
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    Serena Williams

    I guess if you look at sexism and racism as a spectrum, we're all probably guilty to one degree or another depending on the situation. The feelings and reactions we have toward others on the basis of sex or race are known only to us, and even we may not be overtly aware of our 'blind spots'...
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    Serena Williams

    I think if we go 'by the book' than Ramos is completely in the right. The thing is that umpires, Ramos included, are reluctant to go 'by the book' when men have said much worse. I mean, they can't even assign a point/game penalty for playing too slowly. So two conclusions here: 1) Serena...
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    Tennis is heading into a dark and unforeseen future

    The key word is "relative" - I don't see any 4.5s making the finals of a major in the near or distant future. :)
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    Tennis is heading into a dark and unforeseen future

    If we survived the era of Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Carlos Costa Gaston Gaudio, and, Andy Roddick, then I think we'll be ok. Probably a similar transition era will transpire until the next dominant players emerge. But indeed, we're headed squarely into an era of relative mediocrity.
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    "Counting out Nadal"

    Nadal has the best volley of the 'big 4' - he is also the craftiest and smartest of the 4 IMHO - I used to think Murray was the most clever, but he seems to have gone away from the variety to a more straight-forward power-based style. The problem for Nadal is that if he decides to adapt his...
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    Djokovic playing possum

    IMHO - The trend among today's top players to employ a certain type of gamesmanship closely resembles the narrative that soccer follows, and has really always followed - one that is culturally accepted by many as simply part of doing business as a competitor. Taking dives, faking injury...
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    Steel building for 2 tennis courts - recommendations?

    I'm looking into a steel building to house 2 USTA compliant tennis courts - I believe I'm looking at a 120' x 120' - no insulation, some skylights, and a couple of doors. Anyone have their finger on the market for such a building, either new or used in terms of price? I'm in a cold windy...
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    McEnroe on Federer and Stan ''Something went on in the locker room last night''

    Pretty lame that Mac feels like he needs to stir the pot like that.
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    Is Vika looking desperate in her aggressive pursuit of La Monf?

    Easily the most uncomfortable moment of the open era...that voice......Holy Jesus...
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    Wilson 6.1 95S

    Hi folks - I've followed a few threads on this racquet, as well as the other "S" series frames. Do you think the string pattern has less to do with an improvement in spin than the reduced weight and thus higher swingspeeds for most folks compared to the beefier standard 6.1 95? I'm at a loss...
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    Who do you think would fit the best as Murray's coach?

    Goran - Just an approach to the game and to life that might counter Andy's tendency to be off-putting and negative.
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    Will open string technology catch on in the pros?

    Do you think we'll see some pros take advantage of more open string patterns - particularly in the women's game? I don't think the men need extra rpms given their crazy racquet head speeds. I used to play a pog mid (14x18) and you couldn't keep strings in it unless they were kevlar mains - I...
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    Has anyone objectively compared rpms/string patterns?

    Has anyone in the industry ever demonstrated objective differences in spin rpms between frames that have different string patterns, while establishing constants, like racquethead speed and swing angle? Thanks!
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    RIO SF Rafael Nadal vs. Pablo Andujar-Alba

    What was with the supermodel hawking over Rafa on the changeovers? I'd likely have been guilty of more than one time violation with that kind of distraction 5 feet from me. Weird. And awesome.
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    Ranking The 'Coolest' Tennis Players Of All Time:

    I thought Stich was a bad-a, glad to see a Gonzales included in a few lists; I'd add Arazi - always liked that guy. Also, Higueras, who, when signing an autograph for me at the TC Open in 2008 remarked, "I haven't signed an autograph in 20 yrs."
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    Greatest casualty of AO for Rafa

    That loss by Fed was a tough one to swallow - another sign of slippage in a match that he really should have won. Those losses start to mount, and then you realize the number of finals you make it to are finite - so there's more internal pressure, plus people sense that vulnerability and...
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    Greatest casualty of AO for Rafa

    Obviously Rafa and the other top players are not technically 'invincible' but there's a lot to be said for the aura of dominance that surrounds these players. For awhile, Fed clearly had it, Nole had it for a year, and Sampras had it as well. All of these guys became more vulnerable when their...
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    Greatest casualty of AO for Rafa

    I think this is just one more chink in his aura of invincibility, much like what happened to Fed a few years ago. Other players will believe more and more that they can get into his game. Plus, if Rafa is prone to strategic time-outs, and other forms of gamesmanship, he will be less likely to...
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    Gil Reyes - give Fed a call!

    Fed needs a little more beef on his frame. At 32, he's clearly capable of building more strength - I think his movement is adequate to compete with the best, but he needs a little more snap on higher balls. Reyes came to Agassi's rescue and really became a physical and emotional guru for Andre...
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    Navratilova makes a nice observation

    She points out that Stan has a higher strike zone than Fed, and as such is less troubled by the higher bounce than Federer. Also, Stan is simply more stout than Fed and can muscle the ball a bit more off of both wings. Fed needs a lower ball to really fit into his wheelhouse. Also, as lame...
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    Arguments: Why would rafa fake his injury today?

    Why would Rafa fake is injury today? Of course the easy answer is, at least initially, to ice Stan a little. but..... when the crowd called him on it, he found himself basically stuck with two options. His options were either run like the devil and try to beat the tar out of Stan and...
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    Forgot how to win

    My advice: Remember that tennis is a game that means nothing...absolutely nothing. I love the game, but when I let it, or golf, or anything become too prominent in my life, i usually play worse. You'll be far happier if you realize that there are folks who suffer in a real, authentic way in...
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    Did you know Swiss player George Bastl is still playing on the tour ? :-D

    I just watched "Fiddler on the Roof" and thought that Bastl was excellent as Tevye.
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    Wimbly Courts look faster this year

    Might be a little early, but the courts seem to be playing a little faster than last year - even in the 1st round. Did Wimbledon change anything with respect to balls, turf, etc? The early rounds are always faster I realize. I'm watching Rafa right now and he's slicing every return back - it...
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    Predictions for Wimbledon?

    Fed's last slam win...regardless of the draw.
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    Nadal's dominance on clay ends in 2013

    I think Rafa is at the top of the mountain looking down at the other side - he's still on top of his game, but the decline is at least in sight. Kind of like Fed in 2007 - still has some punch left, but realizes that he has fewer good years ahead of him than behind him. Plus, maturity starts...
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    "Players rackets" - are too many people just scared to try them?

    I gave an older lady some lessons last summer - she was playing one of those 9 oz 115 sq/in frames and spraying balls everywhere. I gave her one of my redondos and she began to play with much more control - the extra weight of the frame helped to slow her down and made it harder for her to...
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