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    Why So Much Hatred for Raonic?

    I know that web forums are a fertile ground for haters and keyboard heroes of all kinds, but I don't understand what basis there is for so much hatred being directed at Raonic? I watched yesterday's final, which, frankly, was more painful to watch than anything else. It was pretty clear that...
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    Longevity of Poly Strings in Package

    While clearing up my tennis bag, I discovered two packages of Luxilon Alu Power that must be more than 10 years old (still have the picture of Guga Kuerten on them). Both are original packaging. Do these synthetic strings ever lose their property just by the passing of time, if they are not...
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    RF97 Strings - What Should I Do?

    After a positive demo a few weeks ago, I acquired two RF97s, one of which came strung with NXT Power in a one-piece job at what appears to be a fairly high tension (probably more than 55). Thought I'd try it as is for a point of reference. The second one I had strung two-piece with Yonex Poly...
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    Buying Gut for an Hybrid Set-Up

    Question for String Experts: I want to experiment with hybrid string set-ups and was wondering whether I'm better off buying pre-packaged hybrids (like the commonly available Babolat VS Touch with RPM Blast) or whether I could buy a full set of gut and use whatever poly string I prefer...
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    Sampras - Spin Production

    Saw a few articles with scientific analysis showing that Pete Sampras' second serve had topspin to the rate of upwards of 5500 RPM in it. How in the world did he hit with so much spin, considering that contrary to a lot of people who hit kickers, he doesn't appear to let the ball drop all that...
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    Time Traveler! Look What I Found! Wilson PS Classic 6.1

    Look what the Marty McFly brought me today! It's in SUPERB condition: only the bumperguard is scratched. There no dings, chips or scratches on the frame at all. Only some graphics a little washed out, but that's it. Can't believe the condition given its age! Very happy and looking forward to...
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    Fionally Got to Try a RF97 Autograph

    I finally was able to demo a RF97 at an organized doubles tournament I played in last week. The pro shop at the club had an RF97, albeit in 4 3/8 size, but with an overgrip, so that made it "just" possible for me to try to hit with it. The racquet was strung with a black/white dual-colored poly...
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    Federer's RF 97 and Dimitrov's PS97s

    I was looking at pictures of Federer from yesterday's match against Berdych at the AO, and his racquet looks kinda small for a 97 sq. in. I also noticed, when watching Dimitrov's matches from when he had the blacked out racquet and, now, with the PS97s (actual frame or paint job), the head of...
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    Racquet Weight - Taking a Big Cut at a Sitter

    I've recently been playing around with APDs, because I'm not as young as I used to be and my game also isn't where it used to be, and I found them to be quite forgiving for general playing. My shoulder was starting to tire after my repeated attempts to hit slow spinny kick serves with my former...
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    Help Needed Customizing a 2013 Babolat Aeropro Drive (APD)

    As title implies, I would like to customize my relatively new 2013 APDs. Currently, both are absolutely stock and are strung with Poly Tour Pro 125, 51 lbs in the mains and 49 lbs in the crosses. In their current state, the racquets play fine, very solid and maneuverable, with good spin...
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    FS: Two Head Liquidmetal Prestige Mid Racquets

    Racquets: Two (2) Head Liquidmetal Prestige Mid Item Description (Brand/Model/Year): Head/Liquidmetal Prestige Mid/bought in 2008 Grip Size: Size 5 (4 5/8). Please note that these are actually a tad SMALLER than 4 1/2 on all my other racquets, so, in actuality, these should be considered 4 1/2...
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    Longtime User of Prestige, Tried an APD and...

    I have been using Prestige Classic, Pro Tour 280 and various other Prestige incarnations for about 20 years or so. I had largely stopped playing for many years, due to injuries and other interests, and came back to the game this year. Much to my dismay, I found that I must have lost some of the...
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    Stan the Man's Serve?

    How does Stan the Man get to consistently serve in the upper 120s or 130s with the kind of motion he has? From what I can see, there is close to no hip involvement (certainly no rotation), very little shoulder rotation, and almost no shoulder tilt at all. A bit of a knee bend and some kind of...
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    Best NOS Head Model for Customization?

    Between these, which would be the best platform to customize into a "modern player's racquet" (i.e., with the old-school flex and feel, but with a spin-friendly package and enough room for modifying weight distribution): - Youtek Radical MP (98 sq. in, 18x20, flex 59, 11 oz unstrung, 320 sw...
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    Looking for Technical Help - Topspin Forehand

    Looking to see if someone can assist me in resolving a technical issue I've been struggling with regarding my forehand. The problem: I learned tennis in the early 90s and grew up hitting a fairly aggressive/flatter forehand. Even with the semi-western/western grip I use, my natural swing is a...
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    Microgel Prestige Pro vs Youtek IG Prestige Pro

    Anyone has experience with both? The ig is a follow-up model to the Microgel. Specs are similar, wondering how the feel compares between the two, and which one I might like best. I tend to like heavier players rackets and am coming off LM Prestige Mid frames. I want to switch because I'm no...
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    Recommendation for Former Head PC Classic User

    Hello everyone, I would like to tap into your collective knowledge to assist me in finding a suitable replacement stick. I have been playing for years with Head Prestige Classic 600 or Prestige Mid rackets, which were my all-time favorite. My current rackets are Head LiquidMetal Prestige Mids...
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