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    Stosur’s Physique: Then and Now

    I have always had major question marks over her physique. Not just that she is muscular - a number of female players are these days as a result of weight training and conditioning. But the shape / volume of her muscles, especially the deltoids and the traps. Reminds me of guys I see at the gym...
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    Peak Thiem or peak Almagro backhand?

    Almagro, quite clearly. I put him in the same bracket as Wawrinka's.
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    Ken Flach passed away

    That was tragic. Very sad circumstances, too. He was a great doubles player, and had one of the best mullets of the 80's.
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    Changing Grip Shape of Prince 93P

    Not sure that changing to another brand / racquet is the solution. Might solve for the grip shape, but create other adaptation issues with frame shape (round vs. long). But I do agree that every manufacturer should have the same pallet system as Head. Instead of investing large amounts of $ to...
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    New Phantom Pro (18x20) (320)

    That's actually a very good description, and exactly how I feel regarding these two frames.
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    Logic for 2nd racquet

    In one word: yes. Because one keeps on being distracted by the equipment / adjustment required to the new equipment, instead of using this time focusing on one's game. Ideally, one finds a racquet / string set up that suit one's game and ability, buy a couple of those, and then forget about...
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    Eugenie Bouchard maintains worst collapse in tennis history (yes)

    If narcissism won tennis games, I reckon she'd have bagged a Grand Slam in any of the past 4 seasons. Enough said.
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    Thiem is one of the most well-rounded players on tour

    Echoing what others have said: - he already has a great game, and a lot of potential to develop further - I very much like how he is using his inside out forehand more to apply pressure. As good as his backhand is, this shot is less effective an offensive weapon than the forehand to apply...
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    What I've learned since I've stopped switching racquets and strings

    I love to try new racquets, and have literally fallen for the Prince Phantom line. Played most of last year with the 93P 18x20, which is awesome but can be a challenging frame. Transitioned to a PP100P earlier this year, which is as solid but easier to play. I am very tempted by the 93P 14x18...
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    How many French Opens would Ralph have won had the tour not slowed down the surfaces?

    Same here. I'd love to know what "expert" ever claimed that.
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    The Prince Phantom 93P is a gift to us from TW - My Review/AMA

    I was feeling pretty bad having bought too many racquets in the past year, with 3 93P's 18x20 and 2 PP100P, but seeing this I might get that 93P 14x18 after all...
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    The match that hurts you but you can never stop watching again and again

    Stefan Edberg's defeat to Michael Chang in the 1989 French Open final. He should never have lost that game.
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    The Future of Roland Garros

    Apparently the 5W lightbulb that serves as your brain still hasn't lit up, has it?
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    How good was Agassi's FH?

    Agassi's forehand was a very good shot, probably in the top 10 in the Open era. It was a spectacular shot in his younger years, almost flat and extremely fast. After his ill advised changed of racquet from Prince to Donnay, he was struggling for consistency and started to impart more spin to...
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    Wilson Clash the Most Flexible Racket Ever Made?

    If Wilson was spending as much in quality control as they do in marketing, they'd be making wonderful frames.
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    Should RG central court be renamed again?

    They didn't do it for Borg, who was tennis' first superstar, hugely popular in France and had become synonymous with the tournament (see the RG 1981 poster), so I am not holding my breath that they will do it for Nadal, even if he won it more times than Borg.
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    Prince Phantom Pro and Phantom Pro100P

    Broke my second set of Hyper G 17 (50 lbs) in my PP100P after 8 hours, consistent with the first one. It literally exploded with a huge bang. I definitely need something a bit more durable. Should I go for 16 or 16L? Does anyone have a suggestion?
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    Prince Phantom Pro and Phantom Pro100P

    QC is definitely not up to the level of Yonex, that's for sure. But definitely not as bad as Wilson, which routinely range +/- 10g from stated weight.
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    What happened ? Why are all the classics cheap now ?

    Less and less people have good taste.
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    What was Agassi's baseline game strategy?

    That, and the fact that his game re-balanced significantly between forehand and backhand in the second half of his career. He started with a booming forehand, and a good if unspectacular backhand. He then transition to less winners / more margin on the forehand, and arguably one of the best two...
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    What was Agassi's baseline game strategy?

    Exceptional eye / hand coordination was allowing him to take the ball on the rise and play very close, or even inside, the baseline, therefore taking time away from his opponents. He was not trying to overpower his opponents like e.g. Lendl or Courier, but to play at a speed they couldn't cope...
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    Should RG central court be renamed again?

    Can't you comprehend that contribution to a sport is not only commensurate to the numbers of titles won? What he did, as an administrator of the sport, in France as well as internationally while President of the ITF, was truly remarkable. He also brought tennis back to the Olympics. In any case...
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    Should RG central court be renamed again?

    No, I would not. Philippe Chatrier was instrumental in developing both RG and ITF, and is a historical figure of tennis. It is right to honor his memory.
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    Kygs hardest draw ever

    Yes, that was an amazing run. I remember it vividly.
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    Prince Phantom 93P 14x18 vs 18x20... let's discuss.

    That's because if you've originally been taught tennis as a kid until the early 80's, you would have been taught using a heavy 68 sq.in. wooden frame, and your shots had to be linear (= flat) as you wouldn't have had the strength to lift the racquet vertically to get over the ball. I am 49...
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    Prince Phantom 93P 14x18 vs 18x20... let's discuss.

    You bet it will. Solinco Hyper G 17 lasts 1/3 less in my PP100P (16x18) than it does in my 93P (18x20), so you can imagine what a 14x18 pattern will do. Of all the racquets I have owned over 40+ years, the Prince Graphite Pro 90, which was also 14x18, was the one I broke strings fastest with...
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    What racket after the Yonex Ezone DR98?

    I have the PP100P, and it's a great control frame despite the 16x18 pattern. I too switched from the DR98 to the Phantom line as I was finding the former too powerful.
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    Prince Phantom Pro and Phantom Pro100P

    I too slice most of my backhands, but it's a confidence thing. What I am working on right now is fixing the small glitches in my topspin backhand, and force myself to hit a lot more of them in training matches. So that I build enough confidence to hit it in tournaments.
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    Prince 93P 14x18 on TW

    Some of the increase frame stiffness would be offset by the much more open string pattern. Also, 63RA is still fairly low by modern standards. I mean, we are not talking about a Babolat PD with 70+ RA here...
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    The Prince Phantom 93P is a gift to us from TW - My Review/AMA

    Thanks for the feedback, Sean. On the point of "crispness": was it the same string tension you played the 14x18 and the 18x20 at? If at the same tension, a 14x18 pattern would feel softer by virtue of the ball sinking more into the stringbed. And Prince might have decided to firm up the frame as...
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