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    Poor Marketing no wonder tennis is dying in the US.

    I live in the suburbs of Chicago. Belong to a local tennis club and most of my buddies play tennis. Despite that none of us were aware that professional tennis has returned to Chicago until about 1 week before the Chicago 250 WTA tournament. Dang, there was even a 125 the week before at the...
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    Any doubles player got Big 3 like strokes???

    Just curious if we see any doubles players out there that have groundies similar to the Big 3 but lack either the mental game or mobility/defense the big 3 have/had, hence not very competitive on the singles circuit? On the singles side I think we see a bunch of guys with great strokes but lack...
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    Do we believe all this Court Speed talk?

    I remember Courier saying Miami played as slow as clay this year. I think he said equal to Monte Carlo. Then tonight during the Nadal beatdown of Delbonis, he mentions that Monte Carlo is playing like Miami. I know Hawkeye calculates all these court speeds. But are there other factors...
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    TC Split Screen = Dumbest Thing Ever...for the love of God please stop!

    Inspired by: ESPN Split Screen = Dumbest thing ever.....ever Came home to the dreaded split screen on TC. Tsetse fly was kicking Nishikori's butt, Pegula and Sakkari are having a slug fest. But for some reason we had to split the screen to see Nishikori lose a game, whereas Sakkari is...
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    Dealing with Deuce and other ideas...

    Watching Khachanov vs. Sinner at Miami 2020. They had a super long deuce game. Overall I like deuce, but with viewers struggling to watch long matches, is it time to do deciding point after 3 or 4 deuces. If you get to 3 deuces it is almost like you played another game, hence just playing...
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    Blade V7 Tennis Elbow??

    I've played with the recent incarnations of the Blade for the past several years. First what I believe in now V5, as they got beat up I switched to V6 with the CV. I think I actually liked the CV a little better, although most rate V5 better. Anyways, my CV Blades were getting beat up, so I...
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    Hypothetical--Who from the 2000's would be a contender now if they became a pro in 2019/2020?

    Take players who's careers were primarily in the 2000's and transport them to the current professional tour. When transported to today, they can be either at the beginning or peak of their career. Excluding active players--so no Fed/Nadal/Djoker. For women--no Serena or Venus. Who would be a...
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    4G vs. Confidential?

    For the past few years I've been playing with Luxilon 4G 16L. Like the tension maintenance. Didn't seem to die as fast as ALU power. For fun tried Solinco Confidential 17. Seems fairly comparable, maybe a little better feel/crispness compared to the 4G. I was wondering what people thought...
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    Are setting racquet limits the best way to bring back variety in tennis?

    Watching all these old matches on Youtube and some of the replays on Tennis Channel has me feeling nostalgic for the 90's and to some extent early 2000s. I miss a lot of the contrasts in the sport. I feel the Serve and Volleyer is almost extinct, we have less all court players and most are...
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    COVID--Best Facemask for Indoor Tennis???

    In Illinois we are allowed to play indoor tennis under current COVID restrictions. Since the late summer they were allowing doubles and no masks. With increasing cases governor added more restrictions. Fortunately, they didn't close down the clubs, but now only singles and facemasks must be...
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    2 Hander BH Appreciation

    Seems everyone gives constant love to the one-handed back hand. Regarded as graceful, explosive and majestic. Also admired since it is not as frequently seen on the pro tour compared to the two-hander. Doesn't hurt that some of the big legends in tennis have a one-hander--obviously Fed, but...
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    No Crowds...No effect?

    With the onset of COVID we've had either no crowds or minimal crowds. I had speculated that no crowds might benefit the lower ranked players and maybe harmed the typical crowd favorites--Federer/Nadal/Serena/Osaka/Gauff. It seems not having crowds has had a minimal effect on players across the...
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    What element would have elevated A-Rod to more grand slams?

    Was rewatching 2009 Wimbledon of Fed vs. Roddick. A-Rod played great. Some say one of his greatest matches. We know him for his great serve and for years his FH was topnotch. After watching the match I wondered if he could have sharpened a few more tools in his game would he have been a...
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    MTO's have to go!

    What a great match tonight between Serena and Vika. Serena played some of her best tennis in years especially in the first set. Impressive that Vika turned it around. The only disappointment was the MTO. No clear ankle roll. Thank goodness Vika kept her cool and rode it out well. They...
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    Haas able to hang with Thiem...open the doors to the US Open

    Haas played a really competitive match vs. Thiem today. Is that because it was a fast indoor court? Haas just that healthy and fit? Thiem just in EXO mode? Seemed to be hitting well. The critique: If a retired 42 year old player can be competitive with the current #3? What does that say...
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    The real reason 2020 tennis was cancelled...

    Check out the Nike summer tennis apparel line. No pro was willing to wear it on court. ;)
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    Why isn't synthetic grass used on the pro tour?

    A lot of of us promote a longer grass season and a grass Masters. Yet, natural grass has limitations as we are seeing with Wimbledon flat out cancelling as opposed to postponing. Officials citing the courts would not be in good shape during the fall. Also during grass tournaments the grass...
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    How many Majors would your GOAT have if they didn't have their biggest weapon?

    With any of the potential GOATs, how many majors would they have won if you replace their biggest weapon (in regards to stroke) with just a top 20 version of that weapon. For Fed, how many GS titles would he have if you replaced his FH with say Nishikori's? Or replace Fed's Serve with...
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    Repairing tears in Wind Screens?

    Any solid suggestions for repairing tears in our windscreen? Club budget down with COVID. Trying to spruce up some screens that otherwise need to be replaced. Saw tape for replacing windows screens? I had trield Gorilla Tape, but that came off pretty quick.
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    How did ATP Tour Masters going from Bo5 to Bo3 impact the slam race?

    We often talk about slowing of the courts, equipment changes (poly, bigger frames), more consistent seeding, elevation of AO in prestige as inflating the slam race numbers. I just wondered what people think the impact of getting rid of Bo5 finals in the Master series had on the slam race? I...
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    2nd Place Slammer worse off then 3rd Place?

    If current slam trajectories continue, and Nadal grabs Paris a few more times, Djoker keeps getting 2-3 slams a year for 2-3 more years, there is a good chance Fed will be 3rd place in the slam race. I just wonder if whoever takes 2nd place might actually have a smaller legacy than Fed. The...
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    Weekend Family Tennis Getaway?

    Have a 4 day weekend in February. Hoping to take the family somewhere warm with some good tennis in the morning or afternoon and other activities in the other portion of the day. Thinking Phoeniz AZ vs. Southern FL? Any suggestions or good experiences? Any places with good clinics or family...
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    Suggestion for the Shot Clock...

    To take the power and subjectivity out of the umpire's chair, I suggest the following to give the players the control of the match tempo in regards to the Shot Clock. Once a point ends, whichever player steps into position (server or receiver) the clock starts for the other player to get ready...
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    How long back to the courts after getting meniscus clipped?

    I just has my medial meniscus scoped and clipped, I tore it about 4 years ago, did some rehab and it was doing pretty well. But the past 6 months it started locking up and causing more pain and even times I couldn't really play. So I got scoped last Thursday. Honestly I'm feeling pretty good...
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    Looking for Topspin Pro Replacement parts?

    I have a topspin pro and need to replace some of the rubber bushings that hold the ball in place. Went to their site and for the life of me can find any contact info. Anyone have any luck contacting them outside of purchasing the topspin pro? Or has anyone had to replace parts to it?
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    Why don't they play 8 game sets?

    After watching the women's Wimbledon final, I felt empty wanting more. The winner played great and the loser was a little subpar, but it was still decent tennis. Yet it felt it was over in about 20 minutes. Limited chances for redemption in 2 out of 3 sets with 6 set games. Many have said...
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    Hiearchy of focus???

    When hitting I feel in a session I might figure something out that isn't working and fix it. For example, if my groundies are landing short, I might focus on driving my elbow and follow through completey. Then for the next session that fix doesn't seem to work as well as something else has...
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    Grommett gets pulled out when I pull tension.

    I'm finishing the mains on a Aeropro Drive GT. As I pull tension on the 8th main, the grommet gets tugged to the side and disappears into the frame and the outside of the grommet base pops out. I'm afraid if I tied down and then release it will be stuck and would be hard to manipulate with an...
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    USTA Team Time Limit Rules?

    Anybody know of a link to the time limit rules for USTA team matches. For the life of me I can't find it on their site or the ******* Region Site. My current understanding is at 15 minutes to the hour if one team is up by 2 games the set is over and you move on to a 10 point tie break in lieu...
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    When to move kids from a child to adult racquet?

    Daughters are moving up to real tennis balls (yellow ball) from green ball this fall. They are age 10. Currently have 25" racquets. When we hit with yellow balls they seem OK at the moment. Should we bump up to 26" or even an adult racquet?
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