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    ALTRA makes Tennis/Crossfit shoe. Wide toebox fans rejoice.

    Also curious if anybody has given the HIIT XTs a try on the courts? As someone who's had to take a couple months off of tennis, first a bad ankle sprain and now dealing with a neuroma and capsulitis in the met pad of my second toe, I'm obviously seriously looking at making some changes in the...
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    For me, Fed has surpassed Jordan, Brady and Gretzky

    I think they were all great in their time (of course Fed and Brady are still going at it). Gretzky's records were ridiculous, he's at the top of so many records in the NHL. He has almost 1,000 points more than anybody else has ever attained, it's crazy! Huge Fed fan, so glad he got number 20...
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    Alexander Zverev - sky is the limit.

    Against a healthy Fed he was badly outclassed in Halle. But that's the main issue with the vets now. After all the years of wear and tear, is Federer reaching the end of his run? Where Zverev is still vulnerable is when you can execute drop shots and get him running North to South. He's still...
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    Did Djokovic lose his motivation because he thought Nadal and Federer were done?

    Or maybe we can take Djokovic at his word that he is genuinely injured, had an elbow condition that became progressively worse entering into 2017. Would constant flaring pain stymy ambition and effectiveness on the court? As someone who's struggled with tennis elbow myself, yes it certainly can.
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    When did tennis became truly popular?

    And Borg could be holding all the records today if he didn't walk away from the game at 25 years old. Just think of how much tennis he still had in him.
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    When did tennis became truly popular?

    Tennis took off during the 70s. Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, with Mac coming on at the end of that decade.
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    When did tennis became truly popular?

    Technology has killed many an outdoor activity. Kids today are more prone to sitting in front of their computer screen playing Grand Theft Auto for hours at a time, instead of getting out and participating with other people. I also remember many a time showing up at the local courts around the...
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    Philipp Kohlschreiber quits while playing Florian Mayer

    Too bad. Kohli's a solid player and looked like he was on his way, I caught a good chunk of the first set. Hip injuries are no fun.
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    Forehand POWER Tennis Lesson - Kinetic Chain Technique like Federer

    I'll be the first to admit I have my imperfections on the tennis court. Recently I've been going through a protracted slump where too many of my forehands were floating long. Couple things going on with that, but chiefly hitting a little late to where my topspin was compromised with too much of...
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    Held the RF97 in my hand today....deal breaker :(

    Agreed, on both counts. I'd qualify the RF97A as a very solid, stable racquet.
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    Toni Nadal : Wimbledon is like a small event. They help some players

    Why the pettiness from the Nadal camp? Gracious winners and SORE losers!
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    Rafa complains about same players getting center court preferential treatment

    Rafa has always been a sore loser. At least he's not complaining about an injury that nobody was aware of prior to the match, but for Rafa to whine after a loss is not unusual.
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    Wawrinka's real racquet specs

    Oh yeah, topspin was making it's way into the game, especially with Borg coming onto the scene. I'm about in my mid-50s now, but can remember when I was 13 (mid-70s), playing in a 13-15 tournament and ran up against a kid a couple years older than me who was laying heavy topspin on me. I was...
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    RF97 at Roland Garros 2017

    I'm with you on that. No longer will I attribute tennis elbow strictly to the stiffness of a given racquet, it's a combination of factors. The RF97A has mass, big factor in offsetting the impact to your elbow/arm/shoulder at ball contact. Also keep your strings fresh, especially if poly is in...
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    Why are all the new Wilsons heavier?

    I guess I've lucked out in my experiences with the RF97A. My first demo was through a local shop, strung without dampener, overgrip, any modifications, 12.6 oz. Took out a 2nd demo from TW, same thing, purchased a new racquet, same thing, 12.6 oz (shrugs shoulders).
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    No, no, not at all. Don't worry about it, probably just feeling a little contrary when I made my comment. Wasn't offended at all, but thanks.
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    Actually, that's a point I was making. The stock swingweight is well under what Federer is reputed to play with, which means there seems to be some customization occurring with Fed's racquet. I haven't read up on all the details of Federer's racquet, just my observation. Thanks, and don't try to...
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    Does Federer Actually Play With the RF97?

    I have an RF97A and it weighs exactly 359g strung if I only add a Wilson Pro Overgrip.
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    Wilson ruining games with the 97.

    You might not like the qualities of the RF97, and think it's a tragedy that it's so popular due to being linked to arguably, the GOAT. But I'm glad Wilson worked with Federer on the specs of this racquet and it's been released to the public, where naturally it's selling like hotcakes. It's call...
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    RF Autograph (2017)

    Hey, have a question on the balance of the RF97A. Anybody else check and find it's more head-heavy than advertised? Not that it's a bad thing, definitely not a deal breaker for me. My demo is strung with Wilson NXT, have a Yonex dampener and slapped on a Wilson Pro Overgrip, that's it. When I...
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    RF Autograph (2017)

    I have to be careful myself too, having some arm issues of my own. It will most likely be a gut/poly hybrid if I get one, gut in the mains.
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    RF Autograph (2017)

    Got a multifilament demo of the RF97 in from TW earlier in the week, giving it more time on the court and glad I did! Really enjoying this racquet now, might end up buying one. Not big on multis, but will go the gut/poly hybrid route if I purchase. The OHBH in particular is really shining with...
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    RF Autograph (2017)

    Have a demo out on the RF97A 2016 from a local retail store. Not my cup of tea so far. Just picked it up Friday night and only have it through Tuesday. It's quite a beast of a stick and very stiff too. Don't get me wrong, you hit it in the wheelhouse and you can absolutely crush the ball. Part...
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    Best control racquet right now?

    I see you've already narrowed down your field, but here's another vote for the Prince Textreme Tour 95 (my current racquet). Great feel and great control. Also very stable. Fun racquet to play with.
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    The original Prince CTS line

    Wow cool! I picked up a CTS Lightning 90 for free from this aspiring college player back in the early 90s. We got in a conversation about tennis and apparently he had moved on from the CTS and offered it to me. Really nice racquet but I was nothing more than the occasional recreational player at...
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    Prince Textreme Tour 95 - Great! (vs RF97A, 315Ltd.16M)

    You've made a wise choice sir. I also have started to play with the Textreme Tour 95, it's a great racquet imo! Unlike many of the modern racquets out there today that feel kind of hollow, the TT95 is a solid feeling racquet...with...great feel. I added some weight to mine too, currently have it...
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    Federer playing at 2015 Djokovic level

    The backhand was killer today. That was the difference maker, as that's what Nadal always goes after as the weakness.
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    Be gracious in defeat ....

    He didn't do that, did he? (citing injuries?!!). Oh yes he did. I thought it was a **** poor thing to do. Accept defeat, congratulate the better player for that day, and move on.
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    GOAT Confirmed

    GOAL! GOAAAALLLLL! GOAAAAAATTT!
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    The Heavy Racquet Club. Playing with frames over 12.5 ounces.

    Yup I think that's about right. It's probably +10 or more head light right now. All by design since I've had some arm/elbow issues recently. Feels good and still very maneuverable.
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