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    Lotto Mirage 100 - no complaints

    I spotted some very negative feedback on the Mirage 100's in another thread and instead of adding a reply there, I figured I'd submit a vote of confidence for this shoe, since it's worked nicely for me. I'm another one of the lost souls who had a fantastic experience with Lotto's Raptor Ultra...
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    Syn Gut fans - Wilson SG Pwr vs Babolat

    Kirschbaum's SG was my favorite for a while, but sources for that string seem to have dried up. In recent years I've used Prince Original, Volkl Classic, Gosen OGSM, Forten Sweet, and even the Tournament Nylon from Ashaway and Forten. Safe to say I still miss the buttery Kirschbaum. Looking...
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    Volkl tuners - V Sense 10 325g

    Looking for any results that you folks may have found with tuning your VS 10 325g into a mildly heavier, more stable layout. Even if it didn't bring any improvements, I'd appreciate any feedback. I grabbed a pair of these on clearance to perhaps take the place of my older Organix 10 325g's. I...
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    Hamburg line judges lost a bet.

    Anybody here feel at least a mild wave of sadness when you saw those outfits that the line judges are wearing? They look like children with parents who dress them funny. Normally I don't get distracted with stuff as superficial as this, but I actually know a couple of people who do that work...
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    Sloane... love her, but UGH!!!

    Anybody know whether she maybe has some sort of hellish situation going on behind the scenes? I see a talent that could absolutely be on top of the world for more than a couple of solid weeks at a major, but I also see a kid who hasn't made the decision to put on her big-girl britches and work...
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    Prince Phantom Pro 93P - compare to NXG mid?

    I was psyched to see that Prince came out with that Phantom 93 and then I recalled how much I enjoyed their NXG mid a few years back. Checking on whether anybody has sampled both and can comment on one vs. the other. The NXG was a 92" gummy bear on a stick that was an easy and ultra-accurate...
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    Think I saw Serena leave her trophy on the court...

    Looked like she and Angie gathered their gear after the ceremony and Serena left her finalist hardware right there on her chair. One of the ball kids might have grabbed it and followed them out to hand it off. Anyone?
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    Keys/Kerber match?... Anyone?... Bueller?...

    I'm fine with both of these sluggers, but I was sort of bummed out when the match never showed up through the course of the day's replays here in the lower 48. No dvr here, but I expected to see a little encore showing somewhere. Then I read about what a non-event it was - 51 minutes worth of...
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    Carina Witthoeft... Hell-O slugger!!

    One of the only things that's kept me watching occasional WTA matches these days (years?) has been Aggie Radwanska. Love the dimension and creativity in her game - first saw her playing up close at the US Open some years ago when she was brand new to the tour. Now we see I think WAY too much...
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    Strycova vs Azarenka and going to Plan B

    Ashamed to admit that I was talking to the TV at the end of that match, but maybe I should have screamed good 'n loud, since Melbourne is really far away. I just know they can hear me... Down a set and serving at 3-5 in the 2nd, Strycova had been outgunned in baseline exchanges throughout the...
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    Explanation for France's Blunder?

    If anybody can offer any sort of inside info as to why France went with that doubles lineup, I'd love to hear it. Otherwise I'll have to assume that Clement or somebody in the command structure just decided to be, well... French! I know I'm guilty of Monday morning quarterbacking now that...
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    Steve Johnson string change?

    Anybody catch that comment during his match with Bautista Agut yesterday at Indian Wells? He was apparently having some arm issues and his coach had him switch to a different string, but they didn't identify the old stuff or his new setup. Whoever was in the booth added that after the switch...
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    Any dirt on Ryan Harrison?

    I'll usually take what comes from one player or another, but I'm not seeing anything encouraging from this dude. Just wondering if anybody has any inside info?
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    Volkl C10 and Yonex RD Ti 80 sharing a bag...

    So I brought up these two frames in another post and one of our pals, ciocc, asked for a comparison, but we didn't want to hijack that thread. If anyone else can pitch in, have at it. About me: age 46, serve & volley upbringing, but much more of an all-courter now. My level floats between...
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    Heard USTA nearly had a riot on their hands Fri.

    Anyone go to the Open yesterday (2nd Fri.)? Apparently they were honoring the tickets from Wed. the 7th (rain out) and anyone who showed up with tickets for yesterday in hand were not allowed in. Really! Big long line - no announcements about what's going on - ticket holders get to the gate...
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    Jarmila Groth following the Sam Stosur curve

    A few years ago, I saw Sam in a televised match, maybe against one of the Williams sisters, and was sure that she'd be knocking heads with the top ten in no time. To my surprise, it took her a little longer to really believe in herself and emerge as one of the top talents in the women's game...
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    Maria... I Sooooo Want to Cheer for You.

    Miss Sharapova made one heck of a splash when she first showed up in the bigs, won Wimbledon, and later earned a US Open title to prove that she was more than just a flash in the pan. She was sidelined with that serious shoulder issue and after surgery, her grit has made me a believer. She's...
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    Yonex MP Tour-1 Mid... Anyone care to comment?

    I've been hitting with the softer frames in my stockpile and I recently put my pair of MP Tour-1's back in the bag to accompany my Volkl C10 98's. Not sure just what's different with Yonex gear in general - my theory is that their isometric head shape makes for a slightly different sweet spot -...
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    Diadora Speed Fire sizing

    Hey gang. Got a pair of these shoes after having a great experience with a pair of Diadoras last year. I did the same thing with the sizing - half size smaller than my typical size - and wore them around the house for a couple of days before getting them out to the courts for a couple of...
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    Refining Racquet Specs

    Discussions on racquet flex have indicated an interest in some specs that are a little more specific. I'd like to know if there's been an effort in recent history (that you know of) to come up with an indication of a racquet's stiffness in the hoop or the throat - maybe even a ratio. Something...
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    What's this... Doubles Finals on TV!

    Good viewing!!! Anyone else who's been pestering the powers that be to show us some of this stuff... well our wish came true, didn't it? I've been following Julian Knowle for a few years since meeting him after a final in Newport. He's been hammering away for a long time and this win was...
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    Go Go Godzilla!

    Hey, I was playing some good doub's last night and decided to take a monster swipe at a return of serve. Blew out a total of SIX mains - gotta be a new personal best! I victimized some 17 ga synthetic gut, but since I string my own and had another racquet ready to go, I was only amused. BTW...
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    Lead on a Volkl C-10 Pro

    Looking for any positive or negative experiences with adding a little lead to the hoop of one of these frames. I may try a little at 9, 12, and 3 o'clock to stretch the sweetspot and tweak the stability, but it's already pretty comfortable.
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    Synthetic socks that don't slip.

    I got a free pair of socks with some sneaks last year that were synthetic, not all cotton like I've been using. I was happy to try them since they're supposed to be less absorbent, better wicking, etc., but they turned out to be really slick, even with my laces good and snug. I shelved them to...
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