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    Tennis Academy Seville Spain

    I only got to play there due to an exchange we did one year-- we (US) went to RCTB for 2 weeks, then they came here for 2 weeks. The facility is amazing-- pristine courts, pool, restaurant, but I would bet it's members only generally.
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    USTA Strike Rules for Self-Rates

    I'd just power through a self rated season of playing at the higher than the lower... I know of two guys that self rated 4.0, and found out that they were dynamically disqualified when they arrived at the sectionals.
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    Cannot play anymore with PS97L, need a more forgiving and powerful frame

    The blade 104 is pretty forgiving and not too much of a rocket launcher compared to most frames over 100"
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    Smashing It. [pics]

    I actually saw this happen when I was a ballboy at a challenger in 2009. Ilja Bozoljac. He lost a point in the third set, he was using the kblade 98, and let out a SCREAM and split it in half over his leg (the throat of those was pretty hollow). He lost the match and I took the racquet as a...
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    Smashing It. [pics]

    This was the most graceful crushed racquet I've ever witnessed.
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    USTA league discourages improvement.

    USTA league play is broken beyond repair IMO. Too much gamesmanship, drama, and people throwing matches to manage ratings.
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    Dimitrov racket

    he switched around a bunch in his early tour years-- I got a broken racket from him at a challenger that was a Six One Tour (90) but an 18x20 according to the strings/throat specs. No idea about weight/sw/balance since he pretty thoroughly crushed it.
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    I get more spin from 18x20 than 16x19, anyone else have the same experience ?

    I find that I can hit a heavier shot with 18x20, for the same reason, I'm more comfortable with it and thus swing more freely.
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    Current rackets with BLX feel?

    I haven't played the BLX Pro, but I loved the black and red BLX Six one 95 18x20... I'm currently hitting the SW102 and finding a lot of the stability and just the right balance of feel/firmness... obviously an extended length frame isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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    Need advices for 60yrs female beginner

    I'd try to get some individual instruction as well to ensure your technical foundation is sound. As far as your goals, those are 100% achievable. Playing against human players in both cooperative practice and competitive situations is also very helpful for reactions/ handling different kinds of...
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    2020 Blade SW102 Autograph

    I've done 54 and now shifted to 56, I've played both 4g 16l and Solinco hyper g 16l. The key for me is to have a string bed that feels consistent so I can swing fast. If I slow down my swing, it's a disaster.
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    Fastest serving racquet?

    I agree with the others that the SW104 is more of a rocket launcher than the 102.
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    Toni Nadal on Rafa: “He still has two or three good years left”

    I'd like to see the rivalry go on a couple more years, and Rafael Nadal is the one to keep it going given Fed's knee.
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    2020 Blade SW102 Autograph

    I feel like the tighter stringbed on the center of the 102 is noticeable compared to the 104. The 102 feels more predictable to me.
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    Is the 4 1/2 grip size slowly dying out?

    Yeah, they're definitely less common- I can only find larger grip sizes on the web or special ordered, a lot of players are defaulting to 3/8 or 1/4 nowadays.
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    Was This Injury Caused By Slippery Wimbledon Grass? Or Poor Footwork?

    Her running and court coverage was good. The former professionals that were commenting on the match said as much.
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    Was This Injury Caused By Slippery Wimbledon Grass? Or Poor Footwork?

    She was moving well before the hamstring injury, did you watch the match?
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    18x19 pattern Club - Djokovic, Medvedev, Agassi and...

    I use the SW102-- I love the current model's pattern as it is very dense in the middle but more open outside to allow for spin.
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    Favorite trait or practice of teaching pro?

    A nice perk of this gig is that it is a secondary job, so I can control my schedule better and don't need to try and fill every week's schedule to keep my house. I agree as far as jaded coaches, some are just a combination mediocre ball machine/unlicensed therapist for people to talk at. There...
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    Favorite trait or practice of teaching pro?

    I like targets for hand-fed things, but I try to keep the number relatively low (usually safe groundstrokes and then an angled one for inside out forehands) I agree that some people have a tendency to litter the court with every cone, dot, line, hula hoop, or other prop they can find and it...
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    Favorite trait or practice of teaching pro?

    I'm neutral on it, but the USTA also has plenty of its own issues to manage.
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    Favorite trait or practice of teaching pro?

    They do have good lesson progressions... I did the Performance camp so it's slightly different in structure in that you begin with competition to assess what a player's needs are, rather than just assessing strokes with drilling. I'm going to steal some things that were used at the Real Club de...
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    Favorite trait or practice of teaching pro?

    I'll be starting a new side job as a teaching pro for individual and group work (I've coached high schoolers and some adults before, am a classroom teacher, and am PTR certified, but it'll be my first "teaching pro" gig) I'm curious what traits or practices of a teaching pro in either private...
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    Which type ofracquet will give players the greatest advantage?

    If you are talking about the best racket for pace on a serve +1 combo or aggressive tennis, probably something with a high swingweight like the RF97, SW102, or an extended length pure drive tour. The problem is that not everyone can swing that effectively, (or swing it effectively for the whole...
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    Worst Team Tennis Scandal Ever - Welcome to Tennessee

    True. Sandbagging is fairly normal, unfortunately.
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    Best racquet for young man

    Agree with this. Demo 4 rackets. Then demo 4 more that are similar in specs to the one you liked best, but maybe have one thing that is notably different, then pick your favorite and repeat. As you try different rackets, you will figure out what you value.
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    Server etiquette disagreement

    Depends on the level, but the faster the ball is travelling the more likely that out serves are returned, it's part of the game. The server has a responsibility to wait until you are ready, and the returner has to play at the server's *reasonable* pace. If server wants better rhythm in this...
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    Return policy change

    It was great; I once had t do a return about 6 months after a purchase (switched rackets while off the continent for a semester)
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    Jannik Sinner fined for not using the toilet during a toilet break when facing Karatsev

    I've seen a woman get a code violation warning at a challenger for taking the bathroom break and not using the bathroom. Maybe the ref is in locker room and observes if they enter a stall or something? Not sure, and don't really want to dig into it lol
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