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    Anyone feel sorry for Bautista-Agut at the Laver Cup?

    I feel bad for Team World. Batista Agut is #10 in the world, John Isner had the highest ranking on Team World at #20 when both Medvedev and Khatchenov could have been available for decent appearance money (like Fed and Nadal get).:cautious:
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    Do you believe the Laver Cup matches are scripted?

    Oh yeah, I forgot Khachenov at #9, Russia is not Europe.
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    Medvedev reaches 5th finale in a row. Has this feat been done before by non-slammers?

    And that's thanks to Sock, Kyrgios and Isner. Still, Team Europe had seven players this year in the top eleven in the world and Team World started at #20 with John Isner (Raonic and Kyrgios at 24 & 27). Of course Sock is considered one of the best doubles players in the world. It's like they...
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    Do you believe the Laver Cup matches are scripted?

    No not scripted exactly but more like "stacked" in Team Europe's favor. You gotta know going in that Fed and Nadal are getting the biggest slice of the appearance money. Nadal, Fed, Thiem, Tsitsipas, Zverev, Bautista Agut and Fognini are all in the top eleven in the world. Team World starts...
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    Medvedev reaches 5th finale in a row. Has this feat been done before by non-slammers?

    He should have been given some of that guarantee money reserved for Fed and Nadal to play for Team World so they could finally get off the snide and post a win in Laver Cup. That format is becoming kind of a joke with the disparity of rankings between the players on Team Europe and Team World...
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    Truthfully, the only thing, and I mean the only thing that bothers me, is that with the lack of regulation on head size, strings etc., these manufacturers have us in their hip pocket. If there's the slightest indication that somebody's equipment is helping them play better tennis, competitive...
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    Just played it today, first time out, three sets of dubs and no the strings didn't move. I'm new to the crossfire and what impressed me most was the easy topspin which gave me great control (easy drop-shots as well).
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    In praise of Kevlar/ZX hybrid!!!

    All praise to you guys for drawing my attention to this string combination and to Ashaway for coming up with the innovations. Not into hoop smashing though as my frames are basically irreplaceable. Just here to report that for me, a nine pound differential was perfect with the kevlar mains...
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    Well I know that's the conventional wisdom, but I've compared it to my friend's aero and I'm pretty sure it's closer to 97".
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    Good points and I do enjoy beating junk ballers using granny racquets. I don't even have a real horse in this race, truthfully, I just thought this would make a good debate, and it has.
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    Hey trust me, I use my 88" Kneissl Aeramic Pro in competition some times, and I can win with it, even against the junk ballers with granny racquets, but overall I know it's a liability compared to my 97" PT280. Now if I was retired and could play more than twice a week, grooving my strokes, it...
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    Nope, and if the NFL had the same laisez-faire attitude that Pro Tennis does, it wouldn't have been considered cheating either. Like Mac and Laver, I'm just arguing that more standardization would be better for the game.
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    Wow, I was told that the limit for racquet size on tour was 110sq" which is apparently incorrect. This article from 2010 http://www.tennis.com/gear/2010/04/big-bubba-and-other-racquet-outlaws/38779/ says they can go as big as 178sq" which is even bigger than what's being produced. I also read...
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    Yes and I probably will eventually, but I won't feel good about it. As long as I can still move and play a young man's game I'll continue to play with my Pro Tour 280 and other mid frames I have laying around including an 88 sq" Kneissl.
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    New technology has added more stability though making them more control oriented than ever before. My point though is that they are not allowed in the pros where they would do the least amount of damage as the skill level is so high, most points are won on winners or forced errors, but they are...
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    I could really care less what a player's playing style is. Screen doors don't only contribute to playing style, their obvious size difference makes it much more difficult to make a mishit mistake. Their sweet spot is huge making every stroke regardless how off center respond in a consistent...
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    I would imagine that his lack of success at the next level probably had something to do with the fact that he had to transition to a smaller racquet which translated to playing a somewhat different style.
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    I can play against any style effectively, however if I'm not 100% and I let my opponents dictate the game style, and they're using a shovel to dig out junk and I'm using a spoon they will prevail. Here's my point. Spaghetti strung racquets are not legal at any level and I was informed the...
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    Well I think there should be some kind of regulatory standards at any level including leagues and tournaments. Mostly though, I really hate the brand of tennis these sticks encourage - just a lot of slicing and dicing - it's ugly tennis IMO.
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    But as I said, they don't represent the kind of advantage against a highly skilled physically strong player as they do at the amateur level. I'm a 4.0 Senior Doubles player and run across a lot of players that are able to use these frames to great advantage. These frames encourage a certain...
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    Should screen doors be legal for amateur players?

    I've been told that ATP and WTA rules prohibit anything over 110 sq" being used in sanctioned competition. If this is indeed the case, why does the USTA allow these 130 sq" monstrosities to be used in league and tournament play? I would think that it's a bigger advantage for a player to be...
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    Who uses an oversized racket? Why?

    To me the sweet spot for players with wheels and full strokes is 97". That's what my PT280 is (misconception that it's 95). It gives you plenty of real-estate to work with to generate your own pace and a nice predictable response unlike the OS rackets I've tried. What you hit is what you get...
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    Who uses an oversized racket? Why?

    They don't work for me mainly because I use a one handed backhand (return with two against good servers). Also I've never found one that could really serve as well as a mid/plus, but I have a friend that plays with a weird oversize Bab that has plenty of pop and spin. I don't believe they're...
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    The Cult of PT57

    Well it's not like I'm a stranger to how natural gut plays. Until the early 2000's that was basically all I used. And there is no question that synth gut/multi nylon based strings play much closer to natural gut than poly does. Poly revolutionized the sport back in 97 when Guga Kuerten won...
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    The Cult of PT57

    The Lightning Pro is softer than any co-poly, much better than the acclaimed Prince Synthetic Gut in the comfort and pop department.
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    The Cult of PT57

    I also use 17g which gives me even more control. I actually bought some Klip Armour Gut a while back (waiting till Summer break to have it installed hybrid - I'm a HS teacher), but I suspect I'm not going to like it as much as this Lightning Pro.
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    The Cult of PT57

    That's crazy! The Fed set-up (Djoker also strings the gut in the mains) with a lively multi or synth gives you sick control. I generate enough top and going full poly or poly mains makes my shots fall too short.
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    The Cult of PT57

    I string the Lightning Pro at 52 in the mains and the True grit (or tourna silver - both good) at 49. As somebody else said, it's an 18/20 tight string bed and the strings barely ever move. I like both of these set-ups very much. I used to use the Prince Synthetic Gut in the mains but this...
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    The Cult of PT57

    I'm just a couple pounds lower in string tension but generally agree with these recommendations. My frames are twenty plus years young, have been left in warm and cold trunks and still play like the day I bought them. I like a Fed set-up with a gut or synth in the mains and a copoly in the...
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    The most comfortable racket you've played with?

    Fleabay is your best bet. Look for Pro Tour 630 and Pro Tour 280. Some folks claim that the Made in Austrian ones are far superior, but the difference is lost on me. MIA -$200 and up, MIC - $100 and up on the BAY. Anyway, that leather grip on a twenty year old frame wouldn't do you any good now.
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