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    Wilson profile 26

    Sometimes I miss the thunder-smashes of my 2.7 OS, those ones that bounce off the court and hit the ceiling - only possible with RA 84.
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    NBA 2019-20: Fresh Champs, Fresh Faces, Fresh Places!

    I worry that a human body is not designed to handle the explosive forces that his knees must feel when his 300-lb body is skying above the backboard.
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    Wilson profile 26

    I wish I had started on it as a young lad.
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    TennisRecord..com ratings

    What’s nice about TR.com is that the rating algorithm is 100% transparent. It doesn’t lie. If you play better, your rating will probably go up. If you play worse....
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    Rafael Nadal's Best Tennis Is Happening Right Now

    Exactly. You could probably find similar late-career performance boosts for many other players whose careers spanned the last decade.
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    Why the most weird looking FH is actually the most natural

    Medvedev is winning despite a below-average forehand for his level. But he makes cleaner contact than the more spin-reliant guys.
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    The Hard Rocky Road To Super Bowl LIV (February 2, 2020): Who’s Rolling The Dice At The Hard Rock???

    When your coach is supposedly a young offensive mastermind, your team has arguably the best offensive line in the league that year, and your team has 2 weeks to prepare for the biggest moment in team history, and then your team doesn’t find a way to score more than 3 points, it’s not a good omen...
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    The Hard Rocky Road To Super Bowl LIV (February 2, 2020): Who’s Rolling The Dice At The Hard Rock???

    I won’t be surprised if the Rams miss playoffs. Something’s not right there, and cornerback was not the only problem. NFC West will be a two-team battle: Seattle has below-average roster and terrible defense buoyed by best QB in NFL. SF has below-average QB who keeps winning due to strong...
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    Clash 98: underrated racquet of 2019.

    I notice on the video brochure for the Clash 98, there is a caption that says: “Torsional stability - just as stable as the leading racquet”. So what’s the leading racquet?
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    Playing as the weaker partner in doubles

    If you are tight on the net, one way to feel more fearless is to think of the net as your protector. Squat a little lower behind it, and have your racquet out in front of your face. Now there is no part of your body exposed to a big blast. Now just play like a hockey goalie. Dare the guy to...
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    Tips for playing in 100F+ heat

    Since forecast for Seattle is for drizzle this weekend, we will hit in climate controlled 72 degrees indoors.
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    Is this the beginning of a new pro forehand era?

    That’s the point. If that one guy out of hundreds who hits the flattest ball ends up rising to the top, it may not be just coincidence.
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    Is this the beginning of a new pro forehand era?

    If Medvedev continues his trajectory of success and becomes the next world #1, will his flat hitting style usher in a new generation of flatter hitters with more “secure” forehands? In other words, will he help rescue the tour from the current ‘next gen’ era of floppy-wrist spin-obsessed...
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    Where am I losing power?

    Seems like the quick toss is killing your power by not allowing you to drop your hitting shoulder low enough to give yourself a long acceleration path upward into the ball.
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    Rules question: When is the point of no return?

    Soft red clay is kind to racquets. I have broken multiple racquets this way when it occurred on hardcourt.
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    Rules question: When is the point of no return?

    This happened today: Extremely humid evening, 80 degrees F, playing on red clay, right after a heavy rain. I’m serving ad court. I hit a hard topspin slice serve, aiming near the T. As I’m following through, racquet flies out of my hand. My serve lands good. My racquet is bouncing toward...
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    Tsitsipas comments on playing Medvedev - “It’s just boring”

    True. Of course, Medvedev will never face 23-year-old Roger.
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    Tsitsipas comments on playing Medvedev - “It’s just boring”

    Could have titled this thread: “Insight into the mind of a pigeon.”
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    Tsitsipas comments on playing Medvedev - “It’s just boring”

    Talk about getting inside an opponent’s head!
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    Tips for playing in 100F+ heat

    This is the type of secret tip I was looking for. I think I can find some giant leaves down here that might work.
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    Playing as the weaker partner in doubles

    If If you partner is right-handed and has a game based on controlling the net, it should be a no-brainer that he plays ad. Your ‘home base’ position as an 8.0 team is when you are both at net but with a big stagger - you on deuce side, about 3 feet from the net. Him on ad side, about 10-12...
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    Playing as the weaker partner in doubles

    There are lots of us out there.
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    Suddenly, Out of Nowhere, Serving Bombs

    I’ve seen stranger things happen.
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    Medvedev: first ever multi-M1000/Big9 champ with zero wins in 5-set matches?

    I think Agassi’s career was a few breaks away from turning out completely differently. In his first 3 finals, he was a pretty big favorite going in. I think losing that first one killed some of his mental edge, and he never fully recovered from it. He could have easily ended up with15 slams...
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    Medvedev: first ever multi-M1000/Big9 champ with zero wins in 5-set matches?

    I for one do not accept GAS. I think we’ll see the average age of top players drop back into the mid 20’s again within a few years after the last good generation finally ages out.
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    How the height of players has changed

    In high school we used to call the really tall players “trees”.
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