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  1. weelie

    Your RA

    63 appears to be the perfect number, then. I never actually had mine measured. Played it already a couple of years, might be softer than than stated, who knows. Does not hurt when I hit, my kinda of RA.
  2. weelie

    Muzziah Manor – followers of the Mettled Master of Magnanimity

    Well well... he was really hitting the ball yesterday wasn't he! Until yesterday, I thought he'd be back to top 30 at best. But now... he looks like top 20 material for sure. Well, soon he'll take a break again and who knows what happens mentally and physically along the way.
  3. weelie

    2019 Shanghai Masters Main Thread

    Well did not see that coming! Into the 3rd set then...
  4. weelie

    OK, I also want a 100mph serve! Suggestions please

    I just realized I commented already in June... and my point remains the same: to me your grip is too open (too much forehand, not real continental). Might be that it works for you, but to me it makes the serve more like a push motion instead of throwing motion... and limits the power you get...
  5. weelie

    How do you alternate your multiple racquets of the same model?

    For me one of solely for backup. So when strings break, I use the other one. Sometimes, the one not in use is slightly tighter tension, so I might use it also when I feel I am loosing control. To me optimally, I'd have rackets with slight difference in weight or tension, for the "off" days...
  6. weelie

    2019 China Open (Beijing) - ATP 500 Thread

    Murray was very grumpy, so I assumed he would be back to his old winning ways.... and so he was. I also remembered why I never liked him. :)
  7. weelie

    Heavy Racquet improves technique?

    Just my 2 cents, but balance is what makes the difference. I feel I get forearm problems with anything that is even remotely head heavy, even just shadow swinging it. So I took a light racket and added 50+ grams to the tail. I started on heavy rackets oin the 80s, my beginner racket weight 377g...
  8. weelie

    Some players like to use old depressurized balls to play matches, do u encounter them?

    I play a 1h match league here... and I made the mistake of agreeing to play with old balls last month once... so I lost that match (I was down 5-6 and the opponent started slowing the play... eventually he won 5-7), won the other 3. Will not make the same mistake again. It's just that I hate the...
  9. weelie

    What to do with a negative doubles partner

    Thanks, I'll take that into use for sure! Here's to hoping I get a chance soon to test it! :) Personally I try to take bad days as a learning opportunity. To improve, it does not really matter how I play when I have great day, but to win and succeed when I am under pressure, tired and my shots...
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    Would you pay Federer $1000/h to coach you?

    $1k sounds cheap to me for playing with one of the greats of the sport. Of course, if he did offer that, it were not for everybody, as he'd have thousands of people lining up for it. Rather take 50-100k (or whatever) for a weekend with a corporation, hitting with two dozen people and then dinner...
  11. weelie

    Grip changed during serves & overheads.

    I carry a rubbery wristband in my bag. It is for people who want to try a different grip, to tie around the hand to keep the grip in place. I don't know if it actually works for most people, but I used it a couple of times when I tried and moved from EE to SW FH... then again I've tried many...
  12. weelie

    Do you enjoy the Laver Cup?

    It is fun, but not really "legit" yet. You can see the players are acting in a play, trying to make the audience believe in the meaning of the event. But hopefully it will get some real stature before backing drops out. When the current faces leave, if it does not have any clout yet, it will...
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    Does anyone make any money playing tennis in their 40-50's etc.?

    Karlovic is an extreme outlier, so not maybe the best example. But in pro doubles or mixed, there are definitely some older guys who can still get in the money. If you have the hands of, say, Leander Paes, age is only a number, it seems, he is still out there hitting the pro courts, 20 years...
  14. weelie

    Getting sick of Microsoft Windows

    If you don't HAVE to have MS word, freeware alternatives exist. Google docs is very similar (and compatible), online, usable on Chromebook and what have you. I've been thinking of setting my home PC as a Chromebook (downloading and installing Cloudready/Chromium). The PC is now 6 years old...
  15. weelie

    USO 19: R.Nadal [2] Vs D.Schwartzman [20]

    Unless Rafa is injured, he takes in 3 sets. I'd love Diego to win of course. :)
  16. weelie

    2019 US Open QF: (3) Federer vs Dimitrov

    Dim lights are shown to be all thick smoke and mirrors.
  17. weelie

    Do Rackets from post 2000 really go "dead?"

    I have no idea. But I always felt that just hitting and restringing is what really wears the rackets out, not storing them. Then again the rackets I played with and used when I got back to playing after 20 year hiatus, were really soft (low RA). Were they like that from the get go or has the...
  18. weelie

    Continental Grip

    As I recall, in the olden days (of Borg etc) what they called western is actually semi-western. As a kid I tried to emulate Agassi (I started in 1987) and had an extreme eastern grip (halfway between eastern and SW). As that's what I think/thought he had. Not semi-western. More like what Fed...
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    US open 2019 R64 :- R. Federer (3) versus D. Dzumur

    I just came to check how many ways you can spell his name...
  20. weelie

    Andy Murray returns to Challenger Tour

    Aren't basically all Challengers streamable on the atp site?
  21. weelie

    Top 6 originals better than sequels???

    If you asked where a sequel was better than the original, there was potentially an interesting discussion to be had... but basically all originals are better than sequels. Or?
  22. weelie

    Tennis is literally dying. Average age of TV viewers of ATP matches was 61 years

    Good for him! I am rooting him to take the US Open this year. But still I think knowing something like Catalan is pretty useless for universal star power and crossover appeal. I might be wrong.
  23. weelie

    Tennis is literally dying. Average age of TV viewers of ATP matches was 61 years

    Yeah, sure, but I guess you misunderstood what I meant. Federer is fluent in multiple languages. Like many people from Switzerland are. It is a great tool kit, and adds to the opportunities you have. Also adds to the man of the world image of his. I did not mean it in a way that "Federer is...
  24. weelie

    Tennis is literally dying. Average age of TV viewers of ATP matches was 61 years

    I just picked that stat from somewhere else, so thanks for putting it straight. I have not checked the stat myself before, as I don't really use twitter nor instagram. Raf slightly ahead of Fed and Nole is like half of either of those. My point was not really about Fed only. It was about...
  25. weelie

    Pinpoint vs Platform serve stance

    Yes, I agree. When you go to the courts, it seems like 70% of servers footfault (not every serve though). So it were easy to collect stats if one wanted to. Yesterday, I played a quick 1h match with a friend. My last 1st serve in the match, I for fun hit platform style, which I always felt...
  26. weelie

    Andy Murray returns to Challenger Tour

    That's why Nishikori did... worked well, I think? Murray might get a bit of extras from joining Rafa's tourney, too... plus premium training resources, I bet. Might work well for the Rafa Open too, gathering interest! I would not mind a bit of tennis in Mallorca myself, come to think of it. :D...
  27. weelie

    Tennis is literally dying. Average age of TV viewers of ATP matches was 61 years

    Assumption being TV contracts and advertising is where the money comes from, and watching TV is how people show their commitment? I don't watch tennis on TV, as there is none on TV here (I don't have any pay service, that I would watch on TV). Well, unless you count all the internet services as...
  28. weelie

    Talk Tennis - Like button gone?

    Like why?
  29. weelie

    Damaging loss for Djokovic

    Hitting 1st serves as your 2nd serves is a viable tactic. If you can hit 70% and win more than 70% of those points, you are winning around 50% (or more) of those points, which is winning a good stat for 2nd serve points. I remember some old article discussing that some players should serve two...
  30. weelie

    ATP250 Winston-Salem Open, August 18-24 2019

    It's not like boxing where you need to get out before you get too old. He played two tight sets against an ATP 73. He is enjoying the journey, and pain free, but is already building life outside the tennis arena. I bet he will call it quits if he feels he will injure his hip. But I can...