Should their be tighter restrictions on pros racquet specs?

JennyS

Hall of Fame
There's no way they'll ever go back to wood, but do you think they should have tighter racquet restrictions on the pro tour? I'm not sure if it would make that much of a difference, but here would be mine if there was a change.

Max length: 27 1/2 inches
Max headsize: 98 sq in
Max beam width: 22 mm
min weight: 12 oz
 

armand

Banned
The pros need whatever advantage they can get their grimy little hands on! You take away their big fat racquets and the Swiss Colossus may never lose another match for the rest of his career!

edit: post # 666, alriiiiiight
 

equinox

Hall of Fame
Yes, here's my pro racket specs.

Max length: 27 inches
Max headsize: 95 sq in
Max beam width: 22 mm
min weight: 12 oz
 

Cruzer

Professional
Don’t most of the pros, at least the men already use racquets that fall within those specs? What would be the benefit of introducing stricter limitations than what currently exist? One reason Agassi has been so successful is that he uses an oversize frame. When asked in a radio interview a few years ago about whether or not he thought the pros (the men pros anyway) should be regulated to using wooden racquets he replied that some players, he mentioned Sampras specifically could probably adapt without much problem however he would be at a big disadvantage. He said his ability to hit great service returns is enhanced by using the size racquet he does. If he had to use a wood frame he would not be able to return serves as effectively as he does and he would probably never be able to defeat strong servers like Sampras.
As has been discussed many, many times there are pros and cons to using heavy versus light, longer versus standard length, midsize, versus midplus versus oversize racquets. So just let each pro decide what works best for him. The current rules on equipment specifications are sufficient as they are written.
 
limiting specs will not help, lowering tehcnology will. You can have a 100 sq inch wood racquet, but it will not produce as much power as a 90 sq inch new racquet-headsize+weight+length do not give players all their power(for the most part, i could be wrong) If we get rid of new technology, like hyper carbon and n-code, flexpoint, liquid metal, etc.. and go back to older verisons with less power, specs do not have to be reduced.

*also am i the only one who is factopring in tennis players in general? The new guys are 100x more athletic than previous ones, not that the older ones weren't fit, but the new guys are amazingly more agile, mobile and strong, so maybe this is just an evolution of the game. The similar issue was with basketball, excpet for the problme was now with 7ft+ players and did we need to make the rim higher and stuff like that-but also the shorter guys could jump higher so there was no solution to that.
 

Nyl

Rookie
agree, players at this generation is no doubt fitter than the generation before. i think it's a bigger factor than the racquet that shortens the rally. and plus, majority of the men top players are baseliner... so the rally is reasonablely long. Look at federer and nadal, they love longer rallies.

I dont understand the need of changes in regulation of racquets. in fact, the rallies in sampras era are much shorter than it is today w/ all the S&V players.. so.. statistically speaking, the advancement in technology does lengthen the rallies in a sense.
 

Venetian

Professional
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Aeropro joe

Semi-Pro
if they introdue all of these frame rules that force the pros to play with these hard rackets then the racket companies will lose a lot of their advertising since most people cant play with these small heavy frames.
 

equinox

Hall of Fame
If they reintroduced wood rackets and played more grass courts events the stars of yesteryear could compete again. This may attract back some of the older generation of fans from the popular late 70's era.

Imagine these match ups.

Agassi vs Mcenroe. Borg vs Sampras. Lendl vs Roddick.
 

Lambsscroll

Hall of Fame
JennyS said:
There's no way they'll ever go back to wood, but do you think they should have tighter racquet restrictions on the pro tour? I'm not sure if it would make that much of a difference, but here would be mine if there was a change.

Max length: 27 1/2 inches
Max headsize: 98 sq in
Max beam width: 22 mm
min weight: 12 oz
Fed wouldn't have to change a thing. You would just make it harder on the other pros to beat him lol.
 
JennyS said:
There's no way they'll ever go back to wood, but do you think they should have tighter racquet restrictions on the pro tour? I'm not sure if it would make that much of a difference, but here would be mine if there was a change.

Max length: 27 1/2 inches
Max headsize: 98 sq in
Max beam width: 22 mm
min weight: 12 oz

To me this just makes no sense, you see all the players are not the same, they have different needs and some are special needs :mrgreen:

But really if you are shorter than a taller player has an outright advantage just because they were born that way, the racquet specs can help even that out a bit.

Other wise you will see a tour that is dominated buy hard hitting tall amazons.

BTW I'm 6'3"
 

GotGame?

Rookie
Once again, IMO, the pros' swings are what causes this 'power' in the game of today, and I believe there was a test where pros swung a wooden then a modern racquet, and the differences were very minimal. Pros should be allowed to use whatever they think they need to succeed....
 
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