Archives for June 2013

Ashaway Introduces 17 Gauge MonoGut® ZX Pro Tennis String

Ashaway, RI — Ashaway Racket Strings has introduced a companion string to its popular Zyex® monofilament tennis string, MonoGut® ZX. 17 Gauge (1.22 mm) MonoGut ZX Pro is a thinner, lighter string, designed to provide even better elongation, snap-back and playability for players who do not require the added durability of its 16 gauge (1.27 [see more]

Mantis 300

Mantis was formed in early 2009 with their sights set on producing tennis racquets of performance and value.  Since that time the Mantis brand has been getting considerable press.  So, lets take a look at the Mantis 300 I have received to review. If you are familiar with my reviews you know they are based [see more]

Mantis Tour 305

Mantis was formed in early 2009 with their sights set on producing tennis racquets of performance and value.  Since that time the Mantis brand has been getting considerable press.  So, lets take a look at the racquets I have received to review. If you are familiar with my reviews you know they are based on [see more]

Mantis Pro 295

  Mantis was formed in early 2009 with the desire to produce tennis racquets of performance and value.  Since that time the name Mantis has been getting a lot of press.  So, lets look into these racquets I have received to review. If you are familiar with my reviews you know they are based on [see more]

Andre, Steffi & the dance that never happened

Nice video about Agassi’s Wimbledon win and his excitement at the opportunity to dance with the women’s champion who would later become his wife Check out the video HERE

Oh my! Nadal out in 1st round of Wimbledon

What’s this? Rafa takes a quick exit at SW21? Falling in straight sets to Belgian Steve Darcis 7-6, 7-6, 6-4, Nadal looked anything but “Nadal like” and Darcis took full advantage of the opportunity. Day one of Wimbledon can always be a day of surprises but this? THIS? Rafa what happened man? Before the first [see more]

Azarenka goes down hard in 1st round match

I’m watching the Azarenka and Koehler 1st round match at Wimbledon and it’s not looking good for Azarenka. She went down very hard, twisting her knee and although she’s taken an injury time out and has had the knee wrapped, it looks doubtful that she’s going to get through this match, let alone the entire [see more]

More Mantis!

I have received two (2) more Mantis racquets; the Pro 295 and the 285.  The 285, at first glance, appears to be an earlier model in that the butt cap is not the same as other models.  That should, of course, have no bearing on the racquet performance.  As with other Mantis models these are [see more]

Federer Wins Halle Title

Halle, Germany –  Roger Federer’s first title in 2013 came at a place where he’s had much success. The Swiss superstar rallied past Russian Mikhail Youzhny by a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4 margin to capture his sixth Gerry Weber Open title. In the process, Federer improved to 15-0 all-time against Youzhny. Federer lost to Rafael [see more]

Racquet Weight Theories

That’s right, there are two theories and they are based on over thirty-five years in the tennis racquet business. The precursor to these theories is what was available when I started working with racquets.  It was hard to find a racquet that did not weigh over 340 grams (12 ounces), and these racquets were relatively flexible, [see more]