Archives for June 2016

WTA – a tour with plenty of stars, but almost no champions

By Peter Bodo The tour seems to have bred a culture of lowered expectations. (AP)  Angelique Kerber played her first official WTA match as a Grand Slam champion in Doha earlier this week, and a fan expecting a spectacular show could be forgiven for asking for her money back. Kerber, the top seed, lost to Zheng Saisai [see more]

Peter Bodo on the “Future of Tennis”

  Five bold predictions about a sport long averse to change. (AP) Tennis has changed radically since the game went Open in 1968. One moment, Rod Laver is swinging a Dunlop Maxply Fort on the green lawn of an exclusive country club. He’s dressed all in white, wearing a matching bucket hat. Less than five [see more]

Interesting piece on Robin Soderling

One of our newest sponsors to this year’s IART symposium is RS Tennis, Robin Soderling’s new company. Robin will be joining us to share his story in a round table discussion and also spend some time on court with us on Saturday. To see the latest ATP video on the former world #4 go HERE [see more]

An old hacker at his PEEK

I’ve been doing some experimentation with string and a new racquet, the string being Ashaway’s MonoGut ZX 1.27mm and the racquet is the new Donnay Supernate 114. Now, for us savvy technicians, we know that we can take an extremely lightweight  racquet, thus the racquet here in question, and customize it to suit our own [see more]

Understanding “Polyester” strings – the trifecta

One of the most misunderstood phenomena’s to hit our industry in recent years is the advent of polyester string. Consumers hear the announcers during pro tournament referring to the “new” strings when in fact, they are anything BUT new. To confound us even further, it’s not just polyester we’re talking about here as many assume. [see more]

Donnay Pro One GT 16×19

The Pro One GT is the sister to the GT 18×20 with notable differences. First of all, the overall weight of the frame is much lighter at 10.19 oz compared to 11.11 on the 18×20 frame. This one is also stiffer at 59 compared to 50 for the 18×20 model. Swing weights of the two [see more]

Donnay Pro One GT 18×20

Think of the Donnay Pro One GT 18×20 as Donnay’s answer to the Babolat Pure Strike Tour only with a more maneuverable swing weight and a softer feel. Such close comparisons to note are as follows: Strung weight – Pro One GT=11.11 oz///strung weight Pure Strike Tour=12 oz Swing weight – Pro One GT=316///swing weight [see more]

Tolerance. What is it?

When we think of “tolerance” we think of traffic, noise, and generally putting up with things, but normally we don’t think of tennis racquets! However, we should!  Tolerance means “what is the allowable variation between racquets of the same model”.  Not all racquet manufacturers are the same but it would be a good guess the [see more]

Sharapova’s suspension – Peter Bodo’s take

Maria Sharapova received a two-year suspension for violating the International Tennis Federation’s anti-doping policy. Chronologically, it’s not a long time. Career-wise, it might represent a death sentence. Until now, Russian tennis officials and fans were still discussing whether Sharapova would be eligible for August’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Now it’s fair to wonder if she’ll ever [see more]

Thiem takes out Federer in Mercedes Cup

Roger Federer squandered two match points and lost to Dominic Thiem 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 in a rain-interrupted Mercedes Cup semifinal on Saturday. Thiem will play seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber for the title. Kohlschreiber beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4 in a match that had a long rain delay in the second set. Thiem led [see more]