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INDUSTRY NEWS Congratulations to Janko Tipsarevic Almagro Liebt Brasilien Bryan Brothers ‘Unleash the Beast’ at Australian Open Dunlop Senior Tour startet 2012 wieder in Moers Dunlop Junior Series startet auch 2012 erfolgreich Mantis signs Greg Rusedski as Brand Ambassador Who’s Next: 15 Year Old Taylor Townsend Tecnifibre is at Open Sud De France Tournament Multi-Stranded Zyex® Monofilament

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MY SERVE Welcome to our second issue of 2012.


Mark Maslowski

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As  we  wrote  several  times  over  the  last  issues, we are now publishing 12 issues  of RacquetTech Magazine this year.  Every second month the magazine is only  published as a HiRes PDF magazine. If this is your fi rst issue, make sure we have your current e-mail address. After checking, some of our members either have changed  e-mail  addresses  and  have  not  notiifed  us  or  the  e-mails  with the links are being returned to us as our e-mail addresses are being blocked. Please check that the e-mails  and are allowed. With the addition of our new managers at the end of 2011,  workshops and testing are at record levels. We are expecting a minimum growth of over 10% for 2012 in memberships and certifi cation testing. Tests, Study Guides and Digests are available in 8 languages this year so there is no  reason not to sign up for the tests you have been putting  off. The  latest  marketing  research  has  shown,  racquet  sales  were down around the world for 2011 due to the recession.   As we saw in other downturns over the years, this can also  mean  a  positive  increase  in  stringing.  Many  of  our  members have reported no decrease or an increase in stringing  for 2011. Tennis is not recession proof, but is the strongest  traditional sport in the world after soccer.  In this issue of RacquetTech we will introduce new racquet  releases for 2012 from several manufactureres. The remaining  racquets  will  be  featured  in  next  months  magazine.  We are preparing to update our stringing machine stats and  article for 2012 and will be released in 2 months. Coming up this summer/fall, we are making stringing instruction videos for the website which will be available as a  DVD to members. Best Wishes, Mark Maslowski


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Many of you remember the crazy Davis Cup Final last year where we saw Serbia at the pinnacle of the  game! It seems the event not only gave wings to Novak Djokovic but also to our player Janko Tisparevic. Tecnifi bre is very proud to congratulate and furthermore, thank Janko for his amazing 2011 season and  his great commitment with Tecnifi bre over the past years! Starting 2011 ATP #49, Janko fi nishes the year  cracking the prestigious "club" of the Top10 players. Janko Tipsarevic (ATP#9) recorded his 31st Davis Cup singles win for Serbia in beating Sweden's Michael  Ryderstedt 6-2, 7-6(5), 7-5. It gives the 2010 champion a quarter-fi nal tie against Czech Republic.  Visit: www.tecnifi

Eurosport extends its tennis coverage portfolio Following the conclusion of the fi rst Grand Slam tournament of the year, Eurosport has extended its  long-term broadcast arrangements with two more by agreeing new deals with both the French and the  US Opens. In a three-year deal with the French Tennis Federation (FFT), brokered by sports marketing agency MP  & Silva, the French Open at Roland Garros will continue to air on Eurosport until 2014. Meanwhile, in a separate arrangement with the US Tennis Association (USTA), fi nalised by IMG Media,  Eurosport will continue to air the US Open until 2017. Both agreements cover live pan-European rights across all platforms and, as such, the second and  fourth Grand Slam tournaments in the tennis season will be covered on television channels Eurosport  and Eurosport 2 in addition to a range of online and mobile devices. The news comes hot on the heels of what many are calling of the game's best ever Grand Slam fi nal  between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on Sunday in Melbourne. Throughout 2012, Eurosport will be offering tennis fans over 1,200 hours live, adding the WTA season  and selected ATP events to its three Grand Slams. The events will be covered on TV channels Eurosport and Eurosport 2, available on PC and on mobile  devices via Eurosport Player, the Eurosport Group's online subscription service. Subscribers to Eurosport Player will also have access to the live multi-court service.


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INDUSTRY NEWS ALMAGRO LIEBT BRASILIEN! Der 26 Jähriger Spanier sichert sich den dritten Sieg bei den Brazil Open. Mit seinem Sieg bei den Brazil Open gegen Filippo Volandri gelang Nicolas Almagro ein Hattrick. Damit ist er in der Geschichte des Turnieres der  erfolgreichste Spieler.  Die Nr. 11 der Weltrangliste sicherte sich mit seinem 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Sieg in  knapp über 2 Stunden seinen 11. Titel in seiner Karriere. Er feierte seinen  Sieg und zog sich ein T-Shirt über mit dem Aufdruck „I Love Brazil“. Der Spanier, der alle seine Titel auf Sand errungen hat, spielte mit einer  Wildcard,  da  aufgrund  von  Davis  Cup  Verpfl ichtungen  seine  Teilnahme  am Turnier anfänglich  ungewiss war. Nicolas Almagro spielt den Dunlop Biomimetic 500 Tour.  Weitere Informationen fi nden Sie auf  HYPERLINK "" 

BRYAN BROTHERS ‘UNLEASH THE BEAST’ AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN After  years  of  testing  and  denying  dozens  of  other  polyester  strings,  current  No.  1  ranked  doubles  champions, Mike and Bob Bryan, cite more pop, ultimate feel and hands-down a better string,” as the  reasons they have converted to the new Prince Beast XP thermo-polyester string starting at this year’s  Australian Open.  The Bryan Brothers were provided string by Prince’s Global Business Director of Strings, Grips and Accessories, Nathan Price, earlier this winter and the brothers called him immediately to get more string before heading to Australia. They dominated their fi rst event with the new strings, taking home the Australian Open warm up event in Sydney without dropping a set. Fans watching the fi rst Grand Slam tennis event of 2012 saw the twins  wielding the new, bright yellow Prince EXO3 Rebel racquets weaponized  with the identifi able Prince green Beast XP string to maximize  performance. 


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INDUSTRY NEWS SENIORTOUR DUNLOP SENIOR TOUR STARTET 2012 WIEDER IN MOERS Nach einer erfolgreichen Saison 2011 geht die DUNLOP Senior Tour auch 2012 wieder an den Start.  Die Turnierserie umfasst in diesem Jahr 12 Qualifi kationsturniere. Die ersten beiden Stationen im April  sind die schon traditionellen Auftaktturniere in Moers und Bad Laasphe. Beide Turniere sind im DTB  Turnierkalender mit T5 kategorisiert, welches auf ein gutes Teilnehmerfelder hoffen lässt. Wie in den vergangenen Jahren werden wieder die Altersklassen Herren 30/40/50/55/60/65/70 und  Damen 30/40/50/55/60 angeboten. Bei allen Turnieren können neben wichtigen Punkten für Deutsche  und LK Rangliste auch Punkte für die interne DUNLOP Senior Tour Rangliste gesammelt. Die besten 16 der jeweiligen Altersklassen qualifi zieren sich für das abschließende Masters im September.  Dieses fi ndet nach drei erfolgreichen Jahren beim DTV Hannover erstmals vom 11.-16.9.2012 beim  Traditionsverein ETUF Essen im Tennisverband Niederrhein statt. Dort erwartet die Teilnehmer wieder  eine  tolle  Veranstaltung  mit  vielen  Rahmenprogrammpunkten,  Spielerparty,  Tombola  und  natürlich  interessanten Sachpreisen.  Alle Termine 2012 und alle Informationen zur Serie fi nden sie unter  HYPERLINK "" oder telefonisch unter 0172-6871863. Moers        Bad Laasphe/Biedenkopf  Brackwede       Giessen       Moers        Betzdorf      

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INDUSTRY NEWS DUNLOP JUNIOR SERIES STARTET AUCH 2012 ERFOLGREICH Größte bundesweite Jugend-  Turnierserie dieses Jahr mit 55  Qualifi kationsturnieren

Die Turnierserie umfasst in diesem Jahr 55 Qualifi kationsturniere.  Die  Auftaktturniere  zu  Beginn  des  Jahres  versprechen erneut eine qualitativ sehr hochwertige Serie mit gut besetzten Turnieren. Der Höhepunkt werden wie auch in den vergangenen Jahren sicherlich   die deutschen Meisterschaften in Ludwigshafen sein. Die Dunlop Junior Series 2012 verspricht wieder  viele spannende Spiele und vielleicht wird auch der ein oder andere Star von morgen dabei sein.  Traditionell können , wie in den vergangenen Jahren, bei den Jungen und Mädchen in den Altersklassen  U10, U12 und U14 Punkte für die DUNLOP Junior Series Rangliste gesammelt werden. Die besten 16  der jeweiligen Altersklassen qualifi zieren sich für das abschließende Masters im September. Dieses fi ndet  vom 08.-09.9.2012 in Köln beim TC Weiden, im Tennisverband Mittelrhein, statt. Dort erwartet die Teilnehmer wieder eine tolle Veranstaltung mit vielen Rahmenprogrammpunkten und natürlich interessanten  Sachpreisen.  Alle Termine 2012 und alle Informationen zur Serie fi nden sie unter  HYPERLINK "",  auf  Facebook  (Dunlop  Tennis  Deutschland)  oder  telefonisch  unter  06181  - 363132.

NEWS SHORTS New number one and Australian Open Champion,Victoria Azarenka, appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show in the US and gave everyone in the audience free tickets to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Novac Djokovic, playing with the Head Youtek IG Speed MP, won the Austarlian Open singles title over Rafael Nadal in the longest final in a Grand Slam, 5 hours, 53 minutes. On the women‘s side, Victoria Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title, with the Wilson Juice 100 racquet Dunlop Tour squash team member Nick Matthew, playing with the Biomimetic Evolution 130 racquets captured his first-evr Tour-nament of Champions title recently and won back the world No. 1 squash ranking. Dunlop‘S Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands won the women‘s title,with the Biomimetic Evolution 120 World No. 1 and Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenca appeared on the „The Ellen Degeneres Show“ on Jan. 31 and gave each audience member tickets to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Fila has signed an endorsement agreement with Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva. 10

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Exciting new UK based tennis brand MANTIS have announced former British number 1 Greg Rusedski  as brand ambassador. The new addition to the MANTIS team comes on the back of a successful fi rst full  year in the market and a fantastic response both in the UK and internationally, which has also seen them  become the offi cial tennis racket and ball partner to the AEGON Masters Tennis Championship.

Rusedski, a US Open fi nalist, former World number 4 and Great Britain Davis cup star, will play a  major role in future product development and an  active part in the testing of new MANTIS ranges. The  Wimbledon  quarter  fi nalist  will  be  using  a  MANTIS  Tour  305  racket  in  his  day  to  day  role  as a talent and performance ambassador for the  Lawn Tennis Association. Rusedski, who also works as a tennis pundit on  TV, said; “I am delighted to be joining the MANTIS team as an ambassador for this exciting new  British brand.” For more information about MANTIS go to Follow MANTIS on twitter @MANTISsport

The ATP‘s 2011 ATP World Tour Tournament Award winners include the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and the SkiStar Swedish Open as the most favoured tournaments on the ATP World Tour in their respective tournament categories voted by the players. Tennis Australia, California Products‘ Plexipave Divsion and Australian Plexipave Inc. announced an extended designation of Plexicushion Prestige as the surface of the Australian Open through 2017. Total attendance at the 2012 Australian Open hit a record 686,006, surpassing the previous record set in 2010 by more than 32.000 fans. Daily attendance at 15 of the sessions set records this year, including 80,649 on the middle Saturday, a Grand Slam record for daily attendance. Also, the official Wilson stringers strung 3,300 racquets. New Chapter Press says tennis author and historian Steve Flink is doing some fast work to his upcoming book, „The Greatest Tennis Matches of All Time,“ which is due out in June, to add a chapter about the five-set 2012 Australian Open Singles final that Novak Djokovic won over Rafael Nadal in nearly six hours, the longest singles final ever at Grand Slam tourney. RacquetTech II - 2012



Taylor Townsend, an American junior tennis player originally from Atlanta, Georgia captured the 2012 Australian Open Junior Girls singles and doubles titles at only 15 years-old. In her left hand, the aggressive  serve and volleyer wielded a tennis racquet with EXO3 technology – visible, large holes around the frame  of the racquet engineered to allow the strings to movefreely, therefore delivering better string and ball response even at the outer edges of the string bed.  Townsend is now the second consecutive young player to take home a  junior Grand Slam title using the EXO3 racquet technology. With her win, she  now sits as the No. 2 ranked junior girl in the world. 

Regular tennis ball eliminated from ten-and-under competition  by ITF The ITF has announced that its new rule for ten-and-under competition came into worldwide effect on 1 January 2012. The rule states that Ten-and-Under competitions can no longer be played using a regular  yellow tennis ball, with the mandatory use of  slower ‘red', ‘orange' or ‘green' balls on the  appropriate size court. The new ITF rule was approved at the 2010 ITF AGM in Washington. This was only the fi fth occasion the ITF Rules of Tennis have been changed in the history  of the sport, following on from the foot fault rule, introduction of the tiebreak, introduction  of set breaks and the new optional scoring methods. The rule change is a key part of the ITF's Tennis10s programme, which promotes the  use of slower and lower bouncing balls, shorter and lighter rackets, and smaller courts to  make it easier for children to take up the game. Tennis10s is a supporting programme of the Tennis Play and Stay campaign, the ITF's  global initiative launched in 2007 aimed at increasing tennis participation worldwide. Tennis Play and Stay centres around the slogan of ‘Serve, Rally and Score' and seeks to  promote tennis as an easy, fun and healthy sport. Fundamental to the campaign is the use of slower balls by coaches working with starter  players, ensuring that their fi rst experience of tennis is a positive one by serving, rallying  and scoring from the fi rst lesson. The three types of slower balls are intended to be used at different stages of a player's development. The ‘red' ball, made of foam or felt, is 75 per cent slower than a regular yellow ball, and aimed at children aged fi ve to  eight on a court sized 12 x 6m. The ‘orange' ball is 50 per cent slower and aimed at eight-to-ten-year-olds on a court sized 18 x 6.5m. The ‘green' ball is 25 per cent slower and aimed at more advanced nine-to-ten-year-olds on a full sized court. The Tennis10s programme has already seen strong support from the ITF's 210 National Associations, some of whom  have created promotions involving top players and other famous personalities to help communicate and implement the  new rule change nationally. Dave Miley, ITF Executive Director of Development, said: "Nations that have already adapted their competition to use  the balls for this age group have not only seen a signifi cant increase in participation, but are also witnessing large  increases in sales of kids' rackets and the slower balls. "There has also been a big improvement in the technical and tactical quality of the ten-and-under players coming  through into their high performance junior programmes. "As the rule change takes effect in all of the ITF member nations, we expect to see high growth in the number of tenand-under children playing tennis worldwide." ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: "The rule change is a great step forward for tennis. Tennis10s is improving  the way we introduce tennis to young children and follows similar changes made in other sports. It is great to see such  great results already in terms of increased participation." Details of the rule change and further information on Tennis10s can be found on the  ITF's Tennis10s website: 


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INDUSTRY NEWS MULTI-STRANDED ZYEX® MONOFILAMENT  GIVES ASHAWAY'S POWERNICK® SQUASH STRINGS  "HARD POWER" Combination of Zyex polymer formulation and core structure provide superior power, resilience, and  ball control. Ashaway‘s PowerNick® strings feature a multi-stranded Zyex® monofi lament core, and are encapsulated with a high tenacity monofi lament nylon wear surface that is textured to provide optimum ball response and spin characteristics. Designed to provide what Ashaway calls „hard power,“ the strings are  available in two gauges, 18 and 19. PowerNick 18 (1.15 mm) is designed to provide optimum power  and resilience. PowerNick 19, at 1.05 mm, is billed as the thinnest squash string ever made, and offers  superior power and ball control. Both are rated high for tension holding characteristics, with PowerNick  18 having the edge in power and durability, and the thinner 19 gauge version offering superior feel and  control. „What we mean by „hard power“ is crispness, or pop,“  said Steve Crandall, Ashaway‘s Vice President of Marketing. „It‘s that sensation of the ball leaping off the racquet the instant it strikes, which is a function of elasticity  or dynamic stiffness. For more information visit

Tecnifi bre is offi cial stringer and ball  at the « Open Sud de France tournament » Once again, the Tecnifi bre professional stringer team  (Ronald, Stéphane and Bruno) did an great job to satisfy the needs of the ATP players. Patrice Dominguez (Tournament Director) and the ATP also expressed their Full satisfaction. Total rackets strung:  224 Winner: Tomas BERDYCH (13 rackets): 26-25 kgs / 57-55 lbs Finalist: Gael MONFILS (11 rackets): 26 kgs / 57 lbs Highest Tension: Dustin BROWN (2 rackets): 32 kgs / 70lbs Lowest Tension: Gilles MULLER (4 rackets): 17 kgs / 37 lbs Biggest consumer: Philipp KOLHSCHREIBER (17 rackets) Balls were appreciated by the players (no negative return for the quality of the ball) Tecnifi bre is also proud to be the offi cial ball & stringer on several ATP events. Visit: www.tecnifi

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NEW PRODUCTS MANTIS EXPANDS TENNIS BALL PRODUCT  RANGE MANTIS have announced an extension to their range of tennis balls in the UK following a successful fi rst full year in the market. The exciting British based brand have added the MANTIS Pro ball and the MANTIS Team coaching ball to their ever expanding product portfolio. As part of the expansion programme MANTIS have also made their popular Tour ball, the offi cial  ball of the AEGON Masters tournament, available in a 3 ball tube option. The MANTIS Pro ball will be available in both 4  and 3 ball tubes and is ideal for all courts in both  match play and training. The MANTIS TEAM Coaching pressureless ball is  a quality woven-cloth ball and available in a 72ball bucket.


Ashaway Racket Strings has introduced a new member of its popular Crossfi re® family of hybrid  strings for tennis players. New Crossfi re Plus combines a 1.25 mm (17 gauge) blend of braided  Aramid and PTFE fi bers for the mains with Synthetic Gut with an abrasion resistant wear layer  for  the  crosses. The  result  is  a  tough,  durable  hybrid  combination  with  a  softer  feel,  superior  resilience, and maximum ability to impart spin. Crossfi re Plus is designed for chronic string breakers and top-spin players looking for a hybrid string combination that plays better than a heavier  gauge Aramid, but wears just as well. Bright yellow in color, Ashaway's new Crossfi re Plus  is available in 7/6 meter sets (23/20 ft.). Ashaway recommends stringing the Aramid/PTFE mains with 1015% less tension than the Synthetic Gut crosses, or  up to 60 and 65 lbs. (27/30 kgs) respectively. Ashaway Racket Strings are made by Ashaway Line  & Twine Mfg. Co., the only U.S. manufacturer of string  for squash, tennis, racquetball, and badminton.  For more information visit


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TECNIFIBRE 305+ SQUASH STRING Tecnifi bre introduces their new squash string, 305+. The new 305+ has added Elastyl  fi bers to their number one 305 squash string, which are used in their X-One BiPhase  string. It is composed of 1540 multi-fi laments in Polyurethane and comes with an antiabrasion coating. The string was designed to give more long lasting performance. It is  available starting in March 2012 in Black, single sets and 200  meter reels, in 1,20mm gauge.    Visit: www.tecnifi

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The Tennis Europe Junior Tour is the leading pan-European competitive forum for junior talent in any major sport. Jonathan Jobson reports


rom its earliest tournaments into the 1970s and its official creation in 1990, the Tennis Europe Junior Tour has come to be universally recognised as the best starting point for a successful career in tennis. A string of world #1s, from Ivan Lendl and Steffi Graf to Roger Federer and Justine Henin chose this path, alongside non-Europeans such as Lindsay Davenport, Lleyton Hewitt, David Nalbandian and Andy Roddick, all of who had an early taste of success on the courts of Europe’s premier junior events. The increasingly professional organisation of the tournaments has meant that the Tennis Europe Junior Tour effectively serves as a dress rehearsal for life as a professional tennis player, with

a cumulative ranking system, a seasonending Masters tournament, Player of the Year awards, online ranking information, calendars and the playing records of potential opponents. The Tour has expanded from 43 tournaments in its first year to over 300 annual events for players of age categories 12, 14 and 16 & under. Care is taken that the focus is not solely on performance, with sightseeing tours, players parties and educational events held in tandem, ensuring a social and informative aspect to tournaments which allows players to focus on more than just their tennis and provides an excellent opportunity to learn about anti-doping, nutrition and training patterns, to name just a few topics. Team events are some of the highlights of the season, as top players earn an early chance to

The Tennis Europe Junior Tour has proven to be a fruitful training ground for world-class players such as Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic.

represent their country at prestigious championships such as the Tennis Europe Winter Cups by HEAD, the European Summer Cups and the Tennis Europe Nations Challenge by HEAD. July’s European Junior Championships is without doubt the most sought-after prize for individual players, as past champions such as Novak Djokovic, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Martina Hingis and Boris Becker can attest. As the tour goes from strength to strength, so does its appeal. Some 350,000 spectators attend Tennis Europe Junior Tour events each year to see around 10,000 young talents from over 100 countries take their first steps on the international tennis stage. Aside from extensive coverage at, reports about the Tour in over 780 newspapers and magazines and over 12,000 minutes of annual radio and TV airtime ensure that every day, people are learning about the latest players to follow in the footsteps of stars like Rafael Nadal, Andrew Murray, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova in celebrating some of their earliest successes on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour.






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JIMMY ARIAS‘ FAVOURITE DRILLS Jimmy Arias was 13 years old when I fi rst met 

him, skinny and small but with a big hart, the  year before he had been ranked number one  in twelve and under in the USA. Jimmy had a  one hand backhand that was not very strong,  the serve he just placed it, but he had a world  class  forehand.  His  father  was  very  involved  in  his  tennis  and  was  the  person  that  taught  him his forehand, Jimmy’s father was a professor  of  mathematics  in  a  University  in  Buffalo,  NY, he was obsessed with the advantages of  a  circular  and  continuous  motion  and  making  sure the follow-through went around the neck  without stopping. At the time every coach in the  world was still teaching the straight backswing  and fi nishing pointing with the racket at the target,  basically  the  block  swing,  Jimmy’s  father  was  the  fi rst  person  to  teach  the  segmented  swing, even do he did not play tennis himself  his background in math gave us the advantage  to understand the principles of the racket head  speed. Jimmy’s game was based on his forehand, he  ran around every ball to dictate with his weapon, his style of play was aggressive base liner, and the basic drills that he practice every  day were with the goal to fi nish the point from  inside the court with the forehand put away. He  did not feel comfortable playing serve and volley  players  or  chip  and  chargers,  in  the  80’s  18

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they were many players that used that style of  play so Jimmy also had to practice his passing  shots, getting out of his comfort zone. I always recalled an incident that taught me a  lot  when  I  was  just  starting  my  coaching  profession; Jimmy and I were in Cincinnati at the  nationals clay courts, a big ATP event where he  was a top seat, while we were having breakfast  at the hotel, Brad Gilbert who also was playing  the tournament and had to encounter Jimmy in  the second round, if they both won, sat with us  and  told  Jimmy  that  he  could  not  understand  how he could be a top player in the ATP when  his  serve  was  very  weak,  he  could  only  pass  down the line with his backhand, Jimmy went  into  his  fi rst  round  and  lost,  he  tried  to  serve  harder,  also  tried  to  hit  more  backhands,  basically trying to show Brad that he was wrong  and that he was a complete player. Brad beat  Jimmy without hitting a ball and one round before he had to played him, he was a master in  the mind games. After that I learned my lesson, we never stay at the same hotel as other  players,  we  stay  far  away  from  all  those  distractions.

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by Gabe Jaramillo

Every ball a forehand. OBJECTIVES A) Control the center of the court with the forehand B) Be the first player to take control of the point C) Organize the points so the next shot could be a forehand D) Always be offensive

EXECUTION A) Life ball drill without the serve. B) The coach feeds the ball to the opponents forehand, the opponent has to hit his first shot cross court and then the player starts the point also hitting cross court, after that it was open play. C) When the player doing the exercise is not able to hit a forehand he loses the point. D) The opponent is allowed to hit forehands and backhands. E) Usually this game is play to 21 points

Passing shot drill. OBJECTIVES A) Hit the ball early to the open court. B) Practice hitting down the line and angle shots from the forehand and backhand sides. C) Stay close to the line while hitting the passing shot. D) Improving contra- attacking skills.

EXECUTION A) Coach feeding from the middle of the service line B) Coach feeds the ball side to side until the player at the base line passes the player at the net 20 times C) The player at the base line can hit the ball anywhere and only hits the ball fed by the coach, ignoring the ball hit by the net player D)  The net player’s objective is not to get passed or at least to touch the ball, the net person can hit the ball anywhere RacquetTech II - 2012



OBJECTIVES A) To fi nish the points from inside the court  with the forehand B) Hitting the ball with enough power and  placement making sure that the opponent is  not able to return it or if he gets the ball back  it would be a very weak return C) Running around every short ball looking for  the put away forehand D) Always anticipating the short ball to hurt  the opponent and to fi nish the point E) The player needs to feel comfortable hitting this shot under pressure to any side, inside out,  inside in and down the line. F) This is the key shot for a player with an aggressive base line style of play

EXECUTION A) This is a basket drill B) The coach places the basket in one side of the court and feeds the ball side to side, making sure  that the student has to move fast to run around the ball getting his feet in position and executing  the shot with good balance C) The student hits the ball to the open court, the coach feeds 20 balls leaving only the backhand  side open as a target, after resting for two minutes the coach feeds another 20 balls leaving only  the forehand side open, this is with the porpoise of having the player feeling comfortable hitting the  put away shot to any side on the court.  D) The depth and the high of the feed ball should change but it should be consistent trough the 20  balls exercise. 


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OUTLOOK 2012: RACQUETS With racquet sales down the last year, we are still seeing an abundance of new racquets for  2012. The latest fi gures from the USTIA are that racket sales are down 6% in rackets sold and  7% in dollars. High priced rackets have been hit the hardest. Junior racket sales in both the  USA and Europe are down much more than adult rackets, which is not a good indicator for the  future. The European market, with over 34 million players has over 31% of the players in the world. In  units sold the USA sells more rackets, but many more in the lower price categories. The  Asian market is almost the size of the European market due to the growth in China, whose  sales make up over 50% of the Asian market last year. We still have around 75% of the Top 20 ATP and WTA players coming out of Europe, with a  large percent of total junior, senior, ITF and professional tournaments being held here. I think this is a strong indicator for future strength in the European market. We are introducing several new models of rackets this issue and will continue in the next issue  with the rest.

Babolat has introduced the new Pure Drive line for 2012. Going back to more black like in  the original Pure Drive but with black background with blue graphics, the rackets look better than  ever. A new construction with the CDS (cortex dampening system)  offers better feedback to your  hand, along with GT and Woofer Technologies. The Pure Drive line offers the Pure Drive, Pure  Drive Roddick, Pure Drive Lite and the Pure Drive 107. All the models have a 16 x 19 string  pattern and a 100 in.² head except the 107 with a 107in.² head. The Pure Drive and Pure  Drive Roddick are available in 27in./68.5cm or „+“ version (69cm) for more power. The Lite is  27in./68.5cm and the Pure Drive 107 is 69.0cm. The rackets weigh in at, Pure Drive Lite 275g.,  Pure Drive 107 280g., Pure Drive 300g. and the Pure Drive Roddick at 315g. Also available in  Junior model.  Visit:

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introduces new Prestige and Radical  lines this winter. All of the new YouTek™ IG Prestige  and Radical racquets are showcasing HEAD’s Innegra™ and D3O™ technologies. Innegra™ belongs  to the lightest performance fi bres in the world today.  In combination with carbon fi bre, Innegra™ forms an  ultra-tough, hybrid-composite frame structure. The  material, also used in Formula 1, results in a racquet  frame offering improved stability and increased shock  absorption. Tests show that vibration on ball impact is  reduced by up to 17 %, resulting in unique control and  precision. The IG Prestige line includes the Mid, MP and  Pro models as well as the new Prestige S, a lighter  weight  model at 305 grams. The racquet features a  new 16/19 double grommet string pattern for a more  comfortable game and better sound, while a unique  new shaft construction yields improved ergonomic and  enhanced torsional stiffness. The IG Radical line includes the well established  Pro, MP, OS and Lite racquets as well as the new S  model. The special setup of the S-model featuring a  IG PRESTIGE S bigger headsize and reduced weight makes it easier to  play for a broader range of players. The IG Radical S  weighs in at 280 grams with a 645 cm² headsize. 



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has developed a new line of  rackets along with getting some good interest  in the black prototypes seen around the last  year.  The RZR line includes a RZR98 and RZR98T,  with a 98 in.² headsize and weighing in at 300  and 325 grams respectively, 27 inches, 22mm  beam and a stiffness of 65 and 68. The RZR100 weighs in at 285g and the  RZR100T at 315g. These frames are a little  stiffer at 75 and 78 respectively with a 24-2622mm beam.  The RZR110 is the new oversize frame  weighing in at 270g. and 27.25inches.  Balance is 34.5cm, stiffness 72 and a  24-26-22mm beam. Cosmetics and design are very nice looking.  The racquets will be available next month in  Europe. Visit: RacquetTech II - 2012



introduces the new Warrior and Rebel  line for 2012. At the center of the Warrior line is the  EXO³ Warrior 100. This line is the successor to the  Black and White lines. It includes the Warrior 100,  Warrior 104, Warrior Team, Warrior DB Team and  Warrior Lite. The EXO³ Warrior 100 weighs in at  300 grams with a 100 in.² head, 27 inch length, 16  x 19 string pattern, 290 swingweight, balance of 32  cm and a beam of 24-26-22 mm. The Team model  is 20 grams lighter with the same swingweight and  a 34cm balance. The new EXO³ Rebel 98 also comes in a Team  and Lite version. The Rebel 98 weighs in at 300  grams with a 98 in.² head, 21mm beam, 16 x 20  string pattern, 32cm balance and a swingweight of  292. The Rebel line also includes the new Rebel  95 (325 grams), and the Rebel 105.  Visit:

EXO³ Warrior 100

EXO³ Rebel 98


has come out with the new Juice  and Steam line of racquets. They have been  designed for increased power and spin. Both  of these racquet lines have been produced for  baseline and all court players but with a little  different feel for each racket.  The Juice has been designed for power and  the Steam more maneuverability and spin  through a different frame geometry.  The Juice 100 BLX weighs in at 304 grams,  with an very open 16 x 18 string pattern.  26.5mm beam, 27 inches and 4 points head  light. The Juice line also contains a lighter, slightly larger frame, the Juice 108 BLX  (279grams) and a heavier frame, the Juice Pro  BLX at 324 grams, with a 96 in.² headsize.  The Steam 100 BLX weighs in at 295 grams,  5 points head light, 16 x 20 string pattern, 100  in.² head, length27.25 in. and a 23mm fl at  beam. Visit: 24

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ZYEX MONOGUT STRINGTEST Ashaway is the only US manufacturer of racquet strings and have been innovaive over the years using new materials and different string constructions. They have now come up with a monofilament with no polyester in it. Ashaway has been using ZYEX filaments in combination with other filaments in squash, badminton and racquetball for a long time so they have a lot of experience with this material. The advantages of ZYEX MONOGUT according to Ashaway are: -- 100% Zyex monofilament string to provide exceptional dynamic stiffness and gut-like playability -- Zero polyester Zyex polymer increases elongation, decreases stiffness for comfortable soft power -- Surface design plus solid monofilament construction minimizes string movement, improves abrasion resistance and durability. The goal in designing this string was to use the ability of ZYEX to retain tension better than other synthetic materials, offer more power than polyester strings and to use the softer feel to increase comfort. According to Ashaway the string remains soft at higher tensions, which reduces shock on the arm. The smooth outer surface reduces abrasion and increases durability. The absence of polyester in Zyex MonoGut increases elongation and decreases stiffness, generating comfortable, soft power. Zyex MonoGut is designed for players seeking both gut-like playability and superior durability in a solid monofilament string, as well as players using monofilament strings in hybrid stringing patterns. A natural gut-like tan in appearance, Zyex MonoGut is available in 40-ft (12 m) sets and 360-ft (110 m) reels. Recommended stringing tension is up to 60 lbs. (27 kgs).

In the lab

We tested the 16-gauge (1.27 mm) Ashaway ZYEX MONOGUT. The coil measured 13.4 meters or 43.9 feet. The diameter measured 1.31-1.35 mm prior to stringing, and 1.23-1.27 mm after stringing. The reduction in diameter was due to the extreme elongation for a monofilament string. We recommended stringing at medium to slow speed and waiting for the string to stretch out before clamping. We found the elongation about three times more than with other monofilaments. With these instructions we found we could get the same DT every time. We recorded a stringbed stiffness of 35 Dynamic Tension on a Beers ERT 300 immediately after stringing at 25 kilos in a (16 Ă— 19 pattern) racquet on a Prince 6000 constant-pull machine. After 24 hours (no playing), stringbed stiffness measured 33 RDC units, representing a 5.7 percent tension loss. Our control string, Prince Synthetic Gut Original Gold 16, using the same string as the USRSA, representing a 9 percent tension loss. We also tested the string 72 hours after stringing and still had a Dynamic Tension of 33. The ZYEX MONOGUT added 15.3 grams to the weight of our unstrung frame. The string has a smooth surface and was easy to work with for a monofilament. No weaving or friction problems were found. The ERT tests were in the well above average range for this type of string.

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STRING PLAYTEST The string was tested for five weeks by 30 ERSA playtesters, with playing levels of intermediate to nationally ranked. These are blind tests, with playtesters receiving unmarked strings in unmarked packages. Average number of hours playtested was 11.2.


No playtester broke his sample during stringing, no stringers complained of problems with coil memory, not typical with single sets of monofilament string, and no one said they had a problem with stringing. No one had problems with friction burn, due to the smooth surface. Several stringers said they pulled the crosses slow as they noticed friction when pulling quickly with their 18 x 20 string pattern. No problems were reported tying knots. All rated it as a little easier to string than other strings in this category.


Tension Loss was rated from the same to much better from everyone. This was the same as our lab tests. All of the testers found the string average to very good in Playability. Power was rated the same to much better than other strings in this category. String movement and control were rated from average to a much better. Comfort and feeling were rated average to much better. Durability was rated from a little worse to a little better than other strings in this category. Spin Potential was rated from the same to much better. Five testers broke their strings between 4 and 13 hours of play(three in the middle of the stringbed and 2 at the top of the frame) from 26 players who returned the tests to us. Many of the testers noted that the sound hitting the ball hard was totally different from polyester strings. All of them said they liked the sound. Several found the strings vibrated in the grommets which was eliminated with a vibration dampener.


Ashaway ZYEX MONOGUT is a great monofilament string for players looking for the control and spin of a thinner mono without the stiffness. The string has very good Spin Potential, good Power and very low Tension Loss. A few of the testers would have preferred a thicker version of the string with open string patterns and heavy topspin for a little more durability. This string can be recommended from club players to tournament level players looking for a great mix of power, low tension loss and spin with a crisp feel. Almost every one of the testers said they would consider adding the string to their sortiment, which is very unusal for a monofilament.


“Great sound when I hit the ball!“ Coach – Prince EXO3 Black “I liked the string a lot and am looking forward to hearing what it is.” Men’s Club Player with Head Extreme Pro “Durability was all right but played much better than other polys I have tested.” Men‘s 35 tournament player and coach – Head Speed Pro “I only tested the string playing for a few hours and mostly coaching with it, but it played the same over 4 weeks with no noticable tension loss.” Coach – Babolat Pure Drive “I guess the brown color is the natural material color which I did not like so much at first. After playing with the string the first time I loved it.“ Coach – Prince EXO3 Black with Kirschbaum Pro Line II “Played great and I was sorry it broke after 5 hours and I only had one set.“ Men’s Senior Tournament Player “Probably the best poly I have tested. No weak points to mention.” Intermediate Club Player – Head Radical MP using Tecnifibre Multifeel. “I would recommend this string to my students from intermediate to ranked players. Good spin and no string movement and easy on my arm.” Tournament player and coach – Head Speed with Poly.


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