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Tennis, Without All the Tension

With the new poly strings becoming more and more popular, there seems to be a very significant shift towards lower tensions amongst the top professionals on the ATP tour. At tournaments, stringers say an increasing number of daredevil tour players, most of whom have compact, powerful groundstrokes, have started to ask them to shave as many as 20 pounds off their string tensions to take their rackets down to the low 30-pound and high 40-pound range... Roger Federer comes to the court armed with nine rackets strung at three different tensions ranging from 48 to 52 pounds in the vertical main strings (and 3.3 pounds lower for his cross strings)—numbers he picks with his stringer the night before... Bethanie Mattek-Sands, currently the third-highest-ranked American woman, strings her rackets at 38 to 40 pounds… Players can actually control the ball better at lower tensions when they use poly strings and have a heavy topspin game," says Roman Prokes, a technician who strings for Andy Roddick and Caroline Wozniacki. "It's exactly the opposite of what we are used to." - VERY, VERY INTERESTING!

Source: Tennis, Without All the Tension (The Wall Street Journal)

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