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Old 01-20-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Are modern racquets and strings too good?

Racquet technology is sometimes mentioned in discussions about court speed and death of S&V. But what do you think, are modern racquets too good?

I really don't know too much about last century's tennis. But at least in '90s, fastest surfaces had turned into acefests. And I think a reason to that was improved racquets. They enabled faster and more accurate serving. On the other hand, better racquets have obviously also helped in defence. If you are just able to hit the ball, you can control the shot better than previously. A common explanation for the extinction of S&V is that with modern racquets, it's easier to hit a good return and pass the guy on net.

If the racquets were worse, it would favour more skilled players. It would be more difficult for ballbashers to blow their opponents off the court. But it would be more difficult also for grinders, it would be difficult to return shots from defending position. And who would win? The creative shotmakers. For example, only the most skilled players would be able to serve so well that they would be able to come to net. The opponent could return the serve, but it would be difficult for him to pass the guy on net.

So, if they could go the former racquets, I think tennis would be more about skills. Fastest surfaces wouldn't anymore be acefests but S&V-fests. Clay would still favour good defending, but it would be easier to beat a defence-only player with skillful playing. I'd love if they could go to '80s racquets but I guess that would be too radical a move. It would be too difficult for players to adapt to that and big crowd wouldn't necessarily understand going backwards. But at least I wouldn't like the racquets to improve anymore, better racquets mean hitting requires less skill. And I don't think regulating racquets wouldn't be against the spirit of sport. For example, they regulate skis in Alpine skiing, and sometimes make regulation changes. Why couldn't tennis also regulate racquets more? Of course, racquet manufacturers wouldn't like that. Nowadays racquets are sold by their quality, spec racquets would be sold e.g. by their paintjob.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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I wonder why people on here are so adamant on wanting to see worse quality tennis.
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Yeah they're too good, let them go back to playing with wooden Racquets....
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It's not like the racquets are so good that they just grip it and the racquet does the rest you know
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Not only the rackets but also the strings.

Sampras was very critical of new strings back in the early 2000s.
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Not only the rackets but also the strings.

Sampras was very critical of new strings back in the early 2000s.
And Sampras's opinion is the right one?
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And Sampras's opinion is the right one?
It definitely carries a lot more weight than yours and/or one of today's players.
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I wonder why people on here are so adamant on wanting to see worse quality tennis.
Wooden racquets would've probably saved us from Simon-Monfils. I doubt if they'd even qualified to AO with wooden racquets.
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They should also play bare footed and wear only loincloth, like true Spartans. The bravest among them will dispose of loincloth of course.
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It definitely carries a lot more weight than yours and/or one of today's players.
Problem is, he isn't playing any more. His opinion is as useless as mine, because he won't have any effect on what they do with racquet's. Kinda silly how you think a retired player has more say in racquet technology than the current players, makes total sense. Let's just ignore the wishes of current players for someone who's been gone for over a decade.
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Problem is, he isn't playing any more. His opinion is as useless as mine, because he won't have any effect on what they do with racquet's. Kinda silly how you think a retired player has more say in racquet technology than the current players, makes total sense. Let's just ignore the wishes of current players for someone who's been gone for over a decade.
Are you being obtuse on purpose?

I haven't said Sampras should have a say on tennis' racket situation nowadays.

I'm saying he was vocal back in 2001/2002. So you can only imagine how much more developed strings are today.
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I wonder why people on here are so adamant on wanting to see worse quality tennis.
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I wonder why people on here are so adamant on wanting to see worse quality tennis.
So you think players today are better than Sampras, Agassi, Becker, McEnroe, etc?
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Are you being obtuse on purpose?

I haven't said Sampras should have a say on tennis' racket situation nowadays.

I'm saying he was vocal back in 2001/2002. So you can only imagine how much more developed strings are today.
Apologies... seemed to me like you were suggesting he'd have more of a say. My bad.
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Problem is, he isn't playing any more. His opinion is as useless as mine, because he won't have any effect on what they do with racquet's. Kinda silly how you think a retired player has more say in racquet technology than the current players, makes total sense. Let's just ignore the wishes of current players for someone who's been gone for over a decade.
In contrast, I think it should be former, not active, players who'd have a say to rules. Active players want rules to favour them, former players want rules to favour the game.
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