Summer… It’s Time For Tennis!


Everyone who knows tennis knows that it’s best in the summer. Sure, playing with your friends and coaches in a plush, indoor tennis court is a fair simulation of the sport, but the true tennis player knows that outside is where it’s hot – literally. In the summer, you can still play indoors, but the atypical smoldering heat with low-powered fans becomes excruciatingly unbearable. Just go outside.

I remember playing tennis in the spring for my school team feeling as if I had shed away the cocoon of a slow and cold winter. I definitely was not adjusted or used to the dimensions and ‘feel’ of the court… us tennis players know what happens when you stay indoors too long. When I got ready to serve, and then felt a gust of wind, I knew that this is what I had been missing in my tennis games. The aspect of nature.

The past week that I had spent playing tennis was almost brutal. Having returned from a three week hiatus of nothing but adorning suits and ties, I was what you would say ‘rusty.’ Nonetheless, I have recovered from said embarrassing incident and hopefully the next time, it will be more bearable.

I played with a Babolat Pure Drive Cortex Standard Racquet ($175) with Babolat Hurricane Pro Tour Gauge 16 strings, at an initial tension of 65lbs… which most likely fell to a 60 or 61lbs by now. In addition, the handle is size 4 1/2 and the overgrip I use is Prince Microtac. I’ve tried the Wilson Pro Overgrip and the TournaGrip, but for some reason I switched over to using the Prince just a week or so ago. In addition, I used the Babolat Custom Damp (Blue & Red) and frankly, they’re the best shock absorbers I’ve used to date (they definitely beat out those silly Djokovic frowny face ones).  Although I have two of these racquets (identical in everything except for the color of the shock absorber and overgrip), I decided to “demo” two other racquets: the Babolat Aero Storm Racquet 2008 ($185) and the Head MicroGEL Extreme Racquet 2009 ($180). With both of these racquets, I felt as if my volley and net game were significantly improved in comparison to with my Pure Drive. Yet, I felt as if the Aero Storm racquet was a little clunky, as the head of the racquet has more weight than the head of the Pure Drive. I think my Pure Drive allowed me to play more consistently and with more spin than both the Aero Storm and the Head MicroGEL Extreme, but all three were great. And today was a doubles day, so the other two racquets came in handy.

The loud and crisp “pop” of the tennis ball and the squeaking of the tennis shoes are ever so reminiscent of the tennis season. With Wimbledon and the French Open already past, fans have yet to witness the US Open 2009. When fall comes around, the leaves blow around as the temperature begins to drop. Yet tennis still continues on, all year round, whether it be indoors, outdoors, or both.  Summer will surely be one to remember, regardless of whether or not you share adoration for the sport of tennis, so be sure to take notes especially on this one.

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Published in: on July 15, 2009 at 12:51 am  Leave a Comment  

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