US Open 2015 in pictures


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Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal plays his first round at the 2015 US Open. ©Mike Frey/AMN Images
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10 Best Polyester Tennis Strings Under $10


Rafael Nadal uses Babolat RPM Blast to help unlock the power and spin in his game.  Photo courtesy of Mike Frey

Rafael Nadal uses Babolat RPM Blast to help unlock the power and spin in his game. Photo courtesy of Mike Frey

Babolat RPM Blast, Luxilon ALU Power, Solinco Tour Bite… these polyester tennis strings are popular on the pro tour because of their low-powered response that allows players to swing extremely fast and generate tons of spin. Also, their monofilament construction also offers excellent durability for frequent string breakers.

Let it be known that if you don’t have long, fast, more modern “low to high” strokes, then polyester strings may not be ideal for you. They are very low-powered and stiff which can cause arm problems in players that can’t generate a lot of their own power. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you are able to break softer strings like synthetic gut or multifilament in 20 hours of less, then you’ll most like benefit from the unique properties that polyester strings provide.

With so many polyester tennis string options out there, you don’t have to break the bank to get great performance. Here is a list of some of our TW Staff’s favorite polyester strings that are available under $10 a set:

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First look: adidas Barricade 2015 Wall Street (Limited Edition Wall Pack)

adidas Barricade 2015 Wall Street
adidas Barricade 2015 Wall Street
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adidas continues their celebration of the 15 year anniversary of the release of the first Barricade with the third installment of their Limited Edition 2015 Wall Pack. This version pays tribute to Wall Street, the financial hub within Manhattan and New York City!

According to the adidas footwear designers, they wanted to capture elements of US currency with fine details on and within the shoe. Gold accents complement the filigree pattern on the upper for a look of grandeur. There are special logos on the heel and tongue as well as a clever finishing touch on the insole.

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