Sean vs. Jason
After deciding to ditch my old frame (Babolat Pure Storm Ltd), I’ve finally settled on a new frame that gives me a little more power and a larger sweetspot. I’m currently using a heavily customized Volkl V1 Pro with about half an ounce of lead applied to the upper hoop to boost my swingweight up to around 335 and a static weight of 11.8 ounces. I’m still in a bit of an adjustment period with the frame although I think I’ve settled with a string I used to love which is MSV Focus Hex at 58 lbs. As with a lot of players, there’s always an overgrip on my racquet and no matter how many different brands I try I always come back to my favorite one: Yonex Super Grap. Durable and tacky, with enough colors to keep anyone entertained.
As far as apparel goes, I’m partial to the Nike tops, because they tend to run thin and don’t hang on us skinny guys like a bed sheet. For shorts I definitely prefer adidas and to be even more specific, the Roland Garros lines they bring out every year always impress in my opinion. When it comes to socks I stick with my epic collection of plain black and white Nike crew socks that go with pretty much anything. I just can’t seem to break into this crazy sock scene that Chis is apparently in charge of. In terms of shoes, I’ve been trying to branch out lately with my selections. I thought about really going out on a limb with some of these smaller brands that have received great reviews but I stayed safe and went with the Asics Gel Resolution 5. It has honestly turned out to be one of the best all-around shoes I’ve had the chance to play in. The vibrant yellow isn’t usually something I’d go with but why not, you only live once and I’ll just use the sole warranty to pick up something slightly more classic.
My strategy for my first round against Jason was a work in progress since I hadn’t played him much since his move to a 2 hander (traitor!). I had hoped to test his consistency on that side and then wait for something shorter I could put away with my forehand or move forward to create pressure. As the game continued, I found that I was having trouble dealing with his looping forehand to my backhand so I was forced to try bringing him in with a short slice and then going for the pass. My inability to deal with his deep groundstrokes seemed to be my downfall at the end.