Today I am writing you from beautiful Singapore. We’re staying at the Marina Bay Sands — just a simply unbelievable Hotel. I have never seen a Hotel pool like that. Take a look, the view is just amazing!
Beautiful infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The Singapore Championships are really very, very special to me. Not only because this could be the last championship for me (you never know ) but the people, the housing and organization have been outstanding. Everybody who is involved is working so hard to make this event a special memory for all of the players. I am just feeling very privileged to be a part of this tournament. To actually qualify for the championship has been very difficult and I am so glad Kata and I made it this year! It was a bumpy road for both of us with ups and downs but…we made it and that is what counts! You’re trying all year long to get here, this is the goal and dream for all of us. We made it and are still hungry for more!
Today Katarina and I have our first round match. We’re playing Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. They are the number one team in the world and we sure have to play our best if we want to beat them again. But of course we will try! Kata, our coach (Torsten), and I just finished our pre match meeting where we watch videos of our opponents and discuss as a team, what might be the best tactic for tonight’s match. We have played them so often and have actually a great record against them, so we hope we can continue with that tonight, we will see.
We’ve been finally able to try on and get our first glimpse at the new Ballistec Advantage from Nike as they start to arrive here at Tennis Warehouse. What are our first thoughts?
For starters, they are very comfortable right out of the box. Similar to their Rafael Nadal-inspired big brother shoe, the Lunar Ballistec, the soft, plush cushioning is very noticeable as soon as you slip them on. They feel light and fast, and they won’t slow you down when you’re chasing down that pesky drop shot.
Imagine if you could customize the next car you purchase by picking out the engine. You wouldn’t just pick any old engine to put in your dream car would you? You’d want to do some research first and figure out which engine fits your needs the best. Not necessarily just the cheapest engine.
So you wouldn’t spend hundreds on your next racquet and when it comes time to pick out your string, you wouldn’t just pick any old string would you? Well, lots of people do.
Strings are vital to how a racquet plays and performs. It’s the only thing that actually makes contact with the ball. But learning about string and picking the right one can be daunting with the huge variety to choose from. We’re here to help. Hopefully this blog will provide you a clearer picture about “the engine” in your racquet.
Gauges are essentially the thickness of a string. The higher the gauge, the thinner the string. The problem with gauges however, is that there is not a standardized and universal chart. A 16 gauge for one company might be a 16L (L stands for ‘light’, which basically means it’s halfway between 2 gauges, think of a 16L as a 16.5) for another. Which is why we recommend referencing the actual millimeter sizing. In general, thinner string will provide more power and spin while thicker strings provide more control and durability.