Tennis Strings Explained – Everything you need to know (infographic)

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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.

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Gauges
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.

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TW Fashion Week 2014

Whaddya know, it’s that time of year again! Time to prove once more that tennis is the most fashion-forward sport out there. With the recent end of all the Fashion Weeks that took place across the world, we got some insight into the next trends to come in the upcoming year. Just like last year, I couldn’t help but notice resemblances between apparel found at Tennis Warehouse and outfits showcased on the catwalk in the past month. Here, I’ll show you!

 

Pure Lime    ●    Victoria Beckham

In fashion, there’s a fine line between knowing what’s in style and what’s not. However in this case, there’s a bold line! Pure Lime and Victoria Beckham do away with the common thin-stripe pattern and bring large-stripe colorblocking to their collections instead. Go ahead, cross the line and make a statement with these louder, stripe-print skirts.

Pure Lime Op Art Double Stripe Skirt

Pure Lime Op Art Double Stripe Skirt

Victoria Beckham (Photo: MCV/Firstview)

Victoria Beckham (Photo: MCV/Firstview)

 

 
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Why Yonex tennis is one of the biggest tennis stories of 2014

Yonex-sponsored pro Stanislas Wawrinka shocked the tennis world when he won the 2014 Australian Open.  Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum

Yonex-sponsored pro Stanislas Wawrinka shocked the tennis world when he won the 2014 Australian Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum

It began with surprises at the 2014 Australian Open. Stanislas Wawrinka rode his momentum from a strong 2013 season and captured his first ever Grand Slam title, supplanting all-time great Roger Federer as the #1 ranked Swiss player for a short while. Let’s also not forget Ana Ivanovic taking down the overwhelming favorite for the women’s title, Serena Williams, in the round of 16, beating her for the first time in their careers.

Fast forward to summer when Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios became the first player born in the 1990s to beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in the round of 16. One month later, Sabine Lisicki smashed a 131 mph serve, the fastest recorded serve in the history of the WTA tour.

What do these four players and some of the biggest stories in tennis from this year have in common? They’re all using Yonex tennis racquets!

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