Sneak Peek: Luxilon ALU Power Soft

With a large following on the pro tour as well as with competitive recreational players, the Luxilon ALU Power line is introducing another string into the family this month, Luxilon ALU Power Soft. As its name alludes, it is a tad softer than ALU Power and offers excellent control, durability and spin potential. Chris and I took this string out for a several week playtest and found the string offered a crisp, medium firmness feel and a consistent response. We were most impressed by the durability as after 2-3 weeks, we had plenty of life left. We did find the string to be low powered and would recommend it to big hitters who want to be able to play offensively with accuracy. Check out the video above right now for our complete thoughts and look for the written review when the product launches.

Upsides:

  • Control
  • Spin
  • Durability
  • Feel

Downsides:

  • Low Powered
  • Too firm and underpowered for beginners

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Brittany

DelPo Returns!

I must admit, I’m very excited about the return of Juan Martin del Potro to the ATP Tour!

The presence of the gentle giant has definitely been missed over the past year. It’s exciting to see him competing and doing well in the warm up tournament in Sydney, with a 3 set win over Fognini today, DelPo finds himself into the quarterfinals. This is his first tournament since last February and post wrist surgery.

Despite still admitting his wrist isn’t 100%, you just have to love this guys attitude…or at least I do! I love watching him compete and love the heart this guy plays with! Check out what he wrote last week on his Facebook page about this week’s tournament and the upcoming Aussie Open:

 Hello everyone!!! I wanted to tell you that we decided to travel to play Sydney and the Australian Open. I missed the tour, I missed to compete, I missed interacting with you on court and those feelings outweigh the pain in the wrist, which comes and goes and prevented me from having the ideal pre-season training.

I don’t expect great results, I just want to feel the competition, I want to feel an active player once again, nearly a year after my last match. At this point I don’t care about the rankings. The situation is different. I take it as a reward for the effort that I put to come back.

The experience of my previous injury will help me so as not to be too anxious. I follow what my doctor Richard Berger says. I have to be patient.

As I wrote in a previous post, thanks for your support on my way back! You know that without your love, my will, the support of my team, my family and friends, this would not be possible.

See you in Australia!

How can you not be rooting for this guy?! Wishing DelPo all the best for the remainder in Sydney and can’t wait to see him back in action at the Aussie Open!

Play with heart,

Michelle

Solfire inspired by the world around us

A quick look at Solfire will tell you that they’re not your average athletic apparel company. The designs bring art into motion for the athlete. Each piece is designed in Brooklyn to unite function, fashion and art.

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The newest line is called the Element Collection. The designers were inspired to take a look at things in our world from a different angle. The Flame Molecule art is a reinterpretation of the molecules of the human body and recurring geometries in the natural world, and the Wingblast design will let you soar — like an eagle’s wings.

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There was much thought into the color palette as well. To match the feel of the crisp feel of a winter day, Solfire chose a palette of greys, purples and blues with energizing “punch” of lime.