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,


Sneak peak – Polyfibre TCS


Polyfibre TCS — Buy it here!!

The basic facts

  • Construction: co-polymer monofilament

  • Gauges: 16, 16L, 17

  • Color(s): Yellow

  • Available in: sets and reels

  • Maximum comfort and pocketing for a poly-based string.

  • Recommended to big hitters looking for the durability, spin and control of polyester with lower levels of impact shock and vibration.

How does it play?

Comfort meets spin and control!

Given the level of comfort it delivers, TCS should be allowed to defect from the polyester universe. In contrast to a crisp poly, this string is dampened and noticeably more forgiving off-center. One of the most distinctive features of TCS is the pocketing, which provides players with the pronounced sensation of grabbing hold of the ball. The result is a level of spin and control that matches some of the best shaped polys on the market. The main downside of TCS is poor tension maintenance, a very common problem with poly-based strings. All in all, TCS is a must try for big hitters who want maximum comfort, touch and pocketing from a firm control string.

 Playtester comments

  • “Probably the most comfortable string I’ve ever used! The ball pocketing and plush feel was refreshing.”

  • “It’s not textured, not shaped, but yet, I find this string to give me as much, if not more spin than any other strings out there. It’s amazing watching a ball that I thought I hit long drop in at the last nano-second and clip the baseline.”

  • “Even with all the spin potential and the great ball pocketing for power, I found the control to be excellent as well. There wasn’t a drop off in this department just because it excelled in the power and spin categories.”

  • “I never had any comfort issues with this one despite stringing it at 60 lbs in a very stiff racquet. Off center hits never felt excessively jarring and anything near the center felt plush.”

Growing up as a young tennis player in Africa

I was born into a sports crazed family in the sports crazed nation of South Africa. Sport has always been my passion. My father played professional tennis in the 70s, competing on some of the biggest stages in the game – Wimbledon, Queens, Rome, as well as Davis Cup (for Rhodesia, present-day Zimbabwe). He went on to become one of the top coaches in South Africa. My mother, a dental hygienist by profession, also spent most of her life around the game and was a great player in her own right, competing in the top tier of South African tennis as a junior. So I always knew tennis was going to be a part of my life.

My dad got me started young. As soon as I could hold a racquet I was out there swinging for the fences. At every possible opportunity, I was outside with a racquet in hand. More often than not this involved me relentlessly banging tennis balls against the garage door for hours on end, much to the neighbors, and the poor garage doors, dismay. Some of my earliest memories involve me travelling around Cape Town with my father, going to various schools and tennis clinics and putting on demonstrations. I loved the game, and thankfully I seemed to be fairly good at it. With all that said, what I am most thankful for is the fact that my parents never pushed me into the game. Sure, there was a slight nudge in the direction of tennis, but it was always my choice.

This is me

This is me sitting in my dad’s tennis bag, trying to get into Men’s League undetected.

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