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With 2012 being a great year for Andy Murray and Britain, Heather Watson continues the success into the second half of the year this weekend. Celebrations all round for Watson, Britain and Dunlop after her stellar performance at the Japan Open, winning in a closely contested final against Taiwanese player Chang Kai-chen, 7-5, 5-7, 7-6.
Winning the tournament this weekend started a chain of events for Heather Watson, as not only did she become the number one British women’s tennis player, but she is Britain’s first winner of a WTA Tour singles title in 24 years. In a grinding final, Watson took three hours and 11 minutes to take the crown. Returning 4-5, 40-0 down, Watson managed to save four match points and then steal the tiebreak from her defeated opponent, 7-4.
About her match, Watson said, “I’ve worked so hard for this moment. Britain has been breaking quite a few records recently, so I’m happy I could break another one today. I’m proud to do this for my country.”
Watson plays with the new Dunlop Biomimetic M 3.0 which we playtested recently here at Tennis Warehouse. This racquet is an update to Dunlop’s 300 series, with improved technologies for increased racquet head speed and better access to power. Comfort was really high, particularly on groundstrokes and serves. Touch and feel at net were also enjoyed by our entire playtesting team (check out the video here and the written review here). In the string department, Watson also reps Dunlop with her Black Widow string. One of our playtesters did a review on this string and found it to offer exceptional comfort, great power for a poly based string and excellent bite from it’s heptagonal shape (check out the video and the written review here).
With that great weekend, and a stunner of a year for Britain in 2012, let’s see what else they have for us in the upcoming months as the year comes to an end.
Get ready for a revolution from Dunlop! In October 2012, Dunlop will be releasing their new line of racquets. But these aren’t the same racquets that we are used to seeing from Dunlop. Instead, they’ve completely redesigned their frames to better suit the modern game. With the help of some new technology, Dunlop’s trying to make a new identity for themselves in the world of racquets.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the SIX NEW RACQUETS in the Dunlop line…
Biomimetic F 3.0 Tour:
-the racquet of choice for touring pros Jurgen Melzer and Tim Smyzcek
-98 sq. inch head size, 11.5 oz strung, 6 pts HL balance, 319 swingweight, 22 mm beam width, 64 stiffness, 18×20 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 300 Tour
Biomimetic M 3.0:
-racquet of choice for touring pros Fernando Verdasco and Heather Watson
-98 sq. inch head size, 11 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 318 swingweight, 22 mm beam width, 66 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 300
Biomimetic M 6.0:
-racquet of choice for touring pro Tommy Robredo
-102 sq. inch head size, 10.6 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 312 swingweight, 25 mm bead width, 70 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 600
Biomimetic S 3.0 Lite:
-98 sq. inch head size, 10 oz strung, 2 pts HH balance, 300 swingweight, 22 mm bead width, 65 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Aerogel 4D 300 Lite
Biomimetic S 6.0 Lite:
-racquet of choice for touring pro Dominika Cibulkova
-105 sq. inch head size, 1/4″ longer than standard length, 10.1 oz strung, 2 pts HL balance, 295 swingweight, 26 mm beam width, 69 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Biomimetic 600 Lite
Biomimetic S 8.0 Lite:
-115 sq. inch head size, 1/2″ longer than standard length, 9.7 oz strung, 8 pts HH balance, 333 swingweight, 30 mm beam width, 70 stiffness, 16×19 string pattern
-replaces the Aerogel 800
Dunlop is introducing some new Biomimetic (inspired by nature) technologies in order to make their racquets lighter, faster, and more powerful. First, they’ve incorporated Biofibre, which is made from the stem skin of plants, and according to Dunlop is lighter than carbon and stronger than steel. It’s used in the throat of the frame to absorb shock and give it 18% greater feel and control.
Next, a state of the art grommet system was introduced made from a substance called MoS2. It’s designed to mimic the surface of snake skin, which is supposed to be more durable and also reduce friction between the frame and the string. It is designed to reduce string friction for 27% greater power and increase abrasion resistance for 40% greater durability.
Finally, the third new technology Dunlop has integrated into the racquet is called Aeroskin CX. It’s an upgrade on their previous Aeroskin technology, which is inspired by shark skin, and looks like little bubbles on the racquet at the 12, 4, and 8 o’clock positions. It’s intended to make the racquet more aerodynamic, dramatically reducing drag and allowing the player to generate much more racquet speed. In numbers, this reduces drag by up to 36%, an 11% increase from the older technology, resulting in a faster racquet speed for more power, maneuverability and reaction time.
All in all, Dunlop is moving away from their lower-powered, control-oriented frames. They even look way different and more modern. The beam is designed in more of an aerodynamic shape (think Babolat AeroPro Drive) as opposed to the classic box beam we have grown accustomed to from Dunlop. The grommets are sunken into the racquets instead of having the string sit above the frame, and the throat is deeper and longer to make the racquet easier to swing. Last but not least, maybe the most immediately noticeable difference in the shape of the head, which is much more of a tear drop shape, narrower towards the throat and flaring out towards the tip.
With their new look and new technologies, Dunlop is also introducing a new naming system to the whole series of racquets. The new racquets are labeled with a smaller number and a decimal (ex. 3.0, 6.0, 9.0 etc.), but people familiar with the old racquets rest assured that they pretty much align with their predecessors (3.0 = 300, 6.0 = 600, etc.). In addition, one of three letters that represents the swing style that best suits the racquet:
F = Full/fast swings
M = Medium/moderate swings
S = Short/slow swings