For a great many professional tennis players, there is no substitute for Luxilon strings. My splurge this week is one of the most iconic Luxilon strings, Big Banger Original, which was among the first crop of Luxilon co-polys to start popping up on the pro tour in the late 1990s-early 2000s. For those who want to get the firm feel and incredible control of the Big Banger Original without having to spend over $10, I would recommend Solinco Outlast. While no two strings play exactly alike, I think Outlast is a worthy substitute for Big Banger Original. Psst: it also received a higher spin rating in our TWU string lab.
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Welcome to another edition of save vs splurge! This week I am comparing two multifilament strings. For my splurge of the week, I chose Tecnifibre NRG2 16g at $16. It offers a combination of comfort, feel and all around playability that is nearly impossible to beat. For the budget-friendly consumers out there, my save this week is Tourna Quasi Gut 16g. For almost half the price you can get the remarkably comfortable feel and high performance that comes with a polyurethane impregnated multifilament. While we cannot promise that any two strings will play and age exactly the same, we think the price to value ratio of Quasi Gut makes it a reasonable alternative to more expensive multifilaments like NRG2.
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Ana Ivanovic is wearing one of my favorite looks this week at the US Open in her adidas Adizero line of clothes — I’m loving the bright color combos in this collection! She takes the court in the next round against American, Christina McHale (who also is wearing pieces from the adizero Fall collection). So, let’s take a quick look at what Ana is styling on the courts of Flushing Meadows.
Ana Ivanovic at the US Open — photo by Cynthia Lum
Her apparel: The colors in this collection absolutely pop out there on the court and I love the reddish-orange combo with the dark blue. Ana is wearing the Fall Adizero Dress in the Hi-Res Red (orange) with Hero Ink color. This bold, lightweight adidas dress features a scoop neck, racerback straps, mesh inserts at the chest and upper back for increased ventilation. Also, this dress comes with a matching sports bra and compression short so you don’t have to worry about finding coordinating pieces! On her feet, she is wearing the adizero CC Tempaia IIs in a colorway that matches her dress perfectly. These lightweight, fast shoes offer extreme breathability and have been designed with maximum ventilation, which for sure help keep Ana’s feet cool on the hot NYC days. She shields the sun from her face, with her matching adizero II visor.
Her gear: Ana’s racquet of choice is the Yonex E-Zone Xi 98 which provides a stable, yet flexible, soft feel offering excellent power and a flexible, forgiving feel. From the baseline, this racquet feels very maneuverable allowing easy access to fast swings for power and spin generation. Shy hybrids her string with Solinco Tour Bite 16 with Wilson Natural Gut 16. She carries her gear on court with her Yonex Pro Bag.
Play with heart,