April 15, 2022 TennisCompanion Five Point Friday

April 15, 2022

Five Point Friday

Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.

1.) Baseline Racquet Bag [Review]

Vessel Baseline Racquet Bag | In-Depth Review, Test, & Recommendation

Based in Carlsbad, CA, Vessel has quickly become a hit with its line of tennis bags. In one of my latest reviews, I share the pros and cons of their Baseline racquet bag and my experience using it for the past few months, which is a contender for the best bag out there.

Check Out My Full Review

2.) Clijsters Gone for Good

After her second return from retirement, former world No. 1 and 4x Grand Slam champ Kim Clijsters is stepping away from tennis for good to prioritize her family, who now lives in New Jersey. Her roughly 20-month comeback hampered by COVID and knee injury never took off, but she’s happy with her decision to give it a go and eager to give back to the sport, so we’ll likely see more of her in the future.

3.) Djokovic’s Tough Return

In his second tournament of the year and first on clay, Novak Djokovic suffered a loss to world No. 46 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at the Monte Carlo Masters. After the match, Novak gave props to Alejandro and shared he ran out of gas and couldn’t stay in the rally, so he’s not where he needs to be. Despite that, he remains optimistic and knows he needs to keep working if he wants to be ready for Roland Garros at the end of next month.

4.) Back After Maternity Break

Former world No. 61, Taylor Townsend returned to the tour this week for the first time since the 2020 US Open. Now ranked 483 in the world, she won her first match back at an ITF $100k event, defeating No. 219 Hanna Chang 6-2, 6-2. In March 2021, she gave birth to her son Adyn Aubrey, and last year, she spent some time as a Tennis Channel analyst.

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5.) Luxilon’s New String

This week, Luxilon released ALU Power Vibe, the latest addition to their polyester tennis string lineup. Available as a thinner 17 gauge, the string combines their classic ALU Power string with the same dampening material used in their Legacy vibration dampener. The string aims to provide a softer feel that reduces vibrations by 17% vs. an undampened string. In other words, it’s an alternative to some of the softer polys that have become popular in recent years.

If you have a moment, I’d love to hear your feedback. Which topic is your favorite? What would you like to see more or less of each week?

Share your thoughts in the comments below and have a great weekend.

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