Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Babolat Pure Aero 2019 [Review]
The Babolat Pure Aero, which initially debuted in 2004, is one of the best-selling tennis racquets, endorsed by Rafael Nadal and many other touring pros. In this week’s video, I put the seventh generation of this frame to the test and share who it’s for and why you might avoid it.
2.) A Lesson in COVID-19 Protocol
World Team Tennis, taking place at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, put strict protocols in place to protect players against COVID-19. This week, world #51, Danielle Collins, was dismissed for the remainder of the 2020 season after breaking protocol when she left the state for supplements to help her arthritis.
With all the highlight reels, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the appearance of perfection when it comes to the world’s top pros, but it’s not always that way. In this video, we get a dose of the ATPs worst forehands, which likely has players feeling a little better about their shanks and mishits.
4.) No Line Judges = Heated Debate
As tennis continues its return, some tournaments are resorting to electronic line judges where possible. However, other lower-level events are forgoing them all together except for the chair umpire. At the East European Championships, the latter fueled some heated debate from Damir Dzumhur during his match against Borna Coric.
Having no linejudges has lead to some heated discussions in the Eastern European Ch’ship. This time between Dzumhur and Coric. pic.twitter.com/9e1C5jyz5p
Between the uptick in recent COVID-19 cases and various international travel restrictions, the Citi Open, scheduled to take place next month in Washington, DC, has been postponed until next year and showcases some of the challenges tournaments continue to face.