Tennis Reloading

Dear friends,

The countdown for the restart of the sport has begun! In less than 5 days we will be playing tennis again! Within days there will be a more detailed announcement on how we can protect ourselves and our co-athletes without losing the joy of the sport.

But now is the right time to check if we and our equipment are really ready for the tennis comeback. We remind you that jogging is the most effective way to keep your body in general shape. But even better is to grab a racket. After a good warm-up, pretend to be on a tennis court and execute a few imaginery strokes.

Concentrate on the clarity of your technique and work it out even in front of a large mirror (or glass mirrors). It’s something even professional players like Japanese Kei Nishikori do. Even better, if you have plenty of space, pretend to be in imaginery rallies and points with a fantastic opponent. Serves, forehands, backhands, approaching the net, everything is allowed in your imagination. For an even better sense of movement, now put your racket in a case so that the swing has a more natural resistance as in reality with the impact of the ball!

We check our racket, and especially the strings. After 2 months of inactivity, even new strings lose some of their freshness and tension.
We asked the only certified racket technician in Kalamata, Tassos Kinopoulos, what we should pay attention to and here is what he answered us.
KTG: Tasso, why do we have to change our strings, even if they aren’t broken?
T.K.: Over time the strings lose their tension (kilos), as well as their elasticity. This results in a loss of power ratio, control and spin, but also a change in the feel of the racket as we were used to. So, our technique is unconsciously changing in an effort to compensate for what has been “lost” by straining the hand, which is burdened with additional “work”.
KTG: How often do you recommend changing strings?
Τ.Κ.: The frequency of change in our strings is determined by various factors. An easy way to help us figure out when is the right time to change strings is to complete 40-50 hours of play or 2-3 months after the last time our racket was knitted. Of course, these numbers vary depending on the level of each player. The only exceptions are polyester strings, which due to their hardness need more frequent change.
Are you ready then?
Let’s play!
KTG Team