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New Feature - Tournament Predictions

Do you run or play in any tournaments on GTN? We just finished another great new feature you might be interested in. It is called "Predictions".

You can now allow your tournament players, or even your network members to predict the outcome of your tournaments. Players receive points for each correct prediction. You can even see who was most predicted to win the tournament, and which matches were the biggest upsets.

This is a great way to get more spectators, and interest in your tournaments. It also gives players a second chance at winning a prize. Let us know what you think.

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Network Events Improved

We have been hard at work improving our network events feature. Here are a few improvements we have just released:

- Create repeating events.
- Added a waiting list for full events.
- Ability to email event attendees.
- Overall improved look and feel.

Give it a try. Events are a great way to keep you network members engaged.

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Save money on Wilson and Luxilon Tennis strings by buying trial packs - learn how.

Most likely you have purchased something in bulk sometime in your life.  We live in a Costco and Sam's Club society and can't get away from the idea of buying in large quantitties.  Although the idea of stepping foot inside of a large box retailer doesn't do much for me, taking advantage of online deals does.  Take advantage of this form of reasoning and save yourself some money on tennis strings today.
The two advantages are rolled out here.  Buying in larger quantities saves you money especially buying trial packs. Luxilon, Wilson and  Genesis are among the tennis companies that offer trial packs.  Not only do you get an assortment of several strings you also save on the per set price.
The following includes some deals worth checking out. - Go to my website to continue reading:

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Tennis Racket Stringing Tip - know where your tie off holes are before you start stringing !

Today's racket stringing tip is about understanding how the tie off holes are positioned and how knowing this before you start stringing can be beneficial. The goal for this tip is to help you understand how this could save you not only headaches but make things cleaner and more efficient when stringing.

A few key facts you need to know before reading the stringing tip today.  Tennis rackets will have 4 tie-off holes, two for the main strings and two for the cross strings.  In a one-piece installation you will only use two of the tie-off holes.  In a two-piece stringing you will use all 4 tie-off holes.  I am also assuming you are not going to make custom tie off holes in different places, this is however something I want to discuss in another post because it is beneficial and a regular practice for many stringers.  I am also assuming you know how to string using the 'around-the-world' stringing pattern.  I am also assuming you understand the term 'short-side' and understand where the 'head' and 'throat' of the racket are located.

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The 2012 US OPEN is just around the corner

Technology has made it easy to connect to tennis.  Whether you like to watch it live on television, record it on TIVO or still use a VCR to record your favorite matches you had to go out and find it.  Today's array of social media plug-ins, smartphone app's, instant ways to connect, rss feeds, etc, there is no excuse about missing the action.

This year make an effort to use a form of media that is new to you in order to connect to the US OPEN.  You will not only keep current on the tournament but you may also learn something new about technology. 
Some excellent ways that I like to stay connected to the action is:

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A good way to connect with the Olympic Games is to go directly to the ITF Olympic site-learn how here

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are about ready to get started.  Of course much of the news today has been around how Twitter has had a major outage and apparently Olympic Tweets are expected to surge with the Olympic games about to get underway so this news is sure to be headlines.  On a more important note, the official Tennis Olympic website should be your constant source and up-to-the minute news for the games.  The International Tennis Federation Olympic Site provides official Olympic tennis information, Twitter and Facebook updates, A media guide you can download, access to mobile apps so you can follow the action on your phone.

 

If you generally subscribe to RSS feeds, the ITF does have several feeds you can subscribe to and if you visit the official ITF Tennis website, scroll to the bottom of the home page, you will find an area where the RSS feed icon is displayed, scroll over and it provides options on feeds and then you can get the specific RSS feed for Olympic Tennis Only... How cool is that!

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Beginning racket stringing Q & A - what type of string should I use for more durability

Here is another excert from my blog postings on beginning racket stringing Q & A.

Q: My customer wants a more durable string, where should start figuring out the type of string to use?

A; The first thing that i like to find out is if the customer likes the type of string they have, if so than perhaps a thicker version.  Go from a 17g to a 16g.  If the customer has no preference than perhaps the next more durable string.  If they are playing with a natural gut or multifilament string than perhaps a synthetic would suffice.  If they already use a synthetic than perhaps something like Wilson Red Alert which is designed to be more durable than synthetics.  If the customer needs something even more durable than the Polyester string would be the next offering.  Polyester strings also offer degree's of durability.  I will be discussing some characterisitics of polyester strings in another post.

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Another great Tennis String Hybrid combination under 10 dollars

Here is another installment of my $10 and under hybrid tennis string combinations.  This installment comes from the German company Volkl.  Historically Volkl is known for its quality production of downhill ski equipment and if you visit volkl.com that is where you will be directed to.  In 1972 Volkl made their first composite tennis frame and has been creating professional grade rackets since.  You might have heard about the big grommet technology,the C10, V1 or are more familiar with its recent ORGANIX or POWERBRIDGE racket lines, visit Volkltennis.com.

The Volkl V-maxx Poly 17g / synthetic gut 16g comes in at just under $10.00 with a sale price of $9.99 set.  Although Volkl is not generally known for its strings, this might be worth a look if you are trying to find some balance between your synthetic gut string and your full poly set-up.

Marketing info: Combining spin responsiveness and comfort the Volkl VMaxx 17/16 hybrid set including VPro 17 and VWrap 16 The thin copolyester string normally used in the mains provides incredible bite on the ball for excellent spin while also providing durability In order to soften the feel of the string bed VMaxx includes a double wrap synthetic gut VWrap to install in the crosses to provide some extra flexibility The combination makes it easy to experiment with hybrids providing a blend of the string properties for durability and playability.  Construction Monofilament copolyester Double Wrap 123 mm.  Monofilament polyamideGauge 130mm.  Color Silver/Black.  

This combination also comes with a thinner 18/17 version.  You will find that if you do not break much string than the thinner 1.18mm (poly) and the 1.25mm (synthetic) combination might work best.  You are sure to get more control and feel in the thinner set-up.  Sometimes going with a new poly brand string gives you some different feel than your used to so give some new options a chance.  Please email with comments.

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A look at the Babolat professional grade stringing machines

The Fact is that Professional Grade tennis racket stringing machines are responsible for the majority of racket stringing that happens at professional events around the globe!  I have been to many tennis events and have seen the spectrum of machines being used.  There are a few key machines that produce a consistent and professional product that are worth mentioning here.  If you are possibly looking to upgrade your current equipment or just want to see what is being used than keep reading.  Generally Babolat Sensors or Star 5 machines are used at tournaments, Yonex uses there top line for stringing Yonex players at events, Tecnifibre has a machine that is used around the globe at there sponsored events, Wilson Uses the Baiardo machine at the US OPEN, Australian Open, Miami and other events.  Pacific has a machine that is also used at some global events.  Some stringing teams use older Babolat star 4 machines at tournaments because they are more portable and very reliable.  If it's good enough for Roger, its good enough for me!.

Read the full story at racketstringingtips.com

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Inside Look at a Tennis Racquet Factory in China

I ran across this interesting video showing the inside of tennis racquet factory in China. Check it out, its short but a quick look inside.

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