It has happened to all of us … playing a big point, you hear that sound of your strings breaking. What do you do? Most players almost concede the point; but you don’t need to.
“Pop Goes the Weasel”
Probably the first good suggestion is to be aware of the status of your string bed … and if you see them fraying, put that racquet back in your bag and play with another.
But if you do get surprised on the court during a point, it is not over. Sure, your racquet will lose tension; but it is still very playable. The pros all suggest that you should “get to the net” and hit volleys instead of groundstrokes. But controlled groundstrokes are still very possible.
And, From the Other Side?
What if you are the opponent and you hear your opponent’s strings pop… what should you do? It seems to me that you want to make your opponent continue to play … don’t go for a winner yourself; but get the ball back in play. And if they try to come to the net, lob them and get them to hit an overhead and/or move back to the baseline.
What do YOU think… you break a string or your opponent does, what do you do?
Larry Turville Memorial
Tennis lost a great player and pioneer to the game on October 10, 2020.
Larry’s home tennis club, The St. Petersburg Country Club in Florida, is planning to honor his memory with a celebration of his life and unveiling of a bronze plaque with Larry’s likeness and accomplishments. The newly named NSMTA Larry Turville Memorial Super Senior Doubles Championship is planned to take place from January 6-10, 2021, in Naples, FL.
If anyone would like to contribute to cover the cost of the plaque and celebration of life, a special bank account has been established by long-time family friend of the Turville’s, Gary Pederson.
There is a Wells Fargo account you can donate to the Tribute to Turville Memorial Account. Any donor may simply go to any Wells Fargo Bank branch and make a deposit to account #8713177130. You may also send a check made out to “Tribute to Turville Memorial Account” and mail to:
P.O. Box 2623
Avila Beach, CA 93424
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