Product Review: Silver Sky Dura Spin Rough and Comfortmax

The Silver Sky Dura Spin Rough is a nylon based string that is perfect for players seeking greater spin, playability and greater durability. The string is constructed from a nylon monofilament core, which is then wrapped on multiple nylon multifilament outer wraps which gives it the textured and rough surface, which is designed to give an increased “bite” on the ball for greater spin potential. Comparable to the Toalson Cyberspin but at less than half the cost!

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The Silver Sky Comfortmax is a great value in a multifilament string. This string is perfect for players who are looking for the perfect mix of feel and playability. You will also notice less vibration which makes it friendly to the arms compared to other synthetic strings. For those players seeking more comfort as well as a “softer” alternative to polyester based strings, this is the string you are looking for. Comparable to the Wilson Sensation, but at less than half the price!

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Filipinos in Tennis Grand Slam Events

Filipino Davis Cupper Treat Conrad Huey’s amazing run at the 2013 U.S. Open ended with a 5-7 3-6 loss to Ivan Doding of Croatia and Marcelo Melo from Brazil, the 10th seeds. Pairing with University of Virginia (UVA) teammate Dominic Inglot from Great Britain, the 16th seeded pair upset the 3rd ranked Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez from Spain 7-6 6-0 in the round of 16 to advance to the final eight. In the second round, the Filipino-Brit pair beat Daniele Bracciali of Italy and Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-3. In the opening round, they barely escaped the top pair of Austria Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle 6-2 6-7 7-6.

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This was the best finish of any Filipino in a Grand Slam event in the last three-plus decades, with the last quarterfinal result coming from Virgilio “Beeyong” Sison, who reached the last 8 of the French Open in 1981. Few Filipinos know that Beeyong was the only player who was able to play all four Grand Slams in the Open era (where amateurs and professionals were allowed to play in the same event). In the early years of tennis up to the 60’s, professional players were not allowed to play these tournaments as there were no prize money for winning these Grand Slam tournaments! Imagine Novak Djokovic playing for just the title and a trophy!

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Let us hope that it will not take three more decades before another Filipino plays this late in a Grand Slam event!

Philippine Davis Cup Trivia

The Group two (2) Finals encounter between the Philippines and New Zealand is only a few days away. The match will be from September 13-15 at the beautiful Plantation Bay Resort and Spa in Cebu. The Filipino squad, composed of Ruben Gonzales (ATP 1001), Treat Huey (ATP 1138-Singles, Doubles-18), Francis Casey Alcantara (Sophomore at Pepperdine University), and the veteran Johnny Arcilla. They will have their hands full against the New Zealand team composed of Michael Venus (ATP 373), Artem Sitak (ATP 447), Marcus Daniell (ATP 590) and Daniel King-Turner (ATP 1290). The winner of this tie will be promoted to Group 1, which is the top tier in the Aisa/Oceania Division. The winner of Group 1 in 2014 will have a chance to advance to the World Group if they win the playoff between any first round loser in the World Group in 2013.

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Who are the top Davis Cuppers of all-time? Do you have any guesses? You may be surprised about the results!

Most Total Wins:                              Felicisimo Ampon (40-35)

Most Singles Wins:                          Felicisimo Ampon (34-26)

Most Doubles Wins:                       Johnny Arcilla (10-7)

Best Doubles Team:                        Treat Huey-Cecil Mamiit (5-3)

Most Ties Played :                           Reymundo Deyro (37)

Most Years Played:                         Reymundo Deyro (17)

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National University Dominates Olivarez Open

The National University Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs displayed the strength of their tennis program in dominating the recently concluded Olivarez Open in Sucat Paranaque. Held from August 19-September 1, the annual tournament was almost an “all-NU” show with the Sampaloc-based tennisters winning five of the 7 major awards (3 out of 4 individual events and 2 out of 3 team events).

Leading the way was the resurgent Clarice Patrimonio, who is starting to regain her form that had her at the top of the women’s rankings in recent years after a year and a half of inactivity. Clarice won 3 events, winning the Women’s Singles over Spain-based Edilyn Balanga 6-4 5-7 6-2. The National University freshman then teamed up with sister Christine (who is a sophomore at NU) to beat Balanga and Alyssa Labay in the Women’s Doubles, winning 6-2 2-6 10-8. While in the Men’s Doubles event, NU junior and UAAP MVP Leander Lazaro teamed up with the Bulldogs assistant coach Ronard ‘Toto’ Joven in scoring a huge upset over top seeds PJ Tierro and Marc Reyes 7-6 6-2 in the finals. Earlier, they also scored an upset in the semi-finals with a 6-4 6-4 win over Johnny Arcilla and Onyok Anasta.

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The Bulldogs also showed their might in the Inter-College Team events, winning the Men’s and Women’s division. The Bulldogs, who are the reigning UAAP Champions, swept the challenge from UAAP runner-up UST 3-0 in the finals, with Leander Lazaro, Fritz Verdad, Al Michael Madrio and John Jeric Accion all winning their matches versus the Tigers. In the women’s division, it was an “ALL-NU” finals, with NU-A edging NU-B in a thrilling final 2-1. Team-A was composed of Clarice Patrimonio, Jzash Canja, Anna Bienes, Eren Penados and Kim Uytico.

Team-B was composed of Christine Patrimonio, Hanna Espinosa, Goldie Nagret, Junnelyn Polito and Aziel Manantan. NU-A beat defending Champion CSB in the semi finals, while NU-B blanked UST-A 3-0 in the other semi final match to arrange the title duel. Most of the players from NU used Silver Sky Turbo Spin strings during training and competitions at the Olivarez Open event.
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