This is just a quick update but it looks like Roger was true to his word again as he's been spotted testing a new racquet in Dubai at his training camp over there.
I know there was quite a lot of doubt amongst the fans whether he would test them out after one of his hitting partners said in a racent interview he was still using the Pro Staff 90 but clearly he's having a go with something else.
I'm definitely pleased he's road testing something different and even in a 13 second clip he looks to be hitting the ball pretty cleanly off both wings. Obviously the big question now is what racquet does he use when he steps onto court in Brisbane come January?
Credit to whoever uploaded this onto Instagram.
Courts Faster at this Years Australian Open
I also have it on good word that that the courts at this years Australian Open are playing much faster than years previous. This was overheard at Melbourne Park by one of my readers who heard Jelena Dokic complaining the courts are much quicker. See tweet below:
I'm at Melbourne park and I heard Dokic say (complain) the courts are extremely fast this year… @peRFectTennisUK . Good for Fed?
— Tom Moore (@Tom_moore29) December 10, 2013
I'd say that's great news for Roger as the one thing he has struggled with in recent years at the Aussie Open is been able to hit through the court. If you watch the semi final vs. Murray from last year the big area that cost him was the lack of penetration on his ground strokes. He was still coming up with some big shots but winners were extremely hard to come by.
If he arrives in Melbourne with a new racquet that gives him that additional pop on the groundstrokes and the courts are that bit quicker then it's surely a recipe for success. Allez!