Tennis is played differently today because of the racquets.
- The frame of racquets for all sports was traditionally made of laminated wood and the strings of animal intestine known as catgut.
- Most rackets are now made of composite materials including carbon fibre, fiberglass, metals such as titanium alloys or ceramics.
In the Björn Borg era for example, traditional wooden racquets were used, however, the so called modern racquets, are not only made of reinforced plastic materials, but are also lighter, albeit less flexible & larger/longer in head length/width.
As a result of the above, the game is also radically different. For example, in the past, strokes were less powerful and matches were much more enjoyable than today's, which are full of aces and unreturnable strokes [I rather see a limit to the number of aces a player can have]. One year I saw one of the Williams sisters play here in the finals in Toronto, and the match lasted under 1 hour, hence less enjoyable & I wanted my money back! Big difference if you were to compare such power with the grace of say, Chris Evert/Martina Hingis/Gabriella Sabatini/Stefan Edberg/Roger Federer & even that of the more powerful Steffi Graf/Monica Seles/Pete Sampras.
No doubt that new training & technology have played a part in the way tennis has changed; now, power [and as a result more injuries], rules more than anything else, except for the talented few that possess it all, like the incomparable Swiss master!
Classic racquets produced classic swings:
Can you label all the parts of a racquet?
A racquet that blends nature with carbon to offer the ultimate in comfort