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Today in Gear: February 21, 2014

Today in gear, we examine a rubber-based lint tool, made-in-the U.S.A. Salame, the history of Maserati, Beck’s latest album and much more.

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Drop shot, meet cross-court winner

Tested: 2013 Head Speed Pro

Finessing things is something we take a lot of pride in, times ten when it involves catgut. Even so, the 2013 Head YOUTEK Graphene Speed Pro introduced a new level of speed and power to our game without damaging our clever style of play. Read on to see hear more about its on-court performance.

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Still doesn't cure tennis elbow

Tested: Wilson Rush Pro

To quote some guy in a movie, “My momma always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they’re going, where they’ve been”. Although that guy may have been more into table-tennis than tennis-tennis, he was right. In a game where footwork is key, Wilson’s Rush Pro ($120) has a hard job. We got our hands on a pair and made ‘em squeak between the white lines (mostly).

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Once you get one, the only fault will be yours

Frame, Set, Match: This Season’s Best New Tennis Racquets

There are a lot of tennis racquets out there. Some are endorsed by pros, all tend to have either slightly badass (T-Fight) or buzzword scientific (YouTek Graphene Instinct Rev) names, and a reassuring amount fall into the same moderately affordable price range. We’ve sorted through them and found five great ones across the player spectrum. Pick your favorite up, string it with your synthetic gut of choice and try not to shank that backhand down the line. The new stick should help.

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Refined but not reformed

Nike SB Challenge Court

Of all the sport cross-pollinations we could think of, tennis and skateboarding aren’t at the top of the list, but then again football players are doing yoga, so all bets are off. As an avid tennis player and fan of the sport, Nike Skateboarding team rider Gino Iannucci had always been inspired by the original…

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The Racketeer

Head YouTek IG Speed MP 18/20

Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic’s new racket won’t send you to any Grand Slam events anytime soon, but the all new Head YouTek IG speed MP 18/20′s string pattern and increased strength without increased weight (only 315 grams) should improve your game, especially at the baseline where feel is crucial and where Djokovic excels. With…

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Good Vibrations

Wilson Juice 100 BLX

Yes, we know, tennis is a game of finesse and skill—but that doesn’t mean we always listen to our own advice. Sometimes you just gotta beat the cover off the ball. For those that are more Roddick than reserved, there’s the Wilson Juice 100 BLX ($189). Constructed from basalt fibers — that’s volcanic rock to…

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Boris Becker 11 Special Edition

There are a few instances where a brand becomes synonymous with a person. Nike Air Jordan’s, Tiger Woods Golf, for example. Boris Becker’s tennis equipment is just that and the Boris Becker 11 Special Edition is the epitome. The Becker 11 is built to the exact same specifications as the three-time Wimbledon winner – right…

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US Open Wilson Giant Tennis Ball

The US Open is upon us and most likely you’re hopeful for the Nadal | Federer match up as much as we are. Those of you who aren’t able to attend the US Open here in New York may want to pick up this awesome toy/souvenir. It’s a giant US Open Tennis ball (you can…

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Prince O3 Speedport

This racket is all about effortless power and control. Its lightweight aerodynamic design and cushion grip handle help players with moderate to full strokes hit their best shots. We’ve used the Silver and Blue O3 Speedports and can say that the Red is far easier for the moderate speed strokes most of us swing. Features…