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The Racquet Scientist: Blue Clay Revisited

by Pete Bodo We're in the midst of another "this is tennis" moment thanks to Ion Tiriac and the blue clay in Madrid, and the players are once again proving that they love the idea of change a lot more...
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Sports / Tennis : Concrete Elbow (3 years ago)

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