Luxilon has released a new string called Luxilon Alu Power Roland Garros Edition. It is slightly thicker at 1.28 and more durable than regular Alu Power.
I have received a few sets of the Luxilon Alu Power Roland Garros edition from Luxilon for testing. We don’t have a lot of clay courts here in Malta and I rarely play on clay, but it should be fine to test it on hard court. The key feature of this string is that it is supposed to last longer and provide more control for players who hit with heavy topspin. The slightly thicker gauge makes sense on clay when you play longer rallies and the balls pick up sand and get heavier. So the idea makes a lot of sense. It will be interesting to see how the string performs on the court.
I am not the target group for this string, as I rarely play on clay and hit a flatter ball, but if you and you have tried this string, let me know what you feel about it in the comments below.
The Luxilon Alu Power Roland Garros edition comes in only one gauge, 1.28, and one colour, “Roland Garros orange”. The materials are listed as: Co-polymer (nylon) + Fluorocarbon resin + aluminum fibers.
I’m not sure if this string is specific for Europe because it is listed on Tennis Warehouse Europe (price €17.90), but I couldn’t find it on the TW USA. Clay court tennis is more of a European and South American thing, so perhaps that is the distribution strategy from Luxilon.
French Open 2020 – Going ahead?
The main question right now is obviously if the French Open will take place at all. The official tennis calendar has not kicked in the action yet and if it does, the scheduling will be quite difficult to tackle for the players. Along, of course, with the uncertainty of the Covid situation. But we can of course hope that it goes ahead as planned and that we can watch some grand slam tennis action at the end of September.