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Advantage to power players this year

Originally Published: May 17, 2011
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

A new brand of tennis balls being used at the French Open could help the big hitters shine.

How are the courts playing? It's a common question heard around the players' lounge leading up to a Grand Slam, and the answer often foretells which brand of player will filter through the early rounds to dominate the second week of the event. This year, there's a second question to be asked -- how are the balls playing?

That's because a different brand of balls is being used at the ...

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