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The power of Sweet potato

How much do sports change as technological changes are introduced?


The other day, with my editor of  Ser Argentino we were playing songs for these columns and, at one point, like an epiphany, which is the only way these things happen, he told me “what power had Batata”. At first, I will not deny it, it confused me a little. It took me about fifteen seconds (strange and very long, almost an experience to Levrero) to understand that he was referring to José Luis Clerc and that with “power” he was talking about the strength with which he gave the ball and not about any other kind of performance.

Nobility obliges, once I understood what he was saying to me, I could not but agree. And in fact, and this is what led me to write this text, what I got to think is: how much do sports change as technological changes are introduced? The answer, as always, as almost faced with any question in life, is: it depends. About what? In principle, sports. In boxing, for example, practically nothing. It remains very true to its essence: two guys in short shorts giving themselves bulkheads. I'm not a specialist, but I imagine you have changed the material and the manufacture of the gloves a little, but not much more. Instead, for example, in motorsport, technology somehow  IS sport, there is almost no cleavage in concepts, one thing is also the other.

Going back to tennis, I think he's one of the most changing ones. The weight and tension of the racket strings are absolutely decisive no longer only for power but also for the way of play, for strategy and tactics and, of course, for technique. What would tennis have been like if Vilas or Clerc or even Connors had had the technology today? Actually, it's an unanswered question, because it's a counterfactual, but what I can assure is: what power had Sweet potato...

Publication Date: 22/05/2018

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