Syracuse forced to adjust as the season shifts outdoors

first_imgInside Drumlins Country Club, it can be difficult to remember that Syracuse is among the snowiest cities in the United States.The seven courts, situated under an airplane hangar-type roof, remain dry year round as Syracuse is barraged with snow, rain and wind, allowing tennis players to enjoy controlled conditions.But, through April, SU balances two different schedules: the home, indoor circuit and its southern, outdoor destinations.The Orange enters the outdoor-heavy portion of its season Friday with a matchup at No. 19 Florida State (12-7, 4-5 Atlantic Coast), where Syracuse (14-3, 6-3) must adjust to the different pace of outdoor courts down south. Three of SU’s final five matches will be outdoors, including the ACC championships in Cary, North Carolina. Playing in Syracuse, SU has had little opportunity to practice outside due to unfavorable conditions.The adaptations players make for the wind and sun, combined with the differences in court speed, make the adjustment to southern play difficult, SU head coach Younes Limam said. Limam intended to practice outdoors starting April 2, but the rain, wind and cold forced SU to remain indoors. Syracuse is the only ACC school that doesn’t have outdoor courts available for matches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen SU arrives in Tallahassee, Florida, on Thursday, it will have light practice to acclimate to the differences of the outdoor courts. Because of Syracuse’s outdoor restrictions, the Orange hasn’t played outside since March 13, when it defeated Florida Atlantic 6-1.Against FAU, the wind frustrated Gabriela Knutson, forcing her to adjust her ball toss on her serve, she said, opting to toss the ball lower than usual, which sacrifices power for placement. Knutson lost to the nation’s No. 6 player, her only singles loss of the season.“When I toss it high, the wind and the sun bugs me,” Knutson said. “I’m not saying it’s why I lost, but it was difficult.”Most of SU’s players, including Knutson, Dina Hegab and Miranda Ramirez, grew up playing on outdoor hard and clay courts. They prefer playing outdoors, they said. Adjusting to faster indoor hard courts isn’t the tough part, Limam said.“There is quite an adjustment you have to make going from indoors to outdoors,” Limam said. “It’s a lot easier to come from outdoors to indoors.”Players like freshman Sofya Golubovskaya, who hits a flat ball with little spin and a lot of pace, face a bigger adjustment to outdoors where the wind messes with the ball before and after it makes contact the racket, making timing shots hard, Limam said.Hegab counters the wind and higher bounce by playing more conservatively, she said. Instead of trying to hit winners from all over the court, she uses improved fitness and consistency to force opponents into errors. Ramirez uses her footwork to prepare for potential late deviations to the ball’s path.“We try to remind them to put more spin on the ball, be a little more patient,” Limam said. “When you play indoors, you can finish points in two or three shots, outdoors the ball comes back.”Last season, the Orange finished 1-4 in outdoor matches. Limam is hoping that this year, his team is ready to deal with leaving Drumlins.“Being outdoors in the wind can be difficult,” Limam said. “We have to be ready to dig in and make a few extra shots.” Comments Published on April 5, 2018 at 10:25 am Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ganapati chooses iGaming Super Show to iGnite its latest game

first_img Related Articles Share Submit iGaming Super Show pleased at 9% jump in numbers August 8, 2017 Ganapati Malta bolsters operational team with Bell & Negotei hires June 22, 2017 Share Ganapati Malta: Finding a niche by capturing the Japanese culture December 19, 2017 StumbleUpon Online casino content supplier Ganapati will be showcasing its original game She Ninja SUZU and releasing new images of the upcoming Tokyo Saints at next week’s iGaming Super Show.At 12:15 on Wednesday 12 July, Ganapati Malta CEO Mitsuya Fujimoto will be presenting the games at iGnite, a new open conference area on the show floor in Amsterdam where software suppliers, insights companies and game developers can address the entire igaming industry.Fujimoto commented: “With Ganapati Malta, coming up to our first year of business we are so excited to have been accepted to showcase at iGnite and share with the incredible operators, affiliates, regulators and fellow suppliers that attend The Super Show.“At Ganapati Malta, we pride ourselves on creating the highest quality of online slot games by taking an organic approach when producing games by merging proven maths and game logics with our complex characters and strong narratives. This is clearly visible in our upcoming original game, She Ninja Suzu and I can’t wait to share this.“The open conference format of iGnite offers the ideal platform for us to showcase with everyone our games and the ethos of Ganapati Malta. We can’t wait to be part of this world class event.”last_img read more

Video: Vin Scully leaves the press box for the last time

first_imgVin Scully leaves the press box for the final time after a 67-year career.See videoMore Vin Scully • Thank you note and farewell from columnist Tom Hoffarth• How we’ll remember Vin Scully• Vin Scully’s career in photos Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img