Looking for more imagination from players who hit the same old serves with the same old racquets? Brian Battistone can handle that.
Armed with a two-handled racquet that resembles a pair of hedge clippers and a jump serve that could do some damage on a volleyball court, Battistone headed to the US Open to play mixed doubles this week.
"People say it looks like hedge clippers, a divining rod — 'Are you trying to find water with that thing?'" Battistone said. He has heard it all.
But, he claims, he's simply doing what works. Before the racquet, Battistone had never risen above 800 in the doubles rankings. After the racket, he got as high as 88th.