For Sweat or For Security, a Hard Habit to Break

It may be a mere towel for the world but in the world of tennis, it is a crucial component for players as they try to overcome opponents in a 'sweaty' battle.

updated: August 25, 2014 16:08 IST
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Jerzy Janowicz
Towels are playing a far greater role in Tennis the world over. Increasing temperatures have contributed to greater exhaustion on the court.


When the U.S. Open begins Monday, the best tennis players in the world will unleash overpowering serves, crackling forehands and paralyzing returns. Then they will retreat behind the baseline and use a no-less-visible weapon of choice: a 100 percent cotton official tournament towel.

In the men's game in particular, tennis and towels are much more in tandem now than the faded tactic of serve-and-volley. For various reasons, sometimes including actually drying off, players have increasingly been, as they say, going to the towel.

As Roger Federer recently described it, "For some players, like a security blanket."

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